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Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale - Rogue Ales

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Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon AleVoodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale

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Ratings: 1,606
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 34.77%
Wants: 116
Gots: 200 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

13 Ingredients:
Briess Cherrywood Smoked Malt, Weyermann Beechwood Smoked Malt, House-smoked Hickory Malt, Great Western 2 Row, Munich, C15, C75 Malts; Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Pure Maple Flavoring, Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Independent Hops, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast

30 IBU
76 AA
30º Lovibond

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-01-2011)
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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a murky bronze color with a flash head and minimal lacing.
Smells like a lumberjack's breakfast : A big stack of piping hot pancakes with maple syrup on top and a rasher of smokey bacon cooked over an open campfire.
Too bad it tastes like a stack of pancakes that have been left on top of that campfire until they turned into burnt crispy charcoal. WAY too much charred beechwood flavor essentially ruins the beer. It's akin to drinking liquified lumps of coal.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin and watery for the flavor profile but the carbonation levels are alright at least.

So, in summary, amazing aroma, terrible flavor. I'll not be visiting this one ever again.

WastingFreetime, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of shockrocker65
5/5  rDev +79.2%

shockrocker65, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of Sturmthis
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Sturmthis, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Offa
4.13/5  rDev +48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I love the Voodoo bacon maple doughnut, I had to try this, and found it surprisingly good.

Slightly hazy dark copper, medium-big pale tan head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is smoky bacon, maple, hint of bread.

Taste is dryish lightly smoky grain, dry toasty bread crust, lightly bitter leafiness, lightly spritzy, light maple aftertaste with hint of smoky grain and bacon. It's great and surprisingly enjoyable.

Offa, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of jhillwastaken
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

jhillwastaken, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.3/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, crimson appearance, under a lush, looming, booming, slightly off-white head, sparkling and lace-leaving.

Aroma: screams out from first pour, the maple and the bacon, together as one. Let's go in further…Smoke hits first, and you can feel the fire below, plenty of char above the maple and bacon, like walking into a freshly burned building. I think I liked it better before I went in for a closer sniff.

Taste: Big, fresh smoked malt right away, matched with mild hoppiness, and then in roars the maple, then the bacon. Malt is lighter than I imagined. Did I expect a porter? Perhaps I anticipated a breadier mouthfeel, for a more "doughnutty" taste?
Maybe because I've never had a Voodoo Maple Bacon Doughnut, I can't compare this against it's true inspiration?

Somewhat thinnish mouthfeel, uninspiring flavor, beyond the gimmicky additions. Doesn't make me think of a doughnut in the least.

This should only be sampled among a large group of friends so that everyone gets a smallish taste, and can all agree on how sad this brew is…don't make my mistake and try to tackle it on your own.

feloniousmonk, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of N3rdM3t4l
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pepto pink 750ml bottle into standard pint. Served cold.

A: dare I say maple syrup colored. No head but a bit of a ring. The lack of head is saddening really. Tiny little bubbles appear to be having a hard time getting through the sticky sweet brew.

S: maple and smoke. Smells very sweet, cloying even. But thats expected since it is the beer version of a doughnut. A little astringent. A bit of bacon too, and boy do I like the smell of bacon. But the smoke is strong! Smells like your shirt the morning after a campfire. As a smoked beer it is heavy, as a doughnut beer it is spot on.

T: super smokey, too smokey even. Sweet too but the smoke is overpowering. I was expecting stronger maple since the doughnut is a maple bar with a bacon strip. A little astringentThis plays to the bacon a lot more. Hard to drink a lot of, very much a sharing beer and very much a dessert beer.

M: thinner than expected, not much else there.

O: what the hell am I drinking? I was expecting a doughnut beer and I am getting liquid smoke beer. It isn't bad but it really is not a "going to have a brewski" kinda beer.

N3rdM3t4l, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of socon67
3.65/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Amber pour with a bubbly foam. No lacing. Opaque look to it.

S - Strong scent of smoky malts. Smell of bacon is there, along with maple syrup. Has a lingering semll of brown sugar as well.

T - Initially it tasted like a BBA Founder's product. But then the smoky flavor took over the taste glands. The finish has a flavor of roasted\burnt malt.

M - This is not something I'd have a full glass of, let alone more than one. It was shared among a group and the consensus was that a shot glass is plenty. The smoky feel required a glass of water to rinse.

O - A polarizing beer that is a novelty and one I was glad to try. But I won't get this again. It simply is not even a top beer for its style.

socon67, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
4.85/5  rDev +73.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11 month old bottle.

A - A really nice looking beer. Bright nectarine amber body. Fine bubbled, off-white head with great retention and ok lace.

S - Wow, delicious crispy meaty bacon, real maple syrup, and waffles.

T - Stellar smokey salty bacon with touch of sweet maple over a blanket of malt. Think bacon waffle batter, slow cooked in a hickory wood smoker. Lingering maple finish lasts for freak'n ever.

M - Thick and creamy, with a low level of carbonation that works well for the flavor profile.

O - Best smoke beer I've ever had. If you're a fan of smoke beers, you need to find yourself one of these.

vfgccp, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of ballenc
1.85/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yikes - my wife brought this back from OR after a family get together.

A - Poured into a nonic pint glass - the beer is a deep orangish yelleow with very little head or lacing.

S - Definitley smoke with a hint of sweet maple syrup. But it has an astringent aroma that is a big turnoff.

T - Blech - like drinking a bottle of liquid smoke. Some lighter maple sweetness but overall, this is like drinking some weird type of smoke flavored medicine. Way too astringent and antiseptic flavored.

M - a bit on the thicker side but this is probably the best attribute of this beer.

O - Hate saying it but a total drainpour. Disclaimer: I'm not a big fan of smoked beers but I've had a 3-5 different smoked beer styles over the years and, sadly (as I'm pretty big on Rogue in general), this one is the worst I've had. I can appreciate the novelty of this type of beer (the Pepto Bismol bottle can't hurt) but for the price (I think my wife dished out about $10 for this bomber), save your money and spend it on something else.

ballenc, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of brewskifan55
3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass while enjoying a waffle/bacon dinner. We figured this would be the perfect complement.

A: Clear, light amber with an off-white, one-finger head that heads back to the doughnut shop, leaving lots of bubbles in its wake.

S: Maple syrup comes on strong with a malt/hop combo resting in the background.

T: Maple works its spell with a smoky bacon finish. Light malts. Sweet. Slightly metallic. Not as robust as I hoped.

M: Medium with creamy carbonation.

O: Well, the waffles were actually better than this odd tasting brew. Other than the cool Pepto Bismol bottle, this mystical thingamajig is certainly not worth trying again nor paying $12.50 plus tax. I'll move on to the Double Chocolate Stout.

brewskifan55, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fair smoked ale, neither as maligned or notable as one might have heard elsewhere.

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle. Bottle is painted in bright pink with a Rogue design and an image of a cliche voodoo character holding and brew over a patter of pigs and maple leaves. Brief side notes highlighting the dedication of the bottle, list of ingredients, IBUs (30), °Plato (14), Apparent Attenuation ( 76) and Lovibond (30) next to general recommendations for food pairings. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear amber pour with a good creamy head and retention, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Assertive smoked nose, plenty of bacon, wood, and sweet touches. This is the part that without being extraordinary holds the brew pretty well. But the ale can't ride alone on this.

T - Sweet and smokey.. Maple, smoked bacon, wood, and repeat again… Feels like quite a generic take on what applewood bacon feels like. OK...

M - Medium/light body and carbonation in the medium/high bracket, fair feel, relatively neutral to hold the brew up.

O - Fair smoked brew, kind of does all it promised but the flavor is quite monochord and ultimately hinders the experience a bit.

Notes: Provocative, and almost worthy of the hype in a fun/provocative kind of way. But almost… The smoked bacon with the sweet notes are all there and don't make a bad experience but first one needs to kind of like smoked beers, and even then it feels a bit blah all things considered.

Daniellobo, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Proteus93
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know if a 'smoked beer' would explain this, but I suppose that it's too hard to give it any sort of real description! I saw this and said "Oh my!" and then I saw some of the reviews, particularly talking about flavour and said "Oh no!" Let's see...

A: Almost a tawny color, topped with an ever-so-slightly off-white head. The retention is good and it recedes with a generous collar of lace leaving behind some smatterings down the glass.

S + T: The aroma is predominantly that of maple syrup. The first thought is of pancakes, and that 'battered dough' connection is going to play into the whole 'doughnut' part of this... but it's ultimately just what maple syrup smells like. It's quite over-the-top, but I think we need to be realistic in that it's kind of supposed to be! The flavour allows more elements of the applewood-smoked bacon to come through... and once those salty qualities are out there, the nose aligns with it. Somewhat backwards, and it would be the other way around... the senses become a little confused, and this is a beer that can certainly cause some of that. The malts make a bit of an appearance, but they just seem odd and out of place. Hop presence is non-existent, and alcohol is hidden by the sweetness. It does leave a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste.

M + D: Body is a bit thin, with just a touch of slickness, though the carbonation is rather nice. This is just a bizarre beer overall, and while I don't think it ranks within the '1' range, it's probably not something that is going to gather much cult following. I could be wrong, but I think it's the beer that is. There's no way I would lay down over $10 for this again.

Proteus93, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of likeemdark
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

likeemdark, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

mhaugo, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of bendern
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

bendern, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of StevenH
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

StevenH, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of haddyhustle302
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

haddyhustle302, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

ste5venla, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of jrkoller
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

jrkoller, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of tmars13
2/5  rDev -28.3%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of travolta
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

App: Offwhite head, quickly dissipates. Slight lacing. Dirty copper in color.

Nose: Toasted bbq maple, oaky, I honestly smell pork.

Taste: Pork, mesquite, crispy bacon with a sweet finish. Toasted or smoked malts are really nice in this beer.

Notes: Very interesting. I wish there were more doughnut than bacon on the palate. Give it a try, but have someone else buy it.

travolta, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: The best thing you can say about this beer is that it is a real looker; three or four fingers of foam stack the clear amber liquid; the retention is great as is the lacing

Smell: Just as advertised, smells like a bacon maple doughnut - not sure what a Voodoo smells like, however

Taste: What smells rather interesting just tastes bizarre, with the bacon, smoke, doughnut and maple and maple flavors all interspersed; I take that back - it is interesting for a few sips and then it becomes bizarre; of all the flavors, it is the doughnut that lingers on the tongue in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This one belongs in the category of "Just because you can make it doesn't mean you should."

brentk56, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of woemad
2/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From notes.

4oz (more or less) sample poured from a pepto-pink bomber(The color of this bottle should have given me pause) that Tom at Jones Radiator decided to pour samples of to a bar lined with regulars. He had previously told us that it was not good and I guess some of us had voiced some doubt, so he pulled out the other bomber he had purchased so we could taste for ourselves.

Poured a fairly clear amber color with some off-white foam that didn't hang around too long.

WHOA! Big maple syrup and smoke scent that seemed way too overpowering.

Taste was even worse than the smell, with sugary maple syrup, BURNED maple syrup, and a smoky, ashy flavor that I can only assume was trying to approximate bacon.

Mouthfeel and carbonation, along with the appearance of this beer, are the least objectionable aspects of this beer, but who really cares at this point?

There's a word for this beer, and that word is "YARF!", spoken while one's head is poised over a toilet. Tasting this beer was regretted by all who partook. Sometimes the gimmick factor isn't enough. This was one of those times.

woemad, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of buschbeer
2.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It is tea colored with an inch of two of beige head.

S - It has a strong maple aroma. It actually smells a little like a glazed doughnut.

T - Um. Not good. It is sickeningly sweet. It is loaded with maple and I get a horrible aftertaste.

M - Thin

O - I have wanted to try this beer for a while now. Now I am wishing that I would not have tried it. This is about as close to a drain pour as I can imagine. I would never dump a beer but if I did it would be this one.

buschbeer, Aug 19, 2012
Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
66 out of 100 based on 1,606 ratings.