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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: 1,575
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 35%
Wants: 112
Gots: 187 | FT: 4
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 Madmire
3.53/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light orange. A decent size head with very little lacing.

S - A Huge wave of maple sweetness followed by smokey bacon and sausage. Like waking up to big Sunday breakfast.

T - Again, maple sweetness dominates. Smokiness comes through near the end. It is an odd combination. Very interesting and not all together in pleasant.

M - Medium bodied. Average carbonation.

O - I am not too sure about this one. Very interesting, but I'm not sure I would buy it again.

Madmire, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of MJGTi
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

MJGTi, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of PorterLambic
4.48/5  rDev +60%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, bright dark orange-brown with a fluffy light tan head nearly 2" high. It settles to a solid 1/2" of almost creamy goodness.
Smell is .... breakfast! Maple, light smoke (bacon), sweet, malt. Buttermilk pancakes slathered in butter with maple syrup and bacon or maybe a maple-iced doughnut with sausage. I may have a new breakfast staple. Or not. A most amazing nose.
Taste is smoked malt, maple, sweet and tangy, light malt and a touch of hops and nut in the aftertaste. Fairly well balanced with smoke stepping ahead of the rest slightly.
Medium bodied, medium-plus effervescence. a bit of a drying finish. Smoke lingers with a touch of hops. A decent coating on the tongue is the only drawback to me.
This is really good, probably the best Rogue beer I've ever had except the Dead Guys.

PorterLambic, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Savory to the max, if you are a lush for breakfast like me then a simple whiff of this crazy-ass ale immediately makes a b-line to Bob Evans a top priority. Definately a guilty pleasure beer review coming right up...

The ale pours with a mostly clear honey-amber color with a short-lived semi-dainty, semi-fluffy head that never shares any lace and sheds its carbonated stream fairly early to take on appearances of thin cognac.

Once my nose hits the glass, I could essentially tie a strap around my head and take one big long intoxicating nap. All the aromas that are best about breakfast land in this glass. Maple syrup richness, light buttered pancakes, smoky bacon, caramel, biscuit, and a near-bourbon or rum note from alcohol. Not exactly complex- but the simple and pure aromas play out on a smokier-than-need-be base.

Flavors are just as silly and surprisingly charming as the maple and bacon flavors rise from the smoky dry-malt pillow underneath. But without a heartier starchy malt or caramelly sweet support, I find the beer somewhat thin in taste and lacking togetherness at mid palate through finish. Instead the flavor of meaty hickory smoke turns slight ashy and vanilla-like. In aftertaste, the beer leaves me with the taste of flat cream soda. Not all in all unappealing, but odd to find these combinations of taste in beery form.

The flavors seem to brace the palate for rich texture and chewy weight. But none of that's found and leaves the palate underwhelmed. The much needed carbonation is fast fleeting, leaving the thinner-than-desired beer to cling desperately to the tongue and lingers on the mouth like flat cola. The smoke-turn-ash taste translates to texture with a slight acrid finish to accompany the saccharine coat.

This recipe has a ton of potential. There's something in me that yearns for these flavors to play out over the mouthfeel that's found in, say, Founders Cashew Mountain Brown. Perhaps we should wait on Rogues "Imperial" Voodoo Doughnut? Rogue, we're lookin' at you...?

BEERchitect, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours reddish amber with a small off-white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is a bit strange - soapy sugary smoked malts and maple. It smells a bit chemically and leathery.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts (molasses and maple) with a big smokiness (liquid smoke and BBQ). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, very strange. The sweet sugar doesn't blend well with the smoke. Interesting to try though.

Beaver13, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of dragomni
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

dragomni, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

mjtiernan, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of GiantMidget
4.25/5  rDev +51.8%

GiantMidget, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Princeton orange when backlighted has a light rise of effervesce. The head is beach sand in color with a marshmellow like structure that is one finger high and fairly sturdy on the keep. Thin lace band ecompasses the vessel.

S: Aroma of maple syrup covered bacon hits it right on the head, not alot of smokiness at first detected but the aroma strength was generous.

T: Flavor was a sundays breakfast treat. Maple syrup covered pancakes, links of sausage and bacon covered in maple syrup. French toast with a bit of smoky woodiness, smoked sweet munich grains with a sweet glaze topping. Smoky woodiness on the finish.

M: Syrupy body, smooth texture, softly carbonated, decent fullness but not lively.

O: Overall its breakfast in a bottle, a strange concept but flavor is as good as can be expected from name. Much better bacon usage then other bacon beers, with a complimentary helping of morning campfire smoke to make your feel like the great outdoors camping. While its intrigquing at first, the novelty does wear a bit thin for a bomber serving. Share this with a friend or two as a novelty experience, dont take it to seriously and you may find a bit of appreciation. Perfect for that sunday morning hair of the dog camping treat with a smoldering campfire. As a stand alone smoked beer it wasnt all that bad, just limit it to moderation, had some smoky appeal with some added breakfast highlights if thats your sort of thing.

beerthulhu, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Howlader
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Howlader, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Julio's and poured into my Duvel tulip. Review taken from notes.

A - Poured a crystal clear light coppery brown with a nice two finger creamy head that fades to leave a sudsy blanket and halo.

S - Maple galore. This is exactly what I'm talking about. Most people will knock this for smelling too mapley, no, not me. I love when a beer delivers on what it promises. This smells like someone dumped a bottle of maple syrup onto a few sausage links. Shockingly inviting and as sweet as maple syrup.

T - Wow! Maple...the beer oozes it. A one two punch of maple syrup with some light smokey bacon grease flavours lingering on the finish. Ends with a nice strong maple. And lingers with meaty bacon. Wow. Such a gimmick. But super enjoyable. Could see having this with breakfast easily.

M - My only knock with this, its a little thin and slightly flat.

O - Okay, I really, really like this. The maple is so powerful throughout and the finish and lingering taste is bacon and slight smoke. So enjoyable.

rudzud, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maple is good, and bacon is better. I could see putting one or the other in a batch of beer, but putting both in the same beer? There's a possibily that this would either be to delicious, or too strange. Nonetheless, I'm already committed, and sharing the bottle with a friend was a good way to dispose of it. On to the beer:

Brown with a touch of amber. That head forms up an inch thick and retains reasonably well. The smell has been nailed. Sweet and smokey. Full on maple glaze, and enough smoked bacon to provide an excellent contrast to the sweetness. I want a donut right now, but unfortunately all the shops are closed.

It takes some time to get the maple and bacon, after expecting so much based off its great aroma. The maple seems to be more dominant here, but relatively speaking, it's very mild. The bacon is even more mild than the maple. I was glad to catch these modest notes, otehrwise this might have been a brown ale with nothing to it.

Not a bad attempt by Rogue. For the price, one would expect more (including myself). But if you love to taste experimental ales, you may want to check this out.

DoubleJ, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of mcintire78
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mcintire78, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of beesy
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Knowing it gets beat up, I bought her anyway.

A - pours a medium orange that is fairly cloudy. A billowing light tan head two and a half fingers high builds and dissipates quickly.

S - right off the bat, it emits a strong maple aroma - I was totally digging it. It quickly gives way to a mix of an almost medicial smoke aroma. The maple doughnut aroma comes through after its breathed a bit.

T - oh, quite the mess. The maple tastes as fake as a $3 bill. The medicinal smoke aroma appears in the taste as well. Its almost like an alder smoke gone wrong, way wrong. The baconish pork flavor is there, but its way overpowered by the smoke and maple. The smoke lingers with a slight maple sweetness on the palate for a long time. No hops noted on any level.

M - actually fairly light and slighly dry.

D - low. The flavors are the part keeping this one from being drank.

Overall, Ive only had a handful of beers in my life I would put in the same grouping as this; a bacon stout at GI about 4 years ago, Jackie o's Hogwash and 3 Floyds Ham on Rye and this was without a doubt the worst - not even close to the others. Not sure how this one went so wrong. Great idea and Ive heard great things about the actual doughnuts, just too bad Rogue's attempt fails on so many levels.

beesy, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of zildjian2800
2/5  rDev -28.6%

zildjian2800, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of bobotron
4/5  rDev +42.9%

bobotron, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of egrace84
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

egrace84, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of FalconA
2/5  rDev -28.6%

FalconA, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Bporter
1/5  rDev -64.3%

Bporter, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Mingstein
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Mingstein, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of hoodedcloak74
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

hoodedcloak74, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of MEW
3/5  rDev +7.1%

MEW, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of CasualKraftDude
3.6/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: typical amber ale color wilth light carbonation with a 2 finger head. poured into a pint glass

smell: a delicious maple smell which made me want to just pour it over some pancakes. A little smokey aswell

taste: like bacon and syrup. Very chewy

mouthfeel: sticky but no unpleasent

Overall: Worth the try, not worth the price. $12 for a 750ml 5.60%. loved the maple smell, very drinkable.

If anyones looking for a great maple beer try Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half

CasualKraftDude, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Docer
3.73/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)

- A nice amber colored brew with fluffy light beige fingers of head that settle to a thin spotty blanket and large ring of lace. Most transparent brew.

Smell: (3.5)

- Big heavy maple syrup aroma, this puppy really does smell like a maple bar. Sweet, crispy glazed maple bar. Lot's of smoke hiding behind the maple aromas, woody and earthy character. A somewhat basic amber ale malt and beer is so gently hiding behind the other flavors. Interesting, and not bad. The maple lingers in the nose a very long time.

Taste: (4.0)

- Lots of smoke in this puppy, and I actually really like it. Woody charred grain husks, like smoking some good meats outdoors. Nice actually subtle maple flavor as compared to the aroma. A pretty basic amber ale backbone. I dig it. Certainly drinkable.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- A little sticky and creamy, well carbonated, and not really super chewy. It's just a touch dry from its light hopping, and is overall pretty nice to the palate.

Overall: (3.5)

- Pours like a Rogue Amber, smells very strong of maple, and tastes more strongly of smoke. It drinks well, and is actually worth the try in my opinion. I have heard a lot of bad things about it, and I think they are mistaken. I for one though love smoked beers. Certainly not worth the price tag though.

Docer, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of videofrog
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

videofrog, Jul 09, 2012
Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
66 out of 100 based on 1,575 ratings.