Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale - Rogue Ales
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4.13/5 rDev +47%
I saw this release many months ago from afar, thinking it would never reach Australian shores—fair enough, it didn't, but I hit American shores and looked it up myself.
Pours a pleasant clear amber hue with lots of fizzling carbonation feeding a very solid and stolid off-white head. Light bodied, but it's not a huge beer ABV-wise. Looks decent enough.
Ooh, nose is yes oh yes just what I wanted. Pleasantly organic smoky notes sitting above a woody, genuine maple sweetness, giving it an overt, almost intentionally sickly character, which, let's face it, is what you want out of a beer with a bright pink bottle. The smoke is really pleasant and directed, giving a wood-fired note, but always reminiscent of the sweetness inherent in the beer. Wonderful stuff.
Taste is a lot lighter, and the lack of body harms it, meaning that it can't actually sustain a genuine sweetness. Here, the smoke gives a slight crisp harshness on the front, which eventually slides away into a cushioning bed of maple essence and nutty malt characters. It's still very pleasant, and the maple syrup and the smoky characters still pronounce themselves fully—it's just that it doesn't really deliver that sweetness and fullness that you expect.
Overall, though, this is an excitingly different beer, and one that genuinely does do a good job of blending all the maple-bacon goodness that you expect. It's not as sweet on the palate as I thought it might have been, and that might aid it a little, but still, it's thoroughly intriguing and very enjoyable.
06-16-2012 03:34:29 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.65/5 rDev +29.9%
Pours orangey-amber with one finger of white head, not much in the way of lace. Smell is full on maple and smoke, bacon and lightly sweet bready malts, easy to pick out the maple, bacon and doughnut, its actually very nice to smell. The taste is mostly smoke, light sweetness, smoked bacon and meat flavours followed by maple and bready malt, smoke in aftertaste as well. Light body with med-high carb, fairly thin body. Better than I thought it would be and mildly enjoyable, smell is fantastic though.
06-14-2012 14:01:00 | More by peensteen
3.2/5 rDev +13.9%
Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle. I really had no idea what to expect, so I tried to go in with an open mind.
The beer pours and orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is definitely heavy on the smoke, with some maple syrup notes thrown in. Not bad. The flavor is also pretty heavy on the woody smoke, with some maple syrup and toffee notes thrown in. All of those notes mix fairly well together. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Surprisingly, I don't hate the beer. The four or five ounces I had were enough, but I thought the beer was OK and am glad I got to try it. I thought all the notes mixed pretty well together, they were just so strong and in your face that it would be tough to drink too much of this beer.
06-13-2012 04:40:46 | More by Mora2000
1.8/5 rDev -35.9%
Aroma is full of smoke and bacon, with a slight hint of maple syrup to round it off. It's almost too much, and it's not a great smell.
The beer pours out a somewhat hazy dark honey color with a white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing to speak of.
Big big smoke on in the flavor. It's all I really taste, actually. It is just so hard to get past, that I find it somewhat offensive. When I breathe, I can taste it all over again. This beer, I think, I will be tasting for a few hours to come.
Moderate body and medium carbonation, the mouthfeel isn't bad at all. If anything, this is where it exceles, a normal mouthfeel. Overall though, this is really not a good effort. I have to drain pour it.
06-09-2012 03:23:04 | More by tlazaroff
3.13/5 rDev +11.4%
I tried this beer on June 1, 2012 after purchasing from the King and Spadina LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent amber colour with a tan coloured head that lasts. The maple can be smelled across the room from the glass while a direct whiff reveals bread and smoked wood. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was dominated by the smokiness with maple and malt in the mix. Far from outstanding.
06-09-2012 01:33:53 | More by cyrenaica
3.03/5 rDev +7.8%
Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.
A: Pours a clear copper hue with a 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates leaving a decent trail down the glass.
S: Maple syrup and bacon aroma dominate this beer
T: Wow – nothing subtle about this bacon flavoring. Good maple syrup background but gets pushed aside by the bacon.
M: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Bacon Good. Beer Good. Bacon + Beer = not so good. Glad I tried it – but I’ll pass next time.
06-08-2012 03:10:54 | More by ckollias
2.58/5 rDev -8.2%
Really excited to finally get to try this one. Heard some interesting things and finally nabbed a bottle.
A: Pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 finger sand colored head. Pretty good retention.
S: Uh oh. What did I get myself into? Tons of smoked malt, syrup soaked IHOP pancake, molasses, burnt wood and some burnt bacon fat. Starting to second guess my choice.
T: Yeah, this isn't good. The base beer is super light and does not do well with all the heavy and smoky flavors this beer has going on. Booze soaked pancake flavor upfront with notes of charred malt, liquid smoke and maybe a touch of doughnut glaze. Finish brings a boatload of smoke and peaty dryness. Mouthfeel is way, way thin, almost reminding me of a lager. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
06-07-2012 20:55:26 | More by notchucknorris
Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
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