Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale - Rogue Ales
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2.88/5 rDev +2.5%
Translucent jack-o-lantern orange. No lace left by a spit wad of retention. Eye gouging Petp Bismol pink bottle.
One of the best maple aromas I've ever had from a beer. Actually smells like an open bottle of maple syrup - good maple syrup too. Some sweet and sour sauce in there as well.
Luxurious maple up front followed by sour duck sauce in back. Styrofoam/herbal aftertaste. Not as smokey as I would have liked.
The maple is there but the bacon is severely lacking. Though not necessarily successful Voodoo Doughnut is bold, ballsy and has a go big or go home appeal. It goes home but I like a beer that isn't afraid to reach.
04-28-2012 12:32:51 | More by donkeyrunner
4.48/5 rDev +59.4%
OK, ok... I'll be honest, half the appeal was the bottle, I know, I know... BUT (if there is a saving grace) this is from Rogue, sooo I give myself a slight (if not fishy) pass on the bottle thing...
packaging rules. Hey, it is part of the overall thing and this one stands out in a conveyor belt of bombers.
slightly cloudy orange hue with lots of carbonation running wild up the glass, 1 and a half fingers of white foam (craggy asteroid type) rise up, decent lacing and the head retention is good. a good looking brew.
straight up log cabin maple syrup, if I was blindfolded I would swear that is what this is, I can practically taste eggo waffles smelling this, unbelievable maple nose on this, I have never had anything this potent in terms of that note, the smoke is incredibly difficult to detect, really this fills up your nose with sweet maple like mad. hard to score this, sure, it is one sided but man alive the smell is off the charts
it drinks like it smells - very maple-y, there is an initial hop blast of bitterness and then the maple.. and then some of the smoked bacon smoke/herbs, it is hard to flesh this one out! the carbonation is nice and bright and keeps this from being mouth puckering-ly sweet, I find myself liking the strangeness of this beer, it does kind of wind up tasting like a light maple-y donut with some other flavors floating around in there. For the amount of flavor it has the body is fairly light (adding to the drink-ability)
to rate this as a smoke beer is unfair, it is a beer in it's own space. I think this one more than most might be a love/hate beer. I'm a lover not a fighter so.... I am friggin' loving this thing! This is a unique beer and proof that Rogue is still out there quietly exploring the corners of the beer possible. Take a chance on this one, you may fall under the spell of the Serpent and the Rainbow...
04-28-2012 04:52:46 | More by Ego
3.33/5 rDev +18.5%
A: Pours a translucent orange amber with a fair amount of off-white head. It dissipates almost entirely quite quickly, and leaves no lacing.
S: Super weird. Really strong maple syrup along with bacon smoke. Not much else comes through. In a blind smell test, I would not guess "beer".
T: Still quite sweet and pretty weird, but not as off-the-wall as the smell. Lightly maple flavored sweetness to start, leading into stronger maple flavors and the start of smoky bacon through the mid palate. Aftertaste is mostly bacon smoke, along with a little bit of hops.
M: Medium body, medium slightly prickly carbonation.
Overall, it's not great, but it's interesting. Try it, but probably try to split it with a few other people.
04-27-2012 00:28:58 | More by seand
4/5 rDev +42.3%
A: Pours a pleasant amber color with a two finger rocky head that slowly recedes to a fine lacing on the sides of the glass. Carbonation bubbles can be seen on the bottom, rising up to the top and adding to the head.
S: Smells like breakfast, bottom line. From a foot away maple scents like french toast can be picked up and up close I can pick up a hint of the bacon with even more maple syrup smells. Quite literally smells like breakfast.
T: On a suggestion from the guy at the beer store, I'm drinking this after it has cooled for only two hours in the fridge, and I can see why he suggested that. Clearly a good decision. Initially the smokiness of bacon hits the tongue along with some very mild hops and followed by a maple syrupy flavor. Very good, tastes like breakfast.
M: Thicker than most beers, and I think a little thicker than your typical stout, which, for the flavors in this beer, definitely works to its advantage, not a lot of carbonation, which again works well.
O: Overall, as a smoked beer, this isn't a particularly good example, so I had to take a few points off on the overall score, but this is still a quite tasty beer, one that I would buy again if it were cheaper.
04-26-2012 23:20:54 | More by Daktyls
3.18/5 rDev +13.2%
a: clear amber body (expected something darker) with a two finger sudsy tan head. the foam showed good retention and lacing.
s: very sweet. maple, some smoky bacon. mostly just sugar.
t: very sweet at first, then turning somewhat smoked pork, before returning to more maple syrup sweetness.
m: good carbonation with a sticky mouthfeel. thought it would be more fuller than it was. little smoke dryness with a almost cloyingly sweet finish.
o: tasty beer, glad i had someone to share with because 8oz was enough for me. as far as smoked beers go there are plenty more that are better, but for a unique twist on the style this is worth a try.
04-23-2012 01:55:41 | More by match1112
2.18/5 rDev -22.4%
I saved this beatiful pink bottle before choosing the perfect time to open it. Bacon lover, doughnut lover, maple doughnut lover... and most of all, beer lover. Poured into a tulip.
A- Pours a nice amber with a nice head that stays. A little more than a finger of foam. A little bit of lacing stays on the glass.
S- Maple. An even stronger smell than I would suspect the smell of a bottle of pure maple syrup. After sifting through the other subtle notes I smell the smokyness of the bacon but the sweetness is overpowering.
T- Too sweet. The maple is definitely there along with the hint of smokyness. It is a liquid doughnut not fit for a beer but lacks all of the good things a great doughnut has. Too smoky and a fake bacon taste. Not really balanced.
M- Lacks carbonation and is very sticky. Feels very chewy and hard to get down. Not very palatable.
O- Terrible, what a huge disappointment. I couldn't finish my bottle, this is the 3rd rogue beer I have not been able to finish. (I have only poured out 3 beers ever). The terrible smokyness stayed and I kept smelling it long after I drank it. The odor of smoke and maple like a burned christmas ham resonated until i washed my lips off and drank a different beer.
04-21-2012 08:21:47 | More by Muthacack
3.98/5 rDev +41.6%
Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.
A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that bears little retention time before receding to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and quite little surface foam. Decent lacing at first that quickly collapses.
S- Very sweet maple syrup with some smoke in the back. Also some caramel and vanilla.
T- The smoke comes through way more in the taste as the maple syrup all but disappears. Bacon is only really apparent in the aftertaste. Once the flavors all set in enough, they meld together and create a pretty easy-drinking beer.
M- Obviously syrupy and a bit of snap even though the carbonation is disappointingly low. Medium body.
O- I was expecting a darker, thicker beer with more alcohol but I'm certainly not displeased with what it actually is. Great to try once, but not something I'll buy again
04-20-2012 04:18:51 | More by Immortale25
3.53/5 rDev +25.6%
Been waiting a while for this beer to hit Boston, and it finally did!
Appearance is a deep, filtered clear amber/dark-caramel color.
Smell is simply amazing. Even after just popping the cap, I could sense the maple aroma. After pouring a glass, the smell is a fantastic maple syrup with bacon. I didn't expect the aroma to be that intense, but it's amazing!
Taste seems a bit off at first, or lacking. Either that, or the smell built my expectations up a bit much. First sip, there isn't much taste that I can find until a overabundance of carbonation blankets my tongue. Once that passes, smokey notes arise followed by the addition of maple-bacon + sugar in the tail.
The mouthfeel is medium but almost light.
Overall, I expected more from the taste, but the aroma is stunning. I'll definitely be buying this again!
04-17-2012 19:23:11 | More by feylure
2.93/5 rDev +4.3%
Good idea, poor execution.
A: Single finger head, ok retention settling to a thin film. Deep orange body with some lacing sticking to the glass.
S: Sweet dough, kinda like fresh pancakes with light amount of syrup.
T: Has artificial tasting flavors. Bacon hints poke through and are pleasant, but the surrounding artificial and bitter flavors are not.
M: Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation.
O: Better than I thought it was going to be, but far from its true potential.
04-16-2012 18:54:16 | More by tjkinate
4.3/5 rDev +53%
Upon opening a bomber of this stuff, I noticed a very nice smell, not of beer but of candy. Is this beer?, I thought.
The voodoo pours a golden copper color with plenty of foam. I can see the bacon actually floating in the beer. Amazing!
In terms of taste, this beer is awesome! I can taste maple syrup and burnt bacon, not beer. Although the taste is great, it doesn't feel so great. My mouth says UGHH, although,
This is an awesome beer that I would try again.
04-15-2012 17:12:49 | More by DaveC93036
Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
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