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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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BA SCORE
66
poor

1,606 Ratings
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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

Specs:
14º PLATO
30 IBU
76 AA
30º Lovibond

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-01-2011)
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3/5  rDev +7.5%

Texasfan549, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Kacid
4/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer as a present from an Oregon friend. Wanted to try it despite the mixed reviews regarding it.

Appearance: Reddish Amber with fine bubbles and creamy Caramel-colored head. Little lacing is left after the pour
Nose: Complex and natural bacon smell, strong but not overly agressive smoke smell (sweet smokiness). Delicious and potent maple syrup odor.
Taste: Multi-faceted smoke flavour that does not tire the palate. Woody, apple bacon flavour with a last after-taste. Slightly oaked and malty whisky flavor. Bitterness in the back of the tongue
Mouthfeel: Juicy, syrupy consistency that matches the style well.

Overall very impressed with this beer, I came in with lower expectations as to how good the beer might be. It would pair absolutely amazingly with a good pancake, eggs and bacon breakfast and a nice coffee. It has some filling unctuous qualities that make you want to eat with it, yet it does not fall heavily on the stomach. With reservation: it's not for everyone; not all will like the delicious yet somewhat odd pairing of bacon inside beer.

Kacid, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of VipertheIV
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

VipertheIV, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Alpar
4/5  rDev +43.4%

Alpar, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of dsuedbeck
3/5  rDev +7.5%

dsuedbeck, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of sisuspeed
3.43/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Andrew for bringing this back from the west coast!

Pours a clear amber honey color with a thin white head that eventually fades to a thin ring and a few bubbles. Looks pretty average.

The nose is pretty much what you would expect from the title. Maple and bacon. The smoked malt definitely makes you think there is some meat in here. However, there is a light metallic note on the back, kind of like steel shavings.

The flavor is a good mixture of smoked malt and maple sweetness. Nice wood notes, cherrywood and hickory. Much like the nose, this starts off pretty well, but the end lingers with a weird vegetal taste.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with light, tingly, carbonation. I think this beer would benefit from a heftier body, to complement the sweet and smokey flavors, but it's not too bad as is.

Overall, this beer has a few flaws, but in general it succeeds in bringing out some tasty maple and bacon flavors. I probably wouldn't pick this up again, but if Rogue reworked the recipe a bit I'd probably give it another try.

sisuspeed, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy, deep orange-amber with a finger of thick looking, slightly amber-tinted head.

Smell. Okay, I recently had a maple bacon donut from Frost in Mill Creek, WA (it was delicious ...really!) and this is what it smelled like. I didn't even associate that recent delicacy with this beer until I got that smell again. Remarkable ...but as a beer, hmmm. Anyways, full marks for nailing the smell. I was skeptical before eating that donut as well, and it turned out to be life changing ;-)

Taste. Smoke and just a bit of caramel malts to begin with. Maple comes through in the middle followed by some real bacon and smoky wood that lingers in the mouth a while. Not bad, really.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with below medium carbonation.

Overall. Well, for a novelty this wasn't half bad. I would drink it again for sure. Love the ugly pink 750 and it's graphics. Good choice to crack this one for brunch on a lazy day.

Rutager, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of BDTyre
4.15/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually like this. I think it delivers what it promises. There are definite smokey bacon notes, strong hints of maple and a noticeable sweetness that reminds me of fresh Krispy Kremes.

Shocking orange colour with a nice white head. Smoked meat - i.e. bacon - in the nose, maple notes, and sweet, sweet malts. Dough, hints of vanilla.

Strong smoked malt flavour when cold, but as this warms, the maple bacon flavours dominate, with a light, doughy malt background. Forget hops - this is all malts.

Good mouthfeel, low carb. Great beer to finish the night with.

Side note - bottle says 30 degrees Lovibond, which would put it in the colour range of a porter...not sure how Rogue came up with that.

BDTyre, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of natemort13
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

natemort13, Jan 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev +7.5%

NarcoSolo, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Tiger33
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Tiger33, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of edwardkersh
4.5/5  rDev +61.3%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of alwaysanswerb
1.75/5  rDev -37.3%

alwaysanswerb, Jan 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Beernerdz, Jan 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

codynevels, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
4/5  rDev +43.4%

facundoCNB, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a very cloudy orange amber color with almost no head at all beyond a thin layer of tan bubbles.

S: Aroma is almost humorous in its likeness; maple syrup, sausage, sweet maltiness, it’s a lot like a breakfast from Denny’s.

T/M: Carbonation is reasonably high and is the first thing that hits your mouth, much more bubbly than it looks. It’s a little tricky after that; smoky malts, more sausage and maple syrup, dry malt, a bit thin on the back of the tongue.

I was wholly anticipating a dark stout so it’s a little surprising, but based on the mediocre reviews I’ve read, it’s actually not that bad. Unfortunately, the “bacon” is a lot meatier, like sausage links would be, and I don’t get any of the “doughnut” beyond some pastry-like maltiness. This is largely a product of its marketing and it’s obvious the beer plays second fiddle to the concept, but it’s still drinkable. It’s not ideal, but it’s very, very clever. I think I would love to have one of these for breakfast.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

TheBeerAlmanac, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of robsee
1.6/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This was a drain pour - I think they got the maple and bacon flavorings somewhat correct although far too overpowering. However, the base beer is underwhelming - it doesn't hold up or add anything to those flavors. This beer lacks body and complexity so about half way through a glass I was already bored and looking how to dispose of it.

robsee, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev +7.5%

TexAggie011, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of GarrettB714
2/5  rDev -28.3%

GarrettB714, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1031st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
750 ML

2011 Release
Purchased from Bevmo, Chino Hills. $12.99

App- A falling dark orange/amber/red to a light orange/yellow on the bottom with a one finger very fast receding off white head with some tan tinge to it.

Smell- A very thick smoke note like a campfire with burnt bacon and a maple tinge to it. A bit stringent on the nose with some burnt plastic like an outboard motor firing up. However, with all those adjectives. I didnt find it offensive it was just kinda there.

Taste- Much of the flavor envelops from the smoked malts and a little of the Munich on the opening flavors. Following this is the maple extract notes and a touch of the bacon. I'll call it a tad bitter with maybe a touch of bubbly yeast. I will say it wasn't really as creamy as it needed to be to really make this work, but its not as horrible as some of the 1's or 1.5's some are dropping on this.

Mouth- A pretty light medium body with a fairly light-medium carbonation. It does leave a bit of smoky bacon char and wood notes. Less of the maple comes out residually.

Drink- I was very excited to try this one. I've seen many shows on Food network about the doughnut and one day I will try it. For now I will say that this needed to be more light a cream ale with some smoke, bacon and maple to really make this work. A tad more sweetness would have been nice as well. I probably wont have this one again, but it was worth a shot.

FosterJM, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
1.48/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

750 mL bottle sent to me by ramnuts, shared with my tasting group in what was interpreted as a clear-cut gesture of my contempt for them.

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange that would be fairly nice, all things considered, with a little more milkiness and some more head. I tend to like cloudy beers of this shade.

S: It delivers exactly what you'd expect: some maple and enough smoke to border on hammy, bacon-like aromas. Mildly salty and woody. The effect was a little reminiscent of garbage that has been left in my apartment over a warm weekend: it smells like things that were once food that have been left to mingle and have started to turn.

T: Smoked wood that mimics bacon flavors. A touch of maple is found in the finish, but since this beer has been sitting around a while, I would guess that flavor is starting to fall off. Other than that, there is a mild caramel presence and basically nothing else. Not a lot going on.

M: No finish to the beer; it just trails off the palate.

O: I have a hard time understanding how this beer is 'average.' It's a pretty clear demonstration of a trainwreck and a fascinating exercise in disappointment. I wonder what compelled them to charge $11 for this and mandate a case minimum, but that it went into distribution so quickly is a hilarious testament to how badly their gambit misfired.

Arbitrator, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light reddish brown with an ample off white head which recedes to a small pool
S: Smells of smoke, bacon, and maple syrup. very nice
T: Tastes of smoke, a hint of bacon and just a wisp of maple. very smoke forward. Smoky bacony aftertaste with a kiss of maple. Kind of simple but not bad
M: full bodied with adequate carbonation, kind of slick when swallowing
O: Very different, I wish the maple and bacon was a bit more forward in the flavor. Pretty tasty though.

SHODriver, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of largadeer
2.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle generously shared by Arbitrator.

Hazy with a rust hue, little head formation. Smells like wood smoke and salty meat, cheap pancake syrup, caramel malt. The scent of smoke and bacon is pretty overpowering, and almost overshadows the maple. The palate is surprisingly bland, dominated by woodsmoke, bacon and a dry maple flavor. Body is oddly thin, finish is woody, smoky and unpleasantly salty. Not as horrid as I was expecting, but nowhere near good.

largadeer, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of xhuskr
3/5  rDev +7.5%

xhuskr, Jan 06, 2012
Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
66 out of 100 based on 1,606 ratings.