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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: 1,616
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 34.77%
Wants: 117
Gots: 203 | 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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2/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of GNWBC
3.48/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been to the Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, and am a huge fan of their bacon maple bars. Unfortunately, this beer tasted nothing like it. It pours a viscous dark brown with a decent amount of carbonation. smells strongly of maple syrup, vanilla and brown sugar. taste was dominated by a smokey sweetness and a very strong maple note, as it sinks in the sweetness of the maple and brown sugars saturates your tongue. Mouthfeel is nice, very clean and since there is virtually no hop note to this brew it doesn't leave any bitterness on your palate. Overall not bad maybe as a once a year thing but not good enough to want year round.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 750mL bottle to snifter on 11/13/11 at a small tasting with friends
*From notes

-- Muchos gracias, Señor Bond --

A: Much lighter in color then I'd expected, as it's a clean autumn amber. A standard pour yields a 1.25 finger head and zero lacing.

S: Pork belly and glazed donut. Really. This is pretty crazy stuff. I really can't believe how well they nailed the nose on this one. Close my eyes and I'd swear there was a plate of 'em in front of me.

T: Well it was good while it lasted. Smoke up front, and lots of it. There's a ton of syrup that hits the mid, and it's extremely cloying. It's one strange brew. The finish is off-dry and it never really lets go of the maple covered pork fat.

M: Thin. Oily. This beer really needs a bigger body to carry what really is a BIG time flavor profile.

O: I have no idea how any one person can consume an entire 750mL bottle. Rogue, wtf were you thinking putting this in such large (and gorgeous) bottles? Regardless, their Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale was certainly a crowd divider. Some thought it the worst beer they've ever consumed. Some, quite tasty. Me? I didn't find it to be a train wreck, rather it's just damn weird.

Photo of BucketBoy
2.15/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Live review, 12-9-11 after my curveball Civ Pro final. Thanks for the cool extra, cavemanlawyer!

Look - Gotta give extra points for the look of the bottle, which is simply ridiculous pink. The beer pours a rich garnet that lets just a hint of light through, somewhere between pumpkin pie and dark caramel. A half finger egg shell foam head that recedes to what looks a bit like a glob of thinned-out snot on top of an oddly shimmering cap, but with inviting pin bubbles riding up the side of my Bell's tulip. Really nice color but the head looks a bit unappetizing after it calms down.

Smell - At first just a wiff of smoke and maple over a lightly sour, almost milky malt and yeast background. It's a shame, there are some lovely notes of maple, smoke, cinnamon, and clove underneath which clamor to escape but no such luck - pulled back into the glass and covered up by the sour tone.

Taste - Watery light flavor, with just a touch of sweet maple on the tip but again with the slightly sour lactic yeast esters paired with underdone wheat rolls. The midpalate starts to show the smoke, which really comes through in the end with alderwood and hickory. I was expecting more smoke and was perhaps underwhelmed, actually.

Mouthfeel - Watery thin for most of the swallow with some decent carbonation puffing it out it up in the middle from abyssmal to just shy of acceptable. A touch of slick oiliness coating my mouth at the end helps.

Overall - Yeah, not so much. I was expecting this to be overwhelmingly smoky and cloying, but I got just the opposite - fairly watery and weak, which some tasty smoke and a light amount of maple. More of both of these still would not have made up for the mouthfeel.

Photo of sliverX
1/5  rDev -64.2%

Photo of leprakhan
2/5  rDev -28.3%

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4/5  rDev +43.4%

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

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2/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of 100floods
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hooray for the tribute/collaboration beer! Microbrew heavyweights Rogue have unleashed a Smoked Beer in collaboration with Portlands Voodoo Donuts. Those in the know, they created the best donut ever: THE MAPLE BACON BAR. In an awesome marketing move, Rogue decided to imitate the famed donut in beer form. A challenging, if not at least interesting task.

Pours a honey yellow with some off white head. Pretty typical affair for your average Smoked Beer.

The smell alone achieves the goal of this beer. It smells lik e a freakin' donut! Huge notes of maple and dough. Those flavors alone dominate. There's extremely faint notes of smoke, but nothing really resembling solid malt aromas. It just smells like a fresh donut, which is cool, I guess. It lacks any real aroma notes of a Smoked Beer.

The flavor of this beer takes a 180 degree turn. Where the aroma lacked in anything smokey, or bacon-like, it dominates in the taste. Dry at first, but then your pallet turns to smoked, almost burnt malts. These flavors seem a bit flat. The flavors don't seem to last long and they lack any strength. It's here, then it's gone. What lingers is a flavor similar to a lager or hopped English Ale. At this point my girlfriend put down her glass.

"Interesting." She said. She works in the medical field, which means it's not good. "It's just not grooving with me."

At this point I'm wondering wear the bacon is. It's nowhere. There's a slight malty, hoppy, doughy finish, but not bacon. It's safe to say at this beer fails in the flavor department.

I've had Smoked Beers, Ports and some stouts that have no actual bacon in the brew yet have managed to emulated flavors and aromas of the sacred meat. Rogue actually put bacon in their beer and it seems to have gotten lost in the mix. Mega points for their interesting aromas. This is a beet that does not live up to its expectations. I've decided to stop trying to down this filth and I'm tossing it.

Epic Fail Time.

Photo of oline73
2.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this at the pre Jackie O's release tasting at fluff. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange color with a ring of white head.

Smell: Quite smokey, not sure how much of that comes from the bacon or not. Definitely picking up the sweetness from the maple syrup.

Taste: Think maple syrup poured into water and then smoked. Not a huge fan.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really weird beer. I'm really glad I was able to try it, but I wouldn't want more.

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Gtreid
2.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750 ml. bottle poured into my stone tulip. BTW, this is the first pink bottle of beer I've ever seen. And artwork is pretty cool.

A: Clear copper color. The pour dropped a two finger head that faded to a thin collar. Nice lacing.

A: Smoke all the way. I get a little maple, kinda like super smoke bacon with a touch of maple syrup.

T: I typically like smoked brews, and I like maple brews. But I don't like this. The flavors dont mesh well together at all. It is less sweet then I thought it would be, and waaay more bitter then I thought it would be.

M: To thin. Over carbonated. Just not appealing.

O: A big fail. I was hoping for an ok beer here, but just got a mess of smoke and stale sausage maple flavor. Avoid.

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4/5  rDev +43.4%

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2/5  rDev -28.3%

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2/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.9/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cory for sending me this beer. Wanted to try it ever since Rogue announced it since I have been to Voodoo and had the Bacon Maple Doughnut.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a small foamy head on top, white in color. Not much retention or lacing at all.

S: Tons going on here. Right away I get the maple syrup, its sweet and very strong. There is some bacon, a little bit of smoke, and a little bit of dough. Definitely reminds me of the doughnut.

T: Extremely sweet. There is some bready malt, some of the syrup shows up and a little bacon, but neither as much as the aroma. The smoke comes in really strong on the finish, almost like an aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation. Not oily, but it coats my mouth. Pretty easy drinking for a smoke beer though.

O: Pleasantly surprised, based off the reviews. Looking at the goal of the brewer, and having had the doughnut, I think it was as close as a beer could get. Now, would I drink this all the time? No, but would I give it another go, probably, but would make sure to at least split it with someone else again.

Photo of Urbancaver
2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks? Jason...

Pours out of a bright pink bottle

Murky brownish orange. Nice white head. Looks okay but not great.
Smells like a campfire. Gross. This is not appealing in any way.
Tastes sweet and smokey this is a gross beer. Lots of weird flavours. Not pleased. High carbonation levels.
Not something i would have again

Photo of brew3crew
3.68/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small gathering at Cam's for goodies

A-orange/brown body with no head whatsoever

S-very Smokey with a little bit of maple. Very subtle maple

T-more like a maple smoke beer. No real donut sweetness to fall back on

M-medium body and smooth with a hint of smoke on the back end of the toungue.

O-not as bad as people think. It is what it is.

Photo of BeerHunter76
4.1/5  rDev +47%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend of mine showed me this bottle and I was so curious I scoured BA to find this treasure no matter what the rating.
It came it a trade with a great BA member and waited to share this with some friends at one of our bottle nights. I was expecting a darking color from this one but I don't know why. It was a maple syrup color with a thin light head poured into a snifter. The aroma of smoke and maple is immediate in this one. If you look at the list of ingredients you will understand why this has a smoky mouth feel; it is loaded with smoked malts. Sitting on the tongue the bacon and maple syrup come out and hit you as they go down the gullet. Overall this is a fun unique brew that is easy to drink, and have a interesting flavor. I think I would have rated it higher had it been a bit darker, but if you can get it DISFRUTA.

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +43.4%

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2/5  rDev -28.3%

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4/5  rDev +43.4%

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
66 out of 100 based on 1,616 ratings.