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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: 1,606
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

30 IBU
76 AA
30º Lovibond

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-01-2011)
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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.

oline73, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev +7.5%

IpeeA, Dec 04, 2011
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.

Gtreid, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of PostVinyl
4/5  rDev +43.4%

PostVinyl, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Desaparecido
2/5  rDev -28.3%

Desaparecido, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of lisomiso
2/5  rDev -28.3%

lisomiso, Dec 01, 2011
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.

mdaschaf, Dec 01, 2011
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

Urbancaver, Nov 30, 2011
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.

brew3crew, Nov 30, 2011
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.

BeerHunter76, Nov 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev +7.5%

imperialking, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +43.4%

ThirstyHerf, Nov 30, 2011
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2/5  rDev -28.3%

Kinetik, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +43.4%

csiewert, Nov 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev +7.5%

jeffrauch, Nov 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev +7.5%

PhineasGage, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of schnarr84
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

schnarr84, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -28.3%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev +7.5%

Scrumtralecent, Nov 26, 2011
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1/5  rDev -64.2%

ChaseT, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of buffs9
3.45/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got to try this at a recent bottle share. Was expecting it to be terrible, but it was tolerable in small doses.

A: poured a light brown with some copper very litte foam.

S: strong smoke nose with carmel/maple notes. Pick up a little bacon, but really more smoke.

T: a bit dry and too much smoke for me. I didn't get much bacon, but brown sugar and smoke.

M: Average at best, thin.

O: Glad I tried it, but will never seek it out again.

buffs9, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of billab914
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a brown orange color and had some reddish highlights to it in the light. A thin white lacing was scattered across the top and concentrated around the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a big smoky, bacon and brown sugar presence in it. I get some bready, dough like flavors and some candy like maple sweetness. I really liked the smokiness to it, but the candy, brown sugar sweetness was a little intense.

The taste has a lot of very powerful flavors going on. Brown sugar and smoky bacon up front with some maple coming out in the finish. It's very sweet and almost candy like. It's pretty smoky as well with some liquid smoke like properties. The candied, maple, brown sugar sweetness is just too much for me though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a very interesting beer with some cool flavors at times, but it just didn't come together well. The sweet and smoky flavors were just too extreme and they didn't seem to have anything to help balance them. Being a smoked beer lover though I did enjoy the smoke to it at times. It was cool to try, but hard to have anything more then a small sample of.

billab914, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of msubulldog25
3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After deciding to share a dozen weeks ago, near release date (thanks James/cavemanlawyer for splitting the case and for the impromptu curbside tasting!), finally opened one of my 750s this morning. Yes, morning: paired with a savory-sweet root vegetable and bacon hash, topped with runny eggs. Poured to a Widmer teardrop glass.

Really like the pink bottle, with it's creepy/gaunt 'voodoo' figure posed in familiar 'clenched fist' defiance before a checkered backdrop of maple leaves and swine silhouettes. A keeper.

A: Hazy caramel brown pour with a notable shady reddish tone. Stumpy head of fizzy ivory, a finger high but quick to fall. Long to hold a scattering of skimcoat film. Early pours are debris-free, later ones are full of black flecks dancing then resting at the bottom (bacon?) - given the adjunct used, I'll give it a pass on the sediment.

S: Intriguing is an understatement: crazy 'maple' aroma, a sweetness that's tempered by -yes- smoky malt and a salty/meaty bacon. If emulating the (in)famous maple bacon bar from Voodoo was the goal, then this absolutely nails it. Sniffing this is addictive, quite honestly.

T: Each sip starts with good intentions: maple sweetness and woody smokiness that becomes 'bacon' only after some contemplation. Sadly, each sip devolves into brash and tinny bitterness, an abrasive tang like sucking on a penny. Another sip and more sugary glaze and donut sweetness... but then, again, more gut-churning and tongue-twisting bitterness and rancid smoke. Confounding, in that it's likable and detestable mere seconds apart.

M: A tingling, almost stinging, carbonation but an oil-slickened mouthfeel that's disappointingly thin. Long-lasting bitterness that's dull and metallic - need a tongue scraper to loose this one.

O: As a true 'smoked beer' this is a big-time FAIL when compared with German rauchbiers and the like. But as a novelty that aims to capture the essence of the maple bacon bar, then... well-played, Rogue. I enjoy these quirky one-offs and was able to finish a bottle with breakfast and over a half hour or so beyond; my wife, however, proclaimed this beer as 'TERR-ible', questioning why I'd drink any more after our mutual first sips. She didn't, I did. Fun to try, but not one to seek out for anything more than a novelty sampling.

msubulldog25, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +43.4%

THECPJ, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev +7.5%

Oneinchaway, Nov 20, 2011
Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
66 out of 100 based on 1,606 ratings.