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Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale - Rogue Ales

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Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon AleVoodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

411 Reviews
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Reviews: 411
Hads: 1,669
Avg: 3.13
pDev: 65.81%
Wants: 139
Gots: 259 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-01-2011

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
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Reviews: 411 | Hads: 1,669
Photo of Trifecta1
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Shared this bad boy with a couple of my best friends. It was... an experience. Got a little back story. Poured the first 3/4 of the bottle, smelled and tasted above average... however, all the darkness, smokiness, and bacon bits (yes, bacon bits in the beer) stayed on the bottle. We drank about 1/2 the bottle, we poured in the rest, and ruined it. So I'm gonna make a before (B) and after (A) final pour.

A - (B) Hazy brown, reminded me of a plain, fried doughnut. Nice finger/finger and a half of head. Lacy. (A) Dog vomit in a glass, bacon bits completed the image.

S - (B) Smells like maple syrup. No joke. Striaght maple fking syrup(A) Made me wanna pour it out. Wasn't too offensive, but was unappealing.

T - (B) Slighty smokey, bready doughnuttyness, maple syrup sweetness finishes it off, tasty. But where's the bacon? (A) Oh, there it is. Chunky greasiness and all. Slighty vomit inducing, tastes like drinking campfire concentrate.

M - (B) Decently smooth, drinkable. (A) Sticky, thick, grease feeling, clinging to the mouth like a facehugger from Alien. Get it off!

O - Unique attempt, decent beer if you avoid the final 1/4 bottle. Share it, for god's sake. You will want to. Trust me.

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Photo of eandolina
1.37/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Received a 22oz. bottle as a Christmas gift.

I have to admit that I was incredibly disapointed, I"m a big Rogue fan; and I've loved everything of theirs that I ever had--until now.

Somethings are better as an idea, than a reality, and this beer is one of them!

On the bright side, as is no surprise with a Rogue product; the quality of product and ingredients is high. Color, clairity and head retention were all great.

But, this was simply the right execution of the wrong idea. The maple was extremely dominant and it was sickningly sweet. Juxtaposed to a usual Rogue offering; where I'm looking for another one--I was seeking a tactful way to dump the remainder of my glass.

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Photo of Kacid
4/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.04/5  rDev +29.1%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.12/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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.


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Photo of robsee
1.7/5  rDev -45.7%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.47/5  rDev -53%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL pink bottle,

A: Pours a medium red amber with a moderate fizzy white head, some lace, good head retention, looks like a Rogue beer.

S: Smells like maple bars and BBQ smoke, an intriguing mix which I quite liked.

T: Tastes a lot like American Amber, has that typical Rogue pacman yeast with crystal malt base. Some smoke for sure with a hint of sugar in the finish. Not bad tasting, but nowhere near the promise of the nose.

M: Fairly light-bodied, a thin mouthfeel overall. Has some carbonic feel, sweet in the end.

O: When I saw this at my local BevMo I had to pick it up because of its uniqueness. In the end it's really not big enough to carry all the components I expected. It does smell like maple and bacon and that's great, but I want the taste to deliver it. It's not a terrible beer, but it's greatly overpriced. I'd say maybe try this once for its uniqueness, but not something to try if you want a maple bar bacon explosion in your mouth.

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Photo of JesteR14
3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into my tumbler and saw a great orange color, lots of bubbles that dissipated quickly. Great color when looking at it through a light.

S- Smells smokey and sweet at the same time, almost like candied bacon smells like. Maple syrup as well. But this smell is not a strong smell, its fairly weak but still very nice.

T- the taste comes on slightly weaker than i expected when i smelled it. But to me, that is a good thing because if the flavor was stronger i would never finish the entire bottle. The flavor starts with a matly sweet taste, that moves into a smoked bacon flavor that lingers on you pallet. Its a pretty good smoked beer in my opinion.

M- watery, and smooth. Not a exciting mouthfeel

O- This is a good unique smoked beer. It is a great novelty and something that you want to try just by seeing the bottle. I upped my original overall rating because of how easy it was to drink, considering the flavor and type of beer. Like i said, if this was a stronger more pork like beer, i would have rated it down.

This is something a craft beer fan should try. Its unique and wont drink something like this all the time. Rogue did a good job making a difficult beer, and i commend them. And hell if you dont like it at least you have an awesome bottle to keep right??

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Photo of doughanson78
3.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Medium dark amber with a tint of maple brown syrup color. Slightly hazy. One finger off white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Maple syrup pretty big upfront. Smoked meat is also very present, and smells very good. Some touches of caramel coming through. Smells like an awesome pancake, smoked bacon and sausage, all drizzled in maple syrup, cooked over a campfire, breakfast.

T: Slight sweet caramel and maple upfront. Smokey bacon and ham flavors in the middle. Not a huge smokiness. The maple comes through a lot more in the finish.

M: Pretty thin. Verging on watery. Medium carbonation. Slight crispness.

O: They actually pulled this off a little. Was much better than I was expecting. Definitely different and not an everyday beer at all, but decent and interesting.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange brown with a 1 inch fizzy off-white head that settles to nothing. Small dots of lace drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly subdued overall but I am getting some smoked malt, smoked meat, and maple syrup aromas. Somewhat like bacon covered in maple syrup. Taste is of smoked wood, smoked pork, and mild maple flavors. The aftertaste has a smoky and woody quality to it. This beer has a slightly crisp mouthfeel but it's a bit thin and watery. Overall, this is a pretty good smoked beer that is not as bad as I was expecting it to be.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours literally the color of maple syrup, amber with lighter highlights, and a big, maple cream colored head. Gets murky and develops a lot of strange black particle sediment as it gets near the end of the bottle.

Smells really good, like what you want to wake up to every day. Maple syrup, smoked meats, and a campfire.

And then, where did it go? Taste is not like the smell, it's a lot less. Tastes of not quite roasted malts the flavor of stale toast, the end has the maple and bacon flavor, but it's so understated, and fleeting that it's almost not there.

Has medium carbonation and a medium heavy body, feels ok, but is definitely not easy drinking. Kind of tough to get through overall.

I loved the idea of this beer, and upon smelling it, I was really excited. Upon drinking it, I was really dissapointed. If it tasted like it smelled, all would be well in the world, but this really is tough to drink, even with it's lack of overall flavor.


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Photo of TMoney2591
3.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a nonic pint glass.

This is the first beer my friends and I enjoyed in the then-brand new 2012. It pours a partly cloudy sunrise amber topped by about a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose is a blast of sweet doughnut (powdered sugar, bread, frosting, the works...I think I even got some sprinkles in there...), with a vague touch of beech smoke in the very back. Delicious. The taste, though, goes decently awry, with the smoke coming closer to the audience (and now wearing a bit of an oak mask), the sweetness faded almost completely, the bread taking a larger role than before, and some mild maple syrup randomly inserting itself into conversations at the most awkward moments. The combination just doesn't come together as it did in the smell; instead, it leaves a strange, mildly objectionable taste in my mouth. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a sorta slick feel, and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a laudable experiment, but one that falls short of true success. Now, if only I could make a candle from the aroma...

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Photo of Bobheed
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light brown with a khaki head, a little thick

S: Great smells, getting some sweetness and a lot of smokiness

T: Smoke. It tastes like what I imagine a bonfire would. Decent for a straight up smoked beer, but the maple and bacon that the name of the beer would suggest just get lost in too much smoke.

M: Slight tingling carbonation and a little thin

Overall, this one was fun just to try it. Will I pay $11 to get another bottle? No. I really wish the flavor had more maple characteristics too, I got a tiny bit, but it was mostly just smoke

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.57/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A finger of white head, deep gold-amber body.

To quote my dad, it smells like walking into an IHOP. Super mapley-- I couldn't smell anything else even if it were there.

Lots of smoky-toasty lager in the front, more maple in the back. A lot more. Not overbearing though it does leave an aftertaste.

Kinda foamy and light.

Interesting and very breakfasty. The Voodoo maple bacon bar itself is superior and cheaper, but not beer. This is not a knockout, but it's unique. If nobody likes it at your next tasting, consider reducing into pancake syrup! I wish I had done that. From the malt bill and inclusion of applewood bacon, I was hoping for more.

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Photo of loren01
2.14/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up at Portland Saturday market a while back. Was looking forward to drinking this for a while. I'm a big fan of both Rogue and Voodoo doughnuts.
A: Pours a hazy brownish red color, not much head and really no lacing either.
S: Very smokey, smells like bacon for sure but not picking up much maple just smoke
T: Slight sweetness followed by a big blast of smoke flavor. Still not picking up any maple.
M: Medium body, carbonation feels pretty good
O: I was really looking forward to trying this beer but I had a pretty tough time choking it down, Ive had way better beers for way less money.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Major kudos to my brother in law for gifting me 2 of these for x-mas. I knew this was certainly a polerizing beer going into it. Shared between myself, bro in law and a buddy. Looks rather attractive, a deep amber color, off white head, good tight carbonation. Man what an aroma, smells like a Tim Horton's maple frosted doughnut. Smokey, maple, vanilla, butterscotch. Really strong. I can see how some say there is an "ash tray" quality here, but hey it's a smoked beer. The taste is extremely smokey, with other flavors of maple, butterscotch, vanilla and well more smoke just like one or two clicks too much smole. I can't say I find this bad, I really believe Rogue accomplished what they were trying for here. I can also say I don't really get any bacon flavor. But as I said there is a disernable Tim Horton's maple glazed doughnut taste. Overall this was a really, really interesting beer. It has been sometime since I've had a beer so unique and for that I am greatful. Certainly could not drink a whole bottle to my dome, but a glass was a nice sipper.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.26/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had this beer twice now, the first time cold, and now a 2nd time at slightly cooler than room temperature. Trust me when I say this beer is MUCH better when consumed at a warmer temperature.

Appearance - A dark, golden brown.

Smell - Beautiful smoked bacon. Sweet syrupy maple. This smell instantly takes me to a lumberjack breakfast table.

Taste - At cold to ice cold temperatures, I got almost nothing outside of a smoke flavor, not unlike Rogue's Smoke Ale. As the beer warmed, the flavors opened, first a hint of bacon, and as it arrived closer to room temp, the maple made it's debut. The 2nd time I tried this beer, I gave this only a brief cool down before opening (10 minutes in fridge), and the flavors were there in full force. A nice smokey applewood bacon flavor upfront, followed nicely on the tongue with a sweet maple which fades well into the aftertaste. Beautiful, complex malts which work their magic and somehow deliver on the promise of the label.

Mouthfeel - Considering the target, this is where the beer loses points. The beer is fairly thin, or at least thinner than one should expect for what this beer is presenting.

Overall - Had I reviewed this after my first experience, it would have been one of disappointment. Following up on my instincts and trying this beer at a warmer temperature brought out it's true nature. At $11-13 a bottle, the price is steep, but if it won't break your budget, it's certainly a beer I'd recommend trying. Gimmick beers don't usually work; this one does.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.32/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – A dark amber color with a thin layer of gold along the top. A nice thick head that dissipates to a few small spots and a small ring around the glass.

Smell – A sweet maple smell which really smells a lot like a maple donut. There is also a light smoky smell, which reminds me of sizzling bacon. This is a great smelling beer!

Taste – The smokiness dominates the flavor and it’s a much stronger than expected compared to the smell. At first, I didn't like it since I was expecting something sweeter from the nose, but once I knew what to expect of the taste, I felt it was a quality smoked beer. It’s more of a woody smoke flavor than a bacon smoke flavor and is similar to many rauchbiers I've tried.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, medium carbonation; it felt right for the style.

Drinkability – Perhaps a bit too smokey to be super drinkable, but if you enjoy rauchbier you shouldn't be disappointed.

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Photo of rtaps
3.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a golden color with a small off white head and spotty lacing

GREAT nose to it. exactly what i was looking for. nice smokey BACON with mild maple notes.

unfortunately after the nose this beer goes downhill, taste like a burnt bacon with way to much smoke. not finding much maple in there.

light bodied and low carbonation

overall i had much higher hopes for this, the burnt bacon and smoke overpower the pallet, but i am hoping that with age the smokiness will settle down and bring more flavors to it

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Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
72 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.