Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale | Rogue Ales

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Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon AleVoodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by msubulldog25 on 09-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,684 |  Reviews: 416
Photo of evilkorova
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.59/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average, somewhat cloudy amber color.Nice smoked aroma. Borders on bacon but not quite there. yeasty and bready at the same time. The cherrywood smoked malt dominates here flavor wise. Mild sweetness. Lingering effect from the smoked malt. In all quite pleasant. Prickly mouthfeel. An ok smoked beer-I find the name all too confusing. No maple and the whole doughnut thing makes me look for a really sweet dessert beer. Bacon yeah-the rest of it no. A bit of a pricey novelty.

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Photo of jdhasse
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper/amber color with a fingers worth of off-white head

S: Definitely get all 3 smoked malts up front (cherrywood, beechwood, and hickory), sweet maple syrup, some yeasty notes, and a hint of bacon. Kind of a real mash-up going on here, but it hits the nail on the head in terms of what they were going for

T: Right along the lines of the nose, with a big rush of cherrywood smoked malts with the beechwood and hickory there as well, but not nearly as present. Get the bacon and maple syrup in the middle, and then it finishes with more smokiness and sweetness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little out of style, but it works

O: Very enjoyable, especially since they really did what they set out to do, which is extremely difficult with a beer like this. The lighter body and lower abv definitely help push the flavors along and don't overpower the beer. I'm drinking this one at 11 AM, and it is a great breakfast/brunch beer. And again, like many have said before, this one is worth a shot for the uniqueness alone. Plus the bottle looks cool

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Photo of dmasters458
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of corby112
2.54/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy copper color with dark golden orange edges and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet maple syrup aroma with subtle smokiness.  Really smells like a maple syrup glazed doughnut.  Not much else going on here though.  I was expecting it to have more of a smoked malt/bacon character but it's all baked pastry dough and maple.  Not bad smelling just a bit one dimensional.

Medium bodied with very tight carbonation and an acrid, overly roasted malt presence thats lingers throughout.  There's also a powerfully unpleasant spice presence up front with hits of pepper and coriander thats eventually countered by sweeter caramel malt flavor.  Very dry, acrid and burnt with an odd, lingering maple syrup presence in the finish.  Theres also a chalky consistency thats really off putting with only slight maple syrup sweetness in the finish.  Pretty gross and doesn't live up to what I expected from the nose.

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Photo of Bank_of_Bad_Habits
1/5  rDev -68.1%

Photo of ire2661
1/5  rDev -68.1%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Birdlegs
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of searsclone
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of jackrodgers77
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Infamous7100
3.74/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours carmel to orange with a decent finger width head.
S: very complex. Strong maple aroma mixed with a meaty bacon scent. The maple wins out. Some bready notes as well.
T: sweetness of the maple jumps out but quickly goes to the smokey meat flavors. Finishes with a mixture of the two. Interesting that as the more you drink, the more enhanced the smokiness becomes.
M: slightly creamy, medium bodied and not as full as the flavor would suggest. Finishes with dry, which is surprising.
O: complex, interesting and was spot on for what they were going for. Worth a try for the uniqueness alone.

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Photo of KevBearcat529
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Travisnin
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of mwarriner
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of cortez
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of liamt07
3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from the LCBO, 750ml into a tulip.

Copper-brown with an off-white head. Pretty good retention and a good bit of lacing. Smoked malts and a heavy dose of maple syrup on the nose. Amaretto/almond-liquer with some some sugary icing/cake-y notes as well. Taste doesn't really provide anything outstanding for me, some sweeter smokey flavours, a bit of rubber, icing sugar. Unplesant smoke into the finish, and the sweetness doesn't aid it. Medium body, but carbonation is too high for my liking. Really wanted to like this one based on the nose, but this just did not work out for me at all. Ended up pouring out a better part of this.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer was something I was seriously debatin on even buying. I didn't think I would be able to even drink it but I was pleasantly surprised. The beer poured out as a hazy brownish amber color with a light tan colored head. The lacing isn't that great but there is a decent retention. The smell of the beer give off a big smokey sweet aroma. The taste of the beer is actually really quite nice. There is a lot of smokey flavors but they're really well balanced with the sweetness of the maple. I'm surprised by this beer honestly. The mouthfeel is my least favorite part of the beer. Much like most Rogue beers its watery to me. There just isn't enough body. Overall this beer was much better than I expected. I can honestly say I would drink it again if I could find it cheap enough.

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Photo of hscorpio
1.94/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

First off, I love Rogue's beers. In fact if it wasn't for Dead Guy, I'd have never become interested in anything past Rolling Rock.

However, this beer is akin to a bottle of liquid smoke. Period. I tasted no maple, and no bacon. The ingredient list goes on for far too long with too many "smoked" ingredients.

I'd like to try this with only one smoked ingredient.

This would be better be marketed under the names "Fire Fighter Ale" or "Ol' Chimney Sweep Pilsner."

Will not drink again.

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1/5  rDev -68.1%

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Photo of shamus27
2.14/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My wife bought two bottles of this because she liked the color (pink) of the bottle and we'd been by Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland. We took a bottle to two different parties with craft/micro beer aficionados and could not get people to finish a bottle at either party. Just too strange of a taste or smell for folks. More smoke than bacon.

However, I did use the beer in a recipe for honey glazed chicken (from Cooking Light) and the rich maple smokey flavor of the beer made a for a superior chicken dinner.

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Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of Blackwolf
4.19/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A- Hazy/cloudy light amber body, decent off white head, with little retention. Not much lacing at all. Looks nice though.

S- Smokey maple... Lots of smokiness! Can't seem to get the bacon out of there, but it smelled great, not very complex, just inviting.

T- Your palate follows the nose! Smokey maple, applewood bacon, you can't really get all the malts or hop flavor out of this, but I still enjoyed it very much.

MF- medium body, medium-sharp carbonation. flavor hangs around a lot.

O- As much ingredients that were added into this beer, you really just get hit head on with the smoked maple malts. If you like that smokiness it's a great beer to try, and I liked it a lot. I definitely want to give it another go. This isn't an overly complex beer, though you would think it is. It all depends on your taste if you want this ale in your mouth. Not bad at all though.

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Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
3.13 out of 5 based on 1,684 ratings.
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