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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Photo of zbloom
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.72/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bright pink bottle poured into a snifter.
13 ingredients list, 14° Plato, 30 IBU, 76 AA, 30° Lovibond.

A - Surprisingly lighter in color than one might imagine from a beefy grain-bill beer, Voodoo Doughnut is a lightly hazed golden orange, dirty pumpkin color. Frothy foam caps the beer and slowly lowers leaving some sticky lace on the snifter and a skim of foam floating on the beer.

S - Lofty smoked malt sure gives the this beer's aroma a big nod to Bacon, though not quite as much as some other, much less "gimick-y", traditional smoked beers. The thing about this intoxicating smell that really arouses me though, is it's depth and constantly changing profile. There's quite a bit of woody maple bark and raw maple syrup, integrated very well for a woodsy, smoke shack-type of environment. The malt underscores the smoke and maple with a doughy effect that offers the perception of dense glazed doughnut, really tying the name together nicely!

T - Voodoo Doughnut's deep and revolving aroma doesn't quite translate well into flavor. The doughy malt profile of the aroma which suggests some thickness to follow escapes, leaving too much smoked malt and not enough backing, though it's more of a feel issue. A light splash of maple syrup remains present, but there's more woodiness here than actual syrup. After sipping for a while though, the nice blend of smoked malt becomes more apparent and enjoyable for it's low abv.

M - Moderately high carbonation sparkles on the tongue while this thinner-feeling beer leaves me a little wanting in the mouthfeel department. Some sweetness lingers to combat the very dry smoked malt profile, but the finish just seems to fall flat.

O - Rogue really took a big leap here, setting their sights on blending three quintessential plates for an optimal breakfast into one beer. I give them credit for going nuts and experimenting with something like this, but it just doesn't live up to the label's forced hype. I mean, who doesn't love 1) doughnuts, 2) BACON?!, and 3) maple? It's a clear play to every guy's emotions and desires, arousing an immediate "must-have" feeling from deep within them. Additionally, the pink bottle stands out like a sore thumb for PERFECT marketing.

This beer seems to be quite polarizing on the interwebs, like most smoked beers are. So while I enjoy it for what it is, I can't help but feel let down; plenty of smoke, moderate maple integration, but a blatant lack of doughnut. If there was more body to this beer - a little more weight - I think it would excel. That's not to say it's bad though, it's just different. And Rogue really didn't help themselves with such a forecasting name.

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4.25/5  rDev +35.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -44.1%

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1/5  rDev -68.1%

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a murky bronze color with a flash head and minimal lacing.
Smells like a lumberjack's breakfast : A big stack of piping hot pancakes with maple syrup on top and a rasher of smokey bacon cooked over an open campfire.
Too bad it tastes like a stack of pancakes that have been left on top of that campfire until they turned into burnt crispy charcoal. WAY too much charred beechwood flavor essentially ruins the beer. It's akin to drinking liquified lumps of coal.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin and watery for the flavor profile but the carbonation levels are alright at least.

So, in summary, amazing aroma, terrible flavor. I'll not be visiting this one ever again.

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5/5  rDev +59.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Offa
4.12/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I love the Voodoo bacon maple doughnut, I had to try this, and found it surprisingly good.

Slightly hazy dark copper, medium-big pale tan head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is smoky bacon, maple, hint of bread.

Taste is dryish lightly smoky grain, dry toasty bread crust, lightly bitter leafiness, lightly spritzy, light maple aftertaste with hint of smoky grain and bacon. It's great and surprisingly enjoyable.

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, crimson appearance, under a lush, looming, booming, slightly off-white head, sparkling and lace-leaving.

Aroma: screams out from first pour, the maple and the bacon, together as one. Let's go in further…Smoke hits first, and you can feel the fire below, plenty of char above the maple and bacon, like walking into a freshly burned building. I think I liked it better before I went in for a closer sniff.

Taste: Big, fresh smoked malt right away, matched with mild hoppiness, and then in roars the maple, then the bacon. Malt is lighter than I imagined. Did I expect a porter? Perhaps I anticipated a breadier mouthfeel, for a more "doughnutty" taste?
Maybe because I've never had a Voodoo Maple Bacon Doughnut, I can't compare this against it's true inspiration?

Somewhat thinnish mouthfeel, uninspiring flavor, beyond the gimmicky additions. Doesn't make me think of a doughnut in the least.

This should only be sampled among a large group of friends so that everyone gets a smallish taste, and can all agree on how sad this brew is…don't make my mistake and try to tackle it on your own.

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2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pepto pink 750ml bottle into standard pint. Served cold.

A: dare I say maple syrup colored. No head but a bit of a ring. The lack of head is saddening really. Tiny little bubbles appear to be having a hard time getting through the sticky sweet brew.

S: maple and smoke. Smells very sweet, cloying even. But thats expected since it is the beer version of a doughnut. A little astringent. A bit of bacon too, and boy do I like the smell of bacon. But the smoke is strong! Smells like your shirt the morning after a campfire. As a smoked beer it is heavy, as a doughnut beer it is spot on.

T: super smokey, too smokey even. Sweet too but the smoke is overpowering. I was expecting stronger maple since the doughnut is a maple bar with a bacon strip. A little astringentThis plays to the bacon a lot more. Hard to drink a lot of, very much a sharing beer and very much a dessert beer.

M: thinner than expected, not much else there.

O: what the hell am I drinking? I was expecting a doughnut beer and I am getting liquid smoke beer. It isn't bad but it really is not a "going to have a brewski" kinda beer.

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Photo of socon67
3.69/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Amber pour with a bubbly foam. No lacing. Opaque look to it.

S - Strong scent of smoky malts. Smell of bacon is there, along with maple syrup. Has a lingering semll of brown sugar as well.

T - Initially it tasted like a BBA Founder's product. But then the smoky flavor took over the taste glands. The finish has a flavor of roasted\burnt malt.

M - This is not something I'd have a full glass of, let alone more than one. It was shared among a group and the consensus was that a shot glass is plenty. The smoky feel required a glass of water to rinse.

O - A polarizing beer that is a novelty and one I was glad to try. But I won't get this again. It simply is not even a top beer for its style.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.84/5  rDev +54.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11 month old bottle.

A - A really nice looking beer. Bright nectarine amber body. Fine bubbled, off-white head with great retention and ok lace.

S - Wow, delicious crispy meaty bacon, real maple syrup, and waffles.

T - Stellar smokey salty bacon with touch of sweet maple over a blanket of malt. Think bacon waffle batter, slow cooked in a hickory wood smoker. Lingering maple finish lasts for freak'n ever.

M - Thick and creamy, with a low level of carbonation that works well for the flavor profile.

O - Best smoke beer I've ever had. If you're a fan of smoke beers, you need to find yourself one of these.

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Photo of ballenc
1.88/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yikes - my wife brought this back from OR after a family get together.

A - Poured into a nonic pint glass - the beer is a deep orangish yelleow with very little head or lacing.

S - Definitley smoke with a hint of sweet maple syrup. But it has an astringent aroma that is a big turnoff.

T - Blech - like drinking a bottle of liquid smoke. Some lighter maple sweetness but overall, this is like drinking some weird type of smoke flavored medicine. Way too astringent and antiseptic flavored.

M - a bit on the thicker side but this is probably the best attribute of this beer.

O - Hate saying it but a total drainpour. Disclaimer: I'm not a big fan of smoked beers but I've had a 3-5 different smoked beer styles over the years and, sadly (as I'm pretty big on Rogue in general), this one is the worst I've had. I can appreciate the novelty of this type of beer (the Pepto Bismol bottle can't hurt) but for the price (I think my wife dished out about $10 for this bomber), save your money and spend it on something else.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass while enjoying a waffle/bacon dinner. We figured this would be the perfect complement.

A: Clear, light amber with an off-white, one-finger head that heads back to the doughnut shop, leaving lots of bubbles in its wake.

S: Maple syrup comes on strong with a malt/hop combo resting in the background.

T: Maple works its spell with a smoky bacon finish. Light malts. Sweet. Slightly metallic. Not as robust as I hoped.

M: Medium with creamy carbonation.

O: Well, the waffles were actually better than this odd tasting brew. Other than the cool Pepto Bismol bottle, this mystical thingamajig is certainly not worth trying again nor paying $12.50 plus tax. I'll move on to the Double Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fair smoked ale, neither as maligned or notable as one might have heard elsewhere.

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle. Bottle is painted in bright pink with a Rogue design and an image of a cliche voodoo character holding and brew over a patter of pigs and maple leaves. Brief side notes highlighting the dedication of the bottle, list of ingredients, IBUs (30), °Plato (14), Apparent Attenuation ( 76) and Lovibond (30) next to general recommendations for food pairings. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear amber pour with a good creamy head and retention, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Assertive smoked nose, plenty of bacon, wood, and sweet touches. This is the part that without being extraordinary holds the brew pretty well. But the ale can't ride alone on this.

T - Sweet and smokey.. Maple, smoked bacon, wood, and repeat again… Feels like quite a generic take on what applewood bacon feels like. OK...

M - Medium/light body and carbonation in the medium/high bracket, fair feel, relatively neutral to hold the brew up.

O - Fair smoked brew, kind of does all it promised but the flavor is quite monochord and ultimately hinders the experience a bit.

Notes: Provocative, and almost worthy of the hype in a fun/provocative kind of way. But almost… The smoked bacon with the sweet notes are all there and don't make a bad experience but first one needs to kind of like smoked beers, and even then it feels a bit blah all things considered.

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Photo of Proteus93
2.86/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know if a 'smoked beer' would explain this, but I suppose that it's too hard to give it any sort of real description! I saw this and said "Oh my!" and then I saw some of the reviews, particularly talking about flavour and said "Oh no!" Let's see...

A: Almost a tawny color, topped with an ever-so-slightly off-white head. The retention is good and it recedes with a generous collar of lace leaving behind some smatterings down the glass.

S + T: The aroma is predominantly that of maple syrup. The first thought is of pancakes, and that 'battered dough' connection is going to play into the whole 'doughnut' part of this... but it's ultimately just what maple syrup smells like. It's quite over-the-top, but I think we need to be realistic in that it's kind of supposed to be! The flavour allows more elements of the applewood-smoked bacon to come through... and once those salty qualities are out there, the nose aligns with it. Somewhat backwards, and it would be the other way around... the senses become a little confused, and this is a beer that can certainly cause some of that. The malts make a bit of an appearance, but they just seem odd and out of place. Hop presence is non-existent, and alcohol is hidden by the sweetness. It does leave a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste.

M + D: Body is a bit thin, with just a touch of slickness, though the carbonation is rather nice. This is just a bizarre beer overall, and while I don't think it ranks within the '1' range, it's probably not something that is going to gather much cult following. I could be wrong, but I think it's the beer that is. There's no way I would lay down over $10 for this again.

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -52.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
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