Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale | Rogue Ales

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Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon AleVoodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale
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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: 1,688 |  Reviews: 416
Photo of ComradeCanadia
4.02/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Big pepto-bismol pink bottle with a typically awesome Rogue logo. Pours a beautiful bronze-ruby sorta hue with a head that was initially quite nice but vanished quickly. If this retained any kind of head I'd go full-monty because the beer has a seriously beautiful hue.


Crispy, almost burned bacon dominates the nose with some biscuity hops and lots of maple. Really delicious-smelling beer.


Nothing subtle about this one. Big bacon flavour up front followed by a decent hops kick. The maple comes through and lingers as I exhale, mingling with the hops for a very nice finish. I wouldn't go so far as to call it delicious, but it's tasty and interesting which is what you want in a novelty.


The weak point of this beer. It's not a bad mouthfeel, but it should be great. Very heavy flavours comes with a light, almost watery body and weak carbonation.


I like it! Totally worth picking up and unlike a lot of dessert beers, this one doesn't disappoint. It does what it says on the tin.

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3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

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3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Oakenator
2.79/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you are having trouble finding something very different in the beer world then you've come to the right place. Color is brownish with good head and retention. Maple definitely comes through but taking center stage in this show is the bacon. Smells like bacon, tastes like bacon, and the bacon lingers a good 5+ minutes afterwards. With all that is going here upfront there is a strong, but nice, smokiness to this beer - something beyond the bacon itself. Would be interesting to pair with breakfast - typically beer doesn't find a complement here (after college) but this one could work.

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Photo of ohtheguilt
2/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of jordanmckell
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Burlyn
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of BarHop510
4/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. The beer pours out a clear dark amber with a big chunky head. The nose is unique. I get strong hints of maple syrup and some pound cake

If ever a taste was unexpected, it's this one. I don't taste any of the sweet, sugary goodness promised by the nose. What I get is a confused jumble of flavors. It's hard to even pick anything out other than a bitter citrus note at mid-palte, a slightly smokey finish and the accompanying hops (which clash rather badly with the smoke). The finish is most unpleasant. It's like cigarettes and orange juice.

I didn't know what to expect with this beer, so it's silly for me to say the beer did not meet my expectations. Still, I was quite disappointed. I'm not even sure what the brewer tried to accomplish here. It was certainly unique (I can honestly say I've never had anything quite like it), but unfortunately it did not suit my palate at all. I can't help but feel this beer would have been better if they had used a Scottish-style ale as a starting point. I will be interested to read some of the other reviews to see what others had to say about it.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.72/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Murky brown with a medium density, pale tan head. It looks heavily carbonated. Lacks the usual "glow" that most beers seem to have in the light.

S: Overpoweringly potent maple syrup scent. The smoke and bacon are in the background. The roasted malt smell at the end is the only characteristic that would lead one to recognize this as a beer, if they were blindfolded.

T: The upfront smoke is the first flavor, followed by a fried bacon taste, and then strong maple sweetness. The hop bitterness comes through mostly at the end, but is present throughout. Definitely unique and pretty well done for a niche beer. There is a decent amount of malt in the beginning as well.

M: Lighter than it seems given the strong flavor, and with high carbonation. Goes down relatively easy. Couldn't really say that it was "refreshing" but it isn't as heavy as a winter styled beer.

O: Strange and potent. Something that I couldn't drink regularly, but it was so interesting that I had to try it at least once. It is actually pretty good, but I might be swayed by my love of bacon, smoke flavors, and maple syrup.

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Photo of Tobe
3.47/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden ruby color with a full rich off white head. The head measured one finger width and offered nice lacing.

the aroma is instantly maple syrup. The smell brings thoughts of pancakes. A faint smell of donuts follows. There is a floral quality to the beer's scent. The flavor has a smokey quality, much like bacon but more assertive. The maple syrup comes through in the finish with each quality being balanced by the hops.

Tasty and worth trying. Be warned the maple will destroy your palette so enjoy this one as the final for the evening.

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Photo of dave317
2/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of Beejay
3.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle is pink.

A: Copper in color, there is a touch of haze and it has a nice light brown head.

S: Wow. Maple and applewood smoked bacon come out right away. You can pick up the Cherry smoked malt over the bacon and maple. A unique blend of smoke, maple, and sweetness.

T: Maple and bacon come through a bit, but not as strong as I had wished. The sweetness is lacking, the maple is lacking, and it tastes like the bacon was burnt. The smell is fantastic, but the taste is watery, and leaves the palate with a burnt flavor that isn't pleasant, and doesn't resemble smoke. I will say that the lingering flavor has a little bit of bacon or smoke feel.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is odd, there is a watery feeling to it.

O: Overall I think it is a great idea, and a great smell but it falls through in the flavor, especially considering the price point.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.66/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Brewings "Voodoo Doughnut" Maple Bacon Ale @ 5.6% served cold from a 750 ml bottle
A-pours a light brown with a medium off white that(almost sizzles away like crisp bacon would)leaving some spotty lacing along the pint glass
S-hickory smoke almost burnt and a whole lotta maple doughnut
T-BIG hickory smoked bacon up front with a sweet maple finish , very different
MF-not as unpleasant as most reviews say it is , just a very different tasting beer , a little heavy and a tad chewy
Ov-this beer needs to be paired with a spicy bbq burger or something hot on the palate as the smokyness of this beer will blend nicely , with a grin try one !!

Cheers LampertLand

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Photo of Dankuel
4.5/5  rDev +60.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of a brandy snifter. Very accurate maple syrup/bacon smell. The taste is similar on the palate but is a bit more smokey than sweet, however the sweetness is there. Appropriate color for the beer, nice head, nice lacing on my glass. I love that they list the ingredients on the beer. Very impressed.

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2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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2/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head consisting of large bubbles that died down rather quickly but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of maple in the nose along with hints of smoke. As the beer warms up, the maple subsides and the smoke becomes stronger—hickory stands out in particular.
T: The overall taste is a lot smokier compared to the smell. Hickory wood seems to stand out in particular and there are also notes of applewood and hints of maple.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish makes your mouth feel a bit dry.
O: This is a very interesting and enjoyable beer. I thought that the mouthfeel should have been a bit fuller-bodied to support the complex flavors and make this a beer that could be sipped.

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Photo of jsulko
3.39/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy copper color with a decent amount of slightly off white foam.

Smell is powerful with bacon and maple with some smokeyness as well. Smell makes you eager to try it.

After the smell, taste is a bit of a letdown. The smokeyness seems to overpower the bacon maple flavors. Bit of a bad bite on the aftertaste.

A beer I really wanted to like but just didn't. Awesomeness of the smell was way better than the taste.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.6/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange to ruby red in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation, primarily near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small thicker patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of hickory smoke with a much more significant amount of maple sweetness - very inviting. The smell becomes more balanced between the smoke and the maple as the beer warms.

T: The beer starts out with a moderate amount of smokiness - you can taste the different types of wood that were used to smoke the malts and bacon. There are some light to moderate notes of iodine, maple, and just the slightest bacon hint. There is a lingering smokiness from this beer.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. There is a light cottony/chalky coating feel left in your mouth - a light different kind of dryness than I have experienced in other beers.

O: This beer would pair perfectly with a breakfast of pancakes or french toast. The smoke smell from this beer reminds me of the smell of the wood smoke from a great BBQ joint - the hickory, beech, cherry, and applewood. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit but my expectations were not that it was going to be sweet. I would have this beer again - and I love the pink spray painted bottle.

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Photo of JasonLRose
1/5  rDev -64.3%

Photo of baconman91
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 2.8 out of 5 with 1,688 ratings
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