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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: 1,687 |  Reviews: 416
Photo of phishinNYC
1/5  rDev -64.3%

Photo of Canuckkim
3.76/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale is not for the faint of heart (or palate). This is one serious brew, full flavored, full force aroma, intense aftertaste.

I was first drawn to both the Pepto Bismol colored bottle and the word "bacon." Not too often do we see bacon in brews and more importantly, this is the first brew that I have tasted ACTUAL bacon, versus the more common liquid smoke.

I found the bottle at Applejack's in Wheatridge, CO, brought it to the top of Lookout Mountain and watched the city lights while tasting this intense beer.

Your first and most lingering smell is maple syrup, like you're about to eat pancakes in Vermont. The taste goes from meaty, to bacon, to meaty aftertaste. I thought I might be drinking liquified summer sausage that is the consistency of a porter.

I enjoyed the light mouthfeel, as I feel that the meaty taste paired with a heavy feel would be more intense (what IS more intense than intense anyway?!).

Overall, I am glad that I tried it. Glad that I shared it. 6 ounces was enough for me and now I am searching for beer-baking recipes to use the rest of the bottle. Guess I need to make more adventurous, meat-bacon loving friends.

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Photo of russwaddell
3.78/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a unique brew...unless I've really missed something else that is out there for sale. A little tough to rate because it is such an uncommon and over-the-top style, so I just tried to rate it versus other hypothetical maple bacon beers.

A beautiful beer, if a bit light on head. Really clear, sort of a golden rose color.

Nose is all smoke and bacon. Rich as heck. Like sniffing a fine scotch, or maybe like getting your head caught in a smoker. Reminds me of barbeque pork more than bacon; maple is there if you look (smell?) for it, but otherwise he smoke just totally dominates.

Taste is surprisingly light and crisp for the amount of smoke in the nose. Maple is far more apparent than in the smell, but the order is probably still smoke, then pork, then maple. There is a LOT going on here. No discernible bitterness, and I might like a bit more hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, which is no surprise given the clarity but a big surprise considering the smoky nose and flavor. Sweet and a little sticky aftertaste with no bitterness. The smokiness kind of steps in for thick, chewy hop character. Not a lot of booze anywhere.

This reminds me of Scotch...a lot. Worth a try if you like experimental brews; or if you feel like putting some heavy thinking into your heavy drinking.

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4/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of ortie
3/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden-brown body. the head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - I can smell smoke and maple syrup before I even pick the glass up. A strongly smoky aroma of hickory, leather, and peat with hugely sweet maple sugar and some bacon. It smells like flavored pipe tobacco.

T - A shockingly mild (after that aroma) flavor of sweet, bready malt and smoke up front. Some maple sugar flavors come out in the middle and the smoke ramps up with hickory and bacon notes. The beer finishes with strong, now peaty, smoke and maple as well as a lingering leathery character.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Really weird, the odd flavorings really jump out in the aroma, but the flavor is relatively subdued. Based on the aroma I expected something huge and over the top smoky, but the flavor profile is much more in line with the modest alcohol content. I like smoky beers and this one work quite a bit better than I expected. It is, nonetheless, a novelty and certainly not something I would drink regularly and if you don't like smoke this isn't going to appeal to you at all.

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of cbutova
3.63/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A controversial one here but the bottle and curiosity took over and allowed me to buy this overpriced ale.

A- Poured out of the big pink bottle into a pint glass. Pretty hazy body with an apple cider look, murky and dark orange-amber. Foamy off-white head forms to about two fingers with decent retention. A few nice patches of lace here and there.

S- Maple syrup all the way, and yes I know it is from natural maple flavoring. It it fairly convincing but dominates the aroma. Besides that there is very slight smoke and some fruity thing going on.

T- Starts out just like the nose with the natural maple flavoring domination. Once the beer leaves the tongue and instant bacon smoked note takes over and kind of goes back and forth with fruit, maple syrup and pancakes. It really just tastes like a big breakfast covered in maple.

MF- Creamy and foamy body that is moderately thick. Carbonation is on the low end and silky.

A novelty beer for sure but the maple and bacon flavors are not bad at all. Delivers what they claim but the use of flavoring is a bit of a shortcut for maple syrup (which I find doesn't get that breakfast syrup flavor anyways). Not bad, not great.

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of kemoarps
3.48/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those beers that I picked up as a novelty because, well, that seems to be what it is.

Pours a beautiful dark amber with ruby hints. Tan head that almost looks like whipped egg whites. Dissipates to a small capper that sticks around, but the lacing cannot battle gravity.

The nose is... smoky bacon grease. Like, VERY MUCH so. And not really anything else. Maybe a hint of maple sweetness, so call it a smoky maple bacon... go figure.

The taste follows suit. A little maple sweetness, but predominantly the smoke extracts and bacon grease. For all that, it is actually pretty smoothe and feels well balanced within its bounds.

Don't expect this beer to be anything other than exactly what it advertises, because that's exactly what it is. For what it is, however, it's decently done.

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2/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of kimbo33
4.25/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty ugly looking beer, hazy, off color, and looks unappealing. The smell is dead on though, you think that all those smoked malts would be over the top but it is well balanced.

The taste is pleasant, I am not a smoked beer fan but this was done well. Mouthfeel is a little thick though, really stays on your palate.

Overall a fun beer, I would have again.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.97/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy not quiet copper color with a thick frothy two finger head which leaves some lace. The aroma has a big maple smell that you can get as soon as you get close to the beer. There is a smoke aroma on the back end. The taste starts out with a sweet maple taste its big and bold. After the maple you get a slight smokiness. The back end has a sweet flavor which leaves a doughnut after taste. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall this was a very interesting beer. The flavor was crazy but also enjoyable. This is a must try.

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Photo of Madmire
3.54/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light orange. A decent size head with very little lacing.

S - A Huge wave of maple sweetness followed by smokey bacon and sausage. Like waking up to big Sunday breakfast.

T - Again, maple sweetness dominates. Smokiness comes through near the end. It is an odd combination. Very interesting and not all together in pleasant.

M - Medium bodied. Average carbonation.

O - I am not too sure about this one. Very interesting, but I'm not sure I would buy it again.

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3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.48/5  rDev +60%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, bright dark orange-brown with a fluffy light tan head nearly 2" high. It settles to a solid 1/2" of almost creamy goodness.
Smell is .... breakfast! Maple, light smoke (bacon), sweet, malt. Buttermilk pancakes slathered in butter with maple syrup and bacon or maybe a maple-iced doughnut with sausage. I may have a new breakfast staple. Or not. A most amazing nose.
Taste is smoked malt, maple, sweet and tangy, light malt and a touch of hops and nut in the aftertaste. Fairly well balanced with smoke stepping ahead of the rest slightly.
Medium bodied, medium-plus effervescence. a bit of a drying finish. Smoke lingers with a touch of hops. A decent coating on the tongue is the only drawback to me.
This is really good, probably the best Rogue beer I've ever had except the Dead Guys.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Savory to the max, if you are a lush for breakfast like me then a simple whiff of this crazy-ass ale immediately makes a b-line to Bob Evans a top priority. Definately a guilty pleasure beer review coming right up...

The ale pours with a mostly clear honey-amber color with a short-lived semi-dainty, semi-fluffy head that never shares any lace and sheds its carbonated stream fairly early to take on appearances of thin cognac.

Once my nose hits the glass, I could essentially tie a strap around my head and take one big long intoxicating nap. All the aromas that are best about breakfast land in this glass. Maple syrup richness, light buttered pancakes, smoky bacon, caramel, biscuit, and a near-bourbon or rum note from alcohol. Not exactly complex- but the simple and pure aromas play out on a smokier-than-need-be base.

Flavors are just as silly and surprisingly charming as the maple and bacon flavors rise from the smoky dry-malt pillow underneath. But without a heartier starchy malt or caramelly sweet support, I find the beer somewhat thin in taste and lacking togetherness at mid palate through finish. Instead the flavor of meaty hickory smoke turns slight ashy and vanilla-like. In aftertaste, the beer leaves me with the taste of flat cream soda. Not all in all unappealing, but odd to find these combinations of taste in beery form.

The flavors seem to brace the palate for rich texture and chewy weight. But none of that's found and leaves the palate underwhelmed. The much needed carbonation is fast fleeting, leaving the thinner-than-desired beer to cling desperately to the tongue and lingers on the mouth like flat cola. The smoke-turn-ash taste translates to texture with a slight acrid finish to accompany the saccharine coat.

This recipe has a ton of potential. There's something in me that yearns for these flavors to play out over the mouthfeel that's found in, say, Founders Cashew Mountain Brown. Perhaps we should wait on Rogues "Imperial" Voodoo Doughnut? Rogue, we're lookin' at you...?

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Photo of Beaver13
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours reddish amber with a small off-white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is a bit strange - soapy sugary smoked malts and maple. It smells a bit chemically and leathery.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts (molasses and maple) with a big smokiness (liquid smoke and BBQ). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, very strange. The sweet sugar doesn't blend well with the smoke. Interesting to try though.

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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +51.8%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Princeton orange when backlighted has a light rise of effervesce. The head is beach sand in color with a marshmellow like structure that is one finger high and fairly sturdy on the keep. Thin lace band ecompasses the vessel.

S: Aroma of maple syrup covered bacon hits it right on the head, not alot of smokiness at first detected but the aroma strength was generous.

T: Flavor was a sundays breakfast treat. Maple syrup covered pancakes, links of sausage and bacon covered in maple syrup. French toast with a bit of smoky woodiness, smoked sweet munich grains with a sweet glaze topping. Smoky woodiness on the finish.

M: Syrupy body, smooth texture, softly carbonated, decent fullness but not lively.

O: Overall its breakfast in a bottle, a strange concept but flavor is as good as can be expected from name. Much better bacon usage then other bacon beers, with a complimentary helping of morning campfire smoke to make your feel like the great outdoors camping. While its intrigquing at first, the novelty does wear a bit thin for a bomber serving. Share this with a friend or two as a novelty experience, dont take it to seriously and you may find a bit of appreciation. Perfect for that sunday morning hair of the dog camping treat with a smoldering campfire. As a stand alone smoked beer it wasnt all that bad, just limit it to moderation, had some smoky appeal with some added breakfast highlights if thats your sort of thing.

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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of rudzud
4.44/5  rDev +58.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Julio's and poured into my Duvel tulip. Review taken from notes.

A - Poured a crystal clear light coppery brown with a nice two finger creamy head that fades to leave a sudsy blanket and halo.

S - Maple galore. This is exactly what I'm talking about. Most people will knock this for smelling too mapley, no, not me. I love when a beer delivers on what it promises. This smells like someone dumped a bottle of maple syrup onto a few sausage links. Shockingly inviting and as sweet as maple syrup.

T - Wow! Maple...the beer oozes it. A one two punch of maple syrup with some light smokey bacon grease flavours lingering on the finish. Ends with a nice strong maple. And lingers with meaty bacon. Wow. Such a gimmick. But super enjoyable. Could see having this with breakfast easily.

M - My only knock with this, its a little thin and slightly flat.

O - Okay, I really, really like this. The maple is so powerful throughout and the finish and lingering taste is bacon and slight smoke. So enjoyable.

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Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 2.8 out of 5 with 1,687 ratings
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