Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale | Rogue Ales

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: 1,685 |  Reviews: 416
Photo of beesy
2.81/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Knowing it gets beat up, I bought her anyway.

A - pours a medium orange that is fairly cloudy. A billowing light tan head two and a half fingers high builds and dissipates quickly.

S - right off the bat, it emits a strong maple aroma - I was totally digging it. It quickly gives way to a mix of an almost medicial smoke aroma. The maple doughnut aroma comes through after its breathed a bit.

T - oh, quite the mess. The maple tastes as fake as a $3 bill. The medicinal smoke aroma appears in the taste as well. Its almost like an alder smoke gone wrong, way wrong. The baconish pork flavor is there, but its way overpowered by the smoke and maple. The smoke lingers with a slight maple sweetness on the palate for a long time. No hops noted on any level.

M - actually fairly light and slighly dry.

D - low. The flavors are the part keeping this one from being drank.

Overall, Ive only had a handful of beers in my life I would put in the same grouping as this; a bacon stout at GI about 4 years ago, Jackie o's Hogwash and 3 Floyds Ham on Rye and this was without a doubt the worst - not even close to the others. Not sure how this one went so wrong. Great idea and Ive heard great things about the actual doughnuts, just too bad Rogue's attempt fails on so many levels.

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2/5  rDev -28.6%

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4/5  rDev +42.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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2/5  rDev -28.6%

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1/5  rDev -64.3%

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3/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3/5  rDev +7.1%

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

appearance: typical amber ale color wilth light carbonation with a 2 finger head. poured into a pint glass

smell: a delicious maple smell which made me want to just pour it over some pancakes. A little smokey aswell

taste: like bacon and syrup. Very chewy

mouthfeel: sticky but no unpleasent

Overall: Worth the try, not worth the price. $12 for a 750ml 5.60%. loved the maple smell, very drinkable.

If anyones looking for a great maple beer try Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half

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Photo of Docer
3.7/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)

- A nice amber colored brew with fluffy light beige fingers of head that settle to a thin spotty blanket and large ring of lace. Most transparent brew.

Smell: (3.5)

- Big heavy maple syrup aroma, this puppy really does smell like a maple bar. Sweet, crispy glazed maple bar. Lot's of smoke hiding behind the maple aromas, woody and earthy character. A somewhat basic amber ale malt and beer is so gently hiding behind the other flavors. Interesting, and not bad. The maple lingers in the nose a very long time.

Taste: (4.0)

- Lots of smoke in this puppy, and I actually really like it. Woody charred grain husks, like smoking some good meats outdoors. Nice actually subtle maple flavor as compared to the aroma. A pretty basic amber ale backbone. I dig it. Certainly drinkable.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- A little sticky and creamy, well carbonated, and not really super chewy. It's just a touch dry from its light hopping, and is overall pretty nice to the palate.

Overall: (3.5)

- Pours like a Rogue Amber, smells very strong of maple, and tastes more strongly of smoke. It drinks well, and is actually worth the try in my opinion. I have heard a lot of bad things about it, and I think they are mistaken. I for one though love smoked beers. Certainly not worth the price tag though.

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3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of RankRefugee88
3.64/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber orange color, off white head, cloudy body.

Smell - Caramel, honey maple, hints of pork, hops.

Taste - Taste and mouthfeel have flaws. Very dry and not too complex. Unbalanced. I'm enjoying the flavors of the bacon and maple but they don't mix too well with the hop character. Maybe there's something missing.

Overall - Really just bought the bottle out of pure curiosity, as many others have done. I enjoy smoked beers, this was an experience. However, as a beer alone, not worth the price.

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2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark gold/copper with a finger of brownish foamy head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is maple syrup with a sugary aroma that is pretty sweet. There is some bacon-like aroma with the smoke coming out in the background to round this off.

The taste at first a touch of bacon but then a smoky flavor comes in just as it's pushed away by the large amount of carbonation. There is some bacon and malt flavor that mixes a bit on your tongue but is the blown away by more carbonation. This beer seems to start to develop then is interrupted.

The feel of this beer is light and goes down easy. It's a drinkable beer but the carbonation does turn me off.

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of rfbenavi80
1.71/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Shared with 2 friends. Bottle poured into a mini snifter.

A- Pours a deep golden, almost light orange color with small amounts of fizzy head that quickly goes away leaving no lacing.

S- Smokey maple syrup.

T- Salty, smokey, maple syrup. Not worth trying.

M- Good amount of carbonation, with light body.

O- Had high hopes for this beer. I really thought I would be part of the crowd that just loved it. Sadly, that is not the case. This beer is overly smokey, with just a hint of sweet maple taste. Not worth trying.

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4.5/5  rDev +60.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Naugros
3.54/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How can you pass up a Pepto-Bismol colored bottle that says it contains beer flavored with maple syrup and bacon? I couldn't.

Amber and a little on the cloudy side, but clearer than I expected it to be. Only about a 1/4" worth of head on top, tan in color.

The smell is where it is at with this one. Sweet maple syrup with a bacony backbone. When I order pancakes, I always make sure I get bacon and have it on the same plate when I lay on the maple syrup. I won't take a bite of bacon unless it is dripping with syrup, and wind up getting drips of syrup on the front of my shirt, oh well. But this is what the beer smells like, my favorite plate of breakfast fare.

The first sip continues to deliver on this breakfast aroma, but with some piny hops added. The beer is pretty darn sweet, which is a little off for most, but I didn't mind, expecting that. As it warms, the maple flavor blossoms and overtakes the bacon. But then it stumbles and falls when the wash and aftertaste take over. I find myself not liking this so much anymore. The sweetness turns into grossly overcooked caramel sauce, all burnt and kinda nasty.

The body is lighter than expected with no syrupy feel, cloying or sticking to your lips. At 5.6% I was surprised at how evident the alcohol was. It's not overpowering, but it's there.

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3.02/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a light fizzy burnt dough color with a white head of tiny bubbles that kept coming to the top. Over-carbonated by looks.

S: Aroma of Alderwood smoked malt, some maple and an unimpressive pac man yeast strain. A bit of brown sugar and caramel.

T: Alder wood smoked malts, and some bacon, a bit of brown sugar, some roasted english malts, and sugar.

M: Light and fizzy. very little body that finishes dry.

O: An overcarbonated smoked beer that has no body. I would definitely not drink this again. Disappointed that I made the mistake of purchasing a bottle that is pink and overpriced.

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4.25/5  rDev +51.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of beerluvr
4.19/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a very light tannish-colored head into a Duvel tulip glass quickly settling over hazy light orange tinged liquid. The nose is very interesting...I can surely differentiate both the maple and smoke components. Get a little malt sweetness in the back. Thin mouthfeel gives way to again the maple and smoke/bacon notes...all well balanced with a low level of hop bitterness. Quite complex. The finish is short lived but on a maple note. Interesting to try, and I could drink a six of these if that was available. Hats off to the gang at Rogue for this unusual beer. Breakfast in a bottle.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bacon, smoke, sugar, hickory bacon, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, bacon, maple syrup, bread, hickory bacon, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. A pink bottle!? With bacon!? Hell yeah! I will be honest here though for a second, if you like bacon, drink this. If you are a vegetarian, avoid this at all costs! The bacon aspect in this one was definitely the dominate aspect going on with sugar coming in at a close second. After each sip your palate is completely coated. This was a good thing by the way. Definitely glad I got the chance to tick this one, but doubt I could finish a whole bottle to the face by myself.

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2/5  rDev -28.6%

Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 18.2% out of 100 with 1,685 ratings
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