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 Bung
3.62/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Pretty clear orange pour, good two fingers of white. Detained pretty well.

Aroma, solid smoked malt, smoked meat, some sweeter caramel or maple.

Taste, I actually get a lot of maple up front, and a good amount of bready malt. Smoke malt or meats are both a bit lacking to me. Some smoked beachwood as it warns more. I'm left with the maple and some toasted notes..and a little more smoke also as it warms. I like it, just wish there was "more".

Lighter bodied, pretty easy to drink. No abv, but it was lower to begin with. I think it suffers a bit from the effort to make this a low abv drinker. Also at the price... A one time try among friends probably. Needs a more robust malt bill and more smoke to be top notch.
An interesting effort from rogue though.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, copper-orange coloring with a thin, light, small bubbled, off-white head that sits a slim profile on the surface. Aromas of smoke, maple sweetness, and a meaty quality. Heavy on the nose. The flavors are smokey initially, which dissipates quickly, leaving a pepper-smoked meaty character with a maple sweet highlight. This almost tastes like a birch beer at this point. Very strong flavor profile, all riding a subtle, smooth maple sweet backbone. The aftertaste is sweet and smokey, leading into a quick, clean, somewhat underwhelming finish. Flavor profiles on this one end up somewhat jumbled, and the body felt a little too light to support what was going on.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a wine glass. Poured a medium amber, with a thin bubbly head with several streams of bubbles rising from the bottom. Aroma was extremely strong maple and bacon. Reminded me exactly of a Sunday morning bacon and pancake breakfast. Was prevalent a distance from the glass and bottle. Up close it was mostly the bacon smell. Taste was predominantly smoked bacon, with a very small subtle maple after taste. Never having tasted the doughnut, I would have hoped for more maple flavoring. Felt extremely over carbonated in the mouth. Not overly thick, but the abundance of bubbles made it hard to enjoy. Overall a definite gimmick beer. From the bottle design to the flavor, was a definite must try at least once, but not a repeat especially at the price.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.62/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear copper with a tall off white head that dissipated slowly
S - smoky bacon, maple, and sugary bready aromas, with the burnt smokiness really lingering
T - smoke is the theme here bringing out a burnt bacon flavour, sweet maple and bready malts are in the background, there is also a bit of a peaty smoke character to it, unique to say the least
M - light body and somewhat thin, finishes with a smoky dryness
O - unique and outside the box as only Rogue does, a little disappointed that the donout quality isn't more prominent as it is heavily dominated by smoke, but a tasty treat none the less and a must try

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Photo of donquixote
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.81/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml lovely pink bottle. Hazy copper color, nice looking white head. Decent retention and lace.

Crazy aroma leaps out of the glass. Tons of maple in the nose, with a nice hint of smoke. Caramel malt thrown in as well.

Slight bready malt up front gives a nice doughnut feel. Smokey notes galore. Maple is not as pronounced as in the nose, but is present. a bit of caramel. Not as sweat as I thought it might be.

Body seems a bit thin, with decent carbonation. Alcohol is a non-factor. Overall, not bad. Love the aroma.

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Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Production date of March 17, 2012. Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Medium yellow/amber colour with 2 fingers of bubbly cream coloured head.

S - Massive smoke/bacon aroma up front with a touch of maple and some sweet grainy/bready notes in the background that do have a donut-y character to them.

T - Massive smoke and bacon flavours up front. A touch of sweet maple is present in the middle. The finish highlights the bready donut-like flavour before the smoke returns in the finish.

M - Medium body; somewhat creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - The beer it self was not outstanding but they pulled off the flavours very well. Everything was there - the bacon, the maple and the donut. Definitely a bottle to share.

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Photo of odbjs735
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of leaddog
4.17/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a coppery amber hue with a finger width of foamy off white head that quickly fades.

Smell- Smoky bacon, applewood, hickory, maple syrup. Sweet smelling breakfast in a glass. Bacon and maple smell was detectable upon opening the bottle.

Taste- Smokiness from the bacon and malts, followed by sweetness from the maple syrup and malts. Very subtle hops presence. There is a nice harmonious balance of flavours.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Slightly sticky and a tad thin but the thinness does not bring down the overall body.

Overall- A well executed brew with well balanced flavours by Rogue. You get what the bottle says and makes for a great experiment for the curious palate. I would maybe try this once more in the future, perhaps sharing a bottle with friends.

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Photo of jera1350
3.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Burnt orange, creamy light tan head, solid retention.

Such a light nose. Just a faint smell of cheap maple syrup.

Smoked malt with a hint of bacon, maple, quite hoppy, then turns into a dried tree leaf taste at the end, earthy.

Soft pillowy carbonation with a lighter body and a dry feel.

Overall, not as good as I was hoping. Lacks in overall sweetness. Where's the doughnut? Different and not bad, but pretty average.

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4.5/5  rDev +43.8%

Photo of Zakk
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of ilikebeerandski
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: darkish amber with a bit of cloudyness
S: maple syrup, very sweet smell, after reading it was 30 ibu and smelling the strong sweet maple scent I was dreading drinking this because I'm a big fan of bitter ipas and I'm not a fan of very sweet things or maple syrup. Smells a lot like breakfast..
T: a bit of maple sweetness up front, followed by smokey flavor which is complex with a slight bacony flavor in the smoke. Not nearly as sweet or terrible as I expected. I initially only pour a half glass, but ended up drinking a little more than half the bottle (was sharing the bottle). The smokey / bacon flavor really balances out the maple. I'm glad it was not too sweet, because it smelled undrinkable to me.
M: medium bodied, bacon-smoke mouth feel.
O: overall I really enjoyed drinking this beer because it was so unique. I think the brewers did a good job at capturing the strange style of beer they were going for. I probably would not buy again due to the price of it, but it is a very unique beer experience that I'd recommend atleast giving a try and sharing with some friends.

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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +35.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of beergod1
3.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now to see what all the "Non-Hype" is about this beer, all I heard is bad things, and me and 3 other friends are not excited to try it. Maple and slight smoke jump out of glass. Pours slightly hazy copper with thin white head. Tastes like Pancakes....smells like pancakes. Smooth beer, really easy drinking. Just makes me want breakfast. Not much smoke in the taste, but the malt and maple together is quite nice. Actually a nice surprise. I may be looking for more of this.

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Photo of sharpy26
1/5  rDev -68.1%

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of yeti123
4.5/5  rDev +43.8%

Photo of WynnO
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Mister_Joshy
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Rschis16
4.2/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well the beer is a hazy orangeish amber in hue with a thick off-white, close knit head that dissapates at a medium pace and doesn't leave any lacing. Certainly the weirdest presentation of a beer I've ever had with its interesting pink bottle and design. And of course the concept is a little out there too. But hey, any beer is worth a shot.

Smells pretty much like the bottle's description: bacon covered in maple syrup. A lot of smoked malt gives that distinctive bacony aroma, much like other rauschbiers that I've tried. There is an added sweetness to this nose however, obviously from the maple syrup. This gives the beer an odd pancake-like aroma that leads me to believe that this will be a cloying taste experience. I'm hoping that there will be enough hops and other flavors to give this concept beer some balance.

Ok well the first sip is not too bad. There is some balance to it while still tasting smoky and bacony as all get out. This smokiness dominates the middle and back, with that maple syrup not being as cloying as I had expected. But it does come out, especially up front. It intermingles with the smokiness, playing off the applewood-smoked bacon very well, both the sweetnesses of the applewood and the syrup finding a certain harmony with each other. The hops do find their way through the odd flavor pairing and add a bit of balance, keeping the sweetness from going to the cloying side. The malt, as well as being very smoky, is pretty bready and adds a nice full body to the beer. The carbonation is understated, giving it a feel that is not quite slick. The finish is long, with a lingering aftertaste of guess what? Bacon and maple syrup, and a touch of hops.

Overall, I actually really am enjoying this beer. The uniqueness alone gives it a leg up for me, but really its a pretty classic rauschbier--only with a bit of actual bacon to emphasize the smokiness and maple syrup to make it sweeter, which balances out the smoke. I fully expected this to be a cloying mess, but I have no problem drinking this at all. The flavors are all vibrant and the hops keep some of it at bay without taking away from the theme of this concept beer. I'm really glad my girlfriend picked this out as it has piqued my interest a bit more in the smoked beer style. Interesting concept that Rogue did a good job of bringing to life.

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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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