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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: 1,687 |  Reviews: 416
Photo of WynnO
2/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Rschis16
4.2/5  rDev +50%
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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Photo of OStrungT
2.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly cloudy light golden brown color, with a thin tan head that fades too quickly, leaving no lace.

This beer has a very sweet maple syrup aroma. It has a mild bacon like aroma aw sell. It pretty much smells like bacon pancakes from the Original Pancake House in San Diego. The aroma is pretty strong, and a bit overwhelming.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Maple bacon pancakes. It is slightly cloying, and pretty sweet.

This beer is carbonated well. It leaves a very sweet maple aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt make a good session beer. The flavor and aroma is so aggressive and cloying. It is ok in small doses, but not more than one bottle.

Overall: I wasnt expecting this beer to be great. I wanted to try it just because it was different than anything I have had before. I didnt hate it. I also didnt like it. It was unique, and not awful. Just very sweet and cloying. I wont be buying it again, but I am not sorry I got it this time.

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3.85/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally trying one after avoiding the first batch.

A: 1/2" tan coloured head over orange/brown amber liquid.

S: Extremely powerful maple syrup that is noticeable from far away, as I put my nose in closer I smell bacon and smoke. Like a pancakes with Canadian maple syrup and bacon breakfast.

T: Salty, smoky, bacon, sweet malt, maple syrup I really don't know what else to say. The most scary thing is that the taste grows on me.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation. Slick bacon grease is coating the insides of my mouth after every sip.

O: Well I never thought I would have my mouth coated in bacon grease from a beer, but here I am. Its a beautiful freak of a beer, and considering the ingredients it should taste worse than it does.

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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of GJ40
3.82/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a slight haze. I was expecting it to be much darker. An amazing aroma of maple syrup, donut and bacon. I can't believe they got that aroma so accurately and effectively into a beer. The taste is not nearly as sweet as it smells. It's actually on the dryer side with a subtle sweetness in the background. The flavor is led more by a smoky aspect.

I wouldn't drink this often but it was a very interesting experiment in bottling donuts.

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3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BeerLover99
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: maple syrup body, trace khaki head, ok lacing

S: maple syrup, bacon, hint of smoke

T: maple syrup, malt, mild roasted/smoke, smooth bacon

M: med/light body, semi-dry/mild smooth mouth

O: Love Rogue and was intrigued by this beer,
but just too light and sweet. Very odd combination.


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3.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev +42.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BMMillsy
2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Beautiful amber orange color. The good ends there. Smells of smoke. Tastes of smoke. Thin ale mouthfeel. Just nasty. This really could have been done better with a bit more bacon and a lot more sweetness. The smokiness is just overpowering ad if they poured liquid smoke into a bud light. Gets above a 0.5 rating only because I like to reward creativity. Drain pour here.

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1.5/5  rDev -46.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of SMortiL987
3.82/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Brilliantly clear golden bronze with nice white head which persisted.

S - Smoked malts, breadiness, and maple are very apparent. Not too much in way of hop aroma as smoke over takes it.

T - Maple sweetness at first then very quickly overshadowed by smokiness. Breadiness is evident then followed again by a maple smokiness. Use of caramel malts mingle well with the maple.

M - Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Not dry.

O - This is an extreme beer that is very Category 26. It is what it is; a Maple Bacon Ale. That being said, for what it is it is very balanced. The maple, the bacon, the smoke, or the malt do not overpower the other. With the extremeness of the beer taken into consideration they did a good job with it. Worth the experience of trying for sure, but don't plan to drink it yourself.

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1/5  rDev -64.3%

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.04/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Voodoo Doughnut pours a amber color, with a decent head that did dispate quickly. There was a very smokey aroma. The taste was also smokey, and had strong bacon flavors, with only hints of maple, did have a sweet finish. Was rather drinkable, although heavy. Overall a very interesting beer, but very enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +60.7%

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4/5  rDev +42.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +51.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

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