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 Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that bears little retention time before receding to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and quite little surface foam. Decent lacing at first that quickly collapses.

S- Very sweet maple syrup with some smoke in the back. Also some caramel and vanilla.

T- The smoke comes through way more in the taste as the maple syrup all but disappears. Bacon is only really apparent in the aftertaste. Once the flavors all set in enough, they meld together and create a pretty easy-drinking beer.

M- Obviously syrupy and a bit of snap even though the carbonation is disappointingly low. Medium body.

O- I was expecting a darker, thicker beer with more alcohol but I'm certainly not displeased with what it actually is. Great to try once, but not something I'll buy again

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Photo of Drewrd1988
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of zander4dawin
3.49/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of feylure
3.64/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting a while for this beer to hit Boston, and it finally did!

Appearance is a deep, filtered clear amber/dark-caramel color.

Smell is simply amazing. Even after just popping the cap, I could sense the maple aroma. After pouring a glass, the smell is a fantastic maple syrup with bacon. I didn't expect the aroma to be that intense, but it's amazing!

Taste seems a bit off at first, or lacking. Either that, or the smell built my expectations up a bit much. First sip, there isn't much taste that I can find until a overabundance of carbonation blankets my tongue. Once that passes, smokey notes arise followed by the addition of maple-bacon + sugar in the tail.

The mouthfeel is medium but almost light.

Overall, I expected more from the taste, but the aroma is stunning. I'll definitely be buying this again!

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Photo of ImperialSnout
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tjkinate
2.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good idea, poor execution.

A: Single finger head, ok retention settling to a thin film. Deep orange body with some lacing sticking to the glass.

S: Sweet dough, kinda like fresh pancakes with light amount of syrup.

T: Has artificial tasting flavors. Bacon hints poke through and are pleasant, but the surrounding artificial and bitter flavors are not.

M: Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation.

O: Better than I thought it was going to be, but far from its true potential.

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2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of DaveC93036
4.25/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Upon opening a bomber of this stuff, I noticed a very nice smell, not of beer but of candy. Is this beer?, I thought.

The voodoo pours a golden copper color with plenty of foam. I can see the bacon actually floating in the beer. Amazing!

In terms of taste, this beer is awesome! I can taste maple syrup and burnt bacon, not beer. Although the taste is great, it doesn't feel so great. My mouth says UGHH, although,

This is an awesome beer that I would try again.

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4.5/5  rDev +60.7%

Photo of mrelizabeth
3.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

distracted by the pepto-pink bottle, splurged on one of these at super jr. in san diego ($14- ouch).

a- watered-down maple syrup. not sure if this was intentional, or just happened to be the result of the grain bill. decent head.

s- whoa. breakfast. surprised they didn't try to add coffee to this brew. very sweet smell, inviting. donuts, beer & maple.

t- really close to what you smell. this is one of those beers that delivers what it promises- maple, bacon & beer. pleasant for about 6 oz.

m- syrupy. feels like drinking a soda. a bit of residue on tongue, like eating candy.

o- i tried this beer on its own, with breakfast, and on its own again. i liked it less each time. definitely a novelty-brew, probably sells well @ voodoo donuts & in portland gift shops. would have loved a breadier, heavier, more donut-inspired beer. i wish they would have let the grains & yeast inspire more flavors, with fewer heavy additives.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.77/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Beer Stein from a bright pink bottle

Appearance - Dark Orange with a very cloudy look. Pours a fluffy 4 finger head with some good head retention. Not so much with the lacing though..

Smell - Maple Syrup, pancakes and bacon! I can smell some malts in here, but this smells like a breakfast platter from Perkins! I can smell

Taste - Maple, Bacon, Oak, yeasts and malts. The maple and bacon flavors are both really rich, but it's also a pretty smokey beer. While the smokeyness helps balance out the maple and ham, it also can be a bit too smokey at times almost where it starts to interfere with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel - Pretty average bodied with low carbonation. It's slight thickness gives it a creamy feel. Overall, its a relatively easy beer to drink

Overall - It's a novelty beer that most people with either love or hate. With that said, I thought this was a good novelty beer with it's rich and yet unique flavors. This is one novelty beer that I would gladly have again if the smokey flavor was more balanced

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2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ncsutton
4.47/5  rDev +59.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving - bottle

A - Dark redish amber color, decent head and good lacing throughout

S - smells like smokey bacon, a bit of maple hint to it as well, maybe a slight hop scent

T - taste just like bacon and maple

M - smooth, feels good, you'd expect a bacon and maple beer to be heavy, but this one is far from it, very light and nice

O - to me it tastes just like bacon and maple, so if you like the description on the bottle then I say go for it, because you should probably like the product inside

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Photo of mcorwin
3.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of cspieth
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Dark33
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of rusty3335
4.75/5  rDev +69.6%

Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
3.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of brotherloco
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of steve8robin
4.04/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one just came it at a local beer store. Glad to give this bad boy a try. 22oz bottle...

A: A perfectly filtered copper color with a small 1/2 in white head that fades quickly to a bubble lake atop the brew. Decent.

S: Wow! This smells exactly as advertised. It's almost like I'm sniffing breakfast. A heavy maple scent upfront with a quick applewood smoked bacon following through. The scent is strong and smells delicious. Very good.

T: Starts with a watery taste which is quickly overtaken by a smoked maple and some nice oak. The bacon flavor mixes in the middle with more smoky wood on the back. Very unique. Light but full of flavor. Good.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. A maple finish. Decent.

O: All in all, this is an interesting brew. It definitely smells like breakfast and taste like a watery breakfast. You get the bacon and the maple with all of the wood smokiness. Definitely try if you want something new and interesting.

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Photo of beerdepartment
4.89/5  rDev +74.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer is amazing... exactly what the beer says....750 of the pink bottle. taste is much lighter than you would assume.... after the first taste i had a strong maple syrup flavor, almost like after you ate something with maple syrup. but the beer is lighter than you'ld assume and it is much more drinkable than you'ld think. its definately something yould want to drink once and maybe more if you were into the flavor... very delicious

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Photo of Converge
3.68/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Pours with a short-lived head of bubbly tan fizz. The beer itself is a reddish-amber hue, with minimal haze in the body. No head retention and no lacing at all. Really underwhelming.

S - Immediately after the pour I get an absolute maple blast upfront. The maple soon dissipates and gives way to a beechwood smokiness. And then comes the doughnut, which combined with the maple sweetness, really just smells like the icing off a maple doughnut. While this eclectic barrage of sweet and smokey flavors has me a bit weary to try this, I have to give them full credit on the nose. I mean, what else would one expect a "doughnut maple bacon ale" to smell like anyways? Smells freakin' incredible either way.

T - Oh... WOW. I don't even know where to start here, but I'll just say again, it is a "doughnut maple bacon ale" after all. The maple icing sweetness that dominated the nose here is way less pronounced, and is for the most part replaced with an absolute assault of smoke. It's not so much a bacon like smokiness, but it's not really a deep, earthy smoke either. Think more along the lines of campfire in a bottle. However, the maple sweetness isn't gone entirely, and some traces of it still pop up in the taste. At such a large serving, it's a little much, but I think that Rogue deserve full credit for doing something completely unique.

M - Probably the weakest point on this one. The mouth feels watery and pretty thin, with carbonation left fairly low, resulting in an un-engaging and uninteresting feel.

D - Well, even after analyzing every area of this beer throughout the review, I still have no idea if I like it. But one thing is certain, it was absolutely worth trying once, but I can see how this isn't for everyone, and the polarizing nature of the reviews on here for this particular brew make sense now. It was alright, but at almost 14 bucks, I'll pass next time.

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Photo of Dope
3.44/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A medium amber pour with a huge off-white head. Retention is quite good, so is the lacing.

S: Wow, it's perfect. It smells just like super sweet maple glazed doughnuts with bacon mixed in for good measure. Not much for typical beer aromas but they nailed it. Exactly what they were going for. I kept going back for more sniffs because it really was stunning how well they reproduced the smell.

T: Unfortunately the taste falls flat compared to the aroma. Initially it's sort of a sweet plain caramel malt, then turns smoky. Very smoky. Tastes like bacon that was cooked for about an hour, pure char with some nicer hickory type smoke. Lingers just like charred bacon does. Not completely horrible taste but perhaps a smoke lover would appreciate it more.

M: Fairly light and smooth for what it is.

O: Amazing smell, I'd give it a 6 if I could just for the ingenuity. But the taste is just 90% smoke unfortunately. An interesting experiment nonetheless. I will give them credit for their experimentation.

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