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 will1256
2/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of vobr0002
2.82/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- light amber brown appearance with nice fluffy head.

S- maple is the dominant smell, delicious. Smokey in there too. Really smells good. Reminds you of breakfast.

T- Smokey flavor, almost reminds me of a cigar. Its a smokier than most smoked beers I have had. Has a little maple flavor on the back end. Lots of smoke though, little too much for me. Almost ashtray like.

M- medium body good carbonation.

O- everything but the taste of this is pretty good. Its a tricky little beer. With The doughnut in the name I was expecting something different, like a sweet maple doughnut, with a hint of smoke, not total domination.

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Photo of TVolt1
2.87/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Good cherry red color with a decent amount of off-white head. Thought it would be darker from the name.

S: Smells very sweet and mapley. There is a small amount of bacon smell - just enough. I love the maple smell along with the smokiness of the bacon smell. There is a sugary smell to it of cofee and yes, donuts. They nailed the smell for the name.

T: Taste like chlorine. With a mix of cigarette. When I breath out, I feel like I just smoked a cigarette. And I've never smoked before. Hard to enjoy or pinpoint any other taste when that is so overpowering.

M: Fine mouthfeel.

O: was very excited for this beer. The smell had be pumped up too but I don't even know if I am going to finish this beer...

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Photo of DavidST
3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one scares me, but I might as well try it. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, unknown bottle date but it was only brewed once. This pours a clear amber color with a nice large foamy long lasting head. The smell is pretty good, a big whiff of maple, a little smokiness, some sugar reminds me of a maple donuts, perhaps bacon, but I don't really notice it. The feel is medium to thin with a ton of smokiness. The taste is way way different than I expected, a ton of smokiness, it almost overwhelms everything else, a little thin under the smokiness, and its hard to get any other taste, perhaps the maple.

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3/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of stampfler07
4.07/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light brown with a pretty sizable light brown head, not much in the way of lacing

S- Strong maple syrup and smoked bacon aromas, only a little bit of malt comes through, smells like breakfast and easily the best part of the beer, unique

T- Smokiness comes through first, peaty and almost faintly chipotle, some moderate malt flavor and then the maple sweetness hits, not overly sweet though, some lingering bitterness, smoke and just a hint of bacon on the finish

M- Lightly carbonated, crisp and a little thin

O- Having been to Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland I thought this beer achieved what it was going for. Definitely unique and worth trying if you are a fan of smoked beers and/or breakfast

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Photo of Scotchboy
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pepto-pink capped 750 shared with a mate, poured into a mason jar.

A: Mostly clear dark golden honey (pretty much golden brown) with a quickly dissipating white head.

S: Smoke and maple sweetness. Easily the best part of the beer, the maple has a maple syrup-like scent, makes you think of breakfast around a campfire, though on the nose the smoke is more peaty...and while it is present and even prominent, the smoke is not overwhelming.

T: Beers falls apart here...the sweetness of the maple syrup is here, with a touch of honey as well, but it competes with the woody, earthy smoke and its just odd and off-putting. Reminds me a lot of a peaty, smoky scotch in its flavors, and I really only want to sip an ounce or so before I'm done. Its a bit oily at times, which combined with the smoke gives the impression of bacon...but its really just a hint.

MF: Thinner medium mouthfeel with a bit of dryness and lower carbonation.

O: Disappointed, though I wasn't riding the hype train with this one and semi-expected it to be a train wreck. A porter base, with more roasted malts, body, hints of chocolate and coffee, might have offset the ying-yang of the smoke and maple and united them in a pretty good beer. As it stands, there is no reason to try this.

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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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2/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of jsapunor
3.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When you pop the cap you get a very smoky aroma and some bacon.

The mouthfeel is kind of thin which is a good thing because this could be overpowering.

It's a very good looking beer with a nice head.

The taste? It’s breakfast in a bottle. Not your British, French or Italian breakfast but straight out of the good old USA. Smokey maple bacon mixed with a doughnut, a maple bar, I think. It’s just so weird! Drinking doughnuts and bacon? Russell, our Lab, couldn’t get enough of my breath. Sometimes it was a glass in my face and other times it was a hairy muzzle.

After a while it got to be a little much for me. To clear my palate, I had to resort to a Stone Ruination. It did the job. Thank you, Stone.

When I ran this morning and broke a sweat I swear I smelled bacon. Dogs kept barking when I ran past their houses.

One of these creations was enough.

For a great smoked beer, try Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier or Marzen.

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1.25/5  rDev -55.4%

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2/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.75/5  rDev +69.6%

Photo of Akfan
5/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I agree with Hornet2003. This is a Specialty Beer. Appearance is clear amber, great carbonation, has an outstanding odor, texture is pure bliss. Rogue again pulls off what most are too scared to try. Don't buy this if your expectations are not for a Maple-Bacon beer!!!! heeellloooo....Beer in the morning after a hang-over???? This is it...with scrambled eggs and salsa!!

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Photo of VinnieVanGogh
3.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.25/5  rDev +51.8%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.34/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color with a yellowish head.

SImply, the aroma is maple soaked burnt bacon! Sounds.. Odd, but I find it nice.

The taste is not much smoky, slightly maple-y, a weird sweetness marred with a bitterness. Not the highlight here.

Maybe medium bodied with a bit of creaminess.

Definitely a different, smells great but the taste is average.

Glad to try.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this for Christmas from my loving wife. Rogue actually shipped this to New Jersey.

It has been sitting in my refrigerator gathering dust... until tonight! I have always put off this beer, waiting for being in the proper mindset. The mix of flavor is enticing and challenging.

As I open the bottle, I can't help but taking a few big whiffs of the aroma out of the top. I kept breathing it in as I poured the bottle. You can easily pick up the smoke, as well as the bacon presence that it provides. I get a bunch of maple. I also get some of the coffee in there. I really enjoyed all of the layers in this bouquet. I recommend this bottle for the aroma.

I don't recommend this for the flavor. As much as I love the smell, I am not a fan of the taste. I don't get how the beer turned out this way. It was like all the taste was what happened when all of the flavors hit a brick wall at 90 miles per hour. The smoke is fighting with all the other tastes in the beer.

This was a great experience. I like that I had this beer, and I will definitely save this bottle for display purposes. It is too bad that the flavor component was really missing.

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.27/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a pale ale colour. Slight bubbly head. Quite clear.

Smell: First whiff: Unbelievable! Smells just like maple bacon frying on a sunday morning. There is a breadiness as well that lends to the doughnut part of the beer. Smoky.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Very much like a sunday morning breakfast. Eggs, bacon, sausage and pancakes all in one drink! Huzah! Not much to speak of in terms of hop taste, but there is bitterness backed up by a malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This is the only part of this beer I find lacking. It's too carbonated for a beer of such complex flavours. The flavour combination hits all the right places though and it is still enjoyable.

Overall: I can't quite understand why people rate this beer so low. It's called "Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale"...What do you expect it to taste like!? One might not agree with the flavours (a matter of personal taste), but Rogue accomplished precisely what they set out to do. It's a beer that tastes like a maple-bacon doughnut. Great job to the people of Rogue! Great conversation beer to share, especially in the big bottle.

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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of justinwright
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

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