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 Bubukar
3/5  rDev -4.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -52.1%

Photo of Samuel906
1.89/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


Poured a unique, cloudy, dark orange with a thin, head. Little to no effervescing.


Smells just like the label suggests; many smells from a breakfast spread. Very strong maple and smoke aroma.


Mild carbonation, and very watery. Nothing outstanding to speak of.


This is one of those beers that just proves you cant just mix a bunch of good flavors together to make a new, unique flavor. This simply doesn't work. I was really excited going into this, and I even had the expectation that this may not be a good "beer" per-say, but at least a new experience, and something different. But it is very, VERY bad. The predominant, and quite simply overwhelming flavor is the "bacon". But instead of a nice, light tease of some fresh, pan seared bacon, you get a kick in the face of the smoldering, charred, carbon remains of something that may have used to have been bacon. Some very mild vanilla and malt manages to come through, but everything else is covered up by the smoke flavor. It lingers in one of the more unpleasant aftertastes I have experienced.


Man, what a let down. The unique bottle and label definitely did their jobs of getting my attention, but the beer fell far short of being even mildly pleasant. I have hopes that maybe someone will come along and give this another shot, because I think the idea has potential. A heavier feeling, but more subtle tasting experience would have been infinitely better.

Serving type: 750mL bottle (only made it through 6 oz before I tossed it)

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Photo of Bedhead
1.51/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is aggressively bad. Donuts, maple syrup, bacon? How could one NOT try this?? Unfortunately, the beer is simply dreadful. Easily the worst aftertaste I've ever experienced...one part rotten bacon and three parts cleaning solvent. I now realize what a stupid gimmick it is in order to get people to pay outrageously high prices to try a new bottle. (I ended up pouring mine down the drain, btw) The pink bottle should've been a tip-off but foolishly, I fell for it anyway. Normally I wouldnt care so much but the price of this (I paid $16 for a 22oz bottle [sigh]) makes it insulting. Rogue needs to do the world a favor and retire this and agree to never speak of it again.

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of dvmin98
2.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had it in a bomber. Split it into 5 4-oz glasses with friends at a BBQ

Very smokey and bacony smell. The flavor was just overpowering and 4 oz was all I could take, though some of my friends loved it.

One try is all I want. I have another bottle that I may use to cook with in the crock pot.

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

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2/5  rDev -36.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of mindlucent2007
3.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a half-inch white head which quickly settles down. Decent lacing and a hazy copper body. Smell is mostly maple syrup, faint smokiness as well. The taste is dominated by maple, but it's not too sweet or overdone by any means. The smokiness lurks in the background and compliments well. The maple flavor continues to show its face and it is authentic. Malts kick in to add the right balance of bread and smoked flavor to make this work. Hops are passive in this brew, but a little more passive than I expected. The aftertaste is surprisingly straight bacon. Smooth mouth feel with low carbonation which could have been kicked up a notch. There was no heavy or syrupy feel and not a trace of booze which was great. It's surprisingly light. Digging this one here which was very unique. It could be a dessert or breakfast beer.

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Photo of n2185
2.69/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours dark orange with a finger of beige head that recedes to a frothy cap with decent lacing.

S: vanilla, maple, and smoke. Not much else.

T: lots of smoke here with hints of vanilla and maple. The finish is meaty, with a lingering cheap, greasy meat flavor.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light and avoids being watery.

O: an interesting but unsuccessful beer. Weird and overly smokey and meaty, but still interesting.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.07/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. I've avoided you for so long now, and after one chance encounter in Delaware, the die has been cast.

A cloudy somewhat pale orange amber body, maybe even red, thin bubbled pinhead rising yellow carbonation, sitting with an off white/yellow two finger and fluffy to creamy head. Kind of interesting, very nice color.

Nose brings as the label promises. Bacon smoke and meat, sweet maple syrup, it's like breakfast pancakes and sausage on the side. The sweetness and savory bacon feels really nicely balanced. Fun. Inviting. If at a little scary maybe. Not sure where this is going.

Surprisingly not as sweet as expected. Quite mellow actually. Incredible amounts of smoke on this, but luckily not very phenolic or band aid tasting like many poor Rauchbiers. Palate is just a hint of wet, and a very faint maple without the sweetness. There's a hint of some mild bitterness from maybe old hop on the finish too, even with sweet cream maple hiding. Lots of char and carbon and smoke but strongly tolerable amazingly.

I've had some big smokey beers but they were just so phenolic. This is managed well, even if it is old and from the first original batch. A smoke meat bomb, with just a touch of light sweetness.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Interesting bottle, ad well as price tag. We will see how the beer holds up to it
Poured into my crystal mug, the color is a nice medium, hazy orange gold. A tan creamy head builds about two fingers high. After dissipating, there is not much lacing.
The smell s as advertised. Lots of smoke flavor,doughnut, roasted malt.
Tasting the beer, the first sip will be a shock! Very strong smoke flavors and a good dose of bacon taste! All this will soften towards the end, with the roasted malts and some sweetness, that comes across a doughnut flavor. After a couple more tastes, the taste buds seem to adjust, and the beer actually gets better.
For my taste, I would categorize this beer as an extreme specimen, and I believe it was ment that way.
To high of a pric tag for what it is!

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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 3-finger bubbly cream-colored head. Decent retention but no lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – As soon as I poured this, a blast of maple syrup hit me. Upon further smelling, there are definite smoky bacon and glazed doughnut aromas, as well. I can’t find any “traditional beer aromas” but this is exactly as advertised: maple, bacon, and doughnuts. Interesting.

T – Kind of follows the nose. There’s not much going on with this beer at first, maybe some malty and maple sweetness, but most of the flavor seems to come in as the taste develops. And by most of the flavor, I mean smoke. This beer is very smoky. There’s maybe some bacon apparent within all that smoke, but it’s mostly smoke. A little bit of glazed doughnut comes through at the finish.

F - Light-to-medium-bodied with lots of carbonation that dissipates rapidly, a sticky and biting mouthfeel, and a slightly dry and spicy finish. Spicy smoke lingers for a long time.

O – This beer is so bizarre. The aroma is exactly as advertised, but the taste is a little lacking. It has some of the elements of the nose, but mostly smoke. It’s a bit too thin for a beer that has this kind of taste, too. This beer is not nearly as bad as a lot of people make it out to be, but it’s really strange. I’m really glad I bought it and tried it because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and how a “maple bacon doughnut” beer tasted, but I’m disappointed in Rouge. Sometimes it seems like they experiment (a good thing) and sell the beer regardless of how it tastes (not a good thing) for a really high price (a terrible thing). I guess they can keep doing it as long as people like me will buy it, but the quality of this beer makes the price tag hard to stomach.

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of GetTheYayo
3.14/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy orange/caramel color with significant head that quickly fades to a sudsy cap. Some lacing. Carbonation bubbles are present throughout the experience. What a nose! Huge aromas of maple, smoke, a strange hickory bacon presence, and faint sweet icing. If the taste of this beer mirrored the smell it'd be excellent, but sadly that's not the case. The smoke overwhelms. The maple and semi-sweetness is still there but way out of proportion to how they present in the nose. Dial down the smoke a bit and allow the maple to shine and this turns into a great beer. Mouthfeel seems a bit over-carbonated and semi-sticky.

Overall this is an interesting novelty beer. At 5.6% a higher ABV would be nice for a beer of this stature and price. A lot of people like to hate on this beer, but what do they expect? It's a bacon maple doughnut beer in a pink bomber.

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of KyleVester
1.24/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is an absolutely atrocious beer. I love bacon. I love maple syrup. But together in this beer...oh dear lord. It doesn’t help that the flavor sticks to your palate, not that smokey bacon isn’t delicious, but in this context? I’m usually forgiving in my reviews, but this, this is just, guh. I’d rather drink the 22 of Brian Baroo I got one time that tasted like armpits than this.

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Photo of tectactoe
1.93/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Purchased as a "beer of the week" special at a local liquor store. After hearing the name "Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale", I had to give it a try. Pours a dense amber color with a bit of haze and lots of carbonation bubbles. Decent sized head that didn't last for too long. The smell was amazing. Seriously, it smelled absolutely delicious - like ripe, smoked bacon that had been covered in maple syrup. Like waking up in a cabin, early on a Saturday morning and someone is already in the kitchen, cooking bacon and maple pancakes. Hints of wheat and malt in the background, but the bacon-maple smell dominates, and it is amazing.

Unfortunately, that's where things head south. The taste is bad. Really bad. Especially after having such high expectations after the beautiful nose it gives - just SUCH a let down. The beer barely tastes of bacon or maple at all, rather all you can taste is carbonation and smoke. It was like carbonated liquid smoke with maybe a hint of malt and caramel in the background. But the smoked flavor was so intense that it was harsh, dry, and did not feel good on the back of the throat. Body was thin and had too much carbonation to be enjoyable.

All in all, one of the worst beers I've tried. Perhaps the disappointment is magnified by the fact that the beer, in theory, sounds, and smells, delicious. It is everything BUT that. One of the only beers I couldn't finish. Very upsetting.

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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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