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Review of Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale

29 Nov
Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale produced by Rogue Ales located in Newport, Oregon.

I can’t wait to try this brew because, as we all know, this has been one of the most talked about beers produced in 2012.
Let’s jump to the website, rogue.com, and read the commercial description.  
Rogue Ales has collided with Voodoo Doughnut to create Bacon Maple Ale! This unique artisan creation contains a baker’s dozen number of ingredients including bacon and maple syrup from one of Voodoo’s signature doughnuts.
Into the glass it goes.
This beverage comes in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of about 5.6%.
It poured a deep amber color with an off white head that formed to a very good size. It was smooth and kind of creamy.  The retention time and the lacing were both well above average.  Honestly, it looked pretty nice and inviting standing in the glass.  
The aroma released the maple syrup for sure and a good deal of smoke was noticed right off the bat.  I found a little bit of bacon in there too along with some caramel sugar.  That’s about all I could pick out really.  I didn’t find the bouquet to be quite as “loud” as a lot of others have said.  It wasn’t horrible I didn’t think.

The taste wasn’t all that strong either.  I definitely discovered some of the syrup with a very relaxed smokiness.  Touches of bacon fat and a little bit more of the sugary caramel.  I thought it was balanced pretty well.  I don’t necessarily think the flavor was world-class, however it wasn’t all that bad to tell the truth.  Just different I guess.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin.  I thought it would be much fuller.  Oh well.  It was quite dry and somewhat chewy.  The carbonation was decent, however not a terrible amount of flavor was left behind on the palate.

Well, I didn’t think this beer was THAT bad.  I don’t think it is something that I would want to drink everyday, but I’m glad I got to try it.  It’s quite unique and I applaud Rogue for creating it.  I’d drink it again if it were offered.  I think it could pair well with the cooler weather.  The drinkability wasn’t real good, but I made it through the bottle with no trouble.  So, if you guys are looking to try something a tad different, give the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale a try a see what you think.  Some will be turned off, although I do think it has its place in the beer world.  Be sure to let me know how you interpreted it if you’d like.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.6 out of 5
Grade:  B 

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4 Comments

Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Country: USA, Rogue

 

4 responses to “Review of Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale

  1. Unsystematic

    November 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Not gonna lie, I thought this beer was a disaster. I've had the maple bacon bar at Voodoo and it was awesome, but this beer just didn't do it justice for me. To me, this beer tasted like liquid smoke and bacon fat and that was about it. I do think it was a cool idea and I'm glad to see not everyone hated it. Just didn't do it for me though. I'm curious about the “Elvis” one that just hit shelves, but I don't think I can stomach paying that much if it's anything like this one. Another good and honest review from you. Keep up the good work!

     
  2. Unsystematic

    November 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Not gonna lie, I thought this beer was a disaster. I've had the maple bacon bar at Voodoo and it was awesome, but this beer just didn't do it justice for me. To me, this beer tasted like liquid smoke and bacon fat and that was about it. I do think it was a cool idea and I'm glad to see not everyone hated it. Just didn't do it for me though. I'm curious about the “Elvis” one that just hit shelves, but I don't think I can stomach paying that much if it's anything like this one. Another good and honest review from you. Keep up the good work!

     
  3. Scott Shrewsberry

    November 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Unsystematic,

    I can totally see how this beer would be a complete turnoff for some people. Again, I was somewhat indifferent about it. I don't think I would seek it out again, but I had no real issue with it either. I've had much worse that's for sure. I'll probably pick up that “Elvis” beer as well and give it a shot.

    Thanks so much for reading and the great compliments. I've really appreciated your support and I thank you for checking back in from time to time.

    Cheers,
    Scott

     
  4. Scott Shrewsberry

    November 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Unsystematic,

    I can totally see how this beer would be a complete turnoff for some people. Again, I was somewhat indifferent about it. I don't think I would seek it out again, but I had no real issue with it either. I've had much worse that's for sure. I'll probably pick up that “Elvis” beer as well and give it a shot.

    Thanks so much for reading and the great compliments. I've really appreciated your support and I thank you for checking back in from time to time.

    Cheers,
    Scott

     

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