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Beer – #202 – Rogue – Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale

Yes it is Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale. In a bottle. It’s a Sunday, it’s Father’s day.  It seemed appropriate that I entertain myself with this. This of course is brewed by Rogue Ales as a Smoked ale, and they do that in  NewportOregon ‘merica.

I have other entertainment for myself with this, being  the Bailterspace LP – Strobosphere. They’re an atmospheric noise rock band, I’m not an exiting fan, and I’m probably not going to end up one either, but they are a New Zealand group and so deserve a go.  I’m also dreaming of a a plate of cheese, salami, pickles and crackers.  It could happen. Probably won’t though.

Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale – a whole American Pint in a pink bottle, (750ml), it’s 30 IBU things – Low English bitter, or Mid Porter bitterness, At 6.5% ABV this makes it about 3.8 standard drinks. I have the foreboding that it’s going to take a while to finish.

Rogue - Voodo - Bacon MapleRogue 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.

I’m not sure that making a beer, just because you can,  as a reason to do so, means that the goal has been achieved. There might be a good reason that you don’t buy bacon maple flavours in a beer. I’ve tried many beer concoctions though, and on that it’s churlish to deny at least tasting this.

It’s undoubtedly Smokey and Maple on opening. Pours a golden syrup type of orange and has a fair decent fluffy and fulfilling head. Aroma is of of a sweet smoke, more towards burnt wood than smoked.

This is a terribly thin tasting beer though, I’m now not sure if I’ve endued up with a slightly dubious bottle. It’s carbonated enough, obviously gave a head, but it sits fairly flat in the glass. The smokey is all aroma though, there’s not palate carry.  Likewise for any maple. I might have frowned before sipping and scowled afterwards.

Very ambiguous is how I’m wanting to describe this, I wasn’t expecting that, I was expecting ambitious. The mouthfeel isn’t right, the palate notes are not right, and there is no length or carry.I wanted thunderbolts and lightning and got and got a candle in the wind.

In sports parlance then, a swing with no ding. Barely making a 5 on the pdubyah-o-meter this is average by any measure and I’m not sure I won’t be revisiting that number.

Ticked off my list of things to try though. All things considered though all this means is that I should get a better list.

The Bailterspace album wasn’t something that you could review, I’m sure it’s a style of music, but it’s not for me. Might make good pub music, you know the sort of thing, it’s on no one is listening.

The cheese never showed up either, I think it was wise to stay away.



3 comments on “Beer – #202 – Rogue – Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale

  1. Paul Ballarin
    September 1, 2013

    points for the highest calorie name?


  2. kingmidget
    September 2, 2013

    You promised me this one was coming weeks ago … now I’m disappointed. Still, it seems that one day I should buy a bottle just because. I think this beer is a perfect example of craft brewers going a bit too far. There’s something to be said for experimentation, but this? Nah.


    • Pdubyah
      September 2, 2013

      I think you’re right. This had the promise of sickly sweet thickness, doughy and smokey. It was such a nice spring afternoon, warm, quiet, ideal for contemplation. This was like the neighbor got his lawn mower out just as you dozed off and ruined it.

      For comedy value, great, as a taste sensation, a fail.

      Nothing ventured nothing gained.


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