BACK TO THE BEERS :: Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale

by David Daugherty on February 19, 2012

OK, before I get started here I must clarify a couple things.

– I don’t seek out “novelty” beers.  Even though this one has the looks and the name of one, it’s far from it.  I believe that there are so many craft brewers putting out amazing product that the pressure to come up with a recipe that will not only be good, but be different and help a brewer stand out, can be huge.
– I don’t like to read reviews.  Whether it’s reviews on beer, music, movies, restaurants, whatever, I refrain from reading them as I like to go in “clean.”  I’ll read them AFTER I’ve had the opportunity to experience or taste things myself.

Now, with that said, I present what I’m calling “breakfast in a bottle,”  Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale. The bottle in question is pink. and with the pigs and maple leaves on the label you may say to yourself…novelty beer.

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But hold on! Even with an inescapable air of novelty,  Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale was fantastic!  From the moment I popped the cap, even without pouring it into the glass, you can smell a sweet, maple syrup aroma that not only grabs your nose, but your taste buds begin to water and your stomach is asking for pancakes.  When poured in the glass, a whole different aroma comes through, still sweet but very smoky, not unlike the smoke beer we lovingly reviewed from Schlenkerla.  A deep orange color, the aroma literally filled the room as if someone was cooking what could only be described as some sort of smoked pork product.  Bacon, sausage, honey ham?  Take your pick, it really doesn’t matter.

That first sip? Wow!  All of everything I described bounced off every taste bud on the tongue to such a degree that I just had to savor it and wait until my brain could catch up to what I just drank.  I tasted the smoked bacon first and then it was followed by a sweet shot of maple… incredible!

But there is just so much more, considering the 13 notable ingredients used in this collaboration between Rogue and the (in?)famous Voodoo Doughnut stores in Portland and Eugene Oregon.  They created a monster of an ale using:  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.

For more information about Voodoo Doughnut, go to their website, and check out their creations.  With an ABV of 5.6, this is a great beer to “start off your day.”  I also think using this in your batter would make some remarkable pancakes!  Rogue suggests you pair it with doughnuts and pork.  This is  a great offering for the open minded beer lover because sometimes we just want something different.  I think I hear the breakfast bell, time for another… novel… Maple Bacon Ale!

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