Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale
Jason reviewed Rogue Voodoo Doughnut a number of weeks ago, and it’s a pretty popular beer because it’s taken me this long to find a bottle of my own. It’s a unique beer: a bacon maple ale that comes in a pink bottle covered with pigs and maple leaves.
This is a beer made in collaboration with Voodoo Doughnut, a specialty doughnut shop in Portland and Eugene, Oregon. One of their most popular wares is their bacon maple bar; the applewood smoked bacon and the maple flavoring were used to brew this bacon maple ale. Eleven other ingredients were also used, including multiple smoked malts.
Take a sniff and two scents dominate; first the maple followed closely by a strong smoky scent. The beer is sweet up front, but soon the smoky flavor of the malts take over. The actual maple and bacon flavors are light. The smoke, however, is pretty heavy. It’s a thinner beer; definitely not thick like a stout.
You’ll either love or hate this beer. Personally, I’m leaning towards the latter. The smoked malts are so powerful in this beer that I don’t taste much else. If you’re expecting to drink alcoholic breakfast (and the nose will lead you to believe this) you’ll be disappointed. Unfortunately it’s closer to drinking the water used to clean a barbecue pit. Jason did seem to like it, however, which just goes to show that everyone has a different opinion and it’s important to try different beers and figure out what works for you.