Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale

Doughnuts?? Maple Bacon Ale?? What the huh? I’ve noticed this one in the store many a time with its distinctive pink 22 oz. bottle. I’ve thought what are they thinking? How do make beer doughnut flavored? What does doughnut and bacon taste like in beer? Well I finally had an opportunity to try some at my favorite beer store – Grateful Red. The doughnut part just relates to the name of a doughnut store across the street from Rogue Brewery in Oregon that they teamed up with to come up with the flavor of the beer. It’s really maple bacon beer (no doughnut flavor). I was relieved when I learned that. It is essentially a brown ale (at least that’s how Rogue classifies it), but they use smoked malts as the base for it. This gives it a strong smoky flavor. They do add applewood smoked bacon and maple flavoring. The smoky flavor hits you right away. It actually reminds me of a smoked porter or rauchbier. The maple flavor is there, but less noticeable. It’s not a bad beer, but I would probably not seek it out. I’m not a huge fan of smoked beers, but if that’s something you like, then it is worthwhile. The maple and bacon flavors are there, but this is really a smoked beer. I give it 2 out of 5 proper pints.

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