Tried Rogue’s “Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale” (275/366)

275VoodooBeerTop“Milk is for babies.  When you grow up you have to drink beer.”
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger


A while back when we went with our friend Laurie to Portland, the night before we drove back to California and crossed the Oregon/California border, we went to the Rogue Ales Public House in Eugene house for dinner.  Rogue Brewery began in a basement setup with small pub above it in Ashland, brewing two different beers, and now they brew over 30 different beers and ship all over the States and even to other countries. Another Oregonian institution is Voodoo Doughnuts, the original shop being located in Portland, but the fame of the doughnuts facilitating new branches being opened, the most recent of which being in Eugene (just across the street from the Rogue Public House).

So I guess it makes sense that Rogue, creator of such beers as their “Chocolate Stout” made with oats, chocolate malts, and real chocolate, and the “Morimoto Soba Ale” brewed with actual soba (buckwheat) would want to see the flavors of one of Oregon’s most beloved donut, Voodoo’s Maple Bacon bar (a raised yeast maple bar with bacon on top), integrated into a beer.

When we were at the Rogue Public House, we saw the bright pink bottles of the Maple Bacon beer and had to pick one up.  We decided to save it for a special occasion, and Laurie just got back from another trip to Portland the other day, bringing back with her some Voodoo Doughnuts and another bottle of Maple Bacon beer.  Tonight, we cracked both bottles open!

The look:
As I said, this is in a bright pink bottle (to match the bright pink boxes Voodoo Doughnuts use).  It’s a very distinctive look – a great design.  The beer itself is a lovely amber color – pretty much like maple syrup, actually.

The scent:
Sweet, smoky, you can smell the maple in it … and I swear some pork fat.  YUM.  They nailed the scent.

The taste:
The very first taste on the tongue has the sweetness – but that gives way immediately to the bitter smoke.  I think there’s too much smoke in this – it ends up masking everything else, unfortunately.  I really like smokiness, but it can be overdone (I learned a lot about that in the scotch tasting I went to this year, actually!).

Laurie noted that even though it was heavy on the smoke, it would probably be good with doughnuts (like how bitter coffee is).  It was different with doughnuts, and I did notice on the bottle that Rogue actually suggested pairing this ale with either doughnuts or pork (surprise, surprise!).  I love that Laurie included a Maple Bacon Bar in with the Voodoo doughnuts she brought back, so I had it all together.

It was pretty good.  I just couldn’t get over that bitterness.  Earlier this year I tried a “Bacon Brown Ale” and it had a lovely smokiness without being bitter, so I know a less smoky “bacon” type beer exists.

Although I do wish the ale were just a bit sweeter and less smoky, after trying it along with different things I think it’s definitely interesting, and I dislike it less than when I first tasted it.  There are some beers that you can just sip on and enjoy by themselves, and I’m not sure this is one of them (at least for me).  I think Voodoo should put bacon on a maple frosted chocolate old-fashioned doughnut, and then Rogue will have a winning brew to make (I’m really more of a porter or stout fan anyway).  Is anyone at Voodoo or Rogue reading this?  I want credit when you make this super doughnut/beer of awesomeness.

Related Links:
Voodoo Doughnuts

One Response to “Tried Rogue’s “Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale” (275/366)”
  1. Ying says:

    “Do do that voodoo that you do so well.” …Cole Porter

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