It’s been a while since Thirsty Thursday went into the fail realm, but after sampling this alternative creation there was no other way to classify Rogue’s Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale. The beer is the fusion of a smoked brown ale and the maple bacon donut creation that Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon has become famous for, along with many other unusual donuts.
Now I’ll be the first to say that bringing the goodness of beer and donuts together is an idea that is long over due, because we all know when men have a few too many beers they are always willing to march off to the donut shop for “refueling” (click here for a video refresher). However, the idea of combining a smoked brown ale with the essence of a maple bacon bar struck me as a strange combination. Then again maybe combining two seemingly strange ingredients together was the goal since Voodoo Doughnut prides it in doing just that.
The difference though is that Voodoo Doughnut’s creations supposedly produce a harmonious/blissful flavor experience in one’s mouth and not a divisive product that creates unrest and lingering anguish…which is exactly what the Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale does.
In fact one would be better off purchasing a Rauchbier (or Newcastle Brown Ale) and an actual maple bacon bar, then cramming both into one’s mouth at the same time to create the uniqueness of this thought process rather than spending the 11-15+ bucks for a 750ml pink bottle of an off-putting brew.
Remember kids: Just because you can make something doesn’t mean you should.
Here’s my complete review
Rogue’s Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale (5.6% alc)
A brilliant burnt orange in color, the beer pours with a healthy amount of carbonation and a head that quickly dissipates. Strong aromas of sweet candied maple, just like the glazed donut, along with the essence of a smoked marzen beer (meaty bacon and beech smoke) greet you on the nose. The palate is a confusing 180 from the nose, opening with a light and watery mouthfeel with a slight amount of carbonation. The beer’s essence is extremely muted and one is hard pressed to identify anything but a slightly sweet smoke tinged aspect. Finishes with the expansive taste of wet cigarette butts that is only palatable when the beer is warmer than cellar temperatures. A disappointing effort and gimmicky product from Rogue Brewery.
Retails Around $11-15
Interested in Voodoo Doughnut? Here’s a short video by Cailin O’Neil:
Copyright © sports-glutton.com, 2010-2012. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from sports-glutton.com is strictly prohibited.