Rogue Voodoo Doughnut
While I was scanning the shelves at my local gas station, I stumble across a very unique bomber. Bright pink with an awesome black magic inspired logo; Rogues Voodoo Doughnut caught my eye. This bottle is so pink that I thought it was a breast cancer awareness special edition. With closer examination the words bacon and maple appear. Now, before I go any further, who doesn’t like bacon? Don’t even get me started on maple, everyone likes maple. Put that all into an ale, that must be liquid heaven right? Even at $11.00 a bottle, I had no choice but to give this one a try. Needless to say, unless you’re a vegan who allows bacon in your diet, this one is not safe for you.
A hazy, amber colored beer with a white head is I guess what a liquid doughnut looks like. You don’t have to try to hard to smell the smokiness of the bacon, however you do have to try a little harder to get to the sweet maple scent. It’s kind of weird smelling bacon in a beer. It’s even weirder drinking something bacon flavored. On the palate, you again get hit initially with the smokiness of the bacon, followed by a subtle sweetness of maple. There wasn’t much hop bitterness, or any malt flavors going on, just bacon and maple. I did get a slight chemical smell and taste at first, but it didn’t last long. The beer is not heavy, but to me, it lingers in a bad way. It may be all mental, but I get a filmy bacon mouthfeel. It’s almost like drinking really thin bacon grease. Now I’ve got to say, of all the smoky beers I’ve had, I haven’t liked any of them. This one is no different. The combination of beer, bacon, and maple seem like a home run. That doubled with that fact that this is a Rogue brew, how could you go wrong? They did. This is a great beer on paper, but that’s about it. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’ll give this one a 4, and that’s because I really liked the bottle.
The bottle, like I said, is the best thing this beer has going for it. It reminds me of something Rob Zombie would enjoy. So while I finish off this bomber, and yes I will drink it all, I might as well put in some of Zombies music. I’ll start with Living Dead Girl, but as slow as I’m drinking this, I know that will only be the first. Until next time guys, remember to cut your lights down low, turn your music up loud and open up a new beer!