Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale

Glass of Rogue Bacon Maple Porter

By D.J. Paul

Earlier this year rumors were swirling of a collaboration between Rogue Ales and Voodoo Doughnut on a beer to honor Voodoo’s internationally famous Bacon Maple Bar. I first heard about this beer when I was visiting Green Dragon in February during Zwickelmania when Masterbrewer John Couchot stated that he was beginning to work on a bacon maple beer with Voodoo Doughnut. Being a fan of Voodoo Doughnut I was very intrigued about this collaboration and anticipated its arrival.

Months went by until the end of August when I read about the progress of this beer on Beernews.org. Originally this beer was set out to be a porter but changed more recently to a brown ale style of beer. Rogue even had a label for this beer as a Porter. But after a few recipe changes by Rogue’s extraordinary Brewmaster, John Maier, he changed the style of this beer to a brown ale. Finally this Bacon Maple Ale is now available for all to taste. As stated on the back of this large pink bottle, this beer is “Dedicated to Tres & Cat Daddy. The Rogues Of Voodoo Doughnuts”.


Now onto the Bacon Maple Ale itself. On Sunday morning I trekked on over to Voodoo Doughnut Too to purchase a couple of their Bacon Maple Bars so I could pair them with the beer of the same name. My main goal here was to see if the combination of flavors presents themselves in a similar fashion. Already being a fan of Voodoo’s Bacon Maple Bar I knew early on that Rogue would have its work cut out for them.


Upon opening this 750ml bottle a pleasant peaty aroma came forth, more so than the smoky aroma that I was expecting. This was definitely a plus that allowed for a more drinkable beer. This beer poured nicely into a stemmed tulip glass offering up a nice amber-brown appearance with a nice tan head. The head retention lingered for a while and as the beer warmed a bit a smokier aroma with hints of maple came forth. The first sip came across as a bit dry but the mouthfeel of the beer offered up something more similar to a liquid version of a smoky dry piece of bacon. Some slight sweetness from the maple lingered a bit in the finish. The body of the beer seemed to be on the lighter side. This is where I think a porter could have helped. Though it would be more challenging getting the bacon and maple flavors more forward with a roasty porter as its base.

Tasting this beer next to its doughy counterpart offered up some similarities. Rogue did not get the doughiness of the bacon maple bar into the beer but they did get the tastings from the two delicious toppings of bacon and maple frosting.


One of the drawbacks to the consumer is that Rogue is currently selling this beer only by the case that equates to a $13 bottle. The beer does come in a nice looking package of a pink painted 750ml bottle (25.4oz.). According to Bill Night’s Six-Pack Equivalent Calculator this beer comes in at a price per six-pack of $36.91. Leaving the price of this beer out of the equation, this beer was brewed for the novelty factor. Rogue has its loyal fans as does Voodoo Doughnut so no matter what, this beer will have its following. And being that it’s a very limited release this beer will find its market share.

Rogue’s Bacon Maple Porter is available at the Rogue Ales Pop-Up Store at 1001 SE 9th Ave in Portland’s Southeast neighborhood sold only by the case at $156 per case.

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9 Comments so far

  1. AM September 26, 2011 3:15 pm

    Very informative review. Mouth watering at those pics!

  2. Kris September 26, 2011 4:13 pm

    This is the most favorable review I’ve read so far and I’m intrigued. However, unless Rogue gets over itself and starts selling these bottles as singles I’ll have to pass.

  3. Aaron October 14, 2011 3:37 pm

    Rogue and Voodoo are popular only with people that don’t really know Portland that well. There, I said it.

  4. Nick October 26, 2011 5:44 pm

    I’m sure Aaron’s the biggest fan of the local Budweiser wholesale distribution company, and certainly a big fan of Krispy Kreme donuts.

    Honestly, the hype can sometimes be too much (moreso for Voodoo than for Rogue), but darned if they don’t both make excellent products.

    I’d be more than interested in trying this, though I would much rather have seen it in a Porter. Rogue makes excellent dark beers.

  5. Nick October 26, 2011 5:44 pm

    I’m sure Aaron is the biggest fan of the local Budweiser wholesale distribution company, and certainly a big fan of Krispy Kreme donuts.

    Honestly, the hype can sometimes be too much (moreso for Voodoo than for Rogue), but darned if they don’t both make excellent products.

    I’d be more than interested in trying this, though I would much rather have seen it in a Porter. Rogue makes excellent dark beers.

  6. Jared Brentlinger January 10, 2012 12:29 pm

    I ordered 3 single bottles at $13 apiece. I live in Indiana and Rogue does quite well here. $59.90 for 3 bottles (includes shipping) is a bit steep. $20/750ml better be worth it. I will post back later when they arrive.

  7. David January 25, 2012 8:26 am

    We just started selling the Rogue Ales Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale. You can order online and we can ship to most states.

  8. Zach February 23, 2012 11:45 pm

    Enjoyed this review a lot. I’ve been doing some research on the beer and for some reason there seems to be heaps of haters of the Rogue brand and this beer. I can’t really imagine why. I for one thought this beer was spot on flavourwise and fulfilled its promise to represent the doughnut as a beer. It’s definitely not for everyone and I suppose you encounter beers like this where it’s either one you love or one you hate. To each their own! Thanks for the review ;]

  9. Ron November 21, 2012 8:15 pm

    Just picked this up in Vancouver, BC (Canada) – $11.99/bottle.

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