I experienced a beer that I have been wanting to try since I first became aware of it, and it is inspired by a food and restaurant that I have wanted to go to since it was first brought to my intention by both Adam Richman on Man V. Food (voodoo wedding anyone?) and Anthony Bourdain’s unsuccessful visit on No Reservations (they were closed). World famous restaurant that I am talking about is of course VoodooDoughnuts, a doughnut shop made popular by its weird and wacky donuts including: Captain my Captain (captain crunch donut), Triple chocolate penetration (a chocolate doughnut with coco puffs), Memphis Mafia (Fried dough with banana chunks and cinnamon sugar covered in a glaze with chocolate frosting, peanut butter, peanuts and chocolate chips), and the inspiration for this particular beer, the Bacon Maple Bar (maple frosting and bacon). There is not a single donut on their menu that I would happily eat, maybe all in one sitting, I really hope that the people of Portland know how fortunate they are to have a culinary icon like Voodoo Doughnut in their vicinity. However, this is a beer blog, so let’s move on to the wonderful Ale that the Maple Bar inspired.
Rogue has a long history of intriguing beers, some are exceptional, some are good, and there have been a small few that are subpar. However, this is a Bacon Maple beer. Bacon, maple syrup, and beer are three of my most favorite things in the world, so this could either be a train wreck of awesome flavors that failed to work well to form a coherent product, or it could be one of the greatest beer flavor experiments of all time. A particularly nasty review but a Portland paper called it “blatant gimmickry” and a “foul abomination." Then again, a majority of Americans prefer the fizzy yellow light lagers produced by Miller-Coors and A-B, so I am taking that with a grain of salt.
On ratebeer it currently has a 47 overall and a 20 for style. On Beeradvocate it has a 75. The scores aren’t very promising; hopefully the beer is better than the two ratings sites would indicate.
A Collision of Crazies
Rogue Ales has collided with Voodoo Doughnut to create Bacon Maple Ale! This unique artisan creation contains a baker’s dozen number of ingredients including bacon and maple syrup from one of Voodoo’s signature doughnuts.
As they always do, Rogue provides a rough breakdown of all of the incredients and specs for this beer. The specs and ingredients are:
Malts: Briess Cherrywood Smoked Malt, Weyermann Beechwood Smoked Malt, House-smoked Hickory Malt, Great Western 2 Row, Munich, C15, C75 Malts
Speciality: Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Pure Maple Flavoring
Hops: Perle, Sterling
Yeast & Water: Pacman Yeast, Free Range Coastal Water
This pours amber with a small yet creamy head with excellent retention (lasted through the entire glass). While pouring I was overcome by a wonderful smoky maple aroma, like what I imagine being in a sugar house during syrup season would smell like. I had to stop myself from immediately drinking the beer as I took in all of the excellent aromas which almost made me drool in anticipation of what was to come.
The flavor is very bacony with a rich maple (closer to grade B or C) and smoky finish. However, at the same time it is very light and refreshing with just the right amount of carbonation that clears the heavy smokiness off my tongue impressively well.
I have wanted to try a bacon beer since I first heard that they existed and this one definitely does not disappoint. The only thing that would have made this beer better would have been a Bacon Maple Bar, or any of the wonderful donuts from Voodoo Donuts for that matter. This would also be an excellent breakfast beer, paired with pancakes, bacon, and eggs; with real maple syrup only please, that fake breakfast syrup crap is disgusting!
That’s all for tonight, stay tuned for tomorrow night when I post a review of the Rabbit’s Foot Meadery in Sunnyvale, CA.