The beers in the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut series always receive a lot of commentary, both good and bad. Tonight I will check out the latest beer in that series called Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale, which has 5.4% Alcohol By Volume (ABV).
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale is a very dark brown into black beer, with dim ruby glowing through when held up to a light. A small, khaki colored head tops it off, leaving behind a nice amount of lacing.
The nose is a pretty even split between bitter chocolate and raspberry notes.
Black and brown malts start things off in the taste, lightly toasted, a bit of dry chocolate, with raspberry accents in the background. The mouth is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale is a pretty tasty beer, but it doesn’t really have that “wow factor” (if you want to call it that) that the prior two beers did. Ten years ago Rogue had some of the better regarded American beers that were widely available, but now it seems that they are fully committed to the novelty beer game as opposed to the updating their lines as the other mature breweries have had to do as people’s preferences have changed.
That said, Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale does provide some novelty, and it is worth a look for people who like to see beer’s boundaries explored.
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale: B
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale Specs
Gravity: 13.5 degrees Plato
Malts: 2-row, Munich, Caramel 120, Chocolate, Black, Kiln Coffee, Rogue Farms Dare and Risk Malts
Hops: Rogue Farms Herbal Hops
Other: Pretzels, Raspberry Extract, Chocolate, Pacman yeast
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz