It’s official: Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale panned by online beer community

Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Porter-bj

Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale may top the list of most disappointing beer releases of the year…or will it?

Those reviewing beers on Untappd, Beer Advocate and RateBeer have been tough on what was one of the year’s most anticipated releases. The beer has an average of 2 stars (caps?) on Untappd and less than 3 stars on both RateBeer and Beer Advocate.

But for all the craziness that went on around Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout and the disappointment that many inevitably experienced from what they had to go through or pay for a bottle (or perhaps they missed out altogether), it’s worth asking…

The poll of the day…

17 thoughts on “It’s official: Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale panned by online beer community

  1. For the Founders CBS do you mean disappointment because of it’s limited availability? Because the reviews are still pretty high for the beer itself.

  2. @adam – why do you have such a hard-on for this beer? It seems you’ve gone out of you way to focus on this particular failure…

  3. So your question is, which was worse: nobody getting as much delicious CBS as they wanted, or that Rogue VooDoo Doughnut tasted like liquid failure?

    Founders’ only failing was that they couldn’t make enough CBS for the masses. I mean, how successful is BLiS, anyway? The overwhelming outrage from the beer geek community had everything to do with a misunderstanding of the massive demand that would be placed on the 12k bottles that Founders was able to produce. That, and a few stores/distributors that are likely to never see another Founders special release ever again.

    Rogue, however, failed at copying a niche style perfected by a few small (nano?) breweries, forced the local consumers to by this by the case, then turned around and sold single bottles on their webstore. Bad beer, bad business. No silver lining.

  4. Well, Nate. Founders CAN brew enough CBS. They just choose not to to keep up the hype. Their total production is slated to hit 50,000 bbl this year. You tell me why they can’t make more.

  5. Ryan, Thanks for the comment and the euphemism. People remain very interested in the Rogue beer. That said, I doubt I will have another post on this beer again as there is no storyline left after this as far as I can see. This beer will be remembered though. Just like many still recall the movie, Battlestar Galactica, and everything that went wrong with that.

  6. Founders CBS is one of the best beers l’ve ever had, the fact that this beer was bottled and distributed to 15 states is awesome. How can you compare a great beer like CBS to a great disappointment like Rogue’s Voodoo Doughnut?

    And Bob, brewing more stout for CBS is not the problem. The problem is the limited quantities of maple syrup bourbon barrels for aging the stout.

  7. Anyone who actually thought a beer called “Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale” would be good and is anything more than a stunt, should have their head examined. Those 2 Voodoo Doughnut guys are full-time goons. One of the owners calls himself “Cat Daddy.”


  8. I for one was dissapointed….bad beer? nah, I think I just prefer these flavors in stouts….but on a side note I didn’t really get any maple out of it…

  9. sorry, meant porters….by the way, the label above say’s porter but the one I had wasn’t a porter….

  10. Bob, CBS is made by aging an imperial stout in whiskey casks previously used by the company BLiS to barrel-age Michigan maple syrup. Given this, the amount of CBS Founders can make is limited by how much ultra-premium maple syrup BLiS can sell. Understand?

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