Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by MaximalC:
3.13/5 rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3
Pours an opaque, seal brown with a moderate khaki head that slowly settles into a veil of frogspawn, leaving a respectable ring of lacing in its wake. Aroma smells of milk chocolate, brown sugar, traces of banana, maraschino cherries, and a suggestion of alcohol. The whole affair smells rather like a dessert.
I had no idea what to expect from the taste, and I was skeptical as to how well chocolate-banana-peanut-butter translates to beer. I guess you could say my expectations were met. The taste here is just plain peculiar. If I hadn't seen the label, I'm not sure I would have pegged any of the aforementioned flavors as being present. Maybe they're there somewhere in the hodgepodge of chemicals that passes for a flavor profile, but they don't play well together. The taste is initially blurry and mild--maybe generic roasted malt would be fair--before the ensuing tug of war between what tastes like juniper, marshmallow, and moderate resinous hops. I think I can taste some milk chocolate in the finish, along with what may be the faintest traces of peanut extract--maybe. Banana is not existent in any capacity. The mouthfeel is actually excellent--smooth, velvety, and alive--however it's wasted on this beer. The body is medium and appropriate.
I appreciate the attempt at innovation, but this endeavor was a tall order to say the least. It's hardly a success by my account, but few would have succeeded given the demands. Voodoo Doughnut is the epitome of a novelty beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2013 02:11:23 | More by MaximalC
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3.01/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A high school classmate and contemporary drinking buddy, Mike, came over last night and we laid waste to a bunch of bombers. Bombers are a real sticking point in my backlog as I do not like to drink them by myself. I could, but I like when others help me to do so. This one came from The Fridge and went into my fridge.
From the bottle: "Dedicated to Tres & Cat Daddy, the rogues of Voodoo Doughnuts."
I popped off the "oxygen-fixing" cap and gave each of us a generous pour. Following the pseudo-cascade, I had a finger of light-tan head with decent retention. Color was a solid dark-brown (SRM = 44), although they identified it as 75 Lovibond. I have a handle on SRM, so I am not going to try to learn Lovibond unless I have to. Nose definitely gave off banana esters, but accompanied by a maple syrup and an odd fried-doughnut quality. I was now gearing up for unrelenting sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was sweet, all right, but chocolate and banana were about it. Finish was likewise sweet and the peanut butter made a brief appearance at the end, but it might as well have had an asterisk next to it on the label for as much as it mattered. A definite novelty.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 18:05:29 | More by woodychandler
2.86/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
i appreciate the innovation and the idea, and the other two of these have been downright delicious and well done, but this one is a bit of a miss. some age on the bottle, so maybe my banana has faded, but i didnt taste it at all. worse, i didnt get any peanut butter, maybe a slight generic nuttiness, but nothing but a greasy texture and some sweet malt on this for me. chocolate yes, its all in the nose and finish, but the sweet grain makes it tough to appreciate all the way. i get no banana whatsoever, not even from the yeast, which may have been the best way to get those esters in here. worse yet, its alcoholic and not even that strong, it stings and it stinks, i just dont care for it. as it finishes i get a little more of the peanut butter, but its not really compatible like it is in other beers that have come around. its contrived, not real genuine, and just a sloppy mess of flavors that never gel. it may have been better when it first came out, but its well past being reasonable. i will likely keep buying these beers, only out of curiosity, but this is the worst of the three by far.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2014 17:08:45 | More by StonedTrippin
Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale from Rogue Ales
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