Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 117
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rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 23.05%
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Oregon, United States

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Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.30% ABV

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 12-03-2012

Rogue Ales has again collided with Voodoo Doughnut to create Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale! This unique artisan creation contains a baker's dozen ingredients including chocolate, banana and peanut butter to match Voodoo’s "Memphis Mafia" doughnut- a nod to Elvis' entourage
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to erichxedge for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, banana, and a slight nutty aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that sounds good but is not executed very well with a flavor that is very mild and muted. (586 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.85/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is very dark brownish red in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a thin beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of artificial banana flavors are present in the nose. Hints of chocolate extract also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has a little more chocolately flavors. It's kind of like if you put banana and chocolate hard candies in you mouth without the associated sweetness. Faint hints of bitterness are present. I couldn't pick up any of the peanut butter.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and somewhat thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems like it could use a heavier body because the banana and chocolate flavors don't seem integrated with the rest of the beer and just tastes like a light beer with some syrup flavorings added in at the end. (978 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,103 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.61/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Let the grab-bag of flavors commence! This time, the Rogue brewers live up to their name as they team up with Voodoo Doughnut for an ale that can only be described as "crazy" (unless you're Elvis) with the taste of peanut butter, banana, and chocolate- yea, we're still talking about beer, I think.

Its hazy brown body certainly fits the chocolaty tone, even as the arid head billows mildly up the glass. Light in its retention, its evident that the oils from chocolate and peanut butter has impeded its head structure. Light lacing ensues in the beer's wake.

Dominated by the character of chocolate, the taste of Belgian bitter-sweet chocolate truffles command attention with only an insinuation of banana and peanut butter lurking behind. The subtle backbone of roasted barley offers a mild nutty and coffee tone also to permeate in the ales middle palate. An inquisitve finish of hops and dry malt taste starts to favor a more "beer-like" tone as the palate meanders away from the chocolaty overtone.

Surprisingly, the ale is only medium weighted- causing the beer to seem somewhat flimsy particulary in its finish. Its body quivers into a watery and grainy bit late trying to capture some semblance of beer and exposes a grain-derived astringency and an ill-hopped bite that leaves the palate unsettled and unsure.

Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate Banana & Peanut Butter ale rests on the taste buds in identical fashion of Tootsie Roll candies (wax wrapping and all)! As fascinating and fun as the beer it- it sorely suffers from trying to resemble beer. It tries to be hopped, it tries to be dry in finish, it tries to be drinkable. Rogue would be better of getting out of the beer's way and letting the rich textures and overwhelming flavor additions shine. (1,760 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.74/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Bottle: Poured a deep dark color ale with a small dark brown foamy head with almost no retention. Aroma of light peanut butter notes with some fake banana syrup notes is not the most pleasant. Taste is also dominated by gross banana notes with light peanut butter notes with quite a bit of residual sugars. Body is light with light carbonation. Too much banana notes for its own good and also too sweet for my own taste buds. (425 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.36/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

650ml pink-shellacked bottle, same as the Maple Bacon ale, but now made instead with chocolate, peanut, and banana extracts. Don't quite know where that exclamation mark on BA is coming from, as it doesn't appear on the label. Anyways, I sure hope this doesn't send me to the toilet, where I might expire (it is definitely not too soon).

This beer pours a very dark chestnut brown hue, with cherry cola highlights, and a voluminous amount of puffy, cushioned foamy beige head, which leaves some decent rime lace around the glass as it gently sinks away.

It smells of banana puree, pasty mixed nuts - peanuts in the minority, bittersweet cocoa, somewhat sour fruity caramel malt, a medicinal cough syrup astringency, and mild leafy, earthy hops. The taste is roasted caramel malt, veritable dark chocolate, candied banana throat lozenges (if that's a thing), natural vanilla, a filmy nuttiness still bereft of peanuts and their butter format, more sour dark fruit, and musty, earthy hops.

The carbonation is below average in strength, and mostly just supportive, the body an adequate medium weight, with hints of Dairy Queen sundae creaminess in its generally decent smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate, vanilla, and weirdly boozy banana giving off a dry Banana Foster dessert vibe, with an even stranger lingering medicinal note.

I had a peanut butter sandwich for lunch today, so I'm recently versed in that particular flavour, and buster (heh), it ain't here. However, the banana and chocolate do well enough to represent, but the overall effect is too busy, too scattered, and too askew to take as anything more than a novelty. Like the previous Voodoo Doughnut incarnation, I'm likely above average in my rating, but that's mostly because I don't think this, as strange as it is, warrants rubbing elbows with the true 'poor' beers out there. (1,860 characters)

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I completely understand why everyone hates this beer. I didn't really truly love it myself, despite what my rating says. However, like any other beer, I feel it's fair to rate according to many metrics, and for the metric of "did this beer accomplish what it set out to do?" I have no choice but to rate it very highly. Chocolate, Banana, and Peanut Butter? This is not a combination I'd necessarily aim for. But they absolutely nailed it. (439 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.62/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a moustachioed shaker pint glass.

How the hell could I resist? This stuff pours a brackish black-brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises chocolate-covered bananas. Straight up. Good times. The taste, though, leads with a strong sense of rubbery vinyl, tempered only by a wave of bitter chocolate-ish-ness. Wow. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, just like the first Voodoo Doughnut brew, things smell pretty tasty, but they end up tasting sub-par. In this case, though, things went further downhill than before. Still worth the shot, though. (632 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Nice lacing & okay head retention

S: Bananas & chocolate

T: Cocoa, faint smokeyness & banana up front. Richer chocolate. some banana & not getting any peanut butter as this warms. Finishes with chocolate, a touch of banana & charred grain

MF: Thinnish, vigirous carbonation

Not all I hoped, but not bad,, worth a try, needed at least 2% abv above what this is (416 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banane Ale." Acquired at an L.A. beer store for $12.99. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz pink painted brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles California. Reveiwed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the fridge. Side poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired intermittently with salted pretzels.

A: Pours a two finger dark khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Lacing is thin and somewhat pathetic. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A typical appearance for a porter, but I'm unsure what to make of it given its current style designation. Nontransparent; opaque.

Sm: Sweet malts, banana, peanut butter, caramel, and some cream. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, peanut butter, hints of artificial banana. Caramel, fairly dark malts. Cream. No yeast or alcohol comes through. A bit imbalanced, but generally enjoyable. Messy and sugary, to be sure. Malts are strange. Minimal hop character.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Good thickness. Decent palate presence. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but doesn't feel tailored to it.

Dr: Drinkable but mediocre. A poor offering from rogue; it just doesn't deliver on its premise. It's maybe better than the maple bacon, but it's still artificial and obnoxiously built. I wouldn't get it again. Quite pricey. I like it generally, but its flaws are hard to get past. Not recommended.

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Photo of superspak
3.26/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, banana, toffee, light peanut butter, toast, bread, and toasted earthiness. Ok aromas with interesting balance of malt, banana, and light peanut butter notes; smells pretty artificial, but has good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, toast, banana, toffee, bread, light peanut butter, light roast, floral, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, banana, toast, light peanut butter, light roast, floral, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Pretty solid balance and robustness of malt and extract flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid experimental flavored beer. Ok balance and robustness of malt and extract flavors; and smooth to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering. (1,231 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.87/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a clear yet opaque very dark amber in color (approaching jet black) with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering about 70% of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass that is made up of some larger bubbles. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The strongest element in the smell of this beer is that of artificial banana - it totally reminds me of the banana Now & Later candies of my childhood which I never enjoyed. As the beer warms there is a very light hint of chocolate in the smell.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of chemicals with some moderarte amounts of artificial banana and bittersweet chocolate. It finishes with a flavor that is not dissimilar to that of bazooka bubble gum. Overall the flavors of this beer are just too artificial. I do not get any notes of peanut butter at all which I found disappointing. It is not sweet though.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: I probably would not recommend this beer to anyone (and I did not hate the Voodoo Maple Bacon beer) because the smell and flavors are just too artificial. Not easy to drink and not very enjoyable - I would recommend avoiding it. (1,382 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,177 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to jtd1969 for opening this one up to share

A - black with a thick, dense, brown head that has great retention

S - fried banana chips and sugar

T - banana chips, peanut butter and jelly, nutty, creamy, chocolate ice cream

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is an interesting concept, but it'd didn't translate well. The banana was overpowering and seemed artificial. The peanut butter was present but underwhelming. The most interesting flavor was the chocolate which tasted like an odd type of chocolate ice cream. Overall, I'll give it points for uniqueness, but this was not pleasing at all. The flavors didn't mesh. It was like drinking an over-ripened banana split with weird ice cream. I'll pass in the future. (733 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black color. Crazy aroma of chocolate and banana. Reminds me of those half banana, half chocolate lollipops from Mexico.

The taste is crazy also, with roasted malt and peanut butter melding into some Cocoa flavor finishing with banana. Vanilla flavors arise due to all the sweetness. Banana flavor tends to grow as I drink. Slight doughy sweetness in the finish also. This beer is a schizophrenic journey to flavor town. The downside is the near cloying sweetness, but it certainly is more of a dessert. A one of a kind concoction, the roasted malt adds much needed contrast. Extreme beer.

Light bodied, thinner mouthfeel. Overall, this is a unique dessert beer. A bit on the sweet side just like the whole voodoo doughnut line of beers, but that's ok, it would taste worse if this were highly hopped. (826 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml classic bright pink Voodoo/Rogue bottle purchased from BevMo in Menlo Park, CA. Shared with Sam and Rich in Sydney, possibly because I couldn't fathom drinking an entire bottle by myself.

Pours an extremely dark but extremely fine clear brown like excessively filtered coffee. Head forms a fine and pretty pleasant head of mocha above it. Lacing forms in thin tiger stripes down the glass. Overall, it looks pretty decent.

Nose is intensely sweet, and I'm guessing this is where most of the effort has gone. Sickly coconut, chocolate, caramel and yes, perhaps some peanut butter provides an over-the-top American candy sweetness. Banana is lost in the mix, but I can envisage a little bit of fake banana ester candy character coming through as well. Mostly, though, it smells like a vat of melted peanut butter that someone has vomited a day's worth of carnival food into—in a vaguely good way.

Taste is weak. Extremely weak. Thin, reedy chocolate comes though, devoid of true sweetness and backed up by the ghost of peanut butter providing a shot of fatty somnolence to the finish. Feel is thin, taste is thin. Roast comes through on the back only because everything else has dropped out: the flavours that come through must only be aromatically derived—like Artificial Chocolate Banana and Peanut Butter Doughnut Flavouring (221). Boo.

Overall: boo indeed. I quite enjoyed the Maple Bacon beer, despite what everyone else seemed to think of it. But this is piss-poor: this is thin, fakely flavoured and weak without any integration or any particular thought put to it. Very uninspiring stuff. (1,608 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.85/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, ruby highlighted brown coloring with a dense, frothy, light tan head that starts around an inch, but settles in to a thin quarter inch layering. Aromas of chocolate syrup, both rich and sugary, with subtle banana notes and a hint of peanut butter. The chocolate really takes over the nose. Banana flavors are almost candy-like, with a weak chocolate syrup character and only hints of peanut butter here and there. Very awkward on the palate, and the flavors overpower the watery thin body. The aftertaste is candy-sweet once again, and the cloying sweetness lingers through past the quick, watery finish. This beer was a neat idea, but it really is all over the place. (729 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Portland's Voodoo Doughnuts make some wonderful looking doughnuts - believe me, I have personally carried a giant pink box across customs and even Homeland Security couldn't hide their curiosity or resist the compliments. Despite this beer's unique pink bottle, however, its liquid contents look no different from any other generically dark ale.

The flavour fails to offer much banana or peanut butter - odd given the recipes use of extracts - but does have a fair amount of chocolate; it actually reminds me of Rogue's Chocolate Stout. There's a great deal of cocoa taste but also green, leafy lupulin. It's like a vinous fudge.

As you'd expect, Rogue Voodoo Doughnut is probably best offered post-dinner. There's far richer and far sweeter stouts, but this has enough mousse and pudding-like features to supplement dessert, or work alongside one. Again, the peanut butter and banana are largely absent, but it still makes for a good dessert beer.

For all the negative reviews, for my money, this Rogue offering tastes better than the other (Maple Bacon) Voodoo beer; it resembles many a normal stouts, Rogue's Chocolate Stout at the top of that list (though it's nowhere as good). As I finish the last few drops I'll repeat myself again: I don't get much of the peanut butter or banana.

Make no mistake: this is a novelty beer that's probably not worth the asking price but the contents of the bottle are not entirely wretched; there are far more gimmicky ales out there and, considering the blatant use of artificial (sorry, "natural") flavours, this could be so much worse. Still, Rogue makes beers that are so much better - spend your money on those, not this. (1,672 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Voodoo is an interesting beer to say the least. The beer poured an opaque dark with thin ecru head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carried Hershey like chocolate and banana bread....not getting much peanut butter. The taste was mostly weak chocolate. The mouthfeel was light in body (which for this beer style I would prefer a medium to fuller body) with smooth carbonation. Overall its interesting...and not over the top. (435 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle to snifter.

A - Deep brown with one finger of light brown head.

S - Sweet jammy beery aroma, peanuts, sweet milk chocolate and roast. Not the most appealing nose.

T - Sweet jam, milk chocolate, banana in the finish. Roast and caramel throughout and fairly sweet overall.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O - It was difficult to keep perspective on this one. It was a bit of a mess and extremely sweet, but in some ways that conflicting flavours and the almost cloying sweetness were intended by the brewery. That said, I think the flavour integration could have been much better. (599 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.59/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a healthy two finger light brown head with great retention and massive lacing. Interesting sweet aroma of milk chocolate, stone fruit juice, hints of peanut butter and bananas, quite estery. Flavor is mild chocolate, nuts, vanilla, hint of banana, finishes drier with toasted malt and light hop bitterness. Light bodied with decent carbonation. Like the last Voodoo, this was a beer that for the first time in my life, I really wanted a paper bag to make sure that no one saw me buying it. And like the last one, I approached with trepidation but still found it an interesting, if not great ale. This tastes like a decent chocolate ale that has been watered down and blended with a light lager. You can almost taste decent ingredients crying to assert themselves. Kudos to Rogue for trying to push the envelope, but I can't help but think that this could have been better with a more substantial (dark and toasted malt) body, to support the sweet flavors. I had a good time drinking this because Rogue pretty much shows you what you're going to get with the label and the flavors were fun and interesting if rather thin and attenuated. Still definitely a one and done. Will I be tempted by the next version of the pink bottle again? Sadly, probably yes. (1,325 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A - Dark cola body. Light khaki, mixed bubble head. Nice retention and lace.

S - Banana runts and bazooka bubble gum. Delicious, but artificial. Not much chocolate or peanut butter in the nose for me.

T - Overloaded with bubble gum, and it wreaks havoc on the profile. Almost has an acrylic / plastic center. Edge of chocolate and peanut butter on the backend, but you really have to dig for it.

M - Light body.

O - I loved the first Voodoo doughnut brew, and I thought the concept for this one was interesting, but it just fell flat on its face. I'm not sure if they used an extract or tried to add something artificial for the banana flavor, but whatever it was it went completely haywire. (696 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.65/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

$11.20 for the bottle.

A- it pours like a Stout, black in colour, 2 finger head of tannish foam, good lacing.

S- I smell powdered doughnuts, some peanut butter and yes, bananas. Not a bad nose.

T- doughnuts, peanut butter, bananas...truth in advertising here but oh hell, why?

M- it's just fine. Too bad this concoction doesn't back up the mouthfeel. Hey, mouthfeel is now a real word! ;^)

O- doughnut and banana...could have tasted like a twinkie when twinkies first came out and I might have dug that. This is a trio of flavours thrown together that produce zero harmony. Laws no, never again.

Edit: I forgot to mention the tasty chocolate flavour I'm getting; very reminiscent of their Chocolate Stout. A saving grace? (727 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.76/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like milk chocolate, peanut butter, roasted malt and some banana. It tastes like milk and bittersweet chocolate, banana, peanut butter, burnt/charred malt and a bit of caramel. I do think the chocolate flavor is stronger compared to the banana and peanut butter. It does lean more towards being a sweeter tasting brew than a bitter, roasty one. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. Overall I liked this, I wouldn't mind trying it again in the future. It's certainly a unique beer, and it's definitely worth trying if you've never had it before. (774 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Though my taste buds still quiver at the thought of Rogue's last Voodoo Doughnut mash-up (Bacon Maple Smoked Shit Beer), that wouldn't stop me from trying their latest abomination in the making... especially when the three main ingredients are three things I love. How can you go wrong with bananas, chocolate, and peanut butter? Then again, that's what I said about bacon and maple, too.

It pours surprisingly dark; deep brown coming out of the bottle, taking on more of an obsidian shade as it sits in the glass. The head is absolutely huge; beige in color and towering to an astounding three inches. It was chunky and puffy, showed excellent staying power, and left behind some of the best lacing I've ever seen. I'm talking some FAT ass lacing, 360 degrees around. I'll give it that - it looks pretty great.

The aroma is stained with hefty amounts of overripe, nearly rotten bananas and banana skins laying on top of a slightly roasted malt blanket. Chocolate malts are lighter at first, but get stronger with warmth (and once you start trying to really look for them). The chocolate really isn't sweet or roasty or dark... it just smells like bland cocoa powder in the background and nothing more.

I'm wasn't really picking up any peanut butter in the aroma at all, at first. Maybe a faint, dry nuttiness in the very tail end, but I wouldn't say it smelled like peanut butter. Near the end of the glass, however, the peanut butter crept in a bit and took on a very slight "peanut butter cup with banana" aroma. Sounds good, right? Well, it wasn't awful. It wasn't even bad. It was just a little artificial and contrived. Maybe a little too messy when all is said and done.

The taste is a bit muddled and even a little bit of a let down from the aroma, though not nearly as much of a let down as the Bacon Maple ale. The problem is you've got banana, chocolate, and peanut butter bum rushing your palate all at one, in separate parts rather than entwined harmoniously. The mouth feel (and therefore, flavor) is also a bit watery, possible a consequence of the low alcohol tag?

Malty and lightly chocolate is the base upon which some banana extract flavor rest. Peanut butter is still the lightest component, as it kind of sits quietly in the back like the lonely, left-out adjunct. The beer has a weird, sharply bitter twinge about halfway through - I doubt it's from hoppage, so it might be from the roast of the malt. This astringency isn't very enjoyable, although this beer really wasn't that bad, and it was far from "hard to drink" like many people here would say.

I think so many people were let down by the Bacon Maple ale that they decided to write this one off before even trying it. If you go into a beer assuming it's going to taste like shit, then it'll probably taste like shit. This beer wasn't exactly "good" and it's not something I would go out and get again, but it was drinkable and it was different, and it was about six thousand times better than the Bacon Maple ale. (3,000 characters)

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Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale from Rogue Ales
70 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.