Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale! - Rogue Ales
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3.58/5 rDev +28.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2013 02:32:47 | More by LiquidAmber
1.41/5 rDev -49.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
I usually only do reviews for beers I'm more amped/pumped to try... I am a lazy writer, and I think it makes me focus more on the subtleties and nuances when I take the time to jot it down (maybe ?). However, I'm only doing this review as a sort of finger shaking/waving at Rogue. In fact, after trying this beer, I am done with the Rogue brewery altogether. Rogue was one of the first breweries I got into when I first started drinking craft beer, so it is a shame I have to have such an adverse reaction to them at this point. Lately, it has become apparent to me hat they are flat out making stupid decisions in order to gain press in the form of shock value...beer made from pages of Moby Dick, beard yeast?
I cannot believe they are charging roughly $13 for this beer, and I cannot believe someone in that company thought it was a good decision to release it at that price point. For the price alone, this beer is atrocious, and I have never been so glad to not have paid for a beer in all my life. I have one bottle left, and I am giving away to my neighbor.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2013 00:09:01 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
3.11/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2013 03:46:16 | More by tectactoe
3.18/5 rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
I poured a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance- Very dark brown with two fingers worth of lingering tan head. Fair amount of lacing.
Smell- Sweet cocoa aroma with a hint of banana.
Taste- Sweet dark cocoa flavor with a very faint hint of banana and peanut butter at the finish. The cocoa flavor is almost too sweet at times and you have to hunt for the banana and peanut butter flavor.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and a tad dry. low amount of carbonation.
Overall- I was not impressed by this beer. Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale was much better than this. Rogue needs to tone down the cocoa and increase the banana and peanut butter flavors to make this better.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2013 21:32:53 | More by scratch69
2.99/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Full disclosure: I enter into this review 1) fully aware of the less-than-stellar reputation of this beer; and 2) as one of those freaks of nature who is not particularly fond of doughnuts, or indeed most pastries. I will endeavor to keep my opinions unbiased despite these faults, but anything noted in here must be taken with a grain of salt.
Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale opens to a sweet, sugary nose that makes immediately obvious the beer’s three extracts: milk chocolate is perhaps the strongest of the three aromas, reminiscent here of chocolate stouts (Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout comes to mind), hot chocolate, and iced mochas; peanut butter comes next, smelling like a more sugary version of peanut butter that might be found in a Reese’s; and bananas are last, adding a light banana aroma that blends well with the peanut butter and chocolate. The aromas as a whole are fairly light, and the aforementioned extracts make up at least three-quarters to four-fifths of the detectable aromas, the rest comprised of small hints of caramel and brown sugar, very light ash, biscuit, pie crust, and a few scattered berry and fig fruit esters, as well as a pinch of super sweet confectioner’s sugar. As a whole, the aromas are nice, obviously sporting a heavy addition of aromas from the bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate, but these blending nicely together in dessert-like fashion, mixing with the breads to form a chocolate, peanut butter, and banana pie aroma. The effect is admittedly strange, and does come across as very sweet, offering little to suggest that the beverage is in fact a beer, but surprisingly pleasant.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a shot of chocolate and bananas, tasting very much like sliced bananas dipped in a mixture of light and dark chocolate, and that covered in sprinkles of sugary peanut crumble. The effect is heavily dessert-like, tasting not so much like a doughnut as it does something that would be offered at a carnival. These dessert-like flavors sit atop a light bed of ash, biscuit, and cracker, lending a bit more of a pie crust flavor. What is particularly jarring here is not the doughnut or sweet flavors, but the hops, which bring in a bitter pine and grapefruit rind note that jars with the sweetness, like taking a bite of fresh grapefruit after brushing your teeth. The orange fruit esters don’t help with this sensation, muddling the waters with further citrusy notes. Over the course of several sips, much of the initial nuance of the early flavors is lost, and the bitter hop and citrus notes become stronger, clashing heavily with the sweet chocolate, peanut butter, and banana dessert notes, so that the aftertaste becomes a dry, astringent strangeness: grapefruit rind and fresh cut grass mixed with chocolate and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-heavy, fizzing on the tongue.
Overall, the beer seems deeply divided, offering on the one hand a nice set of sweet dessert notes that, while offering few traditional beer flavors, are still tasty; and on the other hand, a bitter, citrusy, and grassy thread that wouldn’t be out of place in a light IPA. The problem is that these flavor sets would be decent by themselves, but don’t work together, and the beer feels like it needed to make up its mind whether it wanted to be a dessert beer, or a lightly-hopped pilsner.
Serving type: bottle
06-11-2013 17:37:56 | More by jondeelee
Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale! from Rogue Ales
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