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

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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 27.6%
Wants: 42
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jondeelee
3.02/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of mrfrancis
2.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a dark brown-black with a thin, fizzy tan mousse that takes very little time to settle. Head retention is surprisingly good; instead of completely dissipating, the head just kind of settles and sticks around from there. Lacing is fairly minimal.

S: Strong aromas of banana, dark chocolate, and peanut butter assault the nose. The smell, at least to start, is almost cake-like. Subtle scents of roasted grain, coffee, heavy cream, and vanilla bean follow. These aromas clash with the over-the-top cake-like scents of banana, chocolate, and peanut butter, so the overall effect is a bit off-putting.

T: Sweet notes of chocolate, banana, and peanut butter are evident on the entry, but are quickly undercut by flavors of chalk, minerals, grassy hops, burnt toast, roasted grain, heavy cream, coffee, and vanilla bean. The finish is initially very sweet with the expected banana, chocolate, and peanut butter notes, but soon turns dry and chewy with odd ash-like notes balanced by herbs, roasted grain, and some sort of soapy, harsh flavor.

M: Very light in body, which is surprising because I was expecting something along the lines of Southern Tier's Mokah or Creme Brulee, something full-bodied, velvety, smooth, luscious, and ludicrously decadent. Instead, this beer is as dry as dust and woefully slight in the mouth. Carbonation is extremely intense. The light body, extreme dryness, and firm carbonation make this ale very difficult to drink. I had to force myself to finish the bottle.

O: This is the kind of beer that is hard to review because it is both so strange and so bad that words cannot do it justic. I was not expecting to be wowed by this beer, but I at least expected to find something enjoyable about it. Sadly, I couldn't find a single redeeming characteristic. It looks odd, smells odd, tastes odd, and feels odd-in other words, it's an odd bird. I'll give the brewers at Rogue a few points for creativity and bravery here, but unfortunately that's all I can do. If awkward could be fermented and bottled, it would be this beer or something really close to it.

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3.82/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Props to joemcgrath27 for this oddity...

A - Pours almost opaque with a thin ruby red edge, thumb of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by dark cocoa, musty bread and hint of banana sweetness.

T - The flavour profile continues to be dominated by dark cocoa, with the banana sweetness coming through on the finish and lingering. Reminiscent of a banana split with chocolate ice cream, though the peanut butter continues to elude me. I suppose there a hint of nuttiness presence, but it would've been nice to see a bit more on the palette.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly dry.

O - I think I'll continue to be an outlier on the review of the Voodoo Doughnut series. Certainly the peanut butter was a tad underwhelming, but the banana sweetness did come through and was very complementary to the chocolate notes. It's a porter with a unique banana sweetness and a touch of nuttiness. I suspect if they weren't as ambitious in the description of the beer (forcing the drinkers to expect a blast of banana and peanut butter) the reviews would be a lot higher. Nowhere near deserving of the poor reviews, and if given the opportunity I would try it again.

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2.11/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I got a chance to try this at a friends house and while I know the person who brought it was trolling I am pretty sure Rogue is trolling beer geeks by making this. It was a truly awful beer. Dark brown, almost looked like a stout. Aroma was just off, none of the featured ingredients were present, eww. Flavor was quite bad, hints of chocolate but mostly just yuck. I would never drink this beer again, shame on you Rogue.

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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

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4/5  rDev +43.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +34.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.41/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle with no apparent bottled on date present. Looking forward to trying this new concoction from Rogue regardless whether it turns out to be disgusting or not. I tried the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale and thought it was bearable so we'll see what's up here.

Poured into a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter, bottle shared with some friends.

A - Pours a light cherry dark brown cola colored body with some froth. No lacing. Giant three finger fluffy creamy khaki colored head that dies down somewhat fast.

S - Smell is of creamy melted chocolate, marshmallow fluff. Light tropical banana bread smells are definitely present. Works together well but the aromas don't seem to stick together very well. Has some creamy root beer float type qualities to it, which I have observed in other Rogue beers before.

T - Taste kind of falls short. Chocolate is definitely present but not overwhelming. Peanut butter not really noticeable. Thin bodied and I'm not getting much genuine banana from the taste either. Has some cola like qualities to it also.

M - Feel is a bit chalky and dry with some bitterness from the chocolate, which seems to be the main attraction here.

Overall, a strange beer from Rogue. On par with what I was expecting. Definitely more drinkable than the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale, and I would probably be interested in trying them both again, just for comparison.

Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter, & Banana Ale---3.5/5

Photo of smalenberg
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.4/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bonus points for a Pepto pink bottle. Clear, deep dark brown color. Swarthy tan head that settles into a thick blanket and coats my glass in a foamy netting.

Hooray for the power of suggestion! Probably partially due to the label saying banana chocolate peanut butter and probably partially due to a boatload of extracts this beer does kinda taste like chocolate peanut butter banana. Mostly chocolate and banana though.

Taste very extract-y. For instance the banana tastes like banana runts more than actual banana. There's a horrendous antiseptic and bug spray combo in back that is unbearable.


Photo of BEERchitect
3.61/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

Photo of Paccamacca
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.73/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle split and poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark brown appearing black in the glass with a 2 finger light khaki head. Some large bubbles break up the head as it slowly dissipates. Leaves a few spots of lacing.

S: Initial smell from opening the bottle was a chocolate frosting aroma. Banana definitely comes through when its poured into a glass. Certainly accomplishes what it sets out to.

T: Actually it really is what you would expect from a beer of this name. I get the banana and chocolate as though as very strong in the flavor but not too much peanut butter. Nice blend, a bit on the sweet side but so are doughnuts. Mostly a chalky chocolate flavor.

M: Medium body with a nice creaminess to it which I credit to the peanut butter. Average carbonation. Finish isnt too sticky for the sweetness.

Overall I dont understand all the hate for the Voodoo Doughnut series. Both have been accurate to their names and a new beer experience. Worth a shot as long as the price isnt outrageous.

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1/5  rDev -64.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +34.4%

Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale from Rogue Ales
66 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.