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

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Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter AleVoodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 12-03-2012

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3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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1/5  rDev -64.3%

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
1.44/5  rDev -48.6%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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1/5  rDev -64.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tectactoe
3.14/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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2/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.02/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +7.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -46.4%

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2.05/5  rDev -26.8%
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 +36.4%
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 -24.6%
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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Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 2.8 out of 5 with 765 ratings
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