Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ale (Rogue Ales)

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer (?)

5.3% ABV

25 IBU’s

13 Plato

Malts: 2-Row, C-150, C-175, Carafoam Special II & Chocolate Malts

Hops: Rogue Farms Revolution & Independent Hops

Other: Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana; Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water

Brewer’s Notes: “Rogue Ales has again collided with Voodoo Doughnut to create Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale! This unique artisan creation contains a dozen ingredients including chocolate, banana and peanut butter to match Voodoo’s “Memphis Mafia” doughnut- a nod to Elvis’ entourage.”

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The beer’s label is… well… its Pepto-Bismol pink. This label is actually gross.  It is just too much.  It is not appealing to the eye, and this is mostly due to the Pepto-Bismol pink.  The label graphic is really not that cool.  The voodoo man is kind of cool, but all the bananas, chocolate, and peanut butter look odd.  Of course, all of this ugliness seems to be exactly what Rogue was going for in this label.  In that sense, this label is beautifully ugly.  Is it worth putting on a shelf?  That’s really for you to decide.  It would look nice in a sarcastic display shelf.  The choice is yours.

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The beer pours like dark chocolate milk, or dark roast coffee.  The beer pours with a massive sandy head on top.  The bubbles are creamy on the surface, but quite rocky beneath, leaving a sticky thick ring of lacing and lots of webs running down from that.  The beer’s body is too dark to penetrate with the eye.  On the nose, this beer smells like plastic banana chocolate.  There are touches of chemical green apple in the nose as well.  Really, this beer smells fake and chemically.  The chocolate does lay a nice layer beneath the rest of the smells, and is thick and rich, but the other smells are really quite gross.  On the tongue, this beer tastes watery with definite plastic notes.  Sweet and bitter.  The flavor begins as sweet chemicals, moving into a thick chocolate flavor briefly before washing into a watery taste that mixes bananas and chemical flavors in a slurry.  A slight cocoa chocolate flavor brushes through the finish, but is not very long lasting.  For part of this taste, the beer is pleasant, and then it gets really gross, and then it’s okay and then its gross again.  This is certainly a weird beer, but overall I think it’s gross. It’s worth a try, but you should split this thing among a large group.  In the mouth, this beer feels thin to medium in body with a light touch of dry roast.  The beer leaves the mouth with a lot of astringent chemicals on the sides and back of the throat.  Overall, this beer is weird, just like it promised to be.  I really am not a fan of it, especially the chemical flavors that I get from it, but there are some strangely redeeming flavors present in this beer, and they make me keep sipping.  This beer tastes horrible, but it isn’t a drain pour.

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2.73/5

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