Friday, September 20, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana Ale – Rogue Ales

            About a year ago I had a beer that was like no beer I had ever had before, the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale.  It was everything that I hoped it would be and then some.  I have since had a few bottles, and it did not age well.  Fortunately, Rogue released the next beer in the Voodoo Doughnut lineup a couple months ago, the Chocolate, Peanut & Butter Banana Ale.  I picked up a bottle, and could not wait to try it, then life caught up with me and it was a couple weeks before I was able to open my bottle.

 The latest beer (yes I realize it was released back in July) is based upon the Memphis Mafia doughnut from Voodoo Doughnuts, a fried doughnut with banana chunks and cinnamon, glazed and topped with chocolate frosting, peanut butter, peanuts, and chocolate chips.  While that certainly does not sound even remotely healthy, it does sound insanely delicious!  So, I guess the real question is, did Rogue pull off another Doughnut-inspired beer, or are there simply too many competing flavors?  Alternatively, does the banana taste like banana or banana extract?  Perhaps the beer would leave a lot to be desired, after all a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ale is not for everyone and there was a very real possibility that I would not enjoy the latest Voodoo Doughnut Ale.  On to the review.

At Beeradvocate, Rogue Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ale has a score of 65.  Over at ratebeer, it has a score of 29 overall with a 55 for style.  Neither of the ratings sites offers a very positive perspective.  Then again, they didn’t like the Bacon Maple Ale either… some people just don’t like odd beers.

They Say:

A Collision of Crazies

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.
Malts: 2-Row, C-150, C-175, Carafoam Special II & Chocolate
Hops: Rogue Farms Revolution & Independent
Adjuncts: Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana
Yeast: Pacman
& Free Range Coastal Water

Voodoo Doughnuts adds:
            Rogue Ales has once again brainstormed with Voodoo Doughnut to introduce to you... Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale!

This unique artisan creation contains a baker's dozen ingredients including chocolate, banana and peanut butter to match Voodoo Doughnut's "Memphis Mafia" doughnut- a nod to Elvis' entourage.

I Say:

            Rogue’s Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale pours an opaque brownish black with a thick, creamy tan head that holds excellent retention, lasting through almost the entire glass, leaving behind moderately heavy lacing.  There is a very strong, upfront note of banana in the aroma, backed up by milk chocolate, and slightly sweet malts with a sweet, nutty finish.

            The flavor is bready, with a light milk chocolate note, hints of banana and nuttiness, rounded out by a lingering banana flavor that tastes more like banana extract than fresh fruit.  On the back end there is an odd, lingering carob flavor in the after taste, rather than the fuller chocolate flavor that came forward at first.  Fortunately the flavor did not linger long.  Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale is light-bodied with a moderately high level of carbonation.

            While being an interesting beer, the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale falls short of being great.  The flavors seem a little muted on the back-end  and the aftertaste does little to round out the experience.  It also seems a little too light bodied to support the flavor profile of the beer.  Had this been a medium or full-bodied beer, it would have been far more enjoyable, in my opinion.  Sadly, this beer was not as enjoyable as the Bacon Maple Ale; I do however look forward to any upcoming Rogue/Voodoo Doughnut collaboration beers.

            Feel free to pick up a bottle of Rogue Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale if you find it near you, because it is interesting, it just falls short of what it could have been.

            That’s all for today! Check back soon for another post!

            Happy Drinking!


  1. I always wanted to try te maple bacon, I just always get snared by wanting to try more beers at once then spring for one that's more expensive. Maybe I'll just have to try this one out.

  2. Depending on where you look, I have seen bottles of the two Rogue doughnut beers for as cheap as $5.

    I definitely understand the reluctance to spring for the expensive bottle when 2, and sometimes up to 5, different new beers can be had for the same price. Quite frankly, many of the $20 and $30 beers that are on the market simply aren't worth it. Oh, I am not trying to say that they won't be excellent, but you are likely to get more cumulative enjoyment out of the less expensive beers.