Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Doughnut Ale. It’s a thing.
During a recent beer stock-up at Ninety9 Bottles I did that thing; the impulse buy. Let’s be honest, we’ve all done it, but this time I felt I had no choice. Impulsive? Yes, definitely. But I dare you to glance at a full shelf of exotic and rare beer and not buy a pastel pink colored bottle of beer with a cartoonish looking voodoo priest as the focal point and jars of peanut butter, chocolate bars, and bananas in back of said voodoo man. And then you look at the label because you clearly have to now, and it reads, “Rogue Voodoo Doughnut. Chocolate, peanut butter & banana ale.”
Purchased! But with expectations of it tasting terrible. I just had to know HOW terrible. I didn’t just want bad, I wanted over-the-top bad. Or, just maybe it would actually taste good. That would be something, wouldn’t it?
This doughnut ale is not an uncommon thing for Rogue Ales. The Ashland, Oregon born, now headquartered in Portland brewery is known across the United States. Rogue has a rep for stepping outside the box to create some out-there flavors. When you bring in the equally popular Voodoo Doughnut (also in Portland), a doughnut shop that offers up legal wedding services along with as many weird doughnut creations as normal ones, you have a team that is about to make a crazy ass concoction.
Past Rogue and Voodoo Doughnut collaborations included Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale and the one I’m sorry to have missed, Bacon Maple Ale. Obviously all the Voodoo-Rogue brews pair well with doughnuts, desserts, and pork for the Bacon Maple Ale.
But you’re curious how the Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale tasted, right?
Well, I cracked it open about three weeks after purchase at a friend’s surprise 30th birthday party. What better way to celebrate than with a strange beer that may or may not make us puke?
When the party settled a bit I decided to pour all the beer guys in the room a small taster. I was clearly not going to drink this shit alone. Not the full 750 ml bottle. A few of the early sippers made faces as if to say, “Dude. No.” But a handful of us didn’t think it was that bad, including me.
This “ale” played more like a stout to me; it pours a dark brown and the predominantly chocolate taste says “stout.” The peanut butter didn’t hit me at all but the banana did on the back end. It’s also pretty light at 5.3% ABV with probably helped to tolerate it and finish off our small cups.
I doubt I’ll go back and buy more of the Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale, but if I see other versions in years to come I don’t really have a choice. Curiosity killed the cat or something.
You have got to love the impulse buy.