Another Ridiculous Beer from Rogue: Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Ale

Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Ale

Rogue Ales has officially jumped the shark with it latest absurd beer, Rogue Voodoo Donut Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Ale, which was announced today, not even a month after its last gimmicky beer, Rogue White What Ale, which is made with torn up page of Herman Melville’s classic novel, Moby Dick.

From Rogue:

“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.”

The ingredient list is as follows: 2-Row, C-150, C-175, Carafoam Special II & Chocolate Malts; Rogue Farms Revolution & Independent Hops; Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana; Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

This new Rogue ale is the brewery’s second collaboration ale with Oregon’s Voodoo Doughnuts; the first was the infamous Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale. Rogue Voodoo Donut Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Ale comes in 22-ounce “bomber” bottles, and it’s available online for $13 a bottle, not counting shipping and handling.  (Rogue does not mail beer to Utah, Massachusetts, Texas or North Dakota due to local laws that restrict the import of alcohol.) It will also presumably hit liquor-store shelves near you in the not too distant future.

I’m a fan of Rogue’s beers, but I kind of wish it would stop releasing odd ales for the sake of releasing odd ales. I’ve never tasted the original Rogue/Voodoo doughnut beer, because it was brewed with real bacon, and I do not dig on swine. But I don’t know anybody who claims to have really enjoyed it, after the initial novelty of drinking a bacon-donut flavored beer wore thin. I’m guessing it will be more of the same with Rogue’s Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale. But to each his own, I guess.

UBN

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5 thoughts on “Another Ridiculous Beer from Rogue: Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Ale

  1. [...] with a month of their bottling dates, to brews made with paper from classic novels and even the ingredients in Elvis Presley’s favorite snack. It’s all starting to feel somewhat manipulative to me, and I’m the Urban Beer Nerd; I [...]

  2. upstartmedia says:

    I don’t get it. I always admire when breweries throw caution to the winds and make unique weird beers. That’s the essence of being open minded. If they were pretending it was natural and adding all extract or if they just started only producing their popular beers or something, I’d have bad things to say. But let’s give em some leeway to make weird stuff. And if the argument is you don’t know anybody that likes it, then that means it’s probably not just marketing/financial based ploy if it’s unsuccesful.

    Personally I didn’t like it that much either because it didn’t taste like the craziness I thought it might. In San Francisco one of our local brew folks own a tiny place called the Cerveceria De Mate Veza (they’re know for their Yerba Mate beers), recently had a beer event that was called “Girl Stout Beers” where they essentially made 5 beers all based on Girl Scout cookies (including a Samoa Ale and a Thin Mint porter). Anyway, those beers (including the Hopalong made from Chocolate and Peanut) whether you liked em or not tasted like what they were named by. So while I’d hope a beer supposedly based on Voodoos tasted more like it’s inspiration, I do still admire them for making it and not giving into only making financial successes and not taking risks. Just my two cents.

    • I don’t mean to suggest that breweries shouldn’t take risks. They should if they can afford to, and as long as they’re doing it with the goal of creating beer people will enjoy. But Rogue, and a whole bunch of other modern breweries, seem to be making beers with odd ingredients simply to draw attention to them. I highly doubt many people drink these “gimmicky” beers more than once, because they don’t taste very good or are overpowering. But they do draw attention, and their neon labels don’t hurt either, in that regard. I respect breweries that take risks and come up with quality, tasty beers. I don’t have as much respect for breweries that throw the weirdest ingredients they can come up in the brew kettle for the sole purpose of making a weird beer. That said, Rogue does make some great beer. My two cents.

      UBN

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