It’s impossible not to notice the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut in your local beer shop. With it’s bright pink color scheme, it immediately brings memories of Pepto-Bismol or that bubble gum flavored amoxicillin you took as a kid, which was insanely delicious. At least that’s how I remember it.
Fortunately, when you pour the Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Ale into a glass, the carpet does not match the drapes. Instead, you get a deep, dark beer that gives off rich aromas of chocolatey goodness. This beer smells like the tour at Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I’m guessing that roughly 15% of the readers of this blog know where that is.
Though you see only two glasses poured in the photo above, there were actually three glasses poured and three different reviewers weighing in. You can expect a behind the scenes look into our process when this review comes out on DVD and Blu-ray.
With three different tasters, you may expect three completely different opinions. The one constant was that chocolate is the dominant flavor. If you can’t pick that one out, you may have badtastebuditis, and should contact your doctor. After that, our opinions began to diverge. Two of three felt that banana was definitely present but couldn’t pick out peanut butter, while the third felt that peanut butter was the dominant flavor in the after taste but couldn’t pick out banana. If you’re keeping track at home, that’s one PB&C and two C&B’s, with zero PB&C&B’s.
So how did we feel overall? Good. The beer is delicious, even lacking one of the three flavors. We can’t help but think it’s more of a novelty than something we’d buy regularly, as $12.99 is steep! For much less, you could buy a good chocolate stout and get a similar experience. That being said, if other Voodoo Doughnut flavors show up at the local store, I expect they will end up in my refrigerator. I’m a sucker for novelty.
The Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale brings some strong, sweet flavors into the mix, so we recommend avoiding a sweet on sweet scenario. With that in mind, I think pairing a full-bodied cigar that contains strong, unsweet flavors would be excellent. Here are some quick suggestions:
If you try out any of these pairings, be sure to let us know how it worked out in the comments below!