Young and Hungry

Brew In Town: Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale

Where in Town: Whole Foods, 1440 P St. NW

Price: $14.99 / 750 mL

Novelty Act

The craft beer movement’s innovative spirit can sometimes lead brewers down pretty wacky roads. Take BrewDog’s The End of History, a limited-edition, 55 percent alcohol concoction packaged inside a stuffed squirrel. Or Shorts Brewing Company’s Key Lime Pie beer, brewed with fresh limes, marshmallow fluff, and pounds of hand-crushed graham crackers. Novelty brews like these could easily be dismissed as gimmicks. For my part, I try to preserve an appreciation for the creativity and technical skill that go into them. But the fact remains: Some experiments work and some don’t.

Ale Fail

My latest foray into novelty beer was Rogue’s Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale, brewed in tribute to Portland’s famed Voodoo Doughnut pastry shop. The beer is based on the shop’s Memphis Mafia doughnut, itself a nod to an Elvis Presley-style grilled banana and peanut butter sandwich. An interesting idea? Sure, but one that goes wrong from the start. The beer’s nose had the artificial aroma of a scratch-n-sniff sticker, and tasting its absurd mixture of flavors felt like choking down a megadose of Pepto-Bismol—an unfortunate association reinforced by the beer’s bright pink bottle, meant to mimic the boxes the doughnuts come in. Try this beer for giggles, perhaps, but I suggest skipping it and going straight for actual dessert. Better yet, try one of Rogue’s much tastier brews, like Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout or Double Chocolate Stout.

Photo by Tammy Tuck

Comments

  1. #1

    Voodoo used to serve a doughnut with pepto-bismol frosting.

  2. #2

    Gross. I tried to choke down their Maple Bacon Doughnut beer once and nearly wretched after a sip.

    Their doughnuts are overrated to boot.

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