Just like you, but different
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 baker’s dozen ingredients including chocolate, banana and peanut butter to match Voodoo’s “Memphis Mafia” doughnut- a nod to Elvis’ entourage.
I think this is going to be “sweet”, and for no reason I expect it to be pale in colour. I might be 1 for 2. I also think that it’s going to be a long beer, in that it might take a while to digest and drink. After all a sweet beer might not be the thing. But in the interests of taste and experience I had to get one.
It occurs to me of course that this could be a “dessert” beer, if you’re looking for a wine comparison.
Slightly sour on the opening. Pours a dark chocolate brown, with a firm light brown head. Chocolate and Banana to the fore.
Taste is like a hint of very smooth peanut butter, with a mild chocolate carry, I don’t immediately get any banana.
Couple of things, not a sweet as I thought it might be, and it’s a lot darker than I imagined.
Also pretty carbonation heavy and has a burp factor. Head remains firm and delivers a decent lacing too. The aroma is picking up to banana as it sits a bit, and is beginning to deliver on the palate.
And this leaves me in an odd place. For this is neuter unpleasant and at the same time neither is it pleasant. Pleasant in the sense that you’ve suddenly sculled the whole thing and can’t remember doing it pleasant. It’s pleasant in that it’s not a lot of thinks that could be horrible and wasteful.
The chocolate note lends itself a lot to a stout type experience if you want to get to a point. There is also not an unpleasant bitterness to this, it’s many beers in one.
The pdubyah-o-meter is aching to award arbitrary scores on this, and I think 8. I think 8 because this could be a train wreck and it isn’t. There is no huge bell curve of taste, nothing at either end that makes the eyebrow arch with interest. The taste is all in the middle, all lined up.
This then is a bit clever. It’s also a bit dumb. The all natural flavours lean towards disbelief and doubt, like they’re potentially a little bit made-up by a man in a white coat. It’s clever because it’s quite outrageous. I like the soft flavours, I like the bitterness, I like that it has a head that carries.
I find myself a bottle downed and a smile. I liked this so much more than I thought I would, but then I went in with an open mind and few expectations. Not a drink for everyone, but it sets up a nice evening in with a early goal on the board.