There is a growing trend in craft beers. The latest editions on the market include such new delights as a Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Ale.
Craft beers are becoming increasingly popular as consumers, not to mention lovers of good quality or unusual beers, turn away from the more popular, if sometimes insipid tasting beers. This trend has led to increased sales and more production units springing up, according to the research firm Technomic,
Craft beers are made by microbreweries. A microbrewery is a brewery which produces a limited amount of beer. In the U.S., the American Brewers Association defines a "craft brewery" as "small, independent and traditional", and gives a production size of less than 6,000,000 US beer barrels per year. Microbreweries have been growing in n umber and the magazine FSR estimates that there are over 1,700 breweries in the U.S. today.
To add to the growing collection of available craft beers, the microbrewery Rogue Ales has introduced some unusual tasting beers. These are the mysterious labeled Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale, and another in the Voodoo Doughnut range: the Bacon Maple Ale.
So, what goes into a chocolate, peanut butter and banana brew? According to Laughing Squid the ingredients are:
"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."
It is 5.3% ABV (alcohol by volume).
So, it may not be the most healthy sounding beverage but does it taste good? This reporter has not had the opportunity to sample it, but the folks at Beer Advocate have. They gave it a relatively high score of 72 out of 100 and said that its aroma conjured up "Sweet malts, banana, peanut butter, caramel, and some cream. A moderate strength aroma."
In terms of taste: "chocolate, peanut butter, hints of artificial banana. Caramel, fairly dark malts. Cream. No yeast or alcohol comes through. A bit imbalanced, but generally enjoyable. Messy and sugary, to be sure. Malts are strange. Minimal hop character.
It isn't the cheapest of beers, at around $12.99 a bottle. If you've tried it, or think you'd like to try it, or think that you'd absolutely hate it, please use the comments section below.