After trying Rogue's Bacon Maple beer that really was NOT good, I wasn't interested in doing this one, but it's just too crazy of an idea not try it if you can. Like the Bacon Maple this is another collaboration with Voodoo Doughnut. The folks at Rogue tried to make a dark ale that tastes like a Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich, ala Elvis "the King" Presley.
The beer poured out very dark with a lot of really tan head. The head was probably bigger than it should have been, but it released a ton of banana aroma. There are some other chocolate malts and maybe some peanut butter...maybe, but the bananas overwhelm everything.
This beer suffered from the same problems as the Bacon Maple beer. The banana flavor was overwhelming and it didn't even taste like natural banana. It was like eating handfuls of just the yellow banana Runts... I hate banana Runts. There was a solid cocoa flavor from some nice roasted malts in there, but it took a back seat to the banana. I had a tough time finding any real hint of peanut butter. Really in my mind if you are going to make a tribute to the King you can't slack on the peanut butter. It finished with more chocolate malt that helped counter the banana flavors.
It's really cool that Rogue, a very established brewery, is willing to do these crazy flavor combinations, but I think they are trying too hard. A nice rich chocolate stout with a little bit of Belgian yeast providing some banana flavor would have been great. Whatever fruit they infused was just too potent for me. Although, I didn't love this one, it was better than the last attempt.
I give this beer a 2