durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, nearly black without much of a head. Nose of oatmeal, chocolate, and peanuts. Bread and caramel. Tasty and unique.
Sammy (8354) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the new 6-pack seasonal. Tremendous roast aroma, black with fabulous brown head. Carbonation is right there. The taste is very sour, I cannot imagine that this is intentional. Yes, peanut, yes stout. But sour? Above average mouthfeel, but sour is one step backward for me, one big step backward for the masses.
emacgee (3957) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a viscous dark black with a one finger dark brown head. Nose is nice and roasty, bakers chocolate, creamy, coffee, peanut butter. Flavor is roasty with strong chocolate and coffee with a definitive peanut character, mild tartness. Palate is a bit slick with a low carbonation, viscous.
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Black pour with brown head. Aroma is peanut, coffee, and sharpie pen. Flavor is tart and sour, with some peanut. Infected beer.
dchmela (2600) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thansk to cheeseman for the pour. Dark brownish black pour. Peanut malt aroma, a little sharp. Nice roasted taste, chocolate, nuts and smooth oats in the taste. Good stuff.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the faintest bit of lighter colored hints when held to a light source and a two finger dark chocolate mocha brown head that immediately disappears leaving no lacing behind.
Slightly roasted dark malt aroma with plenty of sweet and bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal, nut and licorice. It smells pretty sweet but there is an underlying roasted peanut scent.
Lots of tight carbonation up front and it is slightly infected/oxidizes with lots of sweetness and slight tart flavor. There are some nice silky chocolate notes that are slightly roasted. Prominent oatmeal presence along with some toffee and licorice and a smooth slightly creamy roasted peanut favor.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 1, 2010
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
thanks to FlandersNed for sending me a bottle
Dark brown pour with a thin head, this beer tasted like a very tart flemish red, not a stout. drain pour.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to Blutt59. Pours a very nice black with a tan head. Aroma of nice dark roast, light iodine, some baking cocoa. Flavor is kinda sour, some dark roast. Mouth feel is medium body with low-medium carbonation. Over all, there is something wrong with this, possibly infected bottle.
Cavie (3746) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of blutt59. Dark brown color. Bread brown head. Smell is huge brown coffee smell with a heavy peanut butter smell. Taste is largely peanut brittle. Dry finish, like grandma used to make. Some tart smack but not sure if it’s intentional. Gets much more sour as it warms.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2011 Re-rate, 1/17/11:
Appearance is a bit better than before if for no other reason than it wasn’t crazy bubbly and clearly infected. There is very little head on this one with little retention or lacing.
Aroma is heavily roasted chocolate malts and peanut butter, basically the same as the original bottle.
The taste is where this one is clearly better. It’s got light peanut butter notes up front with cocoa powder and black malts underneath. The oatmeal lends a silky smooth finish to things which is accentuated by the soft carbonation.
Overall, the body is a tad thin for me, almost watery.
Glad I got to try another bottle of this one. The taste is still not my favorite but obviously better than the infected bottle.
Original review, 1/20/10:
12oz bottle courtesy of hoppymeal.
Pours opaque black with a big, surprisingly bubbly (uh, oh) head that recedes quickly and leaves some good lacing.
The aroma is very good, lots of peanuts and dark chocolate malts. There’s also a hefty amount of oatmeal and a bit of coffee even. Dark and roasty aroma.
Unfortunately, the taste is not very good. It’s clearly infected with a huge lactic sourness right off the bat. There is maybe some peanuts and roasted malts in the background but the finish brings back a metallic tartness that dominates.
The mouthfeel is typical of an infected beer with a very bubbly feel that makes the body feel lighter than intended.
I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised given some of the recent reviews on this one, but I still had my hopes up. This one is definitely infected with a sourness in the taste that seriously limits the drinkability. Need to find a growler of this one to get a better idea of the real intent.