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.
BMan1113VR (7894) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. High hopes on this one. Pours with a huge brown head and a black body with good lace. Aroma is strong, with husky and deep, rich peanut butter, dusty, alcohol and chocolate. Taste is infected, sour, acrid coffee and chocolate. Light bubbles. Ruined.
blutt59 (6129) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle, via trade with mibirder and SS, great aroma of coffee and chocolate but flavors are sour and bitter, pecan or peanut shells
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle shared by bring - thanks, Barry! I heard this one might be a little infected/tart, and what do you know...it was. Not necessarily a terrible thing though. Pours black with a nice one-finger peanut butter colored head that leaves light foam on the beer as it settles. Impressive for a beer that presumably has head-killing peanut oils in it. Aroma is roast and lots of peanut butter, with some wild tartness. Flavor is very similar to the aroma. Really a great peanut butter flavor in there. Without the tartness, this could be an impressive beer, and hell, it’s still not bad. It is interesting, that’s for sure, especially with the lactic tartness. Medium bodied and fairly smooth on the palate with mild acidity. I like what they did here, and appreciate the fact that it’s probably tough to add peanuts without getting the beer infected in some way. My advice is to drink this as fresh as possible!
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: "You got chocolate in my peanut butter!". Dark chocolate and peanut butter, straight up. The flavor, though, is a bit off. Thin and acidic, with an unpleasant astringency; more like peanut skins and shells than nuts.
bp (819) - Queens, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours dark black with a tan head, aroma of peanut butter and roasted malt, taste is malty, slightly bitter, medium bodied
pepsican (1486) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2010
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Black pour with a huge tan head. Aroma is very fruity with heavy nuts and a touch of hops. Flavor has tons of sour lactic notes. Everything else is pretty much buried underneath that. Finishes sour, astringent. Oh well.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, Deep brown hue with a frothy beige head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, peanut, herbal hops, toasted malt, oatmeal and a hint of coffee esters. The taste is a cool balance of fruit, chocolate, and toasted malts and peanut. Some grassy and herbal notes as well along with some coffee. The mouth feel is lush and oily, medium-bodied and very smooth.
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a beautiful silky black with a 6-inch dense tan-colored creamy head that settled ever so slowly. The nose suggests dark roast and sour notes with a strong hint of peanuts and oatmeal cookies. If I had tasted this blind, I would have suggested it was a medium-bodied farm-house ale with a snappy finish. This is tasty and fun; Unexpected but delicious. Very well-developed Belgian lace forms and stays put. The stout lingers with definite peanut, oatmeal and chocolate notes. Excellent at cellar temperature. Chilling further would restrain the expressive nature of this stout. Shorts Brewing is brewing some interesting beer. Must get back to the store to see what else they have made . . .
BuckeyeBoy (3138) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was the next on the list after the PB&J. Once again thanks to Toby. Pours out a dark brown almost black topped with a small brown head. Aroma of peanut butter along with some light roast. Taste more of the peanut butter, the roast coffee, and plenty of bitterness.