TheAlum (6650) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz beer from my trip up to Michigan. Awesome. Pours a very dark brownish black hue, near opaque with some reddish dark edges. A small dark brown head sits atop and laces small, dies to a edge clinging ring. Aromas are a big blast of peanut butter, dominant on the nose with roasted malts, cocoa, some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, toffee, caramel. Big creamy peanut butter and chocolate component. Initial is big peanut butter. Medium bodied, maybe even a touch lighter with sweet peanut butter, earthy nuts, dark and sweeter edged chocolate mix, roasted malts, touches of caramel, toffee, light earthy roast seems to mix with the peanuts. It is sweet, but frankly, the peanut butter is most dominant, earthy and sticky nuts, sweet peanut butter and cocoa, roastiness really does work well with the earthy peanuts, faint tobacco, sweet oats. Finish is lingering nuttiness, cocoa, and bready and biscuity malts. Substantial earthy roast, peanut butter. Interesting. The new batch, being not infected makes this a clean rate. While I do love peanut butter, I generally dislike chocolate and peanut butter combined. However, I feel the earthy peaut butter and roasty play better than the chocolate component for me, not getting too sweet. The nose is powerful, the beer itself is ok, interesting perhaps better describes it. Could really work well in a niche. I even daresay I might be able to drink two in a sitting before the peanuts get too overwhelming to continue with? Obviously, allergy folks.. stay far away from this.
markwise (5010) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to the kind soul that shared this at the So Long Sea Bass Tasting (jdub? fogdog?). Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is roast, peanut, peanut shells, chocolate, caramel, and a hint of sweetness. Flavor is similar: slightly peanut-forward but the chocolate shines right behind it to make it a nice team effort instead of a peanut party. Very nice.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, oily, no head. Aroma is full of peanuts/peanut butter, chocolate, light coffee, might be mental, but swear I’m getting grape. Flavor is mostly chocolate, light coffee, nutty character is there, but nowhere near aroma. Oliy mouthfeel.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from deyholla, thanks Derek! Pours a black body with a thin, fizzy, brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing throughout. Aroma is straight up rich peanut butter. A bit of a sour fruit with some coffee, chocolate, and cream. Flavor is similar with the sourness sticking out more. Still lots of rich, creamy peanut butter with lots of dry roasts and coffee. Some more chocolate and cream before the sourness increases slightly in a very dry, roasty, bitter finish. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and moderate carbonation. Overall, another interesting beer from these guys. Lots of roast, plenty of peanut butter, and a solid malt balance, but I don’t really like the sour fruit a whole lot. Its not overly distracting, but enough for me to bump this down a bit.
changeup45 (1727) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Styles. Lots of peanut in the aroma along with chocolate, toasted hazelnut, wheat, and a slight fruity presence. This kind of smells like the PB&J, with of course less jam. The pour is nearly flat and black with just a pencil thin head slowly developing. Roasty flavors; milk chocolate, and plenty of nutty notes here, although not specifically peanuts, like the aroma which is all peanut. The palate is silky with a creamy coating, seemingly from the oatmeal. A bit lactic as well. Imperial Stout the label says? No. But this is a very good all around Sweet Stout. Thanks Chris.
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with only a trace of a light brown head. Roasted peanuts with a faint sour aroma. Nice components of a traditional dry stout up front with lots of roasted malt and a hint of tart coffee. Big dry roasted peanut flavor in the finish with a peanut butter sweetness lingering on the lips. Creamy and slightly dry in texture. Perfectly carbonated despite its flat appearance. Nice, easy drinking stout from the good folks at Shorts!
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma was full of peanuts, big salty nuts with a hint of roasted malts. Black syrupy pour. Thick with no head or lacing. Taste was slightly salty, a lot of the peanut aroma really came through in the flavor. It was incredible.
strongpieman (1635) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Thick, black, creamy, but also carbonated. The aroma is powerful roasted peanuts. There is some bit in the back of the throat. Taste includes some bitterness and just a little sweetness. Good to try, but not one I’d really go back to other than in a sampler.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a khaki head. Aroma smells just like a bag of peanuts. Salty husks and slight roast also follow through in the flavor with an additional touch of chocolate. It’s definately interesting, just not quite my thing. Overall body is moderate for a stout and relatively salty for a sweet
wedgie9 (2544) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 1/5/11 from a 12oz bottle sent to me in a trade, bottled on 11/1/10. Pours an almost purple black color with just a hint of tan lace that quickly recedes to no head or lace whatsoever. The nose is just like smelling peanut butter on fresh wheat bread with dark caramel, brown sugar, and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet caramel malt and brown sugar up front, moving to the same peanut butter on wheat bread that I described on the nose, with a nice roasted bitter note on the back. The body is medium, but rich and creamy, with light but stinging carbonation and a long peanut butter and roasted malt finish.