Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
After avoiding the last half-dozen or so Side Projects due to my lack of interest in their styles, I was so excited when I heard that this one, a peanut butter chocolate Porter, would be their next release. I picked up a bottle as soon as it hit my local shop.
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Drank this one alone. Pours a deep dark impenetrable black with a thin beige head. I can hear this one fizzle and pop away, and before I know it, there isn’t a trace of lace left. Underwhelming nose - chocolate, dry husky grains, and a bit of molasses. I expected a bit more potency.
After watching the frothy head dissipate so quickly, I thought this was going to be a bubbly mess. But really, this has such a pleasant creamy feel, and a perfect silky finish. They really nailed the mouth feel on this one. The flavor profile, unfortunately, also leaves me wanting. A good milky chocolate flavor starts this off, but sadly, also holds up the middle, and then closes it out. The PB presence, if any, is faintly noted in the aftertaste. I expected and wished for more PB flavor, but alas, I am let down. They really pulled off the chocolate part of the equation, but fell short on the PB part, which I think intrigued most people into buying this. I can get a chocolate-based Porter any day, so this really isn’t anything special.
A decent beer, but it doesn’t deliver as advertised.
JaBier (5928) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Dark brown pour with a thick beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, nuts and light chocolate. Malty and caramelly flavor with a peanut butter finish. Meh.
raymow (1166) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled - great chocolate and peanut butter aroma and flavor. Tastes like Duclaw’s Sweet Baby Jesus. Great dark chocolatey color.
Derek881 (1187) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a dark brown-black color with foamy-creamy off-white head with very slight retention, and light lacing and cling. Its aroma featured a mix of chocolate and peanut butter as advertised, along with some light caramel and vanilla scents and some earthy hops. The taste was a sweet and bitter mix with notes of chocolate and peanut butter, along with earthy and grainy bitter flavors. It had a wet and creamy body with low carbonation and a dry finish. Thanks to Mike & Ivy for another babysitting treat!
mar (5064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a cream head. Nose is peanut butter, chocolate, creamy, lightly bitter. Smooth palate, sweet chocolate, peanut butter, roasted malts, chocolate powder and nutty finish.
HuskerTan (1160) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - NOV 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Thanks, James "jbruner")
A- Roasty, nutty, dry cocoa.
A- Dark brown color, dark liquid, minimal tan head.
T- Nutty, slightly watery, roasty, cocoa, subtle peanut butter, dry.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, dry roasty finish.
O- If you are planning for this to taste like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (which I sort of admittedly was) you’re not gonna get it. Lots of roastiness and very nutty. Dry roasted nuts with a sprinkle of cocoa powder would pretty much some it up. There is a tiny bit of peanut butter on the finish, but otherwise it’s quite subdued and not sweet at all. Not what I wanted to get from it but it wasn’t bad either.
Radek Kliber (6825) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where and how: tasting b. 355 ml
Aroma plenty of dark malt feel with peanut butter. Fairly pleasant if you are into that kind of thing.
Top: lighter white top, nice contrast with base.
Base: dark brown
Palate : medium lighter bodied, lighter carbonation.
Taste: chocolate shown up front followed by sweet molasses, on sided mild peanut butter.
other notes interesting to some point.
monk191 (1459) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fantastic peanut butter porter. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Smells of amazing peanut butter brittle. Taste is peanut butter all the way, with some chocolate and vanilla. Best of the fest. Had on tap at the Lighthouse Beer and Wine Festival in Wilminton, NC.
SpongeRuiner (1008) - Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade. A nice dark almost black pour. Thick brown head. A really nice creamy peanut butter aroma with a hint of chocolate. Like a Reese’s. A foamy creamy mouthfeel full of peanut butter. A little overly bubbly but not bad. The chocolate comes in the end. Good stuff.
asheft (2778) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Gnarly Barley. Reeses peanut butter cup aroma in front of delicate hops accents. Opaque black under a thin, off-white collar. Sweet peanut butter and dark, slightly bitter chocolate flavour. Hops are definitely present, probably earthy. Full body, moderate carbonation, smooth, but crispified by bitterness.
decaturstevo (5613) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black/brown pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is as advertised large chocolate with a peanut butter kicker. Flavor is sweet chocolate, peanut butter, and a slight roastiness. No hop aroma or flavor. A sweet start and a sweet finish. Medium/full body with good carbonation. I don’t know if it is a porter but I so know it is a good beer.