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Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter - Willoughby Brewing

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Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee PorterWilloughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 188
Gots: 37 | FT: 4
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: neenerzig on 09-27-2008

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the Willoughby Brewing Company.

A- Black with mocha colored head that vanished fairly quick

S- Dark coffee and peanut butter

T- Very strong black bitter coffee taste and peanut butter.

M- Medium body and pretty smooth

O- Overall this was a very interesting beer. Tastes and smells like black coffee and peanut butter. An enjoyable beer that I would recommend to anyone to try, although I am not sure I would get it again. It is a fun beer, but I think it would have been better as a sample in a flight because I did get a little sick of it towards the end of the beer, but it was well-crafted and very unique. Great flavor and interesting, but a novelty beer that you kinda need to be in the mood for.

Photo of Brenden
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh the same day the growler was filled; notes are recent

A solid-looking porter, it's a very dark brown with a solid tan head of creamy froth that displays good retention and lacing via some thick speckling in abundance.
Roast coffee and raw peanut are fresh and most prominent on the nose. I didn't actually realize it was a coffee beer (many people mistakenly leave the coffee out when talking about it, for some reason), but the coffee is like freshly ground dark roast. It brings out some good chocolaty notes, but they lie more underneath.
Seemingly unlike some experiences, I found it to be more developed in the flavor. Peanut comes off as fresh and raw as well as salted, oily and refined with a bit of sweetness added. Coffee is still upfront but doesn't keep the peanut butter cup from showing as it should. Smooth chocolate notes are well developed.
The body is on the more robust end of medium, with a nice sweetness keeping with the beer's theme and profile versus a dryness, of which a little contributes to balance. It's got a nice, smooth creaminess throughout and just enough bite for the style.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought the Peanut Porter is a cool idea for a beer and it worked quite well at Willoughby Brewing. The beer pours a nearly opaque dark brown color with tan head that left a spotty lace. The smell is bolstered by chocolate and peanut butter. There was also some roast and espresso. The taste mirrors the smell. Certainly can taste a peanut buttercup to start followed by roast and coffee. The mouthfeel is medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall a very unique and tasty beer.

Photo of KYGunner
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head showed a high carbonated body but it settled well into a tight knit froth. The color was a deep shade of chocolatey brown.

The aroma is so Devine that I was reluctant to drink it for the possible disappointment. Roasted coffee, emphasis on the roast, is strong and seductive with maple syrup, Graham cracker and tinges of peanut butter.

The taste is absolutely tremendous with strong roasted overtones of coffee followed by creamy caramel, toffee, butterscotch and even hints of vanilla. There's also evidence of the peanut butter cup amongst all these creamy dessert tastes.

The feel is smooth and creamy but this does hold an odd thinness that seems counter to the to the overall feel.

I had this during a tasting where FW, TF, Toppling Goliath and Deschutes were showcased and Willoughby stood out as the hands down winner.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Infinite thanks goes to my brother JM03 for this gem!

Pours mostly fully black with a tan head.

The aroma is killer. You really get peanut butter, mixed with a tinge of chocolate, but even with a massive roasted coffee bean aroma, you still can pick everything up!

The taste is a perfect marriage between a peanut butter cup and some coffee beans. Slight bitter, but very roasty and sweet.

For a low abv stout, the feel is nearing full bodied with a nice creamy texture.

So smooth, so drinkable, so f*cking tasty!

Photo of Bills453
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

I was in a wedding this past Saturday. We stopped at the brewery during the time between the ceremony and the reception. I asked the bartender, 'What be your best brew?'. He replied the one they're most know for is their Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter.

Sweet Jesus this is delicious. Great mixture of peanut butter and coffee tastes. As you first take a drink, it tastes peanut butter. Delicious peanut butter all up in your mouth! As you swallow, you get the taste of coffee and the bitterness from it. Really, really, really good.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Willoughby Brewing Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter is an American Porter that pours nearly jet black...Did the iPhone flashlight test, completely opaque, almost black with slight brown on the edges~ Head is off white that was about two fingers, dissipates rather quickly~ Aroma is Roasted Coffee, Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Malt, Milk, really just heavy Coffee and almost a burnt Coffee smell~ Feel is Smooth, Bold and Robust, mild yet smooth carbonation a touch Dry~ Taste is really unique, HUGE COFFEE and Chocolate, evens out nicely with Peanut Butter, Vanilla, Hazelnut, Caramel, Brown Sugar, Toffee and more roasted Columbia/French roast coffee grounds~ Nice bitter sweet finish, with some pronounced Earthy Hop Tones, done nicely, a bit rich and sweet, still rather sessionable Overall: 92

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Syndicate provided this tonight at a bonafide epic tasting... Too many amazing beers. This was poured from a 64oz growler many times... Short lasting dark tan head... deep dark brown brew that allows a little light through... Nose is light cocoa and a bit more peanut essence... flavor is about as expected with dry cocoa and dry peanut, a bit more sweetness would go a long way to making this an upper echelon want. Very tasty, but needs to be dialed down. Thanks for the opportunity Darrel!!

3.75/3.75/4/3.75/3.75

Photo of Preismj
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

opaque brown with plenty of fizz. nice tan head with mild rentention. sticky on the glass. smell is still coffee dominant, like the base beer. though peanut butter takes a close second and chocolate nutty flavors bring up the rear. Taste follows the nose spot on. Dominant coffee with with a peanut butter cub flavor on the palette. slightly chewy from the fizz, though also light to med bodied. good flavor in here, a lot going on from 3 simple flavors that compliment each other very well. As it warms, PB comes out to play more...mixes very well with their Railway Razz.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crowler shared by Curran tonight.

Pours a dark black, with a 1.5 inch white head, and a good amount of lacing.

Lots of fresh roasted peanut butter on the nose, with a good dosing of coffee and dark chocolate.

This is simple, and all the expected flavors come through nicely. The simplicity doesn't hurt it though- it tastes damn good anyway. Sweet, roasted peanut butter is here, but isn't actually the star of this one, surprisingly. The coffee flavor comes through more strongly, actually, which is nice, because I prefer coffee flavor to peanut butter. There's a good amount of cocoa powder flavor, along with a pretty significant roasty malt flavor. The flavor is surprisingly intense for the lower ABV.

This is medium bodied, thick for the ABV, but definitely not thick compared to other larger stouts. This has a nice and creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate level of carbonation.

Though a little bit simple, this beer showed a really talented use of adjuncts. Everything tasted real, and all the flavors came through nicely. Nicely done here.

Photo of buschbeer
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

64 ounce growler
Served in an imperial nonic pint glass

A - This magical elixir is dark as night. There is absolutely no light getting through this beer. There were a couple fingers of cocoa head on top.

S - I get rich, roasted coffee with hints of peanut butter.

T - Wow! This beer has tons of flavor. I get a lot of coffee flavor. I really have to search for the peanut butter. It reminds me a lot of Java from Southern Tier.

M - Thick as mud and smooth as silk.

O - I LOVE this beer. It tastes like it belongs in Southern Tiers Blackwater Series. It is rich and delicious. My only complaint would be that the peanut butter is not prevalent enough in the taste. I have been after this beer for four years and am so glad I finally made the two hour trek to try it.

Photo of JNewbs
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery yesterday (9/6/2011) while I watch the Indians get pummeled by the Tigers.

Poured into a 4 oz tasting glass. Not as much as I would typically like for a review, but there it is.

A: Opaque black, small tan colored head. The small head was likely due to the shape of the tasting glass, which was like a fishbowl and full to the brim.

S: Coffee notes dominate, with roasted malts and a hint of chocolate in the background.

T: Coffee up front in a huge, but not overwhelming, way. I didn't get much peanut or peanut butter flavor on the back end like I have seen other people talking about. Dark roasted malts kick in after, with a pleasant dry finish.

M: This beer was a mouthfeel stud. I say that because the delightful upfront coffee flavor was wiped away by the carbonation and malts, but it didn't leave a lingering coffee aftertaste like other coffee beers I've had. A+ on this category.

All in all a great, relatively unique beer.

Photo of cdrogers
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the brewery.

Black coffee in appearance and a creamy off-white head. The chocolate notes are obvious and most importantly with this one just a hint of the peanut butter flavor toward the end. I was a bit nervous with this one because of the peanut butter, but was nicely balanced, kudos on that. At 30 IBU, like the Gutterpup, it was not very bitter at all. Overall was very smooth with a nice sweetness.

Photo of brewtus
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark dark brown, almost black with a two finger healthy tan head. Smell is amazing, lots of espresso, plenty of peanut butter, nice milk chocolate, there's other subtleties but honestly who cares, those aspects alone are enough to make this one of the best smelling beers I've had. Taste is equally amazing, starts with tons of chocolate and peanut butter, coffee flavors from start to finish, roasty, slightly smoky, nice sweetness that isn't overpowering, so damn smooth. Texture is so enjoyable, loaded with flavor but dangerously drinkable. Overall, it's clear that I love this beer. I feel like I've had some of the best beer around and this is up there with 'em. The thing that sets this apart is the style, honestly to take a porter and make it so unique is so impressive, it's typical to rave about stouts and DIPAs, but a porter, usually the redhead stepchild. Do not ever pass this up, I wish they bottled this so I could get it in Columbus.

Sidenote- we grabbed a growler at the brewery, the food is amazing too, worth a stop if you're in the Cleveland area.

Well this review has been exhausting

Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the brewery. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a little light coming through at the edges. There is a thin layer of tan head that leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell: Roasty coffee with peanut butter. There is a mild sweetness as well.

Taste: Bitter roasty coffee up front with the peanut flavor more in the background. Mildly sweet with dark chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild, smooth carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: I thought this was a very nice and interesting beer. The peanut flavor was well done. It was definitely there, but didn't completely overpower everything else.

Photo of psuKinger
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft ordered from the $5 bottle-room bar at Vintage Estates, served in a snifter. They seem to have Willoughby beer on draft every time I come here, and I never see it anywhere else, so I figure this is my chance to try it.

Reviews written from notes I scribbled onto my iPhone during the visit last week.

A: pours pitch black, with a nice thin tan head on top that dissipated quickly.

S: not a big nose. Muted notes of roasted malts and peanut butter.

T: smooth, hefty, with an undercurrent of coffee flavor that arrives early and remain throughout. Peanut Butter flavor explodes onto the scene and dominates throughout. I was a bit nervous as to how this would turn out, by it really works. A touch of bittering hops near the back end balance things out nicely, and add just a touch of grapefruit and pine that contrast nicely with the other more dominant flavors.

M: thick and hefty, with a great, dry finish.

D/O: I liked this beer so much i ordered a second one. I'm doing this rating based on that second pint. Highly drinkable. Would buy this by the keg if I could.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 64oz growler to nonic Imperial pint glass on 3/17/12
*From notes

-- Purchased at the brewpub on 1/17/12, and shared with good friends & family on St. Patty's Day 2012 --

A: Rich chocolate brown. A gentle pour yields a killer 1.5 finger mocha head that lingers for ages. The lacing and dense collar are seriously impressive.

S: Like stodgy peanut butter. As it warms, a touch of diner coffee and earth comes to light. The chocolate is there, but it takes on more of a supporting role.

T: Bloody awesome. Mounds of chocolate and a nutty profile that really does come off like a liquid Reese's. It's more milk cocoa, and there's a charred malt and medium roast coffee bite to the beer which reminds you that this isn't just for dessert.

M: This things drinks like a much bigger beer then it actually is. Thick, creamy and rich - not too dissimilar to a chocolate peanut butter milkshake.

O: Killer stuff. Willoughby has rocked it with this one. I don't quite know how they do it, but god damn if this isn't unique and utterly approachable. Seek this out by the gallon.

Photo of sendsilk
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm editing my review as I just figured out that I had reviewed the wrong beer. I received 2 growlers and they were mismarked, so I received an excellent surprise when this great porter was the one I was looking for.

Received in a recent trade. C'mon, like anyone out there doesn't want to try a beer called Peanut butter cup. It almost sets itself up for failure unless it can deliver.

A- Very dark, little to no light. Decent lacing, nice dark mocha colored head.

S- Perfect coffee smell, some chocolate and roast, not much peanut butter in the nose.

T- This is a wonderful porter. The peanut butter comes through nicely after the roasty coffee flavor. Very well balanced and I would definitely love to try this one again.

M- Perfect carbonation very nice mouthfeel, just thick enough.

O- Thanks Brigadier for getting this one for me! A wonderful porter that delivers on it's delicious promise.

Photo of mholtz35
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer for the second time last night.

A- Dark brown in color with a less than finger width head, which settled immediately after pouring.

S- The smell is the best part of this brew in my opinion. Several people sitting around us had ordered it and you could smell it. Deep dark roasted coffee aroma with hints of roasted peanuts and sweet toffee. I am a big coffee drinker and really enjoyed the way it smelled.

T- Roasted coffee and peanut. I almost expected a buttery taste like peanut butter but didn't get any of that. Very sweet as well, creamy and toffee like. I kept thinking about how good this beer would have tasted after a big meal.

M- Heavy to the taste, but not over powering. Pretty well balanced.

O- Definitely would have this one again. Almost filled a jug of it but would probably be really full after drinking a few.

Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on-tap at the brewery 2 weeks ago. Reviewed from notes. Draws a fairly dark brown color with amber highlights when held to the light. Aromas of roasted coffee and malts. Flavors of roasted sweet malt along with some coffee and a small touch of peanut butter rounding it out. Has a very crisp and smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. A good beer all around.

Eric

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jale for sharing this. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass at our Anniversary Party pre-event.

Pours a very dark brown color with a good tan head that persisted for a bit. Slight lacing as it went down into a thin cap. The nose is just as it was described -- a good amount of chocolate with peanut butter backing. Really interesting. Some mild malt presence in the background bringing some roast forward. The flavor doesn't hit as hard on the peanut butter, though it is there. Flavor is mostly chocolate and roast. Dark chocolate. Medium body and good carbonation. Solid brew, I'd be glad to have it again.

Photo of Rifugium
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Veldrid for the trade!

Poured from the growler into a Hair of the Dog tulip, very dark brown with a solid finger of tan head that retained well, rejuvenating with a swirl; minimal lacing. Aroma was coffee-forward, roasty dark malts, virtually nothing in the way of peanut butter, but this characteristic came out a bit more as it warmed. The taste was almost completely dominated by coffee. It was good coffee, smooth and slightly bitter, but where was the peanut butter cup? Dark malts lent a good balance of sweetness and roasty bitterness, mild unsweetened chocolate, and a slight earthiness. As with the aroma, the peanut butter came out a bit more as it warmed, but the coffee pretty much conquered all. For a porter, the mouthfeel was great, smooth, robust, medium-full body. Overall a solid brew, but disappointing. Sure it was good as a coffee porter, but I guess I expected more on the peanut butter cup side, as the name promised, and it just wasn't happening.

Photo of Docrock
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Willoughbys. Served in a 16 oz pint glass:

A - dark brown, can see a little light when held up. Not very much head with minimal lacing. Served at about 42F. Bartender suggested to let it warm up...

S - a faint coffee with abundant roasted malt. A whiff of Peanut Butter as served. But as it warms the Peanut Butter aroma improves

T - an interesting paradox, the aroma of the peanut butter improved as it warmed but the coffee taste became more accentuated as it warmed. So as it warms you get a nice whiff of peanut butter then the taste of coffee. The perfect balance seemed to be around 50-52F.

M - a little bit thin, and not much carbonation. But the beauty in this is the aroma and the flavor.

O - happy to finally get to try this one. Bought a Growler to go to share with some friends. Overall maybe a bit thin but its a fun beer and I would definitely recommend.

Photo of Hopera
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the Happy Dog in Cleveland. Very clean appearance for a porter, very dark color, nice head. The smell didn't have the overly sweet smell I anticipated for a beer with the words "Peanut Butter Cup" in the name. Smell overall was pleasant and mild. The taste is really the most amazing thing I've had in a very long time. It was everything it said it was, but in the most balanced and appealing way. Subtle hints of chocolate, peanut butter and coffee, all contained in a very balanced porter. Excellent beer, I get one every time I'm there now.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter

LOOK: Dark brown mostly opaque liquid. Khaki colored foam forms and solid lace.

SMELL: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and yes, a hint of peanut butter. Also slight vanilla and cocoa powder.

TASTE: Interesting flavor profile, mostly roasted malts like a typical porter, but with a good dose of cocoa and a small peanut buttery flavor. I was hoping for a bit more peanut flavor, but it does still pull through. The flavor does develop and linger into a moderately complex finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied, chewy, medium to low carbonation.

OVERALL: Kudos to Willoughby for taking on a peanut butter infused beer. A rare style, this is one of the better examples of Peanut beer I've come across. Points for creativity for sure.

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Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter from Willoughby Brewing
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