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: 327
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 193
Gots: 43 | 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 ONUMello
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Crowler into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a two-finger head
S: Like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup was dropped into a cup of coffee. It's got the total cocoa-pb-coffee mix along with some chocolate malts
T: Just like the nose. A great blend & balance of flavors. Adds touch of hops
M: Medium-bodied, somewhat creamy, a hint of sweetness/bitterness
O: Great flavors, good complexity. Definitely a winner

Photo of Nlandi27
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells great but is lacking any real peanut butter aroma.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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 2beerdogs
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

@WesMantooth Bless You Sir!!!

This OHIO gem was gratefully received from said gentleman in NBS BIF #1
Pours a rich mahogany roast that roils forth a mocha colored froth that bursts with peanut butter aroma. Oh My God! The smell is amazing.
Flavors inclide a slightly chocolaty malt, a nice gentle roast, some coffee, and a tad of peanut butter that leans toward malt powder.
The mouthfeel is fine, just under chewy. And the finish leaves a melange of the chocolate, peanut butter, malt, and subtle roast.
But...going back to the nose. Thankfully this is a big can. (Of which I want MORE). So I poured some more, a hard pour. Let that bad boy foam up a good 3 fingers. Ahhh, bliss. I could smell this for hours. But, now the experiment: I start sipping pure head, and it's mainly like it smells. Wow! Peanut Butter with malt in the backseat.
I wonder how snorting this would be.

Thanks @WesMantooth!

Photo of invertalon
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love everything about this beer... The smell, taste and appearance. One of my absolute favorites.

Photo of schoolboy
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this a few times before, but not for at least a year. I remembered it all wrong. It is not too sweet but it is very over the top flavorful, like I remembered.

It pours all black with not enough head. The aroma is Starbucks - coffee dominates. The taste is a chocolatey, peanut buttery, coffee affair, but not too sweet or even malty enough.

I think this great, flavorful brew would be better if it were stronger and sweeter, but it is pretty easy drinking as is.

Photo of doppleb
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Very good beer. Nice peanut butter aroma and slight peanut butter taste. Creamy brown head that lingers some. Wonderful coffee flavor as it warms just a bit. One of my favorites.

Photo of MANix73
4/5  rDev -6.3%

I was disappointed to learn they do not use any peanut butter in this beer. They use a PB flavored coffee. It's still a good coffee Porter, but if you want a beer that really tastes like Peanut Butter Cup, try Terrapin Liquid Bliss!

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Currently available on draft at World of Beer - Easton.

Smell is all peanut butter. Taste is light peanut butter and coffee. Very smooth and drinkable porter.

Photo of Bills453
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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 kbrown
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big falloff after the Abyss 2014 @ WOB Easton.

Photo of Brenden
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
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 JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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 homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Doing some back logged reviews this evening. Sampled this from a growler at a tasting. This pours black with collar of head, appears somewhat thin. Nose is an absolute peanut bomb. You get some earthy nutty notes which remind me of the peanut shell paired with fresh ground coffee and some deep chocolate notes. Quite an amazing feat on the aroma. The flavor is robust and rich, not quite as peanut forward as the nose. Notes of cacao nibs, coffee, and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is thin and somewhat lacking in the body department, medium carbonation. Overall, a nice incorporation of difficult to use ingredients.

Photo of brewtus
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
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 BrewUSA
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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 mholtz35
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
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 KYGunner
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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 CaptCleveland
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Willoughby Brewing Co.

Opaque elixir in pint glass, one-finger mocha head, thick lacing.

PB, toffee, sweet malt, hint of coffee.

The malt and coffee are nicely balanced by the PB, with a smooth, lingering bitterness at the end. The PB is more assertive as the brew warms.

Medium body, not a thick porter, well carbonated.

Probably their best beer. I brought a growler of this down to Tampa for a Thursday Pre-Huna tasting and the PB Porter received very high marks.

Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Aniela. Thanks! Served in a pint glass.

A - Tan, peanut butter-colored foam settles to wisps and a thick collar, leaving behind minimal lacework. Dark brown body that's appropriate for a lower ABV porter.

S - Super roasty, with a great peanut butter cup vibe to it. Dry roasted peanuts, chocolate, lightly sugary malts, and coffee. Potent and delicious.

T - The taste isn't quite as successful. Coffee flavor is overly bitter and is amplified by an astringent nuttiness (think Brazil or hazelnut), and there's less peanut butter and chocolate goodness here. Again very roasty, but unbalanced.

M - Smooth, medium body, with lower growler-style carbonation. Dry, roasty, and a tad tannic, and perhaps slightly watery as well. Either needs more heft or more spritz.

D - Great aroma, but a bit disappointing after that initial promise. I'd like to try it on-tap somewhere or at the source, as I think the growler may have impacted the feel (and perhaps flavor).

Photo of Docrock
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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 bcm75
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very dark, almost completely opaque. Looks like a stout.

S - lots of coffee and chocolate. Can pick out a faint peanut butter aroma.

T - so nice! Peanut butter is a bit more pronounced than on the nose. I could do with even more of it, honestly.

M - a bit thinner than expected. I know it's a porter, but given the visual density and big flavors, I would like a bit more to chew on here.

O - I'm really glad I finally got to try this. At 5.5% abv, I would usually expect it to be higher, given the flavors. It's still big and bold, though. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of buschbeer
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Rifugium
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
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 Hopera
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter from Willoughby Brewing
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