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Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 658
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 5.16%
Wants: 202
Gots: 119 | FT: 9
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Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: llllDrGONZOllll on 05-06-2011

Creamy, malty, and full-bodied, the Big Gruesome Stout is scary good. The intense, roasty flavor comes from two types of chocolate malt and raw cocoa nibs. The stout is then aged on whole vanilla beans and more raw cocoa nibs to enhance the chocolate flavors. Rich peanut butter is introduced throughout the entire brewing process to make this stout even more Gruesome.
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Photo of Alequine
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer I would buy again. I have tasted Samuel Smith's Chocolate stout, Brooklyn Brewing, Young's Double Stout and Rapp Brewing's Peanut Butter Stout -
Big Gruesome competes if not surpasses these other beers. Springhouse Brewing did an outstanding job in the details of this beer. It starts wit the pour - creamy, thick, viscous and dark with a light brown lacing. All very attractive. Malty roasted character at the nose and if you are not paying attention to what you smell you miss the light peanut butter aroma from the beer. When you catch that it is wonderful. What a aromatic, flavorful Stout. It is great at the pour to look at, wonderful at the nose, creamy and roasty in the mouth and slightly bitter and flavorful at the finish with its
roasted malt, cocoa and sweet vanilla bean presence and nuttiness. These brewers created a wonderful artisinal and attentive concoction with their use of two types of chocolate malt and raw cocoa nibs. Then aging the brew on whole vanilla beans and more raw cocoa nibs to enhance the chocolate flavors. Then add the peanut butter - what an outstanding beer. (1,126 characters)

Photo of HannahMarieGrey
4.99/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark almost black appearance. Large frothy tan head. Smooth velvet going down on the tongue. The aroma was present as soon as I started pouring it and smells amazing. Nutty toasted smells with hint of coffee. pleasantly surprised that peanut butter taste is in finish. Dark cocoa nib after the peanut butter taste. Some espresso after taste when swallowing. All over excellent flavored beer. I would definitely buy this again (430 characters)

Photo of AJ721
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black as night, no light coming thru on this one
Aroma: Roasted Peanuts and Sweet Malts
Taste: Does not follow the aroma,lacks in the taste, I'm getting a watered down roasted coffee taste with no chocolate or peanut butter to speak of.
Feel: Lacks Body, very watered down. I was hoping for a thick mouth feel on this stout.
Overall: I appreciate the attempt, but I've seen this style fail too many times. (419 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black body with dark brown head and a smattering of lace. Aroma perfectly nails what it's going for: chocolate & peanut butter are awesomely mixed, not one more prominent than the other. I'm a bit disappointed that the flavor is not as intense but it's the best representation of a peanut butter stout that i've come across. (324 characters)

Photo of StrongRepublican
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black with a thin, dark brown head that leaves a slight foamy collar. Aroma is mainly milk chocolate/cocoa with a noticeable sweet vanilla bean presence and some nuttiness. Flavor is everything the aroma suggests, with a slightly more distinct peanut butter finish. Lots of chocolate malt, a very subtle roasted character, big fresh vanilla flavors and pronounced sweetness. Mouth feel is creamy and smooth, feels like a milk stout. This is a great beer that doesn’t disappoint. The name alone is bold and thankfully the beer lives up to it. (554 characters)

Photo of cheesy26
3.19/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not to my liking. Was told this was very similar to Sweet Baby Jesus but I did not find that to be the case. The flavors in this beer did not blend well together. (164 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a step up from Sweet Baby Jesus. It does not have the completely 'fakey' taste of SBJ that I couldn't get over. That being said it is a chocolate/PB stout, so it might be an acquired taste. Poured a deep black with just a finger or so of tan head. Lacing abounds. Decent nose, mostly the chocolate and (peanut butter) more like a peanut/peanut sauce taste to me... smells pretty clean. The PB flavor is present, some hints of chocolate, and then mostly a roasted malt presence. Could use some bittering. Mouthfeel was a little bit lighter than I would look for in a big stout, and could be creamier IMO especially for the PB side of things. Glad I tried it, but probably wouldn't buy it again. Big Gruesome>Sweet Baby Jesus. (732 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another "Peanut butter stout" that lets down in the peanut butter department.

This also lets down in the chocolate and roasted flavors of a typical stout department.

Above medium thick, but not truly THICK. A good beer, but it does not live up to so many other similarly priced bombers of much better stout (309 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a great creamy dark fluffy head hits a finger and fades slowly, nice lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose brings a nice chocolate, fudgey cocoa, then peanut butter, more like the peanut and shell rather than Peanutbutter. Mild caramel sweetness, slight salty like note.

Taste brings fudgey cocoa, creamy choc and cookie wafer, very mild peanut, again more like the nut than Peanutbutter, choc chip macadamia nut cookie. Mild bitterness, and mild creamy milk choc. Finish is drier and mild bitterness, more choc and cookie, very light nut.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little creamy, decent carb.

Overall a good beer but lacking on actual Peanutbutter. Decent nutty notes, nice chocolate and cookie, etc. (741 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: 12/4/14
Location: Wegman's Allentown
Bottle/Draught: 750ml Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Black to very dark brown in color. Pours with a large mocha to beige colored head. Nice retention as parts of the head never leave the beer. Little carbonation cling as the beer momentarily clings to the glass and then falls.
Aroma: Strong aromas of cocoa and peanut butter. Bitter chocolates and vanilla. Some lactose aroma along with the cocoa and vanilla gives the beer a sweet to almost fruity smell.
Taste: The start is sweet to near fruity in flavor with the cocoa and vanilla taking charge. The peanut butter comes in and adds its distinct rich flavor until the finish where the dark malts and some hops add a bit of bitterness and earthy flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium to medium full bodied that is smooth as silk from the vanilla and lactose until the finish when some of the courser dark malts come in. High carbonation helps to lighten the beer and helps to bring the dry hopped vanilla and cocoa to the front. (1,025 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this on tap at a local pub, poured into a standard pint glass:

Appearance: Dark chocolate verging on black with a nice, even rust brown head that keeps its retention. Solid lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma: The smell of chocolate and malt is what hits me strongest. I'm not really getting the peanut butter though, i have to admit.

Taste: Lots of malty chocolate on the first taste. It's a decent stout.

Mouthfeel: Thickness on the approach, medium body, some bitterness on the back of the tongue. Smooth in general.

Overall: I'm not sure what I was expecting when I tried this beer. The name "Big Gruesome" doesn't scream delicious flavors. I always hesitate when breweries give their products such garish, ridiculous monikers. But all in all, I was fairly impressed by this concoction, and I thought the chocolate flavor meshed well in the stout. (871 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with with a nice mocha head that fades to leave thin wisps and halo.

S - Aromas of fudgy chocolate, light peanut butter, sweet malts, nice light roast. Really pleasant nose.

T - Taste is quite chocolatey, nice nuttiness, I don't get much peanut butter at all, it's there over the chocolate but it's super faint. More roast nut than peanut butter. Huge shame as the peanut butter is incredibly subtle.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol nicely hidden.

O - Overall this stout, while good, was a disappointment. Not nearly enough peanut butter to make this as sought after as it is. Ugh.

Serving type: Bottle (705 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated 22 oz bottle into pint glass at Accomac Inn along the Susquehanna River in darkest York County PA. Dark almost black with a medium tan head. Chocolate dominates, although you can kind of taste the peanut butter trying to struggle to the surface. Slight residual bitterness. Decent mouthfeel but not thick enough to suit my tastes. Similar to, but not as good as, Sweet Baby Jesus. Just another chocolate-peanut butter stout. (438 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

notes from 6/18/2014 visit to the tasting room...
black as night, great nose...super peanut buttery with good chocolate to give it a bit of a reeses vibe. taste to match. one of the better peanut butter stouts i have tried. very easy drinking...overall, really dug it and ended up getting bottles of this. (308 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -1.7%

- Chocolate malt, raw cocoa nibs, aged on whole vanilla and cocoa beans infused with rich peanut butter.

(4.05) A: Viscose oily black exit from the growler into glass one hour after pour. Dark khaki colored head is frothy, at one finger high with a good rate of retention leaving a full sheet coating of lace.

(3.90) S: Nose of rich chocolate, cocoa and peanut butter. Roasted peanuts, coffee, with a good level of awareness, very smooth and polished sense of aroma, followed by a soothing trail of fresh peanut butter.

(4.00) T: Rich coffee-cocoa base, peanut butter and roasty esspresso. Dark, smooth delicious, vanilla bean, milky notes, rich chocolate all blends so smoothly together.

(3.90) M: Oily slick texture, medium bodied with a low level of carbonation.

(4.00) O: the flavor is dark, rich, sweetly roasted with peanut butter that somehow really goes well together and is not a gimmick. A perfect blend and balance, smoothly silky drinkability, wow with every sip. I've had a duclaw peanut butter stout, which i wasn't to impressed with, this one is growler worthy and an easy A rating. gruesome is awesome (1,127 characters)

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.7%

From a bottle, pours a dark brown, soft light brown head, very thin looking, but good carbonation.

The nose is peanut butter, a little berry jam, milk chocolate, and a little hazelnut. This makes me think of a Nutella and jam sandwich. The flavor is roasty, a little alcohol, nutty, peanut butter cup, cocoa and just a fain barrel, a little oak and vanilla. This is pretty well balanced. These beers are now a thing to do, some are disasters, but this is a pretty good one. (478 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a very dark brown, thick, and very rich with a nice caramel tinged one finger head.

Very strong wafts of chocolaty peanut butter all day! Very sweet and inviting.

Tastes like a peanut butter cup! Rich milk chocolate, peanut butter, and booze to cut through the sweet goes down easy.

Mouthfeel is silky and lush, a very smooth dessert brew.

Overall this is a fantastic Imperial Stout with a very balance. Delicious! (424 characters)

Photo of pjkelley82
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this along with Lil Gruesome with two buddies.

Poured from the bottle into snifters.

A - Dark Black nice Mocha colored head, about a healthy inch. Head stayed for a good bit and left a thin skin with a good amount of lacing. Not much legs but small glimmers of them as you swirl the beer.

S - Dominated by strong chocolate, with a touch of sweet peanut butter. Other stouty qualities but overall the thing your looking for is there. It does not smell like a liquefied reeces peanut butter cup, but more of a stout with hints of the label.

T - As in the above, the taste was subdued but you could definitely tell this was a stout that had good chocolate and peanut butter presence rather than an overpowering/over tasting one. Nothing really off putting and really solid tasting

M- Smooth and creamy. Light carbonation not sticky or cloying but for the sake of sounding redundant a good quality mouthfeel stout.

O- Very solid. There are way better stouts out there but this one is no chump. Good solid base and the peanut butter plays a good role. Definitely present in the smell and the taste. Good solid brew I'd drink again. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting brew...black in color with a thick dark brown head. The smell is intense, chocolate, malt, highly roasted grain, and an espresso-like scent. The peanut butter is definitely present....it comes out after the first sips, mainly in the aroma. It adds to the richness of the stout. The taste is drier than expected...not at all oily. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste and a very creamy body. Nice. (407 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran at his tasting.

Pours a very dark black, with a mocha tan colored head, about one inch, with a lot of lacing in the glass.

Smells like rich, not too sweet peanut butter, dark bitter chocolate, and roasted malt.

This blows Sweet Baby Jesus out of the water. Thick, nutty, rich peanut butter character, with some intense roasted bitterness- roasty nuts and roasty malts. Huge chocolate character as well. At times really has the feeling of drinking liquefied alcoholic peanut butter. This is a good thing!

Thick bodied, rich, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. This one has a pretty low level of carbonation. Very drinkable, ran through 5 oz or so really quick.

This one is great, probably the best peanut butter based beer I've ever had. (756 characters)

Photo of punxsybob
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The reviews I read were on point, tastes like a chocolate peanut butter cup. This IS a desert beer and well worth the effort to seek out. I am going to the tap house soon to seek out more. I even convinced a friend to try this one and he is an IPA fan slowly converting to an IPA and Stout fan! (294 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spring House is such a fun brewery. I love their art work and creativity. Local to me, I've only visited their TapRoom once, but plan on going again. Big Gruesome is one of my favorites they have to offer.

Appearance: Pour with a nice thick, foamy tan head. very nice looking in a snifter.

Smell: Reeses Peanut butter puff's. Peanut butter egg. Easter candy. Sweet. Obviously chocolate and peanut butter

Taste: Not much different from the smell. Like Easter candy. Very sweet, chocolate and peanut butter.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy and thick.

Overall: My favorite Choc/PB stout. Great for dessert, not so much with the main course. Also the first Spring House beer I've tried and what got me interested in their beers in the first place. (750 characters)

Photo of pinyin
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Barring barrel aged stouts and porters, this is hands down the best tasting dark beer I have ever had in the US.

Just an all around flavor explosion.

This tastes exactly like a Godiva Chocolate Peanut Butter Confection, or as someone mentioned before like a Reese's Holiday Peanut Butter Egg. Closer to the egg version, not the actual year round Peanutbutter Cups.

Texture and lacing are perfect, and it's not as heavy as the name would imply. It has a nice light carbonation, and a lighter black almost brownish color. Not too sweet either. They have the sugar balance just right on this one.

It's highly addictive.

The only issue with this offering from Spring House is that I cannot buy it anywhere, except for the local pub. When I went to my local pubs distributor in Pen Argyl, PA they did not have any left in stock in either 22 ounce 12 packs or quarter barrels, so distribution of this stout is very limited and scarce.

Don't even bother with the Spring House's Little Gruesome Peanutbutter and Jelly Stout. It's not even in the same league. (1,059 characters)

Photo of kerry4porters
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly tasty beer with fantastic practically written on. Superb roasty flavor like a peanut butter coffee dark chocolate black coffee touch of cream and the peanut butter it's got a good full moth feel smooth going down with just enough bitter to balance all of the sweet (275 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice light brown head and decent lacing

S-roasted malt, peanut butter, chocolate, light coffee

T-chocolate, dark roasted malt, peanut butter, light coffee, hint of sweetness, mild bitterness and char in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-Enjoyed this stout, nice chocolate and pb flavors (349 characters)

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Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.