Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 196
Gots: 118 | FT: 12
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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 malfunxion
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

liquid bliss < SBJ < big gruesome

Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Paradise by the Slice. Thanks to Shane for this one!

A: Big Gruesome is deep black with a small tan color head, decent retention leaving a small cap on top. Thin lacing forms on the sides.

S: Just like Reese's Pieces, some peanut butter and chocolate, a bit of cream and sweetness. Very nice, just like candy.

T: More peanut butter and chocolate on the flavor profile. Not as specific as the aroma where it instantly reminded me of Reese's. Mostly milk chocolate, a little but of cream, and a faint roastiness.

M: Medium bodied, maybe a touch thin. Very smooth and creamy.

O: Very happy to have finally tried this beer. Definitely a sweet beer, and a treat. not something I would drink all the time, but would be happy to have it again. Perfect dessert beer.

Photo of troegaarden
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bomber into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A: The beer pours an oily black with a nice, one inch tan head. It's a pretty stout for sure.

S: Definitely big notes of peanut butter in the nose. Not so much chocolate, but hey.

T: Big notes of peanut butter with a solid backbone on this brew. I get some chocolate, but peanut definitely dominates this beer. This beer finishes relatively dry.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty smooth as a stout like this should be. Dig it.

O: Overall, I like this beer a good bit. This is definitely comparable to Sweet Baby Jesus and is very tasty. Cheers!

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some transparency. Not much of a head. Very thin khaki head.

Smell - Very peanut buttery. I like it. Chocolate is nice too.

Taste - And it's almost a disaster. Green peppers. Some chocolate. Lost the nuttiness.

Mouthfeel - Rather thin. High carbonation.

Overall - Smells great, doesn't taste great.

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Stormking47 for this one!

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Reeses peanut butter cup

T: Cocoa, roastyness & a touch of peanuts up front. Bitter cocoa, peanuts, & a bit of peanut butter cookie once warm, plus roastyness & a smidge of charred grain. Finishes roasty, dry with cocoa & peanut butter & a touch of booze bite

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation

A decent IMP stout, was looking for more chocolate & peanut butter, worth a shot to be sure

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap @ the Spring House Taproom (Lancaster, PA) back on 5/7/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black in the glass, with a finger of tight and foamy mocha-colored head. This retains with a rich ¼ finger that leaves back a good bit of sticky lacing. That peanut butter character jumps right at you, backed in the nose by darker flavors of bitter chocolate and burnt roast. Some green citrus sits way in the back, as the scent of peanut butter pretty much controls this.

Things are a good bit more integrated here in the taste, but you can still definitely pick the peanut butter flavors up, especially along the back of the profile. The bulk of this however has more of a big American Stout presence, with additional notes of chocolate and caramel, a firm hop bitterness, and burnt malts that spread out into a dry and roasty finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a strong aggressive prickliness that soothes out into more of a creamy crispness from the nitro addition. That 8% ABV is VERY well hid, giving this an overall impressive drinkability, and only starting to show it’s beefy power as things warm up.

Wow, another very nice Stout here from Matt, which seems to be really becoming his forte here. While I’m not quite totally blown away by these specialty-type beers like I once was, I will say that this was definitely one of the better executed examples that I’ve had recently. This is one worth checking out.

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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!

Photo of nightowl66
3.04/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Whoooo doggies...

Black beer with off white head. The nose is throwing my whole perception of this beer. Smells like sticking my nose in a glass of vanilla extract. Even more vanilla if possible as it warms. Overwhelmingly vanilla, can make out some chocolate and malt if I work at it. Taste is again getting skewed by the aroma. Smooth chocolate with some peanut butter coming in late. Very silky mouth-feel. While I say "congratulations!" for trying something new, this Spring House beer is just not for me.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at the Spring House Tap Room.

A- Tar looking color with a heavy head and even lace.

S- Smell oh so good. Chocolate between dropping chocolate in the pot with heavy amount of chocolate malts and also roasty must use roasted barley and great smell of peanut butter powder. Just put up a killer aroma.

T-Taste of peanut butter and chocolate works well together. At the time I wish they serve Reese's peanut butter cups to get the way experience. This beer have a very good taste.

M- Very creamy, roasty , chocolatety and peanut butter goodness. This beer is a real treat to try and enjoy.

O- Hope this beer become a seasonal so far That beer I had is batch 2 which is a good sign this beer might be around for some time or might come back again next year.


Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of peanut butter. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of smokiness, some peanut butter but not a lot. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall was a different and enjoyable beer.

Photo of pjkelley82
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -2.7%

- 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

Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nitro pour at the Taproom on a busy Friday night.

A: The stout is dark, pitch black with a creamy-looking au lait head. Dense and creamy, the head looks very nice.

S: The nose is nutty and chocolatey, a combination of legumes and roasted malts. Plenty creamy, the stout has a noticeable sweetness. A much better take on Chocolate Peanut Butter than the aborted version at Al's.

T: The nutty chewiness continues unabated, a peanuty sweetness that has Peanut Butter Cup elements. Smooth stout, roasted and dark, is alongside the nuttiness, providing the proper amount of balance. I'm surprised at how well the two different flavors come together. Easily the best Peanut Butter Stout that I've had to date.

M: The creamy smoothness of the nuts and chocolate provide a rich flavor. The fullness lingers long after a sip is gone.

O: Much better than I expected it to be, the stout hits all the right notes. Color me impressed.

Photo of pinyin
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, brown head, mediocre retention.

Aroma: peanut butter, chocolate, roast. Quite like a Reese's.

Taste: more chocolate than peanut butter, PB is light, some roast and char notes.

Mouthfeel: medium body, not too thick, definitely the least enjoyable part, but not bad at all.

Overall: lots to like. I imagine a peanut butter stout isn't easy (if you use real peanut butter), so props there cuz it's nice with both the PB and chocolate.

4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler to stemless wine glass. Sampled 11/27/11.

A: The pour produces a finger and a half of dark tan head, bubbly, foamy, semi-compacted and rather long lasting. While the head sticks to the glass fairly well, the jet black body adds only an average amount of lacing.

S: As advertised. The nose on this beer is fantastic. A peanut buttery nuttiness is the most prominent aroma, or at least it stands out the most. Dark, bitter chocolate wafts in and blends perfectly. The combination of the two is as good as they've ever been.

T: The flavor is nutty, but not as convincingly "peanut butter" as the nose suggested. Incredible nonetheless. The chocolate comes across more milky sweet on the palate than it does on the nose. Coffee flavor lingers in the background. Bitterness is adequate and keeps the sweetness at bay. Fantastic flavor and the drinkability is off of the charts. I'm not entirely convinced there is any alcohol in this beer...

M: Rich and decadent with a creamy texture. The level of effervescence is spot on. Desperate for a complaint, I might say that the mouthfeel is a touch thin. Then again, for an 8% ABV, nothing is out of line.

O: I've had most of the beers from Spring House's roster and the Big Gruesome is, by far, the most complete and most impressive beer Matt has made to date. Keep up the good work!

Photo of jmarsh123
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ffejherb for the grolwer in this month's installment of Growlin' At The Moon.

Pours black with a thin off-white head fading nearly immediately and a bit of lacing.

Strong peanut butter aroma. Pretty fantastic as it doesn't smell artificial at all.

The taste delivers what is promised as well. A little bit of roasted malt up front and then the peanut butter takes over. Finishes grainy with a distinct nuttiness. Slightly sweet at times, but not cloying.

Mouthfeel is a tad lighter than I'd prefer, but not bad with medium carbonation levels.

Most "gimmick" beers tend to disappoint, but this one comes close to living up to it. It really does taste like eating a piece of peanut butter chocolate candy.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of hollyisaway
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber from Tommy's Pizza into a Flying Dog Goblet. No bottling date, but store owner informed me this was a fresh batch and brand new to the store.

A quick note: The fives above are not an exaggeration. This is possibly my "specialty" beer, with the peanut butter being a pretty rare ingredient in something approaching an imperial stout. I have also had this on tap at varying times and freshness, and it has never let me down.

Appearance: This is what I want in a stout. Thin but tan heading, quickly dissipating at that. Pitch black, even when held to a light to analyze the sides. Something about Springhouse's malt just seems to have a distinctive character that imparts that darkness to nearly any stout they make.

Smell: Peanut butter and chocolate, with peanut butter overtaking the chocolate. A more traditional, seemingly roasted malt, lingers at the back.

Taste: My favorite part. Everything said about the smell applies here, along with a better dose of malt. Hop bitterness eventually hits, but it does take a few moments of the swallow. Thankfully, the bitterness compels you to keep drinking for the thickness and sweetness. Nothing against the bitterness, but I love the effect of it. I can't imagine it being planned, and there is less of this effect when on drat.

Mouthfeel: See above for my comments on the bitterness. Otherwise, smooth drinking with no alcohol burn. Roasted malt and some hop burn linger near the gums, but oddly not the throat. No alcohol burn to speak of, which is pretty amazing at 8% and the sweetness involved.

Overall: I have driven 3 hours for this beer. I enjoy it more than almost any East Coast rarity. Just absolutely beautiful and totally worth it, considering a growler runs $11-13 and a bomber $6 at any reasonably priced store.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.12/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 12/10/13

Appearance: Deep, dark brown - some clarity around the edges - pours with a small, frothy light tan head - keeps some hints of a cap, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Yes, there be peanuts - I don't think it's a stretch to claim this smells like peanut butter - less of an emphasis on the chocolate, but it's definitely there - some baker's chocolate and dark chocolate - not much else in terms of malts - mostly chocolate malts, some toasted and roasty notes

Taste: Definitely interesting, not what I would describe as gruesome - bitter, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, cocoa, straight-up chocolate malts - burnt and roasty notes - by far the most interesting flavor here is the peanut - lightly roasted peanuts, flavor seems to build over time - touch of vanilla as well - finishes with some burnt bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, seems unreasonably thin, nicely smooth, kind of strange overall

Overall: Moderately gruesome?

The peanut butter is nicely integrated here, but the base stout leaves something to be desired. If there were some more complexity and depth to the malts, maybe I would be giving this a higher score. Some bonus points given for the nice use of peanut butter.

Photo of ShanePB
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Spring House Taproom in Lancaster. Peanut Butter Chocolate stout? Sign me up! Poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass from the nitro tap.

A: Deep pitch black body with a rich and creamy mocha colored head. It's velvety due to the nitro and leaves some very nice web-like lacing on the glass walls. The retention is wonderful and has a lasting head throughout the entire glass.

S: Peanut butter, milk chocolate, slightly roasted chocolate malts, caramel malts and a sweet milkiness. All the elements of both peanut butter and chocolate are certainly here, it's a very rich and decadent smelling beer, simply wonderful!

T: Loads of gritty, Reeses peanut butter cup like flavor comes through immediately and consumes the palate. Towards the back end the chocolate notes start to appear, very much a milk chocolate like flavor with some roasted malts around it. As it warmed, I think the chocolate intensified and the peanut butter blended very nicely with it.

M: Velvety smooth, rich and creamy on the palate. I feel it's a bit thin on the palate but it still has a nice medium body. The nitro I thought would have helped to give this a fuller body than it does.

If you're a peanut butter and chocolate lover, this is one beer you need to try. The flavors work extremely well and is quite incredible getting that much peanut butter flavor into the beer, due to the oil difficulties. With a bit more of a thicker body this could easily top the charts.

Photo of oline73
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the taproom in Lancaster. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Smells like a Reeses peanut butter cup. Milk chocolate and quite nutty.

Taste: There is a lot of peanut butter and chocolate in this one. I thought it would be overly sweet, but it was very tastefully done. There is some roast that is smooth and mild with a nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a smooth finish and mild carbonation.

Overall: A very nice desert beer. Very tasteful. I loved the smell and the taste. Big fan.

Serving type: on-tap

Photo of weeare138
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dense, dark brown nearing black with a fluffy brown head that slowly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of LOTS of peanut butter up front with a complementary cocoa and a touch coffee and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned with a blast of bitter cocoa and hops.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, slick, and dry in the finish.

Photo of papat444
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of kerry4porters
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
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

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Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
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