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Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

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Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate StoutBig Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout

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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 150
Gots: 58 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: llllDrGONZOllll on 05-06-2011)
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Photo of TheDudeRules


1.75/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First off.... Best label ever. Honestly.

And that was the best thing about this beer besides the nose.

Poured into my darkness snifter. Highly carbonated brown colored liquid with about seventy five inches of mocha colored head. Uh oh comes to mind. Smell is dead on peanut butter. It's dominating. Like those awesome Nutter Butter cookies. Man I could go for one of those right now.

When it hits your lips, all I can say is "man this a fizzy tongue tingling over carbonated sour porter!" Gee that sucked the balls. How awful. Sour green apple invades that awesome peanut butter taste.

Smell is win. Every other aspect was a colossal fail. I hope your bottle fares better than mine. I shared this bottle with my neighbors on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. Trust me, I died a little on the inside.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 00:19:54 | More by TheDudeRules
Photo of josephwa


2/5  rDev -51.2%

10-31-2013 02:13:00 | More by josephwa
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


2.05/5  rDev -50%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22oz bottle shared a few ways

A: Pours pitch black with close to four fingers of light brown, pillowy foam. Uh oh, this is beer is overcarbed and is made with peanut butter. Bad sign.

S: A bit on the light side, mostly strong roast and roasted peanuts. Some dark chocolate in the background. Very dry smelling.

T: Oh man, this bottle is infected. Strong green apple notes with light roastiness. Some funkiness as well - the taste is completely killed by the infection.

M: Light for an imperial stout with very strong carbonation.

O: I was very excited to try this beer as it seemed well received by most everyone who reviewed it and I love the peanut butter/chocolate combo. Unfortunately, this beer was severely infected and was undrinkable. Drain pour. It looks like I'm the only one to report an infection on either site - odd.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 20:11:01 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of TheBigBoy


2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

10-05-2013 23:20:29 | More by TheBigBoy
Photo of StephFalcone

2.5/5  rDev -39%

12-06-2013 04:06:32 | More by StephFalcone
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


2.61/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Houser for the bottle.

Appearance: Close to straight black with some deeper richer browns at the edges. Couple cm dark brown head. Initially creamy. Drops to a small cap in short order. Pretty standard stuff. Slightly above average carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Milk chocolate sweetness up front coupled with a hint of almost lactoose. A push of slightly darker chocolate and raw nib as well. Some lingering hints of vanilla and hyper creamy peanut butter. A touch of roasted malt sweetness as well. Nice balance of nutty, sweet, and chocolate. Warming pushes a bit more of the almost artificial peanut butter up a bit. A slight candied chocolate thing.

Taste: Deeply roasted with a nutty finish. Bitter chocolate for days. Straight up baker's cocoa and unsweetened chocolate. Some roasted sweetness coupled some almost milky sweetness as well. Milk chocolate thrown in for good measure. Peanut butter is minimal and barely coasts through the back as a vague sort of nuttiness. A touch of vanilla, actually a stronger flavor than the peanut butter. A touch of something burnt on the back of it all.

Mouthfeel: Starts creamy. A medium body with a moderate to high carbonation for the style. Dry and a bit bubbly.

Overall: Merely a paper cut.

I wants me some peanut butter. Where's my peanut butter? An ok stout at the base, but it loses more and more as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 03:18:04 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of TMoney2591


2.63/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Tyskie glass.

Speakin' my language with a chocolate/peanut butter stout. It pours a murky black-brown topped by a finger or so of dark tan foam. The nose is just plain heavenly: Imagine a liquified Reece's Peanut Butter Cup, with luscious milk chocolate and hardy peanut butter wafting through your 'strils. Very nice. The taste, though, brought me down from amongst the clouds. Though some residual hints of cocoa and peanut butter remain somewhere in the thicket, a strong sense of black cherry dominates the proceedings. Though it's not very tasty, the letdown leaves an even worse taste in my mouth. I don't think I've ever been this depressed and disappointed in a beer before... The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, it's clear some sort of infection has set in here. Either that, or "chocolate peanut butter stout" means "PB&J on pumpernickel beer", and I missed the memo...

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 00:03:01 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of WanderingFool


2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

01-13-2014 00:46:12 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of Alieniloquium


2.9/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 18:22:46 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.8%

09-09-2013 02:31:50 | More by oldp0rt
Photo of brez8791


3/5  rDev -26.8%

02-13-2013 02:52:11 | More by brez8791
Photo of madawhy

New York

3/5  rDev -26.8%

01-23-2012 02:59:26 | More by madawhy
Photo of lonewolfcry


3/5  rDev -26.8%

02-28-2014 03:36:12 | More by lonewolfcry
Photo of vinny21bal


3/5  rDev -26.8%

01-24-2014 02:06:00 | More by vinny21bal
Photo of Brushkanna

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -26.8%

06-12-2014 00:40:19 | More by Brushkanna
Photo of nightowl66


3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 22:15:27 | More by nightowl66
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 03:20:57 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of cpetrone84


3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Mcgrath's in Harrisburg. Pour is black with tight foamy mocha brown head. Nose is peanut butter brittle with a muted bakers chocolate. Taste is much of the same with a slightly off cardboard and ashy flavor behind. Dry bitter finish on a creamy body and slightly thinning out in the end.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 18:47:33 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of leaversuch


3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

07-03-2014 02:06:02 | More by leaversuch
Photo of Porter


3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

10-16-2013 00:47:24 | More by Porter
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

10-11-2013 23:43:59 | More by jp312
Photo of Kevincredible


3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

07-07-2014 23:52:46 | More by Kevincredible
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

02-13-2013 22:04:20 | More by jtyson
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

06-16-2014 13:28:48 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-16-2014 12:23:12 | More by TheFightfan1
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Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
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