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Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate StoutBig Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%

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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:
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 Omnium


4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at House of 1000 Beers from December 13 I think.

A - Total pitch black with two fingers of rich tan head, thick with foamy lacing.
S - Smells like someone opened up some Reese's, big roasted peanut and malt smell, some dark chocolates.
T - This thing tastes like liquid peanut butter cups, some toasted malt, nutty, wonderful blend of dark and milk chocolate.
M - Super rich, velvety, creamy smooth.
O - This beer is by far the best one of any chocolate peanut butter beers out there. Perfect desert beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2014 02:41:50 | More by Omnium
Photo of micromaniac129


4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the best smelling beer I.ve ever had with a possible exception of KBS as far as stouts and porters.
It came out looking like your prototypical stout. Dark black with an easy inch head the color of light mocha beige.
After that I then took a sniff, hello. It was awesome baby, rich chocolate and fresh coffee with cream. The peanut butter was subtle and really complimented the other aromas quite well.
The peanut butter was complimentory in the taste too staying in the background and balancing well with the rich roasted malts and chocolate. There was a fresh roasted coffee taste too that blended well in thee nose too.
I shied away from this beer but being that I'm getting close to a thousand reviews I gave it a shot for number purposes you see. A good move on my part.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2013 12:17:56 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm. This is not quite what I was expecting. Very chalky on this one, in a way that seems like too much cocoa powder was added into things. Coffee in the mix. This very much lacks balance. Kind of a thick and clogged with each aspect standing alone and not meshing together. Not really working for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 08:52:02 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of fdig23


4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at TJs in Paoli.

Appearance: Pitch black with a nice thin tan head.

Nose: One of the most enticing noses on a stout. Super creamy coffee, loads of sweet, candylike peanut butter, and some mild bitter chocolate. Smells like dessert and breakfast coffee all in one.

Taste: The taste is definitely a let-down at first after getting a whiff of that nose, but as this beer warms up and the peanut butter comes through it really shines. There's tons of very bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, and astringent ashy charcoal. As it warms a nice, sweet, rich peanut butter and milk chocolate flavor appears. This is extremely easy-drinking for both the ABV and ingredients. If only it could deliver on that aroma...

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit thin for the style. I think a big, thick body may have helped carry the bigger flavors hidden inside better. As it is, it drinks very easy, like a stout half its size, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Overall: Between this and Planet Bean, I'd say Spring House knows what they're doing with stouts. Both are big in flavor and aroma, but drinkable and not daunting in any way.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 18:24:51 | More by fdig23
Photo of haazer


4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Black brew with a light mocha head. Leaves a nice bit of lacing down the glass as you drink.

S - This is where I pick up the most peanut butter. The biggest thing about this beer for me is a chocolate wafer. That's the most distinct character.

T - Save the whole malt stout description routine. Chocolate crisp wafer is this beer. Maybe a little bit of peanut butter on the backend. Just delicious.

M - Medium bodied, low to mid carbonation. Very creamy.

O - Definitely as good as I thought it would be. Peanut butter is probably hard to make in beer, by this is a great effort. The chocolate wafer crisp is incredible. Will grab this any time I see it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 19:24:06 | More by haazer
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 jzeilinger


4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with an extremely creamy, toffee colored head!

S - Cream, cocoa powder, vanilla, light caramel.

T - Cocoa powder, vanilla cream, dark roasted chocolate , and some caramel. Finishes with a moderate dark chocolate bitterness intermingled with creme.

M - Mild pricklies with a creamy finish.

O - A nice, creamy stout with a good balance between biterrness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2013 20:40:17 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of 57md


3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown with half a finger of fizzy head. There is not much head retention, but what sticks around leaves nice lacing on the glass. The nose has mild chocolate notes. Chocolate and peanut butter notes are definitely present in the taste, but this is no super-sweet dessert beer by any means. In spite of the interesting tastes, the overall flavor profile of this offering is thin for a stout, let alone a double stout. There is a good dose of bitterness on the finish which really completes a unique experience.

Not strictly on point for style, but a must try without a doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2013 03:24:40 | More by 57md
Photo of weltywm


4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barcade in Philadelphia. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Jet black with a thin layer of peanut butter colored head on top. Good retention and lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells like a peanut butter sandwich mixed with smores just off of the fire. Really nice.

Taste: Big notes of peanut butter and coffee, intermixed and alternating with vanilla bean, chocolate, and cocoa. Maybe some raisin, molasses,and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and hides the alcohol well.

Overall: Wow. A very unique and delicious stout. The flavors mix well together and complement each other without getting overpowered. Would definitely try again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2013 17:42:22 | More by weltywm
Photo of xnicknj


4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the spring house tap room

Inky, dark blacked out pour with a thin topping of tanned head. Slight retention with a few spotty notes of lacing left behind.

Cocoa powder, dark chocolate, molasses, roasted peanuts and dark malts in the nose. Definitely sweet and a touch warm, but still relatively in check.

Softly sweet cocoa and chocolate up front, followed by a creamy, buttery peanutty goodness. Touches of molasses and caramel with nutty tones and a thick, burly malt backbone. Roasted dark malts, decent sweetness in the profile and a warm finish.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Chocolate and peanut butter to the face! I was pretty excited for this one and ended up leaving with a couple bottles after we were done.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 02:24:49 | More by xnicknj
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at pinnochio's. Tarry, black pour, small tan head. the aroma has lots of cocoa, coffee, roasted notes, and a hint of peanuts. The beer has a hint of sweet chocolate, and a ton of roasted flavones. I did not get any peanut butter. The beer is very thick, lightly carbonated, no detectable alcohol. A great sipping beer. I marked it down because I could not taste any PB, but I enjoyed the brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 02:03:45 | More by bonkers
Photo of Knapp85


4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a solid black color with a thin mocha colored head on top. The retention is decent the lacing is minimal. The smell of the beer is sweet and malty with a pleasant aroma of Peanut Butter. The taste of the beer is sweet, nicely balanced flavors of sweet chocolate malt, some subtle roasted noted as well as a nice dessert-like Peanut Butter flavor in there too. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. I feel it could use a little more body than it has for the style. The carbonation is a pretty good. Overall this beer was really nice to try. I would probably drink it again someday if I could get my hands on it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2013 22:06:15 | More by Knapp85
Photo of BeerCon5


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black color with about one finger of brown fluffy head.

The scent is of peanut butter, cocoa, notes of roasted malt.

The taste is of peanut butter, chalky cocoa, sweet chocolate, notes of burnt coffee.

Fully body, smooth, chewy, a little chalky, low carbonation.

This was a really nice beer, full flavor, even though it’s a bit heavy I drank 3 pints with hardly any notice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 21:11:46 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter glass

Appearance – Served a deep black brew with a two finger cream colored head. The head faded over a moderate level of time to leave a fantastic level of lacing.

Smell- The smell is huge of chocolate and sweet peanut butter. It is like a peanut butter buckeye ball. Delicious.

Taste- The taste is much drier then the nose would suggest. It starts out of rather roasted and malty with a little bit of chocolate. As the flavor advances some flavors of a creamy peanut butter begin working their way into the taste. The peanut better and chocolate grow more intense as the taste moves on, with some of the roasted malt flavors dwindling a bit. Overall this creates a lighter dry peanut and cocoa flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. A bit of a thicker body as well as a lower carbonation level would have better accentuated the darker and peanut better flavors of the beer.

Overall – An interesting brew. Super sweet smelling, but much drier and roastier then expected from the nose. The only thing holding the brew back was the rather weak mouthfeel. Otherwise it is fantastic. Regardless it is one you should try if you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 01:04:31 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Rifugium


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Taproom, Lancaster, PA

This was sort of "the one I came for," when I decided to finally visit the Taproom. It was tasty, no doubt, but I wouldn't rank this one iota over a 4.0.

Solid black pour with a small layer of tan head that sank to nearly nothing, and left tiny spots of lacing behind. Aroma was very nice, peanut butter and chocolate as promised, with the former edging out the latter, dark roasted malts coming through as well. Tastewise, this wasn't a full-blown in-your-face Reese's cup or anything...which was a bit disappointing, but then again, this is a beer after all, and if I wanted a Reese's cup, I could just go buy one. Peanut butter was still the dominant flavor here, roasty malts, semi-sweet chocolate, slight earthiness, but nothing really in the hop department, appropriately. Body was about medium, bordering on heavy-medium, quite low carbonation, and better when allowed to warm up a bit. Nice beer overall. I always seek it out when it's available.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 09:19:27 | More by Rifugium
Photo of mdaschaf


4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 01:57:50 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of chefhatt


4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.
On-tap at Paradise by the slice
It has a nice dark black body to it with no head but just a thin tan lace around the edge of the glass. The smell was right away of nice cocoa, and peanut butter. The taste was a little sweet but not overpowering. The chocolate and peanut butter is well balanced and even had a hint of roasted flavor in there also. It is defently a peanut butter cup in a glass. The mouth feel is great was nice and smooth and Overall this beer is great.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2012 02:42:03 | More by chefhatt
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the downtown tap room in Lancaster.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is terrific in this beer and is quite impressive. True to description, there is considerable peanut butter, peanut shells, dark chocolate and light coffee. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and although there's some modest sweetness, it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the flavor profile. This is really a pretty complex, delicious, well made beer. A hint of bitter in the finish helps to balance all the flavor in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and is a bit thinner than expected, but I still enjoyed the long dark chocolate and peanut butter finish.

Impressive beer... I would drink this on a regular basis if it were available where I live.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 17:08:05 | More by johnmichaelsen
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 DIM


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sounded like a gimmick to me, but this came together very well.

a: This was black as far as I could tell and it was served to me with a small, dark tan colored head.

s: As advertised, plenty of rich, roasty chocolate and something that smelled more like roasted peanuts than peanut butter.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part. Very surprising to me that both elements are not only easily discernible, but pretty damn tasty to boot.

m: Big and chewy.

o: I couldn't see myself seeking somethinng like this out very often, but I would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 20:49:10 | More by DIM
Photo of cps98


3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Missed this one the first time it was on-tap locally so second time around I had to jump on it.

A - Pours as dark as they come with a 1 finger mocha head that dissipates quickly.

S - Roasted peanuts, light chocolate, and some light burnt smell.

T - The peanut butter is up front and pretty hard hitting but then I got a burnt flavor that wasn't very pleasing.

M - The beer was really smooth, heavy bodied. The carbonation was pretty light.

O - I really like everything I have from Spring House but this is one I'll probably forgo in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 14:22:03 | More by cps98
Photo of Beerisheaven


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap, nitro-tap, and in a growler from the brewery. So, let's just say this rating is a combination of all three, as I did not get a huge difference in experience in one versus the others (even the nitro-pour).

A - Dark brown with a head that settles down to a nice collar. Leaves some lacing behind for good measure.

S - Wow, just like the peppermint choc stout hits you with the peppermint, this one hits you with the peanut butter. I am a softee for peanut butter so I find this to be very appealing. The choc is there but is reserved, the peanut butter is the star of this show.

T - Really takes a bit to get used to in that the peanut butter once again dominates. It mixes with the chocolate and I guess some would say they get a little bit of Reeses Peanut Butter Cup but the peanut is more forward than the chocolate.

M - Like the peppermint choc stout, I found this one to be very nice. Thick and oily and certainly an improvement over last year's Kerplunk and Planet Bean. Very nice, I think they did this nicely.

O - This one will certainly leave an impression. Some will find it interesting, some will think it too cute for a beer.

I love Springhouse and love their improvements made to the pumpkin and their stouts. Here is hoping that the Bean follows suit. Matt has done a great job and brews these beers with passion. I will certainly continue to support them and look forward to his continued evolution in brewing. Great place and great staff. Springhouse is a winner in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 02:36:07 | More by Beerisheaven
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Spring House Taproom.

Dark camel head with excellent retention and thick rings of lace sit on a dark cocoa brown body. Aroma is dry peanut butter, exceptionally nutty, with mild dark chocolate. First, let this and/or the peppermint chocolate stout warm up before consuming. Flavor has minimal trace of sweetness instead focusing on the peanut butter and has an oily, dry peanut aftertaste. Dark chocolate and mild roast coffee flavors complement the peanut butter, but the PB is the focus. Medium body, exceptionally smooth and light carbonation, no alcohol presence.

Well, this is as advertised. My birthday cake is annually chocolate with peanut butter icing so I'm predisposed to liking this and am exceptionally happy to find this leaning more heavily on the PB than chocolate. A novelty to some degree, but seek this out if the combination sounds good to you.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 02:17:51 | More by yourefragile
Photo of prodgerm


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall pint glass on tap at the Spring House Brewery's Taproom in downtown Lancaster PA. This beer was served MUCH too cold - I held the glass for ten minutes to warm it a bit and then took half an hour to drink.

Appearance: very dark almost black with one finger of tan head quickly fading to light lacing.

Smell: Coffee, Chocolate and roasted barley on top with some sweet undertones. Very intense.

Taste: Complex - The Chocolate and roasted some coffee on top with some slight bitterness and sweetness under. I could not pickup much Peanut Butter. This is a dry Stout so I wasn't expecting much sweetness. Hops very subtle just enough to balance all the malt.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and crisp for a Stout. Lighter than I expected.

Overall: Good stand alone beer or with dessert. I would not want to drink more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 03:23:59 | More by prodgerm
Photo of luvND


4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: draft in the basement pub
A: black, nice white/tan head
S: as advertised, chocolate and pbutter, really nicely blended, a little roasty as well
T: all chocolate up front but not too sweet or thick, peanut butter comes mostly after the swallow and is really nice, aftertaste is a slightly bitter with a nice gently hop character
M: great, not too thick and heavy

Overall: Was very skeptical until my distributor got a growler to share, liked it so much I got a sixtel hooked up in the basement pub. This beer has been extremely popular with friends I've had over. Really tasty brew, great in cold weather and they nailed the mouthfeel by keeping it not too heavy/thick which keeps it drinkable for a few pints. Excellent stuff

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 18:16:30 | More by luvND
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Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.