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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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91
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431 Ratings
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 158
Gots: 62 | FT: 8
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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DLSheidy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-23-2014 02:19:43 | More by DLSheidy
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

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
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nesarebad

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-21-2014 23:21:43 | More by nesarebad
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brewtechnik

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-21-2014 21:45:48 | More by brewtechnik
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22%

01-19-2014 03:40:15 | More by Lehighace06
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jaltland

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- A brown so dark it borders black. Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass with a finger of tan head that dissipates and leaves little lacing behind.

S- Holy chocolate peanut butter. Peanut butter blast up front with chocolate fast behind it. The cocoa aroma is genuine and certainly not artificial. Malt backbone is there after the Reese's PB Cup.

T- Coffee bitter with the semi-sweet chocolate and nut flavors. Mimics a brown ale at times but certainly stays true to its stoutness. Amazing example of a chocolate stout infused with peanuts. I would love to see this being brewed. EDIT: Figured out a distinct flavor I hadn't picked up on... vanilla. It really hit me up front but then fleetingly disappeared into the chocolate. Awesome profile.

M- Medium-thick mouthfeel that gets heavier as you swish it around (probably carbonation). The coffee bitters attack the palate but allow the profile of the beer to present itself.

Overall I love this beer. I've had a decent amount of chocolate stouts and this stands out among the rest. Plenty bold but balanced as a whole. I never got a chance to check the ABV but if it's high, the alcohol is masked very well. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 22:52:57 | More by jaltland
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MSL94

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-17-2014 15:10:25 | More by MSL94
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-16-2014 12:23:12 | More by TheFightfan1
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Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-15-2014 20:02:04 | More by Casey3236
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twenteone

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-14-2014 03:30:51 | More by twenteone
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

01-13-2014 00:46:12 | More by WanderingFool
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DMXLOX22

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill, PA. I've seen this bottle sitting on the shelf for sometime now, with not many people picking it up. I guess you can call this a pity purchase. Let's see how this matches up.

Appearance: Pours a black, pure cloudy and murky coloring. Leaves behind a tan, somewhat frothy head. About just under an inch of foam. Lacing is not too bad on the way down, better than some beers.

Smell: Strong, almost over-bearing aromas of not exactly peanut butter, but a nut-infused, dark roast malt. Some cocoa scents settle to the undertone, but actually give the aroma a somewhat sweet aroma. Almost a reese's peanut butter cup now that I mention it. Not too bad. DIfferent, but something I'm not 100 percent into. Oh well, at least I gave it a try.

Taste: The first few sips give off a strong overtone of roasted malts and nutty flavors, like I said before, not exactly peanut butter, but it becomes more apparent as I continue to taste. By halfway through, other subtle flavors come into play like a tiny hint of hop character. Not exactly noticeable since a flow of cocoa seem to take over. Not the best, but different and somewhat good.

Mouthfeel: low on the carbonation end, somewhat full bodied. Not too bad. Finishes sweet to the last drop. Good stuff.

Overall: Well coming into this brew, I was a bit bewildered by the entire concept, but small-time breweries are notorious for experimenting with different flavors and ingredients. I perticually sort-of liked this beer, but not enough to warrant another try. The lack of hops towards the end didn't interest me too much. I wouldn't try again, but would recommend to a friend to check something new out. Well, always next time. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 02:32:02 | More by DMXLOX22
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-09-2014 02:59:23 | More by jhartley
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Tone2467

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-09-2014 00:44:09 | More by Tone2467
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-06-2014 23:10:17 | More by calcnerd
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cwguy5

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-05-2014 23:39:49 | More by cwguy5
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-05-2014 11:20:57 | More by salthemonster
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-05-2014 04:31:24 | More by 2dogbrew
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Lare453

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-05-2014 03:42:19 | More by Lare453
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Nugganooch

California

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle – NYC bottle share with mdfb79 Thanks Dan!
12/12/13 – Served in a Duvel tulip glass

A: Motor oil black with a glazed look and slight coffee brown edge. Evident carbonation produces about a half finger of fading dark khaki foam. Low amount of stick remains really just some oily alcohol legs left behind.

S: Smells like peanut butter chocolate pie for real. Has a great dessert like quality to it with equal parts peanut butter to chocolate coming through. Most of the malt character is hidden behind the two dominant characters. Semi sweet overall with light hints of coffee and caramel latte on the backend. Surprisingly spot on for the nose.

T: Tastes like effin’ Reese’s cups man. Creamy roast peanuts meld with some bitter chocolate truffles. Really nice in the beginning. There is a faint hint of coffee in the mix which is nice but the beer takes a slight turn from there. Has a touch of Tootsie Roll or Dr. Pepper and a big ashy char at the finish. Dry and somewhat acrid but with a low to moderate bitterness. The alcohol is completely masked throughout so there is some decent balance. But the chocolate and peanut butter tend to get powdery here which is a bit of a turn off for me. Slight step down from the nose.

M: Moderate to lighter body for a stout. A touch thin if you will. Still has a nice creaminess to the texture with some mild slickness. Very dry and chalky at the finish though.

D: A good dessert beer that definitely delivers on the PB and chocolate. Nice because it is not terribly thick or loaded with syrupy sweets. I do think the base beer has some minor flaws and in the end it struggles to stand up to the adjuncts. My biggest gripe was the chalky mouth feel and ashy finish. Otherwise a really fun beer to try and worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:05:38 | More by Nugganooch
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socon67

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-29-2013 18:56:52 | More by socon67
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Boxerjay

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-23-2013 02:22:43 | More by Boxerjay
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JMohl3

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-20-2013 17:06:51 | More by JMohl3
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-17-2013 23:14:12 | More by buzzy
Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
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