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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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118 Reviews
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Reviews: 118
Hads: 688
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 25.92%
Wants: 210
Gots: 126 | 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:
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 EgadBananas
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of fdig23
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of deg
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer poured dark. Not quite opaque black, but close. Head was a dark coffee color. I picked up the smell of chocolate. I took a taste. Very nice, though not quite what I expected. I picked up a chocolate cherry flavor, which I did not expect but was pleasant. The peanut butter taste was light, I almost missed it. I heard from long time fans of the beer that last year's batch had a heavier peanut butter taste than this year, so that would explain what I tasted. I noticed a nice roastiness and a little alcohol warmth.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a menacing midnight black with no light at all to escape the edges. Has a thick head of mocha colored foam that fell off to a ring and film o'er top. Loose bubbles and good lace. Nose is robust peanuts. No other nuts just peanuts. There's some breaddy malt with a light toffee and a healthy does of bitter chocolate. No hop character on the nose at all. Taste is creamy peanuts with toasted dark malts a the slightest hint of char. That char really pulls all those peanuts over the palate because this beer is not that sweet. The chocolate stays bitter int he drink. It finishes dry and with a little tiny bitter in back and with the taste of peanuts to linger. The body is thin and the carbonation is medium.

I think this is one of the best examples of this style fo beer that I have tried. It reminds me of a reeses peanut butter cup and with a touch more sweetness it might have really tasted like one. The chocolate really offset the richness of the peanuts which continues to intensify as the beer warms. Has a great balance and the thin body is just what this beer needs to make it work.

Thank you kerry for the chance to try this great beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$7.75 bomber from Abe's.

Body is total darkness, no highlights. Two fingers of medium tan dense foam.

Aggressive peanut butter aroma is inviting. Strong chocolate support.

Taste actually starts with a splash of coffee, before giving way to dark chocolate. The peanut butter does not register until after the swallow, but its big when it arrives and stays awhile.

Smooth slick mouthfeel. Could be a shade fuller.

After finding Robot Factory and She Monster to be only so so, this pleasantly impresses.

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Photo of haazer
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a dark black with a full tan head. Head disappates relatively quickly. Leaves some good streaked lacing on the glass.

S: Reese's peanut butter cup. Strong peanut butter aroma and chocolate.

T: Lots of malting up front and quickly turns to a peanut butter cup. This is a great re-creation via beer. Strong peanut butter on the finish - lingers nicely for a while.

M: Heavy brew - lots of body. Dessert.

O: Awesome.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Jedwards for the final pre-move blowout cellar crash. 22oz. bottle served in an Oerbier stem. Pours slightly darker than cola with a loose, mocha-colored skim. Nose is incredible - peanut butter cups - not much more to say here. Taste is somewhat dull - peanut butter is quite diminished and the overall flavor is a bit dull. I get baker's chocolate and an ashy/earthy quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation. Overall - the nose on this beer is nothing short of fantastic, but it falls apart with the flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of gestyr
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I admit it, the name attracted me along with the fact it is brewed locally.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a stout glass.

A: Pours a deep dark opaque brown with a thick and dense tan head that is long lasting.

S: Peanut butter, chocolate, coffee and malty.

T: Interesting. First off the peanut butter followed by bittersweet chocolate and dark malts with a roasted coffee aftertaste.

M: Thick and satisfying. Not cloying.

O: I like this. Very interesting and different from the run of the mill stouts. I will buy this again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of wyatt13
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DaveHack sent this bottle my way a few months back in a trade – thanks Dave! Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Half Acre snifter.

A – Pours a very dark brown that stops just short of being pitch black. A one-finger mocha head tops off the snifter. The head dissipates substantially right away, but a thin ring of foam sticks around throughout. Minimal lacing.

S – A nice roasted character, with some high-quality bitter chocolate malt in there as well. A vague nuttiness is also present, but I don’t think that I would be able to identify it as peanut butter per se.

T – A hoppy and roasted malt character is at the front end, before a dark bread follows. A cocoa sweetness and mild nuttiness too, but not much else that I can detect.

M – Pretty thin for a stout; I could definitely use a lot more body here, or at least a creamier texture to remind me more of the sticky quality of peanut butter. Instead, it finishes pretty dry. High amount of carbonation.

O – This was definitely an enjoyable stout, but to my tastes it didn’t achieve what it set out to do. Maybe the peanut butter qualities were more evident in a fresh bottle, but I didn’t get much of that here. Oh well, I still appreciate the chance to try something different. Thanks again Dave!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of weltywm
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black with a thin but attractive dark espresso head.

Smells like big dark chocolate, peanut butter, ground coffee. Peanut butter chocolate shake. Great!

Taste is similar, more bitter--dark chocolate, light peanut butter, bitter coffee again. Lactose maybe. Tasty.

Creamy, frothy mouthfeel, full bodied, impressive.

I really like this!


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Photo of troegaarden
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

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Photo of xnicknj
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of bonkers
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark near black with only small ring of brown head. Scent brings notes of cocoa and bakers chocolate, moderate roast, some dark fruit and light roasty nuttyness. Taste leads with the chocolate notes, some tart/pithy fruit presents itself, lactose like sweetness, finishes with a dry, nutty roasty character. Fuller side of medium bodied, could be a touch heftier. Very good flavors all around but hoping for more of the peanut butter.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with a short tan head that dissipates quickly. No light penetration.

Cocoa Puffs, peanut butter, french toast and milk chocolate. Holy Hell!

Semi-sweet chocolate, Cocoa Puffs and french toast. Roasted barley and caramel. Peanut Butter Crunch and some earthy roast. Dash of citrusy bitterness lingers.

Medium bodied, smooth, chewy, velvety and dry.

I don't know why but this tastes like several different breakfast cereals to me; Cocoa Puffs, Reese's Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Peanut Butter Crunch. There's a nice balance between all the competing flavors. Anyway, it's very good and easy drinking for 8%.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.