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Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 667
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 26.47%
Wants: 204
Gots: 120 | FT: 10
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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:
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 Jwale73
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
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%
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 -21.6%
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 -6.9%
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 -0.5%
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 -4.7%
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 -1.2%
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 +8.3%
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 -5.1%
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 +12.7%
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 +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.

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Photo of bonkers
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +1%
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 +1%
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 +6.6%
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 +1%
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%
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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Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cannot recall who shared this beer but thanks!

Dark brown with a medium head, head retention etc. Incredible aroma that is more peanut butter wafer like than peanut butter wafer itself! Beats me how they did, but they did it very well.

Tastes very dessert like with a slight sweetness and plenty of flavor. Only part that makes it a stout is the slight roast and unfortunately a slight tartness typical to many stouts.

Medium mouthfeel and ok carbonation. I had several samples of this and it was enjoyable but only in small quantities... can't see myself drinking a bomber of this on my own and it is a novelty (or gimmick?) in that sense.

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Photo of John_M
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1359th Review on BA
Bottle to CCB Snifter

Thanks to Smarcoly via ShanePB for this one

App- Pours out of the bottle a big black color. Undeniable stout on this one. A small one finger khaki/light brown head forms and fizzles to almost just an 1/8" of bubbles.

Smell- Okay they FN did it. Its a Reeses PB cup in a glass. It was nutty, chocolate, creamy and clean. Just well done on the nose.

Taste- Flavors fall just a bit short on the flavor aspect. Its still got some of the nose but the flavors arent spot on. Has more of a cocoa and crushed nut flavor. Not cohesive but tasty.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a low medium creamy carbonation. Nice residual cocoa powder and peanut flavors.

Drink- Okay. I think the wife will like this, Time will tell when I open my bottle after the baby is born. It's no Creme Brulee for a specialty stout, but than again nothing is.

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Photo of hollyisaway
5/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.74/5  rDev -32.8%
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...

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Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.