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Black River Gumbo Stout - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peace Tree Brewing Co. visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This dark deliciousness is named after the gumbo dirt of the Des Moines River bottom which nourished our Peace Tree and is now used as the surface for Knoxville’s famous Sprint Car track. Instead of using traditional ale yeast required of a stout, a Belgian yeast was used to add complexity. This stout is brewed with high quality pale malt, three roasted malts and two caramel malts. The dark roasted caramel malts contribute to the chocolate and toffee characteristics. Three varieties of hops contribute to the bitterness and aromas of this beer.

(Beer added by: FreshHawk on 12-22-2010)
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial stout.
5.5% ABV, "leave sediment in bottle, Serve at 48°F"

A - Clarity is visible through the slow pour giving the otherwise black beer a dark brown hue. It's short tan head vanishes to a ring of foam pretty quickly and leaves little lace left on the pint.

S - Loaded with heavily roasted malts, Black River Gumbo is rich with milk chocolate smoothness trailed by dark chocolate-dipped espresso bean and raisin and finished with toasted wheat bread.

T - Chocolaty and roasted still, the flavor opens up with new complexities but abandons much of the coffee nuance and milk chocolate for a harsher, bitter bakers chocolate and cocoa as well as blackstrap molasses. Burnt brown sugar and subtle Belgian yeast characteristics make it through with raisin and soft spice notes on the finish.

M - Balanced between sweet, rich maltiness and roasted, bitter maltiness, this stout walks a fine line and feels pretty full-bodied for only being a measly 5.5%. Like the rest of Peace Tree beers, Black River Gumbo has lower carbonation but here it works.

O - Belgian yeast, the common link between all the Peace Tree beer's I've tried, is the least noticeable in Black River Gumbo, only adding slight fruity and spicy traits to an otherwise roasted, chocolaty beer. The outcome is one of their best brews, low in alcohol, high in flavor!

BeerFMAndy, Mar 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

redblacks75, Jul 02, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz stubby bottle into a Central Waters shaker pint.

Active fizzy head dissipates in a brief moment, revealing a murky dark chocolate brown liquid. No lacing.

Toffee, cocoa butter, and coffee in the nose.

Nearly-acrid tang with tart smoked meat and citrus flavors fighting for your attention. Scalded sugar and peppery hops lead into the long, burnt, astringent finish. Yeast contributions just make the profile more sour.

Thin body with low carbonation.

I wonder if they took the "gumbo" too literally and started with a roux? While not a drain-pour - I'd avoid this one.

augustgarage, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of djohnse
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Right after the pour a very thick, dark tan head but fades away fairly quickly forming a ring along the glass. Very dark color, held up to the light can barely have the beer lighten up.

Smell - Things are coming alive in the midwest, therefore allergies have made me lose my sense of smell so I just used the average that I saw for other reviewers.

Taste - Light toffee up front, little bit of caramel with a finish of the roasted malts. Pretty good balance but the flavors could be a bit stronger.

Mouthfeel - Very light on the tongue, feels thin as I'm drinking it. Doesn't leave much of a coating on my tongue or the rest of my mouth.

Overall - Got this on recommendation for making Stout floats and it balanced nicely with the vanilla ice cream, on it's own its a decent stout but doesn't make me want to go running to the store for more.

djohnse, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

tjslovak77, Apr 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

cmannes, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Pintofbrown
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought along a glass mug as I trawled the river for some Gumbo.

Appearance- The beer pours a dark brown, cola color, and has just a few slivers of dark brown highlights in the black body. The foam is airy and ecru colored, the froth dying quickly to a ring.

Smell- There is some caramel and toffee character, but with a hint of roast that intimates acidity. As for the Belgian complexity, it comes off light and with a peanut buttery and earthy sense.

Taste- Roast up front with a little chocolate that is hit on the back end with a load of sweet earthiness. Again, that combo of roast and Belgian earthiness gives the stout an almost peanut buttery flavor that I find enjoyable, as it is not too cloying.

Toffee and caramel are pretty much gone by the time the beer is on the palate. There may be just the slightest bit of toffee near the back end, but the earthiness and acidic roast really steal the show in this beer.

Mouth feel- This one is creamier rather than slick, giving the beer a solid medium body. The roasted quality makes the beer pretty dry, and lets the earthy finish hang on for a long time.

Overall- A solid stout all around, Peace Tree can't be bothered to stop using the Belgian yeast, and in this beer I say it works rather well. It does add some nice complexity to the palate and nose. Not letting this one get overly sweet is the right move.

Pintofbrown, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rich dark black color, with a small head of tan rising up and over it that settled down gently without much fan fare. Some nice lacing. The aroma was rich vanilla, molasses, sweet sugary notes and a touch of almost licorice like candy. Smooth, mellow carbonation let this one sit down nicely and made it a really nice sipper i have to admit. As it warmed subtle notes of chcolate and roasted malts took over, but always leaving it moderatly sweet, this was a nice little stout. I had no issues polishing this one off, and would have no issue in doing so again

mikesgroove, Jul 30, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Shorts Burgers & Shine in Iowa City.

A - Pours a brownish-black color with two fingers of dirt-brown head (appropriate for the name of this beer, I guess). The foam fades very slow and lazy to leave decently-sized sheets of lacing on the glass.

S - Caramel and dark, roasted, burnt grains are most prominent here. I don't notice anything special from the belgian yeast, but this ale also has a mild floral note to it--almost like it was ever-so-slightly dry-hopped.

T - This stout is sweet, but not over-poweringly so. It has a nice chocolate characteristic to it that is almost acidic in nature toward the finish. Remarkably smooth for a stout (no acrid and/or burnt flavor). Finishes with the mildest hint of earthy hops.

M - Medium-to-thick mouthfeel. Not the most drinkable or sessionable stout I've ever had but definitely not bred to be one of those mid-winter sippers. Smooth carbonation.

rundocrun, Jul 02, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer appears a deep brown hue, bordering on blackness. The beige head is approximately a half inch thick at the onset, and settles to a thin layer within a few minutes.

S: The aroma brings roasted malt (slightly burned), light coffee, grain.

T: The flavor is underwhelming. The Belgian yeast strain just comes off as odd, and doesn't integrate itself gracefully into the overall presentation of the beer. The roast character is bordering on charred / burned. The coffee presence is healthy, but could be fresher tasting, and more aromatic.

M: The feel is thinner than I would prefer in a stout. I would be more tolerant if the beer was exceptionally creamy and the drinkability was high, but alas, this is not the case.

D: This is my second offering from Peace Tree. While I found the Double IPA surprisingly delicious, I was considerably less impressed with Black River Gumbo Stout.

Huhzubendah, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: Nice, deep copper brown. Not much head, no lace. But the color is good.

S: Good roasted malt aromas, a bit of coffee in the mix.

T: Some nice flavors here-- coffee, unsweetened chocolate, roasted malt, a hint of caramel. A little smoke emerges as the beer warms.

M: The carbonation helps keep the roasted flavors up front. Feels a bit velvety, with a lingering finish.

D: Very drinkable. A bit austere, but given the option, I would have a second.

This particular bottle that I'm brewing seems a bit undercarbonated. I remember a bottle from a few weeks ago where the cap didn't seem tight. That said, the beer doesn't seem at all stale, and despite the modest head, there's still plenty of carbonation in the mouthfeel. I will update this if another bottle seems obviously different, or if I can find it on tap. A nice brew and one I will buy again-- the roast flavors keep me wanting more.

AmericanGothic, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours basically black with a big tan head that leaves good lace. A bit of copper right up front on the aroma fades fairly quickly into a less intense lightly metallic note. The aroma is generally a lot of deep roasty goodness but there are fruity, citrus, and mocha notes as well. Flavor is all sorts of roasty bitterness with a hint of dark fruit. Plenty of semisweet chocolate tones compliment the burnt toast and espresso. This seems just a tad thin but not in a terribly off putting way, I heard they were serving it from a nitro tap at the brewpub, at first I wasn't particularly interested in that idea, but after drinking it it's got me wondering what that would be like. I dig that this brewery is throwing their belgian strain into damn near everything, this one however I would also like to try with say chico or a british yeast just to see what it would be like because the yeasty fruitiness present in the Hop Wrangler and Double IPA is far more subdued under all that roast.

BieresDesMoines, Feb 18, 2011
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Black River Gumbo Stout from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.