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Peanut Butter Milk Stout - Belching Beaver Brewery

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 797
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 30.54%
Wants: 217
Gots: 283 | FT: 9
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Belching Beaver Brewery
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout | 5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BucannonXC5 on 08-05-2013

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Photo of Benjo87
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - jet black, 2 finger tan head that dissipates to a lacing.

Smell - yep, peanut butter. That's all I can really pickup.

Taste - definitely lots of peanut butter coming through. Very smooth, very slight biterness. Medium to full body mouthfeel. Very nice. Not sure how many I could drink, but the beer definitely does what it says it does. Delivers a smooth drinking peanut butter stout. It's very well done.

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Photo of Jpeach70
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- Thick and dark, really dark. No head on pour. Looks like someone filled my glass with extremely dirty motor oil.

Smell- Smell is amazing, sweet peanut butter and chocolate. Peanut butter is very prevalent but not overwhelming.

Taste- At first the peanut butter is more hidden than it was in the smell, covered by dark roasted malt and burnt caramel. Shortly after the peanut butter hits and leaves your mouth with a pleasant sweet aftertaste.

Feel- Barely any carbonation, thick and oily. It slides right down though! Very easy to drink.

Overall this is an excellent beer that anyone who likes peanut butter and stouts should try. I could imagine drinking this beer with ice cream or after dinner as a desert.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 22oz bottle

A - Deep dark brown/black with little to no deep tan head and no legs/lacing

S - The peanut butter is up in your face and and quite fantastic. Smells of moose-tracks ice cream. Very creamy, rich, fresh grains, roasted grains, slight coffee, milk chocolate, oatmeal, slick sweet malts, bread yeast, earthy hop, very woodsy and lots of soil.

T - Again the peanut butter is in your face. Slight coffee, milk chocolate, lots of brown earth, earthy hops, toasted/roasted everything, very creamy, rich without being to sweet, bread yeast and the grains are so fresh in the nose and taste.

M - Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, medium acidity, medium carbonation and a peanut buttery adventure from beginning to end.

D/O - Really neat stout here. On tap this one is much better in my opinion but still really fun. Lots going on but each ingredient balances the other. Would love for them to make an imperial version of this one. Really great on this cold Christmas night and great right out of the tap in summer as well. Refreshing, tasty and goes with sweet and savory foods. Paired this with a Santa Maria style tri-tip once and man, near perfection.

Final thoughts - With an under 6% ABV $7-9 a bottle is quite high, at least for me. None the less worth a go or ten.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, served in a stemless wine glass.

Pours a dark brown body, nearly black. Standard stout appearance. One finger mocha head, good retention, medium collar, no lacing. Smells like peanut butter cups, legitimately. Very nutty with milk chocolate, lactose, a mild bit of roast, touch of espresso. The nuts rule the roost here with the base stout in the back. Flavour is a bit less nutty than it smells; but there is a fair amount of lactose and milk chocolate sweetness to balance the roast and espresso bitterness. Mouthfeel is appropriately medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly sticky with a mild astringency on the backend with bitter roast. Overall, this was a pretty awesome peanut butter beer, probably the best one I've had yet.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Personally I liked this beer better than I rated it, because, I love peanut butter. I rated this as I felt it should be rated as a beer not a peanut butter substitute. Great peanut butter taste but it overwhelms or rather drowns out the beer qualities to the point they don't come through at all. I think it the peanut butter taste was toned down or the beer qualities ramped up this would turn some heads and in a good way.

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Photo of smanson56
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into my snifter. A dark black color with a thin tan head. The nose does have that peanut butter aroma along with traces of dark malts. The taste to me is of a really cheap peanut butter and kind of throws off the beer. The mouth feel is to the thin side. Not a bad beer just not a great one either.

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Photo of ccg
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Healthy, medium-dark foam on initial pour. Leaves bubbly legs on the glass without being gritty or looking sugary. Head settles into a nice, thin layer. Smell is obviously peanut butter, but also chocolate and loads of milk. It seriously smells more like peanut butter floating on chocolate milk than a beer. I'm sure that doesn't necessarily sound like a good thing, but it's actually quite pleasant, and unusual. The taste follows suit, with milky sweetness, loads of peanut bitter, and a hint of chocolate and malt. I don't really notice any hops or any alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft and round and creamy. I have to say, I was skeptical at first, especially given the name (Belching Beaver? Haha), but this is the best peanut-butter stout I've ever had and one of the best milk stouts I've had. Well done.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(draft, Legends Sports Bar, Long Beach) Flavor combo seems to work but not totally sold on it. Still somewhat intriguing though. Will probably give this another spin down the line (2.9)

1/21/16 (draft revisited, Quinn's, Long Beach) this time around "the nitro" version and it came off WAY better. Very silky on the palette, and the flavor combo is even better on the second try. (3.75)

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chocolate brown. Head is 1 finger and dark khaki in color. Head dissipates super quick and leaves no lacing behind.

Peanut butter and chocolate in the nose. A bit of caramel. Fairly simple.

Peanut butter on first sip. Some milk chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Again, fairly simple.

Moderate mouth feel with moderate carbonation. A bit of creaminess. Some sharp bitterness near the end with a metallic feel as well. Not very pleasant.

A rather disappointing beer. Peanut butter isn't terribly strong but is still really the main thing on the nose and tongue. Minimal other flavors and aromas. Mouth feel is rather unpleasant.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging. The head peaks at a finger's width, then recedes rather quickly until a thin, broken layer of suds tops the surface. Lacing consists of small spots and a few streaks here and there.

Smell - Peanut Butter and milk chocolate abound; the aroma is almost purely peanut butter cup in beer form.

Taste - Not quite as delicious as the nose promises, with a more natural, nutty peanut flavor backed by lesser notes of milk chocolate. And that's it. Not much else going for it. No real depth of flavor in the chocolate end, either. Still it's pretty decent, though the sweetness can get a touch cloying.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with fair carbonation. Slick texture gets a bit chalky and dry in the finish.

Overall - Eh, sounds better on paper than what's in the glass. Just a lack of depth, really. It's decent for what it is, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle of unknown date into a tulip glass. More black than brown with non-existent head. Nose is major peanut butter, very delightful, with hints of chocolate. Shocked by the limited amount of peanut butter in the taste. Going to let it warm up a few minutes to see if that improves. Finish is solid for a milk stout.

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Photo of Brewtality713
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a nice solid body. The chocolate and malt flavors are then on the front end. Then the peanut butter in the middle with a creamy after taste. Something similar to a cream soda. Very delicious and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Roguer
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brew, clear brown at the edges, with a small mocha head. OK retention.

Smells like peanut butter, chocolate, and roast. Quite strong aroma.

Flavor follows: peanut butter and chocolate up front; cream, roast, and a touch of sweetness in the middle; long, rich peanut butter finish.

Medium feel with a long sticky finish.

This beer is a bit gimmicky, but it's really quite good.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Such an absurd brewery name. This beer pours a dark brown color. Smell is of creamy, sweet peanut butter. Milk chocolate. I wonder if this has real peanut butter in it or if it's just artificially flavored. The taste has some seriously concentrated peanut butter. Creamy peanut butter. Chocolate syrup, fudge and the like. Definitely hits the target. Creamy body. Fuller than this ABV usually feels. Can't knock it for being completely artificially flavored because I don't know, but I feel like it has to be.

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Photo of Red2678
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Overall a nice brew. It was a little too light bodied for a stout, in my opinion. Good flavors; a just quite there chocolate taste, maybe some roasted nutty-ness, and a not overpowering peanut butter, but definitely there. Overall really good.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

like a lo of pb stouts, a little disappointing..... rather thin body, high on the carbonation, with a slightly funky nutty taste that does improve as it warms.... does offer some roasty nut notes, very mild chocolate, and a hint of coffee--- not bad at all, just would like a thicker more flavorful version (but PB stouts seem to be difficult as even dragontrax was a huge disappointment this year)

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Photo of LokStokN2DrnknBBLs
2.79/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More than not, this beer just could not live up to my expectations.

After first having Karl Strauss' peanut butter stout at SDBW, I have never found one that rivaled it. This was also the first time I found a KS beer I liked, and gained much respect for that brewery.

On my pallet, it tasted more like almond paste than peanut butter, but different strokes for different folks. I also found the carbonation to be too high, but in smaller breweries that varies from batch to batch (and even keg to keg) so no points off there.

I still gave it a 3 because it is a beer that many people do enjoy, and it is not a poor quality beer by any means, but personally, I don't believe it lives up to the hype.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - really nice looking stout. 2 fingers of dark tan head sits above a deep cola body with ok retention and nice lace.

S - Fantastic for a peanut butter stout. Fresh, deep, rich roasty peanut butter, roasted peanuts, and dark toast with a touch of chocolate.

T - lighter than the nose and a little sharper on the roast notes with a pleasant addition of coffee. Toasted peanut butter, burnt bread crust, dark roast ice coffee, and a dry charcoal finish.

M - medium body and decently smooth.

O - definitely one of the best peanut butter stouts out there

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Photo of Junkforadam
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells delicious like peanuts of course, looks dark and has semi-thin mouthfeel. Tastes like a standard peanut butter milk stout but a bit easier to drink. Minimal alcohol detected much like a session beer.

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3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

I couldn't get a head to save my life with this beer..I don't know if it was a bad batch or what. Almost flat. Taste was there.. rich and the right amount of peanut buttery goodness, blended with coffee. The look was great, I love the appearance of a dark near pitch black beer with an average %. but I don't think I can rate this fairly without knowing if it was just a dud or not. Boo hoo.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Phil's BBQ. Pours picth black with large tan head. Smell of chocolate and peanut butter, taste follows with very well done PB flavor. Very smooth feel. I don't normally like PB beer, but this one is very good.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty damn good. Tastes a lot lighter than the beer actually looks. Highly drinkable and surprisingly refreshing for a stout. This beer would go well with a chocolate dessert.

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Photo of basildog
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had this on tap in LA. Zero head retention after about ten seconds. It looked like mud. The taste was decent but peanut butter was overbearing. As another reader commented, I must have had a bad batch, at least I hope so. I could not finish it.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little light but the more it warms up the more Peanut butter flavor that comes out of it! Delicious!! Best Peanut Butter beer I have had to date! Nice and creamy!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this beer is wicked good, easily the best peanut butter beer I have encountered, and it wins that on texture alone, although admittedly its facing some weak competition for the most part. my mom found this in Hawaii and brought it back for me, so thanks to her for introducing me to this really cool brew. its very very dark on the pour, coal black almost, and holds over an inch of milkshake thick mocha colored head on it the whole time, really nice look to it. the nose is quite subtle on the peanut butter, I get a lot more of the roasted nuttiness than I do of the sweet gunky creamy peanut specific thing, and im cool with that. I also smell dark roasted barley, coffee, and bakers chocolate that's quite bitter. some people say they cant smell bitter, but I always disagree with that. the beauty of the flavor on this one is that the peanut butter is not dominant, but rather in step with what else is going on, and that the base milk stout is of outstanding quality. its rich and fluffy and layered, and not overdone on the milk sugar itself, so its not as sweet as so many others, it was not a chore to drink a bomber of this at all. the peanut element is much more distinct than it was in the nose, and its smooth and lasts the length of the flavor. rich and full bodied but never too sweet, the roast balances the sweeter elements really nicely with an almost ashy earthy bittering component. excellent beer overall, do not be fooled by the goofy name and label, this is not a gimmick but instead a really world class milk stout. apparently procured for under ten bucks too, that's value!

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Peanut Butter Milk Stout from Belching Beaver Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.