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Peanut Butter Milk Stout | Belching Beaver Brewery

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Peanut Butter Milk StoutPeanut Butter Milk Stout

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Belching Beaver Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BucannonXC5 on 08-05-2013

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Photo of colts9016
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really maybe in a class of my on this beer, but my two favorite things to eat and drink in one bottle is too enticing to pass up. I was flipping through the beer menu to see what I would like have, since I will drink almost anything once. I saw this beer and I got giddy with excitement, yah, yah, I know. The beer was on Nitro, so this could be something awesome or a major let down. I really hoped not. Poured into a pint glass with a thick rich light brown head with awesome retention. The color of the beer is a dark murky thick brown color.

The nose is roasted peanuts, milk chocolate, milk, oatmeal, light roasted coffee, earthy, slight tobacco, roasted malt, and wood.

The taste is fresh roasted peanuts, cream, milk chocolate, oatmeal lightly roast coffee, earthy, bready, yeast, and a light floral note.

The mouthfeel is creamy smooth, chewy and it finishes rich.

This is one very tasty brew, it really has a lot going in it. I felt the beer was very balance and the roasted malts was just perfect. Maybe a gimmick or novelty, it doesn't matter to me, I really liked this beer. I will be going back for more.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a dark brown that only lets in a little light around the edges.

Smell is dark roasted peanuts, almost veering over into tobacco territory. It's also got dark chocolate. So, yes. It does smell like one of those peanut butter cups with dark chocolate...

What's there on the nose is also present in the taste, but add in some helpings of vanilla and cloves. Fresh coffee with cream, definitely. The smokiness and sweetness increase a little compared to the nose, but I still wouldn't raise the intensity to "moderate." There's also a slight bit of woodiness, almost like a Brazil nut shell.

It has about average carbonation for a stout. It might come across as thin for a few seconds, but the feel does thicken up to moderate.

As far as cramming every "dark" flavor into a brew, this might be the best example I've found yet.

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Photo of safaricook
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It is really smooth an interesting and what you expect from a peanut butter stout. It still feels artificial to me. If they only could make it from real peanut butter and not aromas.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks, kerry4porters!

Wow, get a load of the peanut butter characteristic the aroma brings! It's very rich and defined, and perfectly balanced by dark chocolate, graham cracker, and vanilla. A touch of roasted coffee also shows up. Not the most complex smelling beer ever, but everything comes together to reveal a wonderful dessert beer - will the flavor follow closely? Surprisingly (for this "type" of beer), it does. Peanut butter opens it up, leading quickly into dark chocolate and vanilla. A gentle touch of roasted bitterness pops on the back end; still, this is all about the sweetness. It's every bit the dessert beer I hoped it would be...shame the feel is overly thin and flimsy (but quite creamy). The level of sweetness wears on me personally; objectively, this one is totally nailed. Great work, Belching *snicker* Beaver.

3.95/5: Eat it, Sweet Baby Jesus

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Photo of papat444
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with decent head and lots of air bubbles. Would have liked a bit more lacing. Aroma is gooey peanut butter mixed with chocolate. Flavor is nutty peanut butter, creamy; carbonation is spot on, nice long feel. One of the better peanut butter stouts i've had.

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Photo of itsmarkalbert
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If Willy Wonka, the Starbucks Mermaid, and Mr. Peanut had a baby as the result of an ecstasy fueled threesome, this would be the afterbirth produced as that love child was brought into the world. Like, it's good. Dark and rich with aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, and sweet caramel. The body is like creamy gelato (thanks to the lactose, which, you want to avoid if you are lactose intolerant. Or just drink up if you are not a pussy and know which bathroom you identify with using when your lactose intolerance bites you in the ass (literally)) . Then the flavor of the peanut butter comes in. Think like, the toasty flavor of a Nutter Butter cookie, not a spoon full of Skippy. It's so smooth you can just keep drinking and drinking until you can't feel your feelings anymore. Which is good. Because you'll cry once it's gone. #belchingbeaverbrewery #belchingbeaverpeanutbutter #stout #beer

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Peanut butter stout! These beers are so much fun. Appearance is all stout - dark body, nice khaki head. Aroma is unreal for a 5% ABV beer - roasted barley, chocolate malt and a big hit of PB. Taste is all PB, chocolate, roasted coffee grains, and a shitload of PB. Mouthfeel is light - more cereal and cardboard than lacto-sweetness or roasted barley. Great beer.

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Photo of SSS
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Black like a cola, with a ruby tint as you pour, the head dissipated quickly and was hard to stir up...perhaps this was because this was an older bottle that I had brought back from a trip to California
S-Quite peanut buttery, with elements of maple and toffee and coffee
M-On the lighter side in terms of mouthfeel
T-Quite sweet and pleasant upfront with a peanut butter flavour in the middle and then a coffee or dark chocolate finish and after taste
O-This is a nice beer despite the peanut butter gimmick. I'm not sure I could do more than one every so often...

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Photo of Myotus
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 50°F from a 22oz bottle (no date) into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Consumed on 06Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with 2 fingers worth of dense, khaki foam. At 25 seconds, the foam becomes extremely porous. At 45 seconds, it has dissipated into a line of foam. Black in color with an orange tint. There is a large amount of very small bubbles ascending to the top. Lacing is thick, but subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of chocolate milk entangle with mild roasted peanut butter aromas along with subtle bitter roasted malt, vanilla, and sweet oat aromas.
TASTE: Strong chocolate milk flavors and artificial peanut butter flavors first enter on to the palate. This is very disappointing because the peanut butter smelled like actual peanut butter. Mild bitter roasted malt flavors bring more balance than I desired from a Milk Stout. Mild vanilla and sweet oat flavors enter lastly along with a subtle, bitter medicinal taste as all previous flavors persist, except for bitter roasted malts, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down incredibly smooth and creamy. Finishes with a mild dryness.
NOTE: I see that the bottle says natural flavor was added, which my nose agreed upon. My taste buds, however, disagreed. It tasted fake and somewhat unpleasant. What really brought this down in my opinion, was the prevalence of the bitterness. I can only assume that the bottle was old, since it didn't have a date.

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

Served on nitro in a traditional pint glass at the Belching Beaver brewery.

Taste is exactly as you would expect for a peanut butter milk stout. Peanuts, chocolate, and sweetness. Bitterness is mild and mouthfeel is very smooth.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Vista Village Pub, Vista, CA.
Ruby chocolate-brown with tan film. 3.75
Big malted chocolate balls with Butterfinger. 4.25
Big round cocoa, nutty cream, salted toffee, and a clean bitter cut to end. 4.25
Cocoa powder finish and chocolate liqueur linger.
Round, smooth, and creamy. 4

Better again than Sin Tax! Super yummy - nails the concept with Souther Tier-like precision. I can see how this brewery’s reputation rests on this amazing beer. 4.5

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Photo of GreasyBuddha
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First off from the pour, toasted peanuts was a very noticeable smell. Kind of like Nutter Butter cookies. Started picking up smores with toasted graham crackers or toasted Pop Tarts with the nose a bit closer. Wasn't much of a head in a pint glass. Flavor is screaming Nutter Butter and sugar cookies. Some chocolate and slight coffee. Not quite the pure form of peanut butter. Nice medium texture, with a creamy finish. Definitely not something you'd want with a meal. Slow sips, and social. Lounging type of stout. Or a glass while sitting around a campfire and roasting some smores. Now I have an excuse to go camping!

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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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