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Peanut Butter Milk Stout - Belching Beaver Brewery

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 747
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 31.78%
Wants: 210
Gots: 259 | FT: 8
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Belching Beaver Brewery visit their website
California, United States

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 Red2678
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
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 -9.8%
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 -31.8%
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 +6.1%
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 +0.5%
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 -10.8%
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 -3.9%
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 +4.6%
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 -20.3%
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 +6.4%
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 +4.6%
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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Photo of FriedSlug
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is sweet and like peanuts, hazelnuts and coffee. The beer has a light mouthfeel. A little too light for a milk stout. I perhaps had a bad batch as the taste comes across as chemical adhesive, charred marshmallow and bitter old coffee. The bitter acrid taste lingers long after the swallow. In brief moments after swallowing you can imagine peanut butter if you try.

I am sure this is not how this beer should taste considering the ratings so I will try to rate this again if I get to try it in the future.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
2.95/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this most recent batch when I was in San Diego a few weeks ago. Although it is the first time I have tried this beer, there does appear to be something amiss with this batch. Has the taste of coffee left simmering in the pot all morning--acrid and really charred--like a marshmallow blackened over a campfire. No head retention, and very thin mouthfeel. Finished half the bottle and drain-poured the rest.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

September 25th, 2013 - Belching Beaver's Peanut Butter Stout is slowly becoming their hallmark beer - the flagship carrying the brand. Whenever I walk by the brewery, there is invariably more than one pint of the stuff on the counters. And it's occupying more and more space on shelves. Beers like this tend to get picked up in two stages, and it is the second one that's crucial for long-term success. First, there's a wanton curiosity. Shoppers see the peanut butter stout's label, chuckle to themselves, ask what the world is coming to, and buy a bottle. Ideally the consumer then finds that this beer - this oddity - isn't a prank, but a delicious beverage. And I believe BB's Peanut Butter Stout meets that second threshold. The smell is closer to hazelnut and mocha, with touches of toffee and pecan pie, rather than mashed generic peanut butter cups which is never a tasty as it sounds. Peanut butter is more articulately expressed in the taste, a slightly more dairy rich version of Reese's peanut butter cups, but adding a coffee bitterness to balance out the peanut butter sweetness. It's good and drinkable, past 1-2 pints, which is a sure sign of restraint when it comes to bold and experimental ingredients.

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

Pours an opaque black with a small brown sugar color head. Aroma is coffee, light chocolate, and peanut butter cookies. Taste is roast coffee, baking chocolate, and roasted peanuts almost (not quite peanuts or peanut butter). Mouthfeel is thin to medium and silky. Overall a pretty good pb milk stout, one I'm happy I tried.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

2.0 A: Black color. Fizzy light brown head falls as quickly as it forms. No lacing with occasional bubbling rising from the depths of the glass.

4.25 S: Gotta say this smells pretty wonderful. Big lactose component with strong coffee and rich velvety milk chocolate. I think it's likely that the peanut butter isn't the real thing, but overall it still smells great.

3.5 T: The taste nearly confirms my suspicion. The peanut flavor isn't from actual peanut butter. While it's not vile like a lot of other processed extracts, it still isn't desirable. Otherwise, lots of coffee and chocolate, pleasantly sweet with a supple roastiness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and super smooth.

3.75 D: Interesting and tasty overall. Still, if this had the real deal in it, it could have been freaking amazing.

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

I am a peanut butter lover. I have been very disappointed with other PB stouts/porters. They tend to have a really fake PB taste. I don't know how Belching Beaver does it, but theirs doesn't have that fake aspect to it, at least to a MUCH lesser degree than the others. PB must be difficult to brew with, and they have it down. Roastiness, and slight sweetness of a milk stout with all of the goodness of peanut butter to round it out. I could have this for dessert. F Sweet Baby Jesus.

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Photo of AlexStrob
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Visual – Very dark, like midnight and nearly black in color; cream-colored, thick foamy head with only slight lacing

Aroma – Aromatic and sweet; obvious peanut butter notes; full-bodied dark chocolate, slight sourness; slight bready-ness (like a cookie or something baked)

Taste – Taste follows the nose; rich peanut butter; dark coffee; desserty; slight sourness; sweet but finishes slightly bitter

Mouthfeel – Not as thick as you would expect for a stout; lack body but it very

Overall – A worthwhile drinking experience. It’s aromatic and novel; not as peanutbutter-y as I was expecting but it makes a great beer-float.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - dark walnut foamy head, little lacing. Near black dark maroon body. - 4

S - airy sweet. Most certainly peanuts. Roasted chocolate, like a slightly burnt chocolate chip cookie. A hint of chemical astringent. 3.75

T - similar to smells. Smooth peanut butter, coffee. Like a fancy cake. Starts sweet and finishes slightly bitter. 4

M - lacks body and thickness for a stout. Watery. 3

D - a curious novelty that doesn't stand out enough aside from the one odd ingredient. Yummy but not astonishing. 3.25

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Photo of BigBry
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, brought back from recent trip to So Cal.
Dark brown, almost black liquid, chocolate milk colored foam. Thin lace sheets, good head retention.
Smell has lots of peanut butter and chocolate, pretty sweet smelling.
Taste is more drier than the sweet smell would imply. Dark stout base, some coffee and cocoa notes, peanut putter comes through at the end. Could have even more PB.
Mouth feel might be just a touch thin for a stout.
Not overly artificially tasting, pretty solid, and a nice surprise.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Belching Beaver's Peanut Butter Milk Stout. 5.3% ABV.

A: A bit over a finger of cocoa malt colored head. Kinda fluffy. Black in the glass; medium-dark brown in the dimple. Slight sheeting. Thin lacing.

S: Oh yeah! Smells like straight up Nutter Butters! Sweet peanut butter. A little sweet cream. It's hard to smell the malts underneath, it's so potent.

T/MF: Medium coffee, with a good amount of dry roasted peanuts. Deceptively dry. You'd think it very sweet from the nose. Seems a bit thin for a stout, though. I wish it tasted like the smell, but it would have cost a lot more, if it did.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into my FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 10/26/2014

A: Black coffee colour body with no thinning towards the edges. Some micro bubbles release into a loosely set dark sandy froth. Minimal hang time which is not surprising when it comes to any sort of adjunct brew. Light dotting and a few streaks adhere to the glass.

S: Smells like a Reese's cup for sure. Melted milk chocolate combines with roasted peanuts to deliver such a nice and inviting aroma. I would say it has that slight artifical note like most powdered peanut butter products do but it doesnt detract from the goodness here. Nice amount of complimenting dark roast malt there as well.

T: A wonderful balance of milk chocolate and dark roast with the lactose sweetness coming through and a more subtle peanut butter note in the backdrop. Again slightly synthetic in flavor but not enough to turn one off. The beer has a light bitterness to it and a very smooth consistency making this sweet dessert brew very sessionable.

M: Light to moderate with a nice creamy texture across the tongue. There is a touch of hop bitterness to help dry it out in the finish. Very well done and not too heavy on the palate for a nice sweet treat.

D: One of the better pb brews out there I would say. Fact is the base milk stout is quite solid and they don't over do it with the pb additions. Will be slurpin a few of these sticky beavers down for sure.

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Photo of Benish
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black with light brown head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: smells like some peanut butter cups! I can only describe it being like a mash of chocolate and peanut butter. Pretty much what I anticipated considering it's a PB stout.

Taste: it's a stout that has a slight cola flavor. The peanut butter flavor is just the background but it plays well with a milk stout. It doesn't deliver as much as the aroma does. The bitterness toward the end really contrasts the aroma of peanut butter. In my opinion, it seems to make a PB beer less convincing. But if you remove the bitterness, it would have been a decadent treat. After a sip, there's a lingering nutty profile hanging around.

Mouthfeel: light bodied and velvety. It just seems a bit over carbonated.

Overall: the smell of this beer is the winner. The taste and mouthfeel falls short of it. This is my first oddball flavored beer I've tried but it sure makes me want to seek out other peanut butter stouts.

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Photo of CHickman
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with a thick foamy 2 finger light brown/khaki colored head with a lot of tiny bubbles popping as it slowly dissipated, leaving minimal foamy lacing.

Smells of peanuts, roasted malt, cocoa powder, hazelnut, chocolate milk, grains and an earthy cardboard smell that resembles dry peanut shells. Very interesting since this is a milk stout doing its best to be like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and it worked.

Tastes of roasted malt, peanuts, dark chocolate bar, brown sugar, cocoa powder, hazelnut, light ashy notes, chocolate milk, toasted grains, burnt chocolate chip cookie, faint piney hops, caramel, nougat and some earthy notes that have a dry sweetness. Best way to describe this brew is a bunch of crushed up Hershey Whoppers and dry peanut shells tossed in a blender with a stout. After the initial swallow the malt comes back with some more roasted notes and trails off very nutty, where it almost feels like that dry peanut butter coating. Maybe it’s psychological but even the feel is different and similar to peanut butter in a very enjoyable way. This is a damn fun beer to drink since it’s like candy and peanut butter at times with a lot of complexities that seem to trick your taste-buds into thinking they are having the real thing.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, yet thick and chewy to the point of being slightly viscous; medium weight on the body and mild carbonation allow the brew to flow down very easy, completely hide the low ABV and show off the peanut and roast elements from the malt. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and that peanut taste lingers on for a while.

Had the SixPoint Peanut Butter Shop Ale in 2013 and DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus Porter in 2014 and I really enjoy this peanut butter style of beer. I eat peanut butter with a spoon straight from the jar so this is a real treat combining two of my favorite foods. I highly recommend trying this if you like peanut butter. It’s a great beer if you are looking for something different and enjoy the taste of peanut butter.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with an off white head. Lacing is left behind on the glass. Aroma of peanut butter, cocoa and grains like Reese's puffs cereal. The flavor starts with chocolate malts, blending into peanut flavor ending dry and toasty. Full bodied ale with medium carbonation almost creamy.

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