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Peanut Butter Cup Porter - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Peanut Butter Cup PorterPeanut Butter Cup Porter

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 18.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BrewTasting on 02-13-2013

Formerly SDBW Peanut Butter Cup Porter
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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 15
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1/5  rDev -72.9%

Not really sure how you could drink an entire bottle of this. Smells a lot like peanut butter soap. Peanut butter smells very fake and un-natural. I could barely make it past the aroma but the flavor was much of the same. Fake peanut butter and a light, oily body. I usually enjoy Karl Strauss but this one seems like a fun project gone wrong.

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1.12/5  rDev -69.6%

Photo of jooler
1.38/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pretty nasty. It taste somewhat like plastic and mineral water

Photo of ChrisISO_SJ
1.75/5  rDev -52.6%

Photo of brentk56
2.38/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Looks more like a brown ale than a porter, with a clear burnt caramel color; the head piles about an inch of foam and leaves some dotty lace behind

Smell: I guess this is supposed to smell like peanut butter but it smells more like peanut butter substitute

Taste: Like the aroma, the beer tastes like a facsimile of peanut butter; no real flavor development and it is really rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Karl Strauss has been hit or miss with me, and the misses have been very wide of the plate; this may be my least favorite beer from the brewery

Thanks, JesseLara, for the opportunity

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

It's too sweet.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of sjrodriguez
2.99/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Stevedore
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Slater's 50/50 in Pasadena, CA. Poured into a snifter 12/9/2014.

A- Medium cola brown body, half finger white head that drops quickly into a thin collar. No lacing.

S- Faint nutty aroma, mild roastiness, small bits of milk chocolate. Very underwhelming as far as the intensity of the nuttiness.

F- Not much substance to the flavour, milk chocolate and some peanut butter. Not a whole lot else; lacks depth. Still, this isn't a bad beer by any means- it showcases a small bit of roast combined with dark fruit.

M- Thinner bodied, just enough bubbles to keep it drinkable. No off flavours, finish is more of a mild roastiness.

O- Disappointingly thin, not a lot of peanut butter cup as advertised. It was not worth the cost of the pour. I would steer clear of this unless this happens to fall into your lap.

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3.2/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of bsling
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a New Belgium stem-goblet at a specialty beer bar in Southern California. I was surprised to see this available in the L.A. area. Reviewed from notes. Paired with sausage.

A: Pours a half finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and above average retention. Body colour is a dark nontransparent but non-opaque ruby-black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Good for the style, but the head could be better.

Sm: Peanut butter, chocolate malt, dark malts, chocolate/cacao, caramel, and a rich malty sweetness. A pretty strong aroma. Not as peanut buttery as you might expect; this is not a Southern Tier take on the style (whether that's for better or for worse).

T: Peanut butter - especially on the climax - but it's somewhat artificial. Dark malts form the foundation. Creamy on the finish. Little chocolate comes through; that's disappointing. Well layered in the body, but not horribly complex. I wouldn't call it simple, but it neither hits the one note it should nor offers a well rounded flavour profile with hints of peanut butter. I'm not let down per se, just surprised. Decently balanced. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth, creamy, and wet. Nicely thick. Good carbonation. Lacks sufficient palate presence; there isn't much depth of flavour here.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable given what they were going for. They missed the mark; this simply doesn't taste like peanut butter cup. Still, it's not quite the marketing gimmick you might expect. It just doesn't deliver. I wouldn't get it again, but it's a nice little porter. As specialty beer, though, it's not particularly notable.


Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at First Class Pizza in Irvine, CA. On to the beer:

This is a dark brown porter with cola red hues as highlights. Spotty lace hangs around the glass as the beer goes down. I was surprised when I smelled not just a pleasing chocolate and peanut butter note, but I smelled fruity esters too. Is that coming from the yeast, or am I picking it up from dirty tap lines. Je ne sais quoi.

Peanut Butter Cup Porter is not what I thought it would be. A peanut butter porter would have been fine; sweet, somewhat nutty, easy to drink. Actually, the beer does meet these prerequisites. However, the fruity ester note from the aroma is the first thing I get from the beer's taste. Melded together, the flavor is okay, and it does retain an easy drinking behavior, but whether it's tap lines or the beer itself, my sample was not what I was expeting.

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Peanut Butter Cup Porter from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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