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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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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 18.35%
Wants: 16
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly SDBW Peanut Butter Cup Porter

(Beer added by: BrewTasting on 02-13-2013)
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Photo of ThePaleRider
1/5  rDev -73.4%

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.

ThePaleRider, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of Troc
1.12/5  rDev -70.2%

Troc, Today at 05:56 AM
Photo of ChrisISO_SJ
1.75/5  rDev -53.5%

ChrisISO_SJ, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of bungletrpg
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

It's too sweet.

bungletrpg, Nov 10, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

topdown, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of usylo
3/5  rDev -20.2%

usylo, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of tally
3/5  rDev -20.2%

tally, Today at 03:41 AM
Photo of I_heart_beer
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

I_heart_beer, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Jimmy_Melnarik
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Jimmy_Melnarik, Thursday at 12:01 AM
Photo of Roze
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Roze, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of heresy22
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

heresy22, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of anon
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

anon, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
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.


kojevergas, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, chocolate peanut butter cup candy, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with peanut butter and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the aromas and flavors seem the slightest beer artificial.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Carb-Overlord, Today at 12:31 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

HopHead84, Oct 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

retry4z, Nov 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

LeeEvolved, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of markgugs
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

markgugs, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tap at The Local in San Diego. Pours brown with some ruby around the edges and a small khaki head. Aroma of chocolate and peanut butter, some light roast, hazelnuts. Flavor follows more hazelnut than peanut bitter, some lightly roasted chocolate, and a nice bitter finish that keeps this from being cloying like other peanut butters I have had. Went well with peanut butter cups the bartender gave me. Relatively light bodied and this came off like a super flavorful but brown. That isn't a bad thing, and this is pretty good. Would have again.

BMMillsy, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of rawfish
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

rawfish, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Real big foamy three finger head. THick solid retention and capped and settles evenly, with a color of head that is extremely light almost brown vanilla creme in color. Body color is a real nice mahogany brown with some seriously dark red highlights on it. VEry nice looking brew.

Holy carp does this aroma and bouquet just rio, even off the pour. Choclate and peanut butter in leaps and bounds, with a nice sweet carob like sense, forgoing milky and cocoa richness, and hints of almost raspberry like fruit. The nutty angle on this is also creamy, with that hint of icing sugar and even more fruity character. PB cup in a glass for sure.

The palate after this just comes as a let down. Mildly sour acridness hinting, with hints of some fruity ester berry quality. Raspberry like milk chocolate and an almost weak kirsch cherry sense. Real light porter body, and very wet with not much roast character or coating through the palate. Peanut actions seems completely lost as well on the palate, and not much malt coating either.

The beer is overall pretty interesting but takes a big 180 degree turn it seems once it hits your lips. Where is the chocolate and peanut flavor on the palate? It's other qualities in flavor are not bad, but you feel set up for greatness only to be let down even harder.

smakawhat, Nov 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

CEDAMA, Oct 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

xdtfx, Wednesday at 12:55 AM
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Peanut Butter Cup Porter from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.