Short's PB & J - Short's Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
First off I'd like to say that I got this accidentally in place of the Uber Goober Oatmeal Stout - which of course is one of the two components of this brew. Advertised as a blend of "peanut butter stout and fruit rye ale" it truly manages to evoke a PB & J flavor and function as a solid beer at the same time.
It looks dark as a stout should yet has even less head than even the stronger variants, settling immediately with no visible lacing. Still, that alluring color is enough to sustain my interest.
It smells overwhelmingly yet subtly like peanuts (basically, it's not an in-your-face smell but it is the major component of what I do sniff out.) with (yep!) hints of fruit and tanginess. Hints.
The taste is where the delicate balancing act really shines. This does satisfy with a roastiness and depth I expect of a stout yet feels balanced and lightened by the fruit ale side of the equation.
It's drinking something you'd expect to be heavy as boulders but coming away feeling effervescent and refreshed, and a bit light. Just the way the jelly against the thick peanut butter on a real PB & J sandwich. It feels substantial but never heavy on the tongue.
As far as drinkability goes, this department also lives up to it's name. I've only one to judge by, but I imagine - and would like to, at this point - I'd easily put several of these away without hesitation. The deep/light divide this thing straddles probably has to be experienced to be understood. It's not the best thing ever but it's a unique feel. One worth seeking out.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2010 05:43:14 | More by optimistictour
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