Nut Smasher
Willoughby Brewing

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #76
ABV:
11%
Score:
98
Ranked #291
Avg:
4.47 | pDev: 7.83%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
371
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Notes: Nut Smasher is an Imperial Stout, brewed with inspiration from our award-winning Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter. Brewed with seven types of malts and infused with fresh-roasted coffee, chocolate and peanut butter, this brew offers an ebony pour with light brown head.
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received from @Wesmantooth. Reviewed 3/29/20. Thanks Corey!
Printed on label “2018”. 22 oz capped bottle. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees (Per label instructions) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 54 degrees.
Appearance – 3.75.
First pour – Deep amber (SRM 15), clear.
Body – Deep brown (SRM 30), opaque. When held to direct light, still opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), dark tan, high density with some rocks, good retention, diminishing to a four to seven mm crown fed by effervescence and a thick rocky cap.
Lacing – Excellent! Overlapping bands of tiny bubbles form a sheet coating part of the inside of the glass.
Aroma – 4 – Predominantly peanut butter and chocolate, like a Reese’s Easter egg, with just a hint of coffee. No hops, no yeastiness.
Flavor – 4 – Flavor is a little less peanut buttery than the nose suggests with the coffee becoming more pronounced, adding a slight bitterness as well. No alcohol (11 % ABV as marked on the label) taste or aroma. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a medium hang time.
Palate – 4 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. While I am not a big fan of peanut butter used anywhere other than on an English muffin, this is definitely one of the better peanut butter-based stouts I have tried. In this case, the coffee cuts the cloying smarminess of the peanut butter/chocolate flavor base and generally dilutes it to an “also taste”, not the main event. The bottle label is fairly simple and uncluttered, giving most of the sought info in a clear and concise manner.

Mar 29, 2020
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz undated can poured into a tulip glass shows a black body, with only a clear cola color at the edge. A 1/4" head of tight, brown sugar colored bubbles briefly floats on the thick body before bursting or being enveloped and spotted lacing gradually returns to an edge hugging ring.

Aroma is green coffee bean over peanut and cocoa.

Chocolate and peanut butter flavors are more pronounced as the bitterness becomes more roast cocoa than coffee bean. Bitter aftertaste is subtle but matches a slight booze warmth.
This was the first and only indication of booze.

Mouthfeel is almost creamy, full, and clean.

Overall a nice example of a desert-leaning imperial stout.

@WesMantooth your money is no good here.

Dec 21, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a delicious Imperial Stout (2018 version). The flavor is not as interesting as the bourbon barrel aged version, which was divine, but it is definitely a top notch Imperial Stout.

Look: black with a thick mocca colored head. The head is very fluffy, soft and thick, like cream.

Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, peanuts

Taste: It is delicious, roasted malts, peanut, coffee, chocolate.

Body/Overall: full body, creamy

Sep 02, 2019
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. Thanks Tom for this!

Brown-black body with a two ginger brown head that reduces to a layer of retention.

Toffee peanuts and chocolate on the nose. Cocoa, peanuts, milk cocolate, bittersweet chocolate on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel low carbonation

Mar 21, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle 2018 edition. Black with beige head. Aroma of peanuts, coffee and cocoa. Moderately sweet and bitter. Not an overpowering peanut butter flavor. Well balanced with the coffee and chocolate along with a slight bit of caramel. Very nice beer.

Feb 04, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black with brown edges and tan foam. Lasting coverage and spotty lace.
Peanut butter cup aroma, a swirl brings out coffee and dark chocolate.
Bitter coffee and chocolate flavors, mild peanut butter.
A little thin bodied for an imperial stout, moderately bitter.
Overall it’s a great blend of aromas and flavors, though the feel is a little jarring. It grows on me after a while.

Thanks Tom for sharing this one!

Dec 25, 2018
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Nephilium from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great big peanut butter aroma, with a hint of dark chocolate behind it. Pours an opaque black with a ring of tan foam around the edge of the glass. Slick, full mouthfeel with rich chocolate and peanut butter notes coming through. There's a touch of coffee in the finish, and just the slightest hint of alcohol heat. This is a fantastic beer, and I'm lucky to be able to get it.

Nov 10, 2018
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edthehead from New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark with foamy head, coffee and peanut butter are perfectly balanced on the nose and flavor. Mouth feel is medium to light. Overall very good, and worth trying.

Jun 19, 2017
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Kramerbarthomer from Colorado

4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The mouthfeel on this beer was over the top. Thick, viscous and chewy. The peanut butter flavor was on point with a mild coffee flavor supporting it in the background. Fantastic.

Jun 10, 2017
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Easily the best peanut butter stout I have had the pleasure of trying, but that isn't really a compliment when you consider the quality of most peanut butter stouts. It doesn't have that shitty nutella taste that so many PB beers grab ahold of, nor is it overly dry like so many other PB beers. Instead, the balance between the coffee, chocolate, and PB evens each of them out into a truly unique drinking experience. Try this beer, you probably won't be sorry.

May 02, 2017
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Shogun250 from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good beer, with a lot going on. My issue is that I was hoping for a peanut butter chocolate beer and I got a ton of coffee in the taste. It was good but the bitterness from the coffee overpowered everything. Still a well done beer that I enjoyed. Peanut butter comes through on the smell, lingering chocolate fudge was pretty nice as well.

Mar 27, 2017
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Masonz223 from Michigan

4.01/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell: dehydrated peanut butter medium roast coffee dark roasted malts milk chocolate.

Taste: upfront you get that peanut butter dry roasted peanuts middle of the mouth milk chocolate expresso in the finish you get a big roasted malt or an almost burnt malt presence and finishes with a herbal hoppy bitterness.

Feel: Full body medium carbonation really creamy.

Overall: A really good peanut butter beer. Wish it wasn't so bitter in the finish. Takes away from the beer a bit. I enjoyed this but I think it's a bit overhyped.

Mar 08, 2017
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OompaMentor from Georgia

4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into snifter; dark black with little head. Chocolate, peanut butter and malts excite the nose. The taste is coffee, peanut butter in front and the malts chocolate on the back; its balanced and delicious. Silky finish---Prost!!

Feb 26, 2017
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jws7968 from Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours nice and dark. Smell is of chocolate and much peanut butter. Taste is very peanut butter forward. Beer has a smooth feel to it. Overall, it is the best beer of its style that I have tried.

Dec 19, 2016
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Heard rumors about infected bottles, but thankfully this was not the case for mine. 2016 bottle, smelled fantastic and rushed my taste buds with peanut butter and chocolatey goodness. Didn't get a ton of coffee, but I can live with that.

Nov 29, 2016
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this and I understand the name now. It was like a perfectly crushed candy bar with peanuts was added to this. Loved this beer and the coffee notes were not too strong at all.

Nov 25, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oc bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black in color with a small foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- dark roasted malt up front gives strong notes of charred malt and dark chocolate. Big notes of coffee and peanut butter quickly follow, giving the aroma of a resee cup. It's impressive how much the peanut comes through on the aroma

T- charred roasted malt flavor up front gives plenty of dark chocolate and fig, herbal/earthy coffee follows at the mid-palate, the finish gives a light note of roasted peanut and bitter coffee

M- heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy and silky finish, just a hint of abv warmth

O- big and toasty throughout, the peanut comes through more in the aroma than taste, pretty tasty overall

Nov 24, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black with a convex, creamy tan dome leaving creamy waves of lace.

Smell is intense and creamy peanut butter all the way! Maybe a hint of chocolate and vanilla—mostly that wafer-like maltiness I get from a well-done pb stout or porter, like their pb cup porter.

Tons of peanut butter in taste, with some baker's chocolate and some coffee contributing a touch of bitterness to keep it from getting sweet. A slight boozy astringency peeps in here or there.

Really soft and luscious, tangy and a little creamy, but it's funny that with all this going on it still finishes dry.

Oct 24, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

really awesome stuff here. i was amazing how well the peanut butter could be infused here, so many lousy takes on this out there, its really somewhat of a gimmick now, and very few have been worth a dang at all, so that makes this that much more impressive, well deserving of its high praise. i think the coffee helps bring out some of the nuttiness, its deep and roasty and bitter, and that lends itself well to the earthy sweetness of the peanuts, i think the proportions are just right too in that its a beer, a great stout, before its a flavored beer, if that makes sense. its a well integrated accent rather than something too loud to be good. lots of chocolate here, both sweet and dark, best of both worlds, there has to be chocolate in it right? almost a hershey intensity to it, and smooth like silk. blown away this is 11% abv too, it drinks like 8 or less, really, even though the body is huge, its so smooth and rich without any heat at all, even at temperature. super stoked to have had the opportunity to drink this, it was a real standout for me, and definitely the best use of peanut butter i have ever seen (or expect to ever see) in a beer! these guys should be real proud of this thing, they have succeeded where a whole lot of others have failed. bravo!

Oct 07, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

4 Oz pour on tap into little pint glass.

A: Dark brown black body with light escaping the bottom small tiny khaki head.

S: lots of crushed peanuts, roasted coffee a little chocolate some toasted malts.

T: Lots of the peanut taste without the sweetness slightly bitter finish lots of coffee mid palate and some lighter chocolate plays across the tongue throughout.

M: Creamy medium to fuller but not heavy lots of lingering bitterness.

O: This is a very good beer I just wish the finish wasn't so bitter. Otherwise if you love coffee and peanuts you will like this beer.

Sep 25, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body, nearly black, one finger offwhite head, short retention, bits of lacing. Smells positively nutty, milk chocolate, roasted barley, a touch of dark chocolate. The nuttiness tastes authentic, rather than just straight up artificial flavour; it melds in nicely with the coffee and chocolate flavours. It's a more complex Reese's PBC, I'd say. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, good carbonation, smooth and nutty on the taste. It's not going to be straight up peanut butter, but the nuttiness really plays well with the rest of the adjuncts in this big stout.

Aug 16, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one literally tastes like a liquid peanut butter cup. The nose is incredible with tons of chocolate and peanut butter and the taste is very similar. It's rare to find a beer that tastes as good as it smells.

Jul 12, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter at the brewery
A: Dark (whether pitch black or just a very dark brown I couldn't tell given how dark it was at the bar) with a one-finger head
S: Wow. Peanut butter up front quickly followed by cocoa, then a roasted/chocolate malt backbone then a bit of coffee on the finish. Incredibly complex
T: The flavors match the aromas of the nose just not quite as layered; mostly peanut butter with some cocoa+chocolate malt and hints of coffee and generic hops
M: Oh my word is this balanced. Between seven malts being incorporated, 11% abv and additions of peanut butter, cocoa and coffee I could easily see it being too sweet or showing alcohol. None of it. Full-bodied but everything is in harmony
O: This is delicious. Definitely not a dry stout nor is it sweet. Just complex, balanced and a pleasure to drink; I wish it was a year-round beer not an occasionally released treat

Jun 30, 2016
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danh53 from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As advertised. Chocolate, peanut butter, and nice coffee roast as well. Medium to full bodied. Not sure if it is worth trading for, but it's a very well made stout.

Jun 24, 2016
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a deep brown color with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has a good mix of chocolate, coffee and peanut butter on the nose. The taste of the beer is quite nice, the flavors work surprisingly well together, It's not too much but it is flavorful. Overall this beer is a pretty good one, worth trying.

Apr 27, 2016
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