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Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter | Willoughby Brewing

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Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee PorterWilloughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
Willoughby Brewing
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by neenerzig on 09-27-2008

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 416
Photo of StoutAar
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer, has my favorite things all my favorites rolled into one.
Great longstanding local pub/restaurant main reason I go is to get this beer. Anytime I happen to see a growler station with this I can't help to take advantage of it.
Nice dark color, really get the smell of the peanut butter. Coffee helps to make it not too sweet. Good smooth finish, quality porter here

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Photo of oldn00b
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a crowler into a snifter. Pours jet black with a thin foamy tan head. Slight lacing but doesn't stick around.

Nose is clean and on point - coffee and peanut butter big with chocolate a bit more subdued. Just as advertised.

Flavor follows with the chocolate more prevalent - coffee big and peanut butter obviously there. What's nice is the coffee brings a nice bitterness so this isn't overly sweet. Its flavor is definitely aided by the substantial carbonation. It is still a relatively sweet porter, but not overly so. The balance is really great here.

The feel here is spot on. Nice big carbonation, full rounded body. Nice drying bitter presence. Light enough on the palate that this doesn't stick around or have any syrupy aspects.

This is a great beer to have with dessert, not just AS dessert like some others I've had similar to this. The coffee is the key component to making this all work so well in my opinion. Would gladly have again.

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Photo of BB1313
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler filled at Save-On Craft Beer in Mentor, Ohio

Growler poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with brown hues; small tan head that fades leaving solid retention and little lacing. The aromas are awesome. The coffee shines along with peanut butter notes blending perfectly. Some chocolate and hazelnut in the mix along with some malts. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. Lots of roasted black coffee along with lots of chocolate. The peanut butter is definitely present. There's a subtle sweetness, but it's a little more on the bitter side. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light and thin with very active carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This has always been a popular local beer, and for good reason. If you like coffee, chocolate and peanut butter, then you can't miss with this one. Highly recommended.

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Photo of zimm421
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly solid black, with only hints of light coming through around the edges. The head is brown, thick and fluffy. The nose is nutty, sweet and coffee. The taste has notes of chocolate, hints of coffee, but I'm really looking for more peanut butter. There's a touch of it towards the end, and if you let the sip linger on the tongue it comes out a bit more. Overall, it's a good, interesting, novelty, desert beer.

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Photo of cl3
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 32oz crowler that sat in my fridge way longer than it should have. Despite the age, the pour looked magnificent. Pitch black with a fluffy tan head. The lacing in my snifter stuck like glue. Nose on this one was roasty and sweet with lots of dark roast coffee. Couldn't really taste the peanut butter, but coffee and dark chocolate were all there. This beer os incredibly roasty and blends wonderfully with the coffee. Carbonation was light, as was the body, but the flavor in this one more than made up for it. I would love to try this one a little more fresh but was still incredibly impressed by this beer.

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Photo of braker649er
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the brewery.

L - nice and dark, some slight head, apt for style
S - coffee and nuttiness and cocoa in that order for me on this one
T - really interesting blend of the flavor a you'd expect, but almost like a deconstructed meal there was some subtlety--peanut butter always sounds odd to me, but nuttiness doesn't. And that blended with the cocoa and coffee were smooth. All flavor a easily distinguishable. Not boozy. Also not overly sweet, which seemed a danger
F - smooth and rich
O - this is a winner! Not exactly a good choice for a session but as a novelty every once in a while, it'd be pretty darn fun. As the old ad went: Chocolate ... and peanut butter!

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Photo of HopheadOberg
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful, full head. Peanut butter and chocolate on the nose, very pleasant. The flavor come together really well in the beer. Mouthfeel could be a bit thicker in my mind but it is not bad at all. Overall a very fine beer, I would be happy to have this one around all the time!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great integration between the peanut butter, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Awesome looking, dark as hell pour. Bit bitter to balance out the sweeter elements. Medium mouthfeel with lower carb, makes this one drink lighter than it should. Solid offering.

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Photo of Getalegup
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark chalky looking brown with zero carbonation.
Has a strong peanut butter and coffee smell
The flavor mostly peanut butter with very little chocolate.
Overall, this could have been better if it weren't so flat.

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler thanks to rudzud,

Pours a touch of head that fades quickly, pretty much pitch black color.

Nose brings big Peanutbutter, toasted nuts, little salted Peanutbutter and mild cocoa, caramel malts and little milk chocolate, little cookie dough, etc. Chocolate chip notes. Hint roasted malt note.

Taste brings a little thin like watery coffee thing, toasted coffee grinds, little acrid note. Then decent Peanutbutter, toasted Peanutbutter cup and mild milk chocolate, cocoa, hint of salted toasted nuts, with little roasted malt and little chocolate chip cookie dough biscuit thing. Fair sweetness, mild bitterness. Finish is sticky, little syrupy, mild bitterness, little fake chocolate and Peanutbutter lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, little thin watery, light carb, little sticky.

Overall eh, it has its decent points, but in the end too thin watery and sticky with light carb and some fake chocolate and coffee grinds thing, nice Peanutbutter, and choc is decent at times.

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Photo of rudzud
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with next to no head. Eh, it is a growler fill.

S - Aromas of nice chocolate, salty organic peanut butter. Chocolate chip cookies, really nicely nutty. No real coffee though.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, sweet, fake chocolate, peanuts are nice, like organic peanut butter, salted roasted peanuts, light roast. The coffee is very watery and weak.

M - Mouthfeel is rather thin and watery. The finish is a bit weird too, almost syrup.

O - Overall this beer was fun, but once again I have yet to be blown away by a peanut butter beer. This had promise but underwhelmed.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

32 oz growler. Pours jet black with medium tan head, quickly dissipates. Peanut bitter smell, wow! Taste is burnt chocolate roastiness with hint of peanut butter. A little hop bitterness on the back end. Thin mouthfeel but smooth. Overall decent porter.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A nice dark beer. Big chocolate and coffee aroma with a hint of the peanut butter. Flavors are similar and are very well blended together to make a really smooth beer.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Crowler into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a two-finger head
S: Like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup was dropped into a cup of coffee. It's got the total cocoa-pb-coffee mix along with some chocolate malts
T: Just like the nose. A great blend & balance of flavors. Adds touch of hops
M: Medium-bodied, somewhat creamy, a hint of sweetness/bitterness
O: Great flavors, good complexity. Definitely a winner

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crowler shared by Curran tonight.

Pours a dark black, with a 1.5 inch white head, and a good amount of lacing.

Lots of fresh roasted peanut butter on the nose, with a good dosing of coffee and dark chocolate.

This is simple, and all the expected flavors come through nicely. The simplicity doesn't hurt it though- it tastes damn good anyway. Sweet, roasted peanut butter is here, but isn't actually the star of this one, surprisingly. The coffee flavor comes through more strongly, actually, which is nice, because I prefer coffee flavor to peanut butter. There's a good amount of cocoa powder flavor, along with a pretty significant roasty malt flavor. The flavor is surprisingly intense for the lower ABV.

This is medium bodied, thick for the ABV, but definitely not thick compared to other larger stouts. This has a nice and creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate level of carbonation.

Though a little bit simple, this beer showed a really talented use of adjuncts. Everything tasted real, and all the flavors came through nicely. Nicely done here.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

@WesMantooth Bless You Sir!!!

This OHIO gem was gratefully received from said gentleman in NBS BIF #1
Pours a rich mahogany roast that roils forth a mocha colored froth that bursts with peanut butter aroma. Oh My God! <cried out like a school girl hearing juicy gossip> The smell is amazing.
Flavors inclide a slightly chocolaty malt, a nice gentle roast, some coffee, and a tad of peanut butter that leans toward malt powder.
The mouthfeel is fine, just under chewy. And the finish leaves a melange of the chocolate, peanut butter, malt, and subtle roast.
But...going back to the nose. Thankfully this is a big can. (Of which I want MORE). So I poured some more, a hard pour. Let that bad boy foam up a good 3 fingers. Ahhh, bliss. I could smell this for hours. But, now the experiment: I start sipping pure head, and it's mainly like it smells. Wow! Peanut Butter with malt in the backseat.
I wonder how snorting this would be.

Thanks @WesMantooth!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this a few times before, but not for at least a year. I remembered it all wrong. It is not too sweet but it is very over the top flavorful, like I remembered.

It pours all black with not enough head. The aroma is Starbucks - coffee dominates. The taste is a chocolatey, peanut buttery, coffee affair, but not too sweet or even malty enough.

I think this great, flavorful brew would be better if it were stronger and sweeter, but it is pretty easy drinking as is.

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Photo of doppleb
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Very good beer. Nice peanut butter aroma and slight peanut butter taste. Creamy brown head that lingers some. Wonderful coffee flavor as it warms just a bit. One of my favorites.

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Photo of MANix73
4/5  rDev -5%

I was disappointed to learn they do not use any peanut butter in this beer. They use a PB flavored coffee. It's still a good coffee Porter, but if you want a beer that really tastes like Peanut Butter Cup, try Terrapin Liquid Bliss!

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

Currently available on draft at World of Beer - Easton.

Smell is all peanut butter. Taste is light peanut butter and coffee. Very smooth and drinkable porter.

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Photo of Bills453
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

I was in a wedding this past Saturday. We stopped at the brewery during the time between the ceremony and the reception. I asked the bartender, 'What be your best brew?'. He replied the one they're most know for is their Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter.

Sweet Jesus this is delicious. Great mixture of peanut butter and coffee tastes. As you first take a drink, it tastes peanut butter. Delicious peanut butter all up in your mouth! As you swallow, you get the taste of coffee and the bitterness from it. Really, really, really good.

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Photo of Brenden
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh the same day the growler was filled; notes are recent

A solid-looking porter, it's a very dark brown with a solid tan head of creamy froth that displays good retention and lacing via some thick speckling in abundance.
Roast coffee and raw peanut are fresh and most prominent on the nose. I didn't actually realize it was a coffee beer (many people mistakenly leave the coffee out when talking about it, for some reason), but the coffee is like freshly ground dark roast. It brings out some good chocolaty notes, but they lie more underneath.
Seemingly unlike some experiences, I found it to be more developed in the flavor. Peanut comes off as fresh and raw as well as salted, oily and refined with a bit of sweetness added. Coffee is still upfront but doesn't keep the peanut butter cup from showing as it should. Smooth chocolate notes are well developed.
The body is on the more robust end of medium, with a nice sweetness keeping with the beer's theme and profile versus a dryness, of which a little contributes to balance. It's got a nice, smooth creaminess throughout and just enough bite for the style.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Syndicate provided this tonight at a bonafide epic tasting... Too many amazing beers. This was poured from a 64oz growler many times... Short lasting dark tan head... deep dark brown brew that allows a little light through... Nose is light cocoa and a bit more peanut essence... flavor is about as expected with dry cocoa and dry peanut, a bit more sweetness would go a long way to making this an upper echelon want. Very tasty, but needs to be dialed down. Thanks for the opportunity Darrel!!


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Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Doing some back logged reviews this evening. Sampled this from a growler at a tasting. This pours black with collar of head, appears somewhat thin. Nose is an absolute peanut bomb. You get some earthy nutty notes which remind me of the peanut shell paired with fresh ground coffee and some deep chocolate notes. Quite an amazing feat on the aroma. The flavor is robust and rich, not quite as peanut forward as the nose. Notes of cacao nibs, coffee, and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is thin and somewhat lacking in the body department, medium carbonation. Overall, a nice incorporation of difficult to use ingredients.

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Photo of brewtus
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark dark brown, almost black with a two finger healthy tan head. Smell is amazing, lots of espresso, plenty of peanut butter, nice milk chocolate, there's other subtleties but honestly who cares, those aspects alone are enough to make this one of the best smelling beers I've had. Taste is equally amazing, starts with tons of chocolate and peanut butter, coffee flavors from start to finish, roasty, slightly smoky, nice sweetness that isn't overpowering, so damn smooth. Texture is so enjoyable, loaded with flavor but dangerously drinkable. Overall, it's clear that I love this beer. I feel like I've had some of the best beer around and this is up there with 'em. The thing that sets this apart is the style, honestly to take a porter and make it so unique is so impressive, it's typical to rave about stouts and DIPAs, but a porter, usually the redhead stepchild. Do not ever pass this up, I wish they bottled this so I could get it in Columbus.

Sidenote- we grabbed a growler at the brewery, the food is amazing too, worth a stop if you're in the Cleveland area.

Well this review has been exhausting

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