Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter | Willoughby Brewing

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Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee PorterWilloughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Willoughby Brewing
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by neenerzig on 09-27-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
414
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
22.33%
 
 
Wants:
203
Gots:
53
For Trade:
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 414
Photo of Florida9
3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, but not quite black. Fairly translucent. Forms a thin dark tan head that leaves no lacing.

S: Lots of toast and peanut butter. Cocoa to a lesser extent and a bit of coffee.

T: Lots of roasted malts and coffee. Roasted peanuts, dry chocolate, cocoa powder, and coffee grounds.

M: Medium bodied and beyond chalky to the point of being grainy.

O: A decent beer, but a little harsh in my opinion. While this one has an interesting complexity, I don't feel as if the flavors really blend all that well together.

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Photo of mholtz35
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer for the second time last night.

A- Dark brown in color with a less than finger width head, which settled immediately after pouring.

S- The smell is the best part of this brew in my opinion. Several people sitting around us had ordered it and you could smell it. Deep dark roasted coffee aroma with hints of roasted peanuts and sweet toffee. I am a big coffee drinker and really enjoyed the way it smelled.

T- Roasted coffee and peanut. I almost expected a buttery taste like peanut butter but didn't get any of that. Very sweet as well, creamy and toffee like. I kept thinking about how good this beer would have tasted after a big meal.

M- Heavy to the taste, but not over powering. Pretty well balanced.

O- Definitely would have this one again. Almost filled a jug of it but would probably be really full after drinking a few.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Veldrid for the trade!

Poured from the growler into a Hair of the Dog tulip, very dark brown with a solid finger of tan head that retained well, rejuvenating with a swirl; minimal lacing. Aroma was coffee-forward, roasty dark malts, virtually nothing in the way of peanut butter, but this characteristic came out a bit more as it warmed. The taste was almost completely dominated by coffee. It was good coffee, smooth and slightly bitter, but where was the peanut butter cup? Dark malts lent a good balance of sweetness and roasty bitterness, mild unsweetened chocolate, and a slight earthiness. As with the aroma, the peanut butter came out a bit more as it warmed, but the coffee pretty much conquered all. For a porter, the mouthfeel was great, smooth, robust, medium-full body. Overall a solid brew, but disappointing. Sure it was good as a coffee porter, but I guess I expected more on the peanut butter cup side, as the name promised, and it just wasn't happening.

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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 Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jale for sharing this. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass at our Anniversary Party pre-event.

Pours a very dark brown color with a good tan head that persisted for a bit. Slight lacing as it went down into a thin cap. The nose is just as it was described -- a good amount of chocolate with peanut butter backing. Really interesting. Some mild malt presence in the background bringing some roast forward. The flavor doesn't hit as hard on the peanut butter, though it is there. Flavor is mostly chocolate and roast. Dark chocolate. Medium body and good carbonation. Solid brew, I'd be glad to have it again.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the Willoughby Brewing Company.

A- Black with mocha colored head that vanished fairly quick

S- Dark coffee and peanut butter

T- Very strong black bitter coffee taste and peanut butter.

M- Medium body and pretty smooth

O- Overall this was a very interesting beer. Tastes and smells like black coffee and peanut butter. An enjoyable beer that I would recommend to anyone to try, although I am not sure I would get it again. It is a fun beer, but I think it would have been better as a sample in a flight because I did get a little sick of it towards the end of the beer, but it was well-crafted and very unique. Great flavor and interesting, but a novelty beer that you kinda need to be in the mood for.

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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 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!!

3.75/3.75/4/3.75/3.75

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Photo of goblue3509
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola like color with a slight deep dark khaki color head which quickly goes away. The aroma is of coffee and roastiness along with a hint of chocolate. The taste starts with a nice dark coffee flavor that plays over a roasted malt. In the back end you get a nice mellow peanut butter flavor. It is not a big over powering flavor but a mellow smooth flavor. The mouthfeel is properly carbonated and not too thin. Overall it was a good beer, it was interesting but something I would try again.

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Photo of adamette
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured into a clean, clear glass by Thomas, assistant to the head brewer at Willoughby. Thomas is a young, affable fellow who was easy to talk with and clearly has a passion for beer.

A Dark brown body which lets light through only in front of direct light, minimal head as the brewer's assistant Thomas reported to me that "they are having an issue with the carbonation right now." Anyway, nice look. 4.0

S Nice but potent coffee smell. Upon repeated sniffs there is also a nut (peanut butter?) smell in there as well. I like this smell. 4.0

T Well, as advertised, a nice porter with the coffee and peanut butter tastes. Porter aspect is a nice medium to dark roast malt. Thomas reported that this is their "Pride of Willoughby Porter" brewed with actual Peanut Butter Coffee beans, not coffee and peanut butter as separate ingredients. Anyway, I liked the taste of the beer and I thought that the non traditional ingredients were there in appropriate amounts. 4.0

M Thin like most porters but I like a bit more body, fullness than this offers. Come to think of it, it had the consistency of a cup of black coffee. 3.0

D Good since the interest level of the smell and taste kept me coming back for more sips. 4.0

Notes: The clear winner of tonight's tasting at the brewery. I wish that Willoughby would do more interesting stuff like this.

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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 WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought the Peanut Porter is a cool idea for a beer and it worked quite well at Willoughby Brewing. The beer pours a nearly opaque dark brown color with tan head that left a spotty lace. The smell is bolstered by chocolate and peanut butter. There was also some roast and espresso. The taste mirrors the smell. Certainly can taste a peanut buttercup to start followed by roast and coffee. The mouthfeel is medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall a very unique and tasty beer.

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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 neenerzig
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on-tap at the brewery 2 weeks ago. Reviewed from notes. Draws a fairly dark brown color with amber highlights when held to the light. Aromas of roasted coffee and malts. Flavors of roasted sweet malt along with some coffee and a small touch of peanut butter rounding it out. Has a very crisp and smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. A good beer all around.

Eric

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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 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 JNewbs
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery yesterday (9/6/2011) while I watch the Indians get pummeled by the Tigers.

Poured into a 4 oz tasting glass. Not as much as I would typically like for a review, but there it is.

A: Opaque black, small tan colored head. The small head was likely due to the shape of the tasting glass, which was like a fishbowl and full to the brim.

S: Coffee notes dominate, with roasted malts and a hint of chocolate in the background.

T: Coffee up front in a huge, but not overwhelming, way. I didn't get much peanut or peanut butter flavor on the back end like I have seen other people talking about. Dark roasted malts kick in after, with a pleasant dry finish.

M: This beer was a mouthfeel stud. I say that because the delightful upfront coffee flavor was wiped away by the carbonation and malts, but it didn't leave a lingering coffee aftertaste like other coffee beers I've had. A+ on this category.

All in all a great, relatively unique beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Aniela. Thanks! Served in a pint glass.

A - Tan, peanut butter-colored foam settles to wisps and a thick collar, leaving behind minimal lacework. Dark brown body that's appropriate for a lower ABV porter.

S - Super roasty, with a great peanut butter cup vibe to it. Dry roasted peanuts, chocolate, lightly sugary malts, and coffee. Potent and delicious.

T - The taste isn't quite as successful. Coffee flavor is overly bitter and is amplified by an astringent nuttiness (think Brazil or hazelnut), and there's less peanut butter and chocolate goodness here. Again very roasty, but unbalanced.

M - Smooth, medium body, with lower growler-style carbonation. Dry, roasty, and a tad tannic, and perhaps slightly watery as well. Either needs more heft or more spritz.

D - Great aroma, but a bit disappointing after that initial promise. I'd like to try it on-tap somewhere or at the source, as I think the growler may have impacted the feel (and perhaps flavor).

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Photo of Naugros
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife was in Cleveland and was going to the Willoughby Brewing Company so I checked their website and saw this beer listed. I told her that she had to bring back a growler to NJ and voila!

It kept good carbonation on the trip home and raised a nice mocha-colored head on top top of the dark brown body. One smell and you can get the coffee and the peanut butter. One would think they'd clash but they somehow work in harmony in both the nose and the tongue. The best way to describe what you're tasting is to think about spreading peanut butter on some whole grain toast and dip it into some espresso and eat. But don't use the creamy stuff, use the natural peanut butter without all the oil. That's the only way I can describe the taste.

The tongue gets a ton of bitter, but that relaxes as it warms. The body is about right for a porter, maybe a little thin. You'd expect a thicker beer from something with peanut butter in it.

Major props to this brewery for attempting something so radical and pulling it off. This beer is funky, but yummy. Make sure you stop by to get some yourself when you're in the Cleveland area.

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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 oline73
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the brewery. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a little light coming through at the edges. There is a thin layer of tan head that leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell: Roasty coffee with peanut butter. There is a mild sweetness as well.

Taste: Bitter roasty coffee up front with the peanut flavor more in the background. Mildly sweet with dark chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild, smooth carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: I thought this was a very nice and interesting beer. The peanut flavor was well done. It was definitely there, but didn't completely overpower everything else.

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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 Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter

LOOK: Dark brown mostly opaque liquid. Khaki colored foam forms and solid lace.

SMELL: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and yes, a hint of peanut butter. Also slight vanilla and cocoa powder.

TASTE: Interesting flavor profile, mostly roasted malts like a typical porter, but with a good dose of cocoa and a small peanut buttery flavor. I was hoping for a bit more peanut flavor, but it does still pull through. The flavor does develop and linger into a moderately complex finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied, chewy, medium to low carbonation.

OVERALL: Kudos to Willoughby for taking on a peanut butter infused beer. A rare style, this is one of the better examples of Peanut beer I've come across. Points for creativity for sure.

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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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Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter from Willoughby Brewing
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