Thai Peanut
Right Brain Brewery

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Style:
Chile Beer
Ranked #28
ABV:
7.9%
Score:
84
Ranked #31,115
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 15.73%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
60
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Right Brain Brewery
 
Michigan, United States
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Wants
  5
Gots
  9
SCORE
84
Good
Notes: Pad Thai-inspired brown ale with house-made peanut butter including coconut, Thai chilis, dry-hopped cilantro, and a touch of lime. Spicy yet balanced.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 60 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Brown! Served on tap at the pub. Nice nutty and bready aromas with a hint of peanut butter. Flavor is extremely balanced between sweet peanut butter, touches of coconut and a chili heat that slowly builds and burns oh so slightly.

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Photo of Mommala
4.89/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I love Chili beers. Not sure what it is about the combination that just appeals to me, but I always make a point of trying them if a brewery has this option. GABF , I made sure I hit up any chili beer I could find, and was blown away by this one. Managed to go back to their booth 4 times that night , since I knew the chance of me ever getting this again would be slim to none. I was so impressed by this beer, that I jumped on FB that night and thanked them for bringing this to my attention.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce prowler into tulip glass, filled on 11/4/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby reddish copper/light brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, peanut butter, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of cilantro, coconut, chili pepper, toffee, roast, dark fruit, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bread/light roast malts, peanut butter; and light-moderate pepper, coconut, spice, and fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, peanut butter, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of cilantro, coconut, chili pepper, toffee, roast, dark fruit, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/roast bitterness and pepper spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, peanut butter, brown bread, toasted biscuit, cilantro, coconut, chili pepper, toffee, roast, dark fruit, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bread/light roast malts, peanut butter; and light-moderate pepper, coconut, spice, and fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.9%. Increasing pepper heat after the finish through the glass, but not overwhelming. Overall this is a very nice spiced English brown ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bread/light roast malts, peanut butter; and light-moderate pepper, coconut, spice, and fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the very mildly bitter/spicy finish. Not as spiced up as expected, but really enjoyable stuff. Great balance of rich malt complexity and PB presence; with the coconut, spice, and chili peppers coming out in the background. Spot on base style example, with mild bitterness and restrained yeast fruitiness.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sample at EBF 2016 Brown sugary caramel malt with a light nuttiness. Big earthy spicy pepper aroma and flavor with a moderate to high level of heat. Decent beer.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An undoubtedly odd flavored beer but it does an excellent job of capturing the Thai Peanut smell and flavor with a slight kick of spice at the end too. Well worth another try.

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Photo of RobinLee
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Sweet peanuts on the nose. Initial taste is exactly that- sweet peanut sauce. Then the spice hits you. Fairly hot, but you won't be on the ground crying 30 minutes later. Very bizarre flavor for a beer, but they certainly nailed it.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a dark-ish shade of brown; completely opaque in the middle with some translucency only at the edges where some red tints are shining through. The quarter-inch head settles quickly to a thin, tan collar. Some light sheets of lacing are left at the top of the glass. Pretty decent looking for a brown ale.

Nutty-centric in the aroma, and at first, it's more of a straight-up "nut" aroma, rather than peanut butter. However, with some time, some buttery and cocoa sweetness from the malt joins in and gives off more of the creamy peanut butter vibe. Peppers of any kind or any thai-like spices are subdued, almost to the point of being nonexistent. The cocoa nib-like aroma is stronger than any kind of pepper.

Peanut butter is definitely the biggest proponent in the flavor profile; creamy and lightly sweet with a touch of balancing bitter roast from the malts. Surprisingly heavy chocolate-y presence for a brown ale; I'm wondering if some type of chocolate product wasn't also used as an adjunct? There's even a light touch of char and smoke on the tail end... unique and different, that's for sure.

I still really don't get any chilies or peppers in the flavor, either. Many chile beers don't inherit much flavor from the peppers, rather just a burn on the back of the tongue. I'm not even getting that. Maybe... MAYBE just a slight tingle near the latter half of the beer. But you could tell me this had no peppers in it and I'd believe you. Thin-medium bodied with ample carbonation and a slick, wet mouth feel.

Different, and not the best peanut butter beer I've had, but not that bad, either. I like the attempt at something different, and I never thought I'd say this, but I wish the peppers were kicked up a notch or two. Solid, but something I'd probably pass up if I saw it again.

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Thai Peanut from Right Brain Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 60 ratings