Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout | Spring House Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Creamy, malty, and full-bodied, the Big Gruesome Stout is scary good. The intense, roasty flavor comes from two types of chocolate malt and raw cocoa nibs. The stout is then aged on whole vanilla beans and more raw cocoa nibs to enhance the chocolate flavors. Rich peanut butter is introduced throughout the entire brewing process to make this stout even more Gruesome.

Added by llllDrGONZOllll on 05-06-2011

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128
Ratings:
737
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
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216
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Photo of TheDudeRules
1.9/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First off.... Best label ever. Honestly.

And that was the best thing about this beer besides the nose.

Poured into my darkness snifter. Highly carbonated brown colored liquid with about seventy five inches of mocha colored head. Uh oh comes to mind. Smell is dead on peanut butter. It's dominating. Like those awesome Nutter Butter cookies. Man I could go for one of those right now.

When it hits your lips, all I can say is "man this a fizzy tongue tingling over carbonated sour porter!" Gee that sucked the balls. How awful. Sour green apple invades that awesome peanut butter taste.

Smell is win. Every other aspect was a colossal fail. I hope your bottle fares better than mine. I shared this bottle with my neighbors on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. Trust me, I died a little on the inside.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.15/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22oz bottle shared a few ways

A: Pours pitch black with close to four fingers of light brown, pillowy foam. Uh oh, this is beer is overcarbed and is made with peanut butter. Bad sign.

S: A bit on the light side, mostly strong roast and roasted peanuts. Some dark chocolate in the background. Very dry smelling.

T: Oh man, this bottle is infected. Strong green apple notes with light roastiness. Some funkiness as well - the taste is completely killed by the infection.

M: Light for an imperial stout with very strong carbonation.

O: I was very excited to try this beer as it seemed well received by most everyone who reviewed it and I love the peanut butter/chocolate combo. Unfortunately, this beer was severely infected and was undrinkable. Drain pour. It looks like I'm the only one to report an infection on either site - odd.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.64/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Houser for the bottle.

Appearance: Close to straight black with some deeper richer browns at the edges. Couple cm dark brown head. Initially creamy. Drops to a small cap in short order. Pretty standard stuff. Slightly above average carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Milk chocolate sweetness up front coupled with a hint of almost lactoose. A push of slightly darker chocolate and raw nib as well. Some lingering hints of vanilla and hyper creamy peanut butter. A touch of roasted malt sweetness as well. Nice balance of nutty, sweet, and chocolate. Warming pushes a bit more of the almost artificial peanut butter up a bit. A slight candied chocolate thing.

Taste: Deeply roasted with a nutty finish. Bitter chocolate for days. Straight up baker's cocoa and unsweetened chocolate. Some roasted sweetness coupled some almost milky sweetness as well. Milk chocolate thrown in for good measure. Peanut butter is minimal and barely coasts through the back as a vague sort of nuttiness. A touch of vanilla, actually a stronger flavor than the peanut butter. A touch of something burnt on the back of it all.

Mouthfeel: Starts creamy. A medium body with a moderate to high carbonation for the style. Dry and a bit bubbly.

Overall: Merely a paper cut.

I wants me some peanut butter. Where's my peanut butter? An ok stout at the base, but it loses more and more as it warms.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.74/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Tyskie glass.

Speakin' my language with a chocolate/peanut butter stout. It pours a murky black-brown topped by a finger or so of dark tan foam. The nose is just plain heavenly: Imagine a liquified Reece's Peanut Butter Cup, with luscious milk chocolate and hardy peanut butter wafting through your 'strils. Very nice. The taste, though, brought me down from amongst the clouds. Though some residual hints of cocoa and peanut butter remain somewhere in the thicket, a strong sense of black cherry dominates the proceedings. Though it's not very tasty, the letdown leaves an even worse taste in my mouth. I don't think I've ever been this depressed and disappointed in a beer before... The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, it's clear some sort of infection has set in here. Either that, or "chocolate peanut butter stout" means "PB&J on pumpernickel beer", and I missed the memo...

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some transparency. Not much of a head. Very thin khaki head.

Smell - Very peanut buttery. I like it. Chocolate is nice too.

Taste - And it's almost a disaster. Green peppers. Some chocolate. Lost the nuttiness.

Mouthfeel - Rather thin. High carbonation.

Overall - Smells great, doesn't taste great.

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Photo of nightowl66
3.04/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Whoooo doggies...

Black beer with off white head. The nose is throwing my whole perception of this beer. Smells like sticking my nose in a glass of vanilla extract. Even more vanilla if possible as it warms. Overwhelmingly vanilla, can make out some chocolate and malt if I work at it. Taste is again getting skewed by the aroma. Smooth chocolate with some peanut butter coming in late. Very silky mouth-feel. While I say "congratulations!" for trying something new, this Spring House beer is just not for me.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.12/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 12/10/13

Appearance: Deep, dark brown - some clarity around the edges - pours with a small, frothy light tan head - keeps some hints of a cap, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Yes, there be peanuts - I don't think it's a stretch to claim this smells like peanut butter - less of an emphasis on the chocolate, but it's definitely there - some baker's chocolate and dark chocolate - not much else in terms of malts - mostly chocolate malts, some toasted and roasty notes

Taste: Definitely interesting, not what I would describe as gruesome - bitter, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, cocoa, straight-up chocolate malts - burnt and roasty notes - by far the most interesting flavor here is the peanut - lightly roasted peanuts, flavor seems to build over time - touch of vanilla as well - finishes with some burnt bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, seems unreasonably thin, nicely smooth, kind of strange overall

Overall: Moderately gruesome?

The peanut butter is nicely integrated here, but the base stout leaves something to be desired. If there were some more complexity and depth to the malts, maybe I would be giving this a higher score. Some bonus points given for the nice use of peanut butter.

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Photo of cheesy26
3.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not to my liking. Was told this was very similar to Sweet Baby Jesus but I did not find that to be the case. The flavors in this beer did not blend well together.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Mcgrath's in Harrisburg. Pour is black with tight foamy mocha brown head. Nose is peanut butter brittle with a muted bakers chocolate. Taste is much of the same with a slightly off cardboard and ashy flavor behind. Dry bitter finish on a creamy body and slightly thinning out in the end.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Lots of peanut butter on the nose, it tries to even it out with some robust dark malt & bitter chocolate but it clashes a little. flavor definitely skews more towards the roasted, burnt malt & bitter chocolate. Lots of beers in this style make them too artifical / sweet / cloying, but here is one that really doesn't coax any of the softer elements you'd expect from what it is labeled and presented as.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another "Peanut butter stout" that lets down in the peanut butter department.

This also lets down in the chocolate and roasted flavors of a typical stout department.

Above medium thick, but not truly THICK. A good beer, but it does not live up to so many other similarly priced bombers of much better stout

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Photo of Mikus
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a step up from Sweet Baby Jesus. It does not have the completely 'fakey' taste of SBJ that I couldn't get over. That being said it is a chocolate/PB stout, so it might be an acquired taste. Poured a deep black with just a finger or so of tan head. Lacing abounds. Decent nose, mostly the chocolate and (peanut butter) more like a peanut/peanut sauce taste to me... smells pretty clean. The PB flavor is present, some hints of chocolate, and then mostly a roasted malt presence. Could use some bittering. Mouthfeel was a little bit lighter than I would look for in a big stout, and could be creamier IMO especially for the PB side of things. Glad I tried it, but probably wouldn't buy it again. Big Gruesome>Sweet Baby Jesus.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of peanut butter. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of smokiness, some peanut butter but not a lot. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall was a different and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to yourefragile for the bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass. Pours near black with some spotty lacing. The nose carries a faint bit of peanuts plus some roast and chocolate. The flavor has moderate peanut and chocolate. Nothing over the top, but fairly nice. Medium body and a smooth finish with a bit of the peanut dryness coming through. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes, for blind bif #6, thanks to hophead101 for the bottle.

22oz bomber:

A: black and smooth pour. one finger of tan/brown creamy head. 4/5

S: sticky sweet dessert, mocha, marshmallows and vanilla, waffles, whipped cream, perhaps maple syrup and a bit of burnt brule smell. but overwheming marshmallow/vanilla. 3.5/5

T: very similar to the smell, but w/o the sweetness. lots of burnt malts, slightly ashy and smoky. some hop bitterness, perhaps willamette, and some bread malts. 3/5

M: smooth, medium bodied, but thinner than expected from the look, bit of diacetyl slickness as well. 3.5/5

O: a nice novelty, i've no clue what this is. Perhaps a Smore beer from Shorts? But they don't make stuff in 22s, right? 4/5

Reveal: Big Gruesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout. wtf? Ok now that the words have been anchored into my head, I guess I can smell PB, but none of it in the flavor. perhaps a bit more sweetness would help. So confused by this beer, a perfect one for blind bifs.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill, PA. I've seen this bottle sitting on the shelf for sometime now, with not many people picking it up. I guess you can call this a pity purchase. Let's see how this matches up.

Appearance: Pours a black, pure cloudy and murky coloring. Leaves behind a tan, somewhat frothy head. About just under an inch of foam. Lacing is not too bad on the way down, better than some beers.

Smell: Strong, almost over-bearing aromas of not exactly peanut butter, but a nut-infused, dark roast malt. Some cocoa scents settle to the undertone, but actually give the aroma a somewhat sweet aroma. Almost a reese's peanut butter cup now that I mention it. Not too bad. DIfferent, but something I'm not 100 percent into. Oh well, at least I gave it a try.

Taste: The first few sips give off a strong overtone of roasted malts and nutty flavors, like I said before, not exactly peanut butter, but it becomes more apparent as I continue to taste. By halfway through, other subtle flavors come into play like a tiny hint of hop character. Not exactly noticeable since a flow of cocoa seem to take over. Not the best, but different and somewhat good.

Mouthfeel: low on the carbonation end, somewhat full bodied. Not too bad. Finishes sweet to the last drop. Good stuff.

Overall: Well coming into this brew, I was a bit bewildered by the entire concept, but small-time breweries are notorious for experimenting with different flavors and ingredients. I perticually sort-of liked this beer, but not enough to warrant another try. The lack of hops towards the end didn't interest me too much. I wouldn't try again, but would recommend to a friend to check something new out. Well, always next time. Cheers!

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Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with with a nice mocha head that fades to leave thin wisps and halo.

S - Aromas of fudgy chocolate, light peanut butter, sweet malts, nice light roast. Really pleasant nose.

T - Taste is quite chocolatey, nice nuttiness, I don't get much peanut butter at all, it's there over the chocolate but it's super faint. More roast nut than peanut butter. Huge shame as the peanut butter is incredibly subtle.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol nicely hidden.

O - Overall this stout, while good, was a disappointment. Not nearly enough peanut butter to make this as sought after as it is. Ugh.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of cps98
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Missed this one the first time it was on-tap locally so second time around I had to jump on it.

A - Pours as dark as they come with a 1 finger mocha head that dissipates quickly.

S - Roasted peanuts, light chocolate, and some light burnt smell.

T - The peanut butter is up front and pretty hard hitting but then I got a burnt flavor that wasn't very pleasing.

M - The beer was really smooth, heavy bodied. The carbonation was pretty light.

O - I really like everything I have from Spring House but this is one I'll probably forgo in the future.

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Photo of thebeers
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Plum-tinted black with a finger of dense tan foam and soapy lacing. Smells strongly of creamy peanut butter, with roasted malts and some chocolate behind. The mouthfeel is relatively thin, with carbonation cutting through what body is there. Peanut butter is front and center in the taste, too, but much more mild than the nose would suggest. There's a ghost of chocolate in there, and also some biscuity (like a British cookie) taste to the malt. If you ever wanted to drink a Tagalong, this beer's for you.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Caleb for trading with me for this.

I had this after having Throwback's Fat Alberta. I've also had Liquid Lunch and Sweet Baby Jesus this year. BIg G is far superior to Fat Alberta, but I can't say it's the head of it's class. It's good and worth seeking out if you like peanut butter & jelly beers. I actually got more grape jelly flavor than peanut flavor. I still haven't had a beer that had peanut butter flavor instead of dry roasted peanut flavor. I'd like to drink this side by side with Liquid Lunch and Sweet Baby Jesus to determine the best of the three.

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Photo of starrdogg
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one.

Beer pours black with a thin tan head and some pretty serious lacing. Smell is fantastic, like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Unfortunately the taste doesn't quite follow suit, there's something a bit chalky in there with the chocolate and peanut butter, which throws it off a bit. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for a stout so big. Overall I thought this could've been great but it didn't quite get there.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a menacing midnight black with no light at all to escape the edges. Has a thick head of mocha colored foam that fell off to a ring and film o'er top. Loose bubbles and good lace. Nose is robust peanuts. No other nuts just peanuts. There's some breaddy malt with a light toffee and a healthy does of bitter chocolate. No hop character on the nose at all. Taste is creamy peanuts with toasted dark malts a the slightest hint of char. That char really pulls all those peanuts over the palate because this beer is not that sweet. The chocolate stays bitter int he drink. It finishes dry and with a little tiny bitter in back and with the taste of peanuts to linger. The body is thin and the carbonation is medium.

I think this is one of the best examples of this style fo beer that I have tried. It reminds me of a reeses peanut butter cup and with a touch more sweetness it might have really tasted like one. The chocolate really offset the richness of the peanuts which continues to intensify as the beer warms. Has a great balance and the thin body is just what this beer needs to make it work.

Thank you kerry for the chance to try this great beer.

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Photo of wyatt13
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DaveHack sent this bottle my way a few months back in a trade – thanks Dave! Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Half Acre snifter.

A – Pours a very dark brown that stops just short of being pitch black. A one-finger mocha head tops off the snifter. The head dissipates substantially right away, but a thin ring of foam sticks around throughout. Minimal lacing.

S – A nice roasted character, with some high-quality bitter chocolate malt in there as well. A vague nuttiness is also present, but I don’t think that I would be able to identify it as peanut butter per se.

T – A hoppy and roasted malt character is at the front end, before a dark bread follows. A cocoa sweetness and mild nuttiness too, but not much else that I can detect.

M – Pretty thin for a stout; I could definitely use a lot more body here, or at least a creamier texture to remind me more of the sticky quality of peanut butter. Instead, it finishes pretty dry. High amount of carbonation.

O – This was definitely an enjoyable stout, but to my tastes it didn’t achieve what it set out to do. Maybe the peanut butter qualities were more evident in a fresh bottle, but I didn’t get much of that here. Oh well, I still appreciate the chance to try something different. Thanks again Dave!

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a great creamy dark fluffy head hits a finger and fades slowly, nice lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose brings a nice chocolate, fudgey cocoa, then peanut butter, more like the peanut and shell rather than Peanutbutter. Mild caramel sweetness, slight salty like note.

Taste brings fudgey cocoa, creamy choc and cookie wafer, very mild peanut, again more like the nut than Peanutbutter, choc chip macadamia nut cookie. Mild bitterness, and mild creamy milk choc. Finish is drier and mild bitterness, more choc and cookie, very light nut.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little creamy, decent carb.

Overall a good beer but lacking on actual Peanutbutter. Decent nutty notes, nice chocolate and cookie, etc.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Jedwards for the final pre-move blowout cellar crash. 22oz. bottle served in an Oerbier stem. Pours slightly darker than cola with a loose, mocha-colored skim. Nose is incredible - peanut butter cups - not much more to say here. Taste is somewhat dull - peanut butter is quite diminished and the overall flavor is a bit dull. I get baker's chocolate and an ashy/earthy quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation. Overall - the nose on this beer is nothing short of fantastic, but it falls apart with the flavor and mouthfeel.

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