Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout | Spring House Brewing Company

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Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate StoutBig Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
springhousebeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
757
Reviews:
132
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
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218
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136
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Photo of TheDudeRules
1.9/5  rDev -53.3%
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 josephwa
2/5  rDev -50.9%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.15/5  rDev -47.2%
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 TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.64/5  rDev -35.1%
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 mattjcrawford
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.74/5  rDev -32.7%
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 WanderingFool
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
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 BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of madawhy
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of lonewolfcry
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of vinny21bal
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Brushkanna
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

CAN: Courtesy of Schlimenhaumer - thanks, bruv! Canned 01/11/17. 12 fl oz format. Standard pull-tab. Green, purple, brown, and white label.

"Stout brewed with natural flavors." 8.30% ABV. "Chocolate peanut butter stout." (I'm reviewing this as an American {adjunct} stout - not as an imperial stout like many have done - given the label's style identifiers.)

APPEARANCE: Khaki colour head boasts mild creaminess and frothiness. Has a soft complexion and a nice supple consistency. Leaves thick lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes, which takes a good 8+ minutes (pretty impressive at 8.30% ABV).

Body colour is, predictably, an opaque black. True to style, lacking any visible yeast/lees within.

Looks like an American stout, sure. If we're nitpicking, the head could be darker and richer with a gilded shining complexion and the body could be an ink-black. Appears well-carbonated.

AROMA: I always bristle at the line "brewed with natural flavors" because so often "natural" flavours taste anything but. Aromas like this one turn me off; I get artificial chocolate and artificial peanut butter flavouring, but no authentic cacao nibs, cocoa powder, or true peanut (not that I'd want actual peanut butter, but Omnipollo and Buxton succeeded at evoking the flavour authentically). Sure, there's chocolate malt in there in addition to the usual dark malt sweetness of a stout, but it reeks of artificiality. It's not unappealing, just far from genuine.

Suggests a sweet stout with plenty of adjunct. Roasted barley isn't present at all, nor is any other source of bitterness to counter the high sweetness (e.g. charred sugars, burnt malts, coffee, et al).

Aromatic intensity is moderate. I'm cautious about trying this one; I'm expecting an extract-laden fake tasting brew.

TASTE & TEXTURE: It's not sticky or syrupy as feared, nor is creamy or soft (as would be ideal). Medium to full-bodied. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing (which is to style). More dryness and coarseness (ideally from roasted barley) would aid depth of flavour (which is merely average here), but this works. Well-carbonated.

Tastewise, it's indeed sweet, but not cloying. Yes, it tastes artificial - the peanut butter is obviously from a flavouring, and the chocolate is anything but genuine - but it's not a bad brew by any stretch. The two titular notes are one dimensional and shallow, but the brewers have succeeded at executing the premise they had in mind; anyone would readily identify this as a peanut butter brew in a blind tasting. Chocolate malt and dark malt sweetness lurks behind the artificial surface flavours, propping up the sweetness still further when what the build really needs is a source of bitterness (coffee, chicory, aniseed/fennel, roast, char, burnt notes...something!).

I'm reticent it call it a balanced brew in spite of its relative simplicity, but it's not imbalanced. I guess I'll go with "unbalanced." There's no clashing of flavour, but they don't all coalesce into a harmonious gestalt whole of a brew either.

Average flavour duration and intensity.

What really works here is how well the ABV is disguised; I'd figure this for 5-6% ABV in a blind tasting.

OVERALL: In spite of how artificial it tastes, I do like it for what it is. Too sweet for me to justify picking up a sixer (hell, even a full pint would be trying), but anyone buying the beer with full knowledge of its premise would get what they expected. There are far better expressions of the style and even of this premise (see Buxton / Omnipollo), but this isn't a bad brew by any means and I'll enjoy my glass. Its high sweetness means it's not too drinkable, but it doesn't have any heavy booze so it's not a sipper either. In any event, this makes me enthusiastic to try more offerings from Spring House; it's definitely inspired work.

Low C+ (3.03) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of nightowl66
3.04/5  rDev -25.3%
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 XsoldoutX
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of angrybabboon
3.12/5  rDev -23.3%
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 -21.6%
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 -21.4%
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 -20.4%
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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Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
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