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

Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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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Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Springhouse Taproom on 5/20/11 via a nitro pour. This brew appears black in color with a rich mocha brown head. Beautiful appearance here as it laces in a complete wall with a web-like pattern across the glassware. The head remains fairly solid across the top throughout the duration.

The smell of this brew is unquestionably the most impressive feature of this offering. Sweet aromas of rich peanut butter mix with a more deep nutty aspect which collectively comes across sweet with a mixture of cocoa and roasted malt. There is a backing of light coffee and more chocolate sweet indications come forward as the brew warms.

The taste is roasty grain with a light bittersweet cocoa note. Peanut butter is present throughout the body with much less assertiveness then the aroma led on. A light citrus hop tang is present bringing this brew back into more of a "beer realm." There is a bitter almost herbal aftertaste present from the hops which is a little distracting from the overall theme of this beer. It isn't bad, heck it's actually pretty good. It just seems a little disjointed and lacking a driving factor to blend and mesh the flavors.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light, smooth level of carbonation that is slick in the feel. Quite drinkable but the tangy alcohol aspect that is evident at times clashes a bit with the chocolate, peanut butter and roasty qualities of the brew. As with the other stouts by Springhouse, the alcohol is very surpressed for what it is listed at. It's certainly a brew I would have again and I'd love to see them tweak the recipe and clown around with this to be released again. It's a very decent offering, maybe not as exceptional as others have made it seem but it's certainly worth a glass or two.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap @ the Spring House Taproom (Lancaster, PA) back on 5/7/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black in the glass, with a finger of tight and foamy mocha-colored head. This retains with a rich ¼ finger that leaves back a good bit of sticky lacing. That peanut butter character jumps right at you, backed in the nose by darker flavors of bitter chocolate and burnt roast. Some green citrus sits way in the back, as the scent of peanut butter pretty much controls this.

Things are a good bit more integrated here in the taste, but you can still definitely pick the peanut butter flavors up, especially along the back of the profile. The bulk of this however has more of a big American Stout presence, with additional notes of chocolate and caramel, a firm hop bitterness, and burnt malts that spread out into a dry and roasty finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a strong aggressive prickliness that soothes out into more of a creamy crispness from the nitro addition. That 8% ABV is VERY well hid, giving this an overall impressive drinkability, and only starting to show it’s beefy power as things warm up.

Wow, another very nice Stout here from Matt, which seems to be really becoming his forte here. While I’m not quite totally blown away by these specialty-type beers like I once was, I will say that this was definitely one of the better executed examples that I’ve had recently. This is one worth checking out.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Spring House Taproom on 5/17/11.

A - Menacing midnight black body with a finger's width of dense burnt tan foam on top, which reduced to form lacing reminiscent of cake batter all around the glass.

S - Once the head dissipated, I was greeted by an amazing peanut butter cup candy bar aroma chock full of bitter dark chocolate, semi-sweet cocoa and sweet peanut butter. A hint of alcohol also emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Surprisingly, the flavor is not as sweet as I was anticipating, which is something I really liked about this stout. The bitterness of the chocolate works really well with its sweeter peanut butter counterpart, giving amazing balance to the flavor. Finishes rather bitter with a slight herbal tinge in the backend, although the peanut butter character gives a final push just to give the finish a bit more balance.

M - Medium bodied with a really smooth, creamy texture, although not too thick. Mouthfeel is velvety and soft. Finishes bittersweet on the palate, although a tad heavier on the bitter versus the sweet.

D - Who put their chocolate in my peanut butter?! OK, it is official... Matt's forte is definitely brewing stouts! Planet Bean, Kerplunk, and now this masterpiece!

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Photo of Deuane
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My initial reaction---Sweet Mother of Pearl!

A-A thick tan, dense nitro head lies a top a black body of goodness. Head slowly reduces to a thin cap and leaves nice ringing lace.

S-Freshly ground Zimmerman's peanut butter up front with crushed, earthy cacao beans with just a hint of astringency---AMAZING!

T-A healthy dose of chocoalte and earthy bitterness up front with just a touch of peanut butter sweetness to mellow things out. Certainly very good but not quite not as awesome as the aroma.

M-Medium bodied with the smooth nitro delivery one would expect. Nice lingering chocolate and hop bitterness with a subtle peanut butter sweetness sneaking in on the backside.

O-Simply put--An absolute masterpiece! This is, without question, one of the finest "speciality" stouts I have ever had! Amazingly delicious and insanely drinkable!

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nitro pour at the Taproom on a busy Friday night.

A: The stout is dark, pitch black with a creamy-looking au lait head. Dense and creamy, the head looks very nice.

S: The nose is nutty and chocolatey, a combination of legumes and roasted malts. Plenty creamy, the stout has a noticeable sweetness. A much better take on Chocolate Peanut Butter than the aborted version at Al's.

T: The nutty chewiness continues unabated, a peanuty sweetness that has Peanut Butter Cup elements. Smooth stout, roasted and dark, is alongside the nuttiness, providing the proper amount of balance. I'm surprised at how well the two different flavors come together. Easily the best Peanut Butter Stout that I've had to date.

M: The creamy smoothness of the nuts and chocolate provide a rich flavor. The fullness lingers long after a sip is gone.

O: Much better than I expected it to be, the stout hits all the right notes. Color me impressed.

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Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Spring House Taproom, nitro pour and the outstanding reccomendation of Bethany the punk ASSed bartender.

The apperance is that of black velvet excellence, creamy off white head and the body of night herself. The aromas of fresh roasted nuts and toast come through first. The initial taste is nothing but stout, while the middle of the tongue produces chocolate and peanut butter on toasted wheat bread. The proclaimed 8% ABV sneaks by undetected while your pallet revels in the peanut butter goodness. I am praying this stout comes my way again and becomes more than a memory to brag of.

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