Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout | Spring House Brewing Company

Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate StoutBig Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout
BA SCORE
4.1/5
760 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,162
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
760
pDev:
10.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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217
Gots:
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Trade:
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a solid black color with a thin mocha colored head on top. The retention is decent the lacing is minimal. The smell of the beer is sweet and malty with a pleasant aroma of Peanut Butter. The taste of the beer is sweet, nicely balanced flavors of sweet chocolate malt, some subtle roasted noted as well as a nice dessert-like Peanut Butter flavor in there too. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. I feel it could use a little more body than it has for the style. The carbonation is a pretty good. Overall this beer was really nice to try. I would probably drink it again someday if I could get my hands on it.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.4%

From a bottle, pours a dark brown, soft light brown head, very thin looking, but good carbonation.

The nose is peanut butter, a little berry jam, milk chocolate, and a little hazelnut. This makes me think of a Nutella and jam sandwich. The flavor is roasty, a little alcohol, nutty, peanut butter cup, cocoa and just a fain barrel, a little oak and vanilla. This is pretty well balanced. These beers are now a thing to do, some are disasters, but this is a pretty good one.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
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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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer has that nitro pour look and it pulls it off quite well, sheeting lace down the side of the pint glass

Smell: Chocolate and peanut butter - a liquid Reese's

Taste: Black bread and chocolate, up front, with a growing peanut butter character; by mid-palate, the hops arrive to balance out the sweeter elements through the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with gentle carbonation

Overall: Extra points to Spring House for their creativity with this brew; by creating a flavor profile where the hops are more powerful than the peanut butter, the brew really works well

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4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the taproom in Lancaster. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Smells like a Reeses peanut butter cup. Milk chocolate and quite nutty.

Taste: There is a lot of peanut butter and chocolate in this one. I thought it would be overly sweet, but it was very tastefully done. There is some roast that is smooth and mild with a nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a smooth finish and mild carbonation.

Overall: A very nice desert beer. Very tasteful. I loved the smell and the taste. Big fan.

Serving type: on-tap

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tan head that fades away quickly. Dark brown in color.

One of the better peanut butter stouts out there. It isn't too sweet and it isn't too chalky. The vanilla note are nice as well. Decent body and decent feel. Nice and chocolatey.

Dessert beer, but easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
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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3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Taproom, Lancaster, PA

This was sort of "the one I came for," when I decided to finally visit the Taproom. It was tasty, no doubt, but I wouldn't rank this one iota over a 4.0.

Solid black pour with a small layer of tan head that sank to nearly nothing, and left tiny spots of lacing behind. Aroma was very nice, peanut butter and chocolate as promised, with the former edging out the latter, dark roasted malts coming through as well. Tastewise, this wasn't a full-blown in-your-face Reese's cup or anything...which was a bit disappointing, but then again, this is a beer after all, and if I wanted a Reese's cup, I could just go buy one. Peanut butter was still the dominant flavor here, roasty malts, semi-sweet chocolate, slight earthiness, but nothing really in the hop department, appropriately. Body was about medium, bordering on heavy-medium, quite low carbonation, and better when allowed to warm up a bit. Nice beer overall. I always seek it out when it's available.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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