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.

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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 750
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 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 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 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 KornWallace
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: 12/4/14
Location: Wegman's Allentown
Bottle/Draught: 750ml Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Black to very dark brown in color. Pours with a large mocha to beige colored head. Nice retention as parts of the head never leave the beer. Little carbonation cling as the beer momentarily clings to the glass and then falls.
Aroma: Strong aromas of cocoa and peanut butter. Bitter chocolates and vanilla. Some lactose aroma along with the cocoa and vanilla gives the beer a sweet to almost fruity smell.
Taste: The start is sweet to near fruity in flavor with the cocoa and vanilla taking charge. The peanut butter comes in and adds its distinct rich flavor until the finish where the dark malts and some hops add a bit of bitterness and earthy flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium to medium full bodied that is smooth as silk from the vanilla and lactose until the finish when some of the courser dark malts come in. High carbonation helps to lighten the beer and helps to bring the dry hopped vanilla and cocoa to the front.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this on tap at a local pub, poured into a standard pint glass:

Appearance: Dark chocolate verging on black with a nice, even rust brown head that keeps its retention. Solid lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma: The smell of chocolate and malt is what hits me strongest. I'm not really getting the peanut butter though, i have to admit.

Taste: Lots of malty chocolate on the first taste. It's a decent stout.

Mouthfeel: Thickness on the approach, medium body, some bitterness on the back of the tongue. Smooth in general.

Overall: I'm not sure what I was expecting when I tried this beer. The name "Big Gruesome" doesn't scream delicious flavors. I always hesitate when breweries give their products such garish, ridiculous monikers. But all in all, I was fairly impressed by this concoction, and I thought the chocolate flavor meshed well in the stout.

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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 dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated 22 oz bottle into pint glass at Accomac Inn along the Susquehanna River in darkest York County PA. Dark almost black with a medium tan head. Chocolate dominates, although you can kind of taste the peanut butter trying to struggle to the surface. Slight residual bitterness. Decent mouthfeel but not thick enough to suit my tastes. Similar to, but not as good as, Sweet Baby Jesus. Just another chocolate-peanut butter stout.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

notes from 6/18/2014 visit to the tasting room...
black as night, great nose...super peanut buttery with good chocolate to give it a bit of a reeses vibe. taste to match. one of the better peanut butter stouts i have tried. very easy drinking...overall, really dug it and ended up getting bottles of this.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -2%

- Chocolate malt, raw cocoa nibs, aged on whole vanilla and cocoa beans infused with rich peanut butter.

(4.05) A: Viscose oily black exit from the growler into glass one hour after pour. Dark khaki colored head is frothy, at one finger high with a good rate of retention leaving a full sheet coating of lace.

(3.90) S: Nose of rich chocolate, cocoa and peanut butter. Roasted peanuts, coffee, with a good level of awareness, very smooth and polished sense of aroma, followed by a soothing trail of fresh peanut butter.

(4.00) T: Rich coffee-cocoa base, peanut butter and roasty esspresso. Dark, smooth delicious, vanilla bean, milky notes, rich chocolate all blends so smoothly together.

(3.90) M: Oily slick texture, medium bodied with a low level of carbonation.

(4.00) O: the flavor is dark, rich, sweetly roasted with peanut butter that somehow really goes well together and is not a gimmick. A perfect blend and balance, smoothly silky drinkability, wow with every sip. I've had a duclaw peanut butter stout, which i wasn't to impressed with, this one is growler worthy and an easy A rating. gruesome is awesome

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2%

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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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -2%

Pours a very dark brown, thick, and very rich with a nice caramel tinged one finger head.

Very strong wafts of chocolaty peanut butter all day! Very sweet and inviting.

Tastes like a peanut butter cup! Rich milk chocolate, peanut butter, and booze to cut through the sweet goes down easy.

Mouthfeel is silky and lush, a very smooth dessert brew.

Overall this is a fantastic Imperial Stout with a very balance. Delicious!

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this along with Lil Gruesome with two buddies.

Poured from the bottle into snifters.

A - Dark Black nice Mocha colored head, about a healthy inch. Head stayed for a good bit and left a thin skin with a good amount of lacing. Not much legs but small glimmers of them as you swirl the beer.

S - Dominated by strong chocolate, with a touch of sweet peanut butter. Other stouty qualities but overall the thing your looking for is there. It does not smell like a liquefied reeces peanut butter cup, but more of a stout with hints of the label.

T - As in the above, the taste was subdued but you could definitely tell this was a stout that had good chocolate and peanut butter presence rather than an overpowering/over tasting one. Nothing really off putting and really solid tasting

M- Smooth and creamy. Light carbonation not sticky or cloying but for the sake of sounding redundant a good quality mouthfeel stout.

O- Very solid. There are way better stouts out there but this one is no chump. Good solid base and the peanut butter plays a good role. Definitely present in the smell and the taste. Good solid brew I'd drink again.

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Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting in color with a thick dark brown head. The smell is intense, chocolate, malt, highly roasted grain, and an espresso-like scent. The peanut butter is definitely comes out after the first sips, mainly in the aroma. It adds to the richness of the stout. The taste is drier than expected...not at all oily. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste and a very creamy body. Nice.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran at his tasting.

Pours a very dark black, with a mocha tan colored head, about one inch, with a lot of lacing in the glass.

Smells like rich, not too sweet peanut butter, dark bitter chocolate, and roasted malt.

This blows Sweet Baby Jesus out of the water. Thick, nutty, rich peanut butter character, with some intense roasted bitterness- roasty nuts and roasty malts. Huge chocolate character as well. At times really has the feeling of drinking liquefied alcoholic peanut butter. This is a good thing!

Thick bodied, rich, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. This one has a pretty low level of carbonation. Very drinkable, ran through 5 oz or so really quick.

This one is great, probably the best peanut butter based beer I've ever had.

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Photo of punxsybob
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The reviews I read were on point, tastes like a chocolate peanut butter cup. This IS a desert beer and well worth the effort to seek out. I am going to the tap house soon to seek out more. I even convinced a friend to try this one and he is an IPA fan slowly converting to an IPA and Stout fan!

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Photo of EvoRich
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spring House is such a fun brewery. I love their art work and creativity. Local to me, I've only visited their TapRoom once, but plan on going again. Big Gruesome is one of my favorites they have to offer.

Appearance: Pour with a nice thick, foamy tan head. very nice looking in a snifter.

Smell: Reeses Peanut butter puff's. Peanut butter egg. Easter candy. Sweet. Obviously chocolate and peanut butter

Taste: Not much different from the smell. Like Easter candy. Very sweet, chocolate and peanut butter.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy and thick.

Overall: My favorite Choc/PB stout. Great for dessert, not so much with the main course. Also the first Spring House beer I've tried and what got me interested in their beers in the first place.

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Photo of pinyin
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Barring barrel aged stouts and porters, this is hands down the best tasting dark beer I have ever had in the US.

Just an all around flavor explosion.

This tastes exactly like a Godiva Chocolate Peanut Butter Confection, or as someone mentioned before like a Reese's Holiday Peanut Butter Egg. Closer to the egg version, not the actual year round Peanutbutter Cups.

Texture and lacing are perfect, and it's not as heavy as the name would imply. It has a nice light carbonation, and a lighter black almost brownish color. Not too sweet either. They have the sugar balance just right on this one.

It's highly addictive.

The only issue with this offering from Spring House is that I cannot buy it anywhere, except for the local pub. When I went to my local pubs distributor in Pen Argyl, PA they did not have any left in stock in either 22 ounce 12 packs or quarter barrels, so distribution of this stout is very limited and scarce.

Don't even bother with the Spring House's Little Gruesome Peanutbutter and Jelly Stout. It's not even in the same league.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly tasty beer with fantastic practically written on. Superb roasty flavor like a peanut butter coffee dark chocolate black coffee touch of cream and the peanut butter it's got a good full moth feel smooth going down with just enough bitter to balance all of the sweet

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice light brown head and decent lacing

S-roasted malt, peanut butter, chocolate, light coffee

T-chocolate, dark roasted malt, peanut butter, light coffee, hint of sweetness, mild bitterness and char in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-Enjoyed this stout, nice chocolate and pb flavors

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Photo of RVigz
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Extremely dark brown with very little dark amber head.

Smell: The closest thing i can describe the smell to is a reeses peanut butter cup.

Taste: The initial is of a nutty but sweet peanut butter that follows with a malty dark chocolate that is bitter but has a great creamy peanut aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Although this beer is bitter, is has a very smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: It tastes exactly the way you think it will, very delicious and i would recommend it to anyone!

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Photo of Omnium
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at House of 1000 Beers from December 13 I think.

A - Total pitch black with two fingers of rich tan head, thick with foamy lacing.
S - Smells like someone opened up some Reese's, big roasted peanut and malt smell, some dark chocolates.
T - This thing tastes like liquid peanut butter cups, some toasted malt, nutty, wonderful blend of dark and milk chocolate.
M - Super rich, velvety, creamy smooth.
O - This beer is by far the best one of any chocolate peanut butter beers out there. Perfect desert beer.

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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 jaltland
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- A brown so dark it borders black. Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass with a finger of tan head that dissipates and leaves little lacing behind.

S- Holy chocolate peanut butter. Peanut butter blast up front with chocolate fast behind it. The cocoa aroma is genuine and certainly not artificial. Malt backbone is there after the Reese's PB Cup.

T- Coffee bitter with the semi-sweet chocolate and nut flavors. Mimics a brown ale at times but certainly stays true to its stoutness. Amazing example of a chocolate stout infused with peanuts. I would love to see this being brewed. EDIT: Figured out a distinct flavor I hadn't picked up on... vanilla. It really hit me up front but then fleetingly disappeared into the chocolate. Awesome profile.

M- Medium-thick mouthfeel that gets heavier as you swish it around (probably carbonation). The coffee bitters attack the palate but allow the profile of the beer to present itself.

Overall I love this beer. I've had a decent amount of chocolate stouts and this stands out among the rest. Plenty bold but balanced as a whole. I never got a chance to check the ABV but if it's high, the alcohol is masked very well. Recommend.

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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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Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 750 ratings.
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