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
Ranking:
#2,307
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
766
pDev:
10.49%
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Photo of ncelauro
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Myotus
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 50°F from a 12oz can (canned on 09Feb16) into a Spiegelau stout glass. Consumed 25Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of brown foam that shrinks to a quarter fingers worth of khaki foam within 1 minute. Black in color with an orange luster. Rising bubbles are small in size and large in quantity. Lacing is small in quantity and thick.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sweet chocolate and peanut butter intertwine with mild aromas of sweetened coffee. Subtle vanilla and bitter roasted malt aromas along with hints of alcohol further boast the stout qualities of this brew.
TASTE: Strong sweet chocolate and mild sweet coffee flavors first step onto the palate and present an instant and enjoyable sweetness. The sweetness is immediately balanced and nearly overtaken by strong bitter roasted malt flavors. Mild vanilla and peanut butter flavors come in last to ensure that the sweetness prevails over the bitterness as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. There are hints of carbonation. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: Another great beer from Spring House. I thought the roastiness was too much. Althiught it was balanced with the sweetness, it could have been toned down more to allow the vanilla and peanut butter to shine through as the chocolate did.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

They recently added this beer to their CANned lineup, so if anyone would like some, The CANQuest (tm) CAN help you out!

The Crack! was nice & loud, so I celebrated with an inverted Glug. This produced two fingers of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head that fell while I CANtemplated my next move. Color was absolutely Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration! Nose held notes of dark chocolate, peanut butter and a mild smokiness. Mouthfeel was creamy, like a dollop on my tongue. It tasted like Chocolate Peanut Putter Swirl ice cream! It was a softer taste than a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, for instance, but as reviewer thebeers said, it was like a liquefied Girl Scouts Tagalong, thanks to the presence of biscuity malts. Finish was semi-sweet & I gave a sigh of relief as some of these types CAN be cloyingly sweet. It strikes me that they may have tweaked the recipe because I have memories of it on draught being gosh-awful sweet. Even so, I would not want more than a couple at a time.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.24/5  rDev -21%
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 thebeers
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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 TeachChefs
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cylinsier
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz.

Pours jet black, opaque, with a brownish tint around the edges. Head is fine, about an eighth of an inch thick, and dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of peanut, cocoa, coffee beans, buttered toast, vanilla, and a bit of raisin.

Tastes of peanut butter, chocolate, coffee, walnut, and roasted coffee. Mild coffee acidity in the finish.

Full creamy body with velvety tingles of carbonation.

A very good and tasty stout that looks and smells wonderful. It would be fantastic, but the taste fall just a tad short of the beer's other characteristics. Given that is chocolate and peanut butter flavored, it ought to have a bit more richness and sweetness to it. Otherwise, quite a good experience and worth trying if you find it.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ConnorSimpson41
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CNoj012
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours an opaque jet black with a huge, pillowy three finger creamy brown head. Retention is excellent and there is some spotted lacing. Smell is amazing. Huge doses of chocolate, peanut butter, roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. Taste is similar, but seemingly watered down from the smell. Roasted malts are more apparent while the peanut butter takes a back seat and there is no vanilla to be found. Feel is medium, but I thought it was a little light for the style. Very smooth too. Overall a very good beer, but it could be world class if the taste lived up to the smell.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick black, no head retention even with an aggressive pour. Nose is mostly peanut butter and streaks of peanut butter impressively stick to the neck of the glass. Big malt flavor and mounds of peanutbutter with a hint of chocolate and a slight phenolic aftertaste. Slick and somewhat thinner mouthfeel than expected with sharp carbonation. Spring house nailed the flavor profile here but missed the mark a little on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jessewilliamson
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sposter4
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimberSwanson
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of THoffner
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of changdulla
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Dogleg
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OGShotzy
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of angelmonster
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black body. Head is 1/5th of an inch and beige in color. Head retention and lacing are above average.

Smell is pure peanut butter and milk chocolate. Seriously smells like someone blended a bag of reeses peanut butter cups into a stout. Tons of sweetness present, alcohol and hops not detected.

Taste is similar to smell, rich peanut butter first, sweet milk chocolate next, finishes with some burnt malt, almost coffee like. Hops and alcohol aren't present, drinks very smooth for 8% alcohol.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light for a peanut butter stout, carbonation levels were good. Wish the head was thicker.

Overall, really enjoyed this beer. Best peanut butter beer I've had. If it had a bigger body, that would really make it world class.

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Photo of QuadBen
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 766 ratings