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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Photo of Nugganooch
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle – NYC bottle share with mdfb79 Thanks Dan!
12/12/13 – Served in a Duvel tulip glass

A: Motor oil black with a glazed look and slight coffee brown edge. Evident carbonation produces about a half finger of fading dark khaki foam. Low amount of stick remains really just some oily alcohol legs left behind.

S: Smells like peanut butter chocolate pie for real. Has a great dessert like quality to it with equal parts peanut butter to chocolate coming through. Most of the malt character is hidden behind the two dominant characters. Semi sweet overall with light hints of coffee and caramel latte on the backend. Surprisingly spot on for the nose.

T: Tastes like effin’ Reese’s cups man. Creamy roast peanuts meld with some bitter chocolate truffles. Really nice in the beginning. There is a faint hint of coffee in the mix which is nice but the beer takes a slight turn from there. Has a touch of Tootsie Roll or Dr. Pepper and a big ashy char at the finish. Dry and somewhat acrid but with a low to moderate bitterness. The alcohol is completely masked throughout so there is some decent balance. But the chocolate and peanut butter tend to get powdery here which is a bit of a turn off for me. Slight step down from the nose.

M: Moderate to lighter body for a stout. A touch thin if you will. Still has a nice creaminess to the texture with some mild slickness. Very dry and chalky at the finish though.

D: A good dessert beer that definitely delivers on the PB and chocolate. Nice because it is not terribly thick or loaded with syrupy sweets. I do think the base beer has some minor flaws and in the end it struggles to stand up to the adjuncts. My biggest gripe was the chalky mouth feel and ashy finish. Otherwise a really fun beer to try and worth checking out.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.24.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a dark tan head that fades very slowly to the edges.

S - Very strong coffee and some slight chocolate sweetness.

T - Chocolate, peanut butter and coffee finish.

D - Good carbonation and a heavy body.

O - Stronge coffee with the advertised peanuts and chocolate.

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Photo of FlakyBiscuit
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up this bomber bottle about 4 months ago and cracked it open looking for a liquid dessert. Gruesome did not disappoint. Poured thick black into a wide tulip glass with half inch of light caramel colored head. Wonderful smell of vanilla and peanut butter. These "novelty" beers scare me as they often tend to be overly sweet or lack the flavor it promotes ( like peanut butter). This one however, succeeded on both notes. The flavor is slightly sweet with vanilla notes hitting first followed by peanut butter and then a cocoa roasty finish. The mouthfeel is thick but as I expected for a beer of this abv and depth.

Seek this out. It is not an everyday beer but a perfect accompaniment for dessert or dessert on its own. Great complexity and a beer that delivers peanut butter flavor with vanilla notes yet offset by a nice hop balance. A real treat.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.12/5  rDev -23.5%
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 Goblinmunkey7
2.64/5  rDev -35.3%
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 micromaniac129
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the best smelling beer ever had with a possible exception of KBS as far as stouts and porters.
It came out looking like your prototypical stout. Dark black with an easy inch head the color of light mocha beige.
After that I then took a sniff, hello. It was awesome baby, rich chocolate and fresh coffee with cream. The peanut butter was subtle and really complimented the other aromas quite well.
The peanut butter was complimentory in the taste too staying in the background and balancing well with the rich roasted malts and chocolate. There was a fresh roasted coffee taste too that blended well in thee nose too.
I shied away from this beer but being that I'm getting close to a thousand reviews I gave it a shot for number purposes you see. A good move on my part.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. Purchased the beer on a recent trip to PA.

The beer pours a deep dark chocolate hue with brown frothy head of 2-3 cm foaming up. The head is tightly packed and fades to an edge layer with 1 large wispy island in the center of the beer.
Aroma is dry cocoa and dark chocolate, with a little sweet malt mixed in and with dry roasted peanut notes in the background. Not so much peanut butter as the whole nut.

The first sip reveals a fairly thick body with soft rolling carbonation. Texture is silky smooth and the beer drinks very easy.

Flavor is roasted malt and chocolate bar with hints of brown sugar and a little peanut butter. Generally a malt forward beer with a little roasted dryness on the finish. I dont get any booze or hops in the drinking.

An interesting beer and the peanut butter isnt as strong as I feared upon buying the bottle. The nose is pleasant and nutty aromas are nice. Not too much on the flavor and an enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of peanut butter. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of smokiness, some peanut butter but not a lot. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall was a different and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber split between tulips. acquired at their Lancaster, PA taphouse. no bottled on date.

A: pours a very dark brown. pretty opaque. head is brownish/white and is frothy. good retention and clumpy lacing.

S: definitely smells like peanut butter, which is certainly not a usual aroma in beer. bitter chocolate. dry.

T: there is a lot going on here. a rich oat/toast flavor backs the more intense flavors that include chocolate, coffee, peanut butter, even some vanilla. bitter, but not too much. not getting a hint of heat or any hop character, however im sure that was not their intention.

M: a slightly subtle carb on a full body.

D: pretty enjoyable brew. lives up to the name/description on the label. a lot of peanut butter and a lot of chocolate. if you are a fan of the unconventional when it comes to beer, this is definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. no date, but bought recently.

opaque black, tan head. great head retention and lacing. aroma is pretty spot on. sweet chocolate and sugary peanut butter aroma. taste keeps the flavor, but isn't as sweet. more of a dry aftertaste. on the thicker side. silky smooth body and carbonation.
overall - a good beer, better than just a gimmick.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm. This is not quite what I was expecting. Very chalky on this one, in a way that seems like too much cocoa powder was added into things. Coffee in the mix. This very much lacks balance. Kind of a thick and clogged with each aspect standing alone and not meshing together. Not really working for me.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, brown head, mediocre retention.

Aroma: peanut butter, chocolate, roast. Quite like a Reese's.

Taste: more chocolate than peanut butter, PB is light, some roast and char notes.

Mouthfeel: medium body, not too thick, definitely the least enjoyable part, but not bad at all.

Overall: lots to like. I imagine a peanut butter stout isn't easy (if you use real peanut butter), so props there cuz it's nice with both the PB and chocolate.

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Photo of fdig23
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at TJs in Paoli.

Appearance: Pitch black with a nice thin tan head.

Nose: One of the most enticing noses on a stout. Super creamy coffee, loads of sweet, candylike peanut butter, and some mild bitter chocolate. Smells like dessert and breakfast coffee all in one.

Taste: The taste is definitely a let-down at first after getting a whiff of that nose, but as this beer warms up and the peanut butter comes through it really shines. There's tons of very bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, and astringent ashy charcoal. As it warms a nice, sweet, rich peanut butter and milk chocolate flavor appears. This is extremely easy-drinking for both the ABV and ingredients. If only it could deliver on that aroma...

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit thin for the style. I think a big, thick body may have helped carry the bigger flavors hidden inside better. As it is, it drinks very easy, like a stout half its size, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Overall: Between this and Planet Bean, I'd say Spring House knows what they're doing with stouts. Both are big in flavor and aroma, but drinkable and not daunting in any way.

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Photo of deg
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer poured dark. Not quite opaque black, but close. Head was a dark coffee color. I picked up the smell of chocolate. I took a taste. Very nice, though not quite what I expected. I picked up a chocolate cherry flavor, which I did not expect but was pleasant. The peanut butter taste was light, I almost missed it. I heard from long time fans of the beer that last year's batch had a heavier peanut butter taste than this year, so that would explain what I tasted. I noticed a nice roastiness and a little alcohol warmth.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a menacing midnight black with no light at all to escape the edges. Has a thick head of mocha colored foam that fell off to a ring and film o'er top. Loose bubbles and good lace. Nose is robust peanuts. No other nuts just peanuts. There's some breaddy malt with a light toffee and a healthy does of bitter chocolate. No hop character on the nose at all. Taste is creamy peanuts with toasted dark malts a the slightest hint of char. That char really pulls all those peanuts over the palate because this beer is not that sweet. The chocolate stays bitter int he drink. It finishes dry and with a little tiny bitter in back and with the taste of peanuts to linger. The body is thin and the carbonation is medium.

I think this is one of the best examples of this style fo beer that I have tried. It reminds me of a reeses peanut butter cup and with a touch more sweetness it might have really tasted like one. The chocolate really offset the richness of the peanuts which continues to intensify as the beer warms. Has a great balance and the thin body is just what this beer needs to make it work.

Thank you kerry for the chance to try this great beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$7.75 bomber from Abe's.

Body is total darkness, no highlights. Two fingers of medium tan dense foam.

Aggressive peanut butter aroma is inviting. Strong chocolate support.

Taste actually starts with a splash of coffee, before giving way to dark chocolate. The peanut butter does not register until after the swallow, but its big when it arrives and stays awhile.

Smooth slick mouthfeel. Could be a shade fuller.

After finding Robot Factory and She Monster to be only so so, this pleasantly impresses.

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Photo of haazer
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Black brew with a light mocha head. Leaves a nice bit of lacing down the glass as you drink.

S - This is where I pick up the most peanut butter. The biggest thing about this beer for me is a chocolate wafer. That's the most distinct character.

T - Save the whole malt stout description routine. Chocolate crisp wafer is this beer. Maybe a little bit of peanut butter on the backend. Just delicious.

M - Medium bodied, low to mid carbonation. Very creamy.

O - Definitely as good as I thought it would be. Peanut butter is probably hard to make in beer, by this is a great effort. The chocolate wafer crisp is incredible. Will grab this any time I see it.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a dark black with a full tan head. Head disappates relatively quickly. Leaves some good streaked lacing on the glass.

S: Reese's peanut butter cup. Strong peanut butter aroma and chocolate.

T: Lots of malting up front and quickly turns to a peanut butter cup. This is a great re-creation via beer. Strong peanut butter on the finish - lingers nicely for a while.

M: Heavy brew - lots of body. Dessert.

O: Awesome.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Jedwards for the final pre-move blowout cellar crash. 22oz. bottle served in an Oerbier stem. Pours slightly darker than cola with a loose, mocha-colored skim. Nose is incredible - peanut butter cups - not much more to say here. Taste is somewhat dull - peanut butter is quite diminished and the overall flavor is a bit dull. I get baker's chocolate and an ashy/earthy quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation. Overall - the nose on this beer is nothing short of fantastic, but it falls apart with the flavor and mouthfeel.

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

I admit it, the name attracted me along with the fact it is brewed locally.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a stout glass.

A: Pours a deep dark opaque brown with a thick and dense tan head that is long lasting.

S: Peanut butter, chocolate, coffee and malty.

T: Interesting. First off the peanut butter followed by bittersweet chocolate and dark malts with a roasted coffee aftertaste.

M: Thick and satisfying. Not cloying.

O: I like this. Very interesting and different from the run of the mill stouts. I will buy this again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
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 wyatt13
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DaveHack sent this bottle my way a few months back in a trade – thanks Dave! Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Half Acre snifter.

A – Pours a very dark brown that stops just short of being pitch black. A one-finger mocha head tops off the snifter. The head dissipates substantially right away, but a thin ring of foam sticks around throughout. Minimal lacing.

S – A nice roasted character, with some high-quality bitter chocolate malt in there as well. A vague nuttiness is also present, but I don’t think that I would be able to identify it as peanut butter per se.

T – A hoppy and roasted malt character is at the front end, before a dark bread follows. A cocoa sweetness and mild nuttiness too, but not much else that I can detect.

M – Pretty thin for a stout; I could definitely use a lot more body here, or at least a creamier texture to remind me more of the sticky quality of peanut butter. Instead, it finishes pretty dry. High amount of carbonation.

O – This was definitely an enjoyable stout, but to my tastes it didn’t achieve what it set out to do. Maybe the peanut butter qualities were more evident in a fresh bottle, but I didn’t get much of that here. Oh well, I still appreciate the chance to try something different. Thanks again Dave!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with an extremely creamy, toffee colored head!

S - Cream, cocoa powder, vanilla, light caramel.

T - Cocoa powder, vanilla cream, dark roasted chocolate , and some caramel. Finishes with a moderate dark chocolate bitterness intermingled with creme.

M - Mild pricklies with a creamy finish.

O - A nice, creamy stout with a good balance between biterrness.

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Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown with half a finger of fizzy head. There is not much head retention, but what sticks around leaves nice lacing on the glass. The nose has mild chocolate notes. Chocolate and peanut butter notes are definitely present in the taste, but this is no super-sweet dessert beer by any means. In spite of the interesting tastes, the overall flavor profile of this offering is thin for a stout, let alone a double stout. There is a good dose of bitterness on the finish which really completes a unique experience.

Not strictly on point for style, but a must try without a doubt.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Stormking47 for this one!

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Reeses peanut butter cup

T: Cocoa, roastyness & a touch of peanuts up front. Bitter cocoa, peanuts, & a bit of peanut butter cookie once warm, plus roastyness & a smidge of charred grain. Finishes roasty, dry with cocoa & peanut butter & a touch of booze bite

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation

A decent IMP stout, was looking for more chocolate & peanut butter, worth a shot to be sure

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Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
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