Big Gruesome | Spring House Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
springhousebeer.com

Style: American 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:
#4,062
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
778
pDev:
10.49%
 
 
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216
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136
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Photo of classixIII
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paullmcm25
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jradar
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of strohme2
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown pour, smallish head. Smell is spot one Reese's Puffs, lots of artificial peanut buttery goodness, and grains. Tastes like pb cereal but with a title more depth. Cocoa, bakers chocolate, maybe some fig undertones, corn cereal, artificial peanuts. Slightly metallic, tinny and dry finish.
Honestly, it was better than I describe here! 1 of the better pb/chocolate beers I've had.

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Photo of YetiMaas
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of CJNAPS
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jamison85
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pulito001
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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

Big Gruesome from Spring House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 778 ratings