Lil' Gruesome
Spring House Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #98
Ranked #26,015
3.79 | pDev: 13.98%
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Lil' G is not intimidated by his larger counter-part, Big Gruesome. An extremely rich and complex beer, the addition of raspberries during the fermentation process results in an reddish opaque color with nice chocolate notes. Like the Big G, rich peanut butter is introduced throughout the entire brewing process to make this stout even more Gruesome.
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Photo of Cylinsier
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Pours opaque black, tan head dissipates to a ring.

Aroma is of fresh peanuts, berries, toast, caramel and coffee.

Flavor is of raspberry jam, fresh roasted peanuts, peanut butter, toast and coffee beans.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Very peanut forward. The peanut flavor is pleasant. It's countered by the jam flavors, but they don't really blend, just sit next to each other. Drinks pretty easy. Tastes pretty good overall and worth a try.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap served in a pint glass

the color is dark brown with light beige head. The smell is mild with nutty roast aroma. The feel is good nice balance of sweet maltiness with mostly dry finish.

This is a good beer generally speaking, but I was expecting more of a sweet fruit taste to bring to mind the jelly part which I did get slightlly but I would say it is not as peanutty as Big. I don't think I would go out of my to try this again but it is not bad

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Photo of W_Des
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose has a great Smucker's grape jam in the front with some solid peanut in the back. The body is really good with a sweet jam forward flavor followed by some breadiness and peanut butter. This is PB & J done right as a beer.

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Photo of Ryften
4.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rich & deep peanut butter stout, with a few light & fruity notes. Looks & smells amazing. A little thinner on the mouth than I would like, but a stellar overall beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours black with ruby highlights at the edge; a bit of a bubble show creates a tan head; a few strands of lace linger

Smell: Each whiff detects another aspect of the PB&J; I can't get them together at one time, but the bread, peanut butter and jelly are all there

Taste: Peanut butter, up front, with the jelly quickly arriving; the two flavors congeal through the middle; after the swallow, there is a hint of burnt toast and nutskin bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A gimmick beer, for sure, but a well executed gimmick; been a while since I had No Crusts, but this is not far behind

Thanks, justanewby, for the opportunity

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

notes from 6/18/2014 visit to the tasting room...
looks the same as big gruesome, black as night. nose on this one was fairly muted peanut butter. the jelly shows itself on the flavor. the combo of the jelly with the peanut butter is certainly interesting, but it works in this beer. definitely not as good as it's big counterpart, but i still nabbed a bottle for a closer look at home and found the bottle to be the same...good, not great.

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Photo of Flight317
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

Pours a dark brown and settles a bit darker. I was thinking I would get a bit more "jelly" or berry flavor because this is labeled a fruit/vegetable beer. The peanut taste is the star here for sure. A lighter mouthful than most stouts but it's very easy drinking. I don't know the price or format because this was a trade beer but I could see myself getting a 6er of this if it were local for a rainy day. Not bad, but not special either

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Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

22oz bottle.
Dark thick ale with a rich, well balanced flavor and aromatic profile.
Creamy smooth. Peanut butter lends more of an enticing very nutty note than just one that's specifically pb. Subtle contribution of (grape?) jelly.
Fine, rich, nut bread aftertaste.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a very dark purple, with sapphire tint in direct sunlight, very pretty.

Smells like a PB&J! Boy that smell takes me back, this is straight up peanut butter & jelly!

Tastes just like a PB&J sammich!

Mouthfeel is sticky, but rather thin. Somewhat off putting. I was hoping the peanut butter was more prevalent and thus thicker.

Overall I thought the smell and taste of this are great, but it was rather thin and the liquid jelly-ness I got was slightly off putting.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed, very dark brown with a off white head. A bit of lace is left behind. Aroma is full of peanut, roast, and some berry. Peanut beer has a distinct nutty, malty smell and taste kind of like Nutella.

The taste is full on peanut butter, with a tip of the tongue hop and berry acidity. Roasted malt adds a subtle chocolate, char and coffee flavor. The aftertaste has a bit of the pb&j influence but this is more of a peanut butter stout than anything in the taste. Fair bitterness and slight pine reminds you this is a beer. Full bodied, creamy, a bit sweet. Interesting stuff. A behemoth of taste.

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Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a solidly black beer, capped with a light brown frothy head. The head is long-lived and dense. The aroma is rich...full with roasted grain, a touch of malt, and lots of roasty, burned, and intense notes. There is also a hint of alcohol and peanut...I didn't smell it at first, but it grows through the beer. The taste is balanced, with some alcohol warming. The berries come out more in the taste and are not really present in the smell. Full body.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good viscous pour, with a deep deep brown coloring and a light and fleeting head.

The nose is light and tempered but it's got a peanut butter and Reese's peanut butter cup aroma.

The flavor is peanut butter, a quick flash of sweet grape jelly, than a chocolatey malt. It finishes with a raw peanut flavor.

The feel is light and kind of thin especially with how thick it poured.

This is a nice treat, a relatively simple approach and a worthy try.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a decent tan head and some lacing

S-dark malt, chocolate, peanut butter, hint of sweetness and fruit

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, peanut butter, berries, hint of coffee

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-well done, difficult to pull this off, but I applaud this effort and look forward to enjoying it again

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - very dark brown with about an inch of khaki head. Pretty good retention leaves a bunch of lacing and thin layer of tan on top of the brew until the glass is empty.

S - The smell is fantastic!! Roasted nuts and peanut butter with some cream-like sweetness in there.

T - Up front, the taste matches the smell almost identically. Bready, roasty, nutty. About mid-sip a fruity tartness comes through, almost like cran-grape juice. The two flavors don't combine flawlessly, but the effort is there, and it is quite apparent what the brewers were going for.

M - Medium body and carbonation, and leaves behind a slight dryness.

O - I bought this one on a whim out of curiosity, knowing it could have been surprisingly good or a terrible attempt at recreating a sandwich in the form of a beer. Overall, I probably won't buy it again, but I'm glad I tried it. Definitely an interesting one, combining roasty and tart, but I believe they pulled it off fairly well.

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Photo of Stevedore
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- dark brown, nearly black body, one finger brown head with minimal retention, some lacing.

S- Fairly odd but distinct fruit sweetness, nuttiness, a bit of chocolate malt. Though there is still something off about the nuttiness, as if it's stale, oxidized peanut butter rather than the crisp smell of a freshly opened peanut butter jar. It's not bad, but certainly not very promising.

F- Not good. It's somewhat difficult to describe. The nuttiness is here, but like in the nose, there is clearly something wrong with it; likely it has gotten very stale. There is some sort of rotten fruit sweetness that clashes with the stale nuttiness. The only thing left is some milk chocolate and coffee from the base malt, but it's all still very muddled by the other adjuncts. It's not a very enjoyable flavour profile at all.

M- Thinner bodied, OK carbonation, but simply just not a beer I want to ever drink again.

O- It's been in the fridge the entire time, but I have a feeling that this beer was still not going to be particularly drinkable fresh. The flavours clash completely and absolutely fall apart when it gets warmer.

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Photo of punxsybob
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this Stout from a bottle after wondering if anyone made a PBnJ beer. The beer was good but had an oddly tart finish from the raspberries. (too much rasp in the berries ?) I just had this fresh from a growler, fresh from Spring House Tap Room, and it was terrific! I had to change my rating and write a review.
The Appearance was still so dark that you have to taste it to see what's inside.
The smell was like that of a BPnJ sandwich, sounds odd but that's what it smells like.
The taste is like, having a really good stout beer along with your PBnJ for lunch. (or breakfast)
Mouthfeel is thicker than a beer but not too thick like a meal, kind of like a snack!
Overall I will be going back to the Tap Room for this over and over.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler pour into a tulip pint.

Black with 1-2 fingers of tan head with good retention.

Milk chocolate, caramel, roasted barley, and concord grape. Hints of peanut butter.

Milk chocolate and roasted barley. Concord grape with hints of peanut butter. Touches of raspberry.

Medium bodied, smooth, and slightly silky.

The PB&J is captured quite well. I like.

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Photo of 57md
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a dark brown color with a finger of tan head that took dissipated steadily but slowly. The nose had some roast but not much else. The most prominent flavor upfront is not the alleged peanut butter or jelly, but rather chocolate. There is some essence of peanut butter on the finish.

I generally like Spring House offerings, but I must confess that they border on gimmicky. This one is no different.

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Photo of tviz33
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a snifter.

A- Pours one finger worth of light brown creamy head with an almost black body. The head rises up really pretty on the first pour.

S- This is about as close to peanut butter and jelly smell in a beer as you can get. Peanut butter for sure, with coffee and some berry there too.

T- Again, this is a pretty good interpretation of a PB&J. Pretty damn close to the real thing actually. I just wish the jelly component came out a bit more though. Everything else is consistent with the aroma.

M- Medium feel and perfect carbonation for the style.

O- I love me something different, and tonight this beer fulfilled my needs. Great just to try once, but I would enjoy this again.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's.

This one has eluded me for years, but I finally tracked it down on tap and in a bottle. Dark brown-black pour, deep and opaque, with a small cap of tan head that retained as a thin ringlet; minimal lacing. Aroma of dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate, roasted peanuts, very distant raspberries. The taste was pretty much spot on. Bready malts, dark roastiness, peanuts, raspberry jam coming in about mid-palate, nicely balanced and not too sweet. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, but could stand to be fleshed out a little more. Fun overall.

It would be easy to mess up a beer like this, but I think SH did a great job, and it's definitely better than other beers I've had that attempted the same thing (yes, this includes No Crusts).

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep –deep brown color bordering on black with some tints of a reddish color seen within. Upon pouring there is a one finger head of a cream color atop the brew. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is huge of a sweet chocolate peanut butter cup smell mixed with lots of grape jam aromas. Along with these sweet smells are some aromas of a nice roasted malt smell and a moderately bready smell. Man this one smells just like someone took a Reese peanut butter cup and smeared grape jam on it with some bready aromas. Maybe more like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with some chocolate spread. Any which way, it smalls delicious.

Taste – The taste begins with roasted malt flavor with some lightly sweeter flavors of grape upfront. Some bready flavors and a bit of coffee come to the tongue initially after the front of the taste bringing some bitterness to the brew. As the flavor moves on, the fruit grape jam flavor starts taking on some more tannin like flavors with it mixing with the bitter coffee in a not so pleasant way. A little bit of peanut flavor comes to the tongue at the end of the taste mixing with the bitter and the roast to leave a somewhat fruity but dry, odd bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average to slightly thinner side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A thicker body would have been nicer for the roasted and chocolate flavors of the brew while a lower carbonation would have again accentuated the darker flavors a bit more balancing out some of the jam flavors better.

Overall – The brew was an interesting try, but I was hoping for something with a bit more chocolate and a bit less tannin jam flavor. Not even closely living up to the taste of Big Gruesome (which is very nice) and just like the former lacking in feel, but fantastic in look and smell. Worth a try, but overall I will stick with the “Big Gruesome” version over this as this is just too off in the taste profile.

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Photo of josephwa
2.02/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - jet black, nice head, moderately decent lacing.

S - smell is fantastic, fruity and malty.

T - I don't say this too often, but this is an abomination. So freaking disgusting. Tastes like week old Folgers coffee aged on used Kingsford coals.

M - I feel like I have put a box of struck matches in my mouth.

O - do not buy this beer! The nice smell is not enough. The taste is unbearable.

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Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Lil' G is not intimidated by his larger counter-part, Big Gruesome. It's peanut butter jelly time!" At the time of this review, Little Gruesome isnt so little considering this new batch clocks in at 8.3% and the Big Gruesome batch is only .2% stronger at 8.5%

On tap at the Taproom, the brew appears black in color with some brown clarity shown around the edges. A tan about a finger strong rests atop and quickly fades to almost nothing except for a few bubbles that hang around the edges.

The smell is roasty with a hint of nutty aspect. Some bitter chocolate noted emerge making this very reminescent of big gruesome. While taking more sniffs, I struggle to find a difference between this and Big Gruesome. It is subtle but there is a bit of fruity element present.

The flavor is roasty with some assumed to be peanut nutty character. Some roastiness is present along with the previously mentioned faint fruity alcohol inclusion that is somewhat vinous in nature. It becomes a bit more pronounced as it warms up but its subtle neuance is perhaps why I enjoy it as much as I do.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall it is much like their other stouts in that the body is too thin but that lack in body increases the overall drinkability. I think the flavor additions work and are not over the top. However, I dont think this is something I would get thirsty for and make the trek exclusively for. However, when available its worth a try.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the spring house taproom

Inky blackness with a froth of tanned head. Retains for a minute before fading into cloudy retention and a few spots of film.

Nutty, sweet and chocolately in the nose. Peanut butter, berries and soft sweetness with a touch of warmth. Roasted dark malts and breadiness.

Chocolate and cocoa sweetness with roasted peanuts and thick malts. Berries punctuate the profile with a jammy flavor, which creates a pretty tasty interpretation of the PB&J. Not too sweet, not tart from the fruit, but fairly balanced with a thick malt backbone, caramel and toasted bread crust.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and creamy on the tongue. I preferred the Big Gruesome to this, but Spring House created another really fascinating, experimental beer capable of delivering its advertised profile. As far as PB&J beers go, this is better than Short's version, but not quite Funky Buddha's No Crusts.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by yourefragile. Served in a tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving thin tan foam settles to a thin ring, leaving stray spotty lacing. Dark brown body.

S - Smell is quite nice, with authentic peanut butter & jelly flavors dominating. A nice graham cracker malt flavor supplies some of the sandwich elements, and the roasted malts compliment the peanut character.

T - Taste is less successful, with more sugary jelly flavor, and a slightly odd bitter peanut finish. Somewhat bland actually.

M - Body is somewhat thin - I though this was closer to 5% than the listed 8.3%. Low carbonation, dry roast nut texture, and logically the alcohol is well-disguised.

D - Started quite promising, but ended up being fairly underwhelming. At least it's not infected I suppose.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 279 ratings