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Lil' Gruesome | Spring House Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had it on-tap at Spring House Tap Room.

A- Has a nice blue reddish color with meduim head.

S- The smell is good has that berry flavor of jelly and peanut butter in it and has some earthyness from the hops.

T- Well this just went down hill. Not enough berry flavor and the peanut butter doesn't work. This is one that the aroma is way better then the taste.

M- Peanut butter and very little berry flavor didn't last long. It had that lager yeast background that just didn't work for me. Very depressing.

O- This is purely from a home brewer stand point I do not own or professionally brew for a living but I think this would of been good if this was done as a wheat ale or just a american ale.

The taste had a lager background that does not work in my book It need more a fruitty background to get a true berry jelly flavor to compliment the peanut flavor.

The idea is super and in tweaking the recipe maybe bumping more berry flavor and changing the yeast to the ones I mention this beer would be a real treat to drink.


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3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Spring House Taproom in Lancaster. I mean, come on, a Peanut Butter & Jelly beer?! This is actually specifically what made us come to the pub. Poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass.

A: Dark copper colored body with some red hues, topped with a slightly off-white head. It settled into a bubbly retention ring around the edges with some sporadic, sticky lacing. A really nice looking beer on its own.

S: Peanuts and an overall nuttiness comes through big at first, along with some caramel malts. Slightly toasted malts, seedless grape jelly and even some strawberry preserves are also present towards the back end. It doesn't necessarily scream PB&J sandwich however all the elements are here for a beer incarnation.

T: Grainy and gritty oil-free peanut butter are up front, followed by grape jelly, raspberry and a touch of strawberry jam. A very solid toasted and roasted malt base is detectable but it's certainly not the focus of the beer. It's quite impressive how well this beer works in terms of flavor, it's pretty damn close for PB&J in a beer.

M: Even, amazing carbonation, medium-bodied and not sticky in the finish and linger. It's really a very nice mouth feel for the style.

This was certainly a different, unique and quite tasty beer to try. You don't necessarily see brewers pushing the envelope to make a PB&J beer but I'm certainly glad Spring House did. It was interesting to see this not as a stout but I think it worked very well.

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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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Lil' Gruesome from Spring House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 278 ratings