PB & Thursday | The Bruery

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PB & ThursdayPB & Thursday
BA SCORE
4.17/5
Exceptional
80 Ratings
PB & ThursdayPB & Thursday
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 19.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Check the forecast, down a cup of coffee, grab your backpack and pack something special to enjoy later on. Might we suggest this bottle? It is Thursday, after all. PB & Thursday – a peanutty variant of Black Tuesday. It won’t stick to the roof of your mouth, but it will impart layers of peanut butter character and bourbon-laced fudge notes to our storied imperial stout.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,749
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
80
pDev:
7.43%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
20
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer. Lemme tell you, I had one bottle of it that was just downright awesome. Like, 4.75/5 level stuff. Now, I've had 3-4 other bottles that were significantly not as good. Why? The peanut impact. A lot of them just came off like I was drinking a bottle of Black Tuesday (that I paid $10 more than Black Tuesday for). Is that problematic? Not from a quality standpoint, Black Tuesday is awesome. But like I said, when you're paying more for a product, to just taste like a cheaper product, well, you don't like that.

Pours black, thin light brown head resolves and chills at the 1/50th inch level. Aroma is all Black Tuesday bourbon and roasted malt to the billionth degree, when its done right you're getting all that peanut dust impression like its harvest time in Georgia.

Taste works the same way, its a gargantuan beer with a hefty dose of bourbon, chocolate and varying degrees of peanut impressions. Shit is sticky AF. Not up to the level Peanut Butter & bals was, but hey, they always said this would be tough to replicate in a bottle. Its 98% Black Tuesday, with a 2% peanut impression, and a 20% chance you can notice there is peanut to it.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WickedBeer
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2018 release. 19.7% ABV.

Same dark crimson-hued brown pour as the other bottles. Hardly any head, but what comes out is ivory in color and quickly dissipating, leaving the beer with a flat surface.

Definitely a nutty quality quickly emerges on the nose. Once poured into the glass and allowed space and time to breathe, it becomes more complex. The booze and dark fruit are potent but keep a pretty balanced nose overall. Not too much going on, just a simple, pleasant aroma.

Again, the peanut flavor is present but a predominance of dark fruit and bourbon characterizes the flavors. A more prominent peanut butter flavor would have been preferred, but it's not necessary with this beer. However, as it warms and settles, that peanutty flavor really sticks with you, and a surprising complexity of sweet coffee and vanilla emerges as well. 

Warming mouthfeel. Not overly boozy, with a low carbonation and dangerously smooth finish.

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Photo of Eziel
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StormAles
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of needMIbeer
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TrilliumFan
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of A_Rad
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer21
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewaddict
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 2/4/2018 from notes
2018 Bottle
L - pours a dark caramel brown with no head.
S - I get notes of bourbon, toffee, dark fruit, booze, and hints of peanuts.
T - The prominent flavors are toffee, chocolate, Belgian spice, ethanol, and brown sugar. It finishes with a little peanut flavor. Pretty subtle.
F - Mouthfeel is a little sticky with good amount of chest heat.
O - Not sure if it's the peanut on the finish, but the alcohol is very well hidden. It's not as hot as fresh Grey Monday. Not as good as the base, but a nice variant of BT.

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Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml waxed and capped bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Not much head but huge, menacing, sticky legs. Nose is yeasty. Hints of chocolate, molasses, booze, dried dark fruit and a touch of sweet soy sauce. There's little peanut butter to be detected. Beer opens sticky sweet and chocolatey. Notes of raisin, prune, chocolate, molasses, sweet soy sauce and booze. Rich, filmy and really coats the palate. Again, the peanut butter is conspicuously missing. Ethanol and rice wine flavors also at the end. A touch of oak and leather to finish. Body is full with moderate to low carbonation. Slick on the palate and goes down boozy but not too much so. Rich finish.

This is a big let down in the Black Tuesday variant series. The peanut butter is entirely missing and the imperial stout doesn't stand out among its brethren. Not bad by any means... but not worth it.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage
750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep brown color with just a hint of light creeping through the edges, small foamy khaki head that has short retention

S- aroma smells like regular Black Tuesday for the most part; super sweet and boozy with notes of chocolate fudge, molasses, dark fruit & caramel. Can't really pick out any peanut character

T- as with the aroma, this pretty much tastes like regular Black Tuesday. Super sweet sugary and boozy malt gives notes of chocolate fudge, black strap molasses, vanilla, caramel and dark fruit notes of fig and prune on the finish

M- heavy viscous body with low carbonation leads to a velvety mouthfeel that continues into a big boozy finish

O- it's very hard to distinguish this from regular BT. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as BT is a very good beer. But if you're looking for a peanut flavoed stout, you'll be disappointed

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Photo of Warren2621
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of advanracing62
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason_cs
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rypkr
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love black tuesday - easily a top 10 all time for me. However I was really let down by mocha wed. I understand this isn't as acclaimed as either but I'm still very optomistic it can be epic. Here we go...

L - 2016 bottle poured into a voodoo teku at about 52 degrees. Looks thins and light as it falls into the glass. Looks highly carbonated and fizzy. Lacing is thin and head is minimal - both are short lived.

S - Smells like BT but with more ethanol than I remember. Try as I may I get no peanut butter. Maybe jelly... or jammy fruits, but that's to be expected given the BT base. Loads of sugar on the nose. Really... It just smells like black tuesday. That's not something I'm mad about either. But should I dock it for no peanut butter aromatics?

T - Damn. It's black tuesday verbatim. And I say damn because it's delicious. It's all dark fruit, sugar and alcohol. Again, do I dock it for no PB?

F - much like black tuesday it drinks much fuller than it looks. Absurd alcohol heat... I'm pretty sure hotter than my BT experience was. Mouthfeel is chock full of creaminess and soft frothiness. It's amazing how thin these beers look but how full they drink.

O - Overall I love this. It's equally as good as its base. It's tricky to rate it because there's nothing bad about it, it simply doesn't close on its claims of peanut butter. I'd drink this again in a heartbeat and given I rated BT so high I have a hard time calling this beer anything less than a 4.5. Cheers Bruery.

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

10/24/17 draft @ ChurchKey Washington, D.C.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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PB & Thursday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 80 ratings