PB & Thursday
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #917
Ranked #3,922
4.18 | pDev: 7.42%
The Bruery
California, United States
PB & ThursdayPB & Thursday
Notes: 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.
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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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 WickedBeer
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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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WickedBeer from Alabama, Dec 31, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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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brewaddict from California, Mar 15, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
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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SpeedwayJim from New York, Feb 24, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
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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Treyliff from West Virginia, Feb 23, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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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rypkr from Pennsylvania, Oct 27, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

looks moderately dark brown. smells super boozy (no peanut butter). tastes like black tuesday with no adjuncts. Im glad it wasnt hard to trade for because its overall not at all impressive in comparison with its "exclusivity"

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anvindr from California, Aug 01, 2017
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4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle into a tulip

Black Tuesday with added peanut flour - a novel idea given the rich, chocolate nuances abundant in BT. But the marketing of this beer has led to some unwanted controversey due to the beer not hitting that perfect culinary resonance of chocolate and peanut butter.

The problem, it would seem, is that although real peanut butter is just finely ground peanuts and salt, simply throwing peanut flour into food is not necessarily going to impart peanut butter flavor. And unfortunately some of the more popular peanut butter stouts are using artificial peanut butter flavoring.

Given all of that, I'm finding this brew pretty damn delicious. It's not Reece's Pieces in a glass, but the peanuty nuances are there - let the brew warm a bit if you're not picking them up.

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rand from California, May 05, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a snifter appears brown with khaki head thats quick to fade. There is some clarity around the edges when he to the light.

This opens with a whiff of peanut butter very faintly across the back then gets primarily fruity and boozy. It gets progressively solvent as morw whiffs are taken.

Tastes fruity like raison and solvent booze. Peanut butter is nonexistent except faintly in the aftertaste and when I say faint, I mean its not there unless you desperately search for it.

Medium to richer in body with modest carbonation. Its ok, not impressive by any stretch.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Apr 17, 2017
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3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

disappointed in this one... when you think of a peanut butter stout you want one of the thickest stouts ever and this falls way short... a murky brown pour with little nutty aroma. taste follows the nose with light nut flavor. feel is way off on this one way to light....

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AndrewP17 from Illinois, Apr 06, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bruery. Jet black. Nose has peanut butter, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit. Taste follows nose. Sweet, malty, peanut butter, alcohol sting, tons of barrel. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, amazing

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Beersnake1 from California, Mar 18, 2017
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3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tan head. Dark murky brown in color.

This was a hot, boozy mess. Peanut butter, jelly, bourbon, alcohol all blended together to make a big disaster of a beer. An ounce or two was enough for me.

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mothman from Minnesota, Feb 24, 2017
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4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Peanut butter brown wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 9/30/16. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours midnight black with about a half finger of loose khaki froth that crackles away within seconds. Once that initial head is gone neither retention nor lace returns.

Smells of sweet, inviting bourbon, caramel, wet booze soaked oak and as it warms some faint peanut butter creeps in. That peanut presence works well with the sweet, bourbony base.

Flavors of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit laden Bruery house yeast, vague peanut butter, vanilla, espresso, molasses and a hefty dose of alcohol. The flavor from the peanut flour may be more subtle that I'd prefer but tastes authentic and not oily. This is delicious, particularly as any refrigeration chill wears off and the peanut is more noticeable.

Slick, heavy, thick and coating body with next to no carbonation. The peanut butter finally really steps up in the finish, along with bourbon, chocolate and caramel.

Another day, another delightful new Black Tuesday variant from The Bruery. PB & Thursday may be a comparatively subtle variation but as it warms and in the aftertaste that peanut butter essence adds an enjoyable complement to the already-excellent base. Outstanding stuff that I hope to see again next year.

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Photo of gibgink
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured as part of a "day" sharing with friends at CBC Como on 2/3/17. Pours like Black Tuesday (or any other day of the week for that matter). Did not detect the Peanut Butter on the nose, aka, smells like Black Tuesday. Really liked the taste. The peanut flavor is there, and is not the easiest to detect. I am sure people are wanting peanut butter, but disappointed by getting just peanut. The flavor adds a creaminess that tones down the strong booziness/bourbon buzz often associated with Black Tuesday. I really enjoyed it.

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gibgink from Missouri, Feb 06, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

time for a big boy, pretty much 20%

750 into a bruery snifter

been working through my stash of bruery beers, and honestly it's been fantastic, better than recent memory of previous years

looks good in the glass, pretty much no head. super dark brown, like by and cr but no head

nose is pretty good, big bourbon and bt comes through big. nice nutty nose, no real peanut butter tho :/

taste is great, big huge bt with some added nuttiness. really nice sweetness and vanilla, finish is very hot. flavors are fantastic but the heat is big. this is an immense beer

mouthfeel is great, big and sticky, comepltely cores the tongue. it's actually well carbed for the style regardless of having no head.

overall i had big expectations for this one. it's a very good beer, well done but misses on 2 marks for me. it misses the mark with the peanut, was really hoping for much bigger peanut. nuttiness is there, and it's definitly different than bt and gm but not how i expected. the other is the heat, it's a tiny bit hotter than i would have liked and takes away from the beer a bit. i think a bit of time will make this stellar. i like that it's different than their other but but stout gm. might try a side by side some day haha

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KevSal from California, Jan 21, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a cola colored body with minimal head.

S - Smells like Black Tuesday. Some abv heat. Not a lot of peanut butter.

T - Perfect mix of black Tuesday and peanut butter. You'll never cover up the base.

F - Full bodied and low carbonation.

O - About what I'd expect when black tuesday meets peanut butter.

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cvm4 from Mississippi, Jan 01, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 edition. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a surprisingly lighter-brown body on the pour, but once in the glass it's pretty opaque black. Not as thick and viscous as other stouts, presumably due to the high ABV. Quite fizzy on the pour, leaves no lacing or retention.

Aromas are strong and boozy, lots of whiskey, chocolate, caramel, sweet toffee, maybe a light peanut butter aroma in the background.

On the tongue.. it starts off quite sweet giving way to chocolate syrup, sweet, sugary caramel, light coffee, maybe a tad bit of peanuts on the follow through, finishing roasty with maybe some coffee notes.

Mouthfeel is not as thick as I would expect, as the appearance hinted towards, it's pretty carbonated for a 19.8% stout. I feel like there's more whiskey than beer in here.

Interesting.. I've like all the black tuesday variants, and I'm not going to say I dislike this one, but it's a bit unbalanced and not as advertised. Would have liked a lot more peanut butter and less whiskey.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Dec 10, 2016
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 84 ratings