Sin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter Stout
Mother Earth Brew Co.

Sin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter StoutSin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2,002
Ranked #9,473
3.96 | pDev: 10.1%
Mother Earth Brew Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Sin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter StoutSin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter Stout
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce can - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body and clear with a high, wholesome stack of yellow-tan foam.

Smell: Sweetish, stewed dark treacle syrup, powdered coffee, a bit of fruitiness and a pinch of vanilla sugar. Has a tinge of generic Kahlua.

Taste: Sweet, sugared tastes of cooked dark treacle blended with store-brand cola. Only rather subtly, vaguely nutty - it doesn't really come across clearly as a peanut butter note. Lightly fruity. Sprinkling of Sanka and a moderate fruitiness with a swig of alcohol, that's about when the discount version of Kahlua pops in.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Feels a bit thin for an imperial stout.

Overall: It's definitely sweet and malty, though it doesn't really succeed at being a great stout. As for its peanut butter character, I gotta say, it feels at best lacking, at worst artificial. Not recommended.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12/29/19....pours dark black and with low foam on the ring only. Roasted coffee nose. Hints of nuts. Peanut butter taste, blended with dark chocolate and coffee. Creamy. Hard bitter.

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KTCamm from New Jersey, Mar 28, 2020
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown almost black with a large tan head that was well retained but left minimal lacing. Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Taste follows the nose, not really getting peanut butter-just a bit on nuttiness. Medium bodied for the style, medium carbonation, smooth mouth feel.

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EMH73 from New York, Feb 27, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack of cans purchased at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
Unable to read the can dating. Poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Dark opaque coffee/cola color, sizable khaki head with great retention, moderate lacing. Light carbonation streaming after it settles.

Smell- Peanut butter, sweet maple syrup, coffee and milk chocolate, dark bready malt, burnt sugar/caramel, dark fruit notes.

Taste- Much like the aroma but the peanut butter is very muted in the taste. Moderate bitterness that lingers slightly on the finish.

Feel- Medium/light bodied with a nice semi-dry finish. Average carbonation. Well balanced.

O- Good stuff here, just wish the peanut butter was a bit stronger in the flavor.

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Mister_Faucher from Washington, Oct 27, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

About a month ago, 07 July to be precise, I ran through a buncha Mother Earth CANs as a part of "What 'New' Beers Have We Here Sunday (Week 750)?" & I thought that I had CANpleted my mission that day. A few days later, during my redding up & getting out from under, I came across this one, but I was still feeling a little wary after June's foray into Porters & Stouts. Today, I feel back up to the task, so here we are.

From the CAN: "Tasting Notes: Big and Bold, Balanced Roastiness."; "Love Your Mother". The devil woman on the label puts me in mind of the Original Sin Cider posters.

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug in the hopes of seeing a pseudo-cascade. I was not disappointed & it formed just under two fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with modest retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled less like peanut butter and more like a CANbination of treacle, brown sugar & crème brulee with the latter as a sort of burnt smokiness. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy & a little thin for the style. The taste was definitely a Stout, but I was not getting peanut butter. Instead, I CANtinued to get a crème brulee/toasted marshmallow burnt quality. It did not detract from the beer as an Imperial Stout, but it also was not living up to its billing. Finish was dry & roasty, but I just was not put in mind of peanut butter. Oh well.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Aug 08, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a cola black color with a small fizzy off white head of foam. The head fades almost instantly, leaving just a trace of lace on the surface of the beer.
Smell – The aroma is massive of a caramel and molasses smell mixed with a ton of dark fruit of plum, prune, and raisin. Along with these smells comes some nice strong notes of chocolate and a whole bunch of roasted peanuts, producing a nice roasty and sweet peanut buttery aroma overall. Quite nice, like a Nutella-PB & J sandwich!!
Taste – The taste begins with a dark roasty and toasty malt flavor that has a great level of sweetness of molasses, caramel, and brown sugar. There is a bit of peanut butter right from the start, with it getting stronger in nature toward the middle of the taste only to fade a bit later on. Some lighter cocoa notes develop as the taste advances and are joined by a little bit of the fruit that was detected in the nose. With some char and a decent hit of a boozy flavor that develops at the end, one is left with a somewhat sweet, and more moderately to lightly roasted malt taste (at least for an imperial stout) that holds within a hit of peanut butter flavor.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thin for an imperial stout with a carbonation level that is low. The low carbonation level is great, but a thicker body would have been way better, accentuating the dark, peanut, and boozy flavors much better.
Overall – I enjoyed the flavor and the smell of the brew, but the feel really detracted from the drinking experience. If only it had a thicker more roasted malt base. For a style you don’t see that much (peanut butter stout; a style I wish was more prominent) this one was rather decent overall, but certainly not my top pick. Any which way, it is well worth a try.

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Photo of acerbictea
3.01/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look, I really wanted to like this one. Stouts are easily my favorite kind of beer, and this one has great reviews. But, to me, this doesn't really taste like beer. It tastes like coca-cola, and I really don't like sodas. It smells very nice! But that almost makes it more disappointing when I smell it and think "maybe this sip will be delicious" and then it isn't.

This beer has a lot of good reviews, so clearly people like it. It just wasn't for me.

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acerbictea from Massachusetts, Jul 07, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22-oz bomber sent from Don.
Stella Artois gold rimmed glass.

Deep chocolate brown with a beige head of one finger.

Aromas are of maple syrup and brown sugar and powdered peanut butter. Fruity ale yeast bring some mod brightness to it. Slight sticky bun and slight wet grass.

Holy smokes this drinks easy for an imperial stout. It's not particularly thin, but it just goes down easy. Flavors of stiff brown sugar, maple, coffee, earth, and peanut butter dust, with slight wet grass. Perhaps a little bit of cinnamon roll or raisin bread dunked in drive-thru maple syrup. Kind of like French Toast sticks.

Feel is really smooth, but not oily, and has a certain antihero slickness about it. Moderate to low carbonation which fits perfectly, and moderate alcohol heat with lingering hop resins.

Overall this is highly underrated, and it's a very enjoyable imperial peanut butter stout. Would recommend.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Jun 17, 2019
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3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hey another beer I've had years ago but haven't written a review yet. Sometimes they fly under the radar. Pours a black color familiar to any stout fan. Light brown head 2/5" deep. The aroma has a mildly sweet and nutty presence.

Taste is pretty good, mouth feel stands out as drier than a lot of the oily and sweeter peanut butter beers. It firmly places itself in the American stout category, as there isn't much in the way of dark fruit bitterness like you come across in its Russian counterpart. There is just enough in the way of sweetness to help it envelope some of the alcohol and bitter roasted malt. The body is middle of the road, not too sludge like thickness, not thin either. I would say this one is better than your average peanut butter stout. Still isn't something that will turn into a repeat purchase in all likelihood, but I gotta say its a pretty well made beer and probably hit the target in terms of the brewer's intentions.

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Photo of MaltyMagic
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 5/8/19. Pours a dark brown, red/mahogany when held to light, latte foam top with great retention, rings of sudsy lace. Smells mostly of maple/brown sugar and ale yeast, toasty, slightly nutty, pleasant yet mild. Flavors of maple/brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, coffee, peanut, vanilla, dark bread. Slightly sweet, roasty-but-not-burnt (low astrigency), balanced finish. The maple sticks around. Dangerous drinkability, smooth, approachable, and the alcohol is well cloaked.

Excellent beer. The nutty aspects were subtle, and I appreciated the layers of malty flavors. Will purchase again.

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MaltyMagic from California, Jun 14, 2019
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3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very effervescent hazel with some chill hazing. A modicum head lacing & zero lacing

S: Faint nuttyness, figs, vanilla, starts strong, doesn't sustain

T: Nice chocolate notes with with peanuts, hazelnuts & almonds, just a little charred grain bitterness as well. Peanuts, a little bitterness almost like shells mikes with a little dryness & light cocoa as this warms. Finishes dry with a little hazelnut & dryness with pecan hulls

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, warming

This didn't measure up. Belching Beaver's Version was far superior. ABV is well hidden

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russpowell from Arkansas, Jun 01, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz can into a Chapman Crafted tulip.

Pours a deep midnight black, a dark mahogany color when held up to a bright light. Mocha colored bubbles form a delicate meringue foam that dissipates down to a few swathes of film that persist throughout the drink. Aroma is of intense molasses, brown sugar, cocoa, coffee roastiness, nutty roast, with the peanut starting semi-subtle and becoming very apparent as the beer warms. Taste reflects the smell, a lot of brown sugar, cocoa, coffee roast, with the peanut butter character getting more prominent as it warms. Definitely not a peanut butter but a more subdued, less diabetes inducing peanut butter stout. Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style, could use some more chew. Overall this is a good peanut butter beer with great aromas and flavor.

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Reema from California, May 12, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably one of the best imperial peanut butter beers I ever had. while most takes on the style are very dry and bitter this one has plenty of sweet tones including chocolate toffee and molasses almost like a raw honey flavor. I would have it again.

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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, May 03, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can with a 3/6/19 stamp

It looks great. A slightly reddish hued black with a huge, frothy tan head.

Smells like peanut brittle, fudgey chocolate, and sweet oats.

It tastes like chocolate covered peanut shells, toffee, and molasses, with a light roasted grain and oats in the end.

It has just enough body that it doesn’t come across watery/thin from the creamy, flaky oats feel, but it isn’t a big, heavy, chewy imp stout that you fight to get through by any means. Definitely light for the abv.

This is one you could easily drink a few of before realizing it is still an 8% beer. The peanut aroma is a lot stronger than the flavor and made me think it was going to be over done, but it is actually pretty balanced in the flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i generally really dont like this kind of thing, avoid the over flavored dark beers as much as i can these days, so i was shocked to like this, even find it drinkable, and cool to find something like this in a can, that format is no longer for pales and lagers, thats for sure. slick black look to this one, a really sturdy light brown head on top too, almost a nitro looking richness to it and impressive retention, a pretty brew for sure, doesnt look fatty or greasy at all, which sometimes peanut beers do to me. lots to like about the aroma and flavor here too, the peanut part seems real natural, maybe real nuts and not that powdery thing, but im not sure, it sure tastes like peanuts, and with the chocolate character of the grain, it has an almost dark chocolate covered roasted peanut thing going on thats real appealing, but at the same time, its not desserty or overly sweet, not all jacked up on vanilla and lactose or anything, and i even get a savory element from the peanut, a light saltiness i think, its awesome in the finish where the overly sweet finish would usually set in, it makes this way more drinkable without it, yum! smooth and round feeling, not sticky or heavy, even at this strength it drinks pretty easy and mellow, and the peanut butter flavor is well incorporated to a very solid base beer, not dominant or forced, better than pretty much all others i have ever had attempting to do the same thing. they should be proud of this one, its not easy to do, and this is really good. a wonderful night cap!

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Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing bouquet on this PB stout, more grass, flowershop, barn than Peanut butter. Still tasting carefully to follow the aroma trail.
A) All one expects of a stout, beige head, lace, last, stickage.
S) Still trying to figure out - gotta love an aroma that stumps us after so many beer tastes. Bravo.
T) Chocolate, Peanut butter oil, crunchy, toasted, crushed nuts. Weird vanilla, flower and spice cabinet additions. While the flowers are lain on deeply charred driftwood, seaweed and hops.
f) Chalky, never cloying despite the power.
o) A bursting flavor that needs to be tasted blind vs other strong stouts and PB stouts.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Mar 24, 2019
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3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pitch black with just a slight tan head that disappeared in seconds. No lacing present. Nose is faint and consists of light malt, root beer and a caramel wax candle. Faint malt, caramel, coffee, peanut butter and peanut shell. Moderate light body and carbonation. Overall, not too impressed.

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lastmango from Pennsylvania, Mar 15, 2019
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3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a sam adams custom shaped glass: color is dark brown, amber edges, a bit light color for an imperial stout; head is light tan and presents 1/2 inch thick and then dissipates to a thin ring with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is heavy on molasses like notes, very light on peanut butter, and some light actual barley malt in between with limited roast or chocolate like aromas.

Taste provides more peanut butter flavor but there is still a near maple syrup like flavor from the brown sugar, definitely different than expected. Flavors are more towards the adjuncts than the base and barley malts with any hint of roast and toasted or chocolate malts overtaken by the peanut butter/brown sugar residuals.

Mouthfeel is lightly sweet, then bitter, slightly drying; near cloying presence seems to be hidden by the imperial stout bittering qualities along with roasted malt acidity.

Overall this brew has some of the flavors of the stated sub style but it does not quite hit the imperial stout notes I'd like to see have a stronger presence - roast or chocolate malt. the peanut butter / brown sugar combination creates a molasses or even maple like flavor that is quite dominant.

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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania, Mar 07, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose and flavor is caramel, brown sugar and hints of peanut butter. Not cloying. Higher ABV, 8.1%, is hidden. $2.45 for a 12oz can from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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jdhilt from New Hampshire, Feb 21, 2019
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3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into a pub-style pint.

Near black. Short head dissipates quickly.

Cocoa, Cola, earthy, peanuts, and aerosol.

Cocoa, light roast coffee, and artificial peanut butter similar to Reese's. Caramel and Cola. Lightly earthy along with an aerosol-whip-cream-can kind of taste.

Medium-light bodied, smooth, sticky, and lightly bitter.

Nothing offensive, just not very exciting. It drinks smooth for the 8.1%.

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justintcoons from Pennsylvania, Feb 19, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBB with Leah in the day we bought the Ford. Time will tell....

Anyway, nice imperial.... Not too sweet, nice balance with alcohol. I get more maple then peanut butter on the taste. The peanut butter is on the nose, though.

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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania, Jan 26, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: January 11, 2019... OCCASION: Friday's here and a double helping of Mother Earth purchases (their Primordial is in can for tomorrow)... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... pour a staunch, jet black body with an off-white, uneven surf of head... intense peanut brittle, oat, toasted bread, light chocolate, and lactic aromas make this a dessert beer for sure; a strength of floral hops rounds this into more than the usual porter... in fact, some sugary fruitiness makes this even more intriguing... gritty, biting, full-bodied, with a long-lasting flourish that lingers... this is a BIG, flavorful experience, replete with peanut butter, chocolate, toasted bread, floral and citric elements, and sweet malts--this is a wallop at 8.1%, though it hits harder than its weight... I find this a manageable entry in the style, worthy of sipping and savoring... slightly boozy and lingering in its profile...

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dacrza1 from New Jersey, Jan 12, 2019
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3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, light peanut butter. Taste is mild, roasted malts, some alcohol, a faint hint of peanut butter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I was greatly disappointed by this beer.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Dec 19, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a tulip. Dated 2-20-18.

Pours black with a medium sized head and not much carbonation. Smell is chocolate and roasted coffee and dark malts.

Taste is chocolate peanut butter. Somehow not overly sweet (definitely sweet). Coffee and roasted malts are in there, too. This really makes me think of dark chocolate peanut butter cups from a local chocolate shop.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Overall, good beer.

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snaotheus from Washington, Dec 07, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mother Earth Brew Co. "Sin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter Stout"
12 fl. oz. can, "GENESIS DATE 02/07/18 N162"
$1.83 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Opaque black body beneath a finger-thick head of creamy dark tan foam. Average-plus head retention and lacing.

Smell: Peanut butter, chocolate, and yeasty fruitiness:

Taste: As the aroma suggests but with less peanut butter and chocolate. It's also a little toffee-like, and softly roasty. The peanut butter and chocolate work as notes within the beer rather than the stars of the show. A moderate bitterness balances it nicely, not allowing it to become sweet, but not really becoming bitter either.

Feel: Medium to medium-light in body with a moderate, smooth carbonation.

Overall: Not massively peanut buttery and probably the better for it.


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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Nov 26, 2018
Sin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter Stout from Mother Earth Brew Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 362 ratings