Sin-Tax | Mother Earth Brew Co.

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Mother Earth Brew Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by EB1 on 12-09-2013

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into tulip glass.

A: Dark black body with ruby showing at the stem of the glass; huge brown head recedes to a consistent ring.

S: Fairly big aromas of chocolate, vanilla, roast and hazelnut...does smell roasty, nutty, and semi-sweet.

T: Taste follows the nose with dry nutty peanuts and hazelnuts, roasted malts, medium sweet chocolate, vanilla, faint caramel and fruitiness. Dry finish leans more towards peanut butter than hazelnut, pretty dry.

MF: Creamy and fairly smooth. Could be fuller bodied, this is about medium bodied I would say. Dry finish is a bit fatiguing by the end.

O: Nice execution, fairly drinkable peanut butter stout. Nice chocolate, nutty, vanilla components. A good beer to share.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet dark malt with light toast, vanilla, chocolate and peanut butter, nice. Flavor is dark toasted malt with a light char, and the same vanilla, chocolate and peanut butter from the aroma; both a lot like a peanut butter cup. Finishes a little on the thin side, but with nice light chocolate peanut butter and chocolate and a bit of char that lingers. Medium bodied with good carbonation, a bit lighter than I expected from the look. A nicely made peanut butter imperial stout. The peanut flavor is not strong, but melds with the chocolatey malt flavors well. A little sweet, but well within reason and well balanced. The body is a hair light, but the flavors are so well integrated that this is a satisfying stout from start to finish.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, near black, color. Small tan head.
Nutty, chocolate aroma.
Tastes like a peanut butter cup.
Sweet, smooth. A dessert beer.
Worked well for me.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It mentions on the bottle "peanut butter essence", but with no indication of artificial flavoring, I was not expecting that to be so dominant. I guess that is a compliment to their ability to create such an "essence", but just was not my thing. Cheers!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, Vista, CA.
Chocolate brown. 4
Reese’s nose! 4
Sticky chocolate malts, slight char, nutty bite and some sweet coffee. 4
Round, creamy, smooth. 4

Peanut butter cup - nailed it! And a smooth and easy stout besides. Considering how easy it seems to be to foul up this experiment, I’m impressed. Sweet as.... 4

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich chocolate, roasted malt, peanuts and coffee. Really nice.
The taste has a good malt roast flavor, chocolate, peanut sweetness and a little coffee bitter in the end.
The texture is soft and creamy.
It's a great experience.

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Photo of ccg
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jet black with a head that quickly settles into a permanent layer of surface suds. Looks somehow slightly watery despite the healthy suds.
The smell has noticeable peanut butter, or at least general nuttiness, but if I didn't know it was peanut butter going in, I might have guessed strong vanilla. It has a sweet, dessert-beer smell to it, on top of the usual roasted malt smell of a quality stout.
The taste follows the smell, except with more initial bitterness. The peanut butter is more noticeable on the finish. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, hops, and malt in the middle. As much as I like the peanut buttery finish, the initial bitterness comes on a little strong for my taste.
Mouthfeel is satisfying if a bit light on the tongue.
Overall: They did a good job of integrating peanut butter into this stout. Personally, I would have gone for more sweetness and less bitterness to make it more of a peanut-butter-cup dessert beer, but as it stands, it is enjoyable and different from your average stout.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging and a cocoa powder colored finger width head. Fair retention before leaving a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is minimal with a few spots here and there.

Smell - Predominant aroma of peanut butter with lesser notes of cocoa and just a hint of roasted malt.

Taste - More roast and dark character than the aroma led on, with dark/baker's chocolate bitterness crashing up against the peanut butter creaminess. Hints of coffee roast. There's also an underlying sugary sweetness that doesn't quite sit with my palate. Despite the layers of flavor, the strength is lacking, particularly when compared to other impys.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full in body with fair carbonation. A bit light for an Impy stout. Easy enough to drink, with a lightly dry, slightly chalky finish.

Overall - I'm liking the peanut butter aspect of this brew, but the rest is less than average for an Impy Stout. Flavors lack a bold intensity that is standard for the style. I'd probably buy it again if only for the peanut butter aspect, but it won't be anytime soon.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass
From: Costco in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $18.99 for a variety 4-pack of bombers
Purchased: Nov. 6, 2015
Consumed: Nov. 10, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a black color with two fingers of frothy, tan head. Above average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled buttery malts, creamy peanut butter, chocolate, caramel, faint butterscotch, creamy vanilla and peanut butter ice cream. Slightly better than Dry Dock’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Porter, which I recently had. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose, but more bitter than I would have thought. Got creamy peanut butter, caramel, toffee, chocolate, dry roasted cocoa beans, dark butterscotch, vanilla beans and espresso. Alcohol is well hidden. (Taste - 3.75)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.25)

This was nowhere as good as I expected. Not sure I’d have it again. Belching Beaver’s version (thinking local only) was much better). (Overall - 3.75)

3.72 | 84 | B

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Photo of stevoj
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at PreFunk. Hey, IndianaRed, I really liked this, but a bit thin for a RIS. I found the cocoa flavors very welcoming, easy to drink, smells great, and there's some significant ABV hiding in there as well. Tasty, but light in body.

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Photo of lynxznet
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent, very well presented stout with a deep, smooth presentation. Tiny, silky smooth head. Very dark and unmistakable as a stout.

Smells of a typical stout, yet has a VERY predominant peanut buttery smell. It's incredibly pleasant at that. This is probably the first beer I've found that has a truly delicious scent. It hits your nose head on and instantly makes you think of anything and everything peanut buttery. Also, slight creamy understones..

It goes down very smooth, full bodied and not rough at all. The alcohol is practically non existent. This is a stout in it's truest form. The peanut butter taste is sweet and strong, albeit not overpowering. I would say it's pretty spot on in terms of flavor. Absolutely delicious!

The aftertaste leaves you with a full mouth of peanut butter, cream and malt. The peanut butter flavor fades briefly, only to come back again.

Overall, I would rate this very highly. If you're fond of peanut butter, this is must try. It's a pleasure to drink and one of the best stouts I have had to date. Granted, I'm huge on peanut butter. Even if you're not very into it, you can still appreciate this as an excellent stout and delicious beer. It's borderline a dessert.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. The bottle and its description does this beer zero favors. It labels itself an "Imperial Stout" then apparently goes by the moniker "Sin-Tax". Didn't see that on the label. Oh, and by the way they neglect to tell you it's loaded with peanut butter. Why wouldn't one clearly state it's real name and the fact that it's brewed with peanut butter? That's why we put words on the bottle. Dumb! Ass! Inform your consumer, broski. To that, I must deduct points. Anyway, the beer was actually great. Strong stout essences with a very potent peanut butter aroma and flavor. It's not the fullest bodied stout it doesn't need to be. The peanut butter is genuine and pleasurable. I really enjoyed this beer. I probably would have been more interested in it if I had know what it actually entailed.

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Photo of spamNeggs
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25


Peanut butter indeed. To me, it overwhelms the aroma and to a good extent is the strongest aspect of the taste. Nothing particularly great about the base stout. A bit sweet. Well, at least it was interesting..and I wouldn't mind it at 1/2 pint. But that leaves the rest of the bottle.

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Photo of bongobeer
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking stout with slight P.B. aroma and taste of dark chocolate and dark fruits, mild peanut butter and hops. Enjoyed this beer but it has a weird burnt, bitter aftertaste that stayed with me for a long time, too long?

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Photo of LouZ
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark pour from bomber yields two fingers of mocha head. Aroma is chocolatey with a surprising note I can only compare to peanut butter. Delicious roast malt flavor with more chocolate and a full and smooth mouthfeel. Slightly bitter finish. Good beer.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle with my Stone IRS snifter glass
Notes taken on 12/26/2014

A: Sintax sits dark and semi viscous in the glass with an oily reflective sheen to it. A sizable mocha tan head forms densely over top. Takes a few moments to sink back into the glass and form a crown around the rim. Some chunky swaths of lace get left in the aftermath.

S: The nose is not all that fragrant but does have definite chocolate and peanut butter combo to it. Getting some coffee roast and brown sugar notes with other highly kilned grains mixing in as well. The peanuts add a nice earthy quality to all the roast. Doesn’t scream out Reese’s cups to me but has a nice sweet dessert aroma.

T: The base stout is of good quality with just the right amount of overall brown sugar and lactose like sweetness to it. Cocoa powder and coffee bean come together with a nutty roast rounding out the finish. Doesn’t exactly jump out of the glass but does have a nice peanut butter and chocolate mix on the large. I get some vanilla crème flavor midway then dry and earthy towards the close with a touch of smoke coming in. Has a moderate amount of bitters to it and a good dose of alcohol warmth at the end, especially on exhalation. Not the best Peanut Butter stout attempt but still pretty tasty and well balanced.

M: Moderately heavy and full bodied but with a nice creaminess in texture. Sleek and smooth on the palate with a modest amount of bittering. Finishes more dry I would say with some definite alcohol warming there.

D: A nice sippin’ brew with good dessert like qualities for sure. Not quite a Reese’s Cup in a bottle but perhaps that is by design. Seems a bit more subtle on the PB with more pronounced coffee and dark roast character layered in. Would be fun to through into a batch of brownies or add to a Peanut Butter beer tasting lineup or something. Would have again.

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Photo of Cvescalante
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nutty chocolate aroma really shines through. Taste follows suit well. Thick and smooth feel. Overall a great beer that isn't like many others.

I had the peanut butter version. (Idk if there's a standard version.)

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Photo of trippytbta
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

poured from bottle into snifter

A: Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a thick tan head

S: Sweet chocolate and vanilla.

T: Chocolate and malt really coat the taste buds. Vanilla comes through. This is really a sweet drinker with a lot of desert.

M: Lighter for a stout and a very nice creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a great beer if you like a lighter body stout, but with a good creamy mouthfeel. Excellent beer.

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Photo of johlac66
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark mahogany with a thick tan head that stayed awhile, leaving a curtain of lacing.
Roasted cocoa on the nose. Hint of peanut butter.
Taste follows with brown sugar and a little more peanut butter. Slight bitter finish.
Low carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Quite delicious!

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Photo of 49ers
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Good drinking beer and an easy drinking stout. Add the complexity of dark chocolate & peanut butter and it an all around good drinking beer once the weather cools off a little. The dark color may scare a few people off, it's not a heavy stout at all. Also the brewery itself uses all organic ingredients and it one of the top breweries here in San Diego.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When you see a dark khaki-colored, creamy and frothy head over midnight black body like this, you appreciate the importance of appearance in a beer. This is gorgeous. 5

Deeply sweet and caramel-like. Dark chocolate in front of some sweet floral hop aroma. The vanilla notes are potent. This smells like a tasty dessert. 4.25

The flavor here does not disappoint. Chocolate makes its mark all over this, dark but sweet with notes of vanilla at the front, and dry, roasty baker's chocolate that lingers on the finish. There are so many flavors layered in this, caramel, resinous hops, graham crackers, it's again, a dessert. 4.5

Flavor didn't disappoint. Feel doesn't either. Sweet, creamy and viscous almost throughout before the finish closes with prickly carbonation and a biting, bitter finish. 4.25

Damn this was impressive. Is word out on this brew? It should be.

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Photo of jjh19
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Poured a rich black. Really nice chocolate and coffee notes in the aroma. But everything went downhill from the first taste. This had a really sharp, almost acidic aftertaste. Overly boozy, perhaps? Maybe it was a bad bottle? Not sure. I was hopeful on this one. Wouldn’t go back.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Had before at reidjushoa tasting, but enjoyed it enough to get a bottle for myself to review. Thanks to HowBoutDan for the inspiration.

Creamed light tan head of about a finger. Holding on nicely with a solid cap and creamy appearance. Body color is a very dark brown to nearly black body. Glass laces with a creamy consistency and ring like lacing.

As before I remember, this nails the peanut butter character so perfectly. Nut crunchy oils of peanut and chocolate. A real nice toasty sweetness that doesn't border on sugar or peanut butter cup ridiculous quality. Nice little bit of char to match out, creamy vanilla sense to match also. Easily the best peanut butter stout/porter I have ever had to date. Just real impressive.

Palate comes out to match, but has a body more like a subdued American stout or light porter. Big charring roast, and even a good amount of hop bitterness. Much of the sweetness and distinct aroma doesn't come out as easily on the palate. Chewy tobacco roast, with a hint of peanut goodness matching on the finish, but also with lots of bitter oiled pine hop bitter and astringency to match. Big hop bitter finish which needs to be tone down a bit to let the aromas

Overall it's not by far an amazing stout, but has one of the best aromas and bouquets for a peanut butter forward beer I have had. It is however one of the few stouts I wish had a bit more sweetness to it instead.

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Photo of mabermud
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 bottle. A nice solid stout, not bad at all.

Dark body, nice dense, fluffy mocha head. Light roasted malts, smooth milk chocolate taste, background hops, easy on the dried dark fruit. Light sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium carbonation, and light to medium body.

Overall - A very good stout, that is easily obtainable when I visit home 2-3 times every year.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with cola edges. The 1/2 inch tan head fades to a thin ring on top and leaves spots of lace.

The smell is of peanut butter, dark chocolate and roasted dark malt.

The taste is of grainy dark malt, peanut butter and dark chocolate with a slightly bitter hop finish.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation.

Pleasant peanut butter and dark chocolate flavor. A thicker mouthfeel would elevate this beer to greatness.

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