Sin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter Stout | Mother Earth Brew Co.

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Sin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter StoutSin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter Stout

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brew Co.
California, United States

Style: American 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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Ratings: 314 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CTHomer
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: opaque with little ruby highlights at the edges; a 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: deeply roasted grain first, then peanut butter and chocolate; not much peanut butter;

T: a balance between deeply roasted grain, peanut butter, and chocolate; not especially interesting; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: not enough peanut butter;

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured dark mahogany/black with a small head that almost fully dissapated and left no lacing.

Aroma and taste were nice, medium-light on the peanut butter aroma. Not nearly as deep and rich as Belching Beaver's PB milkstout.

Feel was very thin, drinks more like a brown ale than a rich stout, a bit low carbonation.

Overall just ok, I prefer BB's - even at the lower ABV, it's much deeper, richer, and just better.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SargeC
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ------
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ichorNet
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been really into the peanut butter stout thing lately, so I finally decided to give this one a go despite having put it off for a few months. The recent drops of Mast Landing's Gunner's Daughter peanut butter milk stout have really whet my appetite for such a thing, though, and since I was able to grab this as a single, I went for it.

Pours a surprisingly not-impenetrably-black color... it's almost like a weird brown-ish ruby, but very clear and composed at that. A thin, unassuming head of light khaki rings the glass here. I'm not really impressed by this, though the color is interesting. It just doesn't make me think "imperial flavored stout." It really looks more like a cola than anything, honestly. Hmm...

The smell here is a little like cherry cola itself, combined with a slight note of roasted peanuts and some chocolate-y afterthoughts. I'm really not sold on this one. Perhaps my can is a bit too old? But this is a strong stout and it's only like 6 months old... can the peanut butter drop off that quickly? I really do wonder if that's possible, but I'm thinking it might be since this seems generally well-received. In my opinion, it's nowhere near some of the best PB/cocoa flavored adjunct stouts I've had. Additional notes of molasses/rum in the nose with some slight ethanol sniff.

Yeah, I think this might be a little too old for its own good. I mean, I'd like to try this a little bit fresher, but at the same time, I don't think the flavors are as cohesive as they should be. For one, the peanut butter itself is a little oily and limp-wristed without any strong follow-through. I like some of the supportive flavors from the malt, but there's too much aimless sweetness in the finish... it just feels unfinished to me. The elements of dark fruit, toffee and molasses really don't meld well with the peanut butter, though, so I don't know how much better this would do fresh. I'll find out one day, but this isn't really inspiring me to do so.

The feel here is for the most part leaning towards medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation and slight thickness toward the end of each sip. It's slightly oily, but mostly just sweet... I think this needs to be cleaned up quite a bit. I would think some more "roasted peanut" chadacter would help, as well as increasing the perception of chocolate-like flavors on the tongue... as it stands, it's too soda-like and weirdly "artificial"-tasting in some ways. I can't recommend this wholeheartedly, honestly. There are better beers in this style.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nitro at Lucky Baldwin's Trappiste. Dark black body, one finger frothy nitro head, fair retention and no lacing. Smell is mildly nutty, milk chocolate, a bit of nougat. Nice peanut butter presence. Flavour loses a fair bit of that nutty intensity, which isn't surprising as peanut seems to not translate very well on the palate. Light milk chocolate, a bit of earth. Not much depth, a bit thin even for nitro, good carbonation otherwise. Nothing too crazy, would certainly go for the Belching Beaver or Karl Strauss versions over this one.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a foamy 2 finger head. Almost completely pitch black but you can see some carbonation. This is a beautiful drink.

S: Definitely smell the peanut butter. In addition to that, it has all the right notes for an imperial stout. Coffee, chocolate, malt, some roasted flavors, but the sweetness of the peanut butter cuts right through it. Not sure how I feel about this.

T: Starts off with some nuttiness which transitions into a nice deep malty chocolate flavor and crescendos into a big peanut butter finish. Terrific if you're a fan of peanut butter cups. Alcohol is hidden well. Sweetness is a little much, but I didn't imagine peanut butter could be integrated so nicely into a beer.

O: I'm a fan. It's not for all occasions, but when you want both a beer and a peanut butter cup, this is the go to beer.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear black colored beer with a tall light brown colored head.

Smells strongly of chocolate and peanut butter. Sweet with a strong scent of caramel. It in fact does smell like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

Starts out sweet and tasting like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in a glass. Chocolate, caramel and peanut are all about the same strength. Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, that sums this beer up.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is Reese's Peanut Butter Cup ale.

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Photo of Lampro
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malty, a bit sweet, roasted flavor profile. Toasted nuttiness did not register immediately. Medium-heavy bodied. A very pleasing beer, but quite rich.

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Photo of sunsjammer
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

canned on 2/18/18

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from Colonial Spirits
Rich black color with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. Chocolate and nut on the nose with bits of brown sugary maltiness. More fruit and nut than chocolate in the flavor with a heavy malty sweetness. Pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of Crzyrdr52
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is pitch black with a thin brown head. The aroma is saccharin sweet peanuts and malt. The taste is thin malt with a weak finish.

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Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nitro offering, the beer takes a double pour by the bartender before serving.

Dark brown where light shines through the edge easily. Nice blanketing of lace on the opposite side. The head, while a small quarter inch (1 cm), sticks around after settling throughout the tasting.

The aroma is very much like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. You might be inclined to think it's a novelty, but this is attractive, inviting, and still like a stout.

The taste is more like a milk stout than a dry one initially but the finish becomes dry. Yes, it starts like aforementioned peanut butter cup, but the bitter (not quite coffee) finish makes this beer extremely complex. Definitely worth seeking out for something different.

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Photo of shivtim
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrc1093
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Burghman
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beertunes
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served in 12oz snifter. Poured a solid black color, with 1/2 inch of tan head that had good retention and lacing.

The scent was solid peanut butter, other than some alcohol, nothing else came through.

Same on the tongue, peanut butter and alcohol. No real beer taste.

The body was very thin, and the beer had a sweet finish.

Drinkability was OK, but I can't see having another one.

Overall, a one-trick pony of a beer. Try it for the tick, or feel free to bypass it.

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Sin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter Stout from Mother Earth Brew Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 314 ratings