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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Photo of jjh19
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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 spamNeggs
2.97/5  rDev -23.8%
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 Lingenbrau
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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 mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Charred and raspy notes take you down a long dark lane. Mahogany-tinged black in the St. Bernardus globe. Modest foam with plenty of spritz in the mouth. Aroma of coffee and chocholate.

Smoky cocoa is the big flavor. Roasted malt followed by major burnt sugar and a dose of vanilla. Sweet overtones with caramel. Seriously bitter finish with an endless aftertaste of burnt grain.

Interesting and intense. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of rawfish
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours quickly from the bottle, cola brown and black with highlights of earth in the glass. Half finger off white cap had good retention and clingy tendrils of lace indicating this might still have some hops and bite.

Light aroma of cocoa powder, caramel malt and bready grains. Some depth added by a note or two of lactose, cream soda and peanut butter. Hops are prevalent with an earthy and grassy aroma, mild alcohol rises from the glass.

Malts are dark and dominated by raw cocoa, caramel and charred grains, a bit of peanut butter and vanilla extract. Lacks the integrated sweetness of the dark malt. Overdose on bitterness that I can't tell if it's coming from the burnt grains or metallic and herbal hops, quite herbal on the finish too.

Thin imperial stout, mild carbonation keeps te thin malt flat on the palate. High bitterness leads to a very clean and dry finish but I would easily trade it for more sweetness in the malt.

Form a brewery that makes so many IPAs I guess it's no surprise that their stout would be largely hoppy as well. My take of this stout is that it is shallow and fails to engage the depth of the malt. More coffee and sweet chocolate or toffee would have been great with the nuances of vanilla and peanut butter.

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Photo of stevoj
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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 BucannonXC5
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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 cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wrote a nice long full review of this beer and submitted it but the website crapped out and went offline (for a change) for about 10 minutes and i lost what i wrote. Long story short, i drank this beer from my north carolina mother earth snifter (i know, different brewery, but funny none the less - especially in a review since this brewery went on a tirade against BA and people who review beers). The beer is black with a generous grey tan head and chunky lacing that sticks. It is a decent imperial stout, the unique tng about it is that there are fairly prominent peanut butter notes on the beer. It isnt too memorable but i was surprised that this wasnt named or marketed as a chocolate peanut butter beer to go after those who would be interested in that sort of thing. The side of the bottle does give reference to this flavor but that is about it. They would do themselves a service referencing the flavor in the title. Somewhat reminiscent of pipeworks smore money smore problems. If you like peanut butter in your beer, this is worth checking out.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa, and lactose aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and lactose flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice lactose presence all around.

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Photo of bongobeer
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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 ccg
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 vikinggary28
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into glass mug. Nice colour, looks very dark brown with a dark tan head. Smells very much of chocolate and coffee. Taste is very chocolaty with a nice hint of peanut butter. Heavy mouthfeel like most stouts but still goes down easy. Reminded me of liquid peanut butter cup. Prost!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Nugganooch
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Scotchboy
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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 mabermud
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 49ers
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 Pzellot
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tulip glass filled from 22 oz bomber

A. Pitch black, lots of carbonation
S. Toffee, coffee, rich
T. Roasted coffee, chocolate, not too bitter or sweet
M. Somewhat thin
O. I like this beer, it has a nice roasted coffee forward taste and the moderate alcohol level is well hidden. There is a good sweet/bitter balance. Tasty! I like this beer.

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Photo of LouZ
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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 smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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 LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Furlinator
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of retry4z
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the Sin Tax Imperial PB stout. The bartender presented it as a peanut butter milk stout, which it is not - it is too bitter and not smooth enough to be a milk stout.

Almost no head nor lacing, maybe due to the plain pint glass.

Smells of strong candi, Cocoa, caramel, and a hint of peanuts and roasted malts.

Tastes of reasted coffee, caramel, and really hoppy.

The beer is medium to full bodied, and is right on the edge of the regular-to-imperial stout classification, with 8.1%abv.

Strong carbonation, and almost drinkable if it want for the over-hopped character.

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