Side Project #25 Liquid Lunch Peanut Butter & Jelly Porter
Terrapin Beer Company

Side Project #25 Liquid Lunch Peanut Butter & Jelly PorterSide Project #25 Liquid Lunch Peanut Butter & Jelly Porter
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Style:
American Porter
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 12.07%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
206
From:
Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  17
Gots
  58
SCORE
86
Very Good
Side Project #25 Liquid Lunch Peanut Butter & Jelly PorterSide Project #25 Liquid Lunch Peanut Butter & Jelly Porter
Notes: Cut off the crust and unwrap the flavor of this fruit centric beer. Hand crafted using real raspberries, "Liquid Lunch" Peanut Butter and Jelly Porter combines all the elements of a familiar lunchtime snack.
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Photo of maximum12
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Lucular for this 22 oz. bottle that’s been in my fridge since receipt…because my wife wouldn’t touch a P&B/Jelly beer. Split with my wife. Who doesn’t know what she’s drinking.

Dark. The nose, holy peanut butter. That’s it. Peanut butter & peanuts.

Liquid Lunch marries the two foods I lived on in college: it’s still a love affair. This? This isn’t the sandwichgasm I was hoping for. Plenty of peanut, but without the butter, & the jelly shows only as a slightly tart & acidic raspberry. Not much beer in evidence. Feels like a porter, but a small pour of this would have been plenty to sate my curiosity.

This beer does a disservice to the legendary PB&J sandwich (which I consistently review as an “A”). Decent enough, but off the mark & not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

**
08/19/2015
On tap at uno's, Hamilton. Really interesting. Aroma is peanuts, peanut butter. Taste gives you a burst of chocolate, coffee, nuts, then gushes late with the Jelly. Like grape and raspberry are injected into your tongue. Dark black for, tan head. Really tasty, but the pucker of the jellies catches up to you quickly. Glad I only have a 5 oz. Pour. Oh wait, I have a 22oz. Bottle at home. I'll be looking to share with a group. This is something interesting to try once in small volume."
**

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Cut off the crust and unwrap the flavor of this fruit centric beer. Hand crafted using real raspberries, "Liquid Lunch" Peanut Butter and Jelly Porter combines all the elements of a familiar lunchtime snack." Brewed in the style of an American Porter, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Entry #25 in the Side Project series.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy mocha-beige head over a very dark brown body. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) An uncommon and intriguing merging of rich, bread malts, chocolate and peanuts and viscous, tangy raspberry puree. Potency is high. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor falls very much in line with the aroma of this beer, big raspberry syrups, juicy and tangy with a light coating of cocoa powder and subtle peanut flavor that generates a bit more texture than taste. Finishes moderately tart and dry with the raspberry jelly making the biggest impact on the overall flavor. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, creamy, slick, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly tangy and softly earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) I figured I'd eventually be drinking peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and this one does a decent job at coming close to pulling it off. The malt choice is solid and enjoyable, creating a rich bread base for the raspberry and peanut butter to be smothered over. While I greatly enjoyed the raspberry character, which was pleasantly more tangy than syrupy and sweet, I found the peanut butter flavor underrepresented and drowned out by comparison to the raspberry, leading to this tasting more like a jelly sandwich with hints of peanut butter, maybe as a condiment, but not a feature. Overall I think I prefer this to Terrapin's year-round release Liquid Bliss, as the tang of the raspberry jelly creates an enjoyable balance to the sweeter malt tones and comes off a much more complex but enjoyable beer. Hopefully Terrapin will find a way to squeeze this into some kind of annual rotation, because even though I don't think it's perfect, it would be a very unique and tasty beer. 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company's
Liquid Lunch Peanut Butter and Jelly Porter
3.73/5.00

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Photo of Dactrius
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is really spot on PB&J. The taste is far more dominated by raspberry than the peanuts but it's still really good, and one of the best beers I've ever had when it comes to tasting like some other food (Short's Carrot Cake still probably wins, but this is likely second place). I'm guessing the "artificial" flavor involved in the peanuts but because the raspberry dominates in flavor I don't actually get any artificial taste.

It's definitely not something I'd want to drink every day, but it's not one of those novelty beers I wouldn't want to try again either. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The peanut butter and jelly porter from Terrapin fell flat for me unfortunately because I love their milk stout and hopsecutioner and others. When I lived in ATL and ran a craft beer bar many many moons ago I always kept it on tape.

Anyway the artificial peanut butter taste wasn't doing it for me. Onward and upward, still expect many a good thing from a good brewery!

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Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle consumed from a Belgian snifter.
Let me say up front that Terrapin is to be congratulated for making a beer that fits the description of a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich + Porter. I believe I'd enjoy this more if there was less 'jelly' flavor but then the PB and jelly would not be in the proper proportions. Moreover, both peanut butter and dark malts are way more prominent than the jelly in the enticing aroma. The flavor is quite sweet up front as the raspberry jelly seems to hit the tongue first, but dark roasted grains, peanut butter and some subtle hops soon join in leaving the porter fairly well balanced (albeit a bit sweet for a porter) on the sweet/bitter dimension. This transistion makes for a very dynamic taste and adds to the interest and appeal of this unusual ale.

Overall: recommmended.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 7.64/22 oz bottle ($ 0.347/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma of raspberries
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular three to five mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing - none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – sickeningly overpowering raspberry, no peanut butter; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a little brown thick head. Smells of peanuts and a fruit. tastes in interesting. I don;t get the peanut butter as much as I do the raspberries. I love the tart from the raspberries.

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

You have to applaud Terrapin for making a beer that tastes exactly as you think it might based on the label. With that said, I love the experimentation but this lacked complexity. It poured deep and dark, with a thin head. It smells of raw peanuts, raspberry, and some cocoa for good measure. The first taste, yep, it's peanut butter and jelly. Very interesting, the cocoa notes offset some of the raspberry flavor, which at times verged on synthetic. It makes me think of Founder's Alberta Clipper with a dab of peanut butter in the glass. Not bad, but didn't evolve as it warmed. It was the same sip over and over again. Worth a try if peanut butter and jelly is your thing.

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Photo of Finley020
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Overall an interesting beer. Great nose of Peanut Butter and Jelly. The taste was a little heavy on the PB and the jelly flavor was much less pronounced. The real downside is that it was really thin on the mouth for a porter. Definitely worth a try but likely never again.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 6 ounce tarting glass.
Pours a dark brown with tan head.
Smells of chocolate.
Tastes of chocolate berries and peanuts.
Tasted a little boozy but it was pretty interesting.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber with a bottled on date of 6.27.15

L - Dark brown with 1 finger of head. Gorgeous

S - Jelly, and PNB, and jelly, and PNB.

T - Sweet, and with peanuts in the aftertaste. ABV totally hidden

F - Medium body and low carbonation

O - So this beer nails a PB&J sandwich in a brew. Not my favorite style in a beer..peanuts, but hey..can't knock it for being original and being as advertised.

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Photo of M_chav
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

hard to knock a beer that pours as nice as this. frothy light blonde foam forms on top of a midnight black pour.
smells super sweet, like uncontrollably sweet, like fruit with sugar extract... its a bit much. i smell the peanut butter but its only a fraction of what really stands out.... fruit, overbearing sugars
tastes the same, too sweet, reminds me of blushing monk... yet slightly worse. just too much sweetness.
Feel, can't tell - its just too overwhelming on the nose/taste. a bit rough

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Photo of jooler
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I smell the pb but the jelly makes this beer smell funky like a lambic. Taste is tart. I don't know how I feel about this. It's kind of like the cherry porter from bells but more drinkable. But overall, tarts and porters don't mix.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Everything sets up to be a fantastic beer but, call it personal preference, this is way too much jelly. I don't get any peanut butter and just a touch of chocolate malt. For the most part a raspberry flavor overwhelms.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tastes exactly as advertised! I found it to be very light for its 7.7% abv. The raspberry is slightly more prevalent than the peanut butter, however if you like PB beers, I think this one will appeal to you!

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Photo of tbryan5
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into a Snifter

Pours a dark, dark, brown. With a 1.5 finger head that lingers for about 30 sec.

I initially thought that I would be overwhelmed with peanut butter, but was surprised when I actually could smell the "jelly" flavor as well. About as good a balance as you could hope for with a brew like this.

The taste is much the same. It's a pleasant mix of sweet fruit and peanut butter. Light to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Overall, it is exactly what is advertised, and I will actually make a PB&J when I drink my second bottle.

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Photo of Budlum
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a deep shade of brown, bordering with black that is topped with a soft tan head that lasted about two minutes. The look is good, but I expected a bit more visible thickness. The smells are as advertised with a strong presence of powdered peanut butter and stark raspberry sweetness. There are limited flavors of roasted malts before the peanut butter and raspberry quickly take hold, dominated by the berries. The raspberry tastes a bit too sweet and the peanut butter definitely feels like an additive where some other PB porter taste more natural. Expectations did meet advertisement as it tastes like a PB&J sandwich beer, but naturally so. This drinks far better when cold and can be a bit unpleasant when warm. The big beers from Terrapin are a fun experience, whether they hit the mark or not.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle

Pours jet black, fine light tan film of a head retains indefinitely.

Smells of peanut butter, hazelnut, biscuit malt, and raspberry jam.

Tastes of peanuts, tart raspberry, oatmeal, and bread.

Medium body with light carbonation on the tongue. The bitter tartness of the berry is palpable.

This is exactly what it says it is: peanut butter and jelly beer. Not much else you can say . You'll either love it or hate it. I personally am quite enjoying it although it is quite unusual. Worth a try for fans of experimental stuff for sure, though you may want to share in case it isn't your cup of, uh, beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a small creamy khaki colored head that retains for a while before settling to a think layer floating on top

S- Roasted peanut aroma up front mixes with a slightly roasty and chocolaty malt base. The raspberry aroma pops out and gives the illusion of raspberry jam. All of the elements mix to give a wonderful aroma of peanut butter and jelly

T- the raspberry pops out up front, providing a sharp tartness, with flavors of pure raspberry puree. The chocolate malt base enters mid-palate with some notes of cocoa. The peanut flavor doesn't kick in until near the finish, providing a roasted note that continues in to the linger

M- medium body with medium-low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, high drinkability

O- the aroma was spot on of peanut butter and jelly. The taste, however, was a bit dominated by the raspberry. Still an awesome beer overall that was very easy to drink a bomber

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Chimes, Covington, LA

A: Dark brown/black with a tan one-finger head that dissipates fast.

S: Nutty with raspberries and chocolate.

T: I wasn't a big fan of Liquid Bliss, but adding the raspberries really gives this a fun one/two punch. Maltiness melts in with peanut butter and chocolate. Then you're slapped happy with the raspberry goodness that lingers and lingers. Sweet, semi-robust.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. A bit thin, but it doesn't hurt the experience.

O: A really fun drinking experience. Would love to try more. Fruity, nutty, flavorful.

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Photo of Beer_Nye
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Must of had an off bottle, because the peanut butter was almost non existent in my glass. That being said it did taste exactly like a bar of 80% dark rapberry chocolate. Very interesting concept for a beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft in South Carolina. I got a strong jelly taste up front, peanut butter & a little cocoa lurked in the background. The nose was fairly subdued, but a pretty good take on a peanut butter beer

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm a sucker for these type of novelty flavored beers - for better or for worse. I have had the "sister" beer to this - Pure Bliss, a chocolate peanut butter porter which is actually pretty damn tasty. But I had mixed expectations, when I purchased the bomber of this beer.

First off, it smells just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and tastes like one too. It's quite uncanny but in a good way. You taste a nutty, peanut flavor, even a bit of a wheaty, breadiness. Then a hint of fruit. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this Porter. I might even purchase a few more bombers to drink once the temperatures get a bit cooler.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, opaque, 1 inch light brown head, good lacing down the glass

S: Strong smell of peanut butter, a little fruit, coffee and chocolate of the dark roasted malts

T: I get the sweet raspberry right up front, the subsides to a peanut butter, the roasted malts come in to mix with the peanut butter, the end is a sweet raspberry taste that really sets well with me.

M: Medium to light, a lot thinner than I expected

O: Im not sure what the critics dont like about this beer, it is just as advertised. A strong smell and taste of peanut butter and raspberry which is just what it advertises. I hope Terrapin keeps it around at least as a seasonal.

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Side Project #25 Liquid Lunch Peanut Butter & Jelly Porter from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 206 ratings