Monkey Butter
Jaden James Brewery

Monkey ButterMonkey Butter
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Style:
Porter - English
Ranked #19
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,993
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 13.48%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
46
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Jaden James Brewery
 
Michigan, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Monkey ButterMonkey Butter
Notes: Formerly Peanut Butter Porter
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 46 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Boozer69 from Michigan

1/5  rDev -75.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

How in the hell did this get a rating of 4.1 exceptional? I drink alot of porters and stouts and this is by far the nastiest one ever. Canned on 3/6/18. The first thing you notice when popping the can is the smell. Definitely not peanuts or peanut butter. Kind of cross between nutella and a dirty shoe. It unfortunately taste exactly how it smells and even after drinking several other "good" beers after this, the horrible taste wouldn't go away. So many excellent porters on the market, buy any of those and forget about this garbage.

Apr 10, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, packaged on 2/5/2018. Poured into wide mouth jar-glass. Even after a careful pour with previous knowledge of a big head, this beer has a fat 4 finger head. Beer looks a deep mahogany. The nose is nutty. I can't say for sure peanuts but full of chunky nut butter. Cracker malts and smaller whiffs of chocolate too. More nuttiness and chocolate on the taste, some smooth caramel too. Bitter finish which I'm assuming is from the nuts. I get a weird salinity at the finish too, it's not quite a deal breaker. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied but where it should be for easy drinking. The nose is this beer's strongest point and it does it well. Ironic to say that nuts don't spoil any head retention.

Mar 18, 2018
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Roguer from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, frothy head - unmanageable from a single pour, actually. Brew is a dark nutty brown.

Nose is strongly peanut-focused. Some chocolate, toast, and banana also creeps through.

Really nice balance on the palate, with plenty of peanut flavor, but also some chocolate, banana, cola, and caramel.

Smooth and rich mouthfeel; slick but still lively.

This is a very good beer. Peanut butter porters are somewhat gimmicky, but this is a very good one.

Mar 18, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 12/14/2017. Pours slightly hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of peanut butter, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark/brown bread, light coffee/herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Okay aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and peanut butter notes; with solid strength. Weird metallic/phenolic/plasticy notes in the aromas, a little overwhelming. Taste of peanut butter, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark/brown bread, light coffee/herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of peanut butter, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark/brown bread, light coffee/herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Weird metallic/phenolic/plasticy notes after the finish in flavors; but not overwhelming. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and peanut butter flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance; and zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.4%. Overall this is a pretty good flavored English porter style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and peanut butter flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. There is obviously something wrong here, but I still enjoyed it. Worth giving another shot on a future batch. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Feb 24, 2018
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap. Aroma is big on powdered peanut butter, with coffee and chocolate notes. The chocolate and coffee take more of a prominent role in the flavor, with the peanut butter adding pleasant and welcome addition. Good, smooth feel and finish.

May 18, 2017
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stortore from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at HopCat Ann Arbor 2/6/16.

Pours dark, opaque, with a one and a half finger head, some lacing. Smell is peanut butter, malt, chocolate, light vanilla. The taste also leads with the peanut butter- really good flavor, then more chocolate than the nose, malt, light vanilla. Smooth, creamy, full body for the style.

This was very enjoyable, might be the best peanut butter beer I've had.

Jun 23, 2016
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Brown Iron Brewhouse.

Pretty much nailed it. Haden't heard of this brewery before today, but this one had me impressed. This beer tastes just as it smells, and that is coffee and peanut butter with a sort of dry, somewhat smokey character on the end. The feel is middle of the road -- pretty decently silky, but drinkable. BA says this is 4.6%, but Brown Iron said it was 5.6%, so who knows -- my guess is that it's closer to six, given the amount of flavor and the mouth feel. Anyway, this is a very nice beer, and one of the better peanut butter beers I've had... just know that if you don't care much for coffee, you may not enjoy this beer as much.

May 26, 2016
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MP81 from Michigan

4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

If you like peanut butter, this beer is for you. Some may expect this to have a disgusting taste - but the porter is the perfect vessel for peanut butter flavor. The finish and aftertaste on the beer are literally like having just eaten creamy peanut butter - delicious.

It definitely makes for a heavier feeling beer - but that is to be expected with anything involving peanut butter - definitely one I will get (and have gotten) again!

May 01, 2016
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Big_Neezy from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like you're drinking a peanut butter and chocolate muffin. It's rich in flavor while holding distinct flavors of peanut butter, chocolate and coffee. Really quite good.

Had on draft at Vinsetta Garage.

Apr 15, 2016
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NateDyk47 from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at a local bar

Look: very dark brown (nearly black), half-finger of tan head
Smell: peanut putter & milk chocolate. almost smells a little artificial
Taste: rich peanut butter & milk chocolate, almost as if drinking liquid Reese's peanut butter cups. faint hint of caramel
Feel: heavy body, light carbonation, very smooth

Overall: very good, although it seems more like a stout than a porter

Feb 24, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a low profile, thin, off-white head. Nose of rich peanut butter, milk chocolate, and sugary sweet overtones. Flavors are rich milk chocolate and peanut butter forward, heavy on the sweet and sugary notes. Slight roasted overtones, on a smooth, velvety body. The aftertaste is candy rich peanut butter and chocolate, lingering on past the smooth, rich finish.

Oct 26, 2015
Monkey Butter from Jaden James Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 46 ratings