Buxton / Omnipollo - Yellow Belly
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #107
Ranked #420
4.4 | pDev: 8.41%
Buxton Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Buxton / Omnipollo - Yellow BellyBuxton / Omnipollo - Yellow Belly
Notes: “Yellow belly” — a person who is without courage, fortitude, or nerve; a coward.

To us, one of the most cowardly deeds is to act anonymously, hiding behind a group. A signifying trait of institutionalised racism.

This beer is brewed to celebrate all things new, open minded and progressive. A peanut butter biscuit stout with no biscuits, butter or nuts. Taste, enjoy, and don’t be prejudiced.

/Henok Fentie, Karl Grandin, Denis Johnstone, Jake Oulsnam, Geoff Quinn, Colin Stronge

Collaboration between Buxton Brewery and Omnipollo, Stockholm.
Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 553 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of 2beerdogs
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed up in Galway, Ireland. But now that I see a lot of Americans have reviewed this one, makes me assume it had some distro in the states. And thus, I am sure I WAYYYY overpaid for what I thought would be a unique find during my travels.
Pours a deep, near-black brown. Beige head forms beautifully, then quickly recedes to a thin film and ring.
Aroma is stunning. Deep chocolaty notes lift the peanut butter cookie dough smell out of the glass.
The flavor follows with more of a meld of the chocolate notes, peanut butter, and a gentle char. Nuances of fig and date slip in as well.
Mouthfeel is full, almost chewy.
Overall, one of the best peanut butter noted stouts.
At least this was really tasty, so the price doesn't sting as much now.

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Photo of phildo79
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply outstanding! The beer that inspired me to brew. It's a disgrace that this beer will no longer be made. Pure decadence in a glass. Do yourself a favour and order one before they're all gone.

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Photo of oberon
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by July of 2021.Pours into a snifter jet black with a thinner deep beige head atop that is gone pretty quickly.A mix of dark fruits and chocolate fudge in the nose,some sweet alcohol becomes bigger as it warms.Deep chocolate tones on the palate with caramel and mild nuttiness,raisin notes really come thru as I drink more but it actually goes down very very easy.Not into the whole 'progressive' thing on the label but the beer is really damn good.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark brown color, no head, minimal thin lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Peanut butter, chocolate, sweet, alcohol. Nice!

T: Peanut butter, chocolate, bittersweet. Superb!

F: Medium to full bodied, full flavored.

O: A complex imperial stout. World class.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pitch black coloration with a tiny, fizzy head. Smell is dominated by a marshmallow sweetness, with notes of doughy, roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla and lactose. Taste follows the nose, with doughy, roasted malts at the forefront, strong notes of cocoa, lactose and marshmallow and lighter notes of coffee, vanilla and leather. Some very light hoppy earthy notes are present as well that help balance out the sweetness a little. Finishes with a very light bitterness and some vanilla lactose notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a rich body and low carbonation.

There is no peanut butter flavour to this, it's all psychology, backed up by the generous use of lactose and doughy malt, creating a sort of sweet, buttery, vanilla flavour profile. To me personally, it's more reminiscent of marshmallow than peanut butter and I would bet money that if they didn't label this as a "Peanut Butter Stout" noone would get a peanut butter flavour from it. Slightly too sweet for me, although there is a slight hop earthiness/bitterness for balance, with the lactose/marshmallow/vanilla note just being too overpowering.

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Photo of Rristow
4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from Klan looking bottle. Pours black with beige head. Aroma is robust with coffee, nutty with peanut butter and cocoa. Nice oily and chewy mouthfeel. Flavors of caramel, biscuits, peanut butter, cocoa, molasses. Awesome stout.

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Photo of rypkr
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Look is a litter thing but redeemed with the frothy whipped head. Just between black and the darkest of browns.

S - smell is all peanut butter, or maybe peanut flour. Some light roast coffee, a dash of bakers cocoa, a drop of vanilla extract. There's sweetness and a latte like creaminess in the aroma.

T - much, much, much richer than I had expected. By the aroma I was expecting along the lines of duclaw's "sweet baby jesus" peanut butter porter but the beer is a 3x concentrated version of any peanut butter beer I've had.

The PB is buttering against malty sweetness. There's a ton, and I mean a ton of coffee for a beer not advertised to be a coffee beer. Fairly roasty.

F - midweight with enough carbonation to make it feel quite big.

O - tasty. Pricey for the novelty and not something I'd buy often but may revisit again if I see it.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells like a butterfinger candy bar.with a hint of roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate
T: Taste is butterfinger candy with some roasted malts, coconut, and dark chocolate with a little hint of coffee. Swallow is more butterfinger candy bar with more coconut, dark chocolate, coffee and a hint of roasted malts.
M: This beer is thick and slightly silky on the palate with low carbonation that is barely adequate. The beer has a drying finish due to the ABV.
O: Overall this one is pretty impressive and unique. From the nose to the taste this one is definitely a winner. Carbonation could stand to be just a tad higher but that's a very minor nit pick. It's there but it's barely noticeable. It helps give it a pretty silky mouthfeel though. Definitely worth a try if you like sweeter stouts.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Plan B in Rotterdam

From a bottle into a snifter
Best Before 11 August 2021
Imperial stout brewed with aromas of peanut and biscuit
Contains barley, wheat, oats and lactose

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with great retention. Clear black body with low carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to full cap and leaves great lacing on the glass. Half wisp remains leaving lots of good lacing clinging to the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Lots of cookie dough, peanut butter, hazelnuts, cacao nibs, vanilla and cream, chocolate chips cookies and some light roasted notes. Really aromatic and desert-like.

TASTE: Cookie dough, peanut butter, hazelnuts, vanilla and cream up front. Matches the nose exactly. Very flavorful with a bold and lingering finish of bitter chocolate and coffee, vanilla cream, cookies, peanut butter and nuts, with a nice roasted base through it. Some alcohol lingers in the finish. This is really lovely.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a drier for the style. No real heat lingers.

OVERALL: These guys are great at making desert-type imperial stouts and this one is just as delicious as any other one they’ve made. Really flavorful and the full of character. The label says this is a peanut butter biscuit stout with no biscuit, butter or nuts, but that’s insanely impossible to believe. Regardless, whatever the recipe is, this one is delicious. Try it if you can. Cheers!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a teku

A- pours deep black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that has short retention and leaves a ring around the glass

S- the aroma smells like a morning coffee shop; herbal coffee is highlighted by sweet aromas of peanut butter cookie, biscotti, roasted hazelnuts, caramel, mocha & vanilla cream

T- sweet dark chocolate and mocha cream up front, followed by notes of roasted hazelnut, caramel biscotti & butterfinger candy bar. The finish brings out some roasted herbal coffee and lingers of peanut flavored biscotti cookies

M- medium-heavy body leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a syrupy, velvety, slightly warming finish

O- an outstanding stout that bursts with peanut/biscotti/coffee, one to sip and savor

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Photo of Jwale73
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle served in a tulip. B496 BB: 11AUG21. Pours an inky black with a loose, khaki-colored head that dissipates into a soapy, frothy, slick. Nose is quite nice - peanut butter upfront, followed by cocoa and vanilla. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a hint of artificial sweetener to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with a mild, even carbonation. Overall, a tasty American Double / IS; however, the mouthfeel is a little too thin for the style.

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Photo of gatornation
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color with a tan head. Smell had chocolate,vanilla,peanut butter and marshmallow. Taste followed nose many layers of flavor in this as it warmed additional dark fruit and biscuit wit a roasted malt slight bitter finish. I thought this was quite good.

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Photo of Holderness
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Black body with a finger of light brown head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention and lacing
S -- Lots of biscuit and nougat (esp. hazelnut and almond). Some coffee syrup, vanilla, and chocolate
T -- Chocolate syrup, coffee ice cream, hazelnut, peanut, almond, toffee, brown sugar. Quite sweet with a lasting, toasty bitterness
F -- Viscous and dense. Medium+ mouthfeel, minimal carb.
O -- Funky concept and even funnier name. Somehow it more-or-less works, although don't expect something that completely knocks your socks off. I'm curious -- since they don't use biscuits or peanut butter -- how they got such an adjunct-y aroma/flavor profile


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Photo of Beersnake1
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with barely any head. Little floaties in the glass, but they also fall quickly. Nose is incredible. Chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, nuts. Taste is equally as good. Pretty significant bitterness on the aftertaste. Huge chocolate and some coffee on the taste. Getting some charred wood notes, dark fruit, and vanilla. That bitterness isn't going away, and is a bit off-putting. Otherwise, a great beer with a huge thick mouthfeel.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It took me a minute to wrap my mind around this one because all other chocolate peanut butter beers I've had have been liquid Reeses. This is straight liquid Butterfinger, I mean that in a good way

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Photo of Harrison8
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with less than a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is caramel, toffee, molasses, and candied sugars. Toasted and roasted malts behind the sugary display up front. Flavor profile is caramel, toffee, molasses, dark chocolate, and cocoa. Roasted and toasted malts still play a big role behind, forming a huge, supportive base. Mouth feel is thick with a hearty, velvety texture. Overall, lots of sugary notes that are balanced out by bitter, balanced malts. It's a hearty, flavorful stout through and through.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of avalon07
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, peanut butter, coffee, and biscuits.

T: Tasted of a bit of roasted malt (somewhat in the finish), a lot of peanut butter (not too much), some biscuits, light hops, lots of chocolate, and a tinge of coffee. An incredibly robust, complex, and powerful flavor. Sweet and tasty. No idea how they achieved the peanut butter flavor without using peanut butter.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is an exceptionally well made stout. Very much drinkable. It's dessert in a glass.

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Photo of CHickman
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to split a bottle of this rarity, which pours jet black with a 1 finger tan head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing. Great packaging on this bottle.

Smells of peanuts, roasted nuts, chocolate, cocoa powder, chocolate chip cookies, peat moss, smoked grains, soy sauce and molasses. Impressive how they made it smell nutty without using nuts, but it still brings nice chocolate aromas.

Tastes just like it smells with tons of chocolate and toasted nuts, bringing vanilla and the biscotti flavors together for a really complex brew. A bit too much soy sauce in the mix but that thankfully gets balanced out by the char and chocolate for a very tasty and impressive imperial stout.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost black dark brown with a thin khaki head that dissipates very quickly with minimal lacing. The aroma is freshly cooked peanut butter cookies. The flavor follows the nose and a little dark chocolate joins the party. The feel is a bit thin for the style, but overall this is fantastic.

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Photo of Buck89
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle poured into a tulip. Opaque and viscous on the pour with a small tan head. Huge peanut butter aroma. Also some chocolate and, yes, biscuity malt. The peanut butter is less up front on the palate, allowing the chocolate and biscuit to shine. A floral bitterness as well. Overall great balance. Outstanding.

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Photo of Benish
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured pitch black with a pancake batter colored head.

Smell: muted peanut butter at chilled temp but as it warmed up, it became a nutty Butterfinger candy bar with notes of toffee and chocolate. Heavenly.

Taste: amazingly sweet with notes of peanut butter, chocolate, toffee and a bready biscuit with honey. So rich and indulgent. Just a touch of bitterness at the very finish.

Mouthfeel: very rich and smooth. Full-bodied. Like a liquid candy bar.

Overall: superb. Apparently it doesn't have really peanut butter so I assumed this may taste a bit artificial. While I may be just slightly right, it was still delicious and it did taste 'natural' without that gritty artificial taste.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.49/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark cola brown with a thin khaki head. No activity visible.

Smell: Decadent peanut butter cup on the nose. There might be just a hint of fruity coffee and alcohol on the finish. But it is light.

Taste: Dates, figs, and fruit leather on the attack. Very sweet. Then a body of acrid milk chocolate and a kiss of peanuts.

Feel: Sweet. Almost cloyingly so. Mild bitterness. No alcohol. Thin given the ABV.

Overall: Cool packaging and great nose. Besides that it is pretty underwhelming. Weirdly fruity given the ingredients. At this price tag I’d be hesitant to pick it up again.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Pours a blackish dark brown color with no head. Virtually no lacing. The aroma is very sweet with lots of milk chocolate, peanut butter, cookies, roasted malts, and caramel. The taste is peanut butter and biscuits followed up by milk chocolate and espresso. Has a bit of a chocolate covered salted pretzel kind of taste. Sweet chocolate and peanut butter finish. Borders on being too sweet. Pretty noticeable alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected. A pretty whacky beer that is certainly on the expensive side, but worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Bier82
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look, black with a very faint tan head that quickly dissipates .
Smell, one of the best smelling things I have experienced. Straight up peanut butter cookie.
Taste, I let the beer warm up a little longer after my first sip, which helped bring out the dryer peanut butter flavors, followed by some sweet espresso notes.
Feel, lighter than I expected or would want, but I don't hold it against this beer.

Overall, if it wasn't such a rare/weird beer I wouln't spend $14 on it. But it was worth a try to finally have it.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally poured to a Omnipollo tumbler.

A: The body is thick as hell, having a very syrupy touch and creates almost no no head when forcing it. It’s deep black colored and the head is dark brown. No lacing nor retention.
S: As my push my head into the glass, the amazing aroma of Yellow Belly almost leaves me breathless and my knees feel a bit weak. :) Just giant touches of chocolate, peanut butter and biscuits are coming into my nose. This is something like having Noa for the first time. Also in the back of the nose, just a small hint of alcohol.
T: The taste starts off very very sweet but not nauseous, having a somehat pinch of salt from the taste that follows right after, the peanut butter profile. Having this blend with the incoming chocolate at first, creates a feeling of deliciousness in your mouth as this pastry beer melts in your mouth. In the end, a slight bitter slight salty finish is presented.
M: Body is high. Carbonation, on this beer, is too high, alcohol is also a bit present but it’s normal due to the fact that this is 11% ABV.
O: It’s another incredible imperial stout from Omnipollo. Period. One of the best of the current days.

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Buxton / Omnipollo - Yellow Belly from Buxton Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 553 ratings