Yellow Belly
Buxton Brewery

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #127
ABV:
11%
Score:
97
Ranked #469
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 8.43%
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
588
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Buxton Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
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SCORE
97
World-Class
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Notes: Collaboration with Omnipollo

“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: 125 | Ratings: 588 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with brown tones appearance, brown collar. Smells of semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, peanut butter cookie, toasted nuts, mild coffee, hints of vanilla, and light char. Taste explodes with the peanut butter biscuit cookie, toffee, and chocolate, has good roasted to the coffee and malt flavors now, caramel and booze linger, fantastic. All of this is in a body that doesn't get over saturated or heavy, viscous but not syrupy, roast is teasingly hinting, sweetness too. This really was as good as the hype if not better. Perfect to have after voting against a yellow belly today!

Oct 30, 2020
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terpsnburps from California

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cease and desisted batch.
pours a nice dark black, with a light tan head
aroma is amazing, complex mix of roasted malts, creamy nutter butter cookie filling, waffle cone, backed by slight hints of vanilla and chocolate. very creamy smelling.
tastes just like the smell. very balanced and complex mix of roasted malts, creamy peanut butter, and carmalized sugars, but not too sweet at all, incredibly balanced.
Over all an amazing stout! Very happy I stocked up on these considering they stopped making them. It really deserves the ratings it has, its hard to bring all of these flavors together and balance them so exceptionally.

Sep 09, 2020
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BerryKumquat from California

4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: A dark stout color with a shade of yellow.
S: Strong molasses.
T: A strong start of stout into butterscotch.
F: Very heavy and dark.
O: An odd heavy stout with a hint of sweetness.

Sep 06, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.57/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was another beer from the Firestone Walker Fest Pre Party 2017. Much like Kanye sang on Graduation Day, "Sometimes I wonder. . . " Consumed prior to the election communist propaganda push of this year (that craft beer applaudes no doubt).

Pours blackest of black. Makes sense given the ironic political message. 1/2" light brown head. We had this back to back with a peanut butter beer, and it made this one seem like a weak commercial/political tug job to call it a peanut butter beer, even with the disclaimer that it didn't.

Taste also lacked peanut butter but had all the chocolate malt feels and a lower carbonation that made that taste stand out even more, even though the carbonation was appropriate for style and recipe. Hid the alcohol really well. At the end of the day, you can pay a lot for this single bottle of well made imperial stout. Or you can buy a six pack of a very similar imperial stout for about the same price.

Jul 27, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Seriously, it’s been a while since I have had a truly World Class Stout. Straight up, my homies, this one poured so dark and pure like losing your virginity at midnight. Boyyyyyyyy, it smells so rich and luscious that maybe that bro Bill Gates sponsored it. Yeah, rich and oil like Ima pretend Ida Tarbell wrote a book about it. I would go on, but I’m gone in ecstasy.

Oh my.

Jul 05, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of peanut butter, buttery biscuits, chocolate and toffee. Sweet peanut butter taste with chocolate, biscuits and caramel.

Mar 27, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with a short tan blanket settling to a thin ring.

Taste brings a moderate, pleasant roast with notes of cocoa, peanut butter cookie, mild coffee, and a vanilla charcacter that has hints of banana skin and some heat.

Feel is moderately thick and quite smooth with a fine crisp fizz that finishes semi-dry.

This brings a nice balance to the table with semi-bitter qualities, even though it's an Omnipollo-defiled pastry stout. It's got all the characteristics listed, while also featuring high quality notes of a very solid base stout.

Mar 19, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The very kind clerk at the Root Cellar near Cincinnati dug this gem up for me during a recent visit.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Deep rich dark brown color with nice head and magnificent lacing. Dark chocolate smell and taste. Very flavorful and silky smooth feel. Absolutely a pleasure to drink.

Great beer for a St. Patrick’s Day!

Mar 18, 2020
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drunkenmess from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black body pour.
Thinner color on the outside.
Medium dark tan head.
Oily slick watery lace.
Small outer dissipated ring thur out.
Nose is cake batter. Milk/creamy.
Taste is sweet chocolate. Vanilla cake. Some roasted malts. Slight bitter after taste.
Med to low carbonation.
Creamy med to thick body.
Well hidden abv.

Mar 08, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally a beer that tastes better than hazelnut coffee without having to be brewed with hazelnut coffee! Somehow the smell and taste of hazelnut coffee has always simultaneously been comforting and repulsive to me. But with this I get all the good without any of the saccharine jitters of other hazelnut imperial stouts. Just straight magic, pulled from thin air

Mar 02, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an (almost) 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. Interesting 'hood' over the bottle.

L: Dark, dark brown pour... nearly black. Minimal head and a scant ring of lacing. Low carbonation.

S: Rich and sweet. Baked goods, peanut butter, roast, and grains.

T.F: Just like it smells... rich and complicated. Roasted sugars and grains. Peanut butter/hazelnut, milk chocolate, baked raisin, and plum. Minimal espresso... on the sweet side but a little roast for balance. Low carbonation... medium bodied and smooth.

O: An outstanding sweet stout. Other sites call this a 'pastry Stout' and that is a pretty accurate description of what you're getting. This made for a wonderful dessert, and it's a shame that it is being retired in the near future.

Jan 30, 2020
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2beerdogs from California

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Nov 23, 2019
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phildo79 from Northern Ireland

5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

May 05, 2019
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oberon from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Apr 14, 2019
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Dec 25, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Aug 31, 2018
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Rristow from Ohio

4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Aug 22, 2018
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Jul 30, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Jul 12, 2018
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Jul 04, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Jun 21, 2018
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Jun 11, 2018
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Jun 03, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
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

85/100

Jun 02, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

May 29, 2018
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 588 ratings