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Buxton / Omnipollo - Yellow BellyBuxton / Omnipollo - Yellow Belly

Brewed by:
Buxton Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
“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.

Added by mdagnew on 11-07-2014

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Photo of Conradist
1/5  rDev -77.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Blech! Vile, artificial tasting beer-esque drink with a lingering chemical bitterness and acridity. Imagine a fairly ordinary/one note stout which has had a handful of peanut butter Jelly Belly candy swished around in it for a while and you have Yellow Belly. This is barely beer and, what's worse, it doesn't even taste good. I'll admit that it did smell nice, though. I mean, as beer it smelled gross and artificial, 'cause it is, but if it were, I dunno, a candle or some shit, I'd give it full marks.

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Photo of tykechandler
1.5/5  rDev -65.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of CharlieMills
2.43/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Just tried one of these and this is my opinion: The best thing about this beer is the aroma, I can just about smell that peanut butter, biscuit, chocolate over the overpowering alcohol. As for the taste.... thick and rich, but all the flavor is masked by the 11 abv alcohol, it's definitely a sipping beer. Also, it's very sweet, it's probably full of sugar.

Overall I'm not impressed, I would choose a pint of Guinness over this any day, stouts should be easy to drink in my opinion. These double stouts/ipa's, ect, don't work for me, beer is best at around 5% abv, if I want something stronger, I'll just drink more, or something else.

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Photo of Desp59
3.08/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sulty
3.27/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OKCNittany
3.31/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DispyDnb
3.4/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Almost pitch black, mogany. Smell is vanilla, cookie; smell doesnt evolve with temperature and hasnt much complexity. Taste is dark choccolate, some penaut; very bitter on the palate, low carbo, makes lips sticky. Hard to drink a whole bottle of this imo, the hype is big but the beer feels hard to drink already after the first sips, not that good.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.48/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BergBeer
3.49/5  rDev -20.1%
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 hockeypuck
3.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.56/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Markyg21
3.62/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Currently #207 on the Top 250 list. Seeing a Swedish/English collaboration on the top 250 piqued my interest (since the Top 250 is - to me - a cess pit of American bias), so I had to run out and buy a bottle at a Brooklyn beer shop.

BOTTLE: Comes in white paper wrapping with two black dots and the name of the beer printed in black. 11.2 fl oz format. Imported by Twelve Percent LLC. "Best before: 11/08/2021." Bottled: 28JUL16. Unbranded grey pry-off crown cap.

"Imperial stout brewed with peanut and biscuit flavors." 11% ABV. "Contains wheat, oats, hops, yeast, water and aromas of peanut and biscuit." "Brewed by Omnipollo and Buxton Brewery at Buxton Brewery Co Ltd." "A peanut butter biscuit stout with no biscuits, butter or nuts."

Served cold into a nonic and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

HEAD: Gorgeous creamy tan head with a rich complexion that doesn't quite reach the gilded sheen of the very best imperial stout heads, but comes close. Great even consistency with a soft succulent appearance. Retention is stellar for the high ABV - ~10 minutes, though it does reduce from ~1cm height to ~0.25cm and less in that time. Leaves uneven lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque solid black. No yeast or sediment can be seen within.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's a good looking imperial stout, but it isn't unique or special per se. Head could be improved.

AROMA: Aroma is unique, bringing notes of rich peanut butter/crushed peanuts, biscuit spread, macerated nuts, peanut liqueur, roast, and dark malt sweetness. Luxurious and sweet without ever seeming artificial. Suggests a rich creamy brew with a dominant roasted peanut flavour. Quite vivid and expressive, going after a different aroma than most imperial stouts.

Some may lament the absence of chocolate/chocolate malt, vanilla, coffee, burnt character, et al., but I find this aroma a refreshing and innovative take on the style - and that's rare in a style as oversaturated as the imperial stout. I hope the taste delivers on the aroma, but I do worry it might be too sweet.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. No overt off-notes, hoppy notes, or yeasty notes (e.g. fruity esters).

TASTE & TEXTURE: It does capture a genuine peanut/peanut butter flavour, but it's more subtle than the aroma suggested, not emerging as clearly dominant but rather playing more with the biscuit spread and dark malt sweetness than I expected. The result is a beer that isn't one-note, but is nevertheless more simplistic in build than the very best imperial stouts tend to be. Peanut butter is there, alright, but unlike so many peanut butter stouts or s'more stouts or the like it isn't gimmicky and fake in its execution (though ostensibly some form of artificial peanut flavour was used). The roastiness of the perceived peanut flavour is subtle, the creaminess of the soft mouthfeel plays to the buttery vibe of the peanut butter premise, and the tug of dark malts bends the flavour profile a bit sweeter without going full-on chocolate.

Indeed, what I admire about this beer most is its restraint...they didn't go for big bold notes of chocolate/cacoa nibs, vanilla beans, et al. and then throw a monstrous stout in bourbon barrels and market the hell out of it like an American brewery probably would; no, they committed to the peanut butter and explored what that (perceived) flavour can bring to beer.

Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, full-bodied but not syrupy or heavy on the palate. Mouthfeel is well-executed, playing to the peanut butter flavour.

What may be most intriguing is how this avoided all the ways it could have gone wrong. It's not a cloying mess, it isn't overcomplicated, the texture isn't sticky, it's not imbalanced with peanut butter drowning out everything else. But a bit more roasted barley would bring out more depth of flavour, and I'm curious how a more dry powdery feel would accentuate the (perceived) crushed peanut flavour.

OVERALL: Leave it to the Swedes and English to beat the Americans at their own game. I guess it takes an outsider in a country that prefers hazelnut spread (Nutella and the like) to peanut butter to really focus on what is effective about peanuts and peanut butter as a flavour - though unexpectedly, it seems the secret to a great peanut butter beer is not using beer at all (the brewers' equivalent of negative space, perhaps). Maybe we can get Allagash to brew a cloudberry witbier and send it to Sweden in response?

This is a shockingly drinkable stout for its ABV, and I wouldn't even say it's a sipper. While there is room for more intricacy, subtlety, and depth of flavour in its execution, this is the kind of beer that I'd expect to find put out as an American stout in six packs...and it's just as drinkable as a Sierra Nevada stout or the like would be.

It's great to see a European beer make the Top 250, but I do think there are many others that exceed this in quality.

B (3.63) / GOOD

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3.64/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutFox
3.68/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bilco
3.69/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doldham
3.69/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrallen34
3.7/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xrusha
3.71/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer_Line
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours black with small head. Smells a little peanut'y. taste is very sweet and kind of a weird peanut taste. Mouthfeel wsa the best part. Overall, I have been wanting to try this one forever, and it didn't live up to the hype

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3.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mportnoy
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Buxton / Omnipollo - Yellow Belly from Buxton Brewery
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 542 ratings