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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Buxton Brewery
England, United Kingdom
buxtonbrewery.co.uk

Style: American Double / 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#411
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
523
pDev:
8.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 523 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

masterful brew. Peanut butter and purpose butter. How? Liked this one. Stout taste balanced. Good drinkability. Jon’s bottle from Rochester mystery store.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a downright impressive beer, the flavored stouts are running a little wild, and while they are fun as novelty drinks, they rarely impress me as much more than that. how they achieved these chocolate and peanut butter notes in this beer without any of those ingredients is pretty special. they accentuate a very good base stout, not cover up an inferior ones flaws, which in and of itself puts it ahead of so many of its peers. super slick and dark, leggy, rich, and intense. tons of chocolate, toasted nuts, definitely peanuts specifically, some oil, some char and really dark roasted grains, some molasses type sweetness, mild coffee grinds, complex but not convoluted, really good. i taste it forever too, and having it side by side with the barrel aged edition, i actually prefer this edition, more natural, more unique. as much as the beer deserves a detailed review and heap of praise, the packaging does too. i was sort of shocked to see the kkk looking paper on the outside, i thought it might be insensitive or maybe just ignorant of the racism in this country, forgivable from a european brewery perhaps, but that was not at all the case when i took the paper off. there is a wonderful statement about hate like that being for cowards, and offering this beer as a tribute to its opposite sentiment. i absolutely love that, and i love beer, but often wonder how we might change the world with it. i think this is an incredible step in that direction, a great use of a their status in the beer world to get out an honest line about tolerance, and i admire them tremendously for doing it. that the beer in the bottle is also world class seems almost like a bonus at this point. very awesome!

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a rich black color with little head on top. The smell if packed with Peanut Butter notes, It smells fantastic honestly. The taste is really good too, but as much Peanut on the flavor as I thought it might have but still a good balance of flavors here. The feel is oily, like it should be. Overall I loved the beer. I would drink it again.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ever get to that point when nothing else can satisfy that culinary itch than a nutter butter with strong coffee? If you have and if you're a beer lover then that much needed scratch comes in the form of Yellow Belly- an imperial stout with aggressive peanut butter, chocolate and roast for a beer that easily replaces dessert.

Yellow Belly pours with the ominously dark austere and a creamy mocha-stained froth that falters underneath the weight of sugar and strength. Its scent dominates with warm peanut butter, dark chocolate, coffee and campfire. Its deeply succulent taste is rife with bunt caramel, cream and chocolate fudge.

Those decadent sweetnesses never waver as the complexity of tastes build. Its sweetness is seared with the notions of roasted marshmallow but with a heavy whipping cream, vanilla and cream soda irresistibility. Deep espresso, bittersweet chocolate and burnt sugar cane cary the load into a deep peanut butter fudge character that's laced with char, complexity and succulence.

Its full and lavish body promotes a creamy texture that's remiss of candy nougat, whopper candy, and a bitter coffee finish that balances the inordinate sweetness reasonably well. As a mild aspartame sweet-bitter taste plays out late, those glitches in taste are easily forgettable because of the ale's premiere sweet, savory and strong taste delights the palate early, late and in between.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fluid black with a mahogany aura and trace of quickly dissapating head. Rich luxurious aroma and taste to match...almost overly chocolately sweet. Quite incrediblly nice.

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Photo of superspak
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 1/9/2018. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Awesome appearance. Aromas of huge milk chocolate, peanut butter, cocoa, coffee, fudge, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cookie, vanilla, marshmallow, toasted biscuit, light smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness. Insane aromas with fantastic complexity and perfect balance of dark/roast/bready malt and peanut butter notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk chocolate, peanut butter, cocoa, coffee, fudge, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cookie, vanilla, marshmallow, toasted biscuit, light smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal hop/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, peanut butter, cocoa, coffee, fudge, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cookie, vanilla, marshmallow, toasted biscuit, light smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and peanut butter flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely insane peanut butter imperial stout! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and peanut butter flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A world class offering for sure.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbrauneis
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick viscous jet black in color with light amounts of fine active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and barely the faintest trace of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall very dark mocha foamy head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts + biscuit, slightly sweet peanut butter, coffee, and dark chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted + biscuit malts with a slightly heavier than moderate amount of graham cracker sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark chocolate and moderate to strong flavors of coffee. Finally there is a strong flavor of slightly sweet peanut butter with a moderate amount of lingering sweetness through the finish.

M: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth initially, followed by a light amount of stickiness and a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Kind of reminds me of a Nutter Butter dipped in dark chocolate and coffee which is what I think that they were aiming for. Delicious and smells wonderful, easy to drink (especially considering the strength of the beer). Definitely one that I would like to enjoy again.

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Photo of mothman
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Black in color.

Tastes like Reece's pieces. Lots of chocolate and peanut butter.

Thick and rich. Full bodied.

Very impressed with this one. Best peanut butter beer I have tried. Well done.

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Photo of largadeer
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vfgccp
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

July 28th 2016 bottle.

Outrageous dry roasted peanut nose. Smooth, sweet peanut butter cookie flavor profile with toasted brown bread and cold brewed coffee.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black pour with mocha head. Lots of peanut butter and biscuits. Taste starts sweet with vanilla, biscuits, coffee and milk chocolate. Really viscous and sticky body. Really nice dessert beer, like sweet, liquid ice cream.

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of olradetbalder
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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