Yellow Belly Sundae
Buxton Brewery

Yellow Belly SundaeYellow Belly Sundae
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #204
ABV:
12%
Score:
96
Ranked #951
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 8.68%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
141
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Buxton Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  28
SCORE
96
World-Class
Yellow Belly SundaeYellow Belly Sundae
Notes: Collaboration with Omnipollo

Bourbon Barrel Aged Yellow Belly Peanut Butter Biscuit Stout brewed with lactose and aged on vanilla beans and cocoa nibs.
Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 141 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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janubio from Spain

4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle at Las Buenas Pulgas, served in a balloon glass.
Black colour, medium beige head with big bubbles that fades slowly.. Sticky lacing.
Aroma is predominantly chocolate, with salted peanuts, figs, dates, bourbon, varnish, spices.
Full body, creamy texture, good carbonation
Sweet boozy finish.
Taste follows the aroma.
Exceptional.

Feb 12, 2020
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.96/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Very dark brown color (almost black), no head or lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate, coffee. Heaven!!!

T: Chocolate, coffee, sweet-ish. Smoooooth and complex. Just wow.

F: Medium to full bodied, full flavored.

O: World class imperial stout, no doubt. If you can find it, drink it!

Dec 20, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark with minimal head. Huge vanilla aroma, plenty of bourbon barrel, nice amount of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, light coffee. Flavor is pretty sweet, again, lots of vanilla, has a very big barrel presence, which I love. Rich and creamy, fairly full bodied. This is a very nice BA dessert imp stout, glad I tried it.

12/15/18
Draft at Tørst, Brooklyn w/ Adam
4.25 rating

Dec 17, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp into a snifter. Pours a beautiful motor oil black with fudge like head. Nice light brown. This looks like a dessert. The nose immediately reminds me of other Omnipollo BA stouts. Lots of mocha, lactose, chocolate, fudge, and a hint of cherries. Although this is aged in bourbon, I'm not picking it up on the nose. The taste is where the bourbon comes in. I immediately get a sting of alcohol and that sweet bourbon flavor. The taste is definitely more complex than the nose led me to believe. Getting some nice chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toffee, licorice, and cherries. Brown sugar and maple are definitely coming through as well. Really nice balance of sweet flavors. Again, this screams dessert, albeit one drizzled in bourbon - exactly my style! Mouthfeel is rich, robust, and creamy. It coats the mouth and sticks around. Overall, a fantastic dessert stout, if you are into this style.

Jul 29, 2018
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Plan B in Rotterdam

From a bottle into a snifter
Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels
Ingredients: Barley, oats, wheat, hops, water, yeast, cacao nibs, lactose, vanilla beans, peanut aroma and biscuit aroma.

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a two finger, medium-thicker looking, creamy, light tan head with great retention. Clear black body with no real 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. Looks virtually the same as the original but perhaps a touch darker.

SMELL: Basically the same as the original, with lots of cookie dough, peanut butter, hazelnuts, cacao nibs, vanilla and cream, chocolate chips cookies and some light roasted notes. A decent bourbon and oak layer under the adjunct wonderland here.

TASTE: Cookie dough, peanut butter, hazelnuts, vanilla and cream and some light bourbon notes up front. Matches the nose exactly. Big, bold and lingering finish of bitter chocolate and coffee, vanilla cream, cookies, peanut butter and nuts, with a nice roasted base through it. A light but present bourbon and alcohol base in there as well. Basically the original with a touch of bourbon barrel character, which is fine by me.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Nice and creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a bit mouth-coating. A bit of bourbon heat lingers.

OVERALL: Another wonderful, adjunct laden, desert treat of a beer by Omnipollo. The barrel component to this one is rather minor overall, but since the base adjunct stout is so full of character, the hints of bourbon barrel are actually well-measured here. If it had become a bourbon bomb, the original loveliness would have been lost. As it is, this thing is top class. Highly recommend drinking this one if you come across it. Cheers!

Jul 04, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It pours a pitch black body with a beautiful mocha head.

Vanilla, roasty notes, tart berries notes, almost vinous, cocoa, bourbon

Bourbon upfront. Vanilla, little peanut, very little, roasty. Very gourmet and balanced. Chocolate frosting. Quite bitterness but balanced by a low sweetness. Earthy hoppiness, nice roasty notes

Quite thick, velvety

A 12% abv beer that drinks itself quite easily.

A completely different beer than Yellow Belly. The bourbon is quite nice but makes it a bit less complex. The peanut is almost absent here but the hop profile and the roastiness are the same. A clear Omnipollo beer but maybe the sweetless one, which is not a bad thing!

Jun 13, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.22/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sample at Wakefest. Black with some khaki foam. Smells of butter, ugh. Peanuts, chocolate, bourbon, and butterscotch. Taste is also dominated by butter. Very unpleasant. Chocolate and a nutty flavor. Is the butter supposed to be like a sundae topping? Because it's not working for me.

May 28, 2018
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured to a Cantillon taster glass.

A: The body is pitch black, having a small and minimal brown to beige head that lives to the side of the glass and every time you swirl the beer. It looks beautiful. Very dense and liquor-y.
S: Know what's a perfect smell? This is. The aroma has tons of vanilla, peanut butter, biscuit aromas but in such a way that's very very *very* well balanced. You can feel just a tip of the alcohol there but mostly, this aroma is unforgettable. 5.0, straight.
T: Taste is something I can't believe of. It starts very sweet with the vanilla profile, moving directly to biscuit-y touches making this look like the sundae it actually refers until you put the peanut butter topping. Specifically the peanuts show just a little bit of the bourbon here. I want more of this.
M: The only reason why this beer is not perfect on the mouthfeel is the alcohol that still kicks just a bit. I've had beers with similar ABV where alcohol was much hidden than here. Still, carbonation is great, sweetness is balanced still - not as sweet as the original Yellow Belly or Noa, and bitterness is low.
O: Yes, it's the best Omnipollo beer. It's probably the only pastry beer I want to drink a bottle alone because sweetness is not exaggeratedly high. Flavours are very well balanced and non is actually extreme. Aroma is the best aroma from Omnipollo I've put my nostrils on. Pastry stout wise, this is near perfection and for sure one of the best beers I've had in my whole life.

Apr 12, 2018
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 0.33l bottle into pint.
L: Pitch black and tan foam .
S: Cream, caramel, butter.
T: butter, caramel.
F: Tight body and low carbonation.
O: Excellent beer.

Apr 04, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Compared to Yellow Belly, much less peanut butter on the nose and a big barrel presence. Works well. On the palate, the barrel dominated - the nuttiness was there but seemed out of place. Rough finish. I liked the base beer and this would be a great BA stout but the two don't seem to work that well.

Mar 14, 2018
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Peanut butter, dark chocolate, slightly sweet, with creamy vanilla, light bourbon and faint alcoholic booze.

A: Black color, opaque, with a very thin khaki color head that quickly forms a ring around the glass.

T: Lots of dark chocolate malts, followed by peanut butter, light creamy vanilla, moderate sweetness, faint bourbon with a moderately light roast bitterness on the finish.

M: Full bodied with moderately light carbonation and a creamy, smooth mouth-feel.

O: Tasty; the beer has a great peanut butter, dark chocolate quality with a touch of vanilla and bourbon that support the base beer well.

Jan 01, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, poured into a 10oz snifter glass. Enjoyed on 5.20.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a jet black color, thick and oily with a caramel colored head, no retention and spotted lace. The aroma is very intriguing, tons of biscuity malt, peanut butter, chocolate, vanilla bean and marshmallow with smooth dark grain and soft fresh oak. The flavors are curious as well, tons of chocolate and peanut butter, cookie biscuit with oak barrel, vanilla bean, marshmallow, light whiskey, very smooth and easy with some stone fruits that linger. The mouthfeel is good, coating, creamy, chewy with a gentle full body and a soft finish.

Verdict: A very unique and interesting stout from Buxton and Omnipollo. It has a very natural peanut butter flavor that doesn't feel fake or forced, good balance of adjunct flavors, a head scratcher but fun and successful.

Sep 06, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Omnipollos Hatt in Stockholm, topped with some YB Sundae slushee.

Pours jet black, thick and viscous with chocolate colored foam.

Smell is kind of like a chocolatey peanut butter, with some vanilla sprinkled in.

Taste is huge, melding peanut butter with dark chocolate and vanilla, with a bit of biscuit holding it all down.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, carbonation is just right.

Once again, Omnipollo is involved with an adjunct stout that just speaks to me. Love the mouthfeel, and the fact that it isn't overly sweet. Great stuff.

Jul 12, 2017
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yoshie from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Motor oil. Creamy thick and completely black. It poured out with no head at all and coated the glass with a thick layer when swirled. With an aggressive swirl, I was able to generate half a finger's worth of a dark mocha head.
Smell: Up front - Nutter Butters and Reese's Cups. Some dark malts and a hint of sweet bourbon barely come through the thick peanut butter.
Taste: Heavily roasted malts come through strongly on the palate, so roasty that it's a bit bitter. Bourbon sweetness and alcohol are also very apparent, but with no heat at all. The bourbon also imparts a bit of vanilla. Creamy peanut butter comes through in the middle and lasts through the finish.
Feel: A light carbonation helps to accentuate the creamy smooth mouth feel. It's thick without being cloying or sticky, which is nice to see among all the super thick, oily, sticky stouts out there.

Apr 01, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 20th June 2020. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: It was black in colour with a thin mocha head that dissipated quickly and left sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, peanut, biscuit and caramel. There’s a hint of vanilla possibly from the barrel, but I’m not getting much, if any bourbon.

Taste: Peanut butter, milk chocolate, biscuit, vanilla and bourbon sweetness. There is bitter dark chocolate and a slight boozy harshness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with light to moderate carbonation and a slight boozy harshness which falls away as it warms.

Overall: Even with no bourbon in the aroma, the aroma was still stunning. Taste was a harsher version of Yellow Belly with alcohol booziness coming through, although this harshness dropped away as it warmed. It was still nice, but it makes this version more of a sipper.

Mar 29, 2017
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gibgink from Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with small tenuous head that dissipates quickly. Beer coats the glass, making it appear stained. Smells of rich, creamy peanut butter goodness with a hint of bourbon character. Taste brings forth waves of peanut butter and barrel flavors, with an extremely faint hint of dark baker's chocolate. The alcohol does make its presence known on the back end, but this is a fine brew overall.

Mar 13, 2017
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pitch black with no head.
Smell: Reese's peanut butter cup dominates the aroma.
Taste: Peanut butter, biscuit, bread, with no Bourbon what so ever.
Feel: Not boozy at all.
Overall: A great stout, one of my favorites. I think the other version had more assertive flavors. I never would of guessed that this beer was aged in Bourbon barrels, which is a little bit of a let down.

Mar 12, 2017
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black beer. Slender brown head. Awesome looking. Nothing else to say.. it's pure Butterfinger. Smell, taste, everything. It's uncanny. Flavor finishes with a great bourbon burn. Very sweet. Split the bottle with a friend.

Mar 04, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

the barrel aged version of yellow belly is also really good. i had the pleasure of having both bottles side by side, which was awesome. i was the only one in our group i think who preferred the original, but both beers are of course tremendous. i feel like the barrel enhances the base stout, which i am all about. i am wary of heavily flavored big stouts, so i appreciate the bourbon and wood flavors accenting dark grain, roast and earthy elements there, and the alcohol, which has a comforting warming property for being only a little stronger. its way sweeter, and it does cover up some of the milk chocolate and peanut flavors that i feel really defined yellow belly, but it of course adds some impressive new depth, and this unbelievable hugeness and smoothness of feel that is next level. dark chocolate and sweet vanilla are left after the swallow, and it coats the teeth pretty completely. had a ton of fun with this little series, and could see other variants coming out and adding to the legacy. this is killer beer, worth the price, and good to let warm up over an hour or so, it really does open up like crazy. if you havent had these yet, seek them out! not to be missed.

Feb 25, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Dark brown/black in color.

Hershey's syrup and chocolate. Bourbon and oak. Vanilla and toffee. Peanut butter flavors mixed in with cocoa. Fudge.

Thick and sweet. Ends with a little roast.

A very nice beer and fun to try. A definite upgrade from regular YB.

Feb 24, 2017
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured super thick and viscous like motor oil. A small, frothy, saddle brown head topped the pitch black body. Solid retention. The crown slowly faded to a bubbly mass. Drops of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was really crazy. Super sweet and dessert-like with intense biscuit and peanut brittle notes. Big milk chocolate presence too. Hint of vanilla. A Butterfinger candy bar definitely came to mind. Some roasted malts were apparent as well. There was a subtle booziness in the background. Both the booze and the sweet chocolate notes intensified as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was an interesting mix of intense roast and intense sweetness. Roasted malts came through strong up front. Good amount of milk chocolate. Hershey's chocolate syrup perhaps. Loads of vanilla in the center. Subtle peanut brittle notes too. Touch of espresso. The back end and the finish contained notes of bitter roast, booze and a near cloying sweetness. Ashy notes lingered long after the swallow.

Rich and slick mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. Perhaps a touch thinner than expected. The liquid contained a fine, zippy effervescence.

Between the crazy peanut and biscuit notes, the overwhelming sweetness and the bitter roastiness, this beer was a lot to handle. An interesting approach at a stout for sure but definitely a one-and-done for me.

Feb 02, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours thin black like used motor oil , thin mocha colored head that quickly dissipates spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma - This thing smells like dessert, I could smell the peanut and chocolate cookie smell while I was pouring it. I am also picking up some toffee and caramel, it is like a liquid candy bar in a good way. I am just picking up a hint of the bourbon.

Taste - The taste is very similar to the aroma except the bourbon is more pronounced. There is plenty of chocolate chip cookie and toffee, there is also tons of peanut butter and bourbon they are both the stars of the flavor profile.

Feel - It seemed to pour sort of thin but it really coats the mouth very well, there is some burn from the alcohol

Overall - I was a bit worried if I would like this especially at the cost but wow this thing is great. The flavors are very balanced and each one stands out very well and the aroma is heaven.

Jan 29, 2017
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wethorseblanket from California

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle with a best buy date of 17/08/2021, black as coal at midnight under a quarter-inch thick dark mocha head which fades to the rim and leaves spots of lace. Aroma is peanut butter cookies, roast, vanilla, sweet bourbon and wood. Flavors of roasty char, vanilla, wood, peanut butter, toffee, and sweetness with a slight caramel and dark chocolate/fudge note. Full body and light carbonation. Rich, creamy, sweat and roasty finish. Big beer in a small bottle.

Jan 07, 2017
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Really dark and pretty thick. It tastes like straight liquid butterfingers with some underlying booze notes. It's very rich and sweet but not cloyingly so. A great beer.

Jan 02, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed an overpriced bottle of this with high hopes that it might put the original Yellow Belly to some kind of shame... I was wrong. Anyway, It pours out as a deep black color with a thin brown head on top that quickly fades. The smell of the beer does have some peanut butter aromas in there but they're not quite as strong as the original version. The barrel aging kind of takes over I guess which I was hoping it would blend a little better. The taste is about the same, too much of one thing and not the other. The feel is good for the style. Overall, it's a cool idea and I love this brewery but I would just stick to the normal Yellow Belly and save myself a couple bucks as well.

Jan 01, 2017
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