Yellow Belly Sundae
Buxton Brewery

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #209
ABV:
12%
Score:
96
Ranked #950
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 8.68%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
141
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Buxton Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
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SCORE
96
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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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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dec 25, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ridiculousness in stout making is achieved with the collaborative efforts of Buxton and Omnipollo breweries. Their bourbon barrel-aged, imperial, peanut butter stout carries enough sweetness to induce a diabetic shock and enough curiosity, succulence and intrigue to have you finishing the bottle without apology.

Yellow Belly Sundae pours a lavish, dense motor oil rich texture as it slowly nestles into the snifter like brownie batter going into the pan. Abyss-like in its dark depths, the stout hardly releases any froth at all, reserving all that creaminess for mouth-clinging viscosity. Caramel, cream and peanut butter waft onto the senses with the decadence of peanut butter cup, tiramisu, and creme brulee rolled all into one.

Rich and opulent malts flood the tongue with milkshake consistency and a caramel and cream taste that dwarfs the roast, chocolate or nutty taste. Savory and sweet, the beer is undeniably cloying as each sip simmers on the tongue with caramel, vanilla, coconut and pecan-like nuttiness from bourbon additions. Its whisky-infused spice balances the sweetness slightly while those extract flavors of peanut butter and vanilla might even carry a tinge of birthday cake.

Ridiculously full, rich and thick, its a beer that drinks like a meal, I'm surprised that the stout isn't served for a fork and a knife. Its alcohol and sugars cling the mouth with the satisfying taste and texture of after dinner dessert. A long and savory aftertaste increases the thirst for a beer or ordinary measure, but sip after sip leaves palate fatigue looming. Save for those post dinner digestive modes.

Dec 13, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku pint. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with nearly no head, just a light brown ring around the edge of the glass and some specs of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Smells like a Butterfinger, straight up. Not much else to say besides it's a boozy Butterfinger which is awesome in and of itself.

T- Right off the bat, this is obviously more complex than the base beer. It's plenty sweet but the peanut butter flavor along with the bourbon character makes for a much more unique flavor profile than regular Yellow Belly. Great roast throughout providing a complementary bitter charry quality, all with a well-integrated bourbon presence. ABV is dangerously well hidden.

M- So creamy, slick and even oily. Medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- I like this better than the base beer by a good margin. As expected, a slow sipping dessert beer, but it's one of the best of its kind.

Dec 27, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour, with a dark espresso head, smaller than the non-BA version, but still great looking. The smell - out of this world. This thing doesn't smell like a beer at all. Caramel biscuits with milk chocolate, a bit of coffee and some sweet vanilla bourbon. The taste is near perfect, again with tons of caramel and milk chocolate, a bit of sweet coffee and some alcohol in the background. A bit too thick and sticky, and might be too sweet sometimes, but other than that, a great beer.

Dec 24, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First bottled batch. Opaque black, viscous pour with mocha head. Intense biscuit and caramel aroma along with bourbon notes, vanilla, fudge and a hint of peanut butter. Taste starts sweet with huge vanilla, biscuits and the rest of the flavors from the aroma. Finishes quite bitter with dark chocolate notes. Overall this beer is very balanced. It starts sweet but gets quite bitter to the finish. Aroma, taste and body are huge, fells like liquid ice cream. There is just one little complaint I have, the alcohol presence. I had this beer on tap too and the alcohol wasn't present at all. Maybe because this bottle is very fresh, I got it just after the release. I will keep one bottle to see how it evolves over time. I definitely recommend this beer, it's almost a perfect beer for me.

May 05, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark cola brown body, dark black hue, one finger mocha head, good retention, no lacing. Smell is phenomenal, absolutely perfect. Massive Reese's peanut butter cups, with vanillin, slight boozy smoky bourbon, light oak, cocoa, milk chocolate. It's pretty impressive, and a step above the base beer which is already impressive in its aroma. Flavour is vanilla, Reese's peanut butter cups, cookie butter, light vanillin, oak, milk chocolate, cocoa, touch of earth. It's certainly sweeter than the base beer and adds more complexity with the barrel treatment. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit on the lighter side but still stands up to the flavours. Overall, this beer's nose is to peanut butter as FFF Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord is to vanilla; which is to say, ridiculously intense and out of this world. It smells like liquid peanut butter cookies, and isn't all that far off from tasting like it, too.

Dec 07, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a dark, oily and super thick looking black, with a small wispy and fleeting head, and no lacing.

Smells like rich roasty and creamy peanut butter, tobacco, roasted malt, breadiness, caramel, maybe some coffee, dry oak, and very slight bourbon.

This is interesting, in that it's more bitter and less sweet than the base beer. You would expect that barrel-aging would make it even sweeter, but surprisingly this is not the case. There's a lot more roasty bitterness here. It plays with the oak, and tones down the pretty intense sweetness of the base beer. Peanut buter is still a very dominant flavor here, with a nice breadiness, some drizzled caramel and chocolate, roasted coffee, and a hint of vanilla cream. This is super decadent.

This is pretty thick bodied, almost sludgy, but not particularly creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This isn't necessarily an improvement over the base beer, but it's still quite nice and a very special beer.

Dec 02, 2016
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick molasses black with 1/2" warming brown foam. Aroma: holy bananas Foster/hazelnut! Wow, tons of toffee, burnt brown sugar and NILLA, tons of vanilla and sweet chocolate, just so intense- wonderful! Taste- wow, molasses chocolate and huge vanilla flavors coat the tongue, salted caramel damn this is super tasty. It almost needs a bit more heat because it's slightly too sweet and malty, damn delicious though.
Feel is nice. Coating on the throat, super thick and sticky. Lots of caramel/honey sweetness. Overall and incredibly tasty beer but I feel with MORE/longer barrel aging could be near perfect... It's damn good though!

Nov 18, 2015
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured pretty much pitch black even when held up to the light. Mocha brown head poured loose and foamy... a wispy layer of foam remained throughout..

Aroma is simply stunning much like the ordinary version... it's like a liquid version of a boozy Snickers bar with lots of toasted hazelnuts and peanuts followed by strong chocolate and biscuit sweetness, light oaky bourbon notes, cocoa, caramel, bitter mocha coffee, vanilla, earthy, brown sugar...

Taste has lots of peanut butter and dark chocolate biscuits, fudge, bitter-sweet cocoa, oak woodiness, nut brittle, mocha coffee notes, toasted malts, espresso, fresh vanilla, faint liquorice, earthy notes, maple syrup, slight boozy heat from the alcohol

Feel - Smooth and velvety with just enough sharpness underneath to not become cloying... very full bodied... pretty drinkable for a 12% brew

Overall - The original was good enough but this one just tops it with the barrel aging just nicely balancing out the sweetness.. highly recommended if you can get it

Oct 27, 2015
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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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largadeer from California

4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Feb 07, 2016
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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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StJamesGate from New York

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Leggy tan film over black. 4
Yellow Belly with lots of oaky vanilla. 4
Lots of cocoa, nuts, some sweet bourbon caramelized sugar, and more oaky vanilla. 4.5
Crusty sugar end and clean woody linger.
Medium-full, chewy, smooth. 4.25

Oak fixes everything wrong with Yellow Belly. Mellow and easy with a bit of quirk. Buries the 12%, too. Cuddly. 4.25

Oct 09, 2015
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 10, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apr 02, 2017
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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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jaydoc from Kansas

4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 06, 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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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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pants678 from California

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 15, 2016
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Gotti311 from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 27, 2016
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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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ncelauro from New York

4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 04, 2017
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oline73 from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 06, 2016
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petermethot from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 01, 2017
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 141 ratings