Renegade Brewing Company

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Renegade Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
3.95 | pDev: 8.86%
Jun 11, 2019
Jan 04, 2015
Very Good
Notes: The tradition of this beer goes back to post-Halloween 2011 when Brian bought some discounted candy. He decided to throw a bunch of peanut butter cups into a small batch of milk stout to see what would happen. The beer was such a hit, he decided to brew a full batch for New Year’s Eve. Depravity has been a tradition since. Each keg has 1 lb of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and 1 lb of dehydrated peanut butter.
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Photo of eppCOS
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by eppCOS from Colorado

L - Looks the darky brown/black part. Good head for a bit, too. Decent lacing.
S - Smells as if it "should" taste like a Reeses's cup, but
T - this is where it disappoints. Not enough flavor, a little thin, for the weight especially, just OK on the palate.
F - Good carbonation, mouth feel is good, just lack of flavor.
O - A little hard on this, but overall just doesn't stand out compared to other imperial PB stouts I've had.

Jun 11, 2019
Photo of REVZEB
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. This is one of those beers that isn't complex or deep, but it is whimsical and fun. Peanut butter and chocolate, a holy marriage of delicious. That's it in the smell. In taste you get more "beer" flavors, such as roasted malt, toffee and coffee. However still pb and chocolate forward. Sweet, sweet and sweet in the feel, hides the 10% abv very well. That being said, a whole glass of this is too much. The wife liked it

May 10, 2019
4.25 by thedifferencemaker from Ohio on Mar 25, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light-brown head of foam. It smelled of peanut butter, chocolate and roasted malt. Nice chocolate flavor with subtle peanut butter notes and roasted malt.

Mar 31, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by JuicesFlowing from Kansas

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Pretty much at the dirty motor oil level of blackness under a khaki head that recedes to a tight collar, thin film, and an adequate horizontal mountain range of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts, an inky/oily richness almost like black licorice, and if you really inhale deeply a slight dry peanut butter aroma can be found.

Taste: To me, this is one of those beers where the main ingredient, the peanut butter, seems to apply itself when you really think about it and search for it, only then can I relate. If I just take a sip and describe what I taste I find it to be very dark coffee roast, some sugary almost lactose-induced chocokate with a very bitter finish almost hinging on being sour. It’s in between the chocolate and the sourness that I detect that bit of peanut butter.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and dry for such a high ABV.

Overall: I wanted to like this so much more but I kept thinking about the peanut butter too much and trying to really taste it and experience it, which didn’t always happen. The good news is that it’s not too sweet or cloying, not overbearing in any way.

Mar 25, 2018
3.67 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Mar 11, 2018
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3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BB1313 from Ohio

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a fluffy khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are pretty mild and subtle. Hints of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malts. I'm not getting any peanut butter in the aroma department. You really have to dig deep to pick up the aromas, but they do open up slightly as it warms. The flavors are bold and rich. There's some milk chocolate, dark chocolate and chocolate syrup going on. Hints of vanilla and lactose. Mild hints of coffee. The peanut butter flavors are subtle and hard to pick up, but are ultimately noticeable in the finish. Strong malt backbone. Nice moderate sweetness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid stout. I love peanut butter stouts/porters, and I can't say that this is best example of showcasing the peanut butter, but it's still an enjoyable brew. It's a nice "Imperial Milk Stout". The peanut butter is there, but doesn't shine or come off as the star. I ultimately like it though.

Feb 09, 2018
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3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by maximum12 from Minnesota

DEPRAVITY! Great name for a beer & considering how many people I know view peanut butter beers, apt. 12 oz. can picked up in Wisconsin. You know, the shitty state that loves Scott Walker. Fuck that guy.

Black. Clingy legs if you care about stuff like how a beer looks versus how it tastes. Smells like peanuts in peanut butter. Full stop. Nothing else. I like peanut butter. I bought some today. I’m going to eat some of it tomorrow.

Depravity doesn’t deliver on the promise of its schnazz. As a conisss….consiess….dammit. Connoisseur of peanut butter & peanut butter beers, this stacks low. Peanut butter is low, stout is plain, bits of sweet malt, touch of roast, not much else. At 10% ABV this is way too big for the payback.

Disappointed. Really dull. Nothing to see here.

Feb 04, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Spydersweb from Colorado

Deep dark brown, almost black color, with a denim colored head, which remains for a long time, considering they added peanut and chocolate. The aroma is roasted dark malts, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of dried stone fruit; followed by light roasted peanuts. The flavor is bittersweet chocolate, followed by dark roasted malts, coffee, toffee, and peanut butter. Amazingly heavy, full bodied mouthfeel, a bit of lactose in the finish. Overall, everything I would hope for in a full bodied imperial sweet stout.

Jan 14, 2018
4.28 by dubnation from Kansas on Sep 10, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: Complex, rich, sweet malty, salty, peanut butter, chocolate, warming alcohol, creamy mouthfeel. Same with the nose with a smokey aroma . Black, opaque, with a tan foamy head and broken ringed lace. Full body. Intense flavors. 57 IBUs

Jun 07, 2017
3.78 by mountaincoffee from Kansas on Apr 23, 2017
3.84 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Feb 27, 2017
Photo of AlarmClock314
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

On tap at Mikey's in Plover, WI on 2/15/17. Review from notes. Appearance is mostly black with a small head. The smell and taste is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, and and lactose. More caramel than peanut butter comes through in the taste. Intensity improved after it warmed up. Mildly bitter and very sweet. Some noticeable alcohol. Above average carbonation and below average body. Overall, this is straightforward, tasty, and fairly fitting of the style. Worth a try if you enjoy a sweet beer.

Feb 16, 2017
4.1 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Feb 11, 2017
3.75 by kinggimp from Wisconsin on Feb 08, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BucannonXC5 from California

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: ucsbmullet on Beer Advocate
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received Jan. 24, 2017
Consumed: Jan. 29, 2017
Reviewed as: Double Milk / Sweet Stout
Misc.: No COD

Thanks, Nick!

Was lucky enough to get a bunch of awesome brews from Nick. Super excited to review this one. I love peanut butter, I love milk stouts and I’ve heard great things about Renegade (from Nick).

Poured a dark-to-light black brown color (almost black) with two fingers of frothy tan head. Serene setting underneath. Below average foamy lacing. Decent retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled smooth peanut butter, milk chocolate, roasted coffee malts, lactose and semi-charred wood. Had me looking toward the taste. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste was a little different than the nose. For sure getting peanut butter, but more roasted than the smell. Definitely a milk chocolate taste as well. Also roasted coffee, dark sweet caramel, malt chocolate, semi-charred wood, chocolate syrup and toffee. Does not taste 11 pct. ABV at all. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, roasty finish, (Feel - 4.25)

Loved this one. May have underrated it just a tad at 4.00. (Overall - 4.00)

4.06 | 91 | A-

Feb 06, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by erk0607 from Colorado

Look: Mostly black with a tan head the color of peanut butter that lasted about 1 minute poured into a tulip. Left a tiny ring of lacing.
Smell: Mostly chocolate notes, some caramel, and slight alcohol on the nose. Not overly aromatic but still good.
Flavor: On the sweet side, almost makes me wonder if there's artificial flavors or sweeteners... but super good... chocolate, coffee, peanutbutter cup on the back of the tongue, but not straight up peanut butter.
Feel: Like drinking motor oil... heavy... viscous. Minimal carbonation. Good example of imperial stout.
Overall: Very good. I'm still getting hung up on the sweetness... then again, since when isn't a peanutbutter cup sweet? Would probably get again but could only do one in a sitting.

Jan 25, 2017
3.68 by Soneast from Wisconsin on Jan 23, 2017
4.35 by McHenry from Wisconsin on Jan 22, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sjdevel from Utah

Look: Very dark and thick. Nice dark tan head - about a 3 finger head from a 12 oz. can. Ok retention, nice lacing after it recedes. Foam ring sticks around for awhile
Smell: Not very aromatic. Can smell the booze in this one for sure at 11%. Some hints of chocolate / no real peanut aroma.
Taste: Blast of chocolate and caramel. Some peanut butter, but not as much as you'd think with a "peanut butter cup stout". It's really sweet and syrupy. A dessert beer for sure. It tastes like a mixed drink. It does taste a bit chemically like if a flavoring or something synthetic has been added, but there are interesting flavors throughout.
Feel: Full bodied, smooth, and thick.
Overall: A decent novelty beer. Tastes like a good imperial stout with some flavoring added. Packs a punch. Not as much peanut butter flavor as I wanted. This would be great with ice cream.

Jan 21, 2017
3.83 by WDJersey from Colorado on Jan 19, 2017
Photo of rkarimi
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by rkarimi from Colorado


Jan 18, 2017
Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Beaver13 from Colorado

12 oz can. Pours dark brown with a small light brown head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is some peanut butter and lactose with acidic roast.

The flavor is sweet peanut butter with rich chocolate roast and a bit of slightly fruity alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, interesting, but a bit boozy yet mild in the flavors.

Jan 16, 2017
3.75 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Jan 16, 2017
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3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by CrashingConcord from Colorado

Let me preface this by saying that Renegade is one of my favorite breweries, and always a go-to neighborhood spot for a friendly environment, and idiosyncratic takes on beer not seen anywhere else. But now that I have the beer equivalent of an "I'm not racist, but," out of the way, I think this beer was a bit of a letdown. Don't get me wrong, it's really good stuff, but I feel like the novelty of a peanut butter cup stout (named Depravity no less) wears off as soon as you taste what is essentially just an imperial stout. I also recognize the irony in that last point, since imperials are, by their very design and definition, big and complex and delicious - and that's exactly what this beer is - but I don't think I would take issue with it, had it been billed as an imperial stout, because I simply get so little peanut butter going on. Again, as a standalone beer, this is fantastic, and I've read elsewhere that the peanut character has been dialed back in batches subsequent from the first, but the nuttiness is just slightly more prevalent than I get in beers of less, shall we say, spectacle. Renegade, I love you, but if you're pushing an Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Stout and deeming it "Depravity," then now is not the time to half-ass it. Commit to the hedonism.

Jan 16, 2017
3.89 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Jan 15, 2017
3.62 by crobinso from Colorado on Jan 14, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by TivoLivin from Colorado

This is a decadent stout as one would assume from the name alone, so it should be judged as such.

Poured from a 12 oz can in January 2017 into a Renegade Snifter glass.

L: Opaque with a moderate brown head
S: Chocolaty and rich, with a hint of the heat from the 11%
T: Bursts with chocolate and smooth peanut butter. Tastes better than the peanut butter cups alone. The malt really compliments the candy very well.
F: Very rich and silky. Not the smoothest stout ever but it has a nice creamy feel.
O: Delicious, and of course you'll only want one at a time, but that goes with the style I would say.

Jan 03, 2017
3.9 by BigAl18 from Minnesota on May 07, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by spoony from Colorado

From a 12 oz can (no date) to snifter.

A-The beer is dark, dark brown; nearly black, but with a little light getting through the edges. The short, tan head fades quickly to a few bubbles of foam around the edges of the glass. No carbonation is visible.

S-The aroma is more subtle than many peanut-butter stouts. There is a hint of nuts, but the most noticeable feature is a little salty pull on the glands. The milky chocolate flavor is nice with little bitterness. The whole package is pretty rich, but ABV is not in your face. I also pick up some cola flavoring...odd.

T-The taste mostly tracks the smell. A nice, rich chocolate flavor carries a subtle flavor of peanut that is slightly stronger on the palate than the smell would suggest. I also taste the lactose and some barley grain. The finish has a slight salty pull that dries things out. The beer is big and rich, but not overly sweet or syrupy.

M-The beer is heavier than average with very lazy carbonation.

O-This is a big mother of a peanut-butter stout, but I appreciate the more subtle touch with the peanut flavoring. A nice dessert beer.

Feb 12, 2016
4.44 by Norvelljeff from Iowa on Jan 24, 2016
4 by Angerhaus from Rhode Island on Jan 16, 2016
4.09 by Blazer22 from Colorado on Jan 12, 2016
4.29 by j-rod18 from North Dakota on Nov 14, 2015
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3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

Holy cow, this is pretty clever beer! That said, it gains absolutely nothing by being so strong, and it's still too sweet to be good after one glass, but you have to appreciate it still. Peanut butter cup stout, lovely. You really do smell the peanut butter, the chocolate less so, it's kind of lost to the grain, which is plenty roasty and has flashes of caramel. I think this beer could do with out the milk sugars, if they are in fact here. It's just too sweet for much drinkability, and I think the candy addition makes it sweet enough. I really can taste and feel the Reese's in this, intensely even,this will be popular for that reason, but thee could be more bitter roast to balance, and a lot less booze. It makes my hyper. Clever project, but to me it's still a novelty. A little thin in body too, seems insufficient for all the unique flavors swirling about the glass...

edit: they have continued to brew this one and have scaled back the peanut butter with each successive batch. most recently its more an accent flavor than a total peanut takeover like it was back in the day. i like it being more subtle, i think its more of an enjoyable drinker rather than a weird novelty. way to recognize that and make the necessary changes...

Mar 01, 2015
4 by Hohnbaum from Kansas on Feb 21, 2015
3.93 by jaydoc from Kansas on Feb 21, 2015
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4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Kgoldsbe from Colorado

Nice thick stout with notes of peanut butter and a subtle cocoa. This is very enjoyable, but I would not want to drink more than one.

Feb 20, 2015
4.6 by Greels from Colorado on Jan 09, 2015
Depravity from Renegade Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 40 ratings