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Depravity | Renegade Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Renegade Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of thedifferencemaker
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Spydersweb
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of dubnation
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of mountaincoffee
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kinggimp
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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: 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-

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Photo of erk0607
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Soneast
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McHenry
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjdevel
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rkarimi
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


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Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrashingConcord
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of RobinLee
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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Depravity from Renegade Brewing Company
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