Bluejacket / Arsenal Restaurant

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Bluejacket / Arsenal Restaurant
District of Columbia, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #276
Ranked #11,348
4.06 | pDev: 11.82%
Mar 19, 2022
Aug 24, 2018
Very Good
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Rated: 3.97 by Pens1967 from Louisiana

Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by Branlott42 from Missouri

Feb 14, 2022
Rated: 3 by Argail from Louisiana

May 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Australia

2.78/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
16 fl oz pull-tab can cost $4.49 USD plus tax at a beer store in New Orleans, Louisiana.

"Sweet stout with peanut butter flavor, vanilla beans & cocoa nibs. Alcohol 9% by volume. Contains lactose."

APPEARANCE: Black with a dark tan head. Looks nice for the style.

AROMA: Heavy on peanut butter powder (think PB2 if you're American) with a splash of cacao nibs. Not entirely authentic, but it's less artificial than most peanut butter stouts I've least aromatically.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Shallow, which is to say I'm happy it's not a cloying chore to drink. The high but not over-the-top sweetness hides all its alcohol, and peanut butter powder is right at the fore without coming off too artificial. I get zero vanilla bean in this, but at least it's not evocative of Mexican imitation vanilla extract like some "vanilla" stouts. Lactose sweetness is evident, and probably the worst part of this beer since it adds so little. I can't say I pick up on any cocoa nibs...the peanut butter powder just drowns out everything else, even the beer's malt backbone (which I'm presuming is all dark and chocolate malt with maybe a hint of carafa).

So it's a bit one-note. Peanut butter powder that isn't entirely genuine. Does that make it bad? I'd contend yes, personally. Pretty disappointing in comparison to something like Mackesons XXX or Left Hand Milk Stout, to be honest.

Smooth, wet, full-bodied, overly thick for its relative lack of flavour, unrefreshing. Well carbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, scratchy, harsh, rough, or astringent.

OVERALL: A one-note milk stout hitting on peanut butter powder and milk sugar but little else, which is effective in disguising the beer's otherwise concomitant alcohol presence but doesn't exactly make for a tasty milk stout. Simple, shallow, narrow, boring.

Apr 07, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Jan 19, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
NO can date
Pours a light fizzy dark head with low retention, little lacing, decent legs, jet black color

Nose brings lots of peanut butter up front, toasted peanuts, a little sweet milk chocolate and candy bar notes, as well as a little cocoa and fudge notes, a hint of vanilla, and light roast

Taste brings more peanut butter up front but not as much as the nose, creamy milk chocolate right up there with it as well as lactose, a bit of cocoa turning to thick cocoa almost fudgey, a bit of vanilla, fair sweetness and again the candy bar like characters, a touch of bitterness, and a little coffee notes, mild sticky sweet finish but fairly dry with more dried lactose, milk chocolate, and peanut butter

Mouth is med to fuller bod, creamy lactose and milky, med-lighter fizzy carb, no real alcohol

Overall solid beer, the nose was loaded with peanut butter, thankfully the taste was not and all the flavors played well, as I've come to expect from Bluejacket
Nov 09, 2020
Rated: 4.37 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jun 28, 2019
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Reviewed by Jlabs from New York

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a pint glass via can

color is a cola brown with fizzy tan foam

smell is Peanut Butter, baker's chocolate, vanilla and a drop of caramel

taste is sweet PB upfront mixed nicely with the chocolate..faint vanilla

carbonation is high for a milk stout and the mouthfeel is kinda light

a nice PB stout that would benefit by being a bit thicker
Jun 13, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

Apr 27, 2019
Rated: 4.22 by fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

Apr 13, 2019
Rated: 4.26 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Apr 04, 2019
Rated: 4.56 by Dirtyhands from Maryland

Sep 18, 2018
Rated: 4.45 by reebtaerG from Maryland

Aug 28, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Aug 24, 2018
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