Raincloud - Peanut Butter
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Raincloud - Peanut ButterRaincloud - Peanut Butter
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Style:
Robust Porter
Ranked #55
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
86
Ranked #29,683
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 10.88%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
180
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Raincloud - Peanut ButterRaincloud - Peanut Butter
Notes: For when it rains so much, you need peanut butter in your beer...
Sometimes the rain can drive you nuts, so you might as well have some in your beer. With that, we are proud to introduce Peanut Butter Raincloud, a unique and flavorful adaptation of our popular Raincloud robust porter. Raise a glass to the miracle that is peanut butter porter.
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Photo of bobv
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can.
No canning date, but just rec'd at the store yesterday.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a one inch tan head over a near black body with some sticky lacing. Nose of peanuts, slight roasted malt, slight dark malt, and slight bread and/or cracker. Taste of peanuts, dark malts, slight hops, and the faintest bit of bitter chocolate and unsweetened chocolate as it warms. Slight hop bitterness on the finish. Good to nice feel and overall, a pretty decent lower alcohol stout from Pawtucket, RI and would have again. Cheers!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I CAN hardly CANtain my excitement at having Foolproof BC come to PA! A teaching buddy of mine left the classroom to work for PDE, then went to RIDE, followed by MassDE & now back to PDE. In the interim, I made MANY forays up to New England to visit, including a fest that included a visit to the then-nascent brewery! I was enamored of their willingness to CAN their beers from the outset & back then, it was a core of four (4), each of which were early additions to The CANQuest (tm). They have expanded both production & distro, making me quite happy!

From the CAN: "Sometimes the rain can drive you nuts, so you might as well have some in your beer. With that, we are proud to introduce Peanut Butter Raincloud, a unique and flavorful adaptation of our popular Raincloud robust porter. Raise a glass to the miracle that is peanut butter porter …"

I LOVE peanut butter! I don't eat it as much as I once did, but my most memorable experience was aboard the USS Normandy (CG-60) at the height of GW1. We had been transferred from the Red Sea into the Persian Gulf, missing our scheduled UNREP as a result. 8=( I was in an 8-hour rotation & when I came down from the 50-cal mount for breakfast, the only groceries aboard were a large CAN of peanut butter, an equally large CAN of preserved, sliced jalapeno peppers & a freezer-burnt loaf of white bread. 8=( I threw the two heels in the toaster, briefly, ginned up a jalapeno peanut butter sammich, grabbed a cuppa joe & headed out to the fantail to eat my smorgasbord & watch the sunrise, followed by a cigar and crashing out. I CAN still taste that sammich! Oh well, better than going totally hungry.

I beCAN by Crack!ing open the vent & giving it a relatively heavy-handed Glug into the awaiting glass. I was fascinated by the pseudo-cascade as it slowly settled to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown/light-tan head with moderate retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44), allowing garnet highlights at the edges. Nose was like a liquefied Reese's Peanut Butter Cup - rich, oily peanut butter enrobed in soft milk chocolate! Mmm. I pity those with peanut allergies as they will never have the opportunity to exbeerience this. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste began slowly & shyly, like a fan dancer revealing herself from behind the curtain. I got hints of peanut butter, but it was the base Porter acting as the EmCee until he stood aside & allowed the peanut butter to strut her stuff! Man, you had best love peanut butter going into this one, but if you do, you will be joyously rewarded. The roastiness of the Porter made for a nice aside, but the star was peanut butter. Finish was semi-sweet, but what else would it be, other than outright sweet, which would CANpletely put me off? YMMV.

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Photo of Bird_Priest
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly standard porter in the glass with an orange, almost nonexistent head. I have to say the flavor and aroma took me by surprise, I was expecting a sweeter take on a peanut butter beer, but was instead given a porter with a toasted peanut finish. I wouldn't seek this beer out, but I'm glad I gave it a shot.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Big E in the Rhode Island section. Black appearance with no head. Roasty nut aromas. The taste was more chocolate like than any real peanut like flavor. Decadently creamy. Overall, I enjoyed the aromas and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can, served in a snifter glass. No canning date. Pours a darker cola brown body, one finger thick frothy offwhite head, good retention, lots of lacing. Smell is burnt grain, a bit of nuttiness, light roast, dark fruit sweetness. The burnt and smoky portion seems to overwhelm any sort of nuttiness. Flavour follows, with the burnt aroma becoming more obvious on the palate. Not really what I was expecting; I was hoping for something sweeter, more dessert-like and less astringent than this. It's almost like a smoky peat. Mouthfeel is medium lighter bodied, peaty smoke throughout and on the finish, which is overall quite dry. Was not a fan, though it certainly is not a terrible beer- but the astringency was just too much.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a slim finger’s worth of tan head. Stringy lacing clings and then slides into the beer at an adequate pace. The smell had some roasted peanut blending with a subtle roasty coffee bean underneath. The taste was dry and roasty with a subtle sweetness from the roasted peanut. There’s a light roasty peanut to coffee aftertaste leading into the finish. The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sessionable feel about it. Carbonation felt right for a porter but with the roasty portion and peanut there’s a certain dryness clinging to my tongue. Overall, seemed like it was more towards the peanut than the peanut butter, maybe again.

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Photo of DIM
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not generally a fan of beers like this, but this one works pretty well. The peanuts don't taste artificial and blend well with a nicely roasted porter. Thanks Eric!

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this can.

A - Dark brown pour with thin toffee colored lacing, there's actual clarity to this dark beer also! Carbonation is light.

S - Chocolate roast and peanut butter.

T - Follows the nose with chocolate roast, peanut butter, and ends with a moderate chocolate roast bitterness.

M - Medium body.

O - An easy drinking porter.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can

Pours dark brown-black with a creamy tan foam head. Smells like peanut butter, milk chocolate roasted malts, some peanuts, coffee, caramel, toffee, with a hint of dark fruit and earthy grassy hops. Tastes like dark fruits, earthy grassy hops, some chocolate roasted malts, peanut butter, peanuts, toffee, with lingering caramel and coffee notes. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice peanut butter porter.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black body with an abundance of tan foam. Smell has tons of peanut butter, but is met with roasted malt, funky leather, booze, smoke, and bitter coffee that clash not complement. Taste is more balanced, same flavors involved, and really it is the funky leather that sticks out, even in the robust porter category where you expect leather and smoke. Feel is still a little thin for a robust porter, but is plenty heavy on the palate.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An interesting beer. Milder on the peanut butter flavor than I would have thought but it's definitely there.

L: Pours a deep, dark brown. Almost black. 1.5 finger head recedes within 2 minutes to a medium surface haze and ring.Head seems to be visibly less dense than expected but not abnormally so.

S: Not a strong smell at all. Very minimal peanut butter. Not Jiff or Skippy but the natural organic fresh ground peanut butter. Next to no nose though.

T: Decent porter base with malt in the spotlight. That roasted fresh ground peanut butter is more prominent now and well balanced. A bit of sea water aftertaste. Drinkable. After a few sips though the peanut butter fades into the background.

F: A slight bit over-carbonated perhaps for this flavor.

I am glad I picked up one of these. Definitely worth the try. All it did was make me want it to be a peanut butter stout though. I bet a stout would lend itself better to this flavor. Extra credit though to Foolproof for being so adventurous. I will always look forward to trying their creations once or twice.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, peanut butter, caramel, toasted dark bread, light coffee, light dark fruits, herbal, floral, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, peanut butter, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, peanut butter, caramel, toasted dark bread, light coffee, herbal, floral, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, peanut butter, caramel, toasted dark bread, light coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, peanut butter, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from hop/roasted bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice peanut butter American porter. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, peanut butter, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin deep reddish black with a half finger of fuzzy head that dissipates to a thin wisp of lace. Chocolate malty aroma... similar taste with a really faint trace of peanut butter. Thin mouthfeelVery enjoyable.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been meaning to give this one a shining review for a while. Seems as though it's quite well-liked by other BAs, which is good because it feels very well-made to me and has some of the deftest usage of peanut butter (or peanut butter extract) in any beer of the sort that I've had to date. I've bought several four-pack cans of this brew since it was released and I feel that alone is testimony to its quality, but I'll elaborate for the sake of posterity!

Hazy and dark/bordering-black with a tan head is how I'd described this beer's appearance, but it also laces very solidly (even with a few months on it at only 5.4%!). This is one of the darkest lower-alcohol porters/stouts I've ever seen and the retentive head definitely helps it maintain its brutal appearance.

Nose is cocoa and roast from the malts with a well-rounded peanut butter aspect that's definitely quite apparent. It feels like it's in the middle of the powdery, foundation-like, dry-roast-peanut filling of a Reese's cup and the oily, salty and more ostensibly-natural scent of, say, Teddy's peanut butter. There's something very satisfying about this nose, and I think it definitely has to do with how the traditional aspects (malts bringing out chocolate and roast "notes") meld with the adjunct aspects of the peanut butter flavor that's added. Great stuff here.

Flavor is layered with deep, dark cocoa and sticky peanut butter. These aspects work in tandem all the way until the conclusion of each sip to deliver a very consistent nutty and chocolate-y taste. There's something about the peanut butter flavor here that feels very real; definitely gives this points. You get the typical American-style porter notes of roast and slight coffee as well, but they're quickly dampened by the adjunct flavoring.

Feel is dry and dusty, though it initially seems to present as oily for the first half of each sip. There's an interesting transition on the palate here... feels like exactly when it becomes drier is also exactly when the peanut butter flavor starts to pop out. Not sure if one thing is symptomatic of the other or if it's a coincidence, but the way it flows is very unique.

I like this beer a lot, for the record. It is available as an affordable four-pack of 12 oz. cans (about $10) from most semi-local stores and it seems to not matter if it's 3-4 months old (this is from later 2015, I believe, though I've had fresher cans that were very similar) from when I buy it. Nice job, Foolproof. Hope you handle canning Backlash's stuff decently!

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Photo of FFreak
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Wooden Nickel in Burlington.

Looks like a porter - dirty motor-oil black with just a ring of bubbles.

Smells a bit roasty with just a hint of butter, no peanuts.

Taste is also mildly roasty and buttery with a very nice maple syrup-like sweetness. A subtle and soft bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a highlight - medium bodied, soft and smooth, low carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty awesome porter. I can't taste peanuts like the server described, but there is a buttery character to the beer I ascribe to the peanut butter. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of PeterD10
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Dark, smells a small hint of peanut butter. First taste leaves you wondering. Second taste makes you think maybe.. Third taste has you sold. This is delicious as a stand alone beer unless you had a jelly sandwich. I have had on tap and in the can.. Still very good!! A must try!!

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Photo of pkalix
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks awesome poured into a glass.... smells like Cap'n Crunch Peanut Butter cereal! very smooth, but with a slightly funky flavor although it is not as prevalent as other PB'ers like that Beaver Company in SD..... this PB flavor is way more authentic... overall, a very decent brew!

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love Peanut Butter... mmmmm. The two beers I've tried have been a mixed bag, the Terrapin Variety I had tried in Florida was a bit artificial tasting while Funky Buddha knocked it out of the park with one of the better novelty beers I've ever had.

I found this in NH today and got a can, not sure when it was canned but I'm excited to try it.

It pours a dark black with modest head, I vaguely get the malty roast smell but no peanut butter on the nose. Artificial peanut butter tasting this beer is absolutely not, so check one box off under very promising. I haven't tried the raincloud porter alone but the body of this beer is wonderful, even without the peanut butter caveat this porter would hold up. The peanut butter is light but present on the back end.

The mouthfeel is great, better than many of the big dogs like Victory at Sea even... Full and thick. Proper for a porter, low carbonation and silky like peanut butter should be.

This is a very enjoyable brew. I wish I had bought more than one can to keep in the cellar!

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Photo of Bourget8712
4.96/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

one of the best beers i have had in a long time. Most PB beers are not very good, but whatever Foolproof is doing to make this (Better?) version of their already great Raincloud, i want to know!

Beer feels like a nice porter going down, with a nice thickness to it.

Smells wonderful, with a small note of nuttiness like one would want in a PB beer.

Tastes like PB right from the start, and the aftertaste is a smelly blend of porters and nuttiness. Aftertaste is the best part is you truly feel like you had a PB beer, and an awesome Porter with some complex flavors.

Beer has a great look to it, although it does lack a thick creamy head, something that could add a "milkshake" ness to the drinking feeling. Imagine PB Raincloud on a Nitro tap would be just what the doctor ordered.

4.75/5 (not a 5 because i can never find it in store, only seen it on tap at Oktoberfest in Prov 2015).. so get some in the Southern MA stores guys!!

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see them canning, and an interesting concept of a beer, we'll see how it is.

Pours a huge frothy thick 3 finger head, dark mocha colored, that fades at a med pace, lots of sticky lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose is loaded with peanutbutter, just loads of peanuts and some dark chocolate cocoa, faint black malt and roasty coffee like, little dark caramel, but everything is small compared to the peanutbutter.

Taste brings lush creamy milk chocolate, a little cocoa as well, but then peanutbutter, plenty strong but not overpowering thankfully, a general nutty flavor but mostly peanutbutter, a little lactose light caramel and a little black malt, with faint roasty coffee again, mild roasty bitterness. Finish is a bit drier but a sticky lactose feel, lingering cocoa and peanutbutter, and milk chocolate.

MOuth is med bod, fair creamy lactose, nice carbonation as well.

Overall pretty nice, peanutbutter mostly dominates esp the aroma, but milk chocolate and some malty characters come through a bit. Nice beer though.

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Photo of Brad007
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a nice brown head into my glass. The name was appealing but wondering if the taste will live up to it.

Rich and creamy upfront with light cocoa notes. Can't detect peanuts so they might be in the texture itself.

From reading other reviews, they mention a lack of peanut. I don't get that here. The mouthfeel is distinctly nutty in the background. It's also a little slick. Creamy.

Easygoing finish that lingers. Sweet and nutty.

I like this porter. It's something different for once.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown with creamy beige head of 1 cm that fades rapidly to an edge layer with a few wispy trails on the surface. Some tight lattice clings weakly after each sip.
The aroma is some chocolate malt and a little bit of roasted note. I also do get some peanut scent, but more of a husk or shell scent than peanut butter richness.
First sip reveals an average body with a silky texture and average rolling carbonation. Flavor is some roasted malt and light chocolate hits with some roasted peanut that lingers a bit on the finish. I dont get any booze at any point on the beer and nor do I find any hops coming through on the finish.
The beer is very drinkable and is less sweet than I anticipated when I bought the cans. It is an enjoyable beer and is more of a porter with peanuts in the background.
I like this beer, but beware if you have peanut allergy as it is real peanuts!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. can.Sampled on November 26, 2015.

The pour is very attractive with its dark brown color and hints of ruby red hues under a long lasting tan head.

I pick up a nice sweet malt character in the aroma but yes, I also get some peanuts. There is also a kind of vanilla thing going going on.

Medium body.

What I enjoyed about it was that I was expecting a bigger peanut butter presence since that is how they marketed it. But the peanuts just enhanced the sweet caramel malt character. It had a mild bitterness to finish.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours one shade shy of black with a tight, quarter inch, khaki-colored cap. Head settles into a solid, 1/8th inch cap with some spots and swaths of lacing present during the tasting. Nose expresses cocoa, artificial vanilla notes and a hint of char. I guess there is some peanut butter present but I'm not sure if I am noticing it because I know it's in the beer name or because it's actually present. Taste consistent with nose - peanut butter is definitely present but it doesn't really pop - it's somewhat hidden in the background; however, it coalesces nicely with the light earthy hop notes at the finish. Reminds me a little of the peanut butter character you get in a Nutter Butter cookie. I like the mouthfeel on this beer; light-medium (closer to the medium end of the spectrum) in body with an easy, even carbonation. Overall, pretty solid - probably my favorite offering from Foolproof. Much better than the base beer in my opinion; however, a little more peanut butter would be preferred.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a slim finger’s worth of tan head. Stringy lacing clings and then slides into the beer at an adequate pace. The smell had some roasted peanut blending with a subtle roasty coffee bean underneath. The taste was dry and roasty with a subtle sweetness from the roasted peanut. There’s a light roasty peanut to coffee aftertaste leading into the finish. The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sessionable feel about it. Carbonation felt right for a porter but with the roasty portion and peanut there’s a certain dryness clinging to my tongue. Overall, not sure why but I finally finished the rest of them off and to me, I find that its more peanut than peanut butter. Still, a nice offering from Foolproof that I would have again.

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Raincloud - Peanut Butter from Foolproof Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 180 ratings