Peanut Butter PM Dawn
Trillium Brewing Company

Peanut Butter PM DawnPeanut Butter PM Dawn
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #101
ABV:
10.1%
Score:
97
Ranked #430
Avg:
4.46 | pDev: 6.28%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
193
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Notes: What started as a special treatment to celebrate our 5th Anniversary, is now a small scale batch! We started with the base recipe for PM Dawn American Stout, then slightly dialed back the ratio of cold brew Italian Roast from Barrington to allow the heavy dose of Peanut Butter to find it's perfect place in the flavor profile and balance the beer.

Peanut Butter PM Dawn presents an opaque black with brown head and lacing. A strong nose of freshly ground peanuts, chocolate peanut butter milkshake and hints of dark plum from the coffee, is followed by a full bodied palate, rich with complementary flavors of roasty coffee, swirling dark chocolate/cocoa and finishes with delicious peanut butter. Peanut Butter PM Dawn conjures memories of one of our favorite early brew-day quick breakfasts: peanut butter toast and coffee. If you haven't tried it, you should!

MALT: American 2-row Barley, Caramunich, C-60, C-120, Dextrine, Black (Patent), Roasted Barley, Special B, Chocolate Malt, Peanut Butter
HOPS: Columbus
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Photo of WunderLlama
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 5.11.20, opened 5.21.20

Aggressive pour into a snifter yield a rich tan creamy two finger foam cap With good retention and no lacings, settles to a thin ring over dark brown motor oil

Aroma is coffee, sweetness, creamy peanut butter

Taste is sweet, roasted malts, coffee, peanut butter, milk chocolate

Mouthfeel is no sudsing, lighter syrupy, peanut butter taste lingers

You like peanut butter cups? You’ll like this beer. Imagine you are at Hershey park. Get a mocha coffee with extra cream and sugar and then hop on the roller coaster. Ride it to the top of the incline and then speed down into a vat of creamy peanut butter.

Good beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, May 22, 2020
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4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From can although I drank one two nights ago in a glass. Pours dark, dark brown. Coffee followed by peanut butter in equal portions. Phenomenal. Effing fantastic beer. The only drawback is the 10.1 ABV. Would like to be able to consume two and not ruin the next day. Perfect beer for drinking by the fire in the backyard watching the bats hunting for dinner.

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ouchiemomo from Massachusetts, May 17, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can (2/25) into a festival taster

L: deep brown, minimal head even with an aggressive pour. Some brown lacing but minimal

S: peanut butter, immediately. From when I cracked the can, to the pour, to the taste it's pb all the way. On that get rich dark chocolate, thinking chocolate chocolate chip brownies. Not much coffee at first but get more as it warms, provides a nice roasty note and seems to pull the pb back a bit

T: best resse's peanut butter cup I've ever drank. Fantastic, smooth peanut butter flavor on top of that rich chocolate base from the nose. The coffee notes from the nose make for a great finish. Getting minimal abv heat, just a delicious beer. Also, impressive it doesn't veer into being overly sweet

F: minimal/low carbonation, body could be a bit thicker but minor complaint. Very smooth, creamy

O: a great, full-flavored stout that definitely delivers on the peanut butter but is drinkable and provides more depth than just "adjuncts!" in your face. Surprised how easily that 16oz can went down - would happily have again, but perhaps split with friends

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, straight up bummer town for Raul. I had a bad feeling right when I poured this thang: straight up Coca Cola thin and all carbonated fizzy like your grand pappy drinking a bicarbonate soda. Taste is ok if you are into a candy bar bought from the gas station. I mean, it’s ok and stuff, but this ain’t 97 rated top quality. Thin peanut butter taste. Thin coffee taste...

Next!

Well, hell! Raul jumped the gun on this one! It has actually settled in pretty good. Still, I don’t find it 97 status like Carmen Electra strutting around on Singled Out, but it’s still well and good like a Selina Gomez single.

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RaulMondesi from California, Apr 14, 2020
Photo of Bshaw22
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is thick as hell and black as night. Head is tiny and dissipates to nothing. That is disappointing.
Coats the mouth and throat makes it hard to swallow a lot a t once.
Roast and coffee rule the day. Peanut butter is faint and sweet.
Beer is decent but overall a big let down. It's such a beast it took me about 2 hours to drink.

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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin, Jun 03, 2019
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4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is another rare offering of peanut butter in beer. When I saw it, it was a no doubter that this was my beverage of choice at the brewery. It offers does offer the traditional notes, but I found it lacking in the finish that I was expecting, after having Ballast Point. This is absolutely worth trying, and I'm sure some will find it better.

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dkoehler42 from New York, May 13, 2019
Photo of Damian
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Canton, MA
Canned on 03/11/19
Served in a tulip

The beer poured dark brown and somewhat thinner bodied for the style. A film of finely beaded saddle brown bubbles topped the liquid, but it dissolved rather quickly. No lacing or head retention whatsoever. The liquid looked shimmery and oily in the glass.

Really nice peanut butter forward aroma. Punchy and quite savory. Roasted malts were also apparent. Medium roast coffee notes came through as well. Touch of brown sugar sweetness. As the beer sat, the peanut butter became more subtle.

Excellent peanut butter presence in the flavor profile too. Like the nose, the peanut butter seemed to be both very natural and quite savory. Roasted malts were noticeable on the front end. Some brown sugar sweetness came through as well. Subtle cold brewed coffee presence in the center. Hint of vanilla. More roastiness on the back end and the finish. At 10-plus percent ABV, the alcohol was nowhere to be found.

Excellent creamy, soft and smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, greater-than-average, tongue blanketing effervescence. After a few sips, the liquid left a sticky film on my lips.

I have tried Peanut Butter PM Dawn on three separate occasions, and each beer demonstrated a noticeably different level of peanut butter intensity. This release was somewhere in the middle. Like all the beers in the PM Dawn series, this was really enjoyable and surprisingly drinkable.

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Damian from Massachusetts, May 02, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 16oz can into a snifter. pours kind of a weird dark brown with dark mocha head. smells of strong peanuts, some chocolate and a little roast. taste is similar but works better on the smell. the taste has a decent amount of peanut butter but the base stout is somewhat lacking. feel is on the lower end of medium. a decent attempt but a little bit lackluster. disappointing considering how good the coconut variant was.

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

16oz can.

Pours opaque black with mahogany edgework. Minimal retention or lacing. Chocolate-covered espresso beans and light peanuts in the nose. Full bodied with a creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Rich chocolate with dark coffee on the palate with very light peanut. Finishes with lingering chocolate, coffee and faint nut.

Nice beer but needs more peanut butter flavor.

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brewandbbq from New Hampshire, Mar 17, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass. Canned on 3/11.

Dark molasses color with peanut butter colored head that disapates quickly. Zero lacing. Smell is roasted coffee beans and slight peanut butter. Tastes of sweet syrupy coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, and finishes with peanut butter. Personally, I expected more peanut butter flavor at first but it grew more pronounced over time, developing into a Reese’s peanut butter cup flavor. Lingering peanut butter and chocolate on the finish. Mouthfeel is syrupy and sweet without being cloyingly sweet. No noticeable alcohol burn or aftertaste for such a strong stout.

Really impressive stout, indulgent and flavorful without the artificial coffee and peanut butter flavors I’ve had from other peanut butter stouts.

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VTbrewfan from Massachusetts, Mar 16, 2019
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4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's all about the taste with this one. The coffee and the peanut butter work perfectly together. Out of all the peanut butter stouts I've had, this one absolutely nails it by not being too sweet, thanks to the roast of the coffee. Perhaps my favorite stout that Trillium has ever offered.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, snifter glass. Dark black body, one finger offwhite head, short retention and no lacing. Smell is massive peanut butter cup, milk chocolate, touch of light coffee roast, more nutty peanut butter and a touch of earth. Damn. This nails the peanut butter cup aroma perfectly on the palate- where there is a massive peanut butter cup quotient made up of the nutty peanut butter, big milk chocolate, a touch of lactose, more chocolate malt, more peanut butter and a light amount of roasted barley and coffee. The coffee is mostly hidden and seems to provide mostly balancing astringency. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, creamy and viscous, literally tastes like drinking Reese's PBC's. Love it.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Dec 02, 2018
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4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip glass via can

color is licorice black

smell is overwhelmingly peanut butter and faint espresso coffee

taste is a blast of PB, followed by roasted coffee and faint milk chocolate

carbonation is high (surprisingly)

mouthfeel is full and thick

this might be the most forward PB stout I've had and I loved every drop of it..makes an already great stout even better!!

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Jlabs from New York, Nov 21, 2018
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3.4/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coffee black with oddly clear brown edges and a tan fizzy blanket that loudly dies off to a slick headless surface surprisingly quickly.

Smell is chunky and dry off-brand peanut butter and actually--possibly from a combination of the malt and yeast--a wacky hint of grape jelly. Coming back to the aroma after tasting it, this odd element may actually be due to the booze, as it's a brandy sort of character. The coffee bean may also be a bit fruity, but it's mostly peanut butter on the nose.

Taste is earthy coffee with faint hints of Reese's globs before an untimely and overbearing sting of booze. The peanut butter really does seem chunky and dry, and actually, yes, as if spread on a piece of toast as the description above mentions. However, it really does have a potent brandy-like booze to it that is unacceptable to me.

Feel is slick and thin with a light but firm carbonation before a sharply hot, semi-dry finish.

I actually like Hoppin' Frog Infusion A by a wide margin. PB PM Dawn is just less balanced on every front.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Nov 10, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit too much Peanut Butter for my liking. Taste of fresh ground nuts chocolate full-bodied Rich and dark. Also tasted coffee and cocoa in this beer.

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npolachek from New York, Oct 11, 2018
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4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Trillium Brewing in Canton, MA.

This one pours a super thick dark black color, with a small black head, and not much lacing.

This smells like bittersweet and roasted peanut butter, caramelly coffee, dark fruit, and roasted malt.

This is excellent. PM Dawn is an excellent stout, and adding peanut butter to this is just a slam dunk. The two flavors weave well together- they’re very complementary. There’s a solid roast here, and it doesn’t get too sweet.

The body on this is killer, creamy, rich and full, with a great level of drinkability.

This is as good as I figured it would be.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Sep 29, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 08/21/18 into a snifter.

L: Pours jet black with a thin ring of low density chocolate head that dissipates almost as fast as it forms.

S: Nose is all coffee, once the beer is warm you can perceive some subtle peanut butter and roasted malts undertones.

T: Better balance of the coffee and peanut butter. Also getting some cocoa undertones. Really quite nice and interesting taste profile. Finishes with moderate bitterness, peanut butter hangs on the palate a bit.

F: Low-medium bodied with medium carbonation, tongue tingles from carbonation and ABV, slick finish.

O: Didn't know what to expect from a peanut butter coffee stout. But I really enjoyed the beer! Not something I'd want frequently, but I'm glad I grabbed two cans.

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jakecattleco from California, Sep 02, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the greenway

L -- Pours a very deep shade of brown with a small, fizzy off-white head. Minimal retention or lacing, doesn't look particularly pleasing
S -- Smells like peanut butter ice cream with hot fudge on top. Little bit of roasty coffee and ash
T -- Not too dissimilar from regular PM Dawn. Still had that intense dark roast coffee character, and dark chocolate syrup too. Peanut nuttiness comes through a little mid-sip. It also gives it a slight toasted coconut character
F -- Rather thin and fizzy for the ABV and adjunct additions. Medium+ mouthfeel, medium+ carb.

82/100

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Holderness from Massachusetts, Aug 24, 2018
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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Looks nice, dark dirty motor oil color with a small khaki head tat receded quickly with no lacing.

S: Chocolate, peanut butter, roast and alcohol.

T: Delicious, since I have to use some terms here that I probably wouldn't normally use, here I go, here is why

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T: continued, nice chocolate,roast, peanut butter, with a touch of alcohol and pecan or walnut at the end. Not crushable, sessionable or dank.

F: doesn't feel sessionable, crushable or dank. Nice mouth feel semi thick but not crushable.

O: Damn good beer that isn't dank, sessionable or crushable.

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Scottsbeer from Florida, Aug 13, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bold dark with a tight carbonated brown head. Smells (peanut butter bias inc.) like a peanut butter chocolate dessert. Cocoa, chunky peanut butter, roasty coffee. Taste is following the nose right off, dessert stout through. More coffee in the flavor and noticeable booze, but not enough to detract from the flavorful peanut butter brownie. Mouthfeel is thick and lush. I really like this beer.

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anteatr23 from Massachusetts, Jun 17, 2018
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4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black, two fingers of tan head

S - Decadent Peanut butter, dark chocolate, coffee

T - Follows the nose. Dark chocolate bitterness and burnt coffee grounds try to get in the way, but the large amount of pb overpowers it

F - Thick enough, not the most viscous feel. No alcohol.

O - Great use of PB despite some overly bitter moments.

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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts, Jun 06, 2018
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4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Trillium Canton tap room.

Pours a brown body with a mocha head. Aromas are chocolate, peanuts, cocoa. More peanuts than peanut butter which I like. Taste matches the nose with lots of cocoa and peanuts, kinda sweet. Thick rich body with low carbonation. Real nice beer.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Jun 05, 2018
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4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned 4/20/18 and thoroughly enjoyed on 5/28/18. Pours dense and beautifully dark. Smells exactly like you'd expect, with a strong aroma of peanut butter and stouty sweetness the moment you crack the can. Think gourmet peanut butter cup, peanut butter brownies, or something else equally decadent, and that's pretty much what this smells like. Goes down thick and smooth and rich, with malt and coffee upfront, and tons of chocolaty peanut butter flavor on the finish. The original PM Dawn is one of my favorite beers. This variant is amazing as well, just in a different, albeit more ridiculous way.

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alextastic from California, May 28, 2018
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4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted from can. Pours black with light khaki head. Ridiculous peanut butter aroma with coffee. Hands down best peanut butter beer I’ve had with fresh brewed coffee and a little cocoa. Extremely crushable. Awesome beer.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Second to last can from a four-pack of tallboys picked up on release day at the Canton brewery. Been a fan of PM Dawn for a while, and I like a good peanut butter-infused stout/porter ("good" being the operative word here, of course), so this was a match made in heaven for me. I was lucky to be in and out of the retail line in about 20 minutes, and I picked up some other goodies as well while I was at it.

Anyway, this pours a pure black color with a moderately-sized ring of rather densely-packed bubbles. The head is a deep khaki-like color and there is some spotty lace around the edges of my glass as the initial intensity of the head sinks down to around a half-finger (from its 2-3 finger heights). The surface is mostly clear, with some slight legs here and there around the rim as well as a small island of foam in the center of the pour.

The nose here is massively reminiscent of roasted peanuts with a backing note of intense dark chocolate (70-80% cacao if I had to make a specific reference). After these initial elements, however, I start to pick up a macchiato-like espresso note complete with cream/milk aspects. This just smells amazing, honestly; I almost have to keep convincing myself I'm not smelling some kind of peanut butter mocha ice cream float. That said, I still get the dense stout elements of the original PM Dawn with a lot of roastiness and dark maltiness present here. The description mentioned dark fruit but it's really only an afterthought here though, honestly. This is peanut butter and chocolate through-and-through!

The flavors are very similar to what was picked up in the nose; strong bias towards "peanut butter cup"-like chocolate elements and slightly roasty coffee with a bit of a dark, chocolate-drenched-berry aftertaste. Strong espresso and earthy coffee grounds meld with the roasted peanuts and deep cocoa flavors to create a completely decadent experience I won't soon forget.

The feel is velvety-smooth with intentionally-low carbonation and a long, flavorful finish that brings out the most intense coffee aspects possible. This is such a great slow-burn of a dessert beer, fitting for extended contemplation and savoring. I hope they bring this back. It needs no tweaking... it's near perfect how it is... a delicate balance that captivates the senses. If you like peanut butter and/or coffee beer, you owe it to yourself to eventually try this one!

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ichorNet from Massachusetts, May 08, 2018
Peanut Butter PM Dawn from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 193 ratings