¡Viva La Beaver!
Belching Beaver Pub 980

¡Viva La Beaver!¡Viva La Beaver!
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From:
Belching Beaver Pub 980
 
California, United States
Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #211
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,466
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 7.8%
Ratings:
175
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 05, 2022
Added:
Mar 26, 2016
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  32
SCORE
91
Outstanding
¡Viva La Beaver!¡Viva La Beaver!
Notes: Formerly ¡Viva La Beaver!

Peanut Butter flavored Mexican Chocolate Milk Stout.

Viva La Beaver is loaded with notes of creamy peanut butter, cinnamon and coffee. This decadent milk stout is the perfect dessert beer to finish off your meal, and is our highest rated beer, receiving numerous Gold and Silver medals. Sink your teeth into this liquid chocolate treat.

28 IBU
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

Pours a clear dark brown with an adequate mocha brown colored head. Spotty lacing. Aroma is full of peanut, with some roasted malt and chocolate thrown in. Flavor follows the nose, sweet but not cloying. Feel is medium bodied and decently carbonated. Overall a nice milk stout.

Apr 05, 2022
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

From Beer Drop. Canned December 16th 2021.

Pours a pitch black with a large head of tan foam.

Smells of peanuts, chocolate and some roasted malt. Nice.

The taste is lovely flavours of peanuts and delicious chocolate. Some roasted malt adds to the enjoyment of this excellent brew.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel. BB does it again.

Mar 07, 2022
 
4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 18, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GStone899 from Minnesota

Wow, this is really well balanced. Decent amount of head and not much lacing. The peanut butter and chocolate are perfectly in balance. Might have wanted a little more coffee notes but overall it's fantastic. I can see why this is Belching Beaver's best ranked beer. Hides the abv really well too.

Jan 09, 2022
 
4.47 by Bear1964 from Nebraska on Jan 08, 2022
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

16oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a good-sized, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of dark chocolate, peanut butter, cinnamon and light coffee notes. Tasted of sweet peanut butter, chocolate with some coffee and cinnamon.

Jan 02, 2022
 
4.34 by odenbr12 from New Jersey on Dec 29, 2021
 
4.15 by JTuomi from Finland on Dec 11, 2021
 
4.19 by Mikexw from New York on Nov 16, 2021
 
4.25 by shigg85 from Japan on Oct 19, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by Beaver13 from Colorado

16 oz can, dated 5/22/21. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy brown head that retains fairly well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet roasted chocolate malt with peanut butter and a little cinnamon.

The flavor is very sweet chocolate malts with nutty peanut butter and a little cinnamon and roast in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice dessert beer.

Oct 10, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by blazerkor from Nevada

Peanut butter dominates the aroma of this brew. There is some malt and a small amount of dark chocolaty char but it's peanut butter almost entirely.

It's sweet first and then it's peanut butter with just a hint of chocolate.

It's so velvety smooth with just a little carbonation. The finish starts off all peanut butter but then there's dark chocolate and even a little cinnamon.

It's a really good beer. The peanut butter is great and the darker chocolate balances out everything. I give it a 4.9 out of 6.

Sep 05, 2021
 
4.02 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Aug 22, 2021
 
3.37 by Jingweeds from Arizona on Aug 15, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ilikebeer03 from Texas

Pour is black with a lasting khaki head. good lacing.
Nose is peanut butter, chocolate, roasted malt
Taste is huge wave of peanut butter upfront. Followed by hints of chocolate and coffee. Finishes with a subtle cinnamon. delicious.
Nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Jul 26, 2021
 
3.75 by McBraniel from Virginia on Jul 24, 2021
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3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by snaotheus from Washington

2021-07-18
16oz can served in a WABL sample glass. Date 02/16/2021. Gift from a friend.

Pours black with a big creamy head, dark khaki. Head fades into a millimeter thick creamy layer. Smell is mostly peanut butter, a little cinnamon and milk chocolate.

Taste is actually much less unbalanced than I feared. Clear peanut butter flavor, sure, and definitely some cinnamon, and fairly sweet, but still some roast grain flavor that works really nicely with the peanut butter sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a bit oily. Overall, it's interesting and not bad, but it's not generally going to satisfy a craving for a stout or any other kind of beer.

Jul 18, 2021
 
4.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 15, 2021
 
4 by archero from Texas on Jul 11, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

473ml can poured into tulip.

Pours a dark coffee with one finger of brown head that leaves some scattered loops and blotches of lace as it recedes.

Smells awesome. Melting Reese's peanut butter cups, cinnamon toast, those cigar shaped hazelnut cookies, some cold creamy coffee and mixed desert spices.

Tastes of more Reese's cups melted over cinnamon toast, more chocolatey hazelnut, cool cappuccino and some dried cherry.

Feels thick and luscious. Full bodied with velvety carbonation. Finishes sweet and sticky.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Maybe I admire peanut butter more than most healthy adults, but this was spectacular.

Jul 03, 2021
 
4.43 by jeschaefer from Texas on Jun 15, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EmperorBevis from England

Canned in a big old tallboy crafty craft can and purchased from The Epicurean in West Didsbury
Pours a jet black body with massive thick tan head
Aroma is really good chocolate wafer bar
Flavour is that to with a peppery edge

May 05, 2021
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

16oz can. Can bottom is stamped 'VIVA 18 01/07/21'.
Dark brown colored body, with a red mahogany back lit edge. One finger of tan head.
Aroma is peanut butter, with some chocolate and a whiff of cinnamon.
Taste has some dark cherry tang, along with the peanut butter. Some chocolate, and the end lends itself to a cinnamon touch. Fade away in the aftertaste is quick.
Thinner than medium mouth feel. Silky smooth texture. Good carbonation.
Overall this beer has some sweetness, but is kind of thin. Has a working combo of peanut butter, chocolate, and bit of cinnamon. The sweet dark fruit is unexpected but blends well. Unobtrusive dessert beer.

Apr 28, 2021
 
4.25 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Apr 16, 2021
 
4.25 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Apr 12, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On tap at Famous Pizza and Beer in Oak Creek, AZ.

This one pours a darkish black/brown color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like coffee creamer, sweet peanut butter, light general spice, and milk chocolate fudge.

This is definitely a bit sweet but it’s still pretty tasty. The peanut butter fudge thing is really nice, and the coffee comes across as sweet, like a flavored peanut butter latte or something like that. There’s not a ton of spicing here, which is good and bad, as more cinnamon could have balanced the sweetness a bit.

This is creamy, light bodied, but deceptively rich, with a good mouthfeel and drinkability to it.

This is a solid little milk stout that fits decently well into the current pastry paragon.

Apr 06, 2021
 
3.96 by QuintusHorace from California on Mar 26, 2021
 
3.5 by BdM from Netherlands on Feb 21, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by backblast from Alaska

Tastes up front with chocolate and peanut butter followed by cinnamon spice and lactose. Has a very nice creamy mouthfeel and a nice lingering aftertaste.

Feb 14, 2021
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3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by hbeimers from Illinois

This was overall a pretty nice milk stout. I've tried a few chocolate peanut butter ones and this one didn't stand out too much beside having an overwhelming peanut butter flavor. I was hoping for a little more of the chocolate cinnamon but none of it came through.

Feb 14, 2021
 
4.06 by jakecattleco from California on Feb 13, 2021
 
4.29 by mdfb79 from New York on Jan 29, 2021
 
4.55 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Jan 19, 2021
 
4.15 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jan 17, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

tallboy dated 12/16/20

pours deep mahogany brown (reddish-tinged coffee, really) body with a semi-excited sudsy big-bubbled tan head that has low retention and leaves occasional patchy lacing as it settles to a rocky halo, before fading entirely.

aroma is sweet lactose and chocolate malt. huge nutty profiles abound. toffee, caramel malt as well. cinnamon and baking spices sprinkled throughout as well.

taste follows the nose. peanut butter riding a lactose surf board thru a chocolate malt bomb with waves of baking spice and caramel. brown sugar amongst the malt for sure as well.

mouthfeel is lower carbonation, medium body. smooth, slightly oily. low grade dryness and bittersweet fades well before the finish, and with this there is a late stage fake out, with the spices taking the finish.

overall:
this is the most charming shade of peanut butter in a pb stout that I've had. perhaps it just benefits from the cinnamon and other spices along with the hallmarks of chocolate and caramel malt - although, I haven't had the base version of this stout, so I could be wrong. otherwise, the biggest thing that sticks out is the oily feel of the brew. it's not horrible, but it certainly is distracting. this one is far from generic, but it doesn't hit greatness. the mouthfeel and the look of the thing kinda bring it down for me, but that taste is on to something.

Jan 11, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

Bought a single 16oz can $3.99 Village bottle shop
89 days old
Smell dominated by peanut butter, faint chocolate smell
Dark black color. Looks thick as I pout it into a glass.
Heavy, creamy mouthfeel
Light carbonation
Taste of peanut butter dominates, chocolate aftertaste
Overall it delivers on what it says it is so it is great for that and what I am rating it on. Nice beer to have on occasion.

Dec 05, 2020
 
4.03 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Nov 30, 2020
 
4 by dsshuck from Delaware on Nov 03, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RyanK252 from California

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewery pint glass

A: Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a frothy cocoa brown head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Rich chocolate, big time nutty, almost more hazelnut than peanut, a little coffee, cinnamon, earthy, slightly toasty biscuity malt, and toffee sweetness.

T: Roasty, milk chocolate, coffee, nutty, cinnamon, earthy, underlying dark fruit, and some lactose and toffee sweetness.

M: On the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: This can is a couple months old so I'm wondering if the fruity side I'm picking up on isn't as prevalent when it's fresh. That's the big thing really holding me back from rating this higher. I wasn't sure how all the flavors would come together, especially the peanut butter, but it does add a nice layer of complexity. Definitely gonna keep my eyes open for this one in the future.

Oct 02, 2020
 
4.35 by HopBelT from Belgium on Sep 29, 2020
¡Viva La Beaver! from Belching Beaver Pub 980
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