Viva La Beaver
Belching Beaver Brewery

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #149
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,750
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 7.06%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
130
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Belching Beaver Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
91
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Viva La BeaverViva 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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Ohknows from Nevada

3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouts a nice black color and brown head.

I get the abuelita chocolate along with peanut butter and cinnamon and some coffee. The smell is a little better than the flavor. Overall... it’s not a bad beer and one of the better tasting beers I’ve had from belching beaver.

Jul 12, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a mexican chocolate version of their famed peanut butter stout. to me, this is over flavored pretty considerably, and a pint can was way more of it than i wanted. its a shame, because the base stout is of magnificent quality, even the peanut butter part is pretty good, although a little more dry peanut butter powdery to me here than i recall in the original, but its been awhile. there are coffee and cinnamon and heavy sweet tones to this in aroma and flavor, maybe some light smoke and even pepper character to it, still plenty of roast from the grain coming through, but the dry peanut butter powder character with the sugary chocolate is a lot on the palate each time i take a pull, and there is some teeth coating linger to this, brown sugar and milk chocolate, to me overdone on the lactose too. its not all that spicy or anything, any chili or cinnamon element is well enough restrained here, not sure what all is actually in it, and there is some bitterness from the dark grain as well as the coffee that stands up enough, but this is really heavy beer to me, totally filling and slow drinking, even without a more robust alcohol presence. five or seven years ago i might have loved this, but now i just want all the added ingredients stripped out so i can enjoy a delicious milk stout, this is full and creamy feeling and i dont think needs all the flavor, although it doesnt hold it well. even with all the sweetness and intensity, the texture is still fantastic. so much potential here, but for me its all turned up a bit too high. i like softer voices in this sort of thing these days, but there is no denying the overall quality here, i just prefer the original.

Jun 10, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Crowler fill, poured into a snifter.

A: Nearly opaque dark brown body with a light khaki head.

S: Sweet dessert peanut butter notes roll out of the glass. Waves of milk chocolate, sweet coffee/hazelnut, and lactose...caramel, hints of roast and spice, Horchata. Cinnamon blends very well and isn't at the forefront.

T: More of the same, peanut butter/milk chocolate candy bars with caramel and hazelnuts. The peanut butter leans soft and sweet, not too roasty and not dry at all. Sweet finish but never cloying, this is really well done. Again the Horchata/cinnamon character feels like an extension of the other adjuncts and never takes over.

MF: Creamy smooth body, sweet finish. Silky smooth.

O: EXCELLENT. The only thing I can knock it for is that the coffee seems almost invisible, but overall this is easily one of the best peanut butter beers I've had.

Mar 31, 2020
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Anders91 from California

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: straight up black, no head to speak of

Smell: peanut butter, chocolate

Taste: peanut butter, chocolate, a bit of spice and bitterness

Feel: fairly smooth

Feb 07, 2020
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Rmcane from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour. Dark with carmel head, disappeared relatively quickly. Sweet milk chocolate nose with hints of peanut butter. Not very heavy. Nice flavor, not as forceful pb as with other choco pb beers.

Aug 25, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle split two ways.
Dark brown pour, slight ruby highlights with 1 and 1/2 fingers creamy mocha head.
Out of the bottle peanut butter on the nose, fresh shelled peanut, with notes of chocolate cake, cake batter, slight roasty coffee. Nuttiness dominates.
Tastes of rich chocolate cake batter, chocolate cake with peanut butter icing, hints of spice - cinnamon, and just a touch of bitter roastiness at the finish.
Medium mouthfeel - not thick or viscous but remarkably creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable - sweet but not too sweet.

Aug 24, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received from @Bum4ever in NBS BIF #8. Reviewed 12/30/18. Thanks Josh!
Dated on front rim below label “BOD 08/21/18”. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, slight penetration occurs around the rim.
Head – Large (Maximum seven cm, controlled center pour), tan, low density, average retention, diminishing to an irregular three to eight mm lacey ring and a partial layer.
Lacing – Poor – just a single skinny partial ring about five cm long and three mm wide.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Aroma – 4.25 – Very strong peanut butter, chocolate, cinnamon, chilies (?).
Flavor – 3 - Begins with a bit of over-roasted bitter peanut taste, short of char. Ends with a slightly bitter malt aftertaste. In between, it’s the over-roasted-with-a-hint-of-cinnamon taste. No caramel, no alcohol (7.5% ABV), no hops, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 - Well. This certainly wasn’t what I expected. After the peanut butter cup flavor of original Peanut Butter Milk Stout from BBB, the near-char and bitterness of this brew was surprising. I realize that Mexican chocolate has various spices such as cinnamon (a favorite of mine) and allspice added and may have chilies as well - this beer has the advertised notes peanut butter, cinnamon, and chocolate. We all have different tastes and, while this looks and smells good, to my taste it just meets the minimal definition of an English Sweet/Milk Stout and the label-advertised description.

Dec 30, 2018
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Ruger_44-Redhawk from Idaho

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn this is good! Opened Christmas Day 2018 in Boise, ID. Actually had this recently in town on nitro tap at Big Al’s while bowling over Thanksgiving. This one was a present from Santa today to my wife. She loves their Peanut Butter Milk Stout offering. This one is very good, silky and smooth of course. Love the thickness and ABV. Smell is full of chocolate and caramel. Taste is awesome, a blitzkrieg of chocolate malt and hazelnut and a little rye. The only reason I docked it was because I can’t taste any peanut butter. Their regular milk stout you get a good amount of peanut butter. But for whatever reason, I think the chocolate overpowers any other flavor you incorporate in the higher ABV stout styles. This is still a great beer and will get it again. Merry Christmas all and cheers!

Dec 26, 2018
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kirksisters from California

4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crazy delicious! The Mexican choc add a slight ting to the taste and the depth of the chocolate versus the standard Bbpb Stout is noted, smell and taste of Cocoa, PB, light coffee with caramel and dry nice finish, very enjoyable and desserty.

Aug 04, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled 1/?/18, consumed 4/5/18

L: Deep dark black with nice thick 2-finger tan head that left ok lacing.

A: Peanut Butter all the way. Very dominant. A little bit of chocolate, but not a whole lot else. Can't tell the Mexican part of the chocolate. I love their PB though.

T: Peanut Butter and toasted malt. There is some kind of spice here, but it doesn't automatically make you think of Mexican chocolate like Xocoveza.

F: Medium, good feel, there is a lingering taste of the chocolate I think? Bitterness is not an issue.

O: A nice bomber pickup I enjoyed with my wife who loves the regular PB Milk Stout. You can certainly taste and feel that this one has almost 50% more ABV. I'll continue to get the regular one as well as the PB Latte for as long as it's available.

Apr 06, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Growler Guys. Really super smooth, peanut butter cup flavors. Mexican Chocolate adds a hint of bitterness and spiciness. Smooth. Tasty stuff .

Mar 15, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Almost nobody's had this before? Wowzers.

Pours a deep shiny bean black with a firm brown head of 1 finger.

First thing I smell is a TON of Peanut Butter. This follows with clean water, honey biscuits, and faint chili pepper.

Flavor is a ton of peanut butter and biscuits - basically a liquid Nutter Butter, following with some polite biting chili spice and a red hots kinda thing if you leave it on your tongue long enough. Slight metallic flavors surface as it heats up to room temp, so drink it quick!

Feel is creamy yet a bit spicy, with a slightly surprisingly oily finish.

Overall, there's not much difference between this and the original PB Milk Stout, at least that I can recall from memory, but perhaps this one has even MORE Peanut Butter flavor, because it's dishing it out in waves here. Chili Pepper takes a back seat, and that's a good thing. A very highly enjoyable mexican peanut butter hot chocolate stout.

Jan 30, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada

3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - I like the previous names over the current generic one, for the record.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with subtle amber basal edges, and a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy brown head, which leaves a bit of spotty and sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of bittersweet cocoa powder, crunchy peanut butter, some muddled earthy spiciness, lightly roasted caramel malt, vanilla cream, and some very tame leafy, weedy, and floral green hops. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, ground peanuts, rich dark chocolate, still hard to pick out spicy notes, vanilla extract, and more understated earthy, musty, and dead floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite aggressive in its palate-surrounding frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with just a hint of masked spice making a few surface waves here. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa, peanuts, and malt kind of just wandering around, as if searching for meaning in their lingering state.

Overall - yeah, this comes across very much like the 'regular' peanut butter chocolate stout that these guys produce, as I am not really detecting the Mexican part of the equation. Otherwise, it's pretty tasty, and almost worth the steep price it goes for around here.

Jan 26, 2018
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ChrisCage from Canada

4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an oily, thick, cola color that hinges on black and there are floaties about it all over the top of the liquid (powdered Peanut Butter). The head is dark in color, like a dark cocoa color, and the foam is very porous and large.....it dissipates rather quickly, which is disappointing to me. Carbonation is too hard to see and as for lacing, well, it is rather muted too....actually very muted, only leaving behind a thick-ish film. Below average look overall.

S- This is a superbly delicious smelling Stout! I am getting huge wafts of dark chocolate (90% or better), fresh powdered cocoa, loads of vanilla and other baking spice (cinnamon specifically), a slight hint of fiery spice, Peanuts and of course Peanut Butter! Other less noticed aromas that are of Earth, coffee, lactose, cream, glazed doughnut , yeast and a sweet lingering finish! Smells just like a freshly baked dessert!

T- Oh the flavor! Oh the pleasure! This is just simply put.....a beautifully flavored Milk Stout! Creamy sweet chocolate, heavy mocha, black coffee, yeast, subtle cinnamon spice, fresh rich nuts (peanut, cashew), breakfast-y peanut butter, balancing cocoa and dark chocolate, vanilla, and an ever so slight hint of hop bitterness on the finish that leaves behind a cleansing effect. Aftertaste is still thick however, and again, I get a very subtle heat that lingers. Full marks in this category!

M/O- Medium/Full bodied, and the carbonation is rather soft, which is pretty much what I would expect. I wouldn't mind just a little more creaminess to the brew but it's not nearly a deal breaker. The alcohol is very well hidden and I actually left my chocolate bar for another night, as this is more than enough of a rich, spectacular finish to the evening! A wonderful offering and I will most definitely seek this out again....well worth the price!

Oct 31, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of khaki head on top. Head retention is next to none, with no lacing left behind. Aroma is peanut butter, chocolate, Mexican spices, lactose, and toasted malts. Flavor profile is peanut butter, milk chocolate, and lactose. Toasted and nutted malts throughout the flavor profile. Mexican spices become more apparent towards the end of the finish, and linger on the tongue. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a velvety, creamy texture. Overall, a very tasty dessert stout that provides a wonderful experience. It's 7.5%, and tastes like much less.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Sep 25, 2017
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importedfromdet from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank straight from 1pt6oz bottle.

Smells of milk chocolate.

Taste is complex. Starts with a chocolate and peanut butter fusion, almost like a Nutty Bar taste-like fusion. Savory, falling into a sweet malt and carbonation.

Easy drinkability, taste of malts and a heavy peanut buttery oil left, comparable to eat a spoonful of peanut butter, not a bad thing. Best comparison is literally to the after mouth feel after consuming Nutty Bar!

Overall pretty good taste. The sweet malt following the smooth, mellow savory chocolate and peanut butter doesn't blend the best, but gives it a refreshing mouth feel. Unique and good. Best peanut butter beer thus far.

Sep 03, 2017
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Karibourgeois from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coal black pour with a big dark brown head. Big aroma of peanut butter and chocolate. Taste follows the nose with a very creamy body that has chocolate and peanuts butter flavors upfront backed by a really nice cinnamon and coffee edge.

Aug 13, 2017
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TerribleTaste from California

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I liked this beer but I definitely enjoy the milk stout and the peanut butter milk stout more.
The chocolate is definitely notable on the first couple of drinks, and the smell lingers there forever.
It kind of gets a tad thick and syrupy feeling near the end, which I don't find in the other two milk stouts they have released.
Either way, this version of the milk stout is still worth trying if you liked the other two!
Another great beer for camping or sitting around a fire! I enjoyed mine on Trinity Lake a few weeks ago!

Jun 19, 2017
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degueulasse from California

3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a dark brown into the glass and has a pretty thin head that dissipates rather quickly. It smells mostly of peanut butter, and it's nice that it doesn't smell too sickly sweet. Its taste is smooth as well, but it is countered by a darker chocolatey flavor that separates it from Belching Beaver's more popular Peanut Butter Milk Stout but also makes it a bit less tasty. There is nothing particularly great to say about its mouthfeel, as it is rather thin and uninteresting. Also, there are some weird solid floaters hanging out at the bottom of the bottle—likely peanut butter morsels that didn't quite mix in perfectly.

Jun 08, 2017
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8444dodgers01 from Idaho

3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32oz. crowler. Black in color with a bubbly, mocha-colored head that receeds into a thin collar. Aroma is peanut butter, chocolate and a hint of spice. Creamy mouthfeel. You can taste the peanut butter at first but the bitter-sweet chocolate overpowers it rather quickly. It has some saltiness to it. The finish is long and sweet. Very enjoyable beer to drink.

Jun 05, 2017
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown-black body, 1 finger brown head.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Peanut butter, crackers, milk chocolate, a little bit of an unidentifiable spice. Thankfully the astringent flavor in the original isn't present here.

Feel: Medium body, high carbonation. Mild sweetness.

May 20, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is now called Mexican Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout with the new-style label. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Beach Front Liquor in San Clemente. Lovely aroma of cocoa with peanut brickle.

Dark velvety brown color with a modest beige foam in the narrow glass. Quite sweet, definitely a dessert sort of beer. The Mexican chocolate actually improves this stuff, in my opinion. It adds some spice, a peppery note, and a butterscotch taste to the rather plain peanut nonsense. This is not something I'm crazy about, but I know people really like the stuff and it tastes clean and well made. Serious spice and sugar.

May 11, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Bishop's Arms in Malmö.

Pours black, with quite a bit of faom, which leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is incredible, mostly peanut buttter with some coffee and chocolate. Sniffed this for a good 10 minutes before sipping.

The taste is similar to the smell, but not quite as great. The coffee is replaced by some fudge, but the real star is the peanut butter.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is quite subtle. Would have liked a bit more body.

This is a really good stout, with an outstanding nose.

May 09, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap served in a snifter at Hair of the Dog, Bangkok.

The beer pours inky black with thick frothy tan head that withstands with decent retention. It gradually dissipates and leaves some lacing on the glass-side.

The aroma is led by rich and slick peanut butter together with mellow sweet milky sugar, dark and creamy chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, butter, some roasted profile, dark bread, and again sweet roasted peanut butter to wrap all the things up. It has more intense sweetness comparing to the original peanut butter deriving from chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Sweetness, nuttiness, vanilla, cinnamon, and butter dominate all over the taste buds. All of them are derived from lactose, peanut butter, intense Mexican chocolate, roasted, and smoothness of oat. It is so nutty sweet overall that is also lingering well in the aftertaste with its residual peanut butter sweetness. There is no bitterness at all.

Medium body with some good crisp and good lively carbonation through the palate, creamy smooth through the mouthfeel, finish is pleasantly dry.

This one is quite similar to the original peanut butter one but with the extensive hand of cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolaty sweetness.

Apr 27, 2017
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The dark beer is opaque and the head is dark tan. The head has good retention and left some lacing on the glass.
A rich cacao, medium roast coffee, vanilla, sweet sugar note, cinnamon, biscuit, nutty, fruity, and bitter sweet chocolate.
A rich milk chocolate, medium roasted coffee, nutty peanut butter note, an oaky note, touch of floral, brown sugar, char, touch of fruitiness, bitter sweet, and a creaminess.
A full body, chewy beer with a medium plus finish and a touch of carbonation.
I really dig this beer, anything with chocolate and peanut butter I will try. Very tasty stuff, will drink again.

Mar 13, 2017
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 130 ratings