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Mexican Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout | Belching Beaver Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Belching Beaver Brewery
California, United States
belchingbeaver.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly ¡Viva La Beaver!

Peanut Butter flavored Mexican Chocolate Milk Stout.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,148
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
103
pDev:
7.3%
 
 
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12
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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque in the glass, with a two finger light brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet dark malt, lots of peanut butter and light milk chocolate, really reminded me of a Reese's Cup. Flavor follows with semi-sweet dark toasted malt, peanut butter, milk chocolate, hints of char, toffee and vanilla . Medium bodied with light creaminess. I'm not getting much of the Mexican chocolate notes here, but otherwise they really nailed it. Really great and well integrated peanut butter flavor with enough chocolate to balance it. I haven't tried my bottle of Peanut Butter Milk Stout yet, but am now really looking forward to it. Great peanut butter and chocolate stout that I will buy again.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 8-oz. draft
Glass: Clear half-pint glass
From: Belching Beaver Brewery North Park Tasting Room in San Diego, Calif.
Price: $4.00
Purchased: June 12, 2016
Consumed: June 12, 2016
Misc.: N/A

Was really looking forward to this one. Thought that the base Peanut Butter Milk Stout was probably the best peanut butter beer I ever add. Throw in that with Mexican chocolate and even stronger (7.5 compared to 5.3) and I was all in.

Poured a black color with two fingers of thick, tan, rocky head when I got it. Excellent thick foamy lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled creamy peanut butter, chocolate, light notes of caramel, milk chocolate and cocoa. (Smell - 4.50)

Just such a good tasting beer. Getting peanut butter, thick chocolate, cocoa, semi-sweet morsels, creamy vanilla, hints of spice and chocolate covered peanut butter candy. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Sticky, thick texture Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50)

I really liked this. I think I may have underrated it a tad. Will definitely give it another go. (Overall - 4.25)

4.34 | 96 | A

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark brown with the aroma and taste of peanut butter and Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

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Photo of arizcards
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo Bell Road in early October for $8.79. Bottled on 9/6/16.

Beer poured black with a beautiful tan head.

Nose is peanut butter forward with hints of light roast.

Taste is peanut butter forward and slightly sweet. Expected a cloying factor after the first few sips but it maintained a nice balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and on the thinner side.

Overall a very nice beer that is definitely worth trying if you are a stout fan.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shivtim
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt. 6fl. oz. bottle purchased at Bottleworks, Seattle, WA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a thinner bodied, near pitch black with brown edges when held to the light. A large bubbled, loosely held together, two-finger tall, mocha colored crown topped the liquid, but it quickly fell to a thin collar. Tiny drops of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was insane. I have smelled some interesting Mexican chocolate beers and one or two beers that contained peanut butter, but this one was totally on another level. The peanut butter dominated and was outrageously intense. Peanut butter candies (circus peanut candies specifically) definitely came to mind. Loads of sweetness. Somewhat artificial but still really interesting. Milk chocolate notes also came through big time. Loads of creamed and sweetened coffee. Huge vanilla presence too. Slightly spicy, but I had a tough time deciphering what type of spices.

The flavor profile mimicked the nose but was a bit rougher around the edges. Roasty, malty notes appeared on the front end. Peanut butter again came through strong. Loads of vanilla. Intense milk chocolate notes. Good dose of sweetened and creamed coffee as well. Overall, super sugary. The roasted malts appeared again on the back end and in the finish. A touch ashy and bitter. Faint hops were also detectible. Chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was light and frothy. Somewhat thinner than anticipated. The liquid contained a zippy, spritzy effervescence. After each sip, the sugars in the beer left a sticky film on my lips.

I love wacky flavored beers and can appreciate the brewers' intentions with this one. However, after half a glass of this, the sweetness became overwhelming. ¡Viva La Beaver! reminded me of some offerings in Southern Tier's Backwater series - beers that I perhaps appreciated more ten years ago than I do today. That said, this is a flavorful and interesting milk stout that might best be enjoyed if split amongst three or four people.

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

Photo of colts9016
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.

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Photo of pkalix
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
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.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: impenetrably dark body with a finger of frothy dark-tan foam atop. The head could stand a little more retention, but overall it's very attractive.

Smell: this beer is completely as-advertised. It's peanut butter & chocolate aroma pretty much exactly matches that of a peanut butter cup.

Taste: I'm not totally convinced by peanut butter in beer in general, but this is a relatively successful execution of the idea. It definitely has a peanut butter cup flavor, which mostly works in the context of a milk stout. There is a little bit of spicing from the Mexican chocolate, and again, it mostly works pretty well.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and a very rich creaminess indeed. Great!

Overall: I would like to try this without the peanut butter, honestly; the base stout and the Mexican chocolate aspects of it seem really nice. The peanut butter works about as well as I might expect it to, although I'm still not sold on peanut butter in beer as a general concept.

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Photo of mactrail
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
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.

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Photo of brycevolk
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsander
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dertyd
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The bomber describes it as a peanut butter flavored Mexican chocolate milk stout. Check, check, and check.

The pour yields less than a finger of tan head. The aroma is SOOOOOO peanut butter (note: I love peanut butter), and the taste is peanut butter, with the chocolate at the end of the taste - and there's a subtle spice withe the chocolate. Yum.

This is one of the better beers I've had this year.

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Mexican Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout from Belching Beaver Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 103 ratings