Peanut Butter Milk Stout | Belching Beaver Brewery

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Peanut Butter Milk StoutPeanut Butter Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Belching Beaver Brewery
California, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of matcris
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dark brown with absolutely NO head present. Aroma is almost exactly a Reese's peanut butter cup. A wee bit of smoke, and maybe less sugary. Flavor is, a dark chocolate Reese's peanut butter cup. Roasty, almost a bit of char, and kind of an annoying rotten meat flavor/aftertaste. Average carbonation, dry, and medium light body. Maybe I got a bad brew, here.

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Photo of richdeneault
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this at the Co-op in Davis March 5, 2017. Drank out of the bottle with friends.

The taste is all in the name - creamy flavor from milk. And of course, as the name implies, you get the taste of peanut butter! but not overly sweet, quite smooth. I wouldn't drink 4 of them, but a very fun beer!

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a very black color with a a very small and quickly dissipating head of brown foam. There were also a lot of small but chunky brown floaters visible in my glass. This was split between me and the wife and she got the first pour, of course so perhaps there is something down towards the bottom?

The smell is like a blast of Peanut Butter! There was a hint of chocolate and maybe a hint of coffee towards the back of the nose.

Now the taste. PEANUT BUTTER!!! Any surprise here? There was some small coffee bitter towards the back of the mouth.

The mouth was medium with a silky feel and a wet finish,

Overall this is a heavy on the Peanut Butter flavored beer and may be over the peanut top for some. I like peanut butter so this one worked well for me. I also noticed a lot of sediment at the bottom of the bottom of the bottle so there may be some swirling action needed at the end of the pour to get some more of that Peanut Butter flavor. Really good and very creative beer.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow there really is a ton of peanut butter in this one. And I love peanut butter. The typical stout flavors aren't as apparent as usual due to the strong peanut butter but they're still their and they're good as well. But the peanut butter...

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Photo of Deerin
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

The quintessential motor oil look, milk chocolate head. Good lacing. Head recedes completely with time, however.
Smells of peanut butter chocolate, roasted malt lurking.
A bit of char in the taste, with silky chocolate and peanut butter flavors.
Thin body, low moderate carbonation.

Overall I'm enjoying this, but it is notably thin in my opinion. The first sip, downing the foam was pure awesomeness. But for me, the beer lacks too much body. Compensating for this is the flavor, though the char/ash detracts from it a bit for me. That being said, it is a stout, so I can't subtract for roasted malt characteristics.

I'm enjoying this, but I feel there is lost potential in the body at the 5.3% mark.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Didn't think I'd like this as much as I do, but I do! Nice balance between the underlying beer backbone and the peanut butter cup flavor on top. Lingering aftertaste of sweet, but not sickly sweet. Would drink it again, and would like to know how they brewed this.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is pitch black with a thick foamy head. The beer has a strong peanut butter smell but not your normal peanut butter but more of the sweeter kind in Reese's candy. Get hints of chocolate and maybe some other aromas but now all I can smell is peanut butter. The beer has a nice sweet flavor of chocolate milk and then the peanut butter flavor comes and sticks in your mouth. The beer is smooth but it does leave you with the feeling like you just ate spoonfuls of peanut butter.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has got to be the weirdest beer name I’ve encountered in a while… and that’s saying something (I generally buy the first weird beer I cross paths with at the bottle shop). Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout sounds like a dreadful accident, but to me it’s like the accident you slow down to look at (or in this case: Drink). So it was without hesitation that I made a purchase-plunge, no regrets now, time to rip into a belching beaver - here’s hoping this isn’t a disaster like that Rogue Voodoo Lemon Crueller that tasted like fake lemon cleaning products: One always runs that risk with these ultra-weird flavoured beers.

Poured from a 375ml can (weird size for a US made beer!) into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a jet black body with a thin caramel-coloured head that sticks around pretty well. Judging by the creaminess of the head this belching beaver will have a nice chewy mouthfeel… we’ll see hey. 9/10.

S: Something odd registers in the nose from the outset - it’s like a solvent/disinfectant smell… not sure what it is, but it’s distracting. Other than that: Peanuts (obvs!), milk and dark chocolate, a hint of roasted malt and powdered cocoa. Overall, apart from that solvent/disinfectant smell, it’s right on the “Peanut Butter Milk Stout/Reece’s Pieces” money. 7/10.

T: Again a hint of oddness in the flavour, as described above, from the first sip... then ever so strangely it fades as you take more sips. Copy/paste my above aroma descriptions for the taste: Peanuts, milk and dark chocolate, a hint of roasted malt and powdered cocoa for a “Reece’s Pieces in a glass” experience. Finish is a slight dark chocolate bitterness that balances out the peanut/chocolate sweetness which precedes it. 8/10.

M: Rich and creamy, mid to heavy bodied, almost Founders body (but not quite) with a thin but dense carbonation - top shelf Milk Stout body right here! 9/10.

D: The solvent/disinfectant distraction is the only fly in the ointment of this otherwise solid peanut/chocolate beer journey… WTF is giving it that aroma/flavour?! Who knows, but once you get past it this is an enjoyable Milk Stout that rewards a sweet tooth, without becoming a sugar-bomb, tasty stuff Mr. Beaver! [oh please, call me by my first name] Ok, no problem, cheers Belching! 8/10.

Food Match: Roasted beaver tail… seriously though: Reece’s Pieces.

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Photo of Bboppkat
4.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorites beers. I drink this year round! This beer has Great flavors, the peanut and milk and coffee notes compliments each other! Like Drinking sweet coffee with creamer. Nuttyy flavors . I love smooth beers!! I usually get this from the brewery. I havent had a cleaning flavor like others mentioned. This beer is darker than coke and looks heavy. I wonder what they use for the carbonation?

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Photo of gr8dj00
1.56/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I don't know what happened here. Their other beers are so great and this one is hard to find so I thought it would be great.


I tastes like they put a peanut scented cleaning product in it. It's really hard to believe. I tried it out of a 12 and 22oz bottle. Sticking to their horchata and viva la beaver stouts.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Really dark brown color with mocha head. Aroma has roasted peanuts but also some weird cleaning product note like you get in hospitals or at the dentist. Taste follows with that weird note. Slightly sweet and deserty at first but gets slightly bitter with a hint of coffee on the finish. Medium to full bodied, quite smooth on the palate. This beer has some potential but I don't like that medicinal note at all.

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Photo of degueulasse
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A mellow stout with a smooth taste of peanut butter that feels natural and rich but subdued. The smell is of sweet peanut butter, and the taste is the same, though complemented with soft milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is a tad watery but still quite smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle. Black body. Medium khaki head. Smells of chocolate, peanut butter, and a little metallic. Tastes of chocolate. A little bit of lactose. Peanuts. A bit of a bright flavor that is out of place. Develops into the metallic finish. Medium body. It’s ok, but not something that I’d drink again.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
1.84/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a deep black with tan head and lacing. Smells of chocolate and peanut butter. This is when the letdown begins. The taste is horrible, it is like drinking cleaning fluid or something metallic, it was so bad I had to dump it out. Pretty sad considering it sounded great and smelled great, but the taste is worst beer I had in years.

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Photo of Vader444
3.19/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can pour into 2/3 pint glass.

I'm struggling to describe this one. Looks the business; a deep rich dark brown stout as you'd expect. Smells a bit muted and plasticky. The mouthfeel is the standout attribute of this beer.The flavour is too weird for me. I love stout and I love peanut butter. I've had a few really enjoyable peanut stouts. This is not one of them. It tastes really artificial. I think the base beer would be really good without the adjuncts and will keep an open mind about Belching Beaver's other offerings. Cheers

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Photo of Tony_O
2.28/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1


This beer tastes awful. If you want to be reminded of your last doctor's visit, this is the beer for you. I would give taste a zero if I could.

Smells good, though. So if that's your thing, well this is a pretty expensive thing to buy just for the smell.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Holy moly, a beautiful dark oily color spews from this otherworldly can into the snifter, forming a black void of 100% and a peanut butter colored head of 2 fingers...

DUDE. Peanut butter. Chocolate. Roasted Nuts. Milk. Roast Malts. It's all there. Damn. Damn. Damn. The can't get any better.

Flavor is solid but missing some things. Metallic to start, following with peanut hulls, soy milk, peanut butter powder, roast malts, fading with chocolate powder, lactose, oatmeal, and slightly more metal.

Feel is lighter than I'd like, with about medium-bodied consistency, a tapping carbonation, and a dry, slick finish. I'd have liked a thicker stout feel on this, it would have totally made up for the lackluster taste (in comparison to the smell). Come on, palate bomb!!

Overall, I guess @ 5.30% I can't complain, but if this thing was a palate bomb, and just wrecked the tongue, and had a bit more chocolate and peanut butter in the flavor...Idk...this could have been a hall of fame beer for me. Still fabulous, still outstanding...just missing some important inclusions for me.

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Photo of gandres
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured to tulip
Black, medium brown head that slowly disappears, some lacing
Smell: very fragrant, cocoa
medium bitterness
lively carbonation, long finish
very good beer, can be repeat, but not something to look forward to
Drank: 11/3/2016 6:16 PM

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Photo of 911CROFT
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

375ml can into a Spiegleau Stout glass. Paid £3.80 for a single.

Pours an opaque, dark brown, almost black body that when held to the light allows some dark ruby tones to be observed. A thin, bubbly, one-finger in height, light-tan coloured head dissipates incredibly quickly, leaving absolutely no lace of any kind.

The slightly charred nose is led by dark and bitter acidic burnt coffee, wood smoke, ash and heavily roasted dark malts. Underneath, faint notes of roasted peanuts follow, along with artificial aromas of peanut butter, Nutella, toffee popcorn and a slightly unpleasant metallic aroma. Taste follows in similar fashion, leading initially with bitter dark malts and heavily roasted coffee. Mid palate, vaguely perceptible lactose provides hints of creamy vanilla and milk chocolate, temporally smoothing the edges of dark roast before an artificial sweetness enters. Syrupy chocolate and hazelnut profiles somewhat overshadow more natural and subtle notes of red-skinned peanuts, before roasted bitterness re-enters. In the mouth, a light body and overly aggressive carbonation provide a texture initially more akin to soda water than Milk Stout. Fortunately it sheds this carbonation rapidly, improving the second half of the glass to feel slightly smoother, despite remaining disappointingly thin. On the end, heavily roasted coffee beans, bitter cocoa, burnt grains, char, smoke and ash linger just long enough in combination with a strange acidity to dry the palate and finish with mild astringency.

Overall this is a very disappointing beer. I love both Milk Stouts and Peanut Butter, so (perhaps unfairly) was hoping for something resembling Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. This doesn’t, it’s watery, unbalanced and too artificial. Consumed within six weeks of canning, I guess it’s possible I received part of a bad batch, at £3.80 a single however I can’t honestly say I’m in much of a hurry to buy another and find out.

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Photo of mkh012
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Near-black with a brief tan head.

Chocolate, roasted peanuts, and a touch of hops on the nose.

The taste largely follows, with a hint of vanilla. Peanut butter is minimal, but its tasty. A touch of balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin but made a bit richer by the roasted peanut flavor.

A solid milk stout.

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Photo of AnthonyJS
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got this from my local liquor store. Everything I love about stout is here, it's super smooth and has light coffee and chocolate flavors, but with an added kick of peanut butter. Other reviewers have said that they can't taste the peanut butter much, but I think there is a very present creamy peanut butter flavor, and it lingers in the aftertaste. Overall very smooth and creamy. No complaints here!

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Photo of BeerTv
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout
(ABV: 5.3%) (IBU: 30)

A twist on the typical coffee stout, well actually… it flips it on its head. This stout does still feature coffee, but the overall dominating flavors are of course PEANUT BUTTER and MILK. After all, beer and peanut butter are 2 of God’s greatest gifts to mankind.

AROMA - massive milk chocolate, peanut butter, cocoa powder, light roasted coffee, dark roasted malt, hints of vanilla

APPEARANCE – deep opaque mahogany/black with a thick mocha colored head, moderate head retention, and decent amount of lacing

FLAVOR – sweet cocoa and creamy peanut butter combine to resemble a dark chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cup, roasted malts, hazelnut, sweet roasted bitter finish

MOUTHFEEL – Added lactose (milk sugar) and rolled oats provide the extreme creaminess to this silky smooth medium-full bodied stout, moderate carbonation, dry finish

OVERALL – This is more than a mere novelty beer. Amazing combination that almost pairs better than peanut butter and jelly. Definitely a must try and if you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and make a beer float with vanilla ice cream!!

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Peanut butter is non existent here. Just taste like a chocolate milk stout. It isn't a bad beer, very drinkable, but the peanut butter is way too subtle. Smells like chocolate milk, with a dash of peanut. I had one a Mission brewery which was on point.

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Photo of ricey43
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and not overly viscous with minimal head. Rich aroma of coffee and peanuts. Taste is of burnt, roasted peanuts with a vanilla choc finish. Smooth and very approachable, drinks very easily.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque in the glass with a thin khaki head that still has good retention and light lacing. Aroma is quite appropriate for the name, with sweet dark malt, peanut butter and hints of chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is sweet dark malt, lactose, peanut butter and mild hints of vanilla and chocolate with a slightly attenuated peanut butter and dark malt finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nicely made peanut butter stout with the appropriate amount of vanilla and milky lactose flavors. Not quite as intense as the Viva la Beaver, but coming in at lower ABV, that's to be expected. Delivers what it promises, a great milk stout with realistic peanut butter flavor. Having tried both these peanut butter stouts, I'm really looking forward to their take on the horchata stout.

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