Peanut Butter Milk Stout | Belching Beaver Brewery

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Peanut Butter Milk StoutPeanut Butter Milk Stout

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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 mkh012
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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 +12.3%
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 +5.4%
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 -5.4%
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 +3.5%
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%
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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Photo of angelmonster
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is of a bottle between 5 and 10 months old.

Pours a pitch black body, head is 1/4th of an inch and tan. Lacing and head retention were above average.

Smell is of melted reeses pieces candy, peanut butter, milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, basically dessert in a glass. Getting a tiny bit of roasted malt, no hops or alcohol.

Taste is not nearly as appealing as smell. Dont know if I waited too long to drink it but peanut butter kinda faded and tasted almost artificial. Sweetness from dextrose comes through nicely, milk chocolate and roasted malt make up for peanut butter flavor. As in smell, no hops or alcohol detected.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and well carbonated. Oats provided nice smoothness, head stayed around for a little bit.

Overall, this beer smelled amazing, had a great mouthfeel, but didnt quite taste authentic like big gruesome or horny goat peanut butter porter. Would like to try this again fresh to see how much of a difference that makes.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color. Aroma is roasted peanut butter and roasted malt. Flavor follows most but overall flavor is lighter. Has a little bit of a thin feel but overall a solid beer.

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Brownish black with a creamy light tan head. Lots of lacing
S: Huge peanut butter aroma. Amazing! A little chocolate in there too.
T: Peanut butter is more subtle in the flavor. Chocolate coffee bitterness
F: Thin but sticky
O: Worth a try. Makes me miss Willoughby, Ohio.

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Photo of colts9016
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really maybe in a class of my on this beer, but my two favorite things to eat and drink in one bottle is too enticing to pass up. I was flipping through the beer menu to see what I would like have, since I will drink almost anything once. I saw this beer and I got giddy with excitement, yah, yah, I know. The beer was on Nitro, so this could be something awesome or a major let down. I really hoped not. Poured into a pint glass with a thick rich light brown head with awesome retention. The color of the beer is a dark murky thick brown color.

The nose is roasted peanuts, milk chocolate, milk, oatmeal, light roasted coffee, earthy, slight tobacco, roasted malt, and wood.

The taste is fresh roasted peanuts, cream, milk chocolate, oatmeal lightly roast coffee, earthy, bready, yeast, and a light floral note.

The mouthfeel is creamy smooth, chewy and it finishes rich.

This is one very tasty brew, it really has a lot going in it. I felt the beer was very balance and the roasted malts was just perfect. Maybe a gimmick or novelty, it doesn't matter to me, I really liked this beer. I will be going back for more.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a dark brown that only lets in a little light around the edges.

Smell is dark roasted peanuts, almost veering over into tobacco territory. It's also got dark chocolate. So, yes. It does smell like one of those peanut butter cups with dark chocolate...

What's there on the nose is also present in the taste, but add in some helpings of vanilla and cloves. Fresh coffee with cream, definitely. The smokiness and sweetness increase a little compared to the nose, but I still wouldn't raise the intensity to "moderate." There's also a slight bit of woodiness, almost like a Brazil nut shell.

It has about average carbonation for a stout. It might come across as thin for a few seconds, but the feel does thicken up to moderate.

As far as cramming every "dark" flavor into a brew, this might be the best example I've found yet.

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Photo of safaricook
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It is really smooth an interesting and what you expect from a peanut butter stout. It still feels artificial to me. If they only could make it from real peanut butter and not aromas.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks, kerry4porters!

Wow, get a load of the peanut butter characteristic the aroma brings! It's very rich and defined, and perfectly balanced by dark chocolate, graham cracker, and vanilla. A touch of roasted coffee also shows up. Not the most complex smelling beer ever, but everything comes together to reveal a wonderful dessert beer - will the flavor follow closely? Surprisingly (for this "type" of beer), it does. Peanut butter opens it up, leading quickly into dark chocolate and vanilla. A gentle touch of roasted bitterness pops on the back end; still, this is all about the sweetness. It's every bit the dessert beer I hoped it would be...shame the feel is overly thin and flimsy (but quite creamy). The level of sweetness wears on me personally; objectively, this one is totally nailed. Great work, Belching *snicker* Beaver.

3.95/5: Eat it, Sweet Baby Jesus

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Photo of papat444
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with decent head and lots of air bubbles. Would have liked a bit more lacing. Aroma is gooey peanut butter mixed with chocolate. Flavor is nutty peanut butter, creamy; carbonation is spot on, nice long feel. One of the better peanut butter stouts i've had.

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Photo of itsmarkalbert
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If Willy Wonka, the Starbucks Mermaid, and Mr. Peanut had a baby as the result of an ecstasy fueled threesome, this would be the afterbirth produced as that love child was brought into the world. Like, it's good. Dark and rich with aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, and sweet caramel. The body is like creamy gelato (thanks to the lactose, which, you want to avoid if you are lactose intolerant. Or just drink up if you are not a pussy and know which bathroom you identify with using when your lactose intolerance bites you in the ass (literally)) . Then the flavor of the peanut butter comes in. Think like, the toasty flavor of a Nutter Butter cookie, not a spoon full of Skippy. It's so smooth you can just keep drinking and drinking until you can't feel your feelings anymore. Which is good. Because you'll cry once it's gone. #belchingbeaverbrewery #belchingbeaverpeanutbutter #stout #beer

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Peanut butter stout! These beers are so much fun. Appearance is all stout - dark body, nice khaki head. Aroma is unreal for a 5% ABV beer - roasted barley, chocolate malt and a big hit of PB. Taste is all PB, chocolate, roasted coffee grains, and a shitload of PB. Mouthfeel is light - more cereal and cardboard than lacto-sweetness or roasted barley. Great beer.

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Photo of SSS
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Black like a cola, with a ruby tint as you pour, the head dissipated quickly and was hard to stir up...perhaps this was because this was an older bottle that I had brought back from a trip to California
S-Quite peanut buttery, with elements of maple and toffee and coffee
M-On the lighter side in terms of mouthfeel
T-Quite sweet and pleasant upfront with a peanut butter flavour in the middle and then a coffee or dark chocolate finish and after taste
O-This is a nice beer despite the peanut butter gimmick. I'm not sure I could do more than one every so often...

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Photo of Myotus
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 50°F from a 22oz bottle (no date) into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Consumed on 06Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with 2 fingers worth of dense, khaki foam. At 25 seconds, the foam becomes extremely porous. At 45 seconds, it has dissipated into a line of foam. Black in color with an orange tint. There is a large amount of very small bubbles ascending to the top. Lacing is thick, but subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of chocolate milk entangle with mild roasted peanut butter aromas along with subtle bitter roasted malt, vanilla, and sweet oat aromas.
TASTE: Strong chocolate milk flavors and artificial peanut butter flavors first enter on to the palate. This is very disappointing because the peanut butter smelled like actual peanut butter. Mild bitter roasted malt flavors bring more balance than I desired from a Milk Stout. Mild vanilla and sweet oat flavors enter lastly along with a subtle, bitter medicinal taste as all previous flavors persist, except for bitter roasted malts, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down incredibly smooth and creamy. Finishes with a mild dryness.
NOTE: I see that the bottle says natural flavor was added, which my nose agreed upon. My taste buds, however, disagreed. It tasted fake and somewhat unpleasant. What really brought this down in my opinion, was the prevalence of the bitterness. I can only assume that the bottle was old, since it didn't have a date.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on nitro in a traditional pint glass at the Belching Beaver brewery.

Taste is exactly as you would expect for a peanut butter milk stout. Peanuts, chocolate, and sweetness. Bitterness is mild and mouthfeel is very smooth.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Vista Village Pub, Vista, CA.
Ruby chocolate-brown with tan film. 3.75
Big malted chocolate balls with Butterfinger. 4.25
Big round cocoa, nutty cream, salted toffee, and a clean bitter cut to end. 4.25
Cocoa powder finish and chocolate liqueur linger.
Round, smooth, and creamy. 4

Better again than Sin Tax! Super yummy - nails the concept with Souther Tier-like precision. I can see how this brewery’s reputation rests on this amazing beer. 4.5

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Photo of GreasyBuddha
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First off from the pour, toasted peanuts was a very noticeable smell. Kind of like Nutter Butter cookies. Started picking up smores with toasted graham crackers or toasted Pop Tarts with the nose a bit closer. Wasn't much of a head in a pint glass. Flavor is screaming Nutter Butter and sugar cookies. Some chocolate and slight coffee. Not quite the pure form of peanut butter. Nice medium texture, with a creamy finish. Definitely not something you'd want with a meal. Slow sips, and social. Lounging type of stout. Or a glass while sitting around a campfire and roasting some smores. Now I have an excuse to go camping!

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Photo of Benjo87
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - jet black, 2 finger tan head that dissipates to a lacing.

Smell - yep, peanut butter. That's all I can really pickup.

Taste - definitely lots of peanut butter coming through. Very smooth, very slight biterness. Medium to full body mouthfeel. Very nice. Not sure how many I could drink, but the beer definitely does what it says it does. Delivers a smooth drinking peanut butter stout. It's very well done.

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Photo of Jpeach70
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- Thick and dark, really dark. No head on pour. Looks like someone filled my glass with extremely dirty motor oil.

Smell- Smell is amazing, sweet peanut butter and chocolate. Peanut butter is very prevalent but not overwhelming.

Taste- At first the peanut butter is more hidden than it was in the smell, covered by dark roasted malt and burnt caramel. Shortly after the peanut butter hits and leaves your mouth with a pleasant sweet aftertaste.

Feel- Barely any carbonation, thick and oily. It slides right down though! Very easy to drink.

Overall this is an excellent beer that anyone who likes peanut butter and stouts should try. I could imagine drinking this beer with ice cream or after dinner as a desert.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 22oz bottle

A - Deep dark brown/black with little to no deep tan head and no legs/lacing

S - The peanut butter is up in your face and and quite fantastic. Smells of moose-tracks ice cream. Very creamy, rich, fresh grains, roasted grains, slight coffee, milk chocolate, oatmeal, slick sweet malts, bread yeast, earthy hop, very woodsy and lots of soil.

T - Again the peanut butter is in your face. Slight coffee, milk chocolate, lots of brown earth, earthy hops, toasted/roasted everything, very creamy, rich without being to sweet, bread yeast and the grains are so fresh in the nose and taste.

M - Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, medium acidity, medium carbonation and a peanut buttery adventure from beginning to end.

D/O - Really neat stout here. On tap this one is much better in my opinion but still really fun. Lots going on but each ingredient balances the other. Would love for them to make an imperial version of this one. Really great on this cold Christmas night and great right out of the tap in summer as well. Refreshing, tasty and goes with sweet and savory foods. Paired this with a Santa Maria style tri-tip once and man, near perfection.

Final thoughts - With an under 6% ABV $7-9 a bottle is quite high, at least for me. None the less worth a go or ten.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, served in a stemless wine glass.

Pours a dark brown body, nearly black. Standard stout appearance. One finger mocha head, good retention, medium collar, no lacing. Smells like peanut butter cups, legitimately. Very nutty with milk chocolate, lactose, a mild bit of roast, touch of espresso. The nuts rule the roost here with the base stout in the back. Flavour is a bit less nutty than it smells; but there is a fair amount of lactose and milk chocolate sweetness to balance the roast and espresso bitterness. Mouthfeel is appropriately medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly sticky with a mild astringency on the backend with bitter roast. Overall, this was a pretty awesome peanut butter beer, probably the best one I've had yet.

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