Burlington Beer Co.

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #135
Ranked #7,567
4.1 | pDev: 10%
Burlington Beer Co.
Vermont, United States
Notes: Peanut butter is often best served straight from the jar. You could drink straight from the bottle, but we recommend you pour this dark elixir into a glass to fully indulge in its decadence. Layers of roasted peanuts meet waves of chocolate and graham cracker flavor, eliciting fond memories of years past. Deep within the darkness of this ale lies subtle fruit reminiscent of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Blackback Pub. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a semi-dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Lacing was light and semi-messy. The smell started off with some roasty peanuts, light vanilla, subtle graham cracker, sly chocolate. The taste was mostly sweet with that graham cracker flavor trying to give a lighter cracker-like balance. Chocolate comes back slightly. Subtle vanilla to chocolate aftertaste with a smooth dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation rides fairly light. Subdued bitterness. Overall, nice imperial porter for the most part, I could see myself coming back to this.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of peanut butter, coffee & chocolate notes on the nose & taste as well as some alcohol & biting carbonation. Not the smoothest, but it is what it is at 12%ABV. (Apparently prior versions were 11%ABV; the one I had was 12%). This one comes in a bomber & I didn't read the ABV off the side of the bottle until I poured the 2nd half into my glass. This one nearly knocked me on my butt but was pretty enjoyable along the way.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Burlington Beer Co. "Chunky"
on tap @ The Archives on 7 June 2016

Notes taken as I wander from arcade game to arcade game from my youth (actually there are a lot of games at The Archives that I've never seen): Well, I get peanut butter, Haa!!! of course, it'd better be there, right? It's also chocolatey, which seems to be the main force (it is a porter), with a bit of medium-dark caramel, and some mild coffee-like roastiness. Nutty, chocolatey, and caramelish but also... ahhh... hmmm... is there a subtle touch of spice to it, or is that just alcohol? Subtle background hops... grassy & leafy. I've had peanut butter beers that offered more peanut, but there's something about this that keeps you on the edge, looking for that note, although you can just let it go if you want, thinking of it as just a porter. I find it quite drinkable in that sense. Medium bodied... I might have been expecting more, but it's decent enough. Gently toasty in the finish. Nutty. It lingers. It's not a hit you over the head beer, but it's pretty straightforward and solid in what it is. But is that good enough? Shouldn't it have more complexity? Nahhh, it's a peanut-porter, and it's done all that it's set out to do. IF THIS WAS LESS EXPENSIVE I'd consider drinking it more often, but I'm still not sure I'd make it a year-round beer. It's good as a special treat, VERY GOOD, but it still doesn't transcend into greatness. Oh, wait, I even forgot that it's strong - that makes a difference! Maybe it would be good for that after Thanksgiving dinner drink, or would it be too much? I'd at least definitely make it part of my Christmas all-day-dinner celebration. Or, it could be used as a dessert beer. Ahhh, I almost feel bad saying that, but it is a kind of specialty beer so I guess it's kind of asking for it. Overall: well worth trying but don't get your hopes up.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.02/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was very disappointing. The peanut was barely noticeable (even when looking for it) and the mouth feel was extremely thin and watery. Overly sweet as well.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chocolate color. Aroma is rich roasty peanuts with chocolate. Flavor is delicious. Rich peanut butter and roasted malts with chocolate. Nice feel and a touch thin to me but overall absolutely delicious.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 4/30/16

Split with Goblinmunkey7

A: Dark, deep brown, but not black - pours with a medium sized, beige head, fades to a few wisps, retains a medium collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Lightly toasted, cooked malts, and straight-up toast - biscuits - not a ton of peanut butter, but some definite roasted peanut nuttiness - some chocolate malts - not particularly sweet, but some hints of booze

T: Biscuits with touches of peanut - interesting malt profile, with some bread, toast, biscuits, toasted grains, and caramel - some chocolate - the peanut butter component is interesting, more of a roasty peanut dust flavor than creamy peanut butter - on the boozy side, but the peanut flavor actually kind of rounds it out, which works oddly well

M: On the heavy side of medium, lightly oily, mostly dry

O: Where are my chunks?

This is interesting. The peanut butter aspect is not as big as I was hoping, but there's still something there. I don't quite get why this is 12%ABV, but it works fairly well.

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Photo of dar482
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out of a brown to ruby brown.

The aroma hits of roasty, nutty peanut butter, roasted coffee, Nutter Butter cookie.

The flavor follows with medium peanut butter, a medium sweetness, a light roasty to toasty malt quality, onto some alcohol on the backend. The mouthfeel is medium, albeit thin for the 12%.

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Photo of Brad007
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer actually isn't retired. A new batch was just released in which they bumped up the peanut flavor over prior batches. The ABV is now 12%.

Pours a deep, dark brown hue with a thin head into my glass.

Roasty with a strong coffee note. I honestly can't smell any peanut butter but perhaps it's in the mouthfeel?

Question answered. Slick, peanut bite in the middle. Reminds me of biting into a peanut butter cup. Just a little bit. Nothing too strong.

It's quaffable at 12% but don't go overboard. Warms the throat. If you age a bottle for a few months, that bite may disappear. I'm considering buying another bottle. Oh, and I can taste peanut residue at the back of the tongue so it's definitely there.

A rich, deep porter with touch of peanut butter in the middle. It's good enough for me but may not satisfy those seeking a stronger peanut butter flavor.

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Photo of jason3125
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chunky poured dark brown like a brown ale. It had a thin mouthfeel. However it did have a nice roasty peanut butter aroma and decent flavor. Overall I was hoping for a bolder beer.

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Photo of smanson56
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black color into my tulip glass. There is surely a peanut butter nose to this beer. Not overly strong but pleasant. The taste is stronger to a porter and the peanut butter is more muted IMO. It is to me a nicely blended beer a good blend of flavors.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-The beer pours a solid black with no light making it's way through. The head is huge, frothy, and mocha in color. The lacing is ubiquitous and lasting.
S-dark and roasty mixed with a terrific natural peanut aroma finish.
T-The taste is exactly what you expect and hope for in a peanut butter porter. The beer starts dark and roasty from the malt and finishes with a nutty peanut goodness.
F-The mouthfeel is adequate for a porter. Carbonation is light.
O- One of the better bottle offerings from BBCo. The 12% ABV of the 2016 version is well hidden. I'd recommend this beer with no hesitation for someone who wants to know what a peanut butter porter should taste like.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed the day after the 1/30/16 bottle release. A 12% ABV on this release.
Poured from the 750 into stemmed tulip.
Pours an inky jet black with two fingers of deep caramel, frothy head.
Aromas are deep roasted malt, coffee notes, little to no peanut butter in aroma.
Flavor is incredible - complex roasted malt, some coffee and bitter chocolate in the front of my tongue. The finish is where the peanut flavor comes in, and perfectly balanced with the traditional porter profile.
Mouthfeel is excellent. Close to perfect. Just chewy enough.
Overall this is easily the best beer Ive had from BBC. It's excellent.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall this was a good, higher % peanut butter porter. However this did not have the creaminess I hoped for in flavor and mouthfeel. I wasn't disappointed, but have had better.

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Photo of founddrama
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blissful. Velvety mouthfeel. Peanut is subtle but on display. Soft grape notes lead you in. Sweet but robust finish.

LOOK: Poured into a snifter. Very dark, almost black. Almost totally opaque. Nice tan head, but that faded fast.

SMELL: Sweet smell, but not cloying. Touch of grapes lead you into the glass.

TASTE: Robust roasted malt like you expect from a porter. Again, there's a soft touch of grape to lead you in but it morphs into something that is distinctly peanut. Finishes with a nice balance between robust and sweet. (Also: almost no alcohol flavor considering that we're at 11%!)

FEEL: Full-bodied and a little slippery. Coats the mouth. Almost oily. Very little carbonation.

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Chunky from Burlington Beer Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 50 ratings