Chunky
Burlington Beer Co.

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From:
Burlington Beer Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Imperial Porter
ABV:
11%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 10.15%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
36
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 03, 2017
Added:
Mar 22, 2015
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  7
SCORE
90
Outstanding
ChunkyChunky
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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Rated: 4.4 by malfunxion from New York

Oct 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jul 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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.
Jun 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.29 by JeremiahFick from Michigan

Jan 25, 2017
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Reviewed by Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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.
Jan 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.16 by costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

Jan 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.46 by MRVermont from New Hampshire

Jan 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by Hootie159 from Massachusetts

Jan 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Dec 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.16 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Dec 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Nov 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by PassMeAZima from Kentucky

Oct 29, 2016
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Burlington Beer Co. "Chunky"
on tap @ The Archives on 7 June 2016
$8/snifter

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.
Sep 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.3 by rderedin from Maine

Sep 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Aug 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Lucoli from New York

Jul 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by mklisz from New Hampshire

Jul 18, 2016
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Reviewed by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.02/5  rDev -25.2%
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.
Jul 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by earlholman from Maryland

Jun 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Stevem68 from Ohio

4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
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.
Jun 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by tobelerone from New Jersey

May 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4.09 by Hendry from Vermont

May 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by grahuba from Connecticut

May 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.22 by jtk21351 from California

May 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.7 by Uzarnayme from Vermont

Apr 30, 2016
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Reviewed by angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
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.
Apr 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.18 by mkyer from Connecticut

Apr 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.2 by Chris-1911 from Illinois

Apr 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by tim007007 from Illinois

Apr 10, 2016
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Reviewed by dar482 from New York

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
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%.
Apr 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Brad007 from Vermont

4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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.
Apr 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.29 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Apr 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by lochraneg from New Hampshire

Apr 04, 2016
 
Rated: 2.35 by PeterD10 from Vermont

Mar 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.34 by ScottyTheBeerGuy from New York

Mar 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Mar 14, 2016
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Reviewed by jason3125 from Vermont

3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
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.
Mar 01, 2016
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Reviewed by smanson56 from New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev +3%
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.
Feb 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by jbeervt from Vermont

Feb 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by mriley1984 from Vermont

Feb 21, 2016
Chunky from Burlington Beer Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 50 ratings