Peanut Butter Cup Porter
Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Peanut Butter Cup PorterPeanut Butter Cup Porter
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English Porter
Ranked #133
Ranked #26,975
3.79 | pDev: 15.83%
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Peanut Butter Cup PorterPeanut Butter Cup Porter
Notes: Formerly SDBW Peanut Butter Cup Porter

This decadent twist on a robust porter packs rich layers of smooth peanut butter and dark chocolate flavors. Now back by popular demand, San Diego’s original peanut butter beer makes a special appearance every fall.
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Photo of beersampler6
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little disappointing as I expect great things from this brewery. Looks a little thin and more watery than I expected - medium brown, not totally opaque, just a small cap of thin white head and minimal spotty lingering lacing. Smells quite nice, strong peanut butter notes along with the vanilla, caramel, malt and cocoa that's in the foreground. Taste follows the nose somewhat, but the peanut butter is just a little too salty, too oily, too acidic to be smooth or rich or complex. Tough to fully enjoy the balance of flavors. Smooth, slightly thin, mild mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Tried letting this porter warm up a little and that didn't seem to improve things. Too bad.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very dark brown in color (nearly black when viewed from afar). It poured with just a narrow off white collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong aromas of peanut butter are present in the nose along with hints of chocolate.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of peanut butter.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The aroma in this beer is almost like opening a jar of peanut butter. I liked how it wasn't that heavy on the palate and was very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of pinedrops
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Too much carbonation for a porter. Head dissipates quickly kinda like soda pop. Peanut butter taste is good, not strong like Belching Beaver's. Wierd after taste.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

9oz pour, small pint glass.

Color is on the light side for a Porter and more brown than red. The head is a light tan and very creamy looking.

Literally a peanut butter cup is in my glass, the aroma is mimicked so closely.

Flavor is definitely where peanut butter beers breakdown. Very rich, oily flavors are hard to reconcile with carbonation. The peanut butter flavor is tinny, but well supported by milk chocolate and roast flavors.

Maybe the problem is more in the feel department. It’s highly carbonated with a slickish medium body.

Peanut butter beers are fun every once in awhile and amazingly approximate the real thing. This one is no different.

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Photo of rgk3
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured reddish-brown into a stout glass. Significant khaki head that held up nicely. Smell is outstanding--rich peanut-buttery! Smell is better than the taste, but the taste is pretty great too. Dark chocolate and peanut butter--yum! My only real complaint is the mouthfeel. It is a bit thin and I was expecting something that smelled that decadent to be a bit thicker and richer feeling.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Clear shaker pint glass
From: Hooleys Irish Pub in Grossmont Center (La Mesa), Calif.
Price: $6.25
Purchased: Dec. 13, 2017
Consumed: Dec. 13, 2017
Reviewed as: Peanut Butter
Misc.: N/A

Had been wanting to try this, but kind of balked at the $9.99 price tag for a 22-oz. bomber. Ended up trying it on draft at Hooleys for what ended up being $6.25. Not a bad deal. I think Karl Strauss is a very underrated brewery and I had no doubt that this was going to be good

Poured a reddish brown semi-opaque color with two fingers of frothy khaki tan head. A few bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Outstanding lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled creamy peanut butter, chocolate milk, toffee, caramel, chocolate peanut butter candy and nutty malts. So damn smooth. (Smell - 4.50)

Tasted not nearly as good as the nose, but solid. Creamy peanut butter, espresso, toffee, chocolate milk, nutty malts and chocolate peanut butter candy. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long smooth finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was about as good as I hoped. Would have again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

4.12 | 92 | A-

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz into Seidel Mug. No date.

L: Deep dark mahogany, finger width tan head has decent retention.

S: Smells strongly of chocolate and peanut butter.

T: Again a lot of peanut butter, almost just peanut flavor, with chocolatey undertones, nice roasty flavor, interesting flavor and not the best but tasty.

F: Medium body, crisp, roasty nutty finish.

O: Interesting beer, not the best thing I've ever had but its tasty.

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Photo of drmattbarney
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful peanutty nose with the right amount of chocolate for an adult Reese's PB cup taste that is not too sweet. Surprisingly good. This is worth buying if you like Reese's Peanut Butter cups

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden-red inflected brown color; minimal head. Nice nutty-salty note, with bits of mocha and dry cocoa. Interesting salty texture—more than much in the way of true peanut taste—but some nice soil qualities, some cocoa-nib fruity bitters, and a touch of blonde-roast coffee. Very thin mouthfeel, with minimal head bespeaking very tenuous effervescence. And, overall, tenuously a "porter"—English or otherwise—but not a terrible dessert beer, for what it's worth, mostly delivering on the elements it promises, without ever straying into the excessive, cloying areas these types of beers sometimes do.

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Photo of jefewyatt
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Deli Stop.

This peanut butter porter is dark brown, slightly translucent. There's a very thin amount of head with a slight amount of lacing.

Big hit of peanuts when I smell this. Can't smell much else.

Very pronounced peanut taste. Does not have the roasted malts that I would expect. The taste is slightly off, kind of sour. I've had this beer before and I don't remember it tasting this way, it was usually very creamy, malty, and tasty.

Mouthfeel is very thin, no creaminess or fullness. Very poor mouthfeel.

Overall I'm not sure if this beer used to be better or I'm noticing more of it's flaws when I'm concentrating on the tasting. Good peanut flavor, but that's about all it brings to the table. Kind of a sour taste and a very thin mouthfeel which are both very off putting.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in a tulip. Pours black with little head or residual lacing. Nose is undeniably peanuts. Taste is peanuts also. Not much depth of flavor. Mouthfeel is really thin.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass

A: light brown to shades of black but it is a lighter brown with decent clarity thick fat bubbly head that dies to a film

S: peanut butter light nuttiness

T: nice peanut butter some roasted maltiness very light

M: thin and watery but touches of creaminess from the peanut butter taste

O: It tastes great but its watery and thin without the peanut butter its just average I would not grab this again.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Holy you know what Batman! The nose on this is like sticking your nose into a tub of fresh peanut butter. This is perhaps the most assertive wonderful peanut butter nose I've ever smelled in a beer. It is a Reeses peanut butter cup - Period!

Unfortunately, it all ends with the nose. Mouth feel is thin and watery with no body, character or complexities. Almost tastes like a peanut butter scented water. More unfortunate is that flavor profile follows in like order.

Flavors are thin, simple, and feint. Tastes like "brown water" with a hint of super light decaf coffee.

Love the smell however.

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Photo of Hahnin
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looked great, smells incredible, like a Reese's. Taste was flat, with a metallic, bitter, lingering aftertaste while I was expecting a sweet one. Overall this beer is "eh".

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Photo of brentk56
2.38/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Looks more like a brown ale than a porter, with a clear burnt caramel color; the head piles about an inch of foam and leaves some dotty lace behind

Smell: I guess this is supposed to smell like peanut butter but it smells more like peanut butter substitute

Taste: Like the aroma, the beer tastes like a facsimile of peanut butter; no real flavor development and it is really rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Karl Strauss has been hit or miss with me, and the misses have been very wide of the plate; this may be my least favorite beer from the brewery

Thanks, JesseLara, for the opportunity

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at First Class Pizza in Irvine, CA. On to the beer:

This is a dark brown porter with cola red hues as highlights. Spotty lace hangs around the glass as the beer goes down. I was surprised when I smelled not just a pleasing chocolate and peanut butter note, but I smelled fruity esters too. Is that coming from the yeast, or am I picking it up from dirty tap lines. Je ne sais quoi.

Peanut Butter Cup Porter is not what I thought it would be. A peanut butter porter would have been fine; sweet, somewhat nutty, easy to drink. Actually, the beer does meet these prerequisites. However, the fruity ester note from the aroma is the first thing I get from the beer's taste. Melded together, the flavor is okay, and it does retain an easy drinking behavior, but whether it's tap lines or the beer itself, my sample was not what I was expeting.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Slater's 50/50 in Pasadena, CA. Poured into a snifter 12/9/2014.

A- Medium cola brown body, half finger white head that drops quickly into a thin collar. No lacing.

S- Faint nutty aroma, mild roastiness, small bits of milk chocolate. Very underwhelming as far as the intensity of the nuttiness.

F- Not much substance to the flavour, milk chocolate and some peanut butter. Not a whole lot else; lacks depth. Still, this isn't a bad beer by any means- it showcases a small bit of roast combined with dark fruit.

M- Thinner bodied, just enough bubbles to keep it drinkable. No off flavours, finish is more of a mild roastiness.

O- Disappointingly thin, not a lot of peanut butter cup as advertised. It was not worth the cost of the pour. I would steer clear of this unless this happens to fall into your lap.

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Photo of docoman
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Wasn't sure what a peanut butter porter beer would taste like, but tried it draft while in San Diego at local restaurant. Was surprising good, very smooth, sweet (but not too much). Not as much peanut butter taste as the belching beaver peanut butter milk stout, but was a good tasting beer. Would recommend trying it.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Real big foamy three finger head. THick solid retention and capped and settles evenly, with a color of head that is extremely light almost brown vanilla creme in color. Body color is a real nice mahogany brown with some seriously dark red highlights on it. VEry nice looking brew.

Holy carp does this aroma and bouquet just rio, even off the pour. Choclate and peanut butter in leaps and bounds, with a nice sweet carob like sense, forgoing milky and cocoa richness, and hints of almost raspberry like fruit. The nutty angle on this is also creamy, with that hint of icing sugar and even more fruity character. PB cup in a glass for sure.

The palate after this just comes as a let down. Mildly sour acridness hinting, with hints of some fruity ester berry quality. Raspberry like milk chocolate and an almost weak kirsch cherry sense. Real light porter body, and very wet with not much roast character or coating through the palate. Peanut actions seems completely lost as well on the palate, and not much malt coating either.

The beer is overall pretty interesting but takes a big 180 degree turn it seems once it hits your lips. Where is the chocolate and peanut flavor on the palate? It's other qualities in flavor are not bad, but you feel set up for greatness only to be let down even harder.

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Photo of jjh19
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Appearance: Pours dark brown with some bright gold/orange-ish highlights. Decent head retention.

Smell: Peanut butter, chocolate, and some roasting notes in the nose.

Taste: Wow. I got all of the peanut butter cup-ness in the first sip. Good. What surprised me the most was the very pleasant vanilla notes mid-taste. Then the beer finished with a really nice porter sharpness on the tongue. A lot of layers to this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body, straight down the middle. I would have liked a little more mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very smooth drinking. Balanced and interesting. If you’re intrigued by the name of the beer (I was - I’m a Reese’s mega fan), you owe it to yourself to try this. Recommend!

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Photo of ThePaleRider
1/5  rDev -73.6%

Not really sure how you could drink an entire bottle of this. Smells a lot like peanut butter soap. Peanut butter smells very fake and un-natural. I could barely make it past the aroma but the flavor was much of the same. Fake peanut butter and a light, oily body. I usually enjoy Karl Strauss but this one seems like a fun project gone wrong.

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Photo of wulfie85
4/5  rDev +5.5%

I thought this beer was great. There are better peanut butter stouts in San Diego, but this one was a very close second to those. Really smooth and enjoyable. Perfect for an after dinner brew.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tap at The Local in San Diego. Pours brown with some ruby around the edges and a small khaki head. Aroma of chocolate and peanut butter, some light roast, hazelnuts. Flavor follows more hazelnut than peanut bitter, some lightly roasted chocolate, and a nice bitter finish that keeps this from being cloying like other peanut butters I have had. Went well with peanut butter cups the bartender gave me. Relatively light bodied and this came off like a super flavorful but brown. That isn't a bad thing, and this is pretty good. Would have again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, chocolate peanut butter cup candy, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with peanut butter and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the aromas and flavors seem the slightest beer artificial.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a New Belgium stem-goblet at a specialty beer bar in Southern California. I was surprised to see this available in the L.A. area. Reviewed from notes. Paired with sausage.

A: Pours a half finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and above average retention. Body colour is a dark nontransparent but non-opaque ruby-black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Good for the style, but the head could be better.

Sm: Peanut butter, chocolate malt, dark malts, chocolate/cacao, caramel, and a rich malty sweetness. A pretty strong aroma. Not as peanut buttery as you might expect; this is not a Southern Tier take on the style (whether that's for better or for worse).

T: Peanut butter - especially on the climax - but it's somewhat artificial. Dark malts form the foundation. Creamy on the finish. Little chocolate comes through; that's disappointing. Well layered in the body, but not horribly complex. I wouldn't call it simple, but it neither hits the one note it should nor offers a well rounded flavour profile with hints of peanut butter. I'm not let down per se, just surprised. Decently balanced. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth, creamy, and wet. Nicely thick. Good carbonation. Lacks sufficient palate presence; there isn't much depth of flavour here.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable given what they were going for. They missed the mark; this simply doesn't taste like peanut butter cup. Still, it's not quite the marketing gimmick you might expect. It just doesn't deliver. I wouldn't get it again, but it's a nice little porter. As specialty beer, though, it's not particularly notable.


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Peanut Butter Cup Porter from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 147 ratings