Peanut Butter Cup Porter | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Peanut Butter Cup PorterPeanut Butter Cup Porter
BA SCORE
56.2%
Liked This Beer
3.71 w/ 130 ratings
Peanut Butter Cup PorterPeanut Butter Cup Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
karlstrauss.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BrewTasting on 02-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,154
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
130
Liked:
73
Avg:
3.71/5
pDev:
16.98%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
31
Trade:
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

B-

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Photo of brentk56
2.38/5  rDev -35.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of imbibehour
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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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3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevedore
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of markgugs
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BMMillsy
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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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4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.96/5  rDev +6.7%

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Peanut Butter Cup Porter from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 56.2% out of 100 with 130 ratings
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