Gunner's Daughter
Mast Landing Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #42
Ranked #1,142
4.3 | pDev: 9.3%
Mast Landing Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Gunner's DaughterGunner's Daughter
Notes: Peanut Butter Milk Stout

Our beautifully aromatic and balanced milk stout with delicious notes of peanut butter, coffee, and dark chocolate.
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4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After several attempts to review this beer, I finally got a fresh crowler unexpectedly. The quest was less unfortunate than my minor complaint might suggest.

The beer pours very dark brown and is black in a PBGC THE Beer Glass (Malty 2?). One half-inch of creamy, dark chestnut foam holds at one-quarted inch after leaving a modest webbing of lace.

Very dark roasted, almost burnt, peanuts dominate early. Lactose and sugar add sweetness to dark roasted coffee. The peanut butter aroma is reminiscent of Reese's cups or possibly Butterfinger bars. This comparison grows stronger with warmth.

The flavor nicely captures the Reese's/Butterfinger, both from the perspective of peanut butter and milk chocolate. Some blackberries are hidden in the background. Coffee is clearly second, as are malted milk balls. The malted milk balls become more pronounced in a long, mild finish.

Light carbonation and no real noticeable alcohol. The body is medium to full, with a soft, wool texture.

This is a relaxed beer that was somewhat of a sensation the first time I tried it. After the fourth or fifth time of drinking this beer, I finally got around to reviewing it, and found it to be just as impressive as the first time. This review was on a mild, sunny afternoon. And who would have thought that an English Milk/Sweet Stout would pair so nicely with a fish fry.

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SLeffler27 from New York, Apr 19, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gunner's Daughter has a thin, beige head, a dark brown appearance, and some scattered lacing. The aroma is of brewers' peanut butter flavoring with some coffee, cream, & dark malt. The flavor is of those elements, with nearly no bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Gunner's Daughter finishes medium dry.


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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana, Feb 09, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

3 February 2020 - Beer #19

Price: $4.50 at City Hops in Manhattan

Appearance: 4 - quite black. Not very thick-looking, and the off-white head fizzled away quickly.

Nose: 5 - LOVE the way these peanut butter beers smell. I'm usually let down by the taste, but I could sniff all day.

Taste: 4 - right. Not a whole lot of flavor. What's there is yummy peanut butter again with maybe some slight coffee bitterness. Overall tasty, but mild.

Mouth: 3 - thinner and bubblier than a stout should be. Not a ton here.

Overall: 4 - decent stout for low ABV. I'll just sit here and nose it for a while.


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CraftFan5 from New Jersey, Feb 04, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I just cannot get past the odd nose and flavors of whatever brewers do to imitate peanut butter... this is no exception, those notes are the same as several others I've had. That aside... Pours a dark, near black with a small mocha cap that fades to a ring, leaving minimal lacing. Aromas - aside from mock PB, are roasty malt, mild cocoa, and cannot detect any coffee here. Flavors follow identically. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, expected given the low abv I suppose. Finish is slight bitter roast. Overall good, but I might avoid any further PB stouts going further if this is a prime example.

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tekstr1der from New Hampshire, Feb 02, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/26/19.
Moderate pour yields a 5/4 inch tan head over a near black body with some lacing. Nose of peanuts, chocolate, and very slight coffee. Taste mirrors nose with coffee bitterness on the finish. Nice feel and overall, a great job from Westbrook, Maine and would recommend.

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bobv from Vermont, Jan 27, 2020
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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with tan head; creamy but little retention. Smells like peanut butter toast, slightly burned. Flavor is roasted peanuts, not peanut butter. Tasty and balanced, not sweet and syrupy.

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RockHop from Massachusetts, Jan 25, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black appearance with a creamy tan head. Great retention and lacing.

Notes of peanut flour, roasted peanuts, milk chocolate and vanilla with a bit of lingering roast. Moderately sweet. Silky smooth.

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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can picked up at Wegmans as part of a mix-6 and split with my wife. She loved it and it's probably my favorite peanut butter beer yet. Not over-the-top roasty peanut butter like most peanut butter beers seem to have, but more subtle and nicely playing along with the coffee and chocolate flavors. My only problem with the beer is that it has very low carbonation which makes it seem watery in addition to creamy.

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Lucular from Maryland, Dec 30, 2019
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2/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2

Peanut butter, are you kidding me? Peanut butter belongs in sandwiches and on crackers, I don’t like it in my beer.
No thanks, I will pass on this one.

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justme from Massachusetts, Dec 13, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

Quite a nice appearance. Very dark black and opaque, with a rich big bubbled tan head of nearly three fingers. Thick retention.

Really impressive aroma. Thick notes of roasted dark malts, peanuts, oatmeal and cookie baked crusts. Really grain kind of chewy oatmeal like sensations with a big cookie quality.

The palate continues from the aroma. Large amounts chewy dark cookie like flavors of chocolate and peanut butter. Whaffing waffery notes but with also with a bit of slight wet body. Creamy but watery, dense rich flavors though on top.

This is pretty impressive.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Nov 28, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a Trillium pub glass.

Look is pitch black with a thin off white head.

Aroma is sweet roasted stout.

Taste is an excellent blend of roasted malt and sweet milk sugar.

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoying this one poured from a pint can into a plastic hotel room cup. Quite a slick, full-flavored stout for 5.5% ABV. Really appreciating the balance between the peanut butter and coffee notes, which is a fun combination.

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3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft. Pours a dark brown with a short lived tan head.

Smells of peanut butter and chocolate. Tastes of peanut butter, chocolate and coffee. Slightly bitter.

Very pleasant beer.

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harrypowers from Massachusetts, Sep 28, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The first thing to note about this beer is the smell! Glorious notes of peanut butter fill the air as the can is cracked open. The chocolate and very subtle coffee notes are more enjoyed when drinking the beer. The mouth feel of this beer is medium-light and oh so drinkable. A great beer to have as a dessert to any meal.

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jpaskali from Massachusetts, Sep 03, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Pennings Farm Warwick NY.

-Poured a murky chocolate brown with a thin head or tan foam.

- Not sure if it’s peanut butter but it definitely has a nutty malty aroma, akin to Nutella.

- Slightly chocolatey and malty. Definite nut taste. Finished wit a slight hop bitterness, but not overwhelming.

- Thin to medium body for a stout with not much chew. Over all a nice beer.

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nasty15108 from New York, Aug 31, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is definitely heavy on the peanut butter, no doubt a poster child for peanuts both in taste and smell, and despite my love for peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut butter stouts, I felt the PB taste and smell was somewhat artificial. I didn't not enjoy it, but it didn't impress me the way it was hyped up.

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hopley from Massachusetts, Aug 20, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Once again, this was a beer that I traded for ages ago and finally got around to here in mid-2019. Never had anything from Mast Landing before but given how enjoyable this was, I'd easily seek out what else they have to offer!

Not a bad pour to this as the liquid was chocolate-hued with a frothy, tan head and only a few scattered sections of lacing seen below it. Lovely aroma full of peanut butter, chocolate, roasted malt, and fresh-brewed coffee. Much of the latter was in the taste as the peanut butter gave this plenty of nuts and lactose to enhance what was already present. Milk, sweet chocolate, candy, and toffee emerged in the taste as this was as big a dessert beer as I've had in quite some time! A bit chalky, the mouthfeel was that of chocolate with some nutty additives thrown into the mix. The mouthfeel was full of espresso as it was roasted, slick, and thin - which was pretty much true for this beer overall!

Not a lot of booze to this, which was keeping in line with the stylistic feel of an English Sweet / Milk Stout. I'm not sure how this was ranked so low, given how easy it was to like this! The peanut butter feel and taste could have been toned down a bit but otherwise, there wasn't anything to dislike about this. A nice first impression from Mast Landing, with this one!

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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey, Aug 15, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I first had this several years ago as I had picked some up at the brewery itself and evidentially I didn’t rate it at the time. Low and behold, I found to my total surprise, a couple of Mast Landing beers here in the Daytona B area. So I have a second chance to rate it. Smooth, well balanced but maybe just a tad more sweet than I think that has me rating it a little lower. Still very nice. Pours a nice dark brown with a fair amount of lacing. My smeller isn’t great at 73 so I usually just put most of everything I rate at 4 on smell. Overall a very nice beer that I was happy to get more of 1600 miles away from a relatively small brewery.

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3.54/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There was a temperature sweet spot where this beer's buttery chocolate peanut butter and subliminal coffee notes were beautifully balanced. When the temp goes slightly north or south of that spot, the beer is smooth, but not as delicious. Still, very enjoyable, but not exceptional.

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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey, May 21, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Color is just what you'd expect, black, with a little reddish hues. Lighter colored tan head, with medium lacing that sticks around after the head disappears rather quickly.

S: This is where this one shines. I've got the advertised peanut butter, chocolate and vanilla, but I'm also getting a nice sugary pecan and creme brulee. I can only go for dessert beers every so often, but if I'm in the mood for one, this is what I'm looking for.

T: Follows the nose nicely. More malty than adjucnty which is nice. Getting that peanut and chocolate more than vanilla. All very balanced though.

F: Much thinner than expected, which is I think what really makes me enjoy this. I was expecting thick, inky, feel. While I wouldn't go so far as to say watery, this beer is surprisingly light in feel. Minimal carbonation, but no real stickiness left over. Makes you want another sip.

O: First can from this brewery I've seen on the shelf in NYC, and I will pick up the next I see because this is good. Like I said before, I don't usually reach for things that advertise "peanut butter chocolate" etc, but this one is nice.

Cheers everyone!

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cambabeer from New York, Apr 28, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an English pint.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color, slightly lighter in its pour. A small clip of a little off white foamy head dusted the top and left a mild ring of lace.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of sweet to roasty coffee bean rolling into sweet and roasty tones of peanuts and dark chocolate. An even lighter quality of peanut buttery saltiness along with it's sweetness and some roastiness mixes it up with some milk chocolate.
The flavor leaned slightly towards a mix of salty to roasty peanuty coffee and dark chocolate thickness. Milk chocolate along with some toasty wafer-like character stroll in just before the aftertaste occurs which was quick and peanutty, slightly salty yet roasty.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair in between quality of being sessionable and being a sipper. The weight does feel appropriate for the style without any distracting character. Carbonation felt good. ABV seemed on par. Finish was very nice - crisp wafer to toasty character with nutty sweet salted milk chocolate character.
Overall, an English milk/sweet stout brewed with some American ingenuity, why yes this is! And would definitely welcome again!

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3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can - $4.59 at Sprayberry Bottle Shop in Marietta, Georgia.


Appearance: Well clouded, very dark brown body with an inch of deflating, deep tan foam.

Smell: Robustly peanut-scented. In fact, that's the bulk of it. Underneath the roasted Planters wafts are lighter touches of cocoa powder, vanilla cream and a snippet of dark fruit.

Taste: Again, predominately tasting of peanut chunks. Light chocolate, a little milk with faint hints of coffee, vanilla sugar. Some dark fruitiness felt. Minimal hop character, very light floral hints and pretty low on the imparted bitterness. Milky, cocoa dusted peanuts on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-soft carbonation.

Overall: Alright, cadet, you will kiss the gunner's daughter. Take him below for the makings.

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3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I disagree with BAers on this overly complex, but well made flavorbomb. It's well made, but too sweet and a jumble of candy store by far.
a) A+ looks massing large tan head with swaths of lace over a lighter brown body than you'd think.
s) Solid marks for aroma. Peanut butter, chocolate, coffee, toffee, - all candied - this is Reeses (also way too sweet).
t) Taste is where it tumbles for being sweeter than one can handle in a 16 oz can.
f) The sweetness mars the other wise well-weighted oily body.
o) Oddly well made while being an earthquake chaos aftermath of a candy store.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Mar 14, 2019
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2.73/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At first taste I was excited but by the 4 taste I found the taste utterly revoting, in fact I could not finish the beer -which is quite a rarity. Note to self, never by a beer with a peanut butter flavor

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Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania, Mar 01, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mostly black/dark mahogany color. A full tan colored frothy and creamy head retains well.
Aromas of peanut butter, coffee, chocolate, caramel and nutty malts. There is also a creamy lactose aroma, along with a hint of mint.
As expected, the flavor profile favors peanut butter and lactose. To its benefit, the sweetness is muted, aiding drinkability. Additional flavors of coffee, caramel and dark chocolate. A light hops spice in the middle palate, and hint of bitterness in the finish, balance things out nicely.
Medium full bodied with a velvety, creamy and smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation is gentle. Expertly balanced in that it’s not too sweet.
I’ve never been the biggest fan of the style, however, this might be the best example I’ve had yet.

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Gajo74 from New York, Feb 21, 2019
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