Gunner's Daughter
Mast Landing Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #48
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,442
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 10.56%
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
321
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Mast Landing Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  83
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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.
Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 321 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid black appearance .
Light carbonation with a just above average body which all lead to a really nice feel.
Aroma is roasted malt, espresso beans,and black coffee. Not overly complex but really rich an pleasant.
Taste is espresso beans, black coffee and roasted malts. Similar to aroma it isn't overly complex but it is rich and deeply satisfying.
Over all this was an excellent beer that I would seek out again.

Apr 18, 2021
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Rub_This_BBQ for this one, from a ninja box during NBS BIF #13. 16oz can (dated 12/30/20, batch #197) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a solid black color with a solid inch of light brown head that had very good retention and very low lacing.

Chocolate and peanut butter at the front of the aroma, with the advertised coffee not being apparent (thankfully). The base grains were solid, but subtle.

On the tongue, the coffee started to make its presence known, overpowering the chocolate, and trying to push the peanut butter aside as well.

The body was full, without being heavy, smooth, and had a medium-sweet finish, with a touch of dryness.

Drinkability was good, would have been better without the coffee.

Overall, a solid and enjoyable brew, certainly worth a shot if you see it.

Apr 14, 2021
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can date 12/30/2020 batch 197, poured in a goblet
L: tan 2+ finger head leads to nice sticky lacing, in the glass deep black but when poured looked like clean motor oil
S: I get a roast and nut like flavor almost like fresh roasted peanut butter
T: follows the smell and notes of nuts with some light coffee and malt sweetness on the finish
F: a touch thin body if it was 10ABV but as a 5.5 abv smooth and mid carb
O: Overall tasty and enjoyable and great beer for the abv range, the PB/nut for a non adj stout was surprising to me


Edit, I like to to my reviews blind, and I just read the can and it states notes of PB so with that I bumped it up tad

Mar 22, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/15/20

You know, this is a beer that I've largely ignored. Every time I see it in the store, I pick up the can and end up putting it down. I'm not quite sure why though, as I enjoy peanut butter stouts, and this has pretty good ratings. I finally decided to pick it up on a whim a few weeks ago and now here we are

Pours pitch black with 2 fingers of dark tan head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

The nose leaves no doubt that this is very peanut-forward, very raw and earthy without much sweetness. I'm picking up on aromas of roasted peanut, rich caramel, medium roast coffee, creamy vanilla, chocolate malt, and some earthy hops

The flavor is a bit lacking in intensity when compared to the robust nose. On the front end I'm tasting creamy vanilla, milk chocolate, and a bit of peanut butter. The swallow brings notes of natural peanut butter, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some lightly fruity yeast

A medium full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a rich yet not overly heavy beer. Finishes dry and primes me for the next sip

After finishing this, all I can think is why the hell I put it off for so long. Not much more to say, but it's quite flavorful for the low abv even though it doesn't quite stand up to the stellar aroma

Feb 14, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 12/11/20 Batch 190. Let sit out for 20 minutes before opening. 55F?

Deep mahogany-brown, with not quite a finger of quickly-dissipating tan head. No lacing or residual foam.

Smell is cooked peanut, as in roasted, in a sauce or topping , unsweetened, with some cocoa, and a slight chocolate liqueur aroma that fades with the head.

Taste is cola, cocoa, roasted walnut+pecan, and a touch of roasted malt. Somewhat muted, compared to the aroma. Light bitterness.

Feel is light-medium, with light, carbonation tingle , and initially with lightly slick/oily feeling .

Overall, good, and better than I'd expect for a peanut-infused beer. After sniffing it , I expected even better, but that was the high point. Probably would be best as a dessert beer , with cheesecake, chocolate cake, etc. Probably could bump up the taste & overall ratings by .25, in that situation, vs stand-alone .

Feb 02, 2021
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Black on the pour with a solid three fingers of fine-bubbled light brown head. The head settles a bit, but never falls below a half-finger, and leaves behind thick and sticky webs of lacing.

S: Massive peanut butter aroma is impossible not to notice. It’s evident as soon as the can is cracked, and can be smelled from across the room. Dry, nutty peanut butter, chocolate sauce, lactose sweetness, and mild whiffs of roast underneath. One-dimensional nose for sure, but superbly hedonistic.

T: Bold dry peanut butter impression on the attack. After that subsides, there’s some cherry cola and woody roast underneath. Lactose sweetness. Iced coffee with cream. Chocolate sauce. The beer surprisingly dries quite a bit, with the roast popping and going a little sooty and smokey toward the back end. Lingering finish of woody roast and smoke with fading peanut butter powder.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and almost chewy, fine and prickling carbonation provides some lift. Not as round and robust as expected, though. It feels as though it could use just a bit more heft.

O: The nose promises a lot, but it does under-deliver a little in taste and body. It’s still a solid enough beer and I wouldn’t turn down a second pint, but it just feels a bit thin and average underneath all that peanut butter pomposity.

Feb 01, 2021
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I actually don't understand the low reviews on this beer it's exactly as described you get a milk stout semi-sweet with some peanut butter flavor a nice bit of coffee and a slight bitterness from the dark chocolate. Whoever is tasting cow buttholes or ashtrays must really have an off can because mine was nowhere near offensive or tannic. Bodt is quite smooth easy drinking not sure I would get it again though for the price I paid I definitely had better peanut butter stouts.

Jan 31, 2021
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osheamatth from New York

2.54/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Please like this? Seriously? Looks deep and dark and appealing on the pour. Smells like burnt cow pie and rancid peanuts.Taste is not that much better but if I pinch my nose drink and release I can avoid the gruesome aroma. Palate is said burnt notes with some coffee (also burnt) and cigarettes (used ones). Feel? Who cares?

Jan 26, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color. Completely opaque, but not particularly thick in appearance. Initially there is a huge frothy head that forms on the beer, but it pretty steadily dissipates leaving, ultimately, just a thin layer of foam on top of the beer. Overall it looks about what you'd expect from a milk stout. The aroma is immediately noticeable for a salty, peanut aroma that is noticeable when the can is opened. Up close, you get notes of chocolate, peanut butter, salty peanuts, vanilla, and a hint of coffee. The peanut butter really dominates the aroma, but the other notes are certainly discernible. The aromas are all quite aromatic and robust.

For as robust as the aromas are, the flavor is surprisingly lackluster ... there are some light roasted malts, peanut butter, vanilla and coffee with some chocolate, but everything is muddled together for lack of a better term. That being said, in some ways that is what keeps this stout drinkable and pretty light on its feet. Feel is very thin, light, and somewhat watery. Light, smooth carbonation.

Overall this is a solid milk stout. I enjoyed drinking it, and would certainly drink it again. I think I feel somewhere in the middle on this - I don't think its as outstanding as some reviewers, but it wasn't a below average stout by any means either.

Jan 02, 2021
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Roguer from Georgia

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent head production and good retention.

Huge notes of peanut and coffee on the nose. Quite roasty, along with porter/stout notes of brown sugar, caramel, toast, and coffee.

Not quite as sweet as you might guess from the aroma, but to be expected with the low ABV. Still quite roasty, with coffee and a hint of nuts up front, bitter chocolate throughout, and a growing peanut flavor on the back half.

Drinkable and lively; bigger bodied than 5.5% warrants, which is quite nice for a stout. It drinks almost - almost - like an imperial stout.

Jan 01, 2021
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SBarbeerian from California

3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

A: black, off-white head, low carbonation. Nose: odd...first of sweaty socks, then of fake nut flavouring. T: unusual, reminiscent of hazelnut-flavoured coffee. Notes of dark chocolate (no nuts of coca beans were hurt in the brewing of this beer). Tastes fake more than unpleasant. You'll probably love it if you like the nut-flavoured coffee, of which I am not mjuch of a fan. Interesting sipper, I do not dislike it but would not recommend it either. MF: creamy and smooth, wonderful mouthfeel - the best thing about it. Overall, an OK fake-tasting beer with a great mouthfeel. Cheers.

Dec 30, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 11/18/20, tasted 12/19/20. I think what makes this stout interesting is its nutty and roasty smell and flavor, with a hefty coffee bitterness to balance it out. It has a lighter ABV and lighter mouthfeel than some other stouts. A little extra carbonation could have helped fluff up the mouthfeel a bit. I get the "ashtray" comparisons that some negative reviews mentioned, but I think this is really palate-dependent. Personally, it works for me, and I would definitely grab one of these again - but I could see the flavor profile being a negative for someone else.

Dec 19, 2020
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a brownish-black with great head and sticky lace patches down the glass. The aroma is almost like smelling a jar of peanut butter and I'll leave it at that. Thick, medium-heavy body, a peanut butter sweetness and dryness with a touch of chocolate in the background which lends a little more sweetness. Beer finishes slightly boozy and is pretty much peanut butter, so while I can't session it I did enjoy drinking this beer.

Dec 17, 2020
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Loerke from Massachusetts

1.44/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Looking for a midday snack, I poured this from can into a pint glass instead of reaching for my container of mixed nuts. So I was well disposed for a nutty taste, but it was difficult for me to get past the overwhelmingly nauseous aroma of this brew, which is I'm guessing what Reese's Pieces smell like when they've melted on the back burner into a goopy mess. My basset hound jumped toward the smell but my nose wanted to leap away. The feel is flat on the tongue with minimal carbonation. This is one of the few beers that I cannot finish.

Dec 15, 2020
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Pours black, with tan colored head. Decent head retention. Big peanut butter and milk chocolate aroma and taste, but not overly sweet or cloying. Medium bodied, but pretty smooth mouthfeel

Dec 15, 2020
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

1.9/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From a 16oz can, dated 11/12/20. Served in a Mast Landing-branded willi becher.

Pours utterly black without discernible highlights. A big, bubbly, two finger-plus rocky head doesn’t last but a minute, leaving a few scattered dots of lacing.

A powerful stench of burnt hazelnuts - not toasted; actually burnt, charred, incinerated.

Taste is similar to the nose but more like burnt Reese’s Pieces, and used, dried out coffee grinds and old dirty ashtrays.

Feel is smooth, medium-light bodied and well carbonated... I’m sorry; I’m trying so hard not to taste the beer that it’s hard to focus on the mouthfeel.

Overall, reminiscent of drinking the water you used to rinse last night’s ashtray out with. I feel awful! I love Mast Landing. I’m a legitimate fanboy. I knew I wasn’t going to like a peanut butter milk stout. I’ve avoided Gunner’s Daughter for years because I was so sure I wasn’t going to like it. But, hey, there it was on the shelf and damned if the compulsion to tick didn’t just get the better of me.

Dec 13, 2020
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, grassy hops and graham crackers. Body is medium, creamy and smooth. Taste is of toasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit, graham crackers and earthy hops. Finish is long, semi-sweet. Very good brew.

Nov 30, 2020
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Rapscullion from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 1 pint can. Pours opaque black with a frothy head which rapidly recedes to a ring that also quickly vanishes. Nose is very fragrant and complex with roasted peanut and coffee prominant, malt, chocolate, caramel and vanilla all blended in.
Taste follows the nose but the surprise is that the peanut butter is much more subtle than expected. The initial sweetness is offset by the bitterness of the coffee that comes through on the finish. The chocolate gives it a creamy texture. A light smokiness and caramel notes add complexity. Moouthfeel is a little thin.
A really interesting beer. I had this on tap a year earlier and it was not so thin which made it a much more fulfilling beer. This is incredibly flavorful at this ABV but I have had a couple of better beers in a similar style.

Nov 30, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinking this at home.
Poured from a pint can into a pint glass.
Appears very dark brown, almost black with a rocky foamy head that dropped quickly to a thin ring and slight lacing.
Smells malty, lightly smoky, chocolate, cherry with a nice roasted peanut smell.
Taste follows the nose, but nothing overpowering. Many peanut butter stouts are too strong in the peanut butter department for my personal taste, this one is lighter and better than most.
Mouth feel is medium light for the style.
Overall a nice stout with a low ABV that was quite enjoyable.

Nov 30, 2020
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark walnut color along with a creamy light tan cap.

S: Peanut brittle, French burnt peanuts, redskin peanut shells, pulverized butterscotch glazed peanuts. Dutch baker's chocolate and light, light espresso.

M: Not too sweet and never cloying although it is just 5.5%. Maintains a med boded drinking experience that is like silken cream.

T: Has a refined--raw--peanut flavor that really follows the nose. Some fruitiness from the dark chocolate and roast from the coffee exist, but the overtone is peanut dominated. If there was a category for peanut beers it might get all 5s from me.

Nov 26, 2020
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mellonsm from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Black and thick with a thin layer of foam.
Smell: A subtle mixture of coffee and chocolate.
Taste: Really great. Sweet like a bitter dark chocolate, a hint of peanut, and sweet aftertaste that stays on the tongue.
Feel: Thick and rich.
Overall: A really great milk stout.

Nov 22, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near jet black with minimal (1", brief) head, a nice web of lacing left behind. Nose is almost all peanut flour, maybe a trace of coffee underneath, but the peanut is dominant enough to hide these notes. Taste follows the nose - peanut almost all the way through and it works out nicely. The beer lacks the fattier elements of peanut butter and stays closer to dried peanut flour. There is a bit of roasted sweetness that offers some mild dark chocolate flavors, but still pales in comparison to the peanut. Mouthfeel is well-rounded with noticeable carbonation. Overall, a highly enjoyable peanut butter beer.

Nov 15, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.11/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L- Jet black, not a photon gets through it, pours with a 2mm deep tan head.
S- Peanuts dominate, then some coffee/cocoa beneath.
T- Like super-toasty peanuts, then a bit of smokey peanut butter, then the smoke is quite pungent like morning-after cold timber log ashes. The peanut-cocoa axis (more prominent as it warms) dominates.
F- Milk stouts can be over-sweet to me, thankfully this one isn't.
O- As another writer observed, there is just too much going on here; too much of a statement of all that's possible within the style. Interesting to try but not one I'd wish to have again.
ps. I find it amazing that this is currently rated '95/World-Class'. That's higher than any of my 1,440 ratings to date, over 10+ years, from all over the world. Higher than the scores of WBA gold medal winners, and the stars of 300, 500, even 700 year old European breweries. Really? This concerns me, how a beer like this could have ended up with a rating here batting right up in that league...
BB: 03/05/2021 440ml can £4.80 bought from TremblingMadness/York/UK as part of a DIY/mixed case for delivery to London.

Nov 10, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice try. But there is one flavor too many. Something made a metallic taste (possibly artificial flavors to me.) The artificiality reminds me of drinking Fra'Angelica when I was in college 50 years ago.

Looks better than average, but not lots. Smells offer up the candy panoply without the additive. But it upsets the Taste. Still smooth in the mouth, but that after-taste won't leave my buds.

Bought two from Tavour and I will give the second to a nephew for the experience of keeping it simple.

A 4 year old brewery should not be pasted; and this is their cash cow. And they are adding to the culture of central Maine coast. So, I wish them well.

Sep 02, 2020
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can

Pours nearly opaque black, slight light penetration around the edges. Light tan head is pillowy and dissipates slowly.

Aroma of cocoa, peanut, toast, and pecan.

Flavor is of cocoa, peanut butter, pecan, toast, and hints of graham cracker.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

This is fantastic. Loads of flavor and body that doesn't seem possible at this abv. This is a real treat that I would love to get more of. Best low abv stout I have had in a good while.

Aug 27, 2020
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