Nightmare Brewing Company

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Nightmare Brewing Company
New York, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #924
Ranked #4,887
4.24 | pDev: 6.84%
Mar 17, 2022
Apr 03, 2021
Imperial Stout brewed with Honey Roasted Peanuts, Peanut Butter, Ecuadorian Cacao, and Indian Vanilla.
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Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Mar 17, 2022
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Rated by pkalix from California

3.49/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
got the peanut aroma, and it doesnt smell artificial, but there's some funky half-abv half-chemical flavors in it that are somewhat offputting.
Feb 23, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Sep 26, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Aug 15, 2021
Rated: 4.3 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Aug 12, 2021
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Served in a teku glass from the can.

Appearance: Thick deep dark crude motor oil which creates dark head which rose Half of one finger's length off the body.

Smell: if you were to take Reese's peanut cups and melt them in a pot this is your beer.

Taste: I went a peanut butter binge this past week with beer, only by coincidence. This is top of the food chain type of beer. Complex peanut butter cup with dark chocolate and soft espresso notes. I'm tasting vanilla and a delicious brown sugar to the beer.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, sticky as it gets. Bubbly body with a sweet finish.

Overall: You want to hate this beer for how good it is...dessert in a glass. Always in a glass.... Salud!
Jun 26, 2021
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours pitch black color with a small tan head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing. It’s roasty, nutty, full of chocolate, cocoa, dark chocolate, booze, vanilla, peat moss, roasted nuts, molasses, brownie batter and charred wood. Surprisingly smooth for such a rich stout, the peanut butter was not as strong as I expected but it was a very tasty slow sipper and one I will seek out again. As usual, another fine Nightmare stout that hides the ABV masterfully.
May 31, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by Taenim from Maine

May 31, 2021
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
What an interesting beast! Pretty still but with a massively beefy body. Mild nose, chocolate, booze, and peanuts. On the tongue, this absolutely explodes. Biting, bitter chocolate, salted peanuts, and plenty of expected, well incorporated heat. The peanuts are unique in this one. Roasted and salty which I don't recall noting in other peanut/peanut butter beers. The nuttiness became more prominent as it warmed. It was very satisfying. As always, the can art is kick-ass.
May 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Mexican_Viking_Domerdoc from Texas

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Looks like a delicious chocolate shake tinted with blood. The 15% plus ABV was smooth and dangerous. If you like wimpy yellow beer, you probably won't like this.
May 22, 2021
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Reviewed by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours out the darkest, thickest brown that you rarely ever see. Very typical for these big Nightmare stouts. An aggressive pour of course, yields almost no head formation.

Nose is classic Nightmare roasted malt profile. Huge, roasty and a touch of sweetness and dark chocolate. But immediately after that, you get the impression that you opened a brand new jar of organic peanut butter. A rich almost earthy nuttiness lies underneath the huge swath of roasted malt. Smells quite good. Peanut butter is often a tricky ordeal when used in stouts, or just beer in general.

Taste is the huge stout flavor that is a cornerstone for Nightmare. Roasted malt dominates, bringing flavors of unsweetened or raw chocolate. The peanut is evident but doesn't overwhelm, which serves the brew well. It acts more like a compliment to the malt profile rather than a counterpoint or an equal. It accents just enough to make the brew interesting but it doesn't hijack. The peanut also provides not just an earthiness, but also a savory quality. A nice contrast.

Mouthfeel is normally thick, but this has even more density because if the use of the peanut butter. It is a step above full-bodied and oily and heavy and viscous. Personally, I love this sort of thing, but it certainly is not for everybody.

A great Nightmare stout. A simplistic brew that balances everything properly despite its heavy-handed nature. A big stout with peanuts and peanut butter. Nothing more. Just enjoy.
May 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Eric3gt from California

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Wow, did not expect to like this beer so much. Smell has a sweet peanut butter scent. Very heavy peanut butter chocolate notes on taste, slight almond and a tiny bit of vanilla bean in there. Light bodied, not very heavy. I will note that you can’t taste the 15%!

All in all a solid beer.
May 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Herbabee from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
yow, danger in a can! if the creepy artwork doesn't already clue the beholder in... I must be a special kind of sick if high ABV is a determinant factor in my purchasing decisions. Backlash from all this hop fatigue, perhaps...

Pours lifelessly out of the can into a gentleman's snifter - very modest head disturbance, if anything - the deep brown meniscus held to daylight prevents me from defining this concoction as outright pitch-black; therefore I'll just call it "raven." There is zero lacing too, but you do get to admire this starchy, muddy brown peanut butter-scummy sludgy coating on your glass after the tip-up... which i personally don't call a deal-breaker by any means. In fact, this one could well be my very first actual taste of the next-gen "hipster-effect" sort of products brewin' up anymore (or, shall we say, with an overabundance of adventurous adjuncts thrown into the vat - i got no time to taste & waste on pickle juice, old bay &/or gummie worms... seriously).

Nose is a bit boozy, but the roasted malts & other adjuncts do assert themselves in the whiff. Taste reliably follows, but not as "hot" as its high ABV would forewarn the unsuspecting drinker to. There is a slight snap-crackle-pop effervescence on the tongue, which then hones one in on the suggested deep plummy hints hidden deeply therein. Overall I'd call the initial gulp a respectable balance between the dark roast & peanut butter. Swallow is rich, thick, quite roasty (malts in conjunction with "doze nutz"), bittersweet and definitely lingering. Bit of a thick, gritty feel too on the tongue on down from those additives - might not want to drain the sludgy bottom on this one, haha. Ideally dispensed as a slow sipper, a nightcap, a reward for those milestone occasions.

Fun times to be a drinker of ambitious ultra-micro brews such as this! i'm wanting to compare it up against Dragon's Milk Reserve PB in a blind taste test just to see which i prefer (postlude: no contest, DM is far less assaulting). Play on.
May 10, 2021
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can to snifter.

Motor oil thick black. zero head once the minimal one faded.
heavy roasted peanut and cocoa, yum
TASTE: cocoa, peanut, raisin, light vanilla. a little overly sweet, but lots of good flavor.
FEEL: super thick and chewy
very nice.

May 09, 2021
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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
15.5% ABV in a pint can... time for my years of training to pay off. I got a 4-pack to support my wife's quest for good peanut butter stouts; this one also boasts cacao nibs and vanilla. That said, the peanuts are much more in evidence than the other additives, particularly when cold. An aggressive pour yields a thin layer of fizz that dies out quickly. Thinner in body than expected for the hefty ABV, but leaves some legs behind when swirled.

Strong fusel notes on the nose and palate both. I'm all for boozy heat in high-octane beers, but this one is a bit sharp, to the point of overpowering more subtle flavors. Good peanut character, with light almond, coconut oil, and the bitterness of high-cocoa dark chocolate. Hints of tannins, Twizzlers and chocolate malt balls.
Apr 29, 2021
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Reviewed by micada from New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Hmmm. A lot of Nightmare stouts are confused and cloying, IMO. This one is quite enjoyable. Super dark color, no light getting through. No head. Flash appearance of carbonation. Good amount of roasted peanuts on the nose, with a bit of the cacoa nibs. Flavor follows the nose, and brings in more sweetness of peanut butter and vanilla. It is very boozy, and brings out a barrel vibe despite its regular status. Perhaps it’s a hop bite that balances all the risky sweetness. Even cold, the flavors are very discernable. Crisp and full mouthfeel, with some drying finish most likely from the peanuts. Massive ABV in a pint makes it a good last call beer.
Apr 26, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

Apr 25, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Can purchased from Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very dark black color, with a pretty small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like peanut butter, creamy vanilla, licorice, roasted malt, and and fudgy chocolate.

This has a little bit of a distracting booziness to it, but it's nothing too awful. The peanut butter and vanilla interplay is quite nice, sweet, nutty, and cake-like. There's some honey and caramel as well.

This is thick, creamy, and slightly boozy, but that's honestly to be expected given the enhanced ABV on this one.

It's not part of the rating for this one, but as usual, the can art was spot on and creepy as all get out on this one.
Apr 24, 2021
Rated: 4.73 by Vylo from New Jersey

Apr 23, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by BNoble4Life from New York

Apr 15, 2021
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