PB & J | Short's Brewing Company

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PB & JPB & J
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available any time Uber Goober is on tap. Take our popular Peanut Oatmeal Stout and blend it with our famous flagship Soft Parade, a fruit infused rye ale, and viola! I think you get where we are going with this one, it’s a liquid version of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This customer created concoction can also be found for a limited time in bottles.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,590
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
224
pDev:
19.09%
 
 
Wants:
151
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 224 |  Reviews: 129
Reviews by JordanEllwanger:
Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque with the colour of dark coffee and a deep caramel head. A malty sent of rye hoovers around the rim of the glass while the definite smell of roasted nuts runs up and through the nose as wisps of berries swirl after. The fruity upfront taste is subdued in a matter of seconds by the much more powerful roasted stout after taste. While I am by no means a stout lover, this rates up there with one of the best I have yet tried mostly due to it's berry presence, which takes the edge off the ground coffee taste I find displeasing in many stouts.
Cheers...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Blackop555
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Must have gotten better over the years. I don't like pb and jelly sandwiches, but I'd drink this again.

Pours dark brown with a hint of red. Short, foamy, off white head fades fast.

Smells peanut butter, nutty, light earthy and hints of jelly.

Tastes peanut butter, earthy, slight jam and fruit. Fucked is semi dry with an earthy and nutty linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

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Photo of fern22
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of beersampler6
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was actually quite nice and surprisingly palatable, despite my initial reservations. Nice dark brown color with a little head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of peanuts and a little caramel, but surprisingly mainly tastes of raspberry and strawberry fruit, caramel, malt and a nice roast coffee-dark chocolate combo. Mild smooth mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation. Not too heavy and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.13/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

$2.30 for a 12oz bottle @ Jacks. A blend of Peanut Butter Stout and Soft Parade.

Pours out to a dark brown, forming a soapy tan head with average retention but very nice lacing. Mildly carbonated. The aroma is peculiar...I can pick up the berries, mostly strawberries, of the soft parade and the peanut of the stout, as well as faint black walnut, and a little bit of vanilla. The mouthfeel is weird...smooth, but sour and chalky with a medium-light body. The taste is what you might expect...the berries of the soft parade stand out on top of the stout, but as my GF says "That's GROSS!" I have to agree with her. It's not something I really want to finish...I'll force myself to because I paid for it, not because it tastes good. There is a metallic aftertaste and a moderate bitterness which doesn't sit well in the stomach. Burped strawberries.

I would definitely NOT buy this again, although I would probably try it on tap. Pretty gross.

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Photo of alexgash
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Dark leathery brown body with a small, somewhat-fizzy, light tan head. Nose shows the unmistakable signs of peanut butter, along with sunflower seeds, dark chocolate, light roasted coffee, cherry Jolly Ranchers, and strawberries. Like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Pretty damn close!

Toasted, bready malts up front along with roasted coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Peanut butter comes in mid-palate, slightly more restrained than in the straight-up uber goober. Slightly earthy, peaty roasted malt segues into pleasant bitterness. Underneath it all is a slightly tangy berry juice that provides a nice contrast to the rest of the flavors. Medium body with a bit too much fizziness in the feel; if this were creamier it would be better (IMO). Interesting and tasty!

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Photo of DLucky
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a six-finger thick, cocoa-tinged, light brown colored head. The beer is a deep, concentrated brown color. The aroma of this beer reminds me of Concord grape jelly as I am pouring it. A more focused inspection of nose yields a soft lactic acidity, a nutty note in the finish, some chalky toasted / roasted grain notes (as well as some rustic grain spiciness) and more of the concord grape jelly aromas. Besides the light acidity, the aroma definitely reminds me of a PB&J sandwich.

Faintly sweet tasting up front, the beer quickly takes on a lactic sourness that lingers on the palate. Spicy grain notes and some toasted whole-grain flavors provide a rich complex maltiness that really seems to be the dominant flavor profile here. A dry, fermented berry (and even concord grape) flavor couples seamlessly with the lactic tartness and provides an almost vinous quality to this beer. A touch of chalky toasted / roasted grain provides a touch fo dark maltiness in the finish. This is actually fairly light bodied and quaffable, the lactic infection has likely reduced the body on this a fair amount.

This is an interesting beer that likely has some sort of lactic infection. Despite this it is still an enjoyable brew, but I am sure it has departed quite a bit from the intended flavor profile. Actually this beer is quite enjoyable; clearly not intended as a sour beer, but the clean acidity really works with the rest of the flavors.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From the December seasonal 6-pak, and back-to-back to the Uber Oatmeal. I liked the soft parade, and the imperial soft parade. It tastes 50%/50%, and thankfully the peanut taste comes out, and the berry tastes. it is dark with a great brown head, and lots of lace. Funky aroma, a little lambic. The sourness from the guber portion is there, and it is masked by the berry flavours, so better than the guber alone. Above average mouthfeel, but a shock sourness to the palate.

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Photo of malty
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ultra fresh innuagural bottling (12 oz.) from the lovely north of lower Michigan.

Pours pitch black with no visible edges or hi-lites. The dark khaki head finely bubbled & popped as it diminished to a mere halo with a blotchy, light khaki center. There is a noticable amount of carbonation rushing upward, building up the edges of the halo while the center remains spotty. No lacing to speak of.

Interesting nose. If I didn't know this was a peanut buttery & fruit beer, I might not be skilled enough to pull those scents out. But since I do know, I really can detect the peanut & dark fruit elelments. As the brew warms a bit, the peanut really jumps out. I also smell a coffee component that weaves in-and-out of the roasted malts with a dark chocolate foundation. Very unique and layered, complex nose for sure!

Wow. The highly pronouced peanut and the background dark fruit scents in the nose do a total role reversal in the taste. Peanut is still there, but takes a backseat to the fresh, tart and sweet blackberry, raspberry notes. The rye malt in this brew really shows off its inherent spiciness. The flavors are all very fresh, but light and non-cloying. It looked like I was going to be enjoying a full bodied stout, but ended up savoring a fruity, delightful roasted peanut ale.

Mouthfeel is almost medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. The sweet/tart fruit notes leave behind a nice sourness paired with the chalky, charred malty aftertaste.

Drinkability is great. Due to its quirky and delightful characteristics, this is more of a special 'boutique' where one is plenty satisfying.

Overall a very UN-boring beer for sure! Love the dark roasted malts mixed with the peanut & dark berries. I'd like a couple more in the fridge, but for $13 a sixer, I think a couple/few singles are enough. Hats off!

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Photo of drabmuh
2.48/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried this out of novelty. Gross.

Poured from a bottle into a becher. Beer is dark brown and has a thin broken white head. Lacing is low and so is carbonation. Smell is slightly sweet, slightly lactic, lots of dirty carbon smell.

At first I taste almost nothing, then some roast hits me, then in the aftertaste...what's that....peanuts? Odd but not bad, second taste is a palate destroyer. GROSS! The peanut is everywhere now, not pleasant, odd sweetness...is that the jelly. Stop, I'm done no more please.

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Photo of DrJay
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark with faint chestnut edges topped with a short cap of very fine tan bubbles. Good head retention with a little bit of stickage. Nifty aroma, smells almost exactly like dry roasted peanuts and fruity jam. Light roast, berries, sweetness, bready, lots of peanut. Very cool, just like a PB&J sandwich. Unfortunately the aroma didn't translate directly into the flavour, as is often the case with beers that seek to mimic another food. The fruit flavour was very tart, sour berries, without the sweetness that was so nice in the aroma. The peanut flavour was muted and somewhat overrun by the sourness. It still tasted alright, but not as enticing as the aroma. Medium bodied with high, slightly coarse carbonation. A worthy experiment and very interesting beer.

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Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours an opaque dark brownish red, some brown highlights, very thick tan head forms and settles down to a thick ring and layer around the glass, some lace sticks, looks pretty good.

Smell is neat, very fruity like jam, some raspberry and strawberry, lightly nutty with a touch of roast, some caramel sweetness, raisin, brown sugar, biscuit and chocolate wafer roastiness, smells nice.

Taste is neat, very dry and roasty, some nuttiness, chocolate, raspberry and strawberry jam, some cherry, quite fruity, biscuit, really neat, has some PB&J character but might be better with less roastiness, but pretty good.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, a little rough, but pretty neat. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: Deep brown pour with red highlights and a light tan head - aromas of, well, peanut butter and jelly. Roast, peanuts , strawberries and blueberries. Mild spicy rye in the background. First sip brings fruit to the forefront and the peanut and roast with dark malt comes through on the way down. Mellow rye as it melds very wonderfully overall. Great balance and a great blend. Medium bodied good carbonation. Easy to drink and extremely unique. Glad I cracked this one fresh!

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Photo of danielharper
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Black body, hints of brown tinge towards the bottom, with a thick brown-colored head with hints of cherry.

S: Dry, roasty, very little fruit presence. Aromatics are minimal, but pleasant as far as they go.

T: A smooth coffee-like stout flavor up front, with a dry peanut-flavored finish and a sweet fruity aftertaste. Overall the beer is somewhat sweet with mild undertones of fruit, but with the roasty coffee flavors dominating.

M: Moderate body, high carbonation, minimal hops.

D: Quite drinkable. It's much less sweet than I was expecting, with only a touch of the J side of the PB&J really present here. Those looking for a fruity beer will be disappointed, though.

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Photo of macpapi
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve oz. bottle.

Dark almost black with a unique reddish tinge. Has a pronounced tan head with moderate lacing.

There is a two-fold smell here. A grainy and nutty aroma is accompanied by a slightly stronger presence of sweet fruit (cherry or strawberry) that has an almost a jam-like pull. Very distinct.

Tart fruitiness is the dominant flavor, followed by a stout-like taste of burnt malt and nuts. The latter quality hints at peanut butter.

Tart with a bit of malt body to fill out at the end. Moderate carbonation.

Unique idea. Good to try and somewhat enjoyable, but wouldn't want to make this a regular brew. If you like tartness and don't mind stouts, you would probably like this beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, an extra from Wadsey. I'd heard of this beer but wasn't sure even what style to expect, now I can see that it's like a black and tan, but in this case a stout and fruit ale. More specifically, a peanut butter stout and a fruit rye ale.

The beer is dark murky brown color, opaque but hinting at turgid, with a dirty brown large celled foam on top. Looks like Mississippi river water, including the soapy foam you sometimes see on the surface. The aroma is peanut butter, I've never smelled anything quite like this in a beer before. Underneath that is some roasted malt, but I don't notice any fruit until I taste it. Strangely, this tastes a lot like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, very well named. Sort of tart from the fruit, not really sour but a little puckering, only a touch of rye spiciness, and a long roasted peanut aftertaste. There's a lot of carbonation giving a peppery mouthfeel, otherwise a medium mouthfeel. Overall a very good novelty beer, not something to go after too often but cool to try. Thanks Clint for the opportunity!

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Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. sampled feb 6/2010.

pours deep brown, nearly black, with a big brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is nice. fruity. peanut and almond. bit of dark chocolate. lightly toasted white bread. cracker. bit of alcohol. perhaps a touch of lactic sourness too?

taste is nice. dark and milk chocolate. peanut butter. bit of lactic sourness. some slightly sour fruit too. light alcohol. caramel and toffee. bit of grain. pretty low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. interesting beer. while the "pb+j" character is there, i like that it doesn't knock you over the head. good stuff.

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Photo of waltonc
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have the good fortune of being in Michigan visiting my parents for Christmas right when all of these new Short's bottles are appearing on shelves. Picked up a sixer of PB&J in Ann Arbor this week. Pours an unassuming brown with tan head. Smells and tastes of...peanuts and fruit. Pretty amazing. I was skeptical of how this would come off, after having a pretty nasty peanut butter beer by another brewer at GABF, but this turned out delicious. The peanut butter and jelly flavors aren't over the top, and are perfectly complemented by the mouthfeel, which is neither too thick nor too watery. With an ABV that isn't too high, I find this to be a highly drinkable beverage. I may have to pick up more to take back to Denver with me.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of dfillius
2.07/5  rDev -41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: 1 Finger of dense light brown head with good retention. Nearly opaque dark brown liquid.
S: Rich berry. Formalin? :-( Slight toasted peanut.
T: Some berry, formalin too...a lot like plastic. Some roastiness.
M: Tingly, solvent-like, syrupy.
D: Poor. I'm struggling to drink it. Drain pour. Disappointing since I like nearly everything that Short's touches.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Randalld for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a rich, stout-y black with a slight hint of garnet at the extreme edges. A gentle pour netted a bubbly, 1-finger head that quickly settled down into a thick creamy ring that is dark khaki in color. Much lace remained.

S: The delicious fresh tangy berry aroma of Soft Parade mixed with dry roasted peanuts. As it warms, some aromas of toasted malt and (I swear) peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

T: Tastes exactly as it smells. The berry comes on right away and stays almost until the finish where the peanut flavor shines.

M: Tart and tangy. Lots of fresh berry. I was hoping for a bit more roasted nut and/or stout feel...but who's complaining?

D: We weren't quite sure what to make of this when I told Heather I had a couple bottle of this coming in a trade. When the box showed up and she read the label and said, "I bet they blended it with Soft Parade!". Soft Parade is one of her all-time favorites. What an interesting beer! We've never had anything like it. Shorts, please come to IL.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours thick and dark with a slight head with little retention. The color is that of a brown ale, mixed with a bit of purple, quite unique.

S: Bouquet is upfront, with plenty of PB&J. The most unique thing I have ever come across.

T: Starts out as a typical, chocolatey RIS, but, as the main flavors fade away, a distinctive PB&J flavor comes through. Subtle, which is great because I expected this to be overpowering and sweet.

M: Thick and chewy, like a good RIS should be.

D: I was ready for disappointment going in to this one, but it was truly an example of the Brewer's skill. Worth seeking out, as it is a one of a kind beer.

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Photo of enfield249
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, slight red brown highlights.

S - Strong coffee aroma. Roasty in the extreme.

T - Big coffee flavor, fairly roasty. Nice flavor, very full and rounded.

M - Full, slightly hot, only little slickness. Hits me in the Ol' saliva glands.

D - Not the best stout I have ever had, but a interesting combo of flavors.

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Photo of Photekut
3/5  rDev -14.5%

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PB & J from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 224 ratings