Those crazy Yanks are at it again. I’ve had this one sat on the shelf for a while but I’ve never plucked up the courage to try it… until now! This is Peanut Butter Milk Stout from the US brewery Belching Beaver. That’s right, a peanut butter beer. Though, it doesn’t actually state the correct ingredients on the can, listing only water, malt, hops, and yeast. I happen to know it uses oats and lactose. I don’t however know if it uses actual peanut butter (or peanuts) so probably best avoided if you’ve got a nut allergy.
It pours with a decent head that mostly disappears after a few minutes. It’s a very dark brown in colour, with a pale brown head. The aroma is sweet and nutty, with a definite smell of caramelised peanuts, and surprisingly for a stout, there’s an ever so slight hop undertone. There’s certainly no doubting that this is a peanut butter stout.
The initial taste isn’t nearly as nutty as I expected from the nose. It’s quite sweet, as expected for a milk stout, and it’s definitely got a peanut butter taste going on. There’s a slight bitterness to it. The carbonation is quite fine, and the mouthfeel is good. It’s very creamy and smooth. As you progress you can start to notice some of the more subtle flavours of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate.
I’m not going to lie, I expected Peanut Butter Milk Stout to be fairly unpleasant but it’s actually surprisingly drinkable. Though it’s relatively sweet it never seems to become sickly. Admittedly the novelty value is high here. Though I didn’t dislike it and it’s not overly strong at 5.3% ABV, I’m not sure I could drink several back to back. It’s certainly got a distinctive flavour.
This has actually won several awards in the US and is the brewery’s best selling beer. The most recent awards include:
Los Angeles Beer Competition
– 2017: Gold
West Coast Craft Can Invitational
– 2017: Best In Show
– 2017: Best New Discovery
Who would have thought that peanut butter and stout would work together?