It’s been pretty busy at work, and I’ve been looking forward to breaking this one open. So, when I got home and had dinner, I was ready for it. This is another beer from my friend Kevin from Indianapolis. Before his visit last week, he called and gave me a choice of several beers that were on tap. He suggested their French toast saison (which sounds awesome), but ever since I brewed a peanut butter cup stout a few years ago, I’ve loved trying peanut butter beers from other breweries. So I asked him to bring this one.
Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL
Numbers: 5.2% ABV, 30 IBUs, ~160 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s black in color, but dark ruby when held up to the light. There was a small head on it at first, which fell quickly, but there was a lot of carbonation which helped maintain a the small, creamy, cream-colored head. There was a nice cocoa and toasty nuttiness in the aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is smooth with a little carbonation crispness. Up front, the flavor is lightly nutty and toasty, and in the middle, the maltiness grows quite a bit. The finish is a solid nutty brown with some roastiness from the dark malt and toasty nuttiness from the peanut butter. the aftertaste is a mix of roastiness and toastiness, which lasts briefly.
Food Pairing: This is a very solid nutty brown flavor, and the easy pairing is BBQ, such as pulled pork or wet ribs.
Overall Impression: This is a very, very solid nut brown ale, but the peanut butter comes off with more of a nuttiness, rather than sweet peanut butter. I liked the nutty flavor that it added, but would have liked a hint more sweetness and a hint less roastiness to accentuate the peanut butter. Overall, I felt like the peanut butter contributed to a nuttier flavor, making it a good nut brown ale, but don’t expect the sweetness of peanut butter.