Peanut Butter Milk Stout by Belching Beaver

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Beer Name: Peanut Butter Milk Stout

Brewer: Belching Beaver Brewery, California, USA

Date Sampled:  11th October 2016

ABV: 5.3%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

History is full of unusual combinations but music is probably one of the best (or worse) industries for thrusting surprising collaborations into the world. Some are far more successful than others; for every Mick Jagger & David Bowie we have to then suffer a Nelly and Tim McGraw. But by joining artists that span different genres and generations it can open up huge market places for those involved.

In food, taste partnerships that challenge pre conceived ideas can baffle and amaze at the same time. Who can forget the furore that accompanied Heston Blumenthal's snail porridge. But these unusual ideas can take off and before you know it, become accepted as the norm. I know that thirty years ago, if you'd served the average British consumer a breakfast that included crispy bacon, pancakes and maple syrup on the same plate you'd have been told to take it away and bring the bacon back but without the sweet stuff.

As the craft beer explosion gather pace, breweries are seeing the benefits of combining new and unusual flavours to their beers. Some have been very successful and are already accepted as mainstream. It isn't difficult to find beers combined with coffee (The Kraken by Time and Tide is an excellent example) and fruit infusion is now very common place (Effortless Grapefruit Session IPA by Captain Lawrence and Salty Kiss by Magic Rock are both excellent).

But peanut butter? Well I may take some convincing.

The first peanut butter beer combination that I saw was Tailgate's Peanut Butter Milk Stout; winner of best experimental beer at the 2015 world beer awards, I was intrigued by the joining of two of my favourite food stuffs but had never got around to picking up a can.

But then a few days ago I saw that The Leopold Tavern had some cans of Belching Beaver's Peanut Butter Milk Stout. After a quick message to them they very kindly put me a can aside and I was finally able to give this baffling combination a try!

The appearance is everything that you'd expect from a quality stout; it's almost jet black and with a heavy pour does produce a small caramel coloured head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is a little difficult to place; there is a definite nutty coffee aroma in there, along with a fair amount of sweetness, but there's also a tininess in the background that does detract slightly.

And the taste? Sorry but I don't think this is the beer for me. The nuttiness from the nose does follow through into the flavour, but the coffee notes are slightly overpowering and, along with an unusual sweetness, makes this feel more like a slightly boozy iced macchiato from the fridge section of a supermarket. There are hints of peanut butter in there but not as obvious as I would have hoped. The mouth feel for me was also a little disappointing as I'd hoped the ingredients used would have created something a little more velvety.

I'm sure some people will absolutely love this but for me at this stage, peanut butter and beer is just one combination too far. Now someone pass me that bowl of snail porridge.


  1. Loved this review & I look forward to hearing how much you enjoyed that snail porridge 🐌

  2. The porridge was great... the shells were a bit crunchy though!


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