Terrapin Liquid Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter

I don't know what to think about this going in. Terrapin has been fairly good of late, but the idea of a peanut butter and chocolate stout makes me think that they are going to have their reach exceed their grasp. It's just too experimental and... dare I say it... hipster. And you know me, I'm anti-hipster.

It's really, really brown to the point that - yes - it's black. The head is very light, and it drops down to a simple ring around the sides of the glass with a naked top. The aroma is very peanut buttery. I don't smell much of the chocolate - it's being completely overpowered by the peanuts.

First sip is smokey malt and a little hops with a tint of peanut better, but the chocolate is MIA. It's surprising that the peanut butter is so prominent in the smell, but it is just a casual influence in the taste. And I really expected chocolate in there. Maybe a full swig...

Tip-in is peanut butter and smokey malt. The peanut butter is right there up front, so I expect it to fade. The middle gets a kind of relaxed chocolate malt and it's really milky smooth. As the finish comes up, it turns to a slight hoppy bitterness and a resurgence of peanut butter.

Bottom Line: It's a one-off beer for something different, and would probably be a good dessert beer, but it's a bit to... fringe to really make an impact.

2.0/5

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