Tailgate Peanut Butter Milk Stout

This is my second stout with peanut butter in it. It's not a flavor I would normally associate with beers in general, and the last one was really not my kind of beer. I think maybe Terrapin was just trying too hard with the chocolate stout, and maybe a milk stout is the better alternative.

It pours a very predictable so-brown-it's-black with a thin head that leaves more lacing than it has any right to leave. The aroma is predictably sweet peanut butter. I assume the sweet tinge is being brought by the milk stout's natural sweetness from the milk sugars, and it makes it seem almost like the liquid form of a Reese's peanut butter cup.

First sip is a peanut butter base with a lot of other stuff. The effect is of a peanut butter-vanilla ice cream, and it's really good. I could see sipping this all day long and enjoying myself the whole time. However, my normal process is to swig this properly, and I'll do that right now.

Tip-in is carbonation tingle, peanut butter, and a bit of coffee. The middle arrives with an excessively smooth sweet chocolate and peanut butter mix. It's really nice and rich right here in the middle. As the finish arrives, things change a bit. A coffee and chocolate bitterness tears into the peanut butter, as it retracts almost entirely. The very bitter, harsh nature of these taste is rough, but then the peanut butter reasserts (but leaves the bitterness).

Bottom Line: An interesting take that seems to get better as the evening wears on.



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