Mother Earth Sin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter Stout

This red can has a little picture of a pretty brunette with some kind of cosplay sexy devil costume holding what I assume is a glass of this beer and a pair of handcuffs. The actual logo appears to have more demonic devil wings or something in a different shade of red behind it. It's a lot to take in, but that is usually the case with the imperial stouts in general, so I can accept it from the label.

Hello there, black beer! See, when a black lager claims to be black, and then you come across something like this, you would also wonder what the "black" lager people were thinking with their dark, but not actually black, beer. The head on this is a very light tan, and the aroma is predictably that not-actually-peanut-butter beery smell that these kind of stouts get from, presumably, all of the non-peanut butter ingredients.

First sip is coffee bitterness right in the face with the peanuts and some sweeter malt managing to separate the beer from the coffee beers that don't label themselves correctly just to upset me and (as a direct consequence) the beer drinking public in general. So, yes, there is a coffee taste, but it's not making the beer undrinkable so far. I like to look for the small wins these days.

Tip-in is light peanuts over earth and some bitterness with no carbonation in sight. The middle spreads into the sense of peanut butter fresh from the jar with a grainy bread under it all. It's a crunchy peanut butter, but it's still kind of smooth (maybe some odd hybrid of smooth and crunchy). The finish resolves with the slight coffee, bitterness, and a bit more earth.

Bottom Line: A very nice example of using peanut butter to highlight a very good beverage.



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