Peanut Butter Raincloud

Rhode Island
United States
Foolproof Peanut Butter Raincloud Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
80
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Sometimes the rain can drive you nuts, so you might as well have some in your beer. With that, we are proud to introduce Peanut Butter Raincloud, a unique and flavorful adaptation of our popular Raincloud robust porter. Raise a glass to the miracle that is peanut butter porter.

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ABV: 
5.4%
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Peanut Butter Porters are the cousin of the now-ubiquitous pumpkin spice beers

Peanut Butter Porters are the cousin of the now-ubiquitous pumpkin spice beers – they're beers that should be fantastic (as chocolate and peanut butter are one of the all-time best flavor pairings), but they usually fall a little flat and come off as gimmicky. Well, here's one more.

The base beer matches the non-PB version, in that it is mahogany in color and opaque, but it lacks any semblance of head. The aroma is dominated by a low chocolate note and a medium nutty note, with low levels of stale, papery background aromas that may be the result of either oxidation or the nuts themselves (I've noticed this phenomenon with a number of nut-infused beers).

The flavor...well, it's a porter with peanuts in it. There's the usual coffee and chocolate notes, and a not-too-subtle nutty note on top of it. The flavors don't really mesh. It's like the difference between dark chocolate ice cream with a ribbon of peanut butter running through it and a piece of dark chocolate with crushed peanuts just laying on top of it: both have basically the same flavor, but one feels more "complete" – this is the latter.

When you add in the fact the nut flavor leaves at least the impression of an oily finish, you have a beer that will appeal only to a very narrow segment. Most would be better off pairing the standard robust porter with actual food, rather than giving this a shot. Not a bad beer, but nothing special.