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Mother Earth Brew Sin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter Stout

September, 2017

Sin Tax

Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Evaluated as BJCP2015 style 30A (Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer, specifically including nuts), with a base style of 20C (Imperial Stout).  Pours a very deep dark mahogany with ruby red highlights, and a large tan head of tiny bubbles (almost looks like nitro).  The head fades to a thin layer quickly, but more small and medium bubbles are generated when swirled.  Moderately roasty (but not bitter) aroma with hints of peanut butter and light toffee; creamy like cappuccino and sweet chocolate.  The flavor presents the peanut butter quite well, without the usual peanut butter oiliness, more like PB2 or PBFit powder.  A nice debittered roastiness with moderate espresso coffee notes that lingers into an off-dry finish.  Medium-high bittering balances out the peanut butter.  There is substantial alcohol in this beer, but it is clean ethanol, and pleasantly balances the rest of the flavors.  Hops are an afterthought both in the aroma and flavor, and come across as slightly earthy and slight floral.  Full mouth-filling body with moderate carbonation, this beer finishes with a long coffee and chocolate note and nuttiness.  Drink this in front of the fireplace, in a snifter, and enjoy it slowly to let it warm up.  Or in an outside hot tub when it's snowing.  Be sure to have a bunch of nice hot croissants slathered with raspberry jam to snack on - and you'll get a tasty PB and J!