Narrow Gauge Brewing Peanut Butter & Stout
What the brewers say
"Imperial stout brewed with lactose, peanuts, and peanut butter."
What our panel thought
"Rich peanut butter and warm chocolate aroma; notes of dark fruit, mashed banana, sweet caramel. Hefty, viscous body. Peanuts, hazelnuts, and chocolate are aggressive in the flavor. Reminiscent of Cap’n Crunch cereal. Subtler notes of strawberry and dark fruit. Softly bitter stripe of dark chocolate keeps the mood semi-serious, but it leans quite sweet in the end, slightly cloying. A bit of reassuringly accurate alcoholic warmth."
What our editors thought
"In the nose, deep roasted peanuts stand in for typical coffee/licorice note, with a signature earthy richness to the roast. The sip is smooth peanut butter with substantial chocolate—expressive and evocative of dark chocolate peanut truffles. It thoughtfully avoids sweet milk chocolate and peanut-butter candy clichés. Lower key without the sharpness, light caramel and cereal grain, and a cohesive flavor that's imminently satisfying."