Total Score: 7.95/10
This has got to be the weirdest beer name I’ve encountered in a while… and that’s saying something (I generally buy the first weird beer I cross paths with at the bottle shop). Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout sounds like a dreadful accident, but to me it’s like the accident you slow down to look at (or in this case: Drink). So it was without hesitation that I made a purchase-plunge, no regrets now, time to rip into a belching beaver – here’s hoping this isn’t a disaster like that Rogue Voodoo Lemon Crueller that tasted like fake lemon cleaning products: One always runs that risk with these ultra-weird flavoured beers.
Poured from a 375ml can (weird size for a US made beer!) into a nonic pint.
A: Presents a jet black body with a thin caramel-coloured head that sticks around pretty well. Judging by the creaminess of the head this belching beaver will have a nice chewy mouthfeel… we’ll see hey. 9/10.
S: Something odd registers in the nose from the outset – it’s like a solvent/disinfectant smell… not sure what it is, but it’s distracting. Other than that: Peanuts (obvs!), milk and dark chocolate, a hint of roasted malt and powdered cocoa. Overall, apart from that solvent/disinfectant smell, it’s right on the “Peanut Butter Milk Stout/Reece’s Pieces” money. 7/10.
T: Again a hint of oddness in the flavour, as described above, from the first sip… then ever so strangely it fades as you take more sips. Copy/paste my above aroma descriptions for the taste: Peanuts, milk and dark chocolate, a hint of roasted malt and powdered cocoa for a “Reece’s Pieces in a glass” experience. Finish is a slight dark chocolate bitterness that balances out the peanut/chocolate sweetness which precedes it. 8/10.
M: Rich and creamy, mid to heavy bodied, almost Founders body (but not quite) with a thin but dense carbonation – top shelf Milk Stout body right here! 9/10.
D: The solvent/disinfectant distraction is the only fly in the ointment of this otherwise solid peanut/chocolate beer journey… WTF is giving it that aroma/flavour?! Who knows, but once you get past it this is an enjoyable Milk Stout that rewards a sweet tooth, without becoming a sugar-bomb, tasty stuff Mr. Beaver! [oh please, call me by my first name] Ok, no problem, cheers Belching! 8/10.
Food Match: Roasted beaver tail… seriously though: Reece’s Pieces.