Sunday, April 12, 2015

Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1323) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 12, 2015
This is the third porter with chocolate and peanut butter I’ve had in the last few months. It’s amazing how beers of this niche style run the gamut from meh to outstanding. Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is definitely one of the better examples of what is, essentially a novelty brew. It does live up to its name, and it’s quite satisfying.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It was bottled on 1/15/15.

Appearance: Dark nearly opaque shade of brown with slightly red highlights. Pours to a two-finger, brown, frothy head that laces and retains very well.

Smell: Nearly identical to peanut butter and chocolate candy. Seems a little faux, though. Not much authentic porter aroma.

Taste: There’s pretty much only two main flavor characteristics to the palette of this beer: mild milk chocolate porter base and a sweet candy-like peanut butter flavor on the finish. That being said, the flavor combinations are delectable to say the least. I’d probably prefer more authentic porter character up front; as it stands it’s a little mild. Dark malts to be sure, but not a malt beer per se. Plenty of bitterness through the middle. It’s dry with a flavor of roasted nuts and significantly bitter. The peanut butter flavor emerges at the last second, tasting of peanut butter flavored-candy instead of peanut butter per se. I do notice a little tanginess as well, but it seems to fade quickly. I never get tired of these flavors, though (as repetitive as they may be).

Drinkability: At 6.5% ABV, Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is pretty big in the body. It’s not exactly carbonated motor oil, yet it’s beefier than your average porter. It’s comfortable in the mouth with some crispness on the finish. The bitterness and peanut butter flavor does linger and is a little cloying, but easily tolerable. This is a fine liquid dessert. 
Grade: 9/10