Dead Frog Nutty Uncle Peanut Butter Stout

Reviewed by on December 18, 2015 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Dead Frog Brewing

  • Origin: Aldergrove, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 18, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Milk Stout

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

I was (sort of) waiting for the first new ugly Christmas sweater label of the season to show up, and it’s finally here, so thanks, Dead Frog! Oh, and for some reason, my brain wants to call this one Uncle Nutter Butter Stout.

This 650ml bottle pours a solid black, with rather bare basal cola edges, and two chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy brown head, which leaves a bit of ragged cloudy lace around the glass as it gently sinks out of sight.

It smells like chunky peanut butter, bittersweet chocolate, subdued grainy, and lightly toasted caramel malt, and very little else – so, bang on, then! The taste is bready, kind of grainy caramel malt, a bit of free-range roastiness, mushed and kind of sugary peanuts (ok, ‘peanut butter’), a more subtle dark cocoa powder thing, untethered lactose, bland dark fruity notes, and maybe a hint of not so kid-friendly boozy-booze. The carbonation is quite low-key in its generally plain frothiness, the body a decent medium-heavy weight, and actually (if not really all that surprisingly) smooth, with an attendant creaminess (natch). It finishes off-dry, the cocoa and caramel malt holding their own, with the creamed peanut thing keeping ‘er between the ditches, vis-a-vis the moderately elevated ABV.

Overall, a splendidly rendered (I asked a local brewer if you can even add peanut butter to the brewing process, and his answer was ‘well, you CAN…’) stout brewed with the titular non-standard ingredient. Yeah, I’m impressed, I was expecting a whole lot less, and Dead Frog up and wowed me, so mea culpa. Anyways, if you like the idea of peanut butter in your already sturdy milk stout, take this weird-ass uncle for a spin.

Brady White



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