Peanut Butter Porter from Beer Engineers comes from my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. In the last few years, the craft beer industry in Birmingham has really exploded, as it has in much of the south. Beer Engineers was founded by D.B. Irwin III, and debuted at the 2012 Magic City Brewfest. Initially, the company contract-brewed it’s beers from Gadsden’s Back Forty Beer Company, another stellar brewery born in Alabama that I’d like to feature in a future review.
I’ve been away from Birmingham since 2001, so I hadn’t even heard of Beer Engineers until I met my old friend and college roommate in Pensacola, while on vacation. He happened to have several bottles of Peanut Butter Porter, so I brought one home for review. Enough of the chat, on to the beer!
PB Porter pours a very dark brown, it almost looks black, but if you hold it up to a light, you can see a very slight translucency, it’s rather beautiful. The head was a little less than a finger with decent lacing. After the head quickly receded, a ring of lacing was left around the surface with a slight sheen of lacing on top.
This little guy packs quite a hefty aroma… I get peanuts, or peanut butter, along with chocolate, alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of salt.
PB Porter is very tasty. It’s sweet, but not overly sweet. Many people have said it, but it really is like drinking a Reese’s Cup, minus a ton of the sugar. It’s an excellent mix of chocolate, peanuts, and a caramel taste. Served out of my fridge, you would never guess that it’s a 12% ABV, but once it’s slightly warm, the alcohol really shows it’s head.
The mouthfeel was medium on this one, with medium carbonation, and a very creamy finish. The 12% ABV was almost undetectable before the beer started to warm.