Nuts to you

But seriously what is that dude on the bottle's DEAL?

But seriously what is that dude on the bottle’s DEAL?

The Specs: Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, B.C.) Nutty Uncle Stout
6.1 per cent ABV, 650 mL


So. Yeah. Peanut butter beer. That’s a thing.

When it comes down to it, I know this beer isn’t that weird. I’ve read news stories about American brewers making beers out of Count Chocula and Boo Berry cereals. A little nut butter? That’s nothing, especially since I love peanut butter. I might even consider peanut butter cups, which Dead Frog’s label so clearly evoke, the greatest candy of our generation.

And yet, man. Even taking a sip of this beer felt like a hurdle.

I took extra photos of my mug, I Skyped people, I sniffed the beer over and over, trying to decide whether I could smell peanuts or just the usual mix of malts and sundry common to your average B.C. stout.

Finally, the first sip.

Yup. Nuts.

Nutty Uncle is less peanut butter and more roasted nuts, with a certain smokiness to it on the first sips that I never quite shook off. As befits a stout, there are also notes of chocolate (coffee, as the brewery claims, not so much) though I wish they’d been milkier and rounder, the way Parallel 49’s pumpkin and milk chocolate porter manages. That’s chocolate in practice, where Nutty Uncle is chocolate in theory.

It’s sweet, but not incredibly — to the point where I almost wondered if more sugar wouldn’t have been worth it.

Overall, a peanut butter cup.

Kind of.

Ish.

As much as you can with a beer.

Yeah, OK, it’s weird. It’s totally weird. Super freaking weird. There is a picture of a dude who looks like a low budget Adam Sandler on the front of the bottle — I don’t know what I was expecting!

This I guess. Weirdness.

Props to you for inventiveness, Dead Frog. But to be honest now I mostly want a real peanut butter cup. But then again, when does one not?

(Also, tiny side rant: Strong beer again? Guys stop. Stop guys.)

  • Dead Frog Brewery

    Hi Andrea,

    Thanks for trying out our Nutty Uncle Peanut Butter Stout and taking the time to share your thoughts.

    We certainly were trying to evoke visions of that most popular candy, given our brewer’s love of it. I guess expectations can be a double-edged sword. We could have tried cloning the peanut butter cup taste profile by adding peanut butter flavour and chocolate syrup until we got the right proportions, but we don’t believe in adding anything artificial to our beer.

    Creating the flavour with natural ingredients isn’t simply a matter of dumping peanut butter and chocolate into the brew kettle or the finished beer. Either your equipment gets gummed up or you don’t get a suitable infusion of flavour into the beer. Brewer Steve’s solution of using powdered peanut butter, cocoa beans, and lactose addressed these challenges quite well, we think.

    Despite trying to achieve that difficult balance of creating a peanut butter stout with broad appeal that also happens to be a well-crafted ale, different people have different palates. I have found some pick up strong peanut flavour and aroma, others find it subtle. Then, of course, some people like milk chocolate and others like dark. Serving temperature does play a part in this. I have noticed more peanut and chocolate come out when the Nutty Uncle warms up from fridge temperature to its ideal serving temperature of 8-12°C. What temperature did you try it at?

    At the end of the day, though, we did get you craving a peanut butter cup from a beer :-). That and a peanut butter chocolate pie would be great to have with the Nutty Uncle. I had the chance to try chocolate marble cake and vanilla ice cream which was also a tasty combination.

    By the way, the dude on the front is our brewer, Steve. And the “Strong Beer” on the label is required by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for beer that is 5.6 – 8.5%. Personally, we don’t think 6.1% is strong; it’s pretty average for craft beer. So for any of our beer that we release in a bomber, you are likely to find that or “Extra Strong Beer” for those brews that are above 8.6%. Most of our beers below 5.6% we release in six-packs.

    Regards,

    Rick Green
    Craft Ambassador
    Dead Frog Brewery

    • ADiz

      Hey Rick, thanks for the response.

      At the end of the day, you’re right! Beer is pretty subjective. It may not have been quite for me, but I think it’s a very interesting concept you guys have come up with here and I appreciate the inventiveness that goes into something like this — I wouldn’t have picked up the bottle in the first place if I didn’t. I do look forward to trying more of your stuff as this blog goes along.

      Andrea