The featured beer painting of the day is of the Big Gruesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout from Spring House Brewing Company in Conestoga, Pennsylvania. The only other peanut butter beer I’ve tried was Sweet Baby Jesus Porter by DuClaw Brewing, and it had too much imitation flavoring added, but tasted good with ice cream. The amazing thing about the Big Gruesome is the lack of any flavoring, it has only legit beer ingredients: two types of chocolate malt and vanilla beans, with real peanut butter added throughout the whole brewing process. This brew was excellent paired with a chocolate cupcake. If this product were locally distributed, I would consider buying a bottle to share with my mom who is not really a beer drinker. Although, I am willing to bet a person like my brother would not really be into it, because he is not a chocolate candy guy, sticking to sweets with coloring and flavoring. I have had to give up candy like Skittles, Jelly Bellies, and M&Ms because they have so much food coloring, which may be harmful to humans. I am not scared of sugar, glutens or alcohol, so I still get my treats. I wish breweries were required to list ingredients on every bottle, just like all other beverage products. Well, as a good friend always says, “Moderation in all things, including moderation.” I painted the Big Gruesome tossing a peanut butter and chocolate cookie into his mouth. Wait, he doesn’t seem to have a mouth. Poor guy!
Cheers to the Big Gruesome, an amazing beer flavored with dark chocolate malt, vanilla beans and a truckload of peanut butter! What a delicious dark ale!