Review: Foolproof Peanut Butter Raincloud Porter

Review of Foolproof Peanut Butter Raincloud Porter from Foolproof Brewing Co. in Pawtucket, RI.

Beer Type: Porter  ABV: 5.4%  Tried from can.

Their Description: “Sometimes the rain can drive you nuts, so you might as well have some in your beer. With that, we are proud to introduce Peanut Butter Raincloud, a unique and flavorful adaptation of our popular Raincloud robust porter. Raise a glass to the miracle that is peanut butter porter.”

The Reality: This beer pours dark with a roasted nutty scent. The flavor is straight-up old school porter with a good amount of bitter hoppiness and a robust, charred roasty malt with no sweetness. A nutty richness comes through in the finish and helps to round out the other flavors, which is what will differentiate it from traditional porters. It doesn’t taste like peanut butter, but the aftertaste leaves a creamy nutty smoothness on your palate, and is fairly dry.

Final Verdict: As a craft brewer, making a flavored beer can be tricky. When using ingredients like fruit, tea, smoke, vanilla, coffee , chocolate, herbs, etc. there is a very fine line between those flavors accentuating and complimenting the base beer and those flavors dominating and overwhelming the base beer. We’ve probably all had the bad experience of ordering a chocolate stout and having it taste like a candy bar or cake treat you’d order out of the Swiss Colony catalog, not a beer.

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Thankfully, Foolproof gets this one right, as the peanut tones and oily richness are perfect subtle add-ons to the porter flavors that are already present. Some people may be upset because it’s called a “peanut butter” beer and it doesn’t taste like peanut butter, but trust me it’s for the best. I had a peanut butter lager at a brewery in Florida once that tasted exactly like peanut butter. At first I was astonished that they were able to achieve this, but then realized I would never want to drink a whole pint of it. It was a novelty that was nice to try a sip of, but that was the extent of its appeal. Peanut Butter Raincloud on the other hand is a great beer to drink many pints of, and I actually prefer it over Foolproof’s regular Raincloud porter. I have stocked this beer in my fridge over and over again, and have yet to tire of it. It is a great example of how flavors should be incorporated into beer, just like how the glockenspiel and triangle should be incorporated into an orchestra (very delicately, that is).

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