In February, Katy, Texas-based No Label Brewing Co. announced the addition of a new beer to its Off Label Series, which includes “beers (that) show off our experimental side that just didn’t quite fit in with our No Label Beers.”
That beer was Peanut Butter Chocolate Time, a 9.9 percent ABV imperial wheat stout with brewed with cocoa and peanut butter. Although the imperial stout was first released in Dec. 2015 as a draft-only option, the new version was packaged in 22-ounce bottles and shipped to retailers at the end of April.
The No Label website gives a bit more information on the beer:
Exclusive to the Off-Label series, an imperial stout base gives this beer lots of bittersweet chocolate and roast notes, and a big hearty mouthfeel from the flaked wheat. Layer in cocoa and peanut butter and it’s glorious.
There have now been four releases in No Label’s Off Label Series:
- Boomstick (7.4 percent ABV) — rye coffee IPA
- Nightmare on 1st Street (9.3 percent ABV) — imperial amber ale brewed with pumpkin and spices
- Perpetual Peace (11.6 percent ABV) — bourbon barrel-aged wee heavy
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Time (9.9 percent ABV) — imperial wheat stout with brewed with cocoa and peanut butter
The No Label Peanut Butter Chocolate Time pours a deep, dark black with a finger of mocha colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin lacing of the same color behind. Visually, the carbonation level seems to be fairly average, and aroma from the glass is a combination of strong dark chocolate, oak, peanut shells, salt and slight coffee.
Starting out, the profile of the Peanut Butter Chocolate Time includes a combination of strong dark cocoa and peanuts, with a bit of espresso bitterness on the finish. The longer I drink it, the more the peanut note comes out, but instead of the roasted peanut shells in the aroma, I am tasting more of a salty peanut note that is clashing a bit with the very strong dark and bitter chocolate. In addition, I am picking up some slight vanilla sweetness that comes and goes, but it is just not strong enough to be make a significant impact on the overall profile. Carbonation is fairly low but appropriate for the style, and although the mouthfeel is a bit thin for my tastes, it is still well within normal limits.