These days, with some parts of the beer world like a year round GABS, the festival beers brewed for the annual beer circus come in all shapes and sizes. You'll always find those with odd ingredients, funky sours, turbid IPAs and those pushing the extremes of booze content. Yet there remains a place for the sort of beers the earlier runnings of the festival helped gain some limelight: sweet stouts. And this, kind of, at least, is where Barossa Valley Brewing's 2019 entry sits.
As the name suggests, it's also inspired by a sweet treat from outside the beer world – the Dairy Queen milkshakes from the States – and, boy, does it deliver on that peanut butter promise. There's a tonne of crushed peanuts on the nose and a fair bit of nutty, buttery caramel that follows. Colour wise, it sits in porter territory, but it's stickier, fuller and, well, nuttier on the palate. A Snickers bar in beer form. So, if you're not a fan of nuts...
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Porter