Nooner Batch 4 (Chocolate Bourbon Stout) - Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing
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3.95/5 rDev -6.8%
500 mL growler poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Black with some transparency at the edges. Decent khaki head.
Smell - Strong boozy bourbon. Some coffee and chocolate roasted malt. Really intense barrel.
Taste - Bourbon is really intense. I understand that these are Chocolate Bourbon barrels from Pritchard's, but I don't get a ton of chocolate. Just a harsh bourbon and roasted malt.
Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium body. Medium carbonation.
Overall - The barrel is intense. Too intense for me.
11-26-2013 01:51:49 | More by Alieniloquium
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
The color is dark brown but the body holds a deep black but for the edges near the foot of the glass. The head was fizzy and quickly fleeting.
The scent was huge coconut and caramel malt. Actually it's HUGE coconut and caramel malt.
The tastes are not overly diverse but what I get is thick and solid. Sweet butterscotch, Werthers candy, coconut and slight bourbony flavors caress the tongue in a velvety feel.
This beer was not the best I had at a tasting but it really worked for me at this particular time and impressed me greatly.
12-18-2013 00:03:09 | More by KYGunner
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Big thanks to rudzud for sharing this one. RareR DOS was one of my fav beer all time, so hopefully this is close at least.
Pours very little head with little lacing, pitch black beer with long legs on the sides of the glass, swirling adds a nice dark creamy head that fades quickly.
Nose is awesome! Bourbon and vanilla and fudge! Layers of chocolate, dark choc, baker's, cocoa, fudge brownie, semi sweet and some caramelized flavors. Then a hint of booze with a nice barrel character, vanilla city and plenty of coconut to go with it, and the coconut even increases as it goes! Mild nice bourbon barrel as well.
Taste is lots more fudge brownie, but a bit lighter than i expected. Fluffy but not as thick chewy and fudgy as I expected. Some baker's choc, little creamy milk choc and cocoa. Then barrel, vanilla is a plenty again, light coconut and mild bourbon. Then more chocolate, little bitterness with mild earthy hop. Later on the taste a hot bourbon and mild warming booze start to come through. FInish just coats the mouth and never goes away, more coconut, vanilla, and bourbon dark fudge, little bitterness and semi sweet milky chocolate, tasty.
Mouth is med ot heavier bod, not as thick and fudgey as I expected, lighter but decent carb, mild warming booze.
Overall nice, good fudge and chocolate, nice vanilla bourbon and coconut barrel flavors, but a bit too thin overall somehow, although the booze is hidden well. Still a delicious beer, just doesn't live up to the hype as something like RareR DOS.
12-20-2013 01:34:12 | More by jlindros
3.96/5 rDev -6.6%
With strong bourbon influences- this creamy and mid-full stout pulls its reins on the roast, balances it with creamy sweetness and allows the barrel sweetness and spice to round it into a masterful drinking beer... but it should be a sipper.
Pouring a dark "bark" brown color, the beer's loosely knit sandy-tan head builds above but begins to dissolve back into the ale with an oddly fizzy character half way through the session. Light on lacing, its obvious that the barrel character is playing negatively on its foam structures.
Oak, caramel and vanilla have just as much showing in the nose as does its light coffee roast, its dark chocolate scents and overall toasted qualities. Underlying notes of heavy cream give the caramel and butter, toffee and peanut brittle scent. Heading into taste, its the final impression of sweet bourbon that stands out.
Squarely focused on malt sweetness, the beer's toffee stands tall, but invites its roasted malt counterpart to join in- its fusion is of bittersweet chocolate, latte and praline. A cream-filled center keeps the roast balanced, just before the spice of whisky and oak step in. Its sweet and bourbony finish is decorated with charred wood, walnut, drunken cherries, vanilla and wood sugars.
Medium-full in body, the beer's early carbonation is fast-fleeting and allows the weight of the residual sweetness to weigh lumberingly on the tongue. Its slow fade gradually allows the spicy wood astringency and alcohol to thin the beer enough to signal closure with warm booze, char and oak.
This fourth Nooner is a doozie- its certainly meant for a bourbon-forward stout lover. It invites the sweet tooth as it recesses its bolder stout-like qualities.
12-18-2013 18:56:56 | More by BEERchitect
Nooner Batch 4 (Chocolate Bourbon Stout) from Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.