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Peg's G.O.O.D. Rare D.O.S. - Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 359
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 42.03%
Wants: 609
Gots: 34 | FT: 4
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: glid02 on 11-18-2010

Taste the rareness! Doug's Original Stout aged in Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey barrels.
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Photo of KYGunner
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Lots of barrel in the nose with oak, coconut, vanilla and bourbon. I get notes of dark fruits, mostly prunes, with a thick chocolate tone and a sweet toffee.

This is a delicious dessert as it has a thick smooth chocolate shake like presence. Barrel qualities are strong with roasted coconut and vanilla but late on maple, molasses and dark fruit come through. Overall it is so well done and decadent.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.37/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

32oz growler, sampled at the Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst campfire last summer; just now getting around to uploading my notes. Thanks to whoever shared this!

A: Black body, brown head, spotty tan lace. Ok.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, coconut, smoke, dark chocolate. Really good, but a little muted.

T: Sweet and sour, with Bourbon, lactic tartness, and oak. Metallic finish. Disappointing, but drinkable.

M: Medium-to-thick body with creamy carbonation. Good.

O: Infected, but lightly enough to be drinkable, and the nose was still excellent. Really glad I got to try this, but bummed it was an off batch. Will revisit if I get the chance.


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Photo of Paincane
2.97/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Black motor oil appearance with a khaki head & decent lace. Good head retention.
S: Dark roasted malt, tart sour cherries on the nose.
T: Malt bomb of flavor and booziness but very tart notes follow consistent with infection.
M: Smooth thick chewy body. Decently carbonated.
O: It is a shame this was infected. Will have to taste this on the premises to get the best experience.

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Photo of 77black_ships
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

THX! for the sample of this gorgeous rarity. This originated from one of the growlers that Mikkeller & To Øl @ Borefts 2013. I didn’t get it from the stand, I managed to get RareR there but missed this one. I have heard from pretty much everyone who has ever gotten hold of this one that their growler was infected & this was no exception. It didn’t taste terrible or anything but this was clearly not what it should have been. I have absolutely no idea how this beer managed to get its reputation. Huge local pushing? Or is it mind-blowing at the source? Black with a mocha head. Smells lactic (yeah) with bourbon, vanilla, sweet, chocolate, caramel, coffee,… Lastic taste, high carb & a bit thin body but still very enjoyable with its notes of vanilla, molasses, caramel, touch coconut, sweet caramel, coffee, faint roast, light warming spirit. Flat, spirit. It must be noted that even despite its condition this was till very enjoyable. Luckily the RareR was in good condition.

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Photo of Brabander
2.16/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I feel really shit to write such a bad review but i have to. This is one of the beers i was looking for...really looking for. There was a great beerfestival yesterday in Holland (Borefts) and BA member Fux (Francois) brought his bottle to the festival. We had already heard from other that there were infected bottles and this one was one of them. Too bad cause i would love to get a good bottle from this beer!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.43/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16oz flip top growler opened on 7.31.13

A - Pours a deep dark black with a mosch brown head that moves to the edges.

S - Barrel, subtle booze, metallic.

T - Bourbon, wood, acidic- Slight cherry (Oh NO!) Some chcolate in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with heavier body, a sweet, sour finish.

O - A bit of a let down, infected. Lots of acidic and cherry tones.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown lack color with a smallish tan head and a little hint of lace

S-dark malt, coffee, coffee, bourbon, light fruit, chocolate

T-dark malt, chocolate, some sour cherry, bourbon, coffee

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth

O-infected, but not to the point if being undrinkable, hard to rate this accurately as a result

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Photo of itracy63
2.22/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Infected...although I'm sure this beer is fantastic, there are enough reviews of infected beer to keep me from actively seeking out or trading for this beer again. It's too bad, but I guess that's just something that happens, maybe someday I can experience this beer as it should be.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black body with a very minimal head that is mocha brown.

S: Heavy roast and heavy chocolate dominate the aroma of this beer. Much better then the RareR. The bourbon here blends nicely with the body and adds vanilla and oaky qualities.

T: The flavor is heavy bitter chocolate in the front with coffee, smoke, and toffee in the back. There is a sweetness but the bitter from the grains cuts through it nicely. Vanilla, bourbon, oak, and earth come through as a clear result from the barrel aging process.

M: The thickness of the beer is perfect. The beer is slightly undercarbonated but that is probably the result of it being in a growler for about a month. They should consider putting this beer in an actual bottle.

O: Amazing beer. Happy I didn't receive an infected one. Huge roast characters that are mellowed down nicely by the barrel aging. Well worth seeing out. This is a must try (assuming its not infected.) You can taste the rareness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is obviously infected but still is fairly drinkable in this state.

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Photo of inlimbo77
2.09/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

16oz growler, July '13 release
Riedel tulip

A: Pours pitch black. Motor oil for sure. Thin wisps of deep tan that fades into just tiny bubbles around the edges. Leaves some lacing bits.

S: Diacytl on the nose. Think this got the infection issues sadly. Really over powers all the imperial stout notes I would be picking up. Get some dark cocoa puff hints.

T: Tart cherry flavor up front, from the infection. Really overpowers everything stout-like. You get traces of what would have been underneath. Slight vanilla, but its more on that butterscotch infected note. Booze heat on the finish. Dry red wine is actually a good description.

M: Full bodied but thinner than it appears.

*reviewing how I had it. I hope to try a non-infected batch ASAP.*

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Photo of tectactoe
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler, second batch. Thanks to Mike M for hooking up this long-time want of mine! Rare D.O.S. pours out much RareR D.O.S. did; oily and black like squid's ink... The difference here is that an actual head build up on top of the black brew; deep tan, quarter-inch in size at first, but it instantly falls to nothingness - no ring, no skin, no nothing.

The aroma is rich and sweet, with notes of deep, chocolate fudge cake, whiskey-laced oak, light hints of cinnamon (I know there's no cinnamon in this beer, but something smells spicy), touches of barrel-forward vanilla, and a mold of some sweet, dark fruits; prunes and raisins covered in brown sugar. It's rich, it's chocolately, it's fudgy, boozy, and pretty sweet on the nose.

Lots of thick chocolate flavors bounce forward with the first sip, following that dense, fudge cake flavor profile closely. Lots of stuff going on here, with each sip bringing more out to the light: very mild cinnamon bun notes, sweet currants, dates, and plums, sweet caramel, dark fruit jam, woodsy coconut and vanilla notes, and plenty of whiskey and barrel-y oak.

The flavor profile is nice and complex, there's certainly a lot going on, and I'm pulling out a ton of stuff from this beer. But I don't absolutely *love* it like I should. I mean, reading over my notes, this sounds like a wet dream on paper... But taking each sip, I wasn't overwhelming with orgasmic flavor like I thought I would be.

Why doesn't this stroke me like it should? Well, I think it has to do with my astronomical expectations heading into this beer. That's not fair to the beer, I know. But it doesn't send me into beer nirvana like it should. I actually preferred RareR D.O.S. and the sweet rum and lightly tart dark fruits, and my expectations were high for that as well.

That said, this beer is still damn good. I mean, really, it's a great stout. And if a local brewery sold it near me, I'd probably have it all the time. But it's not worth giving up the farm for. It's awesome, but it's not going to be up there with the beers you dream of having again. Luckily, we didn't get one of the infected growlers, so that was a plus. Again, this beer is great - it's really damn good. But it's not the world beater it was made out to be.

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Photo of Chaney
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Review #1300!

Pretty awesome experience at Peg's and then some. My wife and I just got back from a vacation to Disney/Universal and made the trek to the Tampa area for three days. Of course, I had to stop at Peg's. I had been keeping up with their Facebook two weeks prior to our visit and knew this beer had been and gone. We went into the place with no assumptions about getting to try it whatsoever... we just stopped by for great beer. However, that didn't stop me from asking the bartender about it. Once I did and identified myself as a beer geek active on BA, she gave me a smirk and whispered, "Just wait here (wink.... wink). The rest is history.

A: Poured inky, black, and very vicious. Sort reminded me of Venom from the Spider-Man lore. Not much head... just a few bubbles.

S: Understated overall, but a good bit of molasses, dates and figs. This was not a chocolate/cocoa-based beer.

T: The dark fruit stained the teeth even on the aftertaste. Wow... so unique! I got a slight bit of raw cacao on the finish on top of the fruit, but nothing to write home about.

M: Silky and creamy... approaching nitro tap even. I've noticed a lot of Peg's dark entries exhibit that trait. Thick, but still not snot-like.

O: I will rank this up there with amongst the best IS I've ever had on-tap!

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Photo of iadler
2.1/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Have tried 4 growlers in the past two weeks from two separate trades. Review is based on all four.

A- Pours a deep brown with two bottles having a high level of carbonation creating a 2 finger head leaving plenty of lacing, while the other left small spots of lacing with minimal head.

S- Initially there is a decent amount of warm whiskey, a hint of vanilla and caramel with faint cherry notes. However, within a minute or two, the sour cherry becomes more prominent with some vinegar.

T- The sour cherry becomes more and more apparent with every sip with notes of band-aid. There are hints of whiskey, chocolate and vanilla, but the sour/acidic/medicinal flavors are prominent especially at the end of the sip.

M- Carbonation ranged from low to medium, with the sour cherry acidity lingering.

O- Unfortunately, I have yet to try this beer without having any infection issues. There are signs of promise for this beer, especially when you first open it up, but the infection is pretty apparent and makes the beer basically undrinkable. Drain pours after a couples sips for all four growlers.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a small growler..or is it technically a bottle?

Pours black as night, with a very minimal dark brown head. Dissipates to a murky blackness. Aroma is definitely tart cherry, though its not huge. There's some oak, bourbon, chocolate and coffee...but that mineral, acidic aroma really disrupts things, despite being mild. The taste again has some cherry notes, and a milder, faint acid, along with the mild bourbon, roast and chocolate. Disrupts, but its not awful. Still feels nice and full bodied, creamy.

Well, as it sits, its just an okay BA stout with the mild touches of infection. I can tell its awesome when not infected. How unfortunate!

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml growler, thanks to jefe73, split with Kelp.

A: Pours pitch black with about an inch of tight mocha brown head that lingers for a little while.

S: Chocolate fudge, coffee, a little vanilla, dark fruits, and hints of oak and bourbon in the background. Very inviting.

T: Tingle of alcohol and noticeable phenols, mostly pleasant dark fruits. Chocolate and coffee are fairly prevalent with vanilla and smooth bourbon on the middle of the palate. Dark fruits and oak on the finish with a touch of alcohol.

M: Close to full body, not nearly the thickest stout I've had, smooth and creamy. Finish is a touch on the boozy side.

O: A very good imperial stout.

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Photo of DonFrap
2.19/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

So. Either this is infected, of just plain bad. I know this beer is supposed to be good, but I'm not getting it. It smelled a little tart, and it tasted fairly tart. Left like a tinny, chemical feel on my tongue. I'd try this again, hoping that its just a 1-time infection issue, but it's bad. Buyer beware with the recent batch.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened from a swing top growler with a nice pop! Shared by Duffman929, much thanks. Appearance is a thick and viscous pitch black with dark brown head. The nose is amazing, loaded with vanilla, cocoa, and coffee with notes of oak at the back. Very robust and roasty all the way through. The taste is nice and smooth with more chocolate and vanilla with the bourbon well integrated and some additional notes of char, smoke, and coconut. Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth. Overall, digging this one more than RareR, perhaps this is due to my preference of bourbon over rum. Definitely worth a try... you really can taste the rare... I think.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque brown with a dark tan thin head along with nice lacing that lasts decently throughout. Aromas of sweet malts, roasted nuts, licorice, oak, and light bourbon undertones. Brown sugar was immediately picked up in the flavors along with vanilla, dark fruits, figs, and woody bourbon chocolate, which later turns out to be acidity and off-putting. Medium to thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a solid single whiskey malt aged imperial stout, but the acid/metallic taste at the end was a major turnoff and really hurt the score.

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Photo of justforrazors
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Consumed last weekend with a friend, reviewed from memory. I will update this once I've drank another growler and given it a more formal review.

A- Pours pitch black with a small brown head that quickly recedes into a circle around the edge of the glass. Appears to be very thick, no carbonation visible. Right on for the style.

S- Smells of rich chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Not in the least bit overpowering, just incredibly inviting.

T- Taste follows the smell- up front there is a bit of a bourbon barrel bite that is followed up by very strong vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate and roast notes. This beer is clearly on the upper echelon of BA stouts.

M- Thick, as expected. No notable carbonation. Full mouth feel, this is a very rich beer. For as big of a beer as it is, it went down very easily and was extremely drinkable.

O- Absolutely fantastic beer from a brewery I haven't had the pleasure of trying before. After drinking, I immediately started searching for more, if that is any indicator of how good it is.

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Received 6 Small growlers from Peg's - FedExed by friend to Texas. I was surprised by how good this beer really is.

A - Pours almost pure black. Very dark, small wisps of dark foam. A few lines of bubbles continue to create small bubble colonies.

S - Rich and boozy. Well developed with dark fruits, wood and whiskey.

T - Very complex and layered. Flavor goes through a process of revealing different characteristics over about 15 seconds. Tannins first - woody tang. Subtle whiskey. Then the "dark fruits" and finally roasty flavors that pleasantly hang for some time. Warming.

M - Mouthfeel is wonderfully silky and rich.

O - A nearly perfect beer.

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Photo of CactusX
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16oz growler sent from MrSquash

Pitch black and a creamy head that's as dark as it gets. Sexy lacing and legging.

Sweet caramel, cinnamon, and cocoa. Warming bourbon and vanilla oak. Substantially sweeter than RareR from what I remember. So far so good.

Exquisitely balanced. Brown sugar, sweet bourbon, vanilla bean, charred oak, caramel, a bit of chocolate cake... all things that are nice.

Shit's bangin.

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Photo of BeRanger
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Most recent match in July '13, poured from the Growler into my Tulip. Thanks Glen!

A: Dark with a nice off-white rim, not a lot of head on this but the rim stays put, a fair amount of lacing as I drink through it.

S: Chocolate, Vanilla, Roasted Malts dominate

T: The chocolate and vanilla really hit up front as well as a roastiness. The back-end is much sweeter than you'd normally expect, I'm assuming its coming from dark fruits as it almost tastes like it has wine barrel in it (which it doesn't so perhaps I'm crazy). Its a very enjoyable taste however.

M: Medium bodied, just right.

O: Very enjoyable brew, just as good as I last remember it. I'm glad I was able to drink a full pour to myself vs. small pours at a tasting.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Peg's on 3/8/13.

A- Pours pitch black, very thick and sticky, produces a tiny khaki head. Some spilled on my hand and quickly dried into a sticky, dark patch, damn intense.

S- Big chocolate fudge and cake aroma, really nice sweet, rich bourbon and oak aromas.

T- Similar to the aroma, if anything dialed up slightly. Loads of dark chocolate, cake, bourbon, oak, vanilla and a really delicious coconut flavor. Mild roasty flavors. All of these flavors are sweet, rich and blended together really nicely.

M- Full-bodied, low carbonation, thick, sticky, viscous, mild boozy finish.

O- An amazing beer, of all the variants on-tap today this was still probably my favorite, it really is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of AltBock
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Peg's Catina during their end of the world party on December 21st, 2012. I was lucky enough to get the last glass of this fine brew of the night. They served it to me in a Cycle Brewing Snifter.

This dark mysterious liquid poured a solid black leather color. Were you expecting any other color? Don't hold this beer up into the light or you'll go blind. Light will bounce off this beer's solid black color. On top was a 1/4 of an inch dark tan almost coffee colored head of foam. Good retention that left behind a string of foamy rings along the side and only a few blots of lace around the glass.

It had a very well balanced aroma. The first two aromas that came me was of course the bourbon and charred oak. The bourbon wasn't over powering. It was very pleasant. Quickly following the bourbon was the rich aroma of roasted coffee beans. After the coffee beans had their time in the sun, in comes the dark chocolate, roasted malt, black cherry, raisins, and a nice whiff of vanilla. Very nice aroma!

The taste was surprisingly not overpowering or boozy. It was very well balanced. The first taste was, you guessed it, the bourbon. The beer didn't let the bourbon run away with the taste. Following the bourbon was a some charred oak, roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, molasses, bitter dark chocolate, black cherry, and then the taste finishes up with a subtle taste of vanilla to send this beer off. Very nice roasted bourbon taste.

The mouthfeel was full bodied and a bit on the dry side. It had a nice full flavored sweet aftertaste of bourbon, charred oak, black cherry, dark chocolate, and vanilla. It completely masked the ABV %.

Another wonderful beer from Peg's that night. I wish that I could have got another glass of this super fine brew. It was a very well balanced bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout. It didn't let anything completely take over the beer. The only thing that was out of control in this beer was the beer's rich flavors and that's a good thing. Is it worth a shot? You bet your ass it is! 

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Peg's G.O.O.D. Rare D.O.S. from Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub
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