Peg's G.O.O.D. Rare D.O.S. - Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing
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Reviews by CaptCleveland:
4.93/5 rDev +15.5%
In town for CCB Huna day and to my surprise it's also Tampa Beer Week. Doug, son of Peg and brewer at Peg's and asst brewer at CCB, was an excellent host for this most awesome release, 3/9/2012.
Pitch black elixir into snifter, brown-tan 3mm head, thick lacing, nice.
Coffee, chocolate, burnt malt, whiskey, well blended. Really took my time, with the nose buried into the snifter enjoying each pull.
Wow, this hits it. Complex and I mean balanced, flavors of whiskey, coffee, chocolate, nut, malt, sweat vanilla come through, Nice bitterness lingers. Well made.
Full bodied, smooth, thick but not cloying.
Few brews equal the hype and this is one.
04-01-2012 04:46:55 | More by CaptCleveland
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4.18/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
08-19-2013 11:50:58 | More by tectactoe
4.93/5 rDev +15.5%
Huge thanks to tpd975 for the 22 bottom-filled "growler." Shared with my bro-in-law last night.
Dark black pour that has plenty of carbonation and a moderate head upon initial viewing. I should say this has held up like a champion for 9 months out of the keg.
Fudgy brownie and bourbon in the nose. Such a decadent whiff that only gets more intoxicating as it warms. Plenty of vanilla tossed in as well. Just superlative!
This tastes even better than it smells. The bourbon is prominent in the way that it's so smoothing. I've never had Palm Ridge before but I'm signing up for their newsletter going forward! While there is plenty of whiskey in the upfront, it seems more subtle than previous reviews. For whatever the reason, this is exactly what I was hoping for. Coconut, brown sugar, chocolate syrup, a slight roastiness and hints of maple creme all reveal themselves at different times. This seems like it could be a hybrid between Berserker and Kate.
I really can't add much more than that. It's a crime that this isn't available to the masses. Barrel-aging at it's best to a base beer that is simply remarkable.
06-24-2011 15:49:35 | More by rudylaw
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
Bottle shared by Ben - thanks! An imperial stout made by Peg's Cantina aged in whiskey barrels from a local distillery.
Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla. Also present are mild amounts of earthy oak aromas that waft out every now and then.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though the roastiness is more intense and overpowers the whiskey to an extent. Large roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately bitter semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip mild amounts of vanilla work their way into things, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall I was impressed with this beer as the flavors all worked well together. Worth a shot.
11-18-2010 12:48:46 | More by glid02
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
Thanks to Bucketboy for this one. Full 6oz. pour from a 64oz. growler into a TJ’s snifter. Had at a tasting on 9/4/11.
.5 finger mocha head with low retention. Beer is opaque black. Spotty lace with great stick and nice legs.
Nose is molasses, chocolate, brownie, very subtle sweet soy sauce and booze. Aromatic and very much to style. Some vanilla creaminess too.
Opens sweet molasses. Vanilla, chocolate, mocha, and coconut on the back end. More chocolate and some creamy hop bitterness towards the middle-end. End is milk chocolate and vanilla. Aftertaste is coconut bits and more vanilla.
Medium bodied with low retention. Smooth and silky in the mouth and some slight bubbles going down. Smooths out intensely as it warms. Rich finish with a subtle lingering aftertaste.
I’m not a slave to hype and I think that for the most part, my reviews reflect that stance. That being said, this beer is the real deal. Incredible mouthfeel and a wonderfully complex flavor profile that reflects everything good about the imperial stout style. Worth the acclaim and worth tracking down for sure.
09-05-2011 22:26:48 | More by SpeedwayJim
Peg's G.O.O.D. Rare D.O.S. from Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing
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