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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: 358
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 604
Gots: 35 | 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 homebrew311
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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! (1,300 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

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. (401 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
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 (338 characters)

Photo of grub
4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pre-darkness day brew, leftover from lantern corps beer summit 2010. joey and justin brought a 5gal keg of this one to the party along with gear so that we could fill bottles and everyone could take some home. thanks guys!

this is their regular d.o.s. (short for doug's original stout, if i remember correctly) aged in palm ridge whiskey barrels.

22oz growler. sampled oct 20/2010.

pours deep dark brown, not quite black but still totally opaque. a small fine light brown head forms, dropping fairly fast and leaving tons of spotty lace.

aroma is awesome. vanilla, bourbon, hint of raw oak. coconut. hints of other tropical fruit. definitely makes me think of florida and the tropics. light alcohol. caramel. bit of toffee. dark and milk chocolate. coffee and a bit of espresso. tons of depth and complexity.

taste is also excellent. the taste follows the aroma for the most part, but with more chocolate. picture a hand-made high-end maccaroon - 70%+ pure dark choclate and bourbon and pure unprocessed coconut. light sweetness, but balanced well. while not really hoppy it has a bit of that lingering bitter mouthfeel. doesn't quite seem like chocolate, but not totally hoppy either. medium-low bitterness level, but it does seem to build to a higher level after a while.

mouthfeel is awesome. medium-large body. medium carbonation level. silky smooth. just plain heavenly.

drinkability is amazing. plain and simple, this is a top shelf awesome stout with perfect barrel character. perfect balance. awesome depth and complexity that that work together flawlessly. the only conceivable reason to remove points was on lack of blackness in the colour. this is definitely among not only the best stouts i've ever tasted, but the the best beers too. great stuff! (1,766 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of seeswo
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cam rules! Enjoyed side-by-side with Rarer DOS and for f's sake, it was blind!

Pours a very dark brownish color with a cocoa head. The nose is a bit confusing, as (blind) it was hard to identify whether a barrel was involved. Mild, but sweet with roasted chocolate malts. The taste came off as candied sweetness up front and then what I thought was a bit of charred chocolate malt, but must have actually been the tannic quality from the barrel. A bit boozy in the middle. Once revealed, i was suprised i didnt get any of the coconut i had read was in the beer. Medium body and carbonation - has a good, not over the top mouthfeel. No doubt, this is a good beer, however it is clearly too sweet rot up front and a bit overly tannic in the finish. For that matter, it is not clear to me that whiskey barrels are the best choice for this beer. I am being picky and part of it is how unfair it is to compare this beer to rarer DOS because this is a very good beer. (962 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - It has everything it should have, looks-wise. A big big black void of a body, oily and viscous, capped with a sinster rusty-brown head. The brew has serious legs, as I swirl it in the glass. Great looking.

S - The nose is heavy on nuances of creme brulee, vanilla-oak-booze, caramel, and pecan pie. As it airs out, an impression of s'mores is discernible (chocolate + graham + marshmallow + campfire). I love this stuff.

T - The taste follows up on the nose impressively. Huge chocolate notes are intially apparent, followed by softer oak, vanilla, booze and graham cracker impressions. As I get deeper into the brew, I start getting nuances of fudge, chocolate truffles, s'mores, caramel, and perhaps even a subtle dark currant fruitiness. This brew is amazingly complex and so intricately and delicately nuanced (especially for the usually heavy-handed style.) This is literally one of the best beers I have ever had.

M - The carbonation is soft but persistent and is tremendously enhancing. It is perfect. For a -bal it is especially beyond expections.

D - Blown away by this one. It is the smoothest, most decadent and easiest drinking beer of this magnitude and magnificence that I have ever had. (1,209 characters)

Photo of DonFrap
2.19/5  rDev -49.8%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Peg's, poured into a snifter.

A: This thing is dark dark, with only a bit of foam at the top. Appears quite opaque.

S: Coffee, chocolate aromas dominate.

T: Wow, this is good. Smooth, round chocolate & coffee malt flavors. Just a bit of spiciness, with a nice vanilla presence.

M: Creamy smooth mouthfeel, and finishes with a cacao sweetness. The hang is a bit dry.

O: Really really good. My first time having this one, and I would definitely have it again when it's around. Maybe a bit similar to CCB's Hunahpu, but no pepper bite and not nearly the molasses. Neither of those things detract from the overall impression of this beer, however. It certainly lived up to the hype. (718 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.36/5  rDev 0%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
2.09/5  rDev -52.1%
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.* (751 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

High gravity night at Peg's. A nice chill in the air as my wife and I sat outside on the deck. Perfect for a nice warming beer.

Poured into a snifter. Opague black nice coffee colored creamy heading. Did settle out to a thin lace and left some nice globs throughout the tasting.

Smell is very intense. Heavy mocha, A slight touch of oak with a decent booziness in the backend.

The taste of this beer is absolutely amazing. Starts off with that heavy one-two of chocolate and coffee. A hot booze flashes across the palate giving you a nice vanilla oak middle. The darker fruits are there in the backend Raisin,plum,etc.

Mouth is silky smooth a touch of hot alcohol to keep it interesting but the texture is out of this world. (Just think velvet and peanut butter). Full bodied and well balanced for heavy stout.

A very complex beer.

Just look at the stats here. This is not favoritism this is the real deal. Bar-none the best stout I have had to date in my short beer tasting journey. (992 characters)

Photo of Brabander
2.16/5  rDev -50.5%
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! (411 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

6oz into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a half finger of off white head. Settles quickly to a ring.

S: Dark chocolate, sweet toffee, a touch of roasted malt, and strong bourbon and booze.

T: Surprisingly balanced, not nearly as sweet as the aroma. Equal parts roast, toffee, dark fruit, and bourbon. Light coconut in the background. So complex, yet not overwhelming.

M: Thick, creamy, and perfectly carbonated.

O: Very well balanced sweetness and roast, very enjoyable. Certainly on the sweeter side of stouts, but this beer is phenomenal. (549 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice light brown head... Looks very solid. A gorgeous beer... Smells sweet and candied. Chocolate malts and a touch of roast with whiskey underneath. A really nice aroma. Tastes sweet and chocolatey. Nice taste. Starts a bit bitter... Booze coming in the middle. Decent amount of vanilla whiskey in the middle too. Finishes a bit tanic. Moutfeel is solid... Well carbonated, thick and maybe a touch syrupy but not too thick, overall very nice (476 characters)

Photo of AltBock
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
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!  (2,061 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the real deal and plenty deserving of the hype.

A: Pitch black body with a medium sized khaki cap (about 3/4 of an inch). Spotty, soapy lacing.

S: Whiskey, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, dark lightly roasted malts, a bit caramel and slightest bit of generic boozeyness.

T: Much like the nose with strong, assertive notes that were well integrated yet distinct and discernable. The coconut almost gives this a "tropical" imperial stout feel.

M: Smooth, medium-full bodied. Perfectly carbonated allowing this beer to coat the tongue but move allowing each flavor to impact the senses.

O: Just about perfect... on tap and not out of the growler might have helped the nose enough to push this thing over the top. (719 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a snifter.

My pour of Rare D.O.S. looks like it may be a little bit light on the carbonation. The beer itself is pretty much black, with dark mahogany and ruby edges where a bit of light can sneak through. Just a tiny wisp of a mocha cap rests around the edges of the glass without the ability to leave lace.

The aroma comes on strong and smooth. Creamy chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and smooth bourbon.

From the first sip it is not hard to tell why this beer has received such high praise. Throughout each sip there is a smooth bourbon presence from start to finish that starts slow and never goes over the top. The Palm Ridge whiskey integrates itself well with each flavor component of the base beer. Creamy chocolate makes the beginning of each sip taste like fudge. The roasted malt has its own sweetness and brings some coconut, vanilla, and molasses. Toward the end of the sip, the growing oak presence combines with a bitterness in the base beer to create a slightly astringent flavor.

As expected, the carbonation is a little bit lighter than I suspect was intended. What carbonation is there is light and creamy, which allows the beer to really mellow on the tongue and lets me feel the full weight of the body with each sip. There is a sweet stickiness after each sip.

This is definitely on my list of beers to go back and have again, especially fresh, if it becomes available. (1,425 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on draught at the brewpub during barrel aged day, into a snifter
From notes taken 3/9/12

A: pitch black with some Browning on the edges,light mocha head that's just an outer rim by the time its served to me, leaves a trace amount of lacing

S: big bourbon aroma, some dark fruits, raisin and fig, a hint of milk chocolate, some booze , very inviting

T: big milk chocolate character, nice rich bourbon , dark fruits of raisin and plum, bourbon character is good but not overwhelming by any means, dark bitter chocolate on the finish, the coconut flavor comes out about halfway through the glass, great lingering aftertaste of chocolate, black coffee, and a touch of dark fruit sweetness,  really fantastic.  

M/D: incredibly smooth, coats the palate wonderfully, thick and chewy Mouthfeel, full bodied, appropriately low carbonation.  Good drinkability.  Perfect Mouthfeel here

O: .  Lived up to the hype.  One of the smoothest, easiest drinkinh stouts I've had, with a terrific flavor profile.  One of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. World class. (1,091 characters)

Photo of itracy63
2.22/5  rDev -49.1%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of rudylaw
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of Paincane
2.97/5  rDev -31.9%
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. (386 characters)

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Peg's G.O.O.D. Rare D.O.S. from Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub
95 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.