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Peg's G.O.O.D. Rare D.O.S. - Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

304 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 20.14%
Wants: 603
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Taste the rareness! Doug's Original Stout aged in Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey barrels.

(Beer added by: glid02 on 11-18-2010)
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-05-2011 22:26:48 | More by SpeedwayJim
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drowland

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/7/10. Pumped straight from the keg at the brewpub very kindly by Christina! Niiice black pour with a small brown head that laces a ton. Huuuuge BA aroma on this cat! Tons of vanilla, coconut, butter, and more with a definite whiskey burn. Sweet imperial stout flavor loaded with BA coconut, vanilla, and more. Finishes with nice roasted coffee and dusty dark chocolate... Quite delicious!

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 15:04:26 | More by drowland
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In town for a Cigar City release, I read that Peg's was tapping this guy on Sunday at noon. We arrived at 11:55 and Eric, the excellent barkeep, told us it would be a few minutes. Within moments, before us were the first glasses of Rare D.O.S. and I was prepared to be disappointed. There's no way it's as good as everyone says, right?

On tap into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance - Jet black body with an ample chocolate head. It dies down a little quickly to a brown ring around the top. Wisps of lace on the surface and as I swirl it around, staining the inside of the glass. Nice.

Smell - Bourbon, oh my. A second whiff reveals some coconut and strong dark chocolate. More bourbon ensues. Wow.

Taste - Much like the aroma, only richer. Bourbon with coconut and chocolate at first. A nice, caramel midrange flavor (with bourbon) followed by a rich, dark chocolate creaminess (with bourbon) and a coffee bitterness in the finish (with some bourbon). Loads of bourbon, but somehow it never overwhelms the other flavors.

Mouthfeel - Great body. Thick and chewy, but it isn't sweet. Hardly any alcohol burn. Perfect for a stout of this caliber.

Overall - Nearly perfect in every way. One of the best bourbon stouts I've ever had. I'm stunned. I was prepared to drink a beer that had been overhyped, but it is delicious. If you're in the area when this is tapped, make your way over. Friendly staff, good food, and a tour by Doug the brewer made this quite the Sunday lunch event.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 00:08:37 | More by Alieniloquium
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dboon

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the LCBS 10. Black pour with a big brown head. Sweet bourbon and roasted malt aromas. The taste was sweet and smooth. Loaded with bourbon, vanilla, caramel malt, chocolate, and just a hint of coffee. Dak was spot on at the tasting and on his rating. This stout does taste a lot like Older Viscosity...

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 01:00:33 | More by dboon
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Chetlemon

California

4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mucho Thanks to brother-in-law RudyLaw for overtrading for this phenomenal offering. I have been waiting for a beer worthy for my first review, and ALAS this barrel aged beauty was the one.

Drank in Darkness snifters from bottle. First appearance was black pour with perfect viscosity, and 1cm of natural perfect effervescence on top. The first whiff was sweet chocolate, allspice and whiskey, unbelievable nose. As this beer warmed up the warmer accents came to the top and the nose changed to malty, coconutty goodness.

All I can say about the taste is layers and waves of great dark chocolate, coconut, malt, bourbon, and the longer it sat the creamer it got. The natural carbonation forced every flavor into every tastebud. I am shocked this keg filled bottle hung on for this long, but boy was it worth it. I am super stoked I got to drink half of this bottle with RudyLaw and not just settle for a few ounces, every sip was better than the last.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 16:03:42 | More by Chetlemon
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tpd975

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have had this one several times and I am glad to see it getting the respect it deserves.

A: It pours a nice deep dark black hue with a tall mocha head. Wonderful retention and tons of lace.

S: Aromas are rich and roasty. Tons of chocolate, vanilla, and coconut. The wood from the barrel is there with a touch of booze.

T: The flavor is where this one really shines. You could put an average beer in a Palm Ridge barrel and get a great result. Make no mistake about it though the base beer in this one is more than just good. Loads of Roasted Chocolate, and bold bold coconut, like a Mounds bar. Hints of vanilla and oak. Subtle coffee notes to round things out. Really is a great great beer.

M: Full in body, bold, rich, smooth.

D: Could drink it until I pass out.

Doug I have a Fresh Palm Ridge barrel could I twist your arm into making me a keg? :)

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 15:37:41 | More by tpd975
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-24-2011 15:49:35 | More by rudylaw
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

enjoyed on my most recent trip to florida, i had no idea this thing would reach the epicness that it has. says alot for the crazy traders out there for sure! on tap into a 10 ounce glass

black as night oil like liquid which had a huge tan head that really very slowly faded leaving behind lots of gooey sticky brown lace.

chocolate mixed in and a strong alcohol presence. Lots of sweet vanilla and almost a mocha smell as well, very sweet overall.It was smooth, with not alot of carbonation. Huge bourbon whiskey type taste hit me right away as did the alcohol, this was not something to be messed with for sure. Very creamy thick feel and very strong alcohol presentation. Hints at french vanilla and a touch of chocolate rounded out the back side and added a bit of sweetness.

an amazing stout, if they keep brewing beers like this we are all in trouble!

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 15:56:16 | More by mikesgroove
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HopHead84

California

4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6/8/2011

Big thanks to JW for hooking this up. 22oz counter pressure bottle shared with Javier and ArthurPendragon. Poured into a Bruery snifter.

A: It's very dark, essentially black, but you could argue that it's a very dark brown. I don't see the point in thinking too much about this aspect of the beer right now. The head is quite large and a light brown color. Retention is good, and lacing is scattered.

S: An amazingly aromatic blend of coconut, vanilla, chocolate, oak, and whiskey. The chocolate is a mostly dark, but there's a subtle milk flair to it. Molasses is faint. Roasted malt holds a moderate presence, and there's a whisper of coffee. All aspects are balanced, save the coconut, which is more powerful than the rest. As the beer warms, brown sugar is revealed, though it doesn't impart too much sweetness. It begins to remind me of a bourbon chocolate vanilla coconut brown sugar cake. You know what I mean by that.

T: If the aroma was a 5.0, this flavor a 5.5. This is quality stuff. The flavor comes in waves. I would describe the first wave as coconut, chocolate, and bourbon. The second wave immediately follows and might be perceived as moderately roasted malt and oak. Upon the third wave rides vanilla, with coffee trailing. After this, the waves seem to mix and begin striking at random. Roast and whiskey, then vanilla and coconut, then back to roast but this time with a dash of coffee. Is that black licorice? I'm beset by a barrage of coconut and whiskey. Then, when the flavor seems to be dying, it rises up again, eventually fading out with dark chocolate, coconut, oak, and whiskey.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. This was a masterful bottling job. Mouthfeel is sticky, silky, chewy, thick, and smooth. Fantastic.

Overall: This is an amazing beer. One of the best barrel aged imperial stouts I've had. Almost in a class of its own.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2011 02:05:27 | More by HopHead84
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RodneyX

Missouri

4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Glad I locked this one down when it was in the 90's before its meteoric rise into the top 30. Crazy stuff. Growler (that's what everyone else is calling these counterpressured 22's) shared with my father-in-law who is a big whiskey guy.

The beer pours black with a dark head that leaves a collar on the outside. It smells absolutely fantastic with a mixture of chocolate and bourbon whiksey as well as some good barrel flavors. My father-in-law says Palm Ridge whiskey is not all that good and thinks this "doesn't taste like beer" but what does he know. I'm thankful, leaves more of the beer for me. It's creamy with some moderate carbonation. I don't get much alcohol in this. This is an awesome beer, worth acquiring repeatedly.

Serving type: growler

06-05-2011 13:29:01 | More by RodneyX
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Mike!

The beer is brown with a nice looking head and spotty lacing. The aroma is quite complex, bringing coconut, whiskey, vanilla, oak, toffee, roast. Amazing flavor. Just incredibly smooth, wonderfully complex, and no heat whatsoever. Terrific balance. One of the best barrel aged stouts I have had. World class.

Serving type: growler

06-05-2011 01:18:27 | More by Huhzubendah
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bmanning

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks so much to yourfragile to bringing this to our tasting! Thanks Mike, this an amazing find!

Ok, so I'm coming out of beer rating retirement to review this phenomenal beer. This beer is easily in my top 5 favorite beers.
A: pours jet back with with tan lacing that sticks around.
S: The smell is amazing - so much dark chocolate, rich bourbon notes, and strong vanilla and coconut
T: Wow! This is amazing! The combination of fudge, vanilla, coconut, maple syrup, toffee, and high quality bourbon is out of this world! The caramel after taste linger on for sooo long!
M: The mouthfeel is the best - soooo smooth and creamy. It's also very thick - almost like a Dark Lord.
O: This is one of the best beers out there. Absolutely phenomenal and worthy of all the praise. You should seek out this beer, it is awesome!

Serving type: growler

06-04-2011 23:38:11 | More by bmanning
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321jeff

Maryland

4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler-bottle generously shared by yourefragile at a tasting, much thanks!

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a minimal amount of mocha head, but it leaves some nice lacing after a swirl and a thin layer sticks around for the duration of the drink.

Aroma is whiskey off the bat but upon further review there is some chocolate with minimal amounts of char and some vanillla. this aroma is pretty much perfect for a barrel aged stout.

Taste is somewhat sweet with the wood and char you would expect from a good -bal stout, I also get some toasted coconut and wood flavors. The taste is very well integrated and I really can't think of a way to make this any better.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with a surprising amount of carbonation for an order growler. It coats the mouth and the taste really lingers for quite awhile after the finish. This has got to be one of the best beers I've had and by far the best surprise I've experienced. This one doesn't come up short in any category.

Serving type: growler

06-04-2011 23:34:11 | More by 321jeff
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge, huge thanks to yourefragile for bringing this over. I'll start by saying that this beer is ridiculously good. In yourefragile's words, "S**t just got real." Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pour yields a brew that is nearly black with a thin mocha head. Short head fades into a thin cap that disperses into a collar which holds throughout. Thick collar throughout. The nose. Oh, the nose. I'll start by saying that the the nose is about the worst part of this beer. I won't count the appearance for that part. I'll then say that the nose is absolutely fantastic. It simply gets better as it warms. The nose is full of coconut along with a good dosing of whiskey and some roast. Lots and lots of chocolate. Wow, this is really good. At this point, there are only two or three stouts that can rival this. Some oak. Some vanilla. Whatever you want in life, it's there. Basically, look at Arbitrator's review of Black Xantus, and flip everything around.

Flavor. So I just told everyone that this destroys Hunahpu's. Hunhapu's was previously one of my favorite beers. This beer is simply unreal. Loads and loads of coconut go with the whiskey and oak. Good amount of roast in the background and the entire thing is covered in chocolate. What else can I say? It's fantastic. Black Tuesday? Meh. Very few beers are in this realm. Everything melds beautifully. Really out of this world. Why can't I have a growler of this to myself? Or a keg. Or it could be the only non-IPA, non-sour that I ever drink again. I can't get enough this blend.

Mouthfeel. This was the first thing that really popped out. In terms of that, this is the first portion that immediately got a 5 from me. So smooth any creamy. Lots of whiskey, but there's no booze at all. It's just smooth and creamy. Perhaps a hint of alcohol in the finish, but that just perpetuates the feel. Coconut is there again. How did they get all this toasted coconut in there? Vanilla as well. Dessert is there. Wow. To be frank, I've had nearly 3000 different beers, and this is perhaps the best beer that I have ever had. That is all.

Serving type: growler

06-04-2011 23:24:41 | More by Thorpe429
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

8 month old growler shared by yourefragile. Awesome, thanks Mike!

Beer is dark brown to black with a wispy tan head of small head some lacing moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, bourbon, nice roast. Some chocolate with a mild vanilla coming through. The bourbon is strong and beer smells sweet but it is not overpowering or violating, it just smells great.

The star of the night for sure, this beer is really great. The lead off is sweet, with mild carbonation, just dancing on the tongue with a sweet, thick lead off that gives way to a great bourbon / whiskey character on the get go. The vanilla is mild but present and flavorful, giving the back sweetness something to say that isn't all about the booze in the front half. Some say that they taste a little coconut and perhaps through the power of suggestion I can too but it is not prominent. The finish is nice, coating, creamy but with a moderate bitterness, no aftertaste and not too dry. There is no aftertaste like I stated before but the flavors linger throughout the palate and mouth. Very great beer.

Serving type: growler

06-04-2011 23:23:10 | More by drabmuh
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sooo, this beer. Thanks to Wakefield for sending this. Not the smoothest trade I've had, but that is FedEx's fault. Shared with a few friends. This is a 22 oz hand filled bottle with the same province as the recent Chicago tasting.

Efff this is good. For an eight month old, essentially growler this looks very nice. Silky rich chocolate with a bubbly dark tan head and a splash of a thin film. The aroma is the easily the worst part of this beer that matters and I'm still giving it a 5. As this warms a decadent blend of vanilla, coconut, caramel, milk chocolate, angel's wings, and only mild booze. The body and finish of this are perfect. Coconut and vanilla standout of the body and linger through the finish. Alcohol is prevalent throughout, but well managed and non-intrusive. Best BA stout I've had, no doubt.

Serving type: growler

06-04-2011 23:13:28 | More by yourefragile
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big ups for a balls out growler sharing from Sean via jw347 at our Memorial Day tasting.

A - Brown beer with a late rising brown head that stuck around for a second before fading to a bit of a tight ring with the slightest bit of lace.

S - Rich chocolate smell with some fudge, brown sugar, and a great solid whiskey taste if you're into that sort of thing (which I completely am). The balance of the hard liquor and roasted malts is unbelievable on this.

T - This might be the ultimate blend of chocolate, roasted malts, and whiskey. The whiskey is so well blended that it actually works well when it is hot. I can see this aging well and the whiskey mellowing, but it's only going to be good in a different way. This beer is ready to drink now and later. Awesome malt, barrel, and whiskey blend with the perfect touch of char and roasted malts. Wow, shocker in how good this is.

M - Rich, full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Had never heard of Peg's until this beer came out, but it is truly an amazing take on the style. I can't think of many beers of the style I've had lately that have been better than this.

Serving type: growler

05-30-2011 04:05:45 | More by AgentZero
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aclarke76

Illinois

4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't normally review any beers but felt compelled to due to how good this beers was.

It had a pretty dark color that smelled amazing. It smelled and tasted like a dark chocolate bar...almost like marshmallow, ginger and cinnamon. The taste is smooth and easy drinking. I really like this beer. I don't get the opportunity to drink that many stouts like this but one I would drink again if I had the opportunity. Cheers!

Serving type: growler

05-30-2011 03:49:02 | More by aclarke76
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spycow

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz pressure filled growler provided by Sean from jw347. Thanks for the chance to taste this.

A light carbonation with black body and minimal head. The smell is literally awesome...chocolate fudge, dark fruits, toffee, maple, and whiskey barrel. The taste is smooth with the chocolate and tobacco notes as one of the better beers I've had in while. The mouthfeel is smooth with an almost perfect texture and the alcohol is hidden very well for a barrel-aged stout. This is the best barrel aged stout I've had this year. This is one one I want to have more of again...soon. I highly recommend getting your hands on this sometime soon. What a great beer. I hope Peg's brews its again. Seek it out!!!

Serving type: growler

05-30-2011 03:33:39 | More by spycow
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whartontallboy

New York

4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. I only occasionally review, but this was such a mind-melter that I had to review it. Generously shared out of a growler by a gentlemanly BA.

Pours with a small head of quickly receding bubbles, but the dark black body is plenty alluring. The lack of head is really the only downside of this beer, and that may be more a function of the serving format than anything.

The nose on this is just unreal. Lots of fudge/chocolate/brownie, with light notes of whiskey, vanilla, and a bit of booze coming in faintly. For such a big beer, the boozy whiskey is really well integrated.

Flavor is right up there with an BA stout I've ever had. The fudge and brownie flavors from the nose are still there, and the whiskey is well-integrated and relatively subtle. (Palm Ridge isn't a whiskey that I love, but it does amazing things to this beer.) A lot of vanilla sneaks into the edges of the flavor, and there's a nice coconut not that rings through in the finish. Very nice. A tiny bit of heat on the finish, but the lingering flavors are chocolate and coconut more than anything.

Mouthfeel isn't overly viscous, but it's chewy enough to match the big flavor. Just a beautiful beer, and one that I'd love to try again. Worth seeking out for anyone who's into BA stouts.

Serving type: growler

05-30-2011 03:11:50 | More by whartontallboy
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks for jw347 for sending this our way. 22oz counter-pressure-filled growler, served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Late-rising thin wisp of tan foam that settles to a thin ring and leaves behind some tiny spots of lace. Black body that has a touch of transparent brown at the top fringe.

S - Rich chocolate fudge, nuts, whiskey, oak and barrel flavors, marshmallow, and perhaps the faintest hint of alcohol.

T - The taste is better, and is pretty much perfect for the style. It's a superb mix of chocolate fudge, vanilla, coconut, oak, whiskey, s'mores, dark fruits, caramel and so on. It's in the top five beers I've ever tasted.

M - Smooth chocolate texture, full-bodied, lower carbonation, light tannic finish and well-hidden alcohol. Not sure what else I'd want from a barrel-aged Imperial Stout.

D - This is a superb beer, and absolutely essential for any lover of -bal aged stouts. I know it's a pain in the ass to get this outside of the brewpub due to Florida laws, so hardcore tickers are gonna have to make the trip. I'm certainly working Peg's into my next Tampa excursion. I thought Brandy Hunahpu's was the best stout from Florida...I was wrong.

Serving type: growler

05-30-2011 02:59:52 | More by MasterSki
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olenka82

Illinois

4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After 2 years of failing to review, this beer was the "one" to break my rating virginity. thank you jw347 for this opportunity. i smelled a combination of chocolate, coconut, and of course vanilla and bourbon. nice mouth feel, the after taste reminded me of biting into a fudge brownie and it lingered a long time. there is also a slight alcohol tinge at the end but it did not affect my overall enjoyment of this beer. it was awesome!

Serving type: growler

05-30-2011 02:25:12 | More by olenka82
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HUGE thanks to Sean via Wakefield for this tick that I missed by a day when I went to Hunahpu.. drank with the Chicago Crew... black body with almost no head... the aroma is unreal, awesome chocolate, fudge brownie, brown sugar, light sweet whiskey and coconut... one of the rare circumstances where the taste equals the nose, perfect fudge brownies with whiskey, a little roast and chocolate, and coconut, my only complaint is the very back of the finish is a bit alocholic... this is awesome and well worth heading to Peg’s for, Peg’s is the real deal

Serving type: growler

05-30-2011 01:52:04 | More by jrallen34
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the source into a snifter.

A - Pours black, two fingers worth of thick mocha-colored head, nice retention and great lacing along the sides of the glass. Pretty much has it all going on here.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, nice oak, burnt sugars, good amount of dark fruits and orange peel. The huge sweetness is like sniffing desert in a glass. No real alcohol detection, very slight and well-hidden.

T - Lots of chocolate, burnt sugars, caramel, toffee, oak. Like the nose, dominated by decedant sweetness. Death by chocolate? Alcohol is hidden wonderfully. The lack of roast and the dark fruits on the finish take away from my total enjoyment.

M - Full, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy finish.

D - Very impressive BA stout from this little place. I was lucky enough to get the last pour because the keg kicked towards the end. Would have again, although it's "death by chocolate" after too many.

Edit: Had from a growler thanks to Jw347, thanks so much for sharing with with Chicago crew! The age from the growler smoothed things out and increased the roast and and sweetness. The Palm Ridge Whiskey notes are there, but a lot more subtle. Just super-impressive. Hard to really find any faults with this beer, besides the appearance out of the bomber (on-tap, it was perfect-looking). A must-try!

On-tap: 5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5
Growler: 4/5/5/4.5/5

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 02:17:20 | More by Sean9689
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ktrillionaire

Florida

5/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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