Peg's G.O.O.D. Rare D.O.S. - Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing
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2.2/5 rDev -48.5%
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.
08-21-2013 05:28:26 | More by itracy63
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
08-21-2013 03:11:43 | More by jvillefan
3.36/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
08-19-2013 19:33:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.04/5 rDev -52.2%
16oz growler, July '13 release
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.*
08-19-2013 14:55:21 | More by inlimbo77
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
District of Columbia
4.41/5 rDev +3.3%
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!
08-18-2013 00:12:00 | More by Chaney
2.01/5 rDev -52.9%
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.
08-14-2013 05:55:36 | More by iadler
Peg's G.O.O.D. Rare D.O.S. from Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing
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