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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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Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub visit their website
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 spycow
4.85/5  rDev +12%
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!!!

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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 Thorpe429
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into an oversized tulip glass. Huge thanks to JW347 for hooking me up with this, which was hand bottled directly off of a keg. This is their Imperial Stout which has been aged in a spent Palm Ridge Reserve whiskey barrel.

Pours a dense flat black in the glass, with a stiff rich finger of slightly dark mocha colored head. This retains with about half of that, as a smooth and creamy layer of frothiness just showers the sides of the glass with robust lacing and sticky gooiness. Wow, is the aroma rich in the nose or what? The nose is just dominated by brown sugar and molasses flavors but thick notes of baker's chocolate and roasted coffee sit underneath with a pretty heady feeling presence of their own. Wood and warmth soak the edges of the nose and even stings the eyes a little bit. This is just so rich and decadent smelling. Nice!

The taste starts with a BIG, thick, and dark base of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, and maybe even a little dark fruit. Pretty much any type of sweetness that you can think of just drenches the mouth with stickiness before trailing into a backend of dark malt and coffee character that lends this a roasty and astringent finish. The woodiness of the barrel is very well integrated here and nicely compliments the roasted flavors with some charred tannic dryness of its own. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a huge feel to it that fills the mouths up with all of those rich flavors. The carbonation has a soft creaminess to it that sits on top of a much heavier feeling syrupy slickness underneath. There is a sweet whiskey burn to this that stings the tongue a little and a fair share of alcohol warmth that sinks to the bottom of the glass (and sticks in the throat and chest after those last few sips) but this is overall pretty smooth feeling for size of this, which I'm guessing has to be in the 10%+ range here.

This was quite fantastic stuff and really has Peg's Cantina on my radar now! The whiskey barrel really brought the goods here, with no lack of sticky and charred molasses character, while the base Stout delivered its own powerful mix of flavors for it to latch on to. This was quite lush, balanced, and delicious. Sure it's got some beefy heat going on with it but I didn't feel like it harmed the flavors at all and you have to expect to take your time with a beer like this anyway. I loved it!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.85/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle filled from a keg by the guys at Cigar City, generously shared by grub. A good one for review #2400!

Pours a very opaque black/dark red, some highlights in the corners but no light gets through, very thick and tight tan head forms and settles down to a very thick ring around the glass, tons of lace sticks, and good legs too, real nice.

Smell is insane, one of the best ever, lots of vanilla, bourbon, whiskey, toffee/caramel to the max, rum raisins, brown sugar, a bit of alcohol, some orange peel, sherry, butterscotch, coconut, some chocolate and light coffee roast, mangos, coconut, touch of molasses, super malty and delicious, tons of layers.

Taste is better, chocolate covered Werthers dipped in bourbon, vanilla, rum, whiskey, oak, tons of toffee, more chocolate wafer, raisins, cherry fruitiness, more raisin and date, cocoa powder, biscuit, toasted coconut, tropical fruit, more vanilla, brown sugar, nutty finish, just perfect and it kept going.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but still a little chewy, with low to medium carbonation, silky smooth. Bit of warmth but alcohol is well hidden. Wow, easily top 2 or 3 best beers I've ever had. An insane amount of layers, and the flavour just keeps going. Among the few beers I never wanted to end. Thanks a ton Russ for sharing this gem!

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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 glid02
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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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 thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had as a pre-game to the 2nd Annual Redneck Racin’ & Tastin’! Big thanks goes out to BRoss242 for this one! HOLY CRAP! I can’t believe I’m finally getting to tick this one! Served from growler into an Ommegang Three Philosophers chalice. Poured pitch black with a minimal light brown head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, wood, and milk chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, wood, dark fruit, milk chocolate, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. I still can’t believe I got to tick this one after such a long time! This was a really well balanced and enjoyable brew. The chocolate note I got on this one was really the star of it for me while adding a nice vanilla note. The same could be said for the aroma as well to help out. Definitely one of the better brews I’ve had this year. A MUST try!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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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 DmanGTR
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Aaron and co for convincing me to come out instead of studying.

Poured oily black with only a few streaks of white lace on top. Huge on the roastiness, mocha, roasted coffee beans, burnt toast, and the bourbon. Oh my, the bourbon is everywhere! Vanilla, milk chocolate, complex layers of oak, dark fruits, and toffee. Could use a bit more body, but other than that, I'm sold. This was quite a treat.

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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 whartontallboy
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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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 tpd975
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
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? :)

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Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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