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Peg's G.O.O.D. RareR D.O.S. - Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 667
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 22.15%
Wants: 611
Gots: 44 | FT: 7
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-09-2012

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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 667
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have been seeking this one out for some time as I heard many great things about this beer. I was able to land a 550ml swing top growler from a buddy who went to the End of the World Party at Peg’s Cantina & Brewpub in Gulf Port, FL. I was concerned about the growler being 6 months old (12-21-12) and called the brewery which assured me that the beer was going to be still good and may be somewhat infected which kind of turned me off a bit, but since I went out for this beer, I decided to go for it. The beer poured pitch black with razor thin tan head that dissipated quickly as expected. You could bring it back to life after giving the glass a vigorous whirl. I immediately picked up some dark fruit, chocolate, light notes of molasses, and that slight rum booze in the aroma. There was complexity in the flavor which I appreciated especially knowing how old this growler was – malts, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, vanilla, rum and oak. There were zero carbonation; extremely thin mouth feel. Overall, I would have loved to taste this special beer fresh but beggars cannot be choosers. This did still give me that delicious and complex flavor I had been hoping when I cracked open the growler and sure glad to have checked this off my beer wish list.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml growler poured into a tasting glass

Pitch black with almost no head.
Aroma is rich and complex with rum, vanilla, fruits, coconut, roasted malt, oak, spices and slight chocolate.
Taste is moderately sweet with vanilla, fruits, oak, cacao, spices and acidic notes , light bitternes
Full body. Low carbonation.
Good Imperial Stout, but not a top-50 beers in my opinion.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at drewone's place.

Released 12/21/12.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, vanilla, wood, and rum. Taste is much the same with a slightly tart vanilla rum 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 and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an awesome smell and a great set of flavors.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A jet black body that pours as think as motor oil. There was very little head present, the little that there was is lacy and coffee brown.

S: The smell on this was less then I was expecting. There was sweetness from the rum and a decent amount of chocolate and roast.

T: This is very unique. The rum comes out first with a sweet almost candy like flavor. The chocolate then comes forward with dark fruits, plum and raisin. There is a hint of vanilla and oak on the back end of this beer.

M: Very good body. It is silky smooth. I wish the carbonation was significantly heavier though.

O: A great stout. It is worth going after but not worth giving up too much for it. I prefer many stouts to this one.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz growler, 12/21/12
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours essentially pitch black. There was a pop on the growler, but no head. Only a thin ring or collar around edges of the glass. Conjure up some lacing bits with a swirl. Alcohol feet.

S: Smells fabulous, and not infected! Sweet booze notes on the nose. Sweeter than a bourbon barrel with the rum barrel. Candied sugar. Toffee. Caramel. Dark bitter chocolate. Booze. Fudge.

T: Initial flavor is that rum barrel sweetness. Them you get that dark bitter chocolate. Toffee, vanilla and caramel. Not a ton of roast in this, unless its covered but the barrel. Some dark fruits. Finish is long. Lingering sweetness. Alcohol warmth grows on you.

M: Full bodied. Not as creamy as I expected.

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Photo of KevSal
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy new years!

Huge thanks to jefe for this one. Got this one today and opened immediately since its a growler. I've heard these guys hold up but why wait right? Part of my new years resolution was drink better beer haha.

500ml growler into 2 eclipse snifters

A- looked exactly how I expected, huge and dark with a very small head. Deep dark brown. Light brown ring around the glass.

S- smell is huge, the rum comes out all over and suites the stout perfectly. Chocolate covered raisin! Some fudge. As it warms the rum becomes huge!

T- huge chocolate upfront, rum raisins. Stout works together perfectly with the rum. Rum becomes huge as it warms. This is one of the best run treatments I've had to date. If your a fan of rum you'll be a big fan of this one.

M- mouthfeel is a lot thinner than I was expecting, but still a bit of heft. Nowhere near like the other Florida brewer.

O- this is a very good beer, it's done very well. I do feel this ones reputations precedes itself, but of you get the chance take it. Maybe its making it more concrete that I'm a whiskey bourbon fellow rather than a rum guy. I can see the bourbon beong off the scale! I never thought I'd get to try it, thanks again Jeff for the hook up!

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Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes while down in Tampa last weekend, sampled on tap during Cycle's barrel aged beer night.

A- Black as tar into the plastic cup provided with a creamy dark mocha head to about one finger high. Decent head retention and it eventually falls to a frothy ring leaving fine sheets of thin lace.

S- Somewhat faint to me for this type of the beer, first beer of the day too. Some nice dark cocoa, fudge and hints of whiskey oak barrels.

T- Dark, bitter cocoa nibs lead the way for me with a barrage of chocolate and cocoa powder. Some ripe cherry fruit hints but no raisin or spiciness like some brews can have. Bourbon is here but integrated well with oak, whiskey and a slight vanilla feel.

MF- Thick and chewy bodied with a heavy whipped creamy texture. Fairly warm whiskey bite and the medium level of carbonation allows the flavors to come through well.

Another impressive marriage of whiskey barrels and stouts. Something about the aroma wasn't quite up to par for me but the flavor made up for it.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Barry for hitting a 2 year old want!

Really nice beer, wonderful lace and head, smells like I imagined it would, maybe a touch more Coconut/Marshmallow than I thought but tasty. The only knock is in feel, finishes pretty dry.

Worth searching out!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells of vanilla, oak, roasted malt. Huge molasses up front, rum alcohol heat, some earthiness and only a touch of sweetness. Liked this a little bit less than Nooner #5, but still a great beer.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL growler thanks to Matt!

A: Thin mocha head with a thick oily black body. Legs from a supermodel.

N: Licorice, burnt wood, raisin, lots of rum and vanilla. Tons of chocolate. Very spicy with lots of sweet cherry notes. A touch of ethanol.

T: Very, very well balanced. Lots of vanilla sweetness with a decent hop bitterness and some charred wood to round it out.

M: Oily and thick. Minor levels of carbonation keep this off the tongue enough so that it remains drinkable.

O: Thoroughly balanced and very enjoyable. It’s composed and well-blended together. Would definitely have this again.

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Photo of timc100
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had along side BA Café Americano and Pirate Bomb - little rum-taste-off. This had the best rum imparted flavors of the 3.

Pours very dark, near pitch black oil with a burnt mocha head. Aroma is dominated by rich rum, coconut, booze, some oak and dark chocolate, little hit of a darker fruit as well. Very smooth, the rum flavors are very intense, but everything is a little thin.

Very nice rum aged stout.

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Photo of portia99
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle generously shared by jlindros at a recent tasting. Poured into a Portsmouth KtG tulip.

A - Pours a super dark brown color, clarity is good and shows a clear dark brown around the edges. Low head of brown foam, no lacing.

S - Brownies, super fudgy and chocolatey, sweet, rum, molasses and vanilla

T - Fudgy, rum, caramel, chocolate, smokey with tons of roasted malt flavors.

M - Thick and full bodied, rich, rather sweet with a lower carbonation level. Very smooth - liquid candy. Super dessert beer.

O - Really outstanding beer. Smooth and thick with lots of complexity. Really good stuff. Glad to have the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

1725th Review on BA
Growler to CycleBrewing Snifter

Shared with GuruDel
Thanks to Hoppy99 for this one

App- This poured out of the growler with a little hiss. I had been holiding it for the right time and SB was that time. A big black inky pour. Along the lines of a BCS or that nature, with less bubbles. A bit flat and still. Maybe a 1/16" of bubbles around the edges.

Smell- This had a lot going on in the nose. It was highly creamy and malty and a bit rich and smooth at the same time. The dark fruits along with the vanilla, oak, rum and bakers chocoalate really rounded it out. Most things were subtle on this and took a while to find them all. Was a bit over temp for me to smell them.

Taste- I enjoyed this but really wasnt blown away. It was smooth and creamy but retained a certain bitter and grainy rum flavor that didnt really do it for me. The dark fruits and the blending of chocolate/vanilla made this one a bit of a off beer for me, but with the hype it was bound to happen. Still a very good stout with a lot of layers and complexity in the glass.

Mouth- The best part of this beer by far. The creamy body was a bit deep and low and the solid low carbonation with its thickness, enhanced all the flavors quite well. A bit delicate and thick at the same time but lots going on and very flavorful.

Drink- This was a huge want of mine and I cant thank Hoppy99 enough. A great beer that I was able to share with a drinking buddy and enjoy while watching the SB. I was a tad let down, but with Whales it happens. Still better than 95% of whats out there.

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Photo of oline73
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the growler into a tasting snifter.

The beer pours almost black in color with a quarter inch of good looking tan head. The head leaves a ring around the pour. It smells a bit hot. I'm getting some vanilla notes along with rum and dark fruit. The taste is very sweet with a nice rum note right away. Lots of roasted malt to back up the sweetness that is accentuated by the rum barrel. I'm also getting some dark chocolate and oak in the flavor. The finish is a bit warm but not abrasive in any way. The beer is very thick and covers your mouth. The carbonation is creamy and smooth. Overall I really enjoyed this one. It's a good use of rum barrel aging and I'd be happy to have more.

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Photo of Etan
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml growler from the second batch, into a snifter.

A: Pours a blackish-brown coffee color with a small tan head. Glugs out of the growler viscously.

S: Richly sweet caramel and molasses, woody, a bit of herbal rum character, marshmallow. Alcohol notes mix with the sweetness.

T: Not quite as sweet as the nose, with some dry roasted malt and tannins, cocoa, light vanilla and toffee. The rum lends some green nuttiness to the beer which doesn't show up in whiskey barrel-aged beers.

M: Thick-bodied with very light carbonation.

O: Very good, and certainly a lot better than other rum barrel-aged beers I've had.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml swing-top growler poured into HF stemmed glass. Thanks John (johnnyb) for this rarity! Split two ways.

A- Pours an opaque jet black with hardly any head but decent carbonation and some alcohol legs that form along the sides of the glass when sloshed around a bit.

S- Nice balance of rum, malts, chocolate, fairly aromatic but nothing ridiculously so. Very nice rum balance.

T- Rum, a hint of oak, light bitter chocolate, nice smooth rum finish. Nicely balanced with an excellent integration of rum barrel aging that doesn't dominate too much but adds a nice flavor to the beer.

M- Smooth, very drinkable, absolutely no alcohol burn, light carbonation. I don't know what the abv is but it is extremely drinkable but you can definitely feel it.

O- This was an excellent barrel-aged stout however I think it is a little bit over-hyped. There was an excellent use of barrel-aging with a very nice amount of rum and a smooth quality to the beer however I would have liked the base beer to be slightly more robust and present itself with a bit more flavor. Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot and it is one of my favorite barrel-aged stouts, but probably not my favorite. I highly recommend trying it, but maybe not going all out in trying to obtain it.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark black motor oil. Illuminates a dark brown hue. Half finger mocha head with some retention, no lacing.

S- Milk chocolate, vanilla, coconut, oak. Some sweet rum.

F- Sweet rum, vanilla, coconut flakes all make for a sweet dominant beer. There is some dark chocolate bitterness to balance it out though. Barrel oak, milk chocolate add some more depth.

M- Medium bodied, a bit lower in carbonation than expected but there are enough bubbles. A bit sticky, resinous. Finish is slightly hot and sweet.

O- Very nice stout that brings a good bit of rum and coconut, as befitting a Florida stout.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with acurtis... thanks man!!

Appearance is viscous and opaque. Almost no head. The nose is heavily rum forward with chocolate and brownie in the background. The taste is decadent. The rum is well integrated with the hefty stout base. Layers of coconut, vanilla, chocolate, and fudge all are at play. The flavors are well balanced and I don't get any of the heat that I got on the nose. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth. Delicious brew, definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of joel66
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for sharing Thomas Poured thick like motor oil, with a smell and taste that was reminiscent of Apple brandy huna. Subtle vanilla and booz with great barrel aging characteristics. I didn’t pick up the rum, but def caught the booze. I felt like I needed to keep wiping my teeth when in discussion to avoid looking like a sunk them into liquid brownies

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Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Scored one of these in a trade, decided to share it with foofaa after a random trip to Philly.

A - Pours black with a small film of head, quickly dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace down the glass.

S - Smells of rich chocolate fudge, vanilla, coconut, caramel, toffee, oak, dark roasted malt and spicy rum. Not as much spirit as I was expecting, leaving plenty of room for the base aromas to shine through.

T - Starts off with the fudgey chocolate and smooth vanilla sweetness quickly being joined buy the toffee, caramel, oak, coconut, dark roasted grains and spicy rum bring it all together. Finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast, combining with some warming booze to linger long after the finish. This is a really well put together beer.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel goes a little watery toward the end of the glass. Booze is well hidden, only really coming forward as it warms up to room temperature.

O - Really solid BA stout. It didn't blow me away by any stretch of the imagination but it really made me want to try the regular Rare DOS. Hope I have that chance one day as I am pretty sure I am going to love it.

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Photo of bobv
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled April, 2013

Appearance: Black with tan head that leaves rather quickly and a ring remains with a little lacing.

Smell: It really is a bit subdued, hopefully as it warms up a bit the nose will become more apparent. After a while getting slight coffee, milk chocolate and alcohol. After 30 minutes (went out for a drive) I'm getting a little dark fruit on the nose.

Taste: Ah, this is what it's all about! Chocolate, dark fruit, a very slight booziness in the finish; almost a chocolate milkshake flavor, interesting. Very, very nice.

Mouthfeel: This is where it falls a little flat, too thin. This factor seems a bit odd and doesn't jive with everything else it has going for it.

Overall: So glad to finally crack this as I have been holding on to it for about 14 months. Damn, if only the mouthfeel was better it would score above the average. Still a wonderful experience! Now, if someone would send me one that was released today I could part with a Damon, ha-HA!

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

draft at Peg's... dark black body, a small brown head forms, a thing ring lingers a bit... the aroma is thick and sweet, heavily accented by rum, dark fruits, barrel, molasses... the taste is excellent and I prefer this to rare dos on tap, but not the rare dos previous batch, again lots of rum, barrel, a touch hot, a little more chocolate would go far... lucky to try and worth having again

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Photo of zac16125
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter

A big thanks to allisonmichelle for sending this over via trade! I was at the original release of this beer at a Peg's Barrel Aged Day a few years. Unfortunately I got the regular Rare first (which was exceptional), but when I went back to get a poor or the RareR it was sold out. Ive been waiting to try it ever since. 4.5

A: Pours an absolutely opaque jet black with 1 fingers width of dense appearing mocha colored head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly, and leaves some small patch of lacing. 4.5

S: The nose is fantastic. Lot of sweetness with vinous dark fruits, and some cocoa. I also get roasty characters, and big rum barrel notes along with some booze. 4.5

T: At first I get tons of roasty notes coupled with a big semi-sweet chocolate character. I then get some dark fruit notes and a bit of black coffee bitterness. Fairly big rum notes, as well as a raw oak character and some booze. Rum barrel charaters strengthen throughout the drink. I dont get the big coconut flavors I got in Rare, although I do start to get some subtle toasted coconut towards the end of the first glass. Excellent beer, although I think I prefer the regular Rare DOS (that being said I most definitey prefer bourbon to rum so that makes sense). 4.5

M/D: A little on the thinner side for an elite example of the style, would benefit from being thicker/chewier. ABV is well restrained and drinkability is god. 3.75

O: Excellent beer, but I prefer regular Rare DOS. That being said this is great and definitely worth seeking out. 4.5

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Photo of tectactoe
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taste the rare! Big thanks to Mike for splitting this one - I thought for sure I'd never get the chance to sample it, especially now. Comes in a cool looking 500 mL swing-top. It gluggs out in to the glass, very thick and completely black. No head - even the mere ring that outlines the beer is slow to form; possibly a side-effect of being in a growler for a few months, but my thought (and hope) is that the carb for a brew like this is relatively low anyway, so it shouldn't matter much.

The extra "R" in "RareR" supposedly stands for "rum", as this batch was aged in rum barrels as opposed to whiskey barrels in the regular Rare D.O.S., and the first smell reaffirmed that notion completely. Huge rum character on the nose; boozy rum cake, sweet molten chocolates, graham crackers, molasses, a touch of vanilla, and quite a bit of dark fruits. The fruits consist of plum, grapes, and even a bit of apples, and seem to get stronger as the brew approaches room temp. Rum and sweet molasses still remain the leaders of the pack, though.

The first sip reveals quite a bit more of those sweet dark fruits that were so heavy in the aroma; plums, grapes, black cherries, and even some apple skins. Sweet and creamy chocolates come crashing in, soaked in a boozy rum bath. It seemed a bit quiet at first, but the rum character comes out more and more with each successive sip. The rum, chocolate, and dark fruit combination is pretty highly discernable, giving RareR D.O.S. a nice uniqueness in market that's saturated with stouts.

Waves of malts continue to grow in robustness and complexity with time; molasses, chocolate, caramel, and some brown sugar. The oak and woody character is either very low or just completely buried underneath all of the other flavors. The largest components of the barrel aging are definitely the vanilla and the rum itself. The finish is lightly boozy, never getting too hot, with even a mild finishing tartness from the fruits and a sweetness from the chocolates and molasses. Heavy bodied, thick and a bit chewy with an almost-creamy, slick and oily mouth feel.

It's hard to say whether or not this beer lived up to the "hype", because when a beer receives this much hype, your expectations are often raised to unreachable levels. So I'm going to try and forget those expectations and just say that RareR D.O.S. is a damn fine American imperial stout. Unique in many ways and highly complex. I wasn't expecting so much dark fruit sweetness, but it was integrated nicely and the rum provided a nice change of pace. Super glad I got to try this one, it was awesome - thanks, Mike!

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Photo of Auracom
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Dan, awesome share. 10 oz. from a growler into a snifter on March 8th, 2013.

A - Not hugely black but definitely a thick, deep rosewood. Very soft whips of carbonation atop, but no true head. No lacing but leaves a tan residual film. Plentiful alcohol legs.

S - Rum spirit, freshly charred oak, sherry, honey cake, raisiny biscuit, and light cocoa. No alcohol whatsoever.

T - Front palate immediately shows the rum character, which blends well into roasted almond, huge alcohol-soaked fig, stone fruits, and plentiful oak tannic bitterness.

M - Lighter body than it looks, very low but appropriate carbonation, very dry finish. Slight ethanol warming.

D - I suspect I'd prefer the bourbon version, but this is easily the finest rum treatment I've come across and the flavors are executed with obvious purpose.

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Peg's G.O.O.D. RareR D.O.S. from Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub
98 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.