Nooner Batch 2 (Vanilla RareR) - Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing
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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.1/5 rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pour is jet black with a dark mahogany head. Nose is sweet, lots of vanilla, caramel and some rich chocolate. A touch sugary. Taste is also rich but sugary. Loads of vanilla, sweet malt and sugar, caramel, brown sugar, slightly roasted. Body is heavy and creamy with moderate carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
05-07-2013 13:09:38 | More by cpetrone84
4.29/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
500ml growler filled 3/8/13 poured into HF stemmed glass and split three ways. Consumed on 4/19, reviewed from notes. Thanks Louis (polisanl) for hooking me up, didn't think I'd be able to try this treat.
A- Pours a pitch black with a very thin brown mocha head that fizzles away fairly rapidly leaving a still black top. Not sure the abv on this but the beer leaves some nice alcohol legs suggesting that it is 9+%.
S- Nicely balanced integration of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, rum, oak, and a bit of booze. Rum dominates a little bit more then on the RareR which leaves a slightly more boziness to the smell, other then that though it has a very nice balance. About average aroma strength, takes a tiny bit of swirling to really get it out.
T- Coffee, dark chocolate, subtle vanilla that integrates well and a decent rum presence that is a little bit stronger then on the RareR and like the aroma leads to it seeming just a little bit more boozey. Finishes with slightly bitter chocolate and a little bit of a rum kick. Nice balance, but not quite as nicely balanced as the last batch of RareR.
M- Silky smooth, very easy to drink, carbonation a little bit on the low side but nice for a barrel-aged stout.
O- This was another great stout from Peg's, not quite as good as the last batch of RareR but the vanilla definitely added a nice variation to it but didn't necessarily make it better. I felt like the Nooner was a bit more Rum heavy which impeded the balance a bit but didn't effect the drinkability as a whole. Overall this beer lived up to my expectations and I wish I had more of it to try.
Serving type: growler
04-25-2013 19:30:27 | More by jaasen64
4.3/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
500ml growler into a snifter.
A. Dark brown with red hues. Tan head.
S. Rich chocolate cake, cinnamon spiciness from the rum, thick toffee and strong vanilla. Awesome aroma.
T. The vanilla is more restrained in the taste. Rum barrel is prominent, giving the beer a slightly bitter leafy taste, some light spiciness, dark chocolate, vanilla, musky wood.
M. Between medium and thick-bodied with light carbonation.
O. Although the smell is up there with the best vanilla stouts (BVDL, Chocolate Rain, etc....), the rum barrel gives a bit too much bitterness in the taste, which wasn't quite the case with regular RareR. Still, a really nice beer.
Serving type: growler
04-11-2013 06:07:53 | More by Etan
4.81/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
16.9 oz Growler Bottled March 8, 2013 (Thanks to Kyle BREWSnTATTOOS for the trade) poured into a Huna snifter. Yes, I drank the whole thing by myself.
Appearance: Nearly black with a nice small tan head of about 1/4" that quickly recedes to a thin cap. Another heavy stout that clings to the glass with thick legs.
Smell: The vanilla bean leaps out of this beer with an obvious rich and complex aroma lying underneath. It is very unique (which is an understatement), not just a pure Vanilla smell but an almost wine like aroma working within a rich chocolatey base. As the beer warms in the glass the vanilla recedes more and more allowing much more chocolate through, it just seems to smell better and better over time.
Taste: Following the nose, rich chocolate, roasted malt, hints of rum, molasses, all wrapped in a wonderful cloak of vanilla. This beer evolves dramatically as it warms in the glass, it nearly transforms over time. I nursed this beer, at first the vanilla was extremely dominant, verging on overwhelming, then as it warmed the vanilla receded bit by bit allowing the molasses and chocolate to come forward in a big way.
Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy "start to finish" but pleasantly never becoming cloying or overpowering in any way.
Overall: The best barrel aged stout I have ever had the chance to try. This is one beer that is wasted if you only have a small pour, you must have enough to allow the beer to change in the glass over time to appreciate. Frankly, if you like Vanilla in a Barrel aged stout then this is near perfection. I've never had Vanilla Dark Lord or BCBVS but it's hard to imagine either exceeding the level of excellence achieved by Nooner.
Serving type: growler
04-07-2013 16:26:20 | More by BobZ
Nooner Batch 2 (Vanilla RareR) from Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.