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Nooner Batch 3 (Single Malt Whiskey Rare DOS) - Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing

Nooner Batch 3 (Single Malt Whiskey Rare DOS)
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%

Brewed by:
Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: djmichaelk on 07-17-2013)
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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to urwithdave for this one. Happy to try this one and the latest batch of RareR DOS side-by-side. Cheers!

From a 500ml growler into a snifter

APPEARANCE: This one looks exactly the same as RareR. Pours our sludgy and thick but not quite pitch black and yields a smaller, medium looking light mocha head with decent retention. Head recedes rather quickly to a ring and faint wisp. Black body with no real carbonation evident. A faint ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: The nose on this one is much different than RareR. The initial sniff was heavy on the cat food, but that worked itself out soon enough, thankfully. Once it did, whisky, caramel and toffee with notes of maple sugary sweetness come out really nicely. Oak and roasted grains as well, with light hints of milk chocolate and vanilla. Really great, though I found RareR more enticing.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely. Whisky with oak flavors, as well as maple, caramel and toffee sweetness up front, then some roasted grains, vanilla and more whisky at the swallow. Big, bold and lingering finish of whisky, oak, sweet caramel and maple sugar, some bitter dark chocolate and roasted espresso. Light flavors of oats make their way through as well. This one is more caramel, maple and roasted bitterness while RareR is more sweet vanilla and coconut. Both are excellent.

PALATE: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather sticky. Coats the mouth. Really nice, though could use more weight for top marks. Same as RareR.

OVERALL: Amazing this isn't a maple stout. The first wiff put me off, making me think this was going to be a cat food laced disappointment, but after a few short minutes, the real character came through in all its glory. Lots of nice sweet, sugary flavors with enough bitterness to balance it out. Compared to RareR, this one is more caramel and maple sweetness balanced with dark chocolate while RareR is more sweet cream, vanilla and coconut. Either way, both are really decadent and a wonderful treats. Thanks again for the beers urwithdave. Loved these.

Serving type: growler

01-23-2014 15:00:59 | More by Jeffo
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4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Non discreet 500ml growler bottle with a small white label that has Cycle Brewing's symbol, "Nooner" in a black box, and the words "contains alcohol." That's it! How do I know that it's the Batch 3 version? I know fellow BA mixed_master7 that picked it up when they released it at Peg's. That's my only proof.

I had no other choice then to pour this beer into my Peg's/Cycle Brewing Snifter. Well, it looks like a whiskey barrel aged Stout. It poured the usual solid midnight black color with a small 1/4 of an inch dark mocha head of foam. This mocha head of foam had acceptable retention that left behind a tiny string of rings and a few sticky spots of lace around the glass.

When the cap was popped, a strong aroma of soy sauce came pouring out. Yeah, I got a bottle of soy sauce in the fridge, but there's no way that smell could transfer over to the beer. When the beer settled in the glass, the soy sauce aroma subsided. What was there now was a sweet whiskey roasted like aroma. Kicking off the aroma was the sweet scent of brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel. Quickly following the sweet scent was the whiskey and a touch of charred oak. This was a nice not over powering whiskey aroma. Directly behind the whiskey was the roasted malt, chocolate, a whiff of coffee, and a little wheat bread at the finish line. A very nice sweet aroma. I'll take the sweetness over soy sauce any day.

I thought the sweet aroma was going to show me what the taste was going to be like. Nope, that wasn't the case with this beer. While the sweetness controlled the aroma, it was the whiskey and charred oak that controlled the taste. Kicking off the taste was the roasted malt, a splash of roasted coffee, chocolate, and wheat bread. It was after the the taste of the wheat bread when the taste went whiskey and charred oak on me. It wasn't an overwhelming whiskey taste. Just enough to let you know that it was there and here to stay.

This was a full bodied beer with low carbonation and a smooth not boozy roasted/whiskey based aftertaste. There was an aftertaste that I just couldn't place my finger on. It was a vanilla based taste, but other than that, I just couldn't figure what it was.

Big thanks to mix_master7 for hooking me up with this barrel aged sweetie. I'm glad this bottle wasn't infected. This came out when Cycle was having infection issues with their growlers of Rare DOS. Sweet aroma with a nice whiskey flavor. It was a well done barrel aged Stout, but I would still prefer the regular Rare DOS over this.

Serving type: growler

10-03-2013 03:35:15 | More by AltBock
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New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml swingtop growler from the 12/21/12 release consumed today....received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a murky opaque black with a small 0.5 finger brown crown that shows little retention or lace.

Smell: Dark fruits, rum, cocoa, lightly smattered with whiskey barrel, some black strap molasses, a hint of coconut, and a whisper of raspberries.

Taste: Same as the nose with the cocoa, coconut, and molasses in front. Whiskey is restrained and very well integrated.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of thick bodied, low carbonation, a touch syrupy in a good way, with a long lingering rum barrel flavored finish.

Overall: A pretty solid whiskey barrel imperial stout. It's strength definitely lies in the balance / integration of flavors. Then again, maybe waiting as long as I did to drink it helped in that regard?

Serving type: growler

09-13-2013 23:12:45 | More by koopa
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4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown black color with a light brown head and minimal lacing

S-chocolate, dark malt, coffee, whiskey, vanilla

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, coffee, hints of dark fruit, peat char

F-full body with light carbonation, smooth and creamy, rich

O-great stout with nice complex flavors, didn't know if I would like the single malt barrel, but it was fantastic

Serving type: growler

09-01-2013 16:02:10 | More by MDDMD
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4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml growler served in a Kuhnhenn snifter. Thanks to captiveodyssey for the beer.

A: Pours a heavy, opaque black color with a dark brown head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring and film. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Dark chocolate bitterness, some sharp oak, sweet booze and burnt sugar. Charred oak and roasted malts with a back end barrel sweetness. A little milk chocolate as well.

T: Heavier on the barrel presence here with some char, a faint peat note and some whiskey. Dark chocolate with a finish of caramel and vanilla with some more whiskey. Some light dark fruits as well.

M: Medium to heavy bodied. Medium low carbonation with an oily and slick coating mouthfeel.

O: Pretty enjoyable overall. The barrel is slightly smokey which is enjoyable and the base beer has enough chocolate and roast to hold up to the barrel aging.

Serving type: growler

08-30-2013 00:52:29 | More by Treebs
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3.43/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown 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, wood, and parmesan cheese aromas. Taste is much the same with wood and whiskey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop 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 pretty good beer with a decent flavor but the parmesan cheese aroma is not too appealing.

Serving type: growler

08-26-2013 16:35:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received in trade from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours an inky black with a smallish tan head that takes some coaxing to come out. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses, a bit of oak, some brown sugar. Very pleasant nose. The flavor is sweet with brown sugar and caramel and bits of chocolate, vanilla, roasted grain, and wood tannin. Thick body with a creamy silky syrupy mouthfeel and a very light level of carbonation. Love the aroma, this is a very nice stout, I could sip several more of these given half a chance.

Serving type: growler

08-24-2013 22:02:47 | More by johnnnniee
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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Acquired via trade
Thanks, HeyOhhh!

An exceptional whiskey barrel-aged stout in nearly every way. Thick, black, heavy, and coating in appearance with a dominating chocolate and whiskey combination in the aroma. A little bit of wood and peat as well. The flavors translate nicely as well along with a rich, coating, luxurious mouthfeel experience. Decadent and delicious.

Serving type: growler

08-22-2013 22:29:52 | More by ehammond1
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4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500mL growler courtesy of Matt. Thanks! Split

A: Like the RareR DOS we had before: a thin mocha head and great legs. Very black. Looks tasty.

N: Tons of caramel and single malt whisky. Loads of chocolate/cocoa, espresso, and raisins and some molasses. Sweet cherry and lots of cabernet sauvignon type notes with the tobacco and leather.

T: Again, very nicely balanced, but it has just a touch more flavor and depth than the rum barrel. Whisky comes through cleanly and this has a pronounced hot cocoa effect. Slight bitterness.

M: Oily, thick body. Sticks to the palate.

O: Perhaps the best RIS I've ever had. Very, very complex and hangs out all over the palate. Bra-vo.

Serving type: growler

08-12-2013 18:27:32 | More by writerLJBerg
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4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Decent mocha head. Medium collar.

Smell - Rich chocolate. Whiskey. A little peaty. Boozy. Whiskey dominates the nose.

Taste - Whiskey is less dominant. Rich dark chocolate. Scotch-like whiskey. Oaky. Slightly sharp finish from the whiskey.

Mouthfeel - Thick. Medium low carbonation. Boozy.

Overall - Pretty good, though I prefer the bourbon barrel to this. Not infected though!

Serving type: growler

08-06-2013 00:19:18 | More by Alieniloquium
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New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, thanks jefe73, split with kelp.

A: pours absolutely pitch black, short mocha head, leaves a ring of head around the leg

S: whiskey barrel, roasted malts and a little char, a little dark chocolate and coffee in background. Comes together with a little sweetness lending to a coconut aroma.

T: wiskey, a little alcohol burn, lots of oak, a touch of vanilla, some bitter dark chocolate and very dark roasted coffee.

M: full body, smooth and fairly creamy. Alcohol isn't as hidden as I'd like. Coats the mouth fairly well.

O: a lot more barrel flavor than the rare dos, better body, but also a little more bozy and not as much chocolate and dark fruits. A blend would of the two would perhaps be awesome.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2013 03:25:50 | More by Satchboogie
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4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Rare DOS aged in Prichard's single malt whiskey barrels. Served in a snifter.

A: Opaque and dark, essentially black, with a half-finger of tan head. No visible carbonation to speak of.

S: Dark roasted malts, cacao, vanilla, and some coffee with the woody oak sweetness and whiskey. Very nice on the nose.

T: Follows the nose. Chocolatey and cacao, a rich whiskey presence, bready toasted malts, vanilla oak tannins. Sweet, but with some dryness near the end, likely from the oak.

M: Thick heavy body, alcohol is obvious but it doesn't seem overly hot. Low carbonation sensation.

O: I really enjoyed this one. I preferred this over the Rare DOS that I had side by side - at least for this tasting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 01:16:46 | More by macrosmatic
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4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml growler poured into HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a dark brown that appears an almost jet black in the glass, slight mocha head that recedes decently fast to a fairly still top, some alcohol legs with light spotty lacing that slowly recedes back into the glass.

S- Now this is what Rare DOS is supposed to be like! Fudge, chocolate, balanced bourbon, decent aroma strength.

T- Fudge, chocolate, subtle hints of whiskey, slight breadiness. Nice balance and tasty.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation but appropriate for style, smooth, very drinkable.

O- This was a quality barrel-aged stout that had a nice balance but I don't know if I'd quite say this lives up to some of the better stouts I've had. In my opinion RareR was definitely better but this was definitely one of the smoother more balanced BA stouts I've had, just could have used a tiny bit more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 02:44:23 | More by jaasen64
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4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer. Poured from a growler right after we had a growler of (probably) infected rare dos. Nice vanilla and bourbon on the nose. Taste is smooth with good barrel characteristics. Makes me realize that the taste of the rare Dos was definitely the exception and not the rule from Peg's. Definitely seek this one out if you can.

Serving type: growler

08-03-2013 02:39:30 | More by DonFrap
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4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vicious dark brown/black appearance along with a light brown thin head that lasts well throughout. The nose picked up very subtle single malt whiskey undertones, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, and some figs. The complex flavors of this brew gave off a peanut butter-like surprise which later translated into a hazel nut touch, molasses, light vanilla and bourbon comes through as well. Thick and full-bodied mouthfeel. One drawback I noticed about this beer was that it was missing that barrel-aged oak flavor which prevented this beer from hitting a solid A or A plus even. Overall, this beer was complex, solid, enjoyable and tastes even better as it warms up.

Serving type: growler

07-29-2013 18:31:33 | More by CuriousMonk
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4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nooner batch 3, Rare DOS aged in a Pritchard's single-malt whiskey barrel for six months. 500ml growler into a Cycle Brewing snifter.

A - Pours the usual inky black, with a two-finger mocha head that recedes to a thin cap. Fantastic lacing down the glass for the full duration.

S - Okay, Doug was right -- this smells almost like the beer was aged in a pumpernickel bowl instead of a barrel. Light brown sugar and wheat, along with yeasty goodness. Not sure I've ever found a barrel that gives such a distinctive character to a beer before.

T - It's definitely Rare DOS, but again that breadiness jumps out and dominates. Honey and grain are upfront, some sweet malts in the middle, with a bit of coffee in the finish.

M - Like Rare DOS and its variants, while not Zhukov-esque, the mouthfeel is solid. It's only three days old but is lightly carbonated, yet is very full.

O - This is a unique stout due to the barrel. You hear it about Guinness, but this one really is like drinking a loaf of bread. I have to say that I like Rare and RareR better, but this is a very nice beer and definitely worth chasing down for the tick if nothing else.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2013 07:54:02 | More by djmichaelk
Nooner Batch 3 (Single Malt Whiskey Rare DOS) from Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.