Nooner Batch 3 (Single Malt Whiskey Rare DOS) - Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing
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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by writerLJBerg:
4.51/5 rDev +4.6%
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
More User Reviews:
4.35/5 rDev +0.9%
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
4.26/5 rDev -1.2%
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
4.36/5 rDev +1.2%
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
Nooner Batch 3 (Single Malt Whiskey Rare DOS) from Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.