Barrel Aged Batch 300 - Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4/5 rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
500ml growler generously sent to me as an extra to replace the infected Rare DOS that was extra'd to me by Lawrence. Thanks again buddy! Shared with my wife and Doug today, 10/22/2013, poured into a Founder's snifter.
Pours a fairly solid brown body, quite opaque actually with a nice 1cm mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a placid brown body that doesn't really impress me here.
This might be one of the best smelling beers I've had the chance to smell. Smells like whiskey vanilla marshmallows. Doug was saying we should have air fresheners with that scent, although I'm sure the police wouldn't appreciate that. But in any case, there is a nice whiskey presence with a ton, and I mean a ton of caramel and toffee with a nice touch of vanilla. This is one of the best smelling beers I've had.
Flavour-wise, this is disappointing after what we smelled. Its a solid old/strong ale, reminding me of Kuhnhenn 4D, but not very complex. Its very toffee/caramel forward and that's about it. Not much barrel here, no whiskey either.
Mouthfeel is quite thin for an old ale yet alone stout. Its OK carbonation, but not very thick-bodied or creamy. Its not bad by any means though.
Disappointing especially after the high expectations that the nose lends. We got excited by how great this beer smelled, but the taste and body really disappointed. This doesn't hold up well to beers with similar profiles, like BB4D. I would say this is much better than Rare DOS but that's only because its infected. Still its a rather interesting BA Strong Ale that was extra'd so I won't complain. I'm glad to have had the chance to try it.
Serving type: growler
10-23-2013 04:25:30 | More by Stevedore
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4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Shared by Sean. Also got this as an extra from johnyb. Served in a snifter on a few occasions.
A - White foam settles to a thin collar and no much else. Dark brown body with some lighter ruby-brown highlights at the fringes of the glass.
S - Big raisin, caramel, vanilla, and milder notes of wood and whiskey. There's some leather and dark fruit mixed in for good measure; reminds me of an old ale, in the vein of Adam, with added notes of a mildly smoked whiskey (whisky?).
T - The taste dials down the wood and savory flavors in deference to sweeter butter cream-filled chocolates, caramel, vanilla, toffee, and molasses. There's a touch of oak and whiskey bite to keep things from getting cloying but this is very much a dessert in a glass.
M - Smooth, creamy, medium-full body. Well-hidden alcohol, good heft, and a bit of late warming on the throat. Carbonation is on the lower side of things.
D - An other well-crafted offering from Peg's. I like how the whiskey and barrel character integrates with the base beer rather than overwhelming it. Thanks to johnyb for a second crack at this one.
Serving type: growler
11-26-2013 19:34:17 | More by MasterSki
Barrel Aged Batch 300 from Peg's Cantina & Brewpub / Cycle Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.