Barrel Aged Batch 300 - Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub

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Barrel Aged Batch 300Barrel Aged Batch 300

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 12
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Florida9 on 06-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by portia99:
Photo of portia99
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml growler poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours with a somewhat thin looking body, pretty much completely black liquid when the glass is full, but shows some nice reddish brown highlights as the liquid level falls. A finger pale tan, foamy head forms and lingers for a minute or two before falling to a thin layer on the surface that persists. Mild lace left on the glass.

S - First impression - this smells outstanding! Big mixture of sweet caramel, brown sugar, molasses, sweet and creamy vanilla, lightly buttery, mild hint of black licorice and well integrated bourbon. Smells like an awesome dessert.

T - Sweet at the start with tons of creamy vanilla, brown sugar and caramel. The bourbon is super smooth. Behind the sweet start, the bourbon comes on - firm in flavor, warm alcohol that never overpowers. I'm having a difficult time putting into words how good this beer tastes. This is sweet overall with a distinct candy character to it. This might be the best dessert in a glass that I've ever come across...definitely the best in a very long time.

M - Medium body that feels a bit too light against the flavors that go along with this beer. Carbonation is on the lower side but manages a faint tingle on each sip. Bourbon character is outstanding here...really, really smooth - plenty of bourbon flavor and noticeable alcohol that seems like it should burn a bit given the intensity, but never yields more than a nice warmth on the back of the throat with each swallow. I wish it was just a touch thicker, but this is really finding fault where not much exists.

O - Had high hopes for this coming into it, but was prepared to be let down. On the contrary, this exceeded my expectations...by a lot. The bourbon is so smooth and the complementing candy-like and sweet flavors of vanilla, caramel, and various sugars work together extremely well. This truly is a great dessert beer. Sad that Rare DOS had its issues, but this certainly makes up for it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 mL growler poured into a snifter. Graciously shared by Doug.

Appearance - Brown body with some reddish flecks. Nice off white head. Thick collar and lots of chunks.

Smell - Whiskey. Not like bourbon. Spicier and nuttier. Peatier too. Caramel and nutty malts.

Taste - Sharp whiskey flavor. Again, it's got a spicy flavor. Caramel malt. Very nutty. I'm amazed it doesn't have nuts added to it, really. Some chocolate, but it's got more of an emphasis on nutty brown malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. No carbonation issues. A little boozy.

Overall - This barrel is great. The beer is a little masked, but that doesn't bother me so much.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler courtesy of robbiemoy13 pours a murky dark brown color with a fluffy tan head. Decent retention and lace.

Nose is Cocoa Krispies mixed with raisin-rum bread...alcohol, malt and fruit. Smells delightful.

Oh, this is nice! Coconut flavored rice with cocoa dust with some macadamia nut oily mouthfeel. This beer is awesome, ,love it. Great flavor, great mouthfeel - finished this off in record time, couldnt stop drinking it.

Photo of JReites
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Tyler1tiger for this growler in a trade.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a light 1-2 finger khaki head.

S: Mixed notes of sweet malt and whiskey. The smell of the whiskey is nice and smooth, not too overpowering by any means.

T: This is an overall great tasting beer. Up front comes the whiskey notes which are excellent. On the back end it smooths out with a nice smooth malty flavor with mild hints of vanilla. As you sip on this it begins to become slightly warming, which adds to the already excellent taste of this beer.

M: This beer has an excellent mouthfeel. Mild to medium bodied with a great balance. The whiskey up front goes towards being a bit strong then is brought back by the great malty flavor making this an excellently smooth beer.

O: This is an outstanding beer. I could sip on this for hours. Being a big fan of whiskey and bourbon, this drinks so much like a great whiskey but is even better because it is so smooth. I am glad I got to try it and wish I could find more.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Flip-top growler opened on 9.19.13

A - Pours a very dark amber-brown with a nice dark tan head with great retention.

S - Lots of bourbon, fruity, chocolate.

T - Sweet milk chocolate, bourbon, nice.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Nice chocolate and bourbon play nicely together.

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz growler poured into 25oz snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown/light black color with 3 fingers of tan head. When held to the light, shows some burgundy at the edges.

S - Smells of Figs, black licorice, burnt caramel, vanilla oak, and more tobacco when I normally pick up in this type of beer. The mix is nice, but the tobacco doesn't work for me.

T - Was this aged in a scotch barrel? Getting tobacco, smoke, caramel, vanilla, chocolate bitterness and roast. The overall package here is very nice. A bit more stout-like. This is different and enjoyable.

M - Zero alcohol presence. A bit thin for the style, but that makes me much more drinkable.

O - Let this one warm up. When cold, all that was obvious was the barrel. When it warmed up the sweet malts came out and this became one of the more interesting beers I've had in quite a while.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at the Cycle Brewing tasting room. Served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown, with no visible carbonation and a finger height of tan head.

S: Sweet, boozy and big barrel character. Vanilla, and some dark fruit and cacao.

T: Follows the nose. Roasted malt sweetness, oak, vanilla, boozy whiskey, a touch of dark sticky fruits and cacao - almost a chocolate covered raisin flavor - and then more alcohol. There's a booze character on the exhale almost like taking a shot. Still, it doesn't seem overly hot for what it is stylistically.

M: Heavy body, a sticky mouthfeel, big alcohol but not overdone, and low carbonation sensation.

O: This is very enjoyable. It's not an absolute favorite style of mine, but very good. Recommended.

Photo of Stevedore
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was offered as a special release by Doug at cycle as a comp for the problems with the last Rare DOS release. This beer was Cycle's batch 300 barrel aged. Notes:

A: Deep dark brown two finger head
S: Wood, malt, and loads of whiskey
T: Bravo! Very strong notes of the whiskey..I would say overpowering, but as soon as you think that, the sweetness of the ale comes in with soothing notes of vanilla, malt, and syrup!! Wow!!!
M: Very smooth! Really impressive...
O: Honestly, this was unlike any other beer I have had before..truly one of a kind and unique! I loved this beer...it was great! Thanks Doug!!

Photo of MasterSki
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Florida9
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: very dark brown. Almost black. Mostly opaque. Served with just the faintest tan colored head. Little retention. No lacing.

S: complex aroma. Dark caramel, figs, plum, leather, some light sweetness and a touch of vanilla.

T: taste is similar, but doesn't have the same depth as the nose, though still quite complex. Caramel, mild sweetness, plum, and a mild woody earthiness. Strong alcoholic spice on the back end. Finishes quick and slightly watery.

M: full bodied, lower carbonation. Smooth, yet still spicy from the obviously high alcohol.

O: A nice strong ale. Nice blend of flavors. I imagine this one would take well to a barrel.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris.

The beer is dark brown with a thin beige head. The aroma offers chocolate, oak, roast, barrel character, booze. Fabulous flavor. Toffee and chocolate with a beautiful malty body. Oak and bourbon. A really tasty beer. A kind of hybrid between a barrel aged stout and English style old ale.

Photo of Jas45678
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce growler into snifter courtesy of TheSamKuehn

Pours a deep dark brown with a small off-white head that fades fairly quickly. Smell is malty whiskey, leather, wood and a little vanilla. Taste upfront is whiskey, but not to overpowering with a little vanilla on the backend. Medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation for this beer. Overall it is a very good beer and different from anything I have had in awhile. Thank you Pegs making the Rare Dos situation right with this great beer.

Photo of alaimoa
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wasn't sure what to expect with the replacement for the RareDos but was very impressed, Peg's killed it... Great complexity with layers of flavor and aroma with alcohol that is hidden really well. Something very special with this beer

A: fully opaque looks black but in the light has more of a deep brown with limited head/lace but what there was was brownish
S: vanilla, burnt chocolate, toffee, molasses. Really nice smell especially as it warms
T: Outstanding flavor that doesn't take on too much of the barrel flavor but seems like it was bourbon. Initial hit of sweet vanilla, burnt brown sugar, dates, slight alcohol notes toward the back end but well hidden and not hot.
M: medium consistency with more carbonation than I would have thought but not too much. very sticky

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Barrel Aged Batch 300 from Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub
94 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.