Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub

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Stout - American Imperial
4.51 | pDev: 6.43%
Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: D.O.S. aged in Pritchard's Double Chocolate Bourbon Barrels
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Cycle Brewing snifter glass.

A: Deep black and opaque. Looks very thick, with barely any visible carbonation in there. Forms a thin tan head that stays around for a bit, but settles out fairly quickly.

S: You can smell the chocolate while pouring. Up close, there's chocolate, cacao, and bourbon. Deep roasted malts and oaken barrel lending vanilla and tannins. Really, really good aroma.

T: Chocolate – dark chocolate, cacao, and Dark Hershey's syrup. Bourbon and associated sweetness. Dark roasted malts and vanilla, oak tannins and thick malt sweetness. Hints of leather and mild dark fruits. But the chocolate and bourbon shine here. The finish is restrained bourbon, barrel, and residual chocolate sweetness.

M: A thick, sticky, viscous mouthfeel. The alcohol presence is restrained for style. Very low carbonation sensation adds to the thick body.

O: This was really, really tasty. For my tastes, it hits the perfect balance of barrel prominence without overwhelming all other flavors. A truly excellent big, thick, sticky barrel-aged imperial stout.

Mar 04, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle. served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark black body, opaque in clarity as expected, one finger dark mocha head, a bit of retention, no lacing. Smells of a hefty chocolate milkshake aroma, bourbon heat, oak, mild roast, a bit of coffee. Very nice. Flavour is similarly chocolate-forward; I've never had Pritchard's Double Chocolate Bourbon but I'm getting a pretty good sense of what that is from this beer. A very nice base beer for the barrel-aging treatment. Chocolate brownies, bourbon, more chocolate, a bit of char and roast, espresso. Primarily a chocolate-based flavour, I don't know how to get more specific with this. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, appropriate carbonation, plenty of depth and flavour but just thin and feels a little bit lighter than it should. A very nice imperial stout with a particularly good barrel-aged treatment.

Apr 10, 2016
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The highlight of this beer is the thick, full, rich mouthfeel. Exactly what a barrel aged stout should be. The palate is chocolate stout with a strong molasses finish. Overall, a very nice BA offering from Cycle.

Nov 04, 2015
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Mangbus from Florida

4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a cycle snifter - black as night with a thin brown head that stuck around for a bit. Smelled of bourbon and rich chocolate. Taste followed suit with a heavy fudge bourbon taste. Feel was thick and rich with the usual silky mouthfeel that cycle always delivers on. One of my favorites from their 2014 releases.

Aug 17, 2015
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from 7clutch in a recent box. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial stout aged in Prichard's double chocolate bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: Pitch black opaque pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, fizzy, mocha colored head with decent retention. Head makes more than enough fizzy noise. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A bit flat by they end, unfortunately. A slight ring remains leaving a few falling dots of lacing. Great color but too fizzy a head.

SMELL: Big nose of bourbon, oak, sweet cream and vanilla, coconut with some wonderful milk and pure chocolate aromas. Smells great. Bold and complex, with notes of toffee and roasted malt under the bourbon and chocolate heavy aromas. Great.

TASTE: Lots of bourbon, oak and chocolate flavors up front. Bold beginning, with coconut and toffee sweetness as well. Big, bold and flavorful finish of bourbon, coconut, sweet vanilla and milk chocolate, oak, toffee, some pure bitter baker's chocolate and some burnt and roasted malts. Decadent. Absolutely lovely.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A little prickly on the palate, unfortunately, only semi-creamy, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch and finishes sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Awesome. Decadent and excellent. Could use a slightly creamier palate, which would pull the flavors together to perfection, but otherwise, this is a superb creation that brought a huge smile to my face. Lots of wonderful barrel character with chocolate and roasted components that work so well. Would love to drink this again. Thanks again 7clutch. This was spectacular.

Jul 04, 2015
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timc100 from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very similar to Rare DOS, just softer barrel and more sweetness. Still has the hearty char and heavy roast, just with a plate of brownies to the side.

May 17, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super chocolatey. Huge bourbon dosage here. Vanilla and oak. Figs, molasses. Thick and vicious. Everything done right. Cocoa. So good and so drinkable.

Apr 10, 2015
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours thick black opaque in color. Smells of chocolate brownies. Taste is chocolate decadence with the oaky barrel character coming thru at the end. Wonderful balance of the booziness with the beer. Best Cycle beer I have had and they have done some great one.

Apr 04, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle as DCB Dos courtesy of MeadMe, thanks for the hookup!
Thick black color with a smallish tan head. Big coffee chocolate and molasses with hints of vanilla, bourbon and wood. The flavor follows the aroma but adds a bit more warming alcohol. Thick body light carbonation, silky syrupy mouthfeel. That's a damn good beer right there!

Jan 20, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Viscous looking. Almost no head. Leggy.

Smell - Chocolate and bourbon. Woody. A little nutty.

Taste - Sharp woody flavor. Lots of chocolate. Very woody. Bourbon lingers in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium low carbonation. Heavy body.

Overall - Sharp flavor from the wood that isn't that pleasant.

Jan 06, 2015
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Awet for busting this one out for us. Pours jet black with a small tan head, quickly dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace at all on the glass.

Smells of lots of fudge-y chocolate, bit of vanilla, oak, warm bourbon, molasses, toasted marshmallow and plenty of dark roasted grains. Taste has lots of chocolatey sweetness up front slowly being joined by the vanilla, marshmallow and other sweet flavors followed quickly by the woody oak, bourbon heat and dark roast. Smooth, sweet feel is surprisingly easy to consume.

Overall this is really good. It has all of the flavors I like and the barrel doesn't overpower the supporting cast. Can't wait to try the other bottles!

Dec 15, 2014
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Rich chocolate fudge. This beer was amazing. Just a hint of barrel character that brings out the vanilla and the richness. It adds the right amount of booze. One of the best stouts I've had this year.

Dec 11, 2014
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GatorLCA from Florida

5/5  rDev +10.9%

Once these reviewers crack into their bottles, their ratings will rise. Much better from the bottle than draft. Liquid fudge with a hint of Bourbon. 2nd best bottle of the 5 releases

Nov 18, 2014
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floridadrift from Florida

4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Liquid gold from Cycle Brewing, try to get this!

Big chocolate fudge chunks with well integrated bourbon presence, a super desert beer. Great tan head, beautiful lacing. Smells like a Heath Bar. Overall, I really dig this beer as much as RareDOS14.

Nov 08, 2014
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indurTheB from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Boozy up front. Have a few bottles, but have thus far only tried the on draft version on November 4, 2014 when it was released. Strong chocolate taste. Very drinkable, not as refined as Rare or RareR DOS.

Nov 06, 2014
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Beer4B from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

This was really fantastic on draft, haven't cracked a bottle yet.

Cold: chocolate milk in the best way. Great mouth feel with lots of chocolate and plenty of bourbon on the nose but not too boozy.

Warmed: the bourbon really shines through with plenty of chocolate left. Great balance.

Nov 05, 2014
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Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 213 ratings