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Peg's G.O.O.D. Rare D.O.S. | Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub

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Peg's G.O.O.D. Rare D.O.S.Peg's G.O.O.D. Rare D.O.S.
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub
Florida, United States
pegscantina.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Taste the rareness! Doug's Original Stout aged in Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey barrels.

Added by glid02 on 11-18-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
372
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
17.97%
 
 
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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 372
Photo of tarheels86
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Peg's for Berliner Bash. Near ink pour with rich, reverse cascade mocha head. Not too much lace. Nose is tawny, black pepper, bourbon richness, melted fudge. Taste is quite rich and on style- buttery bourbon, melted dark chocolate fudge, vanilla. Spicy wood finish. A bit dry through the end. Still, quite delicious. Really like the palate on this one. Doesn’t really improve as it warms.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml growler, thanks to jefe73, split with Kelp.

A: Pours pitch black with about an inch of tight mocha brown head that lingers for a little while.

S: Chocolate fudge, coffee, a little vanilla, dark fruits, and hints of oak and bourbon in the background. Very inviting.

T: Tingle of alcohol and noticeable phenols, mostly pleasant dark fruits. Chocolate and coffee are fairly prevalent with vanilla and smooth bourbon on the middle of the palate. Dark fruits and oak on the finish with a touch of alcohol.

M: Close to full body, not nearly the thickest stout I've had, smooth and creamy. Finish is a touch on the boozy side.

O: A very good imperial stout.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Ben - thanks! An imperial stout made by Peg's Cantina aged in whiskey barrels from a local distillery.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla. Also present are mild amounts of earthy oak aromas that waft out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the roastiness is more intense and overpowers the whiskey to an extent. Large roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately bitter semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip mild amounts of vanilla work their way into things, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer as the flavors all worked well together. Worth a shot.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a snifter.

My pour of Rare D.O.S. looks like it may be a little bit light on the carbonation. The beer itself is pretty much black, with dark mahogany and ruby edges where a bit of light can sneak through. Just a tiny wisp of a mocha cap rests around the edges of the glass without the ability to leave lace.

The aroma comes on strong and smooth. Creamy chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and smooth bourbon.

From the first sip it is not hard to tell why this beer has received such high praise. Throughout each sip there is a smooth bourbon presence from start to finish that starts slow and never goes over the top. The Palm Ridge whiskey integrates itself well with each flavor component of the base beer. Creamy chocolate makes the beginning of each sip taste like fudge. The roasted malt has its own sweetness and brings some coconut, vanilla, and molasses. Toward the end of the sip, the growing oak presence combines with a bitterness in the base beer to create a slightly astringent flavor.

As expected, the carbonation is a little bit lighter than I suspect was intended. What carbonation is there is light and creamy, which allows the beer to really mellow on the tongue and lets me feel the full weight of the body with each sip. There is a sweet stickiness after each sip.

This is definitely on my list of beers to go back and have again, especially fresh, if it becomes available.

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Photo of drowland
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/7/10. Pumped straight from the keg at the brewpub very kindly by Christina! Niiice black pour with a small brown head that laces a ton. Huuuuge BA aroma on this cat! Tons of vanilla, coconut, butter, and more with a definite whiskey burn. Sweet imperial stout flavor loaded with BA coconut, vanilla, and more. Finishes with nice roasted coffee and dusty dark chocolate... Quite delicious!

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

From a growler, second batch. Thanks to Mike M for hooking up this long-time want of mine! Rare D.O.S. pours out much RareR D.O.S. did; oily and black like squid's ink... The difference here is that an actual head build up on top of the black brew; deep tan, quarter-inch in size at first, but it instantly falls to nothingness - no ring, no skin, no nothing.

The aroma is rich and sweet, with notes of deep, chocolate fudge cake, whiskey-laced oak, light hints of cinnamon (I know there's no cinnamon in this beer, but something smells spicy), touches of barrel-forward vanilla, and a mold of some sweet, dark fruits; prunes and raisins covered in brown sugar. It's rich, it's chocolately, it's fudgy, boozy, and pretty sweet on the nose.

Lots of thick chocolate flavors bounce forward with the first sip, following that dense, fudge cake flavor profile closely. Lots of stuff going on here, with each sip bringing more out to the light: very mild cinnamon bun notes, sweet currants, dates, and plums, sweet caramel, dark fruit jam, woodsy coconut and vanilla notes, and plenty of whiskey and barrel-y oak.

The flavor profile is nice and complex, there's certainly a lot going on, and I'm pulling out a ton of stuff from this beer. But I don't absolutely *love* it like I should. I mean, reading over my notes, this sounds like a wet dream on paper... But taking each sip, I wasn't overwhelming with orgasmic flavor like I thought I would be.

Why doesn't this stroke me like it should? Well, I think it has to do with my astronomical expectations heading into this beer. That's not fair to the beer, I know. But it doesn't send me into beer nirvana like it should. I actually preferred RareR D.O.S. and the sweet rum and lightly tart dark fruits, and my expectations were high for that as well.

That said, this beer is still damn good. I mean, really, it's a great stout. And if a local brewery sold it near me, I'd probably have it all the time. But it's not worth giving up the farm for. It's awesome, but it's not going to be up there with the beers you dream of having again. Luckily, we didn't get one of the infected growlers, so that was a plus. Again, this beer is great - it's really damn good. But it's not the world beater it was made out to be.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque brown with a dark tan thin head along with nice lacing that lasts decently throughout. Aromas of sweet malts, roasted nuts, licorice, oak, and light bourbon undertones. Brown sugar was immediately picked up in the flavors along with vanilla, dark fruits, figs, and woody bourbon chocolate, which later turns out to be acidity and off-putting. Medium to thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a solid single whiskey malt aged imperial stout, but the acid/metallic taste at the end was a major turnoff and really hurt the score.

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Photo of seeswo
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cam rules! Enjoyed side-by-side with Rarer DOS and for f's sake, it was blind!

Pours a very dark brownish color with a cocoa head. The nose is a bit confusing, as (blind) it was hard to identify whether a barrel was involved. Mild, but sweet with roasted chocolate malts. The taste came off as candied sweetness up front and then what I thought was a bit of charred chocolate malt, but must have actually been the tannic quality from the barrel. A bit boozy in the middle. Once revealed, i was suprised i didnt get any of the coconut i had read was in the beer. Medium body and carbonation - has a good, not over the top mouthfeel. No doubt, this is a good beer, however it is clearly too sweet rot up front and a bit overly tannic in the finish. For that matter, it is not clear to me that whiskey barrels are the best choice for this beer. I am being picky and part of it is how unfair it is to compare this beer to rarer DOS because this is a very good beer.

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Photo of 77black_ships
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

THX! for the sample of this gorgeous rarity. This originated from one of the growlers that Mikkeller & To Øl @ Borefts 2013. I didn’t get it from the stand, I managed to get RareR there but missed this one. I have heard from pretty much everyone who has ever gotten hold of this one that their growler was infected & this was no exception. It didn’t taste terrible or anything but this was clearly not what it should have been. I have absolutely no idea how this beer managed to get its reputation. Huge local pushing? Or is it mind-blowing at the source? Black with a mocha head. Smells lactic (yeah) with bourbon, vanilla, sweet, chocolate, caramel, coffee,… Lastic taste, high carb & a bit thin body but still very enjoyable with its notes of vanilla, molasses, caramel, touch coconut, sweet caramel, coffee, faint roast, light warming spirit. Flat, spirit. It must be noted that even despite its condition this was till very enjoyable. Luckily the RareR was in good condition.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown lack color with a smallish tan head and a little hint of lace

S-dark malt, coffee, coffee, bourbon, light fruit, chocolate

T-dark malt, chocolate, some sour cherry, bourbon, coffee

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth

O-infected, but not to the point if being undrinkable, hard to rate this accurately as a result

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is obviously infected but still is fairly drinkable in this state.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.37/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

32oz growler, sampled at the Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst campfire last summer; just now getting around to uploading my notes. Thanks to whoever shared this!

A: Black body, brown head, spotty tan lace. Ok.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, coconut, smoke, dark chocolate. Really good, but a little muted.

T: Sweet and sour, with Bourbon, lactic tartness, and oak. Metallic finish. Disappointing, but drinkable.

M: Medium-to-thick body with creamy carbonation. Good.

O: Infected, but lightly enough to be drinkable, and the nose was still excellent. Really glad I got to try this, but bummed it was an off batch. Will revisit if I get the chance.

Cheers!

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Photo of EgadBananas
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a small growler..or is it technically a bottle?

Pours black as night, with a very minimal dark brown head. Dissipates to a murky blackness. Aroma is definitely tart cherry, though its not huge. There's some oak, bourbon, chocolate and coffee...but that mineral, acidic aroma really disrupts things, despite being mild. The taste again has some cherry notes, and a milder, faint acid, along with the mild bourbon, roast and chocolate. Disrupts, but its not awful. Still feels nice and full bodied, creamy.

Well, as it sits, its just an okay BA stout with the mild touches of infection. I can tell its awesome when not infected. How unfortunate!

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Photo of Paincane
2.97/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Black motor oil appearance with a khaki head & decent lace. Good head retention.
S: Dark roasted malt, tart sour cherries on the nose.
T: Malt bomb of flavor and booziness but very tart notes follow consistent with infection.
M: Smooth thick chewy body. Decently carbonated.
O: It is a shame this was infected. Will have to taste this on the premises to get the best experience.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.43/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16oz flip top growler opened on 7.31.13

A - Pours a deep dark black with a mosch brown head that moves to the edges.

S - Barrel, subtle booze, metallic.

T - Bourbon, wood, acidic- Slight cherry (Oh NO!) Some chcolate in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with heavier body, a sweet, sour finish.

O - A bit of a let down, infected. Lots of acidic and cherry tones.

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Photo of itracy63
2.22/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Infected...although I'm sure this beer is fantastic, there are enough reviews of infected beer to keep me from actively seeking out or trading for this beer again. It's too bad, but I guess that's just something that happens, maybe someday I can experience this beer as it should be.

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Photo of DonFrap
2.19/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

So. Either this is infected, of just plain bad. I know this beer is supposed to be good, but I'm not getting it. It smelled a little tart, and it tasted fairly tart. Left like a tinny, chemical feel on my tongue. I'd try this again, hoping that its just a 1-time infection issue, but it's bad. Buyer beware with the recent batch.

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Photo of Brabander
2.16/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I feel really shit to write such a bad review but i have to. This is one of the beers i was looking for...really looking for. There was a great beerfestival yesterday in Holland (Borefts) and BA member Fux (Francois) brought his bottle to the festival. We had already heard from other that there were infected bottles and this one was one of them. Too bad cause i would love to get a good bottle from this beer!

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Photo of iadler
2.1/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Have tried 4 growlers in the past two weeks from two separate trades. Review is based on all four.

A- Pours a deep brown with two bottles having a high level of carbonation creating a 2 finger head leaving plenty of lacing, while the other left small spots of lacing with minimal head.

S- Initially there is a decent amount of warm whiskey, a hint of vanilla and caramel with faint cherry notes. However, within a minute or two, the sour cherry becomes more prominent with some vinegar.

T- The sour cherry becomes more and more apparent with every sip with notes of band-aid. There are hints of whiskey, chocolate and vanilla, but the sour/acidic/medicinal flavors are prominent especially at the end of the sip.

M- Carbonation ranged from low to medium, with the sour cherry acidity lingering.

O- Unfortunately, I have yet to try this beer without having any infection issues. There are signs of promise for this beer, especially when you first open it up, but the infection is pretty apparent and makes the beer basically undrinkable. Drain pours after a couples sips for all four growlers.

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Photo of inlimbo77
2.09/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

16oz growler, July '13 release
Riedel tulip

A: Pours pitch black. Motor oil for sure. Thin wisps of deep tan that fades into just tiny bubbles around the edges. Leaves some lacing bits.

S: Diacytl on the nose. Think this got the infection issues sadly. Really over powers all the imperial stout notes I would be picking up. Get some dark cocoa puff hints.

T: Tart cherry flavor up front, from the infection. Really overpowers everything stout-like. You get traces of what would have been underneath. Slight vanilla, but its more on that butterscotch infected note. Booze heat on the finish. Dry red wine is actually a good description.

M: Full bodied but thinner than it appears.

*reviewing how I had it. I hope to try a non-infected batch ASAP.*

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