Cream & Sugar, Please | Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub

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Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub
Florida, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A cream sugar porter. Big lactose, very good creaminess and milk. Black and lacey. Above average mouthfeel. Unique tasting, a sipper and a little sour in the finish. I think more chocolate presence would help. Most interesting on tap tonight at Peg's.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Peg's, Gulfport, FL

Listed as a sweet porter brewed with chocolate and coffee.

Dark brown-black pour, opaque but lighter around the edges, with a dense finger of off-white head that retained well and left some lacing on the glass. Fairly roasty aroma, smooth coffee, dark malts, and not much else to speak of. Taste was similar...this was a porter, but Peg's gets a nice full body out of their beers, making this almost comparable to a stout. Dark malts, smooth coffee, pretty much no bitterness at all, a nice creaminess provided by the lactose addition, and a good amount of semi-sweet chocolate coming in about mid-palate. Silky full body, coffee was not too strong or overbearing, which was nice. Great beer overall, and quite sessionable at 4.9%ABV.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Cycle. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Black body. Medium off white head. Thick collar. Great retention.

Smell - Roasted malt. Coffee. Lactose.

Taste - Sweetness from the lactose immediately. Coffee quickly overwhelms it, but the sweetness persists. Some roasted malt. Lactose finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light for a porter. Flavored by the adjuncts mostly.

Overall - Too much lactose for me.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Catching up on reviews, from notes taken 4 months ago. A crowler poured into a 22oz snifter. The brew appears black in color with a khaki cap. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass.

This smells roasty like coffee and chocolate. A little bit of mineral character is present but its not distracting.

The taste is sweet like milk chocolate and a hint of lactose-like character before minerals and an earthy finish.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. An average clean drinking milk stout that is worth trying but not something to go crazy about.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of sweet coffee, crystals, sweet malt. Very much on the sweet side. Smells like someone overdid it with the granulated sugar in a damn Starbucks. Not bad.

Yeah tastes pretty much the same. Granulated sugar and McDonald's coffee.

Mouthfeel is appropriate, good carbonation, just like McDonald's does it.

Pretty okay.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There are a few beers that really show what a porter is (and keep it well out of stout territory). This is one of them. Smooth and well bodied, but somewhat light at the same time. Creamy tones are certainly there as is an accent of sweet. Coffee is here, it seems? Very easy to drink and a real pleasant one at that. Another great beer from Cycle.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the brewpub, the beer is a dark brown-mahogany coloring, with a foamy, filmy, clingy, light tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee, subtle bittersweet chocolate, and hints of char. Flavors are heavily roasted coffee, bitter and rich, with a creamy sweet overlay. Dry, light bodied, with a roasted and chocolate sweet aftertaste. Dry, smooth finish, with a subtle bittersweet linger. Solid beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cycle Brewing, in St. Petersburg, FL.

This one pours a fairly dark brown, nearly black, with a small head, and a good amoun of lacing.

Smells like roasty coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, and a little bit of chocolate.

This is pretty low ABV, but a good level of flavor for the low levels of booze. It's got a good level of flavor, a good level of coffee flavor, with some vanilla, roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. It's all balanced nicely and makes for one of the most drinkable coffee porters ever.

This is medium bodied, with a super level of drinkability, and a normal level of carbonation.

This is a super drinkable and nice coffee porter.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light bodied. Getting a faint whiff of coffee. It's really subtle. Getting a big creaminess from the lactose. It's very light. Easy drinking. Think Milk-Porter.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crowler, about one week old, served in a Cigar City snifter 3/13/2015 in honor of the Hunaphu's Day festivities. I had this rated at 3.75 before (without a review), but don't remember the full experience so I'm taking the time to review this in full.

A- Dark brown body, pretty much looks like a porter, nice two finger tan head with good retention and very nice lacing.

S- Lactose, mild toasted malt, milk chocolate. Not particularly strong or impressive as far as the smell goes, but it certainly smells the part of a milk porter- plenty of milk chocolate, even with a bit of roasted coffee bean, like a cafe americano.

F- Lactose, milk chocolate, toasted malt, roasted coffee bean. Solid, very tasty milk chocolate sweetness with a bit of that toasted malted porter with a nice roasted coffee bean finish.

M- Thinner-medium bodied, slightly watery, but still reasonably tasty. Good carbonation especially out of the crowler.

O- This is pretty solid. Nice lactose sweetness makes for a nice mild milk chocolate and coffee experience. The flavour seems to be driven by the adjuncts here. Different, not necessarily better, but different.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Crowler filled 2-9-15.

A- Pours a 99% opaque color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of frothy surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Nice blast of dark roast coffee with a slight sweetness on the back end. Very pleasant overall.

T- Good semi-sweet coffee flavor with a roasty finish. Hints of vanilla but there's mostly a medium-roast coffee flavor that's prevalent. Moderate bitterness.

M- My only complaint is it's a little thin in body and not very creamy but it is a porter, not a stout, so I won't get too nitpicky. Medium-low carbonation is pretty on point though.

O- I guess you could say this is a well-balanced and sessionable coffee porter with not as heavy of a coffee punch as other coffee beers...but that intensity is why I like coffee beers. Very good, but not quite great.

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crowley filled 3 days ago, flown back to MA and reviewed fully at time of consumption to phone. Really dig the crowler idea; someone in MA needs to get on that ASAP.

A- Super deep brown body with black notes in the middle. A two finger foamy mocha crown with fair retention. Sheets and webs of lace coat a large portion of the glass.

S- Oh hello coffee. Fresh and intensely smooth coffee borderline dominates the aroma with some roasted, cocoa and toasted grains underneath. The coffee has a medium earthy roast feel.

T- Coffee is strong with this one. As in the aroma the beans are the show with a deep, rich coffee flavor akin to very well brewed Joe. Earthy and bright fruits beyond the medium roast from the coffee. Cocoa powder, toasted brown malts and some lactose sweets.

MF- Silky lactose infused body with that signature stiff but smooth feeling. Medium bodied with high carbonation levels. Finishes with a bit of a roast bitterness from malts and coffee.

Depth of coffee in the aroma and flavor not just dark roast domination. Toasty brown grains, cocoa and the coffee of course with a nice lactose touch. Crowler is awesome by the way, beer perfect after a few days.

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Peg's Cantina.

Pours thick black. Intense, fresh-ground coffee dominates the aroma. Smells quite nice, like squeezing a bag of coffee grounds.

The intense coffee seeps into the flavor, and it's balanced exquisitely by the lactose and sweet barley, ending perfectly bittersweet.

Not much else to say other than this an A+ coffee porter.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pegs. Nice pour into my pint glass...deep brown with off white head. Aromas of freshly ground coffee. .I mean fresh.
Nice sweet malty coffee flavor with some nutty malty notes.. but the coffee is just so fresh and tasty. Its super light but full of flavor. Its a nice brew to finish this Mexican burrito at pegs...a perfect desert brew. Its a tad light and thin but overall a great easy drinking coffee brew...which is hard to come by.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brownish black with a beige head.

Light coffee, with milky undertones, not that far off from the inspiration really.

However, it's a bit too light and fizzy, and sometimes gives an impression of root beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at The Independent. Served in a pint glass.

A: Dark brown, not quite opaque, with nearly a finger's worth of tan head. Low visible carbonation.

S: Burnt coffee, lactose creaminess and some sweet dark malts. But my overall impression is that of black bitter coffee - but not in an unappetizing way.

T: Follows the nose. Roasted coffee malt, creamy lactose, some sweetness from the malt to balance. I think there's a small amount of hop bitterness near the swallow, but it might be bitterness from the coffee. Roasted malt bitterness in the hang.

M: Thin body for a porter, but seems rich at the same time. Low alcohol presence, low to medium carbonation.

O: If you don't like some big coffee flavors I would suggest skipping it altogether. It's not exactly a complex beer. But, I drink my coffee black every morning (irony in relation to the beer's name notwithstanding), and quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a crowler into a wine glass.

Pours thin, deep brown with a fizzy, quickly disappearing head.

Smell is pretty awesome. Sweet hazenlut-flavored coffee. Smells creamy.

Coffee flavor shows excellently again on the palate, offering nutty, toffee flavors. However, from there, it sort of falls off the map. Light chocolate and vanilla and brown ale sort of flavor.

Very thin and light-bodied. Light yeast and malt feel. I'd call this watery almost, although the carbonation gives an interesting seltzer kind of feel.

It's cool. Really like the coffee profile, but the beer itself lacks something.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.68/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Arrives a dark brown with ruby highlights. Small tan head with little retention.
Smell is malt, toffee, coffee and vanilla. Decently balanced.
Taste is strongly coffee then toasted malt and nut. Balance sucks, more like some spilled beer in a cup of coffee (which I hate) than anything else.
Body is medium at best with a light effervescence. Drying finish with a clean (not desired) finish. Body is weak and way too much coffee with no sweetness. Too bad. This one really missed the mark.

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Photo of Chaney
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this porter from Peg's before we left Tampa.

A: Poured a pitch black color with a slight wispy off-white.

S: Freshly roasted coffee with a bit of milk, but not much. Has a bit of rye cracker in there as well.

T: Coffee buttercream frosting in spades. Sorta has the same quality as Terrapin WNB on the finish. A bit of dark fruit in there as well.

M: Creamy and silky, damn near perfection. A bit of splotchy, buttery lacing.

O: Drinking the last drop of this growler was pure torture. Amazing!

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Photo of thampel09
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid coffee stout that's smooth and velvety. Packs a solid coffee taste and not overbearing especially when your drinking it during the hot summer months in Florida

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Photo of Chico1985
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Cam for sharing this 32oz Crowler. Can growler! What will they think of next? Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark brown-leaning-towards-black pour. A small beige head forms, retains as a mostly full cap, bits of lace left.

S - Straight up fresh quality coffee, kinda grounds-y but very flavorful, lactose, pastries, slightly dessert-y.

T - A little more sweetness here and lots of lactose coming through. Still big on the coffee, mostly good coffee and lactose to be honest, slight roast and chocolate there as well.

M - Good body, somewhat high carbonation, lots of flavor for the ABV, nicely light.

O - Kind of a coffee lactose bomb, but pretty awesome as such, the coffee used here is great and complex. Nice to have this in a low ABV porter.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cycle in St. Pete. Pours dark brown to black with thin tan head. Smell is dark roast coffee and roasted malts. Good mouthfeel, typical to the style. Taste is smooth, delicious coffee, malts and a hint of sweetness. To me, 75% coffee porter and 25% milk stout. Overall I really liked it

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Photo of larryarms847
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a somewhat thin looking dark brown, which appears black in the glass except a noitceable reddish brown hue around the edges and a thin ring of light tan foam around the rim of the glass.

Pungent aroma of fresh brewed coffee and heavily roasted malt. There is a faint caramel like sweetness that lingers, as well as a sweet aroma of fresh cream.

This is brings a punch of fresh coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and heavy sweet cream flavors. Tastes very much like an iced coffee with a splash of milk, a pinch of sugar, and a bit of carbonation.

Full-bodied, low-medium carbonation, roasty, creamy, and sweet.

Overall, I can't say enough good things about this beer. I love the simplicity of this beer with just enough creaminess and sugary sweetness notes to balance a delicious coffee base. Drink it for breakfast!

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mini Growler from trade – Thanks @Doppelbockulus!
Notes taken on 08/31/14– to my Barrelworks Brewco snifter glass

A: Pours like it might be overcarbonated or infected but that is not the case. An unrelenting sudsy tan top just continues to billow on upwards. Took me several attempts to even get the glass half full. Seems to display more growth than any actual dissipation. Finally reveals a thin dark coffee colored brew. Some faint sticky residuals are eventually left stuck to the glass.

S: A subtle espresso roast greets the nose with fresh coffee house aromas and dark chocolates close behind. I get some highly kilned grain and there is a touch of dark berry fruit there. Fairly nice and inviting but nothing too in your face really.

T: Freshly roasted coffee with some dark roast malts, cocoa powder, and mild dark fruit components to it. Really this is mostly all coffee and it’s a house blend. As in nothing to bold or daring but quite fresh and tasty. Lightly bittered and just super frothy light. It virtually bounces on the palate. This one is going down with ease.

M: Super light and thin. As in the lightest body I have ever experienced in a brew yet. Almost overcarbed even. Clean, crisp, and dry in the finish.

D: Interesting brew. I mean it is super tasty but nothing outside of a good cup of joe. It is as if they set out to create something more like a table coffee rather than beer. And I would say they were quite successful if that is the case. Extremely sessionable especially on this Sunday morning. This is probably wondrous on draught. Not so sure growler be the best format. Not one you would probably hunt down but a very nice to try.

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Photo of deebo
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a light bodied coffee porter that is light on the dark roasted coffee flavor with a smoother milk chocolate flavor. Easy drinking with a nice blend of sweetness and lightly roasted malt. Had this as a chaser while drinking the BA coffee stouts so it was quite the difference.

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