Nooner Batch 2 (Vanilla RareR)
Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub

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American Imperial Stout
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4.5 | pDev: 7.11%
Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The boring ass stupid regular rarer is better, the hazelnut version is on another planet though. This is just like VR, with a similar amount of vanilla just a touch thinner.

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Photo of jegross2
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Nooner Batch 5, a rum barrel aged milk stout from Peg's Cantina & Brewpub out of Gulfport, Florida.

Score: 96

March 2014 vintage bottle served in a footed De Garde tulip and enjoyed on 06/05/14.

Appearance: Jet black in color, totally opaque. Pours about a finger of khaki head that settles to a thin layer. Great lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: Sweet chocolate, burnt brown sugar, woody vanilla, molasses, and oak. A touch of dark fruit and a little alcohol heat. Excellent mix. 4.75/5

Taste: Woody vanilla, burnt chocolate, dark chocolate, oak, dates, and a little wine-reminisce acidity towards the finish. Finishes with oak and chocolate and a kiss of residual vanilla. More oak as the beer warms. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Full-medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a lightly dry finish. Good balance. 4.5/5

Overall: Doug makes some excellent stouts, and this brew is a prime example of his talent (if you ever get the chance to try Whiskey Hazelnut DDT, you run to the tap line). Fresh on the tap line, I felt as though there was a bit more vanilla and a little less acidity, but this growler has held up marvelously. Personally, I preferred my pour on the colder side because it masked the oak character a bit more without muting the other flavors. Seek this one out with delicious confidence.

Cost: $20 for a 500 ml growler.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.12/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is jet black with a dark mahogany head. Nose is sweet, lots of vanilla, caramel and some rich chocolate. A touch sugary. Taste is also rich but sugary. Loads of vanilla, sweet malt and sugar, caramel, brown sugar, slightly roasted. Body is heavy and creamy with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml growler filled 3/8/13 poured into HF stemmed glass and split three ways. Consumed on 4/19, reviewed from notes. Thanks Louis (polisanl) for hooking me up, didn't think I'd be able to try this treat.

A- Pours a pitch black with a very thin brown mocha head that fizzles away fairly rapidly leaving a still black top. Not sure the abv on this but the beer leaves some nice alcohol legs suggesting that it is 9+%.

S- Nicely balanced integration of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, rum, oak, and a bit of booze. Rum dominates a little bit more then on the RareR which leaves a slightly more boziness to the smell, other then that though it has a very nice balance. About average aroma strength, takes a tiny bit of swirling to really get it out.

T- Coffee, dark chocolate, subtle vanilla that integrates well and a decent rum presence that is a little bit stronger then on the RareR and like the aroma leads to it seeming just a little bit more boozey. Finishes with slightly bitter chocolate and a little bit of a rum kick. Nice balance, but not quite as nicely balanced as the last batch of RareR.

M- Silky smooth, very easy to drink, carbonation a little bit on the low side but nice for a barrel-aged stout.

O- This was another great stout from Peg's, not quite as good as the last batch of RareR but the vanilla definitely added a nice variation to it but didn't necessarily make it better. I felt like the Nooner was a bit more Rum heavy which impeded the balance a bit but didn't effect the drinkability as a whole. Overall this beer lived up to my expectations and I wish I had more of it to try.

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Photo of Etan
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml growler into a snifter.

A. Dark brown with red hues. Tan head.

S. Rich chocolate cake, cinnamon spiciness from the rum, thick toffee and strong vanilla. Awesome aroma.

T. The vanilla is more restrained in the taste. Rum barrel is prominent, giving the beer a slightly bitter leafy taste, some light spiciness, dark chocolate, vanilla, musky wood.

M. Between medium and thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O. Although the smell is up there with the best vanilla stouts (BVDL, Chocolate Rain, etc....), the rum barrel gives a bit too much bitterness in the taste, which wasn't quite the case with regular RareR. Still, a really nice beer.

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Photo of BobZ
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz Growler Bottled March 8, 2013 (Thanks to Kyle BREWSnTATTOOS for the trade) poured into a Huna snifter. Yes, I drank the whole thing by myself.

Appearance: Nearly black with a nice small tan head of about 1/4" that quickly recedes to a thin cap. Another heavy stout that clings to the glass with thick legs.

Smell: The vanilla bean leaps out of this beer with an obvious rich and complex aroma lying underneath. It is very unique (which is an understatement), not just a pure Vanilla smell but an almost wine like aroma working within a rich chocolatey base. As the beer warms in the glass the vanilla recedes more and more allowing much more chocolate through, it just seems to smell better and better over time.

Taste: Following the nose, rich chocolate, roasted malt, hints of rum, molasses, all wrapped in a wonderful cloak of vanilla. This beer evolves dramatically as it warms in the glass, it nearly transforms over time. I nursed this beer, at first the vanilla was extremely dominant, verging on overwhelming, then as it warmed the vanilla receded bit by bit allowing the molasses and chocolate to come forward in a big way.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy "start to finish" but pleasantly never becoming cloying or overpowering in any way.

Overall: The best barrel aged stout I have ever had the chance to try. This is one beer that is wasted if you only have a small pour, you must have enough to allow the beer to change in the glass over time to appreciate. Frankly, if you like Vanilla in a Barrel aged stout then this is near perfection. I've never had Vanilla Dark Lord or BCBVS but it's hard to imagine either exceeding the level of excellence achieved by Nooner.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by Tom at his birthday party. Served in a Half Acre taster glass.

A - Tan foam settles to pretty much nothing. Black body that leaves a glass-coating brown film behind.

S - Loads of vanilla, with supporting chocolate fudge, and mild spiced rum and molasses. Delicious, but perhaps lacking in the complexity of the base beer, with the vanilla overshadowing more subtle flavors.

T - The taste is more balanced, with nice elements of roast, chocolate fudge, mild oak, spiced rum, and the expected vanilla beans.

M - Not as creamy and full-bodied as the past growlers of RareR I've had; probably just batch variation. This also seems more dry and tannic, perhaps from more time in the barrel or vestigial vanilla beans. Some residual stickiness. Chewy medium body with lower carbonation. No appreciable alcohol.

D - A good beer, no doubt, but doesn't quite match the heights of its brethren. I like the complexity of Rare and RareR more than the overwhelming vanilla bean flavors found here, even though the latter are still pretty delicious. Just wish there was a bit more coconut, fudge, caramel to support them.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at Peg's barrel day on 3/8/13. Served in a plastic cup.

A- Pours black, very thick looking, produces a thin tan head that recedes to a wisp.

S- Loads of vanilla, dark chocolate, cake, booze. The vanilla aroma is huge and really great.

T- Just as good as the aroma. Loads of molten chocolate, cake, some roastiness, as well as a massive vanilla and coconut. Nice booze and subtle oak flavors.

M- Full-bodied, thick, rich and creamy, has a considerable boozy warmth.

O- A great variation on RareR. We had this alongside Rare Vanilla, and this was easily the winner. Along with Fast Breaker, this was probably the best Rare/RareR variant of the day. Very tasty stuff.

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Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color. Minimal light brown colored head. Decent retention-about what you'd expect for a BB Imp Stout. Aroma is very sweet, bourbons, with lots of vanilla. Chocolate and cocoa to a lesser extent. Taste is full of roasted malts, cola, molasses, and sweet chocolate with vanilla, of course. Full to heavy bodied. Lighter carbonation. Mild bitterness

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Jet black. Just a little bit of a khaki head.

Smell - Tons of vanilla. A bucket of rum. Some chocolate. Vanilla all over.

Taste - Intense vanilla. Outrageous amount of rum that blends well with the vanilla. Overpowers the stout. Chocolatey but really rummy. Hot rum finish. Earthy bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel - Extremely boozy. Too much. Chewy.

Overall - I don't remember RareR being this hot. Harsh but the vanilla tastes good.

Edit: Had this a second time and it was better. Changed my numbers.

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Nooner Batch 2 (Vanilla RareR) from Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 85 ratings