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

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Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Alieniloquium on 03-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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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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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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Nooner Batch 2 (Vanilla RareR) from Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub
4.33 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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