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Cigar City / Cycle - Not A Single Feeling | Cigar City Brewing

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4.13/5
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6 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
El Catador Club bottle #4

Style: Sherry Barrel-aged Imperial Stout.

A straight barrel-aged stout without adjuncts is the next release in El Catador Club 9th edition. This one being a collaboration with our old pals at Cycle Brewing. Aged for many months in sherry barrels, this beer eschews any additions of fruits, nuts, or what-have-yous to allow the nuance of the beer's specialty malts and the soft fruitiness of sherry to shine through.

Founded in 2013, Cycle Brewing sprang from Doug Dozark's brewing operation at Peg's Cantina in Gulfport, FL. After honing his skills at Cigar City Brewing (he was one of the first employees hired after Joey founded the company), Doug brewed beer at Peg's that garnered such acclaim that he spun his brewing operations into Cycle Brewing - a stand-alone brewery based in St. Petersburg, FL. Cigar City Brewing's history would look much different were it not for Doug and Wayne Wambles' efforts in the brewhouse early on, and we're thrilled to celebrate our history with Doug via this amazing beer.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
2
Ratings:
6
pDev:
5.33%
 
 
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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of Sabtos
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stark black with a fuzzy, bubbly tan blanket that quickly dies to a thin but burnt mocha swirling film.

Right up front this is excessively nutty and woody with a touch of nougat. The sherry is prominent with a warm heat on the exhale bringing out a touch of boozy red fruit. A second visit brings out deeper chocolate candy bar and Tootsie Roll with accents of maple and coconut via a thick, viscous body. It develops more and more as it closes in on room temperature, becoming very deeply complex with notes of cocoa dusted date and dark caramel.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cd34
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThickNStout
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador Club. Bottled 12/3/18. Served in a Cigar City teku. Enjoyed 2/7/19.

Pours oil black with a dense mocha head. The foam cap shrinks to a few small surface islands and thin collar but no lacing.

Smells of fermented grapes, chocolate, wet wood, cooked caramel and some vague char.

The flavors delivers on that nose. Vinous Sherry, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, wet burnt wood, dark fruit skins, fudge and some warming alcohol.

Full, almost chewy feel with restrained carbonation. The finish is classic imperial stout (dark chocolate, roast, cooked sugars) with tons of Sherry barrel character.

The El Catador collaboration series continues with Cigar City teaming up with Cycle Brewing this time. Not A Single Feeling is obviously an outstanding base stout as it stands up to a huge Sherry presence while maintaining plenty of its own personality. I wouldn’t mind the base returning with some adjunct ot barrel variants.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City / Cycle - Not A Single Feeling from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 6 ratings