Rare DOS
Cycle Brewing

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Cycle Brewing
Florida, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #145
Ranked #356
4.44 | pDev: 6.53%
Nov 22, 2022
Nov 15, 2014
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Notes: Rare DOS Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, 2 years aged edition. Aged in Maker's Mark barrels.
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours jet black. Aroma is very complex - balanced combo of caramel, chocolate, roasted malts and bourbon barrel. Taste equally comple but not as intense as the aroma. Nice combo of the chocolate, roastiness and bourbon. Full bodied and rich - strongest aspect of this stout. An outstanding stout.
Nov 22, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Oct 07, 2022
Rated: 4.7 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Jul 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Resistance88 from California

4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
NewCycle Rare Dos aged over 2 years in Makers Barrels.
Part of a trade. I've have the one year version but this is a new one for me
Pours black and leaves a light brown 1/4 inch of head or so that dissipates to 1/8 and remains

Nose is all bourbon sweetness, roasted malts, and german chocolate ganache

Taste follows the nose which is always nice but also has vanilla and dark fruit flavor on top of the rest. Also has a fairamount of peat, not off-putting , it's what should be expected in a two year barrel beer.( i think)
At 11% this is easy to drink but has more depth than most beers in that abv range. It's usually the Barrel Aged beers that clock in over 14% that have this much character
thanks for this one @micada
May 23, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by mando31 from Illinois

Mar 07, 2022
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Rated by PaulMcartney33 from Florida

4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Cycle knows whats up. Reminded me of a bourbon county stout. Pick one up if you're ever in St. Pete FL. Massive terps
Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Considering the barrel aging and ABV, head production and retention, while both minimal, are acceptable. Otherwise a very attractive beer.

Very, very potent aroma, even from far away. Quite nutty, along with toast, brown sugar, bourbon, caramel, red grape, toffee, light char. It smells incredible, and more than a little intimidating.

Similar to the nose, there's a ton of flavor delivered on the palate, including a pretty hefty boozy bite - not surprising given over 2 years of barrel aging. Whiskey, nuts, oak, caramel, prune, brown sugar, raisin, toffee, toast - basically the same as the nose, with a bit more sour mash. It's not overly sweet, in line with the Bourbon County approach - albeit at a lower ABV, and aged longer.

Long wet finish after the initial boozy effervescence fades. A touch harsh, but by no means unmanageable - again reminiscent of Bourbon County in that fashion.
Jan 01, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by odenbr12 from New Jersey

Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by mdfb79 from New York

Dec 20, 2021
Rated: 4.36 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Aug 07, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jul 20, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Midnight black pour complete with a brown cap. Huge wood and whiskey booze with accenting black strap molasses, bitter sweet chocolate and char. Tastes slaps the palate with whiskey foremost, then waves of oak, baker's chocolate, char and black strap molasses, with a final light burst of cola, earth and burnt caramel. Complex but stay relatively separated as the large barrel dominates. Feel is hot with big oak and malt, chewy, viscous and yet smooth besides warmth
Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by kramacam from Kentucky

May 28, 2021
Rated: 4.74 by gbiello from Massachusetts

May 23, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by WDJersey from Colorado

May 17, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnG190 from New York

4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours black as night with a dense tan head that dissipates quickly. On the nose, roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, dried fruit and charred barrel - very complex! On the palate, raisins, dark roast coffee, followed by notes of bourbon, oak and roasted malt. Full bodied, oily and rich with very light carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth on the back end. Overall an outstanding imperial stout!
May 16, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by Beerbom from California

Apr 26, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by JensUrup from Denmark

Mar 06, 2021
Rated: 4.54 by GaryM6 from New York

Jan 28, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Ink black body topped with a dense, creamy, light khaki hued head. Rich aroma blending roasted grain notes with bits of cocoa and toffee; a sense of coffee; muted esters; oak barrel char. Huge flavors of milk and bittersweet chocolate; roasted grains; raisins; light whiskey; raw oak. Heavy body; silky and smooth; moderate bit alcohol warmth and bite; dense residual sugars coat the palate.

A dense yet approachable barrel-aged stout. The flavor palate is rich and complex. The heavy body brushes your palate with heavy, sticky goodness that enhances the overall appeal of the beer. It presents a nice balance between beer's sweet taste and body with a warming, smile inducing high octane underpinning that should bring joy to lovers of big stouts.
Dec 28, 2020
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A long time want that my brother was able to get for me, and it more than lived up to my expectations. First pour was very fuzzy to the point I was worried of potential infection. Dark brown, ruby edging, not much head retention. Smell is whiskey barrel, dark malt, brown sugar, molasses. Taste is exquisite-the malt and barrel are extremely well balanced, and it has sweet dark fruit qualities as well. My first pour was room temperature, then I chilled it for a while for the second. It’s bolder and more well rounded warm, and while chilling it slightly thins it, it does not diminish the flavor. At either temp, it’s a big bodied thick bad boy, and although there is a slight oiliness at room temperature, it never has an off putting soy sauce presence. All around, this is an amazing beer, one of the best that I have never tried before this year. Here’s to a brother who asks if I want something from Cycle!
Jul 04, 2020
Rated: 4.41 by impending from California

Jun 11, 2020
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured at 57 degrees, black with ruby edges and a fizzy quick dark tan head; a small island survives poor retention; solid thin ring; medium plus legs and lots of small dots of lace upon swirl. Cocoa nibs, sweet dark fruits and a touch of whiskey in the nose. Bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee bean bitterness; sweet brown sugar, molasses, whiskey, burnt brown bread/toast; fruity black cherries and prunes middle; layers of black licorice, toffee, chocolate and char in the finish. Dusty dry cocoa powder feel; light carbonation; medium body; smooth but not lux; dry oak/barrel tongue coating; very little booze or warmth from 10% abv. Overall, nice rounded, soft alcohol notes with chocolate and dark fruits; thinner than expected, but so easy to drink.
Apr 18, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by hopley from Massachusetts

Apr 17, 2020
Rated: 4.48 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Apr 03, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Mar 27, 2020
Rated: 4.36 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Mar 08, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Feb 08, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida

Jan 25, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Dec 19, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Jangoon24 from Illinois

Oct 16, 2019
Rated: 4.36 by jakecattleco from California

Oct 11, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Oct 06, 2019
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 2017. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark brown head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, whiskey, toasted oak, roasted nuts, fudge, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, whiskey, toasted oak, roasted nuts, fudge, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Very minimal herbal, grassy, roast, char bitterness; and whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, whiskey, toasted oak, roasted nuts, fudge, dark bread/crust, coconut, coffee, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a solid roasted bitter/sweet and whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and whisky/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and super full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, fairly slick/syrupy, and slightly sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 10%, with no lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the minimally bitter/tannic/drying finish. Fantastic silky/smooth/soft feel for the big ABV. Fantastic balanced super rich malts and whiskey barrel presence/integration. Mild earthy hops. A bit fruitier than expected, but not overwhelming. Not overly sweet/heavy with lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding top tier quality style example as expected. Preferred some variants more than others, but this is right on par with expectations.
Sep 25, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by rab53 from Washington

Sep 15, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by travolta from California

Sep 06, 2019
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Whew! A big boozy imperial stout that was upfront and powerful. Pours a thick, dark black opaque color with just a little tan cap head and very scant spotty lingering lacing. Smells great, nice deep rich chocolate mocha, medium roast coffee, oak, strong whiskey, caramel, toasted nuttiness and vanilla. Taste follows the nose, and again that whiskey and oak is very in-your-face and strong. Definitely a sipper of a beer. Smooth, slightly sticky, rich mouthfeel that coats the palate, just the right amount of carbonation. Probably would have rated it higher - like others here - into the 4.5 range if it were a little more mellow and balanced and the high ABV didn't smack you in the face so much.
Jul 28, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by jtk21351 from California

Jun 09, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by Hop_God from California

Apr 14, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by sd123 from Georgia

Mar 13, 2019
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