Trademark Dispute Red Label (Vanilla/Chilies/Cinnamon)
Cycle Brewing

Trademark Dispute Red Label (Vanilla/Chilies/Cinnamon)Trademark Dispute Red Label (Vanilla/Chilies/Cinnamon)
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From:
Cycle Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
12%
Score:
99
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 6.47%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
324
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 11, 2019
Added:
Aug 15, 2015
Wants:
  172
Gots:
  27
SCORE
99
World-Class
Trademark Dispute Red Label (Vanilla/Chilies/Cinnamon)Trademark Dispute Red Label (Vanilla/Chilies/Cinnamon)
Notes: Barrel aged imperial stout treated with vanilla, chilies and cinnamon.
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Reviewed by hopley from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip, drank 12.10.19, bottle from 2016 or 2017, properly cellared.

Pour was thick and viscous, great 2 inch brown head, some of which remained around the edges of the glass throughout the entire drink.

Smell was malty and stouty.

Taste was hot. Chilies all the way, too much for me but that's OK. Definitely some char, before I realized which Trademark Dispute this was, I thought it was coffee. No hint of Vanilla or Cinnamon.

Overall a quality beer if you like chilies, which I do, but not as much in beer. If they were toned down a bit, I think I could have given this a higher rating. Don't think time did any favors to the other adjuncts, but I still certainly enjoyed drinking this.
Dec 11, 2019
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2016 vintage bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and flufy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, chili peppers, bourbon, toasted oak, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, toffee, licorice, molasses, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, cinnamon, chili pepper, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, chili peppers, bourbon, toasted oak, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, toffee, licorice, molasses, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, roast, charred bitterness; and cinnamon, chili, bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, chili peppers, bourbon, toasted oak, biscuit, dark bread/crust, coconut, toffee, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, light smoke/char, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, cinnamon, chili pepper, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet, and bourbon/oak/spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 12% and spice heat; with minimal lingering barrel booziness after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged spiced imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, cinnamon, chili pepper, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/spicy/tannic/drying finish. Fantastic soft/silky feel for the ABV. Fantastic balance between rich malts, spices, and bourbon barrel presence/integration; mild earthy hops and fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering bitter/spicy dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example as expected. Not overwhelming on any aspect, aged amazingly well.
Sep 17, 2019
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Rated by badmotorgrunge from Illinois

4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Latest version poured at Darklord Day! Very interesting and impressive!
May 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.68 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Feb 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by krome from Illinois

Aug 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Aug 10, 2018
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Arrives fudge brown with a nice two fingers of tan foam; decent lacing action

Smell: Milk chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla, with a hint of chili

Taste: Milk chocolate forward, with cinnamon and vanilla building; the heat from the chili appears at mid-palate; after the swallow, the whisky and oak emerge

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth and heat from the chiii

Overall: Complex and interesting; not my favorite from Cycle but a strong effort
Jul 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.66 by Winston3737 from Michigan

Apr 29, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania

Apr 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.44 by Beerbom from California

Apr 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.52 by maltznhopz from Nevada

Mar 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Mar 24, 2018
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Reviewed by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A very well done "Mexican Hot Chocolate beer" Cinnamon, peppers and vanilla are all present and well integrated. Mouth feel was solid. Very glad to have tried this beer.
Mar 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Feb 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by vfgccp from New York

Jan 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.71 by BigKev23 from Illinois

Jan 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.46 by boogerisu from Iowa

Jan 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.18 by Steban from North Carolina

Dec 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.34 by penguinBOMB from Ohio

Dec 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by rspauldi from Texas

Dec 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by tclipse from Virginia

Dec 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.33 by monty79_1997 from Missouri

Dec 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.51 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Dec 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

Dec 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota

Dec 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Jason_cs from Florida

Dec 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.63 by Vidblain from Minnesota

Dec 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.48 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina

Dec 03, 2017
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Reviewed by pmarlowe from Virginia

4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2017 release.

A: Pours viscous black with a thin ring of dense, dark brown head.

S: Bourbon, oak, and cinnamon in the forefront, along with moderate rich dark liquid cocoa, sweet vanilla bean, and chili pepper. Well balanced, very appealing.

T: Nicely integrated dark chocolate, cinnamon, medium-light spicy pepper imparts a nice pop, with roastiness and moderate vanilla sweetness through the finish. Light bourbon contribution--lighter than on the nose—mostly noticeable on the finish.

M: Medium body, medium and somewhat sharp carbonation. Moderate alcohol heat beyond the pepper heat.

O: Pretty tasty, fairly drinkable. Well balanced between the various components. Bourbon is much lighter on the palate than nose, for some reason.
Dec 03, 2017
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like cinnamon primarily, with chocolate and vanilla, and the slightest hint of peppers.

There's not a ton of barrel to this, but that's really to be expected from this brewery. There's very little pepper here, but lots of cinnamon and vanilla, and the expected big fudgy Cycle character.

This is medium bodied, slick and creamy, with a good level of carbonation for the style.

I wish there was more pepper or barrel here, but it's still a pretty special beer.
Dec 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.35 by TheBeerTruck from Michigan

Nov 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.38 by mdlb44 from California

Nov 15, 2017
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a finger of dense dark tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with no lacing.
S: Smells of vanilla, cinnamon, a hint of peppers and some nice barrel notes along with a hint of chocolate
T: Taste is vanilla and cinnamon up front with some roasted malts, slight peppery heat, nice oak, caramel and a little more vanilla with a touch of chocolate. Swallow is cinnamon and peppers with vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, slight coffee and chocolate finishing things off.
M: This beer has a full body that is fairly silky in feel with low carbnation which is adequate for the style. The beer has a drying finish as well.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some great flavors and complexity. All the adjuncts work well together and are also well integrated. The base beer is kind of relegated to the background but it still make some appearances. Worth a try but could stand to be priced better.
Nov 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.03 by kmanjohnson from California

Nov 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by Keananmichael5 from California

Nov 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.51 by clay23 from New York

Nov 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by BartS from California

Nov 06, 2017
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Reviewed by yasky from Canada (ON)

4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pre trademark dispute bottling. Black pour, smaller beige head, little lacing. Aroma is almost pastry like, dark malt, cinnamon, light pepper, light whiskey, vanilla. Sweet up front, dark chocolate, cinnamon bun, light spice, peppery, dark toffee, bourbon. Thicker body. Awesome dessert beer.
Oct 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.23 by Zaphog from Michigan

Oct 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.41 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Oct 09, 2017
Trademark Dispute Red Label (Vanilla/Chilies/Cinnamon) from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 383 ratings