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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Stout - American Imperial
4.5 | pDev: 6.44%
Cycle Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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hopley from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
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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superspak from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
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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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
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
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
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
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
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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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
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
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
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
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yasky from Canada (ON)

4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
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
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from the RED-labeled, 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Almost jet black, and opaque. A low amount of visible carbonation, and a half-finger of tan head that lasts quite well. It doesn't much stain the sides of the glass, which is surprising given provenance, though the lacing sticks to the glass well.

S: Chocolate and bourbon, vanilla and chilis – each about in balance. Cinnamon and oak in the background. Some coffee flavors pull through from the roasted malts. Very nice - a balanced yet complex aroma. I’ll have to compare to rum version, but I think I liked rum better on the nose.

T: Chocolate, chilis, and cinnamon. Bourbon and vanilla with oak dry tannins come in the second tier, but it's not like you have to search for them. While the chilis are an obvious flavor, they come with minimal capsaicin heat. There's some sweet tobacco and mild caramelized sweetness. Bourbon and cinnamon and vanilla in the hang – but the mild peppers end up lasting the longest.

M: While this is a heavy-bodied imperial stout, it’s not as chewy or coating as Hunahpu, or indeed the RareR &+. Low but appropriate carbonation sensation. The alcohol is well-integrated for sure.

O: This is disappearing from my glass quickly. Really, really good. Not quite the sweetness of Hunahpu – it's missing the molasses, but it also seems more completely attenuated. A truly excellent beer, though I think the rum barrel-aged version I had on tap years ago was better (at least according to my notes).

Oct 09, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with slight light brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a mild cinnamon and peppers. Taste is also a mild cinnamon and peppers. Minimal vanilla.

Aug 21, 2017
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Rristow from Ohio

4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from bottle. Pours black with thick dark brown head. Huge cinnamon and chile pepper aroma with some cocoa. Taste is mild to moderate bitter and not overly sweet. Flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, and just a hint of pepper on the finish. Very well done tasty stout.

Aug 17, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to goveia75 for this 22 oz. red patterned bottle, the last from our trade, which makes me sadder than sad. And I’ll reiterate - name your stupid beers. Split with my wife.

The pour is black & lively-looking. Smells thick. Big malts, light barrel, spicing. Tiny touch of heat in the nose hairs that I had to search for.

Trademark Dispute &+ is an ambush beer. The lurking chilies come popping up like a spring-loaded prairie dog, aggressive but not overbearing, & delicious. Everything else is a subtle second fiddle: light vanilla & pleasant spicing (wouldn’t know it was cinnamon but for the bottle). Barrel is more of a tongue-tingler than anything else. Somebody send out Harry Dresden to hunt down the vanilla (perhaps in the Nevernever?). With a couple of Nexium, I do believe I could have taken the whole bomber.

I must be getting old - I’m sweating just a touch. Or maybe that’s just the hot 2009, 18 lb. Windows Vista computer in my lap. Not quite in the NHL with some of the other Trademark series, but still very good.

Jun 29, 2017
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edthehead from New York

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good looking dark Stout with a nice pungent head that stuck around a while but with minimal to no lacing. Nice spicy chocolaty nose, and spice pepper and cinnamon come out nicely on the tongue. Adequate mouthfeel. Worth the try.

Jun 17, 2017
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OompaMentor from Georgia

4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into snifter. Dark color with little head. No carbonation evident. Cinnamon, bourbon and chilis greet nose. These flavor are well balanced and easily consumed. Very nice dessert beer; not to sweet but delectable! Well done!

May 07, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Red bottle, formerly known as &+. Thanks a zillion to my man gregh for once again providing the wonderful peg's stouts! really digging the trademark set and although these re-brews are not the masterpieces of the originals, they pretty darn close and this is certainly a star in the set. deep peg's sludgy stoutness...the vanilla the chillies...and a hint of the's all is the bourbon. Great full and rich beer.

May 02, 2017
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JAStheAce from Florida

4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The fabled &+ from the Trademark Set. This poured thick, chewy, and oily. A traditional pour from a Cycle BA stout but can never take that for granted. A nice inch of chocolate milk colored head built up around my glass. The beer smelled of creamy milk chocolate, pepper spice, and roasted malts. The taste followed much the same and it took a few sips for the spicy heat to build up but once it did, it was masterful and lingered in my mouth. The sweet vanilla mingled well with the spice and there was always a roasty, malty back bone there to keep the adjuncts balanced and each one stood up on its own. The barrel was subdued in the background but I liked that the booze was not so prevalent as it allowed the adjuncts to be the main stars here. Really great BA stout with a nice spicy kick.

May 01, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Trademark Dispute set.

Dark brown body with an oily beige collar. Lovely aroma of cinnamon, oak, bourbon, coffee. An elegant mesh of flavors. Absolutely delicious.

Mar 25, 2017
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Morey from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

All of the flavors seemed muted, and there was an off flavor that I had a hard time putting my finger on. I think Cycle needs to decrease their batch sizes on their barrel aged beers. Everything from boldness of flavor to barrel character, just isn't up to par with what I previously expected from Cycle.

Mar 02, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coal black color with a big, fluffy mohagony head.

Smells utterly sweet - spicy licorice, molasses, caramel and milk chocolate build the foundation on the nose. On top of this settles a whiff of earthen cinnamon and an intriguing mix of peppers and warming spices. The barrel gets almost entirely unnoticed, which doesn't make the beer any less intriguing on the nose.

Has a surprisingly high carbonation, which doesn't distract from the beer's general smoothness, showcasing a medium bodied, well composed, warming composition.

Tastes earthier than it smelled, with lots of sweet cinnamon, a flowery vanilla oakiness and smoky, warming peppers, soothed by a luscious amount of milk chocolate. A spicy dryness derives from this first impression with a blend of alcohol and old hops. Finishes warm, full of molasses and licorice with a nice bitter chocolate flavor among prevailing, slightly sharp peppers.

This is yet another impressive beer of this brewery. It certainly benefits more from its adjuncts than it does from the barrel, which is fine, since there is still a lot more going on than just the adjuncts. A nice balance and very intriguing depth of flavors, together with a long lasting warmth makes up for a great drinking experience.

Feb 19, 2017
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-Rick from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a 22oz bottle poured into a teku glass on Super Bowl Sunday.. Lots of vanilla and coffee on the nose. The taste is similar, with a nice spicy touch on the back end. This is an extremely creamy and chewy stout. Loved every last drop of it.

Feb 08, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L: pours black and thick with a big head that lingers. Looks too carbonated.
A: oh yeah...vanilla jumps out, then then the cinnamon and spices. Fudge backbone with sweet bourbon. Awesome aroma.
T: lots of peppers in this one. Reminds me a lot of bourbon Ba mex cake, but with vanilla. The vanilla mixes well and the cinnamon is there. Very nice. The bourbon and chocolate are fairly faint unfortunately.
F: highly carbonated, medium thickness despit it's pour, but the carbonation could make it feel thinner. Just too much carbonation for a Ba stout.

Feb 05, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a small creamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- plenty of chili pepper aroma up front, followed by a heavy presence of cinnamon. Oaky bourbon and chocolate follow, with some sweet vanilla closing it out

T- chili pepper follows the nose up front with a heavy presence, followed by plenty of cinnamon. Mid-palate gives some dark chocolate, raisin, and bourbon barrel. The finish The finish gives just a hint of pepper heat, green pepper skin, dark chocolate & vanilla on the linger.

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- all adjuncts are blended evenly, causing high drinkability throughout, very good

Jan 26, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From bomber into snifter. Dark brown with a very large lacy foam head upon pour, with good amount of retention as you drank along. This had tons of cinnamon and vanilla on the nose, without much of a presence of chillies. But in the taste, the chillies are mildly there and work very well to offset the sweetness. The great part is that all the flavors work really well together and don't necessarily pop as individual notes. It tasted like I was eating ice-cream. Really delightful and whimsical (? that's the wort that comes to mind beer). The mouth feel may be a bit thinner than expected but the barrel is definitely present.

Jan 11, 2017
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Might be my favorite from the Trademark Dispute series - the flavor combinations in this are spot on, and play well with each other. The chilies add just the right touch of heat, and the vanilla and cinnamon balance almost perfectly.

Dec 27, 2016
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ragnar3 from Iowa

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a taster. Nice mix of vanilla and cinnamon with a bit of heat on the back-end from the chilies. Solid beer, but lacking in mouthfeel, unfortunately. A bit too fizzy and thin to be in the same class as abraxas, huna, etc.

Dec 19, 2016
Trademark Dispute Red Label (Vanilla/Chilies/Cinnamon) from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 383 ratings