Trademark Dispute: Hazelnut
Cycle Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
not listed
Score:
100
Avg:
4.59 | pDev: 5.66%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
368
From:
Cycle Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  98
Gots
  32
SCORE
100
World-Class
Notes: Barrel aged imperial stout w/ hazelnut.

Batch #1: Hazelnut
Batch #2: Trademark Dispute: Hazelnut
Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 368 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Vidblain
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trademark Dispute snuck up on me at Forager's Breakfast Nook release party - I was caught completely by surprise, and unfortunately a bit drunk at the time. My palate thus already being wrecked, I was still amazed by how hazelnut forward this beer is - the barrel presence tends to disrupt my taste buds and ability to pick out (specifically) nutty flavors... but that was not the case with this beer. Admittedly, the hazelnut is more present in the nose than in the taste (to my perception), but it's still delicious, rich, and quite forward. There's not as much bourbon as I'd hoped, but the richness is no doubt enhanced by the barrel and the bourbon.

I really wish that we had a brewery on par with Cycle in Minnesota. I'll continue to visit Tampa whenever I can!

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Sep 12, 2018
Photo of bentnorton
4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pretty standard for a stout, relatively thin mocha head that disappears quickly.
S - So much hazelnut! Plenty of bourbon as well, but I'm shocked at how prominent the hazelnut is.
T - Very much like it smells, but the hazelnut is a little less overwhelming. The hazelnut is still very prominent up front, with bourbon/vanilla flavors following. They really blend together nicely.
F - Very nice. Not too thin at all.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. You definitely need to like hazelnut (obviously), but the flavors blend together better than I would have thought.

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bentnorton from Colorado, Nov 08, 2017
Photo of Sabtos
4.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Viscous shiny black with a dense tan cream that can be lightly rejuvenated with a swirl.

Smell is chocolate hazelnut spread with a little peanut, supported by oak, charcoal and whiskey.

Taste is luscious and decadent hazelnut chocolate spread and roasted peanut kicked up by whiskey with a little heat. I think the hazelnut helps to round out and thicken this beer more than others out of Cycle.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Oct 25, 2017
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark inky looking black, with a very small head, and not much lacing.

This is a nutty explosion on the nose, with rich creamy toasted hazelnut. There's a lot of rich dark chocolate, too- this is approaching melted Ferrero Roche territory.

This is decadent, and a near perfect dessert beer. There's not a ton of barrel, but this is to be expected from Cycle. There's the slightest hint of subtle oak bitterness, and no bourbon to be found. There is however, a whole smorgasbord of hazelnut coming at you in waves, with chocolate sauce, creamy coffee, and vanilla.

This is medium bodied. It's a little bit less than thick, like most Cycle beers; this however adds to the drinkability. It's normally carbonated for the style.

I tend to frequently get a boner for Cycle's pastry stout game. This entry only enhances said pastryboner.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Oct 11, 2017
Photo of Rristow
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle. Pours black with thick brown head. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, toffee, caramel. Hazelnuts big time on taste. Flavors of bourbon, caramel and toffee with some molasses. Moderate to heavily sweet with mild bitterness. Hazelnuts make this an interesting and very well done beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2 - Pours one shade shy of black. Nose is dominated by hazelnut with a hint of chocolate - just amazing. Taste follows nose; however, there's a slight astringent character in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a prickly carbonation and some residual heat. Overall, a very good hazelnut stout; however, the flavor is dwarfed by aromas in the nose.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Jul 03, 2017
Photo of edthehead
4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black with dark brown soapy head that dissipates quickly. Hazelnut is dominant on the nose and taste, to the point that it leaves room for no other scent or flavors, but that's ok given the hazelnut is so pleasing and authentic. Mouthfeel is medium to light.

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edthehead from New York, Jun 20, 2017
Photo of Kevinpitts
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Plenty of hazelnut flavor with a bit of barrel aging flavor. In my opinion, the barrel flavor takes away a bit from the hazelnut. Overall a good beer though.

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Kevinpitts from Illinois, Apr 22, 2017
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black color with creamy tan head. Aroma has really nice hazelnut chocolate spread with some bourbon. Taste starts with slight acidic hazelnut, cacao, dark chocolate, sweet malt, slightly bitter on the finish with lingering hazelnut and cacao flavor. Medium to full bodied with really smooth mouthfeel. A great imperial stout with natural hazelnut flavor and complex flavors.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Apr 07, 2017
Photo of maximum12
4.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Happy thanks to goveia75 for this bottle from a fantastic recent trade, as I’m working my way through them. 22 oz. green label bottle - & put the damn beer names on the thing!

Black, just like the souls of the bastard writers that killed off old hippy Dale. Hazelnut comes off this thing at the three times light speed & six times the density of a black hole. If you have nut allergies, don’t even touch the outside of the bottle.

Trademark Dispute: Hazelnut tastes more like hazelnuts than hazelnuts. Hazelnuts run roughshod over whatever beer or barrel is here, & it takes twenty minutes of warming outta the fridge before this beer begins to blossom. The overbearing nuttiness & barrel twine beautifully, bringing out rich vanilla, chocolate mousse, maple syrup. Finishes with smooth alcohol & light touch of roast. Thick, creamy, & the best session stout I’ve ever had.

Getting that hazelnut whipped up with zero artificiality & meshing it with the barrel so seamlessly is a trick right out of the Book of Merlin. Easily the best Cycle beer I've had & a seriously excellent beer.

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maximum12 from Minnesota, Apr 04, 2017
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Trademark Dispute set. Dark brown, nearing black, with a viscous beige collar. Huge hazelnut aroma. Just lovely...wow. This is the most delicious and best hazelnut beer I have ever had. Need I say more?

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Mar 25, 2017
Photo of JFresh21
4.06/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid stout. The hazelnut is interesting but doesn't fit the base beer that well. I enjoyed the original version more than trademark but I like other cycle stouts a lot more than this one.

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JFresh21 from Illinois, Mar 15, 2017
Photo of Morey
4.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nowhere near as good as the original BA Hazelnut IMO. Cycle seems to be churning out large quantities of BA Stouts on a regular basis lately, and I think quality has suffered.

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Morey from Pennsylvania, Mar 02, 2017
Photo of thatche2
4.98/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Released on 11/28/2016 and consumed on 3/1/2017.

Appearance is jet black with shades of dark brown around the edges. Head is fairly minimal, spreading to the edges of the glass and light brown in color.

Smell is heavy hazelnuts (nutty, oak) with bourbon coming through in the background. Notes of vanilla, cream and chocolate are also present.

Taste follows the nose with more chocolate and less bourbon than on the nose. Hazelnuts are still noticeable throughout with a nice flavor surge on the finish. Vanilla and oak flavors are present, and there is just enough roasted malt and coffee flavors to bring everything together. Maybe a touch of cinnamon as well. Sweetness is moderate and bitterness is fairly low.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and extremely creamy. It is almost oily slick/watery, but it works with just enough body.

Overall, this is one of the best beers that I have had the pleasure of tasting. The waves of hazelnut, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla flavors work perfectly together. The bourbon is well placed and doesn't overpower the other flavors. There is no shortage of hazelnuts as it hits you like a truck on the aroma. Beautiful beer all the way around.

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thatche2 from Georgia, Mar 02, 2017
Photo of BeantownBrews
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful oil pour with a mocha head
Smells immediately of hazelnut, toffee, coffee, some chocolate
Awesome flavor, hazelnut compliments the base without overpowering or seeming "artificial" and the barrel pairs well with the nuttiness too
Typical cycle mouthfeel, maybe a tad thicker than anniversary coffee stouts
This is everything I wanted grey monday and hazel's nuts to be

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BeantownBrews from Massachusetts, Feb 09, 2017
Photo of -Rick
4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a complete chocolate and hazelnut bomb. As creamy as a stout can get, this was my second favorite Trademark beer, coconut edging it out. Seek out if you can!

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-Rick from Massachusetts, Feb 02, 2017
Photo of aleigator
4.52/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily black color with a stable, fluffy dark brown head.

Smells almost like Nutella - lots of fudge, cream, toffee and milk chocolate get enriched by toasty hazelnuts. Pretty sweet, like dessert, with a smoky roast touch, amping up the chocolate. The Bourbon barrel isn't overly hot or too present, it just adds a nice layer of oak and spices to the decadent sweetness.

Drinks sweet and smooth, with a soft carbonation to it, producing a medium bodied beer, which drinks surprisingly easy while providing a nice depth.

Brings an initial rock sugar rush to the palate, together with wooden, roasty hazelnuts and a huge amount of mousse au chocolate, establishing a pleasant silkness rightaway. A short coffee glimpse, together with the oaken barrel add a nice dryness to the prominent chocolate sweetness without distracting or changing the beer's focus all too much. Whipped cream shows the most during the long finish, together with licorice, molasses and peppery spices, slowly overpowering the initial milk chocolate sweetness with lots of maintaining roasty hazelnuts.

Awesomly tasty beer! Complex, yet focussed on the chocolate-hazelnut tandem, together with a roasty bitterness and a luscious amount of soft whipped cream. This got consumed insanely fast by us, unusually for a stout this high in abv, which would usually last for a whole sitting, but this one makes you continuing drinking, while revealing a satisfying depth of flavors at the same time.

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aleigator from Germany, Jan 31, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle. Black body with a thin collar. Smells of really strong hazelnut. Chocolate. A little bourbon. Roasty nuttiness. Tastes less appealing. Intensely boozy right up front. Some bourbon. And more hazelnut, but not as intense as the nose. Chocolate. Boozy and heavy. Intense, just like the vanilla version. I appreciate the hazelnut a shade more than the vanilla flavor.

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Photo of raspy22
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer! Look was practically black with a nice darker tan thin head. Aroma just blew me away! Hazelnutty, chocolate, bourbon oak, Nutella. The taste had a creamy hazelnut, chocolate, and bourbon treat! Again more hazelnut/bourbon on the aftertaste which lingered for a while in my mouth. Alcohol was quite subdued and the mouthfeel was really creamy! So delicious!
Overall, it was an incredible beer that really blends the hazelnut/chocolate/bourbon together very well. Among my all time favorite beers! I will certainly be searching for more of this!

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raspy22 from Arizona, Jan 29, 2017
Photo of Knapp85
4.27/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a deep black color with a thin brown head on top. The smell of the beer is loaded with hazelnut. The taste is packed with a lot of hazelnut as well as some chocolate and coffee too. The feel is slick and oily. Overall this beer is very good.

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, Jan 05, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A pretty exceptional beer on all accounts. I love hazelnuts, so I know a lot of people are saying it's too much - but I wanted more! Still a fantastic BA stout from Cycle, and I love that they made again, I was fearing I'd have to sell my first born for a bottle this time a year ago.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Motor oil black, 1.5 inch thick creamy dark khaki head
Smell: hazelnut, vanilla, malt, Dark chocolates and finishes with a beautiful bourbon nose
Taste: big hazelnut front, vanilla and some dark chocolate and Carmel flavors along with oak, finishes with bourbon
Feel: medium body, crazy smooth, than a little bourbon heat at the end
Overall: one of the best stouts I've had

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Futbolmanby from Michigan, Dec 25, 2016
Photo of fireazzi
4.81/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was like drinking a liquid candy bar with hazelnut. Great nut smell. Very nice dark thick pour. Tasted really good and not too sweet. The hazelnut really comes out perfect on this beer. One of my favorites of the 5 day set.

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fireazzi from Massachusetts, Dec 23, 2016
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4.61/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a taster. The best of the Cycle Trademark's IMO. Excellent hazelnut flavor without being artificial tasting. Thin mouthfeel, per the Cycle norm, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of eppie82
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Cycle Brewery.

This is a pretty phenomenal beer that exceeded all of my expectations. Dark black liquid that leaves very thin caramel colored ring around the edge of the glass. I love hazelnut flavor in general, so this had a high likelihood to disappoint if it didn't deliver the amount I was expecting. And it did not disappoint. Hazelnut, marshmallow, nutella and bourbon were all there on the nose and the smell. Great mouthfeel, really something that was truly for sipping because it continued to coat the mouth more intensely as you drank along. Eventually, even after getting with the glass, I continued to taste the hazelnut and nutella for a while.

If you can get this, get it. It will not disappoint in any way, especially if you like the taste of hazelnut.

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eppie82 from Illinois, Dec 06, 2016
Trademark Dispute: Hazelnut from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 368 ratings