Rare Scooop
Cycle Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
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4.75 | pDev: 5.68%
Cycle Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Rare Scoop is our collaboration with 3 Sons Brewing Co. and it is beer ice cream, Neapolitan flavor.
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 144 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Mehinaman:
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 25, 2016
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HitchSlap from Colorado

4.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Straight from the bottle hours after the release.

A: Dark and viscous with little head, slight carb.

S: maybe mine was too cold at first, so there wasn't much of a nose, nothing offensive at all, just couldn't smell much more than sweet booze.

T: Damn, this might be the best Cycle/3sons creation yet. I was skeptical due to the strawberry but it turned out fantastic, I get all 3 components chocolate-vanilla-strawberry in that order. Strawberry is fantastic with a jam like presence.

F: viscous just like it looks, creamy as well.

O: best damn beer to come out of cycle, along with DBR and Hazelnut ;)

May 20, 2016
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TampaRainman from Florida

4.67/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

(Reposted review from Duplicate Entry; Original Review based on draft. Scores for the bottle are virtually the same, although I might edge up the taste to a 4.75 as the bottle seemed to be even more integrated than the draft).

C'mon. What did you expect when two southern lords from House Barreltheon formed an alliance in St. Stoutsberg with a legion of adjuncts at their disposal? Not even the band of soulless mule-riding shitlords could take away the enjoyment of this Neapolitan treat.

A: Black like John Snow's cold dead eyes. A half inch head of Dothraki shaded foam quickly decapitates itself into a thin ring.

S: Strawberries stand proud and pert like dragon lady breasts emerging from a chocolate malt funeral pyre. As the flames recede, the oak, vanilla and sweet molasses kneel in humble observance

T: Sweet Sam Malone, what the hell is a Cheers reference doing in here? Decadent chocolate coated strawberries painted with a fine brush of candied bourbon.

F: Thicker than Gregor Clegane's quads.

O: A damn tasty beer. Worthy of the mighty hype throne upon which it currently rests? Ah, hell, you be the judge. But if you're a kingslayer or just like sweet sipping dessert stouts (think Bramble/Backyard/Life is Like), then you'll be hard pressed to find a better beverage to enjoy when Winter comes.

Jul 18, 2016
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Urlacher54 from Illinois

4.98/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is one of Corey's best! This is literally Neapolitan icecream in a glass...with Bourbon. Notes of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla balanced with the oak of the barrel.

Seek this out!

Sep 13, 2016
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Kdouble from Tennessee

4.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The listing says this is retired but Cycle had it on tap at Barrel Aged Day March 13, 2020. It was available at both tap stations and it didn't last long. I got one from each station and it seemed slightly different.

Look- A dark black with a coating of beige head that clings to the edges of the glass.

Smell- One station definitely had more strawberry aroma. Both had vanilla and bourbon mixed to perfection.

Taste- A great mix of all strawberry vanilla, bourbon, and cocoa. As it warmed the chocolate was more fudge like and barrel cut the sweetness. The first station did have less of the strawberry vanilla mix but the second one was great.

Mouthfeel- A creamy mix that lingers perfectly. It coats your tongue and leaves you wanting more.

Overall- Probably the best brew I have had from Cycle. A complex mix that works to perfection. Worth every penny to get attend the event.

Mar 15, 2020
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wingnutter from Florida

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

May 21, 2016
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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 16, 2017
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cjgator3 from Florida

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

Aug 25, 2016
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 11, 2016
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sendsilk from Florida

4.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm a stout guy and this is one of the best stouts I've been fortunate enough to try. I wish I was able to get more bottles of this one. The chocolate comes across beautifully with a touch of light vanilla but the really surprising part is the strawberry that comes on the finish. So well done and integrated with all 3 flavors but the strawberry finish is what really hit home!

May 27, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.49/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from desp59. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Described as Neapolitan flavor beer ice cream

APPEARANCE: Jet, opaque black pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, slightly fizzy, dark tan head with good retention. A little noisy this one is, but good color. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foamy cap. Splotchy wisp remains with falling dots of lacing. Good color and a dark head for the style.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, sweet vanilla cream, milk chocolate, butterscotch and some strawberry notes. Really candy-like aroma. The vanilla and strawberry combo does indeed give off the impression of boozy ice cream, but not at all in an artificial way. Pretty enticing.

TASTE: Candy flavors up front with strawberry, vanilla cream and boozy bourbon up front. Plenty of bourbon at the swallow with booze and candy sweetness as well. A bold and lingering finish of bourbon, alcohol, strawberry flavors, sweet vanilla cream, some milk chocolate and sweet toffee as well. Plenty of sweetness here and the barrel is bold and boozy as well. Pretty tasty treat.

PALATE: Fuller body with slightly lower levels of carbonation. Creamy and weighty on the palate, goes down fine with a good scratch at the swallow and finishes quite sticky. A good amount of heat lingers. Love the thicker, silkier feel here. Slick. Awesome.

OVERALL: Great stuff. This had all the right elements in all the right amounts. The strawberry flavor worked great and didn’t overwhelm the beer, leaving plenty of space for the vanilla, chocolate and barrel character to add flavor and layers to the beer. The look and feel were top notch as well. Really glad to have been able to try this one and would gladly drink another. Cycle never ceases to impress with its adjunct and barreled stouts. Highly recommended. Thanks again desp59!

Oct 30, 2016
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joemochas from Florida

4.78/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

May 31, 2016
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 30, 2016
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DangerDawg from Ohio

4.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jan 02, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.33/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle. Black body without much of a head. Smell is distinctly neapolitan, but the strawberry is just a bit artificial. Chocolate. Molasses. The strawberry treatment keeps is just the right side of bright. Taste has the strawberry flavor up front. Again, just a little artificial. Bourbon, but it isn’t strong. Molasses and fudge. The base stout comes out behind it. Ridiculously sweet. Oak in the finish. Heavy. Absurd. Artificial and way too sweet. I can barely drink this.

Jun 07, 2016
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millelacsmark from Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 05, 2016
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facesnorth from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nov 14, 2016
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 17, 2016
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mmcurran from North Carolina

4.98/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Jul 21, 2016
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aasher from Indiana

4.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jul 15, 2016
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IrishColonial from Texas

4.38/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Jun 13, 2016
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Eternal218 from California

4.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 19, 2016
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jorrx003 from Florida

5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the most unique and most impressive beers I have ever had. You get to taste every bit of the Neapolitan ice cream in the description in all the best ways. Definitely a dessert beer but not at all too sweet in my opinion. A wonderful experience

Jul 18, 2016
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Gobzilla from California

5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dec 08, 2018
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kjkinsey from Texas

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

Mar 30, 2017
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