3rd Anniversary BA Ethiopia Yirgacheffe
Cycle Brewing

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Cycle Brewing
Florida, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.29 | pDev: 6.29%
Aug 05, 2019
Aug 16, 2016
3rd Anniversary BA Ethiopia Yirgacheffe3rd Anniversary BA Ethiopia Yirgacheffe
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3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by macrosmatic from Florida

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. Purchased at the brewery on 8/15/16, consumed on 9/12/16.

A: Very, very dark brown, opaque. Minimal visible carbonation and a thin tan head that fades away fairly quickly.

S: Bourbon, oak, and vanilla; with coffee as an undertone. Mild caramel, barrel char, and roast notes from the coffee and the malt bill.

T: Coffee up front – a nice roast with sweet herbal notes. Whiskey and vanilla, oak tannins and chocolate as well. Chocolate and coffee are nearly balanced, maybe a little heavier on coffee. But not nearly as coffee forward as I expected. It finishes with coffee, sweet malts with notes of toffee, and whiskey. A little more roast bitter and barrel char shows up to help it finish less sweet as it warms.

M: Carbonation sensation on the low side. Fairly full body, but honestly I think notably thin compared to some of the beasts that Cycle has put out before. Alcohol restrained for style.

O: Now, understand I’m comparing it to Doug’s very, very high bar that he’s set for himself – but this isn’t as good as a lot of the other Imperial Stouts he’s put out. This suffers especially in the body area, but it just lacks a punch or anything special. The carbonation in this bottle is borderline flat – that does detract some. I don’t know if it was just this bottle (it didn’t "pfft" much when opened), but it’s been refrigerated since I got it on release day. Not what I expected.

Aug 05, 2019
4.25 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jun 03, 2018
4.58 by GreatStoutman from Texas on May 31, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Treyliff from West Virginia

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black with a thin creamy khaki head that has short retention and settles to a ring around the edge

S- oaky bourbon and mocha espresso notes up front, light fruity red berries, vanilla & fudge brownies

T- coffee notes give more of a fruity berry note up front, followed by notes of dark chocolate and caramel. Nice barrel character adds notes of oak, vanilla & caramel

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and slightly slick finish

O- this one seems to have a bit more barrel character than the others

Feb 12, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Sabtos from Ohio

Shiny dark brown with more of a dark tan head than Sumatra, fading to a lightly bubbly collar.

Smell is roasted nut, cherry, roasty malt, bourbon heat and acidic coffee, while taste is chocolatey and smooth, but still quite hot of bourbon syrup, accented by peanut and molasses.

We did a 3rd Anniversary horizontal, and needless to say, the "DRINK FRESH!" was not adhered to by my fellow bottle-sharers. As such this probably suffered for it, but nonetheless, it was decent.

Nov 06, 2017
4.29 by rcjennings from Ohio on Oct 01, 2017
4.25 by bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey on Jun 24, 2017
4 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia on May 23, 2017
4.2 by vfgccp from New York on Apr 15, 2017
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3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by cosmicevan from New York

the last of the series for me...and the 4th of the that I couldn't get opened at a tasting so solodomed. this series gets a lot of hate and it is kind of warranted. they are definitely thin but not bad...that saod, I don't think they warrant the $30 price tag. other than that they are solid beers, bit maybe like $18 compared to what's out there. Eclipse is way better and they hardly warrant that $30.

not having these side by side it 's hard to say where this one fall but I ember some being better and some being worse. the coffee has a stale taste and this is far from fresh in general so could be faded? thick and sludgy flavors without the body to support it. good, not great.

Apr 05, 2017
4.25 by Petegrieco from Massachusetts on Mar 06, 2017
4.75 by npala86 from Florida on Feb 08, 2017
4.13 by RPM3334 from South Carolina on Jan 31, 2017
4.44 by JamesStreet from Louisiana on Jan 24, 2017
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Jeffo from Netherlands

Got this one from vanlingleipa. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Edition

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a three finger, thicker looking, creamy, dark tan head with great retention. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a nice, full, creamy cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Big nose on this one with lots of oak, bourbon, creamy, vanilla laced coffee, milk chocolate and some nice pure, dark chocolate as well. Fudge brownies, vanilla cream and lightly roasted coffee beans. Goes really nicely with the barrel notes.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak, vanilla and sweet cream up front, with notes of milk chocolate. More bourbon notes with a hint of lightly roasted coffee at the swallow, moving into a bolder and lingering finish of bourbon, oak, sweet vanilla cream, lightly roasted coffee and some pure, dark chocolate. A bit of booze lingers, as does a touch of fudge along with the creamy coffee notes.

PALATE: Medium-full body with low levels of carbonation. Silky and smooth on the palate, goes down slick and finishes somewhat sticky on the palate. A bit of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Excellent. Pretty much all of these BA coffee stouts are going to be winners and I wouldn’t expect any less. This one didn’t quite leave the lacing that the Vietnamese Edition did, but who cares, really. Lots of nice barrel character with some smooth, creamy, lightly roasted coffee to go with it. A nice fudge and chocolate character here too, especially in the nose. Very enjoyable and it reminds me yet again why I love Cycle so much. Cheers vanlingleipa!

Jan 08, 2017
3.76 by Vicirus from Massachusetts on Jan 08, 2017
4 by MRVermont from New Hampshire on Jan 04, 2017
4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona on Dec 28, 2016
4.27 by striker2160 from Minnesota on Dec 23, 2016
4.33 by dcisco44 from Massachusetts on Dec 10, 2016
4.25 by grahuba from Connecticut on Dec 09, 2016
4.05 by JoeMans from New York on Dec 08, 2016
4.51 by Ohiovania from Ohio on Dec 08, 2016
4.24 by Kurmaraja from California on Dec 06, 2016
4.34 by South2NW from Oregon on Nov 25, 2016
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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Immortale25 from North Carolina

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. No freshness date,

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with nearly no head. Soon there's just a paper-thin dark tan ring around the edge of the glass and some faint wisps of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Huge barrel character. Sweet vanilla-laced bourbon notes with some coffee just barely making its way through.

T- Great bourbon character with notes of caramel, molasses and dark chocolate upfront and an aggressively charry roast finish. Not sure what the ABV is but I would guess around 11%. Coffee is actually more subtle than expected since the barrel flavor seems to be overpowering it but there's definitely plenty in the aftertaste. Also some raisin-y dark fruit.

M- Creamy but not as thick as I'd like it. Low carbonation and a full body.

O- Very good but I feel it may have been left in the barrel a bit too long since the coffee isn't really given enough room to shine. Definitely a bourbon bomb here.

Nov 25, 2016
4.06 by jaydoc from Kansas on Nov 22, 2016
4 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Nov 20, 2016
4.33 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Nov 17, 2016
4.33 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Nov 16, 2016
4.85 by lupercmda from North Carolina on Nov 15, 2016
4.25 by Masters from Massachusetts on Nov 14, 2016
4.36 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Nov 14, 2016
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4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by HopBomb515 from New Jersey

Pitch black, thick, very little head and thick viscous sheets of lacing. Huge notes of roasted malt and roasted coffee. Notes of fresh ground Yirgacheffe coffee, roasted grain, and toffee sweetness and fresh cold press. Thick, chewy and coating. Amazing coffee forward stout!

Nov 11, 2016
4 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Nov 05, 2016
4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas on Nov 03, 2016
3.66 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Nov 02, 2016
4.24 by aasher from Indiana on Nov 02, 2016
4.44 by Eziel from Ohio on Oct 26, 2016
4.25 by mothman from Minnesota on Oct 23, 2016
3rd Anniversary BA Ethiopia Yirgacheffe from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 77 ratings