Trademark Dispute Brown Label (Vanilla)
Cycle Brewing

Trademark Dispute Brown Label (Vanilla)Trademark Dispute Brown Label (Vanilla)
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
12%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 6.14%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
112
From:
Cycle Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  13
Gots
  11
SCORE
96
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Trademark Dispute Brown Label (Vanilla)Trademark Dispute Brown Label (Vanilla)
Notes: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Vanilla.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 112 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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superspak from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with light notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, 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/black/bready malts, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with light notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very mild herbal, grassy, roast, charred bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, dark bread/crust, coconut, molasses, ldark fruit, light smoke/char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/black/bready malts, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a solid roast/hop bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 12%, with no lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an incredible flavored barrel aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/black/bready malts, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; dangerously smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the minimally bitter/tannic/drying finish; fantastic soft/silky feel for the ABV. Amazing balance of super rich malts, vanilla, and bourbon barrel presence/integration. Mild earthy hops and fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example as expected.

Sep 28, 2019
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color with mocha head. Sweet vanilla notes, bourbon, toffee and fudge on the nose. Bittersweet, roasty, desserty, a bit boozy. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Quite nice but a bit astringent.

Jul 06, 2018
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from rutger this past summer. Cheers, man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Brown R

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear black and yields a three finger, medium looking, creamy, dark tan head with excellent retention. Pitch black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap and leaves some sticky lacing on the glass. Ring and slight wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Oak, bourbon, caramel, milk chocolate and some definite vanilla beans on the nose. Sweet cream and plenty of bourbon with the vanilla beans. Enticing.

TASTE: Vanilla beans with bourbon, sweet cream and some milk chocolate up front. Sweet opening. Some boozy barrel and wood at the swallow with a bolder and lingering finish of sweet caramel and milk chocolate, sweet cream, vanilla beans, some coconut, with a nice bourbon and wood character tying it together. Some light chocolate bitterness lingers as well, though this is mostly sweet candy and bourbon flavors through and through.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, touch foamy perhaps, goes down fine and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: These guys just do stout, barrels and adjuncts so well. They’re almost all hits, and this is no exception. The vanilla beans work great with the sweet bourbon barrel and the light hints of chocolaty bitterness plays a much needed role as well. The feel is perhaps a touch foamier than I’d like, but this is a minor point. Definitely a sweet one but enjoyable and delectable to the last drop. Thanks again, rutger!

Dec 16, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

brown bottle for the trademark dispute set. thanks a ton to greg for the set, been really enjoying these. the vanilla works really well here w the barrel and base beer and opens up beaitfully. initially a bit hot on the ABV, but after it opens up...real good.

May 06, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cycle Trademark Dispute set. Dark brown body with a viscous, beige collar. Grandiose vanilla scent with a prevalent underlying aroma of cacao. Cocoa Pebbles in a glass. The body is on the thin side. A hint of marshmallow. Nicely done.

Mar 25, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coal black color with a foamy, huge dark brown head.

Smells of rock sugar enhanced vanilla bean atop caramel, molasses, toffee and milk chocolate. Bourbon is adding a sweet spice note to the nose, boozy and a little sharp, but gently wrapped up by the complex malt foundation.

Has a very thick, creamy and smooth mouthfeel with a nice spice peak to it, which lasts on the tongue for quite a bit. Showcases an amazing balance, holding the beers profound sweetness amazingly well at bay.

Tastes of toasty malts, melted caramel, flowery vanilla, which gets amped up by whipped cream and rock sugar. The barrel brings warming licorice, bitter chocolate, herbal sweets and fudge. Finishes creamy and soothing with lots of fudge and milk chocolate entangled vanilla bean.

This is pretty sweet, but it is balanced so incredibly well that its sweetnessgets perfectly picked up by the other flavors, creating an amaingly tasty dessert beer.

Feb 28, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle. Black inky body. Smells of vanilla, oak, nutty malts, intense roasted malt. Tastes of vanilla all over. Sharp alcohol flavor. Bourbon. Intense roasted malt. Boozy. Medium heavy. Good vanilla flavor, but it's an excessively boozy stout.

Jan 31, 2017
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mdfb79 from New York

4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I loved this; tons of marshmallows and chocolate. Remind me of the 50/50 EC 18 or 20 year white wax beer from a few years ago. To of vanilla and sweet milk chocolate,, thick body.

Brown Label.

Jan 26, 2017
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jtwhicker from Tennessee

4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I'm drinking the Vanilla as the bottle in indistinctive and smells and tastes of vanilla. Visited the brewery in st Pete. Bought palet series hazelnut and vanilla. Big boozy scent right out of the bottle. Amazing!!! Almost no alcohol presence makes this very dangerous.
Bourbon and hazelnut on the front and a complexity of flavor that comes from a very thick and heavy pour. No head lace. Very paletable

Dec 31, 2016
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 trademark dispute drank on 12/19/2016

This one was my favorite of the set. A really nice vanilla bourbon fudge bomb. The vanilla isn't overpowering but it and the bourbon blend so nicely together. Great combination and very drinkable. Not super thick.

Dec 20, 2016
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black with light brown head.

S - Strong vanilla, boozy bourbon, dark chocolate, marshmallow, oak, tobacco

T - Vanilla is again at the forefront. That bourbon is here, it is not as huge as I was hoping, but still big enough to be present. Dark chocolate, char and tobacco are very nice. The back end has a good oak and smoke kick.

F - Nice and thick as a BA stout should be. It has a boozy warming, but no alcohol presence.

O - A great BA vanilla stout. Dangerously drinkable for a massive beer.

Dec 19, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one is straight Mello. Reminds me of vanilla rye but not as thick and maybe a bit less barrel flavor.

This is a nice full bodied stout. Great bourbon and oak. Well done.

Dec 12, 2016
Trademark Dispute Brown Label (Vanilla) from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 112 ratings