Monday (2017)
Cycle Brewing

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Cycle Brewing
Florida, United States
Stout - American Imperial
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4.31 | pDev: 5.8%
Dec 23, 2020
Mar 01, 2017
Notes: Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee.
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Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by maximum12 from Minnesota

Picked this up recently & sampled it before deciding to write a review, because really, a 2017 coffee stout? Doesn't seem fair. Except it is. Split with my wife who is downstairs rotting her brain on The Bachelorette.

Black. A hard pour doesn't raise much & falls away to a thin fence around the edge quickly. The nose is plenty of *roast* along with booze & oak.

Monday raises the obvious question - no, not that one - why can some brewers put coffee in a beer & it lasts, while others only create long term notes of green peppers & disappointment? It's a real mystery. Time has taken all the edges off this beer. Smooth, languorous barrel, gentle coffee, touch of prune, oak that's been sanded & weathered within an inch of its life. Vanilla & alcohol intrude on the finish, with the latter lingering like an unwelcome virus. If this came in pounders I'd happily take one on a weeknight, two on a weekend.

While no doubt much changed from its birth - and aren't we all - this one has aged more gracefully than me. Primary components have melded into a harmonic whole. Lovely beer.

Dec 23, 2020
Photo of EMV
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour... 1 solid finger of tannish head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, French roast coffee, booze, and roast.

T.F: Just like it smells. Rich and dark... burned sugars and roasted malts. Strong chocolate... espresso... and bourbon. Vanilla, baked raisin, and oak. Sweetness nicely balances out the roast bitterness. Medium to thick bodied... creamy carbonation and smooth. Warming... and more complex as it comes up to room temp.

O: A pretty outstanding barrel aged Imperial Stout. Coffee works well with the brew. Big flavor... super drinkable

Sep 14, 2019
3.96 by locoformavs from Colorado on Feb 11, 2019
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

650 mL bottle. Black with a small head. Smells of bourbon, coffee, oak, and chocolate. Taste follows. No single flavor overwhelms. Coffee and oak temper chocolate sweetness with a nice bourbon backdrop. Not as sweet or alcoholic as other Cycle stouts. Very flavorful and drinks easily.

Mar 06, 2018
4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Mar 03, 2018
4 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia on Jan 22, 2018
4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jan 07, 2018
5 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania on Dec 23, 2017
4.49 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Dec 17, 2017
4.29 by tylerstravis from Colorado on Nov 15, 2017
Photo of Jeffo
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Jeffo from Netherlands

Got this one from desp59 a while back. Cheers, man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a three finger, medium looking, somewhat fizzy dark tan head with good retention. Black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly crackles down to a decent wisp but misses lacing. Looks a little flat by the end and no real lacing is left on the glass.

SMELL: Strong aroma right out of the bottle, with lots of roasted coffee and sweet cream, vanilla, butterscotch, bourbon and milk chocolate. Aromatic with some good oak, barrel character and coffee. Great.

TASTE: Bourbon, vanilla and sweet cream, toffee sweetness and some sweet, roasted coffee up front. Very flavorful with lots going on. Some barrel and bitter coffee at the swallow with a strong, bold and persistent finish of bourbon, oak, vanilla and butterscotch sweetness, bitter-sweet coffee flavors, milk chocolate and Irish cream. Very well put together with plenty of barrel, sweet creamy flavors and coffee working in excellent harmony.

PALATE: Medium –fuller body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a scratch and finishes quite mouth-coating. A bit of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Awesomeness all over this place. The look is a little average, but the rest of it is top notch. The base stout is excellent, while the barrel elements and the coffee additions are extremely well executed. Everything is definitely in the right place here. Even more evidence that Cycle and I were made for each other. Thanks again, desp. Outstanding.

Nov 11, 2017
4.24 by MarshallBirdhouse from Kentucky on Nov 07, 2017
4.29 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Oct 23, 2017
3.82 by Armando_Perez from Florida on Oct 16, 2017
4.23 by Samact from Vermont on Oct 14, 2017
4.45 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Oct 03, 2017
4.25 by wjbent from Florida on Sep 25, 2017
3.75 by chippo33 from Vermont on Sep 19, 2017
4 by IrishColonial from Texas on Sep 13, 2017
4.31 by jaydoc from Kansas on Sep 08, 2017
Photo of cosmicevan
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cosmicevan from New York

thanks gregh for always lending a hand on these glorious stouts!

although cycle has not returned to the quality of before production ramp.up, they are close than ever. Monday is BA w panther coffee. definitely rich and lush and full bodied. clearly BA'ed and coffee is definitely present as well. really.solid, but these cycle stouts all kinda start tasting the same after a bit or have slight variability. not bad by any stretch of the imagination but not super unique. this one was 25....but some of these are hitting 35 and I'm starting to feel that much like eclipse beers, they are great but really? all that coin for a beer? I know secondary prices are crazier but for those of us who don't play that game is it really right to keep upping the price on these?

Aug 22, 2017
Photo of Slack
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Slack from Virginia

22 oz
March 2017

Deep brown to black in color. Minimal head that settles to a razor thin ring. Decent lacing on a sip.

Nose is a strong mix of alcohol and coffee, a bit of raisin, and a bit of sugar.

Taste is coffee mixed with sweet raisin, a bit of barrel, alcohol, and more coffee.

Body is medium to heavy and a but rough. Carbonation is average to low. Finish is semi dry.

Cycle hype, maybe? The nose on this beer is it's weakest point. The taste may be it's strongest. The flavors are nice but barrel aged coffee stouts are a dime a dozen. This one is nice but there are numerous better. If available, try it but hard to recommend to seek out.

Aug 05, 2017
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Aug 03, 2017
4.29 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Jul 27, 2017
4.25 by bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey on Jul 27, 2017
4.24 by Duff27 from Illinois on Jul 23, 2017
4.25 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Jul 23, 2017
4.11 by SFC21 from Florida on Jul 20, 2017
4.19 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Jul 17, 2017
4.24 by orangesol from Pennsylvania on Jul 17, 2017
4.67 by Hallertau from Wisconsin on Jul 15, 2017
4.25 by mklisz from New Hampshire on Jul 05, 2017
4.04 by Kurmaraja from California on Jul 01, 2017
4.34 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Jun 28, 2017
4.24 by Jhfinn from New York on Jun 25, 2017
4 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jun 25, 2017
4.29 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Jun 24, 2017
4.25 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jun 10, 2017
4.5 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on Jun 09, 2017
4 by GDawgs34 from Georgia on Jun 09, 2017
Monday (2017) from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 69 ratings