Double Barrel Vanilla Rare DOS | Cycle Brewing

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4.45/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cycle Brewing
Florida, United States
cyclebrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel Then Vanilla Bourbon Barrel-Aged Rare DOS Imperial Stout

Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-12-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
68
pDev:
6.07%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
10
Trade:
1
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Photo of Bammer21
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lemmy187
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffo
3.74/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Desp59 a while back. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bourbon barrel aged THEN vanilla bourbon barrel aged imperial stout

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a three finger, fizzy, crackly, foamy tan head with half-decent retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Foamy head crackles down to a good film and clings slightly to the glass. A ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass. The head is a little mundane on this one but the color is okay.

SMELL: Bourbon barrel, sweet cream, definite vanilla aromas with hints of milk chocolate on the nose. Vanilla comes through nicely and meshes well with the sweet bourbon barrel.

TASTE: Vanilla and bourbon barrel character up front. Boozy with sweet cream and some butterscotch at the swallow, moving into a boozy and bold finish of bourbon, milk chocolate, sweet cream and vanilla, some butterscotch and alcohol. Good stuff and plenty of vanilla and sweet barrel components.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Not overly creamy, a bit prickly perhaps, goes down fine with a good burn at the swallow and finishes somewhat sticky. Decent about of heat lingers. Could be a little tamer, perhaps.

OVERALL: Solid stuff for sure, though the look is a little lack luster and the feel a bit pricklier than I’d like for the style. Plenty boozy as well, but I guess that’s what you get sometimes when it’s double barrel aged. A good beer by Cycle, as they all are, but not executed in a way that makes me want to crawl back like the vast majority of their other big stout offerings do. I’d go for another one in the double barrel Rare DOS series. Thanks again, Desp! Always a pleasure.

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Photo of Winston3737
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beersgud
4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tazmon
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Plenty of barrel present in DB Vanilla Rare DOS - but, I was mildly disappointed that there wasn't more vanilla present. The beer drinks quite clean and pours beautifully - and there's lots of vanilla in the nose - but somehow, that doesn't translate to the taste. I don't know whether the barrels overwhelm that vanilla a bit, or if age has muted it.

Still, a damn fine beer. I just want more vanilla, damnit.

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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kidzord
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vfgccp
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of M_chav
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maltznhopz
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerRay
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of juablu
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a rich black color with a thin brown head on top. The smell of the beer is a little underwhelming, it gives off some acetone aromas which cover up all of the vanilla notes that should probably be there. The taste is solid though, tastes really pleasant. The feel is rich and silky. Overall it’s a good brew!

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan head. Black in color.

This beer is over the top vanilla. I am unsure how people like it so much. It is too sweet and too artificial. Solid barrel flavor. A tad thin. Very cycle like.

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Photo of chippo33
3.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amguerra305
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours and sits pitch black in the glass with a cm dark khaki head around the edge of the glass. Lots of vanilla up front, woodsy in the middle with just a hint of caramel and followed by some bourbon booze. Little bit of marshmallow as well. The barrel really becomes prevalent in the taste. Sweet up front and a strong vanilla back end that subtly lingers. It feels a bit thin and carby, especially for the style. Overall this beer is excellent with strong barrel and vanilla notes. A little bit thin and over carbed for the style is really the only knock on it.

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Double Barrel Vanilla Rare DOS from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 68 ratings