Double Barrel Vanilla Rare DOS
Cycle Brewing

Double Barrel Vanilla Rare DOSDouble Barrel Vanilla Rare DOS
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
11%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.47 | pDev: 6.04%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
69
From:
Cycle Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  9
Gots
  9
SCORE
96
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Double Barrel Vanilla Rare DOSDouble Barrel Vanilla Rare DOS
Notes: Bourbon Barrel Then Vanilla Bourbon Barrel-Aged Rare DOS Imperial Stout
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 69 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by edisacoolcat:
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edisacoolcat from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pitch black with a dark brown and very light head. Little to no visible carbonation

A: sweet boozy vanilla with more and more vanilla. Nice bourbon with some caramel notes. Almost smells like its vanilla extract.

F: big vanilla bourbon barrel beer. Smooth and simple with tons of vanilla.

M: fantastically full body and smooth drinking. Finishes with a boozy vanilla and smooth caramel.

O: solid and enjoyable for any vanilla lover. Somewhat simple but clean flavors.

Nov 03, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 6/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Very mild herbal, roast, char bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, dark/brown bread, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, light smoke/char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/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 zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, lightly slick, and slightly sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 11%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic flavored barrel aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Amazingly soft/silky feel. Insane levels of vanilla with amazing balance of rich malts and bourbon barrel presence/integration. Mild hops and fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example as expected.

Aug 18, 2019
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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 20, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Nov 29, 2017
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bcsbeer from Florida

4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jul 31, 2017
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 10, 2019
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oct 24, 2017
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billab914 from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 20, 2017
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.74/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Dec 23, 2018
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joemochas from Florida

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jul 24, 2017
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DangerDawg from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 30, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of strong vanilla. Nutty malts and oak. Bourbon. Tastes of bourbon, alcohol, vanilla all over. Oak. Dry and oaky. Nutty malts and some roast. Really alcoholic. Heavy, but not that sweet. It's about as boozy as it gets, but it's tasty.

Jun 29, 2017
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 11, 2018
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oline73 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 05, 2018
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BeerRay from Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 26, 2017
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mmcurran from North Carolina

4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jul 04, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

Dec 16, 2017
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aasher from Indiana

4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 29, 2017
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 07, 2018
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 07, 2017
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vfgccp from New York

4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 10, 2018
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nov 05, 2017
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mattreitz49 from Florida

4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 25, 2017
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Treesonbrown23 from California

4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jul 02, 2017
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 09, 2017
Double Barrel Vanilla Rare DOS from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 69 ratings