Double Barrel Cinnamon Hazelnut Rare DOS
Cycle Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
12%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 6.35%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
51
From:
Cycle Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  10
SCORE
95
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Double Barrel Cinnamon Hazelnut Rare DOSDouble Barrel Cinnamon Hazelnut Rare DOS
Notes: Double Barrel aged Imperial stout. Bourbon Barrel Then Cinnamon Bourbon Barrel-aged Hazelnut Imperial Stout.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 51 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 7/2017. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, roasted hazelnut, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with light notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, char, 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/bready malts, hazelnut, bourbon/cinnamon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, roasted hazelnut, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with light notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very mild herbal, grassy, roast, charred bitterness; and cinnamon/bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, roasted hazelnut, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, biscuit, and dark bread/crust, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, hazelnut, bourbon/cinnamon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet, and cinnamon/bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing lingering bitter/spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly 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 amazing barrel aged flavored imperial stout. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, hazelnut, bourbon/cinnamon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Amazingly soft/silky feel for the ABV. Perfectly balanced super rich malts, hazelnuts, and bourbon/cinnamon barrel presence/integration. Mild earthy hops/fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected. Not overwhelming on any aspect.

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Photo of stevoj
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Ditlove Dark brown pour, tiny ring of head . Slick. Hazelnuts first on the aroma, chocolate. Cinnamon becomes more prominent in the taste. Mild sweetness, velvety smooth. Kind of milky too.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small brown head, and not much lacing.

This smells like creamy vanilla and hazelnut, chocolate fudge, sweet cinnamon, and very light bourbon.

Like most Cycle beers, this doesn't have a ton of actual barrel to tit, but it's sweet dessert goodness all the same. It's mostly hazelnut, sweet, creamy- almost like hazelnut coffee. There's a bit of sweet cinnamon, not too spicy. The cinnamon adds more sweetness than actual spice. There's lots of delicious creamy chocolate fudge, too.

This is definitely a bit thicker than the typical Cycle stout, with a killer creaminess and a soft level of carbonation.

I'm a sucker for these Cycle beers. It hits all the correct notes for sure.

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Photo of Buck89
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Nearly opaque dark brown color with a modest tan head. Huge cinnamon on the nose with faint milk and whiskey. Tasted like Cinnamon Toast Crunch but not overly sweet. The whiskey was subdued by the cinnamon but was faintly there. Full bodied but not overly boozy. Controversial at our share but I liked it.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from desp in a recent box. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bourbon barrel THEN cinnamon barrel-aged hazelnut 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. Half wisp remains leaving some decent lacing on the glass as it empties. This one finishes alright but the initial pour and head leaves a bit to be desired.

SMELL: Piles of hazelnut all over this one. Comes oozing out of the bottle upon opening. Cookies and cream on the nose with cookie dough and milk chocolate as well. A touch of bourbon and oak fight through with some light cinnamon notes, but this is very much a hazelnut show.

TASTE: Hazelnut, sweet vanilla cream and cookie dough up front. Some light cinnamon and notes of bourbon in there with some alcohol at the swallow. A bit of booze in there, moving into a bold and lingering finish of hazelnut, chocolate chip cookie dough, milk chocolate, light hints of cinnamon and oak. A light bourbon presence is there too but it’s quite restrained. This is very much a hazelnut forward beer.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium carbonation. Silky on the palate, enough weight as well, goes down smooth with a bit of a bite and finishes somewhat sticky. A bit of heat lingers.

OVERALL: If you like hazelnut stout, you’ll love this one. The nose and flavor profile is very nut forward, though if you pay attention, you’ll find some decent character coming from the nut additions, as well as a touch of cinnamon and some barrel presence in there as well. The feel supports the show very nicely as well.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A stark, slappy gloppy black lands in the glass, topped with a dense, creamy tan foam settling to a thin but soft persistent film and moderate collar.

Smell is uber Nutella! Chocolatey hazelnut goodness with even a little peanut is helped along to adult territory by oak, then skirts back into Halloween dessert land with a hint of cinnamon candy. Accents of charcoal and whiskey skip along in the background.

Taste is tangy with a little kick of cinnamon whiskey enveloped by luscious, thick, smooth, round and decadent hazelnut chocolate ice cream checkered with roasted Spanish peanuts. There's a slight warmth as it glides down, with a red apple aftertaste and a semi-dry, tingly finish.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Black body with a small mocha head. Smells of whiskey, rum, and hazelnut. Tastes of strong alcohol throughout. Whiskey, hazelnut, bright chocolate, and cinnamon. More alcohol. Never really mellows out or tastes rich. Heavy and sweet. Less dynamic than the other treatments, though the hazelnut flavor is nice. Gets a little bit of green pepper as it warms.

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Double Barrel Cinnamon Hazelnut Rare DOS from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 51 ratings