Rare Noa
Cycle Brewing

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #192
ABV:
not listed
Score:
96
Ranked #1,211
Avg:
4.52 | pDev: 5.31%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
48
From:
Cycle Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  12
Gots
  4
SCORE
96
World-Class
Notes: Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout with Coffee, Cinnamon, and Pecan.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 48 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from desp59 a while back. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
4 Beers for 4 Years
Bourbon barrel imperial stout with coffee cinnamon and pecan

APPEARANCE: Black pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy dark tan head with very good retention. Pitch black body with touches of carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a thick, full wisp. Splotchy wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass as it empties. Solid looking.

SMELL: Pecan nuts, cookies dough, milk chocolate and brownies, vanilla cream with some hints roasted coffee on the nose. Some light bourbon and oak from the barrel aging too. Bold and very much like desert in a glass.

TASTE: Lots of desert flavors up front, with pecan nuts, cookie dough, milk chocolate, sweet vanilla and toffee sweetness, roasted coffee and some bourbon barrel up front. Flavorful. A bit of alcohol at the swallow, then a bold finish of sweet pecan, cookies and brownies, milk chocolate, sweet vanilla cream, some bitter coffee flavors as well as a base of bourbon and oak lingers on the palate. Lots of flavor from the start to the finish.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down okay with a bit of a burn and finishes a touch mouth-coating. A bit of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Another great Cycle imperial stout. This one is decadent with lots of desert and cookie character all over it. The look and feel are solid as well. How these guys continue to crank out top notch stuff like this is beyond me. I know pastry stouts are perhaps not in style any more, but I’ve never been one to be in style. Great stuff and well worth checking out if you’re into this type of stuff. Thanks again, desp59!

Oct 23, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black with a dense, mocha-colored head. Great nose - cinnamon, hazelnut an cocoa. Taste follows nose; however, I also get a little heat. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an easy, even carbonation. Overall, another great stout from Cycle, albeit not my favorite.

Jun 01, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Syrupy black with a bubbly, uneven dark brown collar.

This one's definitely a dessert beer, but it's somehow not too sweet. Nougat, chocolate, roasty pecan that brings to mind maple and a bit of booze. Cinnamon isn't too big. The body has a little more heft than a typical Cycle Stout, which is good.

May 24, 2018
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deschutes_fan from California

4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic adjunct stout. I'm a sucker for pecan pie and this beer delivers on the sweet nutty and bourbon flavors. The coffee bitterness really helps to round out the sweetness, while the cinnamon adds complexity. I could do without the cinnamon overall, but that's probably my specific preference. Mouthfeel is good, but is a little high on the carbonation level for the style.

May 11, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.92/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of cinnamon, nuts, whiskey, and chocolate. Nice. Tastes much the same. Nuts, cinnamon, chocolate. Whiskey back end. Boozy, but very tasty. Medium heavy. Good adjunct flavors. Dessert beer for sure.

Mar 21, 2018
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cosmicevan from New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What's better than a cycle bottle to the dome? Not much in my book... and this one is killer. Not as insane as the double barrel cinnamons, but hey this is only in one barrel, so we forgive. Coffee and cinnamon make themselves known as the pecan peaks through mike as it opens up. Bourbon barrelaged top perfection. Cycle continues to slay. Love it.

Feb 25, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage; drank 9/23/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

An even pour yielded a nice tan head; minimal lace.

Coconut, milk chocolate, roasted pecan & faint cinnamon notes in the nose.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Coconut, milk chocolate & pecan flavors up front; light roast coffee bean notes on the finish. Almost no booze heat.

Sweet but very flavorful; I enjoyed it.

Sep 25, 2017
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madnismo from Florida

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'd say this is my second favorite cycle beer since rare scoop. It has the same ice cream mouth feel and body. Very sweet and great flavor. The barrel still shines through, this will probably just get better over time.

Aug 20, 2017
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Here's how to make this beer. Take a bag of Turtles and mash them with a mortar and pestle in a bowl with a piece of chocolate marble cheesecake. Mix in chocolate milk. Add bourbon. Pour in glass and serve. In 17 or so years of drinking beer, this is in my top 5.

Aug 11, 2017
Rare Noa from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 48 ratings