Rare DOS 1 | Cycle Brewing

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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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Whiskey barrel aged imperial stout aged for over a year.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-04-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#708
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
35
pDev:
5.56%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
6
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Zekenyce
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MTKATL
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eawolff99
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives pitch black with a thin tannish head; a few spots hang around

Smell: Rich dark chocolate aromatics with hints of vanilla, coconut and coffee all enveloped by the whiskey barrel

Taste: The whiskey barrel is powerful on the palate, moving to the forefront and embracing the chocolate, coconut and vanilla flavors; a hint of coffee, through the middle, and the whiskey returns to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; brings the heat in the finish

Overall: Despite this beer being hotter than I like, the flavors are superb

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Photo of npachl
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From bottle

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SadMachine
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffo
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from desp59. Cheers man!
Whisky barrel aged imperial stout aged over one year

APPEARANCE: Opaque black pour yields a three finger, medium, slightly looser looking, creamy dark tan head with good retention. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a full, creamy cap and leaves sticky lacing on the glass. A half ring remains leaving decent lacing as the glass empties. A touch darker than the regular RARE DOS but more of a potholed head.

SMELL: This is definitely RARE DOS with a little more bourbon and booze on the nose. Lovely stuff, with lots of bourbon and oak, sweet vanilla cream, coconut, milk chocolate, butterscotch and a hint of roasted coffee aroma as well. Big and enticing.

TASTE: Really nice stuff. Basically the same as RARE DOS but with more barrel character. Oak, bourbon, butterscotch, milk chocolate and vanilla cream initially. Boozier with lots of sweet barrel components, moving into a big and lingering finish of bourbon, oak, butterscotch and toffee sweetness, coconut, vanilla cream, milk chocolate and a touch of bitter coffee as well. Decent alcohol in there too.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly prickly carbonation. Enough weight certainly slick on the palate. A touch prickly going down with a bit of a burn, finishing rather sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is excellent, as usual. Basically this is RARE DOS with a bit more barrel character, which is exactly what it advertised. The look is a touch darker and the feel a little harsher perhaps, but the flavor and aroma are just a touch more intense, with more bourbon and oak qualities. These guys just know how to make imperial stout beer and this one just reminds me of why I love them so much. Thanks again, desp!

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Photo of Vidblain
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I picked up a bottle of Rare Dos 1 in a recent trade, not really having any concise idea as to what I was getting. Obviously, Cycle has a great reputation and everyone is hunting their bottles constantly - but I didn't know much about this one bottle. Thankfully, it's a keeper.

Rare Dos 1 opens to a tremendously pungent bourbon nose - it's rich and deep with lots of fudge and barrel. It has just a very small ring of light beige head. The beer feels thick, rich, and full of character. It's tremendous and was only second to Joyous Almond on the evening that I shared it. Depending on your preference, Rare Dos 1 might just be more your speed. It's an excellent beer - not to be underestimated.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of strong whiskey. Nutty malts. Some fudge. Tastes of lots of whiskey again. Sharp nuttiness. Some fudge. Alcoholic and hot. Medium heavy. Very boozy but good. Not very sweet.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GDawgs34
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IrishColonial
3.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MarshallBirdhouse
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopkrid
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucnifter
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbdpsu82
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Polished obsidian black with a dense mocha foam that settles to a very dark brown film and a creamy collar that has a soft, short cling, like espresso.

Oh, heaven. Smells of deep, dark vanilla beget marshmallow fudge with plenty of oak and decadent bourbon that gives off a maple aroma, as well as a hint of luxardo cherry. This is possibly the best smelling, unadulterated barrel-aged stout I can think of at the moment!

God damn does this have a smooth and luscious, ultra thick, almost Mexican hot chocolate flavor and feel, without the spice, but with a smoky char and a nicely rounded roastiness. Rare DOS 1 has a woody, almost maple-esque finish with notes of vanilla from the whiskey barrel, a hefty punch of dates, and a sharp, mildly acidic bite simulating espresso.

The body here is a massive improvement over other Cycle stouts I've had, with a thick and velvety round and smooth caress, a soft but light carbonation and a semi-dry, almost crunchy peanut brittle-esque finish!

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4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Rare DOS 1 from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 35 ratings