Rare DOS 1
Cycle Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #174
ABV:
11%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,149
Avg:
4.5 | pDev: 5.56%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
56
From:
Cycle Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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SCORE
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Notes: Whiskey barrel aged imperial stout aged for over a year.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 56 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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superspak from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, whiskey, toasted oak, roasted nuts, fudge, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, 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/black/roast/bready malts, whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, whiskey, toasted oak, roasted nuts, fudge, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, roast, charred bitterness; and whiskey/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, whiskey, toasted oak, roasted nuts, fudge, biscuit, dark bread/crust, coconut, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a fantastic roasted bitter/sweet and whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 11%, with zero lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial stout. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, whiskey 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 silky/smooth/soft feel from 1+ year barrel aging. Perfectly balanced super rich malts and whiskey barrel presence/integration; with mild earthy hops and fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing top tier quality style example as expected.

Aug 26, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium black with tan foam. Smell is laced with whiskey, with supporting wood, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and coconut. Taste is where this beer shines, take all the flavors from the smell, then add marshmallow, fudge, brown sugar, soil, char, and slight maple, all amalgamating into a viscous delight. Thick, chewy, boozy and warm in the feel. A heavy stout for whiskey lovers.

Aug 05, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador teku glass. Bought 8/16/17, consumed in October 2017.

A: Very, very dark brown to black. Opaque with a low amount of visible carbonation. Forms a half-finger of tan head that recedes fairly quickly. This even looks thick during the pour.

S: Whiskey, chocolate, and oak. Vanilla and oak tannins, dark roasted malts with mild coffee presence and just a hint of char to it. Nice aroma here – solid, obvious whiskey but not overly hot. This won't singe your nose hairs or anything.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely. Whiskey and chocolate roasted malts dominate. Dark roastiness mixes with barrel tannins, mild coffee and vanilla, light tobacco and toffee. More whiskey and chocolate with some mild bitterness near the end.

M: A thick heavy sticky body, though it's not overly sweet on the whole. Low carbonation sensation, but it fits this monster perfectly. Alcohol is obvious for sure, but integrated into the flavors.

O: Really good. Beautiful body, and wonderful integration of the whiskey and barrel flavors. Very nicely executed, clean non-additive stout.

Mar 24, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Nov 12, 2018
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Jeffo from Netherlands

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!

Apr 11, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

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.

Apr 08, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

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.

Mar 20, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

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!

Sep 26, 2017
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Stevedore from Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, oily with a one finger offwhite head, good retention and no lacing. Smell is rich chocolate fudge, whiskey, vanillin, brown sugar, cocoa, bit of espresso and earth. Smell is definitely a bourbon-drizzled chocolate cake aroma. Flavour is chewy chocolate bars; slight molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, touch of cocoa and/or espresso, mild earthy bitterness, oak and vanillin. Mouthfeel is full bodied, substantial, certainly not thin. Nice carbonation, smooth and dangerously drinkable, no heat. Overall, this beer was the best of the night with this reminding me very much of Central Waters Sixteen.

Sep 13, 2017
Rare DOS 1 from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 56 ratings