Hazelnut Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout With Cocoa Nibs
Cycle Brewing

Hazelnut Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout With Cocoa NibsHazelnut Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout With Cocoa Nibs
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Cycle Brewing
Florida, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #447
Ranked #1,361
4.34 | pDev: 6.45%
Aug 28, 2022
Aug 21, 2017
Hazelnut Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout With Cocoa NibsHazelnut Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout With Cocoa Nibs
Notes: Bourbon barrel aged over 1 year, hazelnut and cocoa nibs from Pinellas Chocolate Company.
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5
Part of a vanishing species is the 22 oz. bottle. This one split with my wife.

Black, with near no head even on a hard pour. Nose is hazelnut for miles with a soft undercurrent of vanilla.

Hazelnut Barrel Aged Stout with Cocoa Nibs (that’s closing in on Evil Twin name territory) is like chewing hazelnuts. My wife rejects her half of the bottle after a single sip. I’m a more tolerant & loving sort so I dive right in. Hazelnut abounds. Inundates. Dominates. I feel my DNA altering closer to that of a certain type of nut. Barrel is scarcely discernable. Chocolate? Nein. Thick, but splitting a 12 oz. bottle would have been great.

Too much of a good thing is still too much. And this is as unbalanced a beer as I’ve ever stuffed into my holes. Not even decent.
Aug 28, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 24, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Apr 03, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by krl2112 from Illinois

Nov 20, 2021
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Reviewed by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This brew is exactly how you'd imagine it. Pours out dark brown/black. Smells like Nutella with a strong chocolate counterpart, roasty malt, and a solid wood and bourbon presence. Taste expands upon this. It's rich with these flavors and they don't get too sweet or overbearing. Mouthfeel is dense with mild carbonation. Cycle Brewing does a great job with these flavored stouts. This one is no exception.
Jul 03, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by Jlee0810 from Indiana

Apr 22, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by smithj4 from New York

Apr 13, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured thick and sludgy; tar black in color; fairly thick yet fizzy light brown head although it quickly fades to a mere bubbly ring lining the edge of the glass while carbonation continues percolating from the dark depths; oily and murky; a think layer of fine foam coats the top of the beer once it has settled and opened up. Huge grain char smell combining elements of roasted nuts and burnt oak; Butterfinger candy. The taste mirrors the aroma; sweeter; more pronounced roasted hazel nut character; milk chocolate and fudge. Heavy body; oil slick density and feel; chewy; huge residual sugar notes; faint trace of alcohol warmth.

The beer belongs in the "wow" category of imperial stouts. It has a near evil blackness to its appearance and then the taste and aroma are just intense and alluring. Chill outdoor temperatures with a roaring hardwood fire would be a fine setting for knocking this beer back, and if that's not possible, it will put you in that mindset. A majestic and wondrous dark ale.
Apr 06, 2021
Rated: 4.51 by hopley from Massachusetts

Mar 28, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by mmilyko from Nevada

Mar 25, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by Griphon from Florida

Mar 01, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Feb 28, 2021
Rated: 4.11 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Dec 03, 2020
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: A syrupy black pour with the liquid being still; no carbonation, head or lacing

Smell: Rich dark chocolate and hazelnut tones; Bourbon and vanilla elements integrate well

Taste: The Bourbon infuses the flavors from the outset, with the hazelnuts and dark chocolate prominent; the Bourbon builds, through the middle, with the vanilla emerging; a nutskin flavor emerges, after the swallow; residual sweetness lingers along with the warmth from the booze and the barrel

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but flat; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Smells better than it tastes but the flavors are still impressive; despite the flat mouthfeel, it is still enjoyable
Nov 20, 2020
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Batch #2 release, Black Label (2018 I think)

Rich, mildly earthy hazelnuts and chocolate on the nose. The palate is Nutella with a light bitterness from the nibs and a heat from the barrel. Not overly pastry; it retains a great balance. That being said, hazelnut features on this all the way.
Sep 10, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Jul 12, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by Kdouble from Tennessee

Jul 05, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by steverx8 from England

Jan 19, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by jakecattleco from California

Oct 11, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Original_Gravity from Washington

Aug 18, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by StoutSnob40 from California

Aug 03, 2019
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Reviewed by MJSFS from Florida

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Zero head. Zero carbonation. Slight barrel on the nose, mostly chocolate covered hazelnut. Chocolate and hazelnut on the tongue with a slightly bourbon finish. Very flat and syrupy feel. My least favorite Cycle BA Stout to date. Sadly, I had high hopes for this one.
Jul 08, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jun 22, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jun 02, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by heysuz from Indiana

Jun 01, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Viscous black with a tan head that disappears pretty fast. Smell is hazelnut forward with cocoa, vanilla, and slight bourbon. Taste has so much hazelnut, both in a creamy and nutty way, plus sweet and cool vanilla, dry cocoa, bittersweet molasses, but the bourbon was much lighter than anticipated. Feel is incredible, capturing the hazelnut perfectly in a well craft ba stout.
May 21, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by jtk21351 from California

May 05, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Apr 07, 2019
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Reviewed by pants678 from California

3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Black with slight beige foam.

Bag of nuts -- accurate but almost painfully pungent. Might be the strongest smell I've had on a beer.

Taste is a pleasant back off from the smell. Alcohol's there but not a bother, barrel's there too. Touch of sweetness makes it more palatable than Grey Monday. Still, intensity level is... medium.

Creamy but also oily and a touch thin.
Mar 25, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

Mar 24, 2019
Rated: 4.22 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Mar 23, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by bubseymour from Maryland

Mar 23, 2019
Rated: 4 by acurtis from New Jersey

Mar 18, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by TheBrewsky from California

Mar 17, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by Beerbom from California

Mar 16, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by Kurmaraja from California

Mar 11, 2019
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
In a word, disappointing. I always look forward to these big barrel aged imperial stouts with a good mix of coffee and chocolate, especially when there are other things thrown in (like hazelnut, in this case). The reviews here seemed very solid and I was especially intrigued by the caption “Drink Fresh! DO NOT AGE” listed on the bottom. In retrospect, however, I should have realized this was a little suspect since the date of bottling could not be found anywhere on the bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black color with some faint tan head and really no lacing. Smells mainly of dark chocolate, hazelnut and some medium roast coffee. Tastes of dark mocha coffee, hazelnut, vanilla, malt, roasted nuttiness and some caramel. The bourbon and oak flavors were certainly present in there somewhere. But there was a slightly sour overall flavor and feeling to the beer - almost as if it was just not well matured. Not super pleasant. Smooth, rich, slightly full mouthfeel and just enough carbonation. Significant burn from the warming alcohol, even more so as the beer gets to room temperature. Definitely a sipper. Overall, decent, but certainly doesn’t make my top tier “4.25+ beer” group. Not when there are so many other outstanding imperial stouts out there.
Feb 23, 2019
Rated: 4.63 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Feb 19, 2019
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Reviewed by BerryKumquat from California

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L: Very black color with small traces of red.
S: Strong chocolate
T: Alkaline notes with sharp chocolate. Alkaline aftertaste.
F: Sweet lights notes that carry as an after taste.
O: Decent beer that you drink but not sip.
Jan 30, 2019
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Reviewed by pkalix from California

4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
says "drink fresh" but doesnt put a date on the bottle.... makes ya wonder WTF? no? hazelnut and chocolate is well pronounced and delicious... this is a distro in Cali now? very sweet.
Jan 27, 2019
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