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Hazelnut Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Cocoa Nibs | Cycle Brewing

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4.37/5
Outstanding
49 Ratings
Hazelnut Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Cocoa NibsHazelnut Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Cocoa Nibs
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cycle Brewing
Florida, United States
cyclebrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrel aged over 1 year, hazelnut and cocoa nibs from Pinellas Chocolate Company.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,342
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
49
pDev:
5.26%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 12
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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerbom
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beersampler6
3.71/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grover37
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

$30+ bottle split with Lisa at home. Phenomenal beer - hazelnut jumps out of the glass along with some dry cocoa. Taste is just a tiny step down with some heat. Feel is thick and full without being cloying. Outstanding.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from desp59 a while back I think. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Barrel aged hazelnut imperial stout with cocoa nibs
4 beers for 4 years series

APPEARANCE: Syrupy black pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, fizzy and noisy tan head with good retention. Pitch black body with some carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap but leaves no lacing. A slight ring remains until the end leaving drops of lacing falling down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of hazelnut, sweet cream and vanilla, milk chocolate, some light coffee notes, with some subtle bourbon and butterscotch aromas. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Bourbon and hazelnut flavors up front, with notes of milk chocolate and sweet cream as well. Flavorful with some booze at the swallow. A bold and lingering finish of hazelnuts, vanilla cream, milk chocolate, some roasted coffee bitterness, butterscotch along with the bourbon barrel and a bit of alcohol. Really decadent flavors and very well balanced. The nut and bourbon character work great together.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Silky and creamy on the palate, enough weight, goes down smooth with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes rather sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Lovely stuff. These guys do barrel aged adjunct stouts like it’s nobody’s business. I’ve said it before, but if I lived near these guys, I would absolutely hate my life. The head could be a little more robust on this one, but besides that minor complaint, the nose, flavor and feel here just scream world class. Very glad to have been able to get to know this one. Thanks again desp!

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4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mltobin
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ive had my eye on this one ever since it showed up in @Dragginballs76's awesome NBS BIF#8 box, especially since it says to drink fresh!
This pours thick as motor oil... I swear it practically chugged like ketchup trying to get out of the bottle. A body that is crisp obsidian with a few menacing soap bubbles of dark brown. Not much to retent, and the promise of minor lacing proves fruitless as nothing has stuck, 2/3 through the glass.

Nose is overwhelmingly nutty. Like, that dusty shell note that you get in a massive bag of nuts. Not woody per se, but shell-y. Digging in beneath that I find hints of sweet and roasty stout characteristics, but this is all hazelnut shells all the time. I could be convinced that some of the smoothe sweet supporting notes have chocolate affiliations but it certainly makes it easier when it's listed on the label.

I was expecting straight nutella with this, but it's not. It's more... nuanced than that, and I appreciate it. There's big hazelnut shell again on the front, and some chocolate sweetness (but like fudgy rich chocolate... not milky, but not bitter like dark/baking chocolate. It's interesting) as well as espresso bitter stoutitutde and malts falling somewhere between the roast and charred spectra.
Thick and smoothe as the pour promised, I love how full the body of it is, and the viscosity...
I have no idea what the ABV is since it's not listed on the bottle, nor on their websitel, nor here, nor on the tracking app, nor... anywhere I can find. But I have no doubt that the number is comfortably in the double digits. If I had one complaint about this it would be about how hot it is. The smoothe rich fudge and hazelnut and espresso play together so nicely, and there's some barrel spiciness, but after a couple of sips (I'm about halfway through the first glass-pour, so maaaaaybe 1/4 through the bottle), the alcohol builds to become pretty domineering.
This one is FANTASTIC as a slow sipper. Take your time with it. Share it with some friends if you can. Maybe split it over multiple sessions if you need to, because the beer itself is incredibly delicious. A full 22oz bottle just builds up to be a bit much for one sitting.
Mucho gratitude to Mike for sending this delicious concoction my direction. I'd not heard of Cycle before this, but this is an incredible (if quite large) stout that is right in my wheelhouse. Thanks Mike!!

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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Hazelnut Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Cocoa Nibs from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 49 ratings