Double Barrel Vanilla DBR
Cycle Brewing

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American Imperial Stout
4.49 | pDev: 4.68%
Cycle Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 43 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This one smells like light vanilla, boozy bourbon, oak, and chocolate fudge.

This is much less pastry than the typical Cycle beer. There's definitely a nice vanilla character, but it's muted compared to the barrel and the base beer. There's a nice bit of bourbon and oak - much much more than almost every Cycle stout. There's sweet milk chocolate, too, and some sticky toffee as well.

This is medium bodied, and quite creamy, with a decent amount of drinkability for how big the beer is.

This is mid level for Cycle, but still overall great.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Desp a while back. Cheers, man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bourbon barrel aged then vanilla barrel aged imperial stout

APPEARANCE: Pours out black and yields a one finger, medium looking, fizzy dark tan head with okay retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a good wisp and ring. A ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Big nose with lots of bourbon, oak, milk and dark chocolate, cream and coconut, toffee and butterscotch as well. Definite vanilla bean in there too. Lots of barrel character and plenty forthcoming

TASTE: Plenty of bourbon and alcohol up front, with wood flavors, milk chocolate, toffee and butterscotch sweetness up front. More barrel and alcohol with a nice dose of chocolate and vanilla beans at the swallow, then a bold and boozy finish with bourbon, oak, sweet cream, coconut, butterscotch and toffee sweetness, as well as some milk chocolate and more vanilla beans linger on the palate. Plenty boozy and the vanilla is a nice added touch of sweetness.

PALATE: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy and silky slick on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a burn and finishes a bit sticky. Some decent heat lingers. Good here. Smooth and full for the ABV.

OVERALL: Lovely stuff. Nice, big nose, decadent barrel and piles of nice chocolate and vanilla character all over this one. It’s certainly full of booze too, but the flavors make it almost a non-issue. Cycle makes delicious barrel aged stout beer and this is right up there with the best of them. I will admit that the Greatest Hits batch of this beer is a touch better than the original batch, but still, this double barreled version is something to behold. Thanks again for the brews, Desp. Outstanding.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nearly pitch black pour, the head settles to nothing . Thin lace dances around the glass in its memory.

Sweet nose, with a slightly boozy follow up. Chocolate and vanilla ring true throughout. Similar to FO profile so far.

Flavors are so roasty, with lots of chocolate as well. Vanilla really comes through after it takes a moment to warm and settle on the tongue. A complex culmination of flavors.

The body is thick sticky and syrupy, with medium carb. Super smooth through and through. The mouthfeel is definitely the most resounding and memorable aspect of a really well executed BA Vanilla Stout.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a modest tan head that fades to a ringlet while leaving spotty lace

Smell: Chocolate, Bourbon and vanilla tones

Taste: Chocolate and Bourbon forward with the vanilla and marshmallow cream tones, in the middle; the finish is a bit hot and sweet

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation; creamy, with a bit of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Sweeter than the base beer; tastes a bit like an Oreo cookie

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from latest release.

Black, opaque liquid poured into snifter. Choco-brown head quickly dissipates to a thick rim. Crazy legs with a touch of lacing.

The vanilla is the star here, but clean, crisp without that sticky, sweet adjunct aroma. Coming up right next is a nice chocolate, char and barrel complements.

The taste follows but the vanilla has mellowed and combines nicely with the dark chocolate and barrel accents.

A smooth, "large" brew with barely a hint of stout, cocoa bitterness smothered by the vanilla.

The double barrel treatment creates a nice complex amalgam of flavors. Not a huge vanilla guy, but this one hits the mark.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pitch black with no head
S: nice barrel and vanilla.
T: nice chocolate with a good bit of vanilla. Not a vanilla bomb but that works for me. This also has good barrel presence to mix. The barrel is a little light and sharper booze.
F: pretty thick, sticky and smooth. No complaints on the feel, I never expected world class thickness, but this is thicker than almost every cycle beer.
O: one of the best Ba cycle beers I've had.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep balck beer topped by a very small tan head which only amounted to a small collar before fading into the ether
S: Smells of charred oak and molasses with notes of vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate and coffee
T: Taste is huge vanilla up front with some roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso beans, charred wood, oak and caramel. Swallow is more vanilla, oak, molasses, charred wood and burnt sugars with some lingering roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.
M: This beer is full bodied with a slightly silky mouthfeel. Carbonation is low but still makes itself known while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is an excellent beer. It balances being a vanilla bomb with a lot of really nice complementary flavors that play a nice supporting role. This is a very well executed beer and is worth trying if you find yourself in the St. Pete area.

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Double Barrel Vanilla DBR from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 43 ratings