Friday (2018)
Cycle Brewing

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American Imperial Stout
4.41 | pDev: 4.31%
Cycle Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Bourbon barrel-aged stout with caramel and chocolate.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 32 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle. Black and thick. Smells of chocolate, caramel, bourbon, very sweet. Tastes extremely rich. Bourbon, chocolate, caramel. Sweet and viscous. But the bourbon cuts in with a sharp oaky flavor and cuts the sugar. Hefty booze comes with it. It's really rich, but it's one of the best Cycle has done in a long time.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from desp a while back. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with caramel and chocolate

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a 3 finger, medium-thicker looking, creamy tan heat with excellent retention. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a good, creamy cap. Splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. The head on this one is definitely the best of the weekday set this year.

SMELL: Definite bourbon barrel, oak, toffee and caramel with milk chocolate on the nose. Vanilla cream, coconut and plenty of caramel chocolate aromas. Bold.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak, caramel sweetness and milk chocolate up front, with a good dose of bourbon and alcohol at the swallow. Boozy for sure. A big and bold finish of bourbon, caramel and toffee sweetness, milk chocolate, vanilla cream, coconut and light coffee bitterness lingers on the palate. Lots of bourbon barrel with nice chocolate and caramel sweetness there.

PALATE: Fuller body and lower levels of carbonation. Creamy and silky on the palate, enough weight, goes down slick with a good burn at the swallow and finishes quite sticky. Lots of heat lingers.

OVERALL: More decadent stuff from Cycle. It honestly doesn’t matter what they put in their adjunct-laced barrel aged stouts, they pretty much all work out like liquid gold in a bottle. While this one is a little more barrel and booze heavy that the others, the base stout and adjunct sweetness works great with the barrel character. This installment is even one of the better looking imperial stouts to come out of Cycle in the past while as well, and definitely the best looking of the weekday bunch. Decadent and really enjoyable. While Thursday might be my favorite of the set, this one is probably the best engineered of the set. Thanks again, desp! Really enjoyed this one.

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Jeffo from Netherlands, Dec 23, 2018
Photo of darktronica
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's a bourbon barrel-aged stout with caramel and chocolate. Yep, sure is. This tastes like they turned ice cream sundae toppings into a beer. It's very good, I understand the love, but maybe these pastry stouts just aren't my thing. I'm very glad to have the opportunity to try some Cycle beers from a trade, but it seems to cross a thin line from really good beers with flavor additives, to being really good flavor additives with beer. In any case, let it warm up a bit if you enjoy the boozy barrel character.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. Consumed 9.23.18.

A: Very, very dark brown and opaque. This looks thick during the pour. Forms just under a half-finger of dense tan head that fades to an oily ring. Low visible carbonation.

S: Bourbon, dark chocolate, and oak, with backers of vanilla and caramel. Dark roasted malts, light toffee, and a sweet leather as well. Nice here – sweet, but not overly sweet with the presence of the roasted bitterness.

T: Bourbon, caramel, and dark chocolate or cacao nibs. Dar roasted malts, light vanilla within the oak notes, and then more bourbon. Some toffee again. More bourbon sweetness, graphite and caramelization in the mid-palate. More roasted bitterness with oaky tannins right after the swallow, but the caramel sweetness lingers with the bourbon in the hang.

M: A nice thick body – about average for recent Cycle stouts. Low carbonation sensation. The bourbon and alcohol presence seems a little heavy-handed – both are more than a lot of Doug’s recent stuff, and more than maybe necessary here.

O: The increased booziness isn't to the level of ruining the beer, but it does detract a smidge. Otherwise though, this was really really enjoyable. I wonder if the sweetness of the caramel manages to accentuate the bourbon booziness some. But otherwise, this strikes a nice balance of the additives with a noticeable oaky barrel presence, and of course the base is beyond reproach. Really good, especially as warms up - as this approaches room temperature, the bourbon becomes better integrated, which lets the rich "candy bar" sweetness shine through more.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Blue Session. Aroma has cookie dough, vegetal notes and a bit of umami. Taste has toasted malts, bread rust, sweet toast and cacao.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, May 26, 2018
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4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the re-brew of Friday after the original Friday from TBBW was recalled. It is not a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with caramel and chocolate.

This one pours a very dark black, with the tiniest hint of a head, and no lacing.

This smells so smooth and decadent, with caramel, chocolate, a slight hint of maple and molasses, bourbon, and marshmallow.

This is really delicious. Caramel is obviously the star here, but the extra addition of chocolate just enhances the base stout, which when it comes to Cycle, is always delightfully fudgy. There's some smooth silky bourbon, but no real physical barrel character- oak/vanilla/coconut or any of that. This is very sweet, but never approaches cloying levels, which works well for me.

This has by far the body and mouthfeel of the week- it's unbelievably rich and smooth, with a very thick body. The carbonation level is typical.

This was the third best beer of the 2018 weekdays. I don't see caramel used that much in this manner, and it made for a super excellent stout.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Apr 24, 2018
Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a half finger of dark tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of caramel and chocolate with some slight barrel char, roasted, malts and coffee. Mostly it smells like a Milky Way bar
T: Taste is chocolate and caramel up front with some light roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate. Hint of coconut as well along with some vanilla and oak. Swallow is more caramel and chocolate, vanilla, oak, light coffee, and some slight roasted malt
M: This beer is full and silky on the palate with soft carbonation which is adequate for the style. The abv gives this beer a drying finish which is surprising given how sweet it is.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some great flavors and complexity. Super sweet and sugary which may be a bit much for some people but definitely an enjoyable drink. To me it is close to being cloying but it does not cross over the line.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, Apr 17, 2018
Friday (2018) from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 32 ratings