Friday (2018) | Cycle Brewing

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4.42/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrel-aged stout with caramel and chocolate.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-05-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
23
pDev:
3.39%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dharmelink
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of macrosmatic
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
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 vfgccp
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 7irondave
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopkrid
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smartassboiler
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Strohm
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of Zonian1
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dfhhead25
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cwarwick812
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mig100
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.64/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of bb-magic
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Friday (2018) from Cycle Brewing
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 23 ratings