Cyclo Imperial Chocolate Stout
Pasteur Street Brewing Company

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Pasteur Street Brewing Company
American Imperial Stout
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Ranked #18,495
3.85 | pDev: 8.83%
May 16, 2022
Jul 14, 2016
Very Good
Cyclo Imperial Chocolate StoutCyclo Imperial Chocolate Stout
Notes: The addition of award-winning Marou Chocolate cacao pods in this full-bodied Chocolate Imperial Stout provides a deeply rich aroma and velvety texture. Cacao nibs are harvested and hand-picked in the Mekong Delta by Marou; chosen for their complex profile. This robust beer is then complemented with local cinnamon and vanilla. Cycle Stout is lovingly produced in small batches and hand labeled in Ho Chi Minh City.
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
great chocolate flavored stout not overwelming samooth
May 16, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jan 24, 2022
Rated: 3.23 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Oct 09, 2020
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours black with ruby edges at 58 degrees; loose tan bubbles quickly vanish; thin ring; pin-heads of lacing, and thick viscous legs sheet the glass upon swirl. Nose is almost all chocolate with some subtle soy sauce. Taste is semi sweet chocolate and cacao nibs; barest hint of cinnamon, especially as liquid warms; no vanilla; chocolate middle and finish. Dusty dry cocoa powder feel; medium light body; light carbonation; some warmth from 13% abv. Overall, first impression is tons of natural cacao flavor and thin feeling, especially for a higher alcohol stout, which makes this beer dangerously easy drinking (my guess is that thick and syrupy sweet is not going to be a welcome thing in the heat of Vietnam); light bittersweet Baker’s chocolate; lots of dry natural chocolate flavor; not bad for $4.99 a 750 ml bottle; I’ll buy/drink more!
Jul 19, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Jun 16, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio

May 01, 2020
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
04/27/20 bottle @ home
Apr 28, 2020
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Reviewed by REDAMI from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Deep mahogany pour, no head.

S - Raisin wine, bourbon-barrel, vanilla, woody cinnamon, dark roast grain.

T - Unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla, roasty bitterness, a touch of cinnamon in the background.

F - Syrupy, but not cloying, no carbonation. Very dry finish.

O - Not a sweet beer, which is surprising given the ABV. An interesting aperitif beer. A chocolate showcase.
Mar 17, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Feb 16, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Feb 02, 2020
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours an extremely dark brown hue with dark mocha head with decent retention.
S: Softly sweet chocolate with mild bitterness and dryness, vanilla, and a touch of cinnamon. Hints of cocoa and dark dried fruit.
T: Nice chocolate up front, but quickly followed by bitter cinnamon (not a good note!).
M: Heavy body. Darkly sweet with overly bitter cinnamon spice. Soft and supple feel.
D: Hmmm...not a fan of this one. The cinnamon note seems off.
Feb 02, 2020
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Reviewed by t420o from Colorado

2.51/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
Pasteur Street Brewing Co. Cyclo Stout

A - a major gusher when opening the bottle. Pour yields a 2-1/2 fingers brown head on top of a very dark brown, approaching black, body. Head recedes quick to a small film. No lacing. 3

S - dark stone fruits, plums, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, slight soy sauce, earthy. 3.75

T - I’m not sure if this is somewhat infected but getting some wet cardboard along with chocolate, plums/dark stone fruit, vanilla, and cinnamon. Not very cohesivei and not great. the one redeeming quality is that the alcohol is well hidden. 2

M - thin and watery for a 13% imperial stout. Much of the carbonation seems to have been lost when opening the bottle. 2.25

O - an immensely disappointing beer. Again, I’m not sure if this was off or something but not a beer I’d recommend or ever have again, even if free. Didn’t care for this at all. 2

Dec 14, 2019
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at the brewery's pub in Hanoi.
Appearance: the essentially black body is topped by a semi-durable tan head.
Complex aroma with suggestions of dark bread, medium chocolate, vanilla and a light spicimess (due at least in part to cinnamon). The rich flavor is mildly bitter and carries all of the components of the aroma plus coffee. The cinnamon is subtle but more obvious here than in the aroma. Partially hidden ABV.
Mouthfeel: Full body with medium-light carbonation.
Oct 24, 2019
Rated: 3.51 by rab53 from Washington

Jun 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Dope from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
No date that I can see.

A: Pours jet black with a very very tiny brown head. The head is only like 1/8" tall but it somehow doesn't disappear for a while. Weird. Only spotty specks of lacing here and there.

S: Notable dark chocolate in the nose with hints of vanilla bean. Cinnamon in there too, pretty subtle.

T: Sweet vanilla up front, turning into a very bitter dark chocolate. Roasty too, which adds to the bitterness. Cinnamon kicks in in the finish, with a small amount of heat. Aftertaste is lingering cinnamon, light chalky dark chocolate and more heat.

M: Heavy and a bit spicy. Not nearly as heavy as you'd expect for 13% though.

O: Interesting brew. Heavy on the bitter roast/chocolate flavors with a decent kick of heat. Not harsh at all which is surprising given the ABV. Not overly sweet either like a lot of big stouts like this. Surprisingly well balanced in fact. If anything the heat from the cinnamon stands out the most.
Dec 31, 2018
Rated: 3.91 by DenverHopHead from Colorado

Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Nov 11, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A nice twist on the russian imperial stout for warmer climate, you know like Vietnam. The cinnamon brightens up the finish in a hurry, so the taste goes from dark chocolate, malt, to a rush upward with cinnamon and vanilla. The body is silghty chewy and grainy, but thinner, does not feel like 13% abv. Interesting overall, don't know if I would want more than one glass.
Jul 27, 2018
Rated: 4 by RMW66 from Australia

Jul 27, 2018
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Reviewed by scottfrie from California

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a thick dark brown, near black, with a thin tan head that faded into a thin collar leaving soapy lace down the glass.
S: Booze and cinnamon nose dominate with hints of sweet chocolate and vanilla. Smooth but hot smelling.
T: Follows the nose with notes of rich chocolate, surprisingly spicy cinnamon, vanilla, and a kiss of caramel. Dark fruit finish, vanilla and toasted marshmallow aftertaste.
M: Full body but exceptionally smooth mouthfeel with no alcohol burn at all. Tastes like a beer half the percent. Slightly greasy, low and smooth carbonation.
O: Alcohol hidden well, smooth and easy to drink. Tons of chocolate flavor but great combination of integrated cinnamon and vanilla flavors.
Jul 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a wine glass. A dark opaque brown color with a medium sized tan head. Nice lacing in the glass. Cinnamon, roasted malt, vanilla, and a fairly subtle chocolate aroma. On the first sip, I was struck by the relatively thin feel of this beer, and it distracted me from the taste as I was expecting a pastry beer. Not overly boozy though. The cinnamon was there - not overdone but certainly dominant. The vanilla and chocolate were understated relative to the spice, but there. The chocolate was somewhat dark and bitter - a good thing to me. Not overly dry but this was a refreshing departure from the overly sweet pastry stouts. Overall recommended. This is a unique beer that grew on me with every sip.
Jul 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Even though it is easy to find a better RIS, I have to give Pasteur an "A" for effort.
From a culture and tropical climate that is far from a natural fit for an RIS, Pasteur has come a long, long way to make one this good.

Cycle Looks barely better than average: opaque, brownish foam that settles. Smells are classic: big roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla. Tastes are the same; genuine, except that its 13% is too cleverly concealed. In the mouth, I get a nice drying sensation; I'll presume from all the effort they put into finding their chocolate.

This will be my dessert for three dinners.

Next night: I had a glass and a leftover dessert quite incongruous to Cycle: a lemony tart. And it eventually paired well.
Apr 02, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

Mar 26, 2018
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep, dark mahogany brown color and a thick consistency. There was a thin, tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A decent, if a little muted, aroma of roasted malt, cinnamon, chocolate, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a small amount of hops (mostly in the finish), a good shot of cinnamon, light vanilla notes, some chocolate notes (not quite enough), a bit of roasted malt, and a tinge of burnt sugar. Not necessarily a bad flavor, but certainly a little bit underpowered. Some of the ingredients (e.g., the cinnamon), were well represented, but others were not. Still, oddly tasty.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solid, yet uneven stout. Nevertheless, it's worth a sot.
Mar 17, 2018
Rated: 4 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 4.12 by Kurmaraja from California

Nov 30, 2017
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that quickly dissipated, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark chocolate malts and licorice are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has a lot of licorice flavors along with notes of dark and chocolate malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer hides its alcohol very well and tastes nothing like something that is 13% abv.

Serving type: bottle
Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by smithj4 from New York

Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Oct 20, 2017
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass, almost perfectly still with only a few stray bubbles. Aroma of dark toasted malt, dry biscuit malt, oaky vanilla, rich cocoa. Flavor is dark toasted malt, vanilla, cocoa, brown bread and a hint of coffee. Finishes with lingering vanilla, cocoa and dark malt. Light to medium bodied with some good carbonation, which is a relief after the still pour. This seemed to be somewhat a cross between an imperial stout and an American strong ale in profile, with toasty malt, but not much char or malt depth, lots of vanilla and cocoa flavors. I have to say that if I drank this in a blind taste, I'd say for sure it was barrel aged; the vanilla is well done and tastes almost oak barrel as the source. It has an unusually light body for either an imperial stout or strong ale, which is odd, because the flavors are fairly robust. I'm torn between a little disappointment in the body and malt robustness and being impressed that this has so much "barrel" character using just vanilla and cocoa nibs. This tastes great and the alcohol, although not totally hidden, is fine considering the 13% ABV. I enjoyed this as a big strong ale that has good stout character. It is exemplary for a stout from an area with little craft footprint. I would like to see other offerings from this brewery, but at the price point, hopefully in a more manageable sized bottle.
Oct 14, 2017
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Reviewed by sokol_1993 from California

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Got it from Pasteur brew pub in Hanoi, a newly-opened one.
Great beer! Dark black with a good amount of white head. Sweet, full of molasses taste, chocolaty, coffee taste. However, alcohol is quite present. It can be seen easily.
Excellent brew. I'd love to have another one!
Sep 04, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Aug 22, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by MTKATL from Georgia

Aug 20, 2017
Rated: 4 by Zach136 from Georgia

Aug 20, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by beerpirates from Belgium

Aug 16, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by pkalix from California

Aug 12, 2017
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Reviewed by Everydayoff from Thailand

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Pitch black in color, it tops with a finger of frothy tan head that stays for a while before collapsing to some bubble along the edge and leaving limited amount of lacing, a pretty good showcase considering the ABV.

The aroma is intense of roasted malty goodness with its creamy chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, burnt sugar, sweet cereal, and dark bread. Hop is also there with some spiciness and slight citrus.

Rich sweetness takes the lead with notes of cinnamon and burnt sugar, then it is roasted, creamy chocolate, coffee, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, dark bread, as well as hop spiciness, and strong bitterness from both roasted malt and hop. The end and aftertaste is well lasting with roasted and bitterness taste.

Full and bold body with just slight stickiness, smooth mouthfeel with some crisp and moderate carbonation, finish is pleasantly dry.

This one is of course a big and bold Stout with prominent coffee, chocolate, and cocoa character. Alcohol is quite hidden thought.
May 16, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by GRG1313 from California

Apr 05, 2017
Rated: 3.58 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Oct 30, 2016
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
175ml on-draught @ the brewpub for a monstrous 95000 VND.

Imperial Stout Brewed with Maria chocolate, Saigon cinnamon, and Mui Ne vanilla beans.

A: Khaki-tan colour head of poor retention (sub 30 seconds). No lacing is left as it recedes.

Body colour is an opaque black.

Appropriate for an imperial stout, though this appearance doesn't make it stand out from acclaimed international expressions of the style.

AROMA: Sweet chocolate, chocolate malt, dark malts, authentic vanilla bean, and sure, some cinnamon when I search for it.

Aromatic intensity is below average for the style.

I love that the malty sweetness doesn't overwhelm the more interesting vanilla and chocolate notes, but this aroma is simplistic for the style and suggests a reticent brew lacking depth of flavour.

Roasted barley is sorely absent.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Soft, silky, and creamy to its credit, with the requisite full body in place to support the rich malty character of the brew.

Chocolate and chocolate malt are evident but reticent, and the vanilla flavour - while authentic - is shallow. Cinnamon is anything but overt, if present at all.

Dark malt sweetness gives this a rich backbone without ever delving the beer into dessert beer territory.

It's balanced, with a subtle burnt character providing the bitterness needed to offset the malty chocolatey sweetness. But it's far from as intricate as the finest beers in the style, and would benefit from more diversity and depth of flavour; coffee and roast would be welcome (seeing as Vietnam has some of the - if not *the* - best coffee in the world), but more critically the beer doesn't commit to the flavours it does endeavour to showcase: the chocolate character is generic, the vanilla anything but evocative, the cinnamon absent.

A marshmallowey gooey vibe starts to emerge as it warms, but there's no follow-through.

Well-carbonated. Not sticky or syrupy. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

OVERALL: Its ABV is impressively well concealed, and it's a drinkable imperial stout - definitely more approachable than your typical North American sipper. Impressed as I am by its quality for its place of origin, it doesn't offer anything that hasn't been done better by too tier imperial stout producers in Denmark, the U.S.A., Canada, Sweden, et al. Just because you're the fastest kid in the special Olympics doesn't mean you can run with the big dogs. This winds up, in the context of international expressions of the style, a forgettable but nice example of an imperial stout.

More commitment to local flavours (especially civet coffee and coconut) could really take this to the next level, but as hard as I am on it, it's tasty stuff.

B- (3.35) / WORTHY
Jul 14, 2016
Cyclo Imperial Chocolate Stout from Pasteur Street Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 40 ratings