Cyclo Imperial Chocolate Stout | Pasteur Street Brewing Company

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3.9/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pasteur Street Brewing Company
Viet Nam
pasteurstreet.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kojevergas on 07-14-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,467
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
25
pDev:
5.9%
 
 
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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of DenverHopHead
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of REVZEB
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottfrie
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Buck89
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of smithj4
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of dvmin98
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MTKATL
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerpirates
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pkalix
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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

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Cyclo Imperial Chocolate Stout from Pasteur Street Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 25 ratings