Alengrin (5438) - BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2017
Anniversary beer from Cycle Brewing, a much-acclaimed Florida brewery, bomber from the unsurpassed Bierhalle Deconinck. My first Cycle beer - and from what I heard and read, that was about time, so I’m very curious about this. Thick, beautifully brownish beige, coffee cream-like head, slowly showing some gaps in the middle but clinging tightly to the edge with an irregular ’membrane’ of lacing and a thick moussy rim, eventually thinning into a very thin remainder of its former self, over a pitch black beer only revealing its ochre-ish brown hue in the very end and only on the edge. Intense, absolutely mouthwatering bouquet of hot chocolate sauce made with cognac, freshly made cappuccino, melting milk chocolate bars, coffee liqueur, hazelnuts, yellow raisins soaked in brown rum, cinnamon rolls, shortbread, vanilla beans, candied figs, wet leather, vaguer hints of beef stock becoming a lot more pronounced when warming up, marmelade, varnish, liquorice candy, banana milkshake, coconut flesh, marzipan, toast, whisky. Refined candied sweetness in the onset, lots of candied date, raisin, some marmelade, with a soft blackcurrant sourish touch underneath; umami is there (beef stock hints) but remains subordinate to the sweetness. Carbonation tingles very, very softly on the tongue, a bit too softly even, mouthfeel is fully oily, viscous and slick, with a very filling, satisfying body. Deeply nutty, toffeeish malt sweetness, carrying the residual candied sweetness onwards, gradually develops beautiful chocolatey properties with a gently bittering aspect to it, which becomes more outspokenly bitter and mouth-filling in the finish with the Ethiopian coffee doing its job as an added aromatic excellently - yet full-fledged roasted bitterness never truly comes. The finish is an utterly satisfying play of thick chocolatey maltiness, lingering coffee bean aromas, spicy hop bitterness piercing through and balancing out the overall candied sweetness, and the expected afterglow of warming, liqueurish, refined alcohol bringing warmth to the chest without otherwise interfering too much. A brambleberry-ish sourishness keeps hanging around in the back of the mouth afterwards. Thick, filling dessert stout, the type of sweeter-side ’impies’ that have been around in the new (especially American but also Scandinavian) craft beer world for years now but which still never fail to satisfy me. Beautiful, though perhaps I wouldn’t have minded a tad more carbonation in this case. Flavour- and aroma-wise, this is everything I expected from a beer from a brewery with this much acclaim and though this bottle was anything but cheap, I did not regret buying it - in fact, I will buy more from this brewery if I get the chance. A work of high class and standard, making it easy to see why Cycle is so renowned and sought after these days - if only I could get my hands on these Rare Scoop or Trademark Dispute variations they did... djd07 (15094) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2017
Bottle thanks to William. Pours black with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is roast, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Thick, chewy, roast, dark chocolate, wood, vanilla, boozy finish, very good. wchesser (2083) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2017
Dark black. Nose has a lot of rich chocolate compared to the Sumatra, smooth dark coffee, vanilla. Taste and flavor follows. czlowiekmotyka (356) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 14, 2017
Wowa Wiwa ... When you smell it everything is on point -> vanilla/coffee/barrel notes. Rich body so nicely sticky in the mouth. Great composition not just a blend of tastes. Kapsel (373) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 13, 2017
Świetna beczka, kawa czekolada, mega ułożone, złożone, chce się delektować takim piwem.
BlazerT (1139) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAY 9, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2017 Potężna beczka, niezwykle złożona - kokos, wanilia, marcepan, bourbon. Ponadto mleczna czekolada. Taki batonik kokosowo-marcepanowy. Lekko wyczuwalny alkohol, na koniec wchodzi fajna kawa - lekko goryczkowo, ale bez kwasu, lekka paloność. Później ta kawa od czasu do czasu się przewija, ale nie dominuje czy przeszkadza - po prostu zaznacza swoją obecność. Słodkie, pijalne, pychota. Po ogrzaniu więcej kawy i alko, ale bez przegięć. Niesamowicie zrównoważone. Pierwsze z serii, randomowo wyciągnięte. Klasa. markextrae (4424) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2017
Sample from bottle shared by a friend, poured a dark black colour with a tanned ring on top. Nose of dark roast, earthy coffee notes, sweet bourbon barrel, dark fruits, light cherry notes, dark chocolate. Dry roast finish JorisPPattyn (10026) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2017
Sampled as Cycle Brewing Anniversary Ethiopian Yirgacheffe No head, near-black beer. Alcohol, sweet coffee and coffeecream dominating the nose. Sweet chocolate, sweetened coffee and mocha. Aftertaste has also some acidity. Well-bodied, creamy feel, alcoholburn. Quite nice, higher acidity than the other varieties. sjogro (4263) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2017
Bottle shared at kermis’s. Thanks to mariuspoenari for this opportunity! Dark roasted malts, chocolate, prune, bit sandy, milky chocolate coffee beans, bourbon and vanilla. Big sweet and moderate bitter, tart coffee berry. Full body, powdery dry. Nice dry, nice roasted. Lovely. mariuspoenari (2724) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2017
Bottle shared. Pitch black pour with a thin tan head. Notes of roasted coffee, chocolate, bourbon, plums, dried fruit. Full body, medium carbonation. Damn good.