wsnich (27) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
22oz bottle into a very large german stein
I’ve had a few iterations of Rare Dos at this point, with this one being far and away the best of the bunch. Doug has really perfected his barrel aged stouts over the years Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Huge, huge thanks to yourefragile for bringing this over. I’ll start by saying that this beer is ridiculously good. In yourefragile’s words, "S**t just got real." Served in a SAVOR snifter.
Pour yields a brew that is nearly black with a thin mocha head. Short head fades into a thin cap that disperses into a collar which holds throughout. Thick collar throughout. The nose. Oh, the nose. I’ll start by saying that the the nose is about the worst part of this beer. I won’t count the appearance for that part. I’ll then say that the nose is absolutely fantastic. It simply gets better as it warms. The nose is full of coconut along with a good dosing of whiskey and some roast. Lots and lots of chocolate. Wow, this is really good. At this point, there are only two or three stouts that can rival this. Some oak. Some vanilla. Whatever you want in life, it’s there. Basically, look at Arbitrator’s review of Black Xantus, and flip everything around.
Flavor. So I just told everyone that this destroys Hunahpu’s. Hunhapu’s was previously one of my favorite beers. This beer is simply unreal. Loads and loads of coconut go with the whiskey and oak. Good amount of roast in the background and the entire thing is covered in chocolate. What else can I say? It’s fantastic. Black Tuesday? Meh. Very few beers are in this realm. Everything melds beautifully. Really out of this world. Why can’t I have a growler of this to myself? Or a keg. Or it could be the only non-IPA, non-sour that I ever drink again. I can’t get enough this blend.
Mouthfeel. This was the first thing that really popped out. In terms of that, this is the first portion that immediately got a 5 from me. So smooth any creamy. Lots of whiskey, but there’s no booze at all. It’s just smooth and creamy. Perhaps a hint of alcohol in the finish, but that just perpetuates the feel. Coconut is there again. How did they get all this toasted coconut in there? Vanilla as well. Dessert is there. Wow. To be frank, I’ve had nearly 3000 different beers, and this is perhaps the best beer that I have ever had. That is all.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 06-04-2011 daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
LCBS 2010, on draft!! Pours a black color with a nice brown head. Rich and sweet aroma. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, light coffee. Flavor is sweet, rich in bourbon and chocolate, vanilla, coconut. Damn good. Reminds me a ton of this years Older Visc. KingCecil (2084) - DENMARK - MAY 24, 2013
Tap @ Mikkeller Stefansgade... It pours pitch black with a small creamy light brown head... Very nice looks!! The aroma is dark fruits, bourbon and some coffee ... The flavor is very nice , complex! Bourbon, dark fruits, rasins, mollases ... Very nice!! Love it! Bobbyearl (18) - Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Mouth feel: medium to thick body, viscous, and coated the mouth nicely.
Aroma: strong barrel with chocolatey notes
Taste: strong barrel presence but not over powering. Balanced and chocolatey
Palate: pours black with nice head. Nice legs left on the glass
Overall: outstanding beer. Flavors meld together with nice barrel character to add depth and complexity.
Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Mike!
The beer is brown with a nice looking head and spotty lacing. The aroma is quite complex, bringing coconut, whiskey, vanilla, oak, toffee, roast. Amazing flavor. Just incredibly smooth, wonderfully complex, and no heat whatsoever. Terrific balance. One of the best barrel aged stouts I have had. World class.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 06-05-2011 tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Via trade with Ataraxia. The aroma is nice, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla. The appearance is deep black, oily, deep tan head. The flavor is bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, licorice. The booze comes in more as you hold it in your mouth. Thick in nobody, creamy mouthfeel. The finish is roasty, lighter in bourbon than you would expect. The roast only shows here. This is an expertly crafted impy stout. brunomoreno (32) - BRAZIL - JUN 16, 2015
Black pour, little brown head with low retention. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, coconut, vanilla, spicy, really complex rami_pl (3450) - Warszawa, POLAND - DEC 10, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2017 Panel #9 Rami Rami is drinking a Rare DOS (2015) by Cycle Brewing CompanyBardzo fajnie zrownowazony aromat, slodko bombonierkowo waniliowo kokosowy. Smak z alko. Slodkawe. Czad rownowaga. Mile cialo. Jest wow50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Z panelowych dla mnie numero uno, choc to ni kuta nie jest latwy wybor
Ocena potraktowana skryptem do przeliczania ocen (uzgodnienie UT/RB).
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 On tap at the LCBS 10. Black pour with a big brown head. Sweet bourbon and roasted malt aromas. The taste was sweet and smooth. Loaded with bourbon, vanilla, caramel malt, chocolate, and just a hint of coffee. Dak was spot on at the tasting and on his rating. This stout does taste a lot like Older Viscosity.....
Revisited this beer after about a year in the bottle (thank you Maltzilla) last night. Adjusted my rating from 4.3 to 4.6. The bourbon has subsided some and delicious chocolate, caramel, and vanilla notes exploded in my mouth. What a great freakin’ stout...