Cycle Brewing Nooner #9

Nooner #9

 

Cycle Brewing in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States 🇺🇸

Stout - Imperial Regular
Score
8.32
ABV: 11.0% IBU: - Ticks: 13
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8.4
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 6/2015. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, vanilla, cream, toffee, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, vanilla, rye whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, vanilla, cream, toffee, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, roast, charred bitterness; and rye whiskey/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, vanilla, cream, toffee, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, biscuit, dark bread/crust, licorice, dark fruit, light smoke/char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, vanilla, rye whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and rye whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and rye whiskey/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 11%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic flavored barrel aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, vanilla, rye whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/spicy/tannic/drying finish; great soft/silky feel for the ABV. Fantastic balance of super rich malts, vanilla, and rye whiskey barrel presence/integration. Mild earthy hops and fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example as expected. Aged extremely well.

Tried from Bottle on 30 Sep 2019 at 09:54


8.5
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

Shared bottle at kermis’s. Black with cream head. Sweet roasted malts. Bourbon and vanilla, big sweet, coconut. Big sweat and some bitter. Full body soft carbonation. Amazing sweet and soft. --- Beer merged from original tick of Nooner Batch 9 on 09 Jan 2018 at 12:51 - Score: 8

Tried from Bottle on 01 Apr 2017 at 17:43


8.5
Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 10

Bottle shared. Black with a small beige head. Aroma of massive bourbon, vanilla, oak barrel, chocolate, molasses, caramel. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

Tried from Bottle on 01 Apr 2017 at 17:39


9
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 9

Bottle shared. Pitch black pour with a tan head. Notes of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, toffee, cocoa. Great beer, lots of bourbon and vanilla. Super smooth texture, sweet vanilla. --- Beer merged from original tick of Nooner Batch 9 on 02 Apr 2017 at 00:38 - Score: 9. Original review text: Goddamn perfect. Fruity, bourbony, vanilla, coconut.

Tried from Bottle on 01 Apr 2017 at 17:35


8.5
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

Bottle shared thanks to svartvit. Very dark brown with small dark beige head. Massive vanilla and rye whiskey, sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, cinnamon, rye bread, burning alcohol, dark chocolate. Quite sweet with light bitter rye and alcohol. Over medium bodied with alcoholic finish.

Tried from Bottle on 01 Apr 2017 at 17:33


9
Appearance - 10 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 9

650 ml bottle thanks to Glen! Black colr with nice briwn head. Roasted malty aroma, lots of vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, some dark dried fruits, coconut, bourbon. Sweet and light bitter like aroma. Full silky oily to creamy body with soft carbonation, bitter aftertaste with caramel and coffee notes.

Tried from Bottle on 12 Oct 2016 at 14:57


8.1
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8.5

Bomber, acquired in a trade

A - Dense, thick, pitch black, small coffee colored head.

S - Smells nice! Sweet, peppery, licorice, vanilla, cocoa and sugar.

T - Loads of vanilla here...like a ton. barrel character is good, an ashy smoked undertone under the vanilla and faded coconut.

M - The mouthfeel is thin at first and it does coat the tongue but flees quickly.

O - I think this is a might fine beer. I will say maybe more vanilla a year ago. I do notice that the bottle says "drink fresh" so it’s no surprise this is a changed beer. Still wonderful.

Tried from Bottle on 23 Jul 2016 at 18:31


8.3
Appearance - 10 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Bottle shared with Countbeer. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized medium to dark brown colored head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, roasted malts lightly, milk chocolate, firmly bourbon and vanilla. Taste is malts, again milk chocolate, heavy bourbon and vanilla, slightly floral, sweetish initially but with a moderate bitter finish. I like the aroma better than the flavor though, too much vanilla -while also clearly present in the aroma- in the flavor for me to really love it. Full body, oily texture, average to medium carbonation.

Tried from Bottle on 12 Jan 2016 at 16:17


9.3
Appearance - 10 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 10

Bottle obtained in a trade with Adam. Pours jet black, with a good, dark head. Smell is very intense and roasty. Taste is intense, bourbon (much bourbon) mild vanilla in the back, just enough to be perfect. Very creamy mouthfeel, and low carbo (the way I like it ) Much dark malts, giving the perfect balance between bourbon and beer. Yes, this is pretty damn nice ! Its still kept ’simple’ in a way, not as different than others like the Vanilla bourbon county, not as crazy good mouthfeel as assassin or kbbs. Another way to describe this -less negative- would be it’s more balanced than the ones previously mentioned. Opinions shall always be divided. All that is certain, is that this is a damn fine beer, and cycle just won over a big critic since I disliked previous big imperial stouts in the DOS series... Thumbs up !

Tried from Bottle on 08 Nov 2015 at 12:19


8.1
Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8.5

Bottle - Sweet molasses, vanilla and coconut. Jet brown with a nice brown head. Sweet, barrel and long bittersweet chocolate and a nice long coconut finish.

Tried from Bottle on 15 Oct 2015 at 00:59