Cycle Brewing out of St. Petersburg, Fla. is one of the most renowned stout brewers in the world. The brewery is constantly pumping out barrel-aged stouts and its most notable brews are filled to the brim with adjuncts. Pastry stouts, so hot right now. In November 2017, the brewery released a Greatest Hits Series, revisiting some of their most popular releases. The series included&+&+&+&+&+, Coconut, Joyous Almond, DBR and the beer we’ll be looking at today, Brinner.

Speaking of Brinner, it is a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout brewed with maple and barrel-aged coffee.

As expected, Brinner pours an opaque dark brown-black. The lacing stays steady on the beer, with a tan head and creamy small bubbles that stay on the surface.

I am getting loads of maple on the nose, along with plum, dark fruits, Fig Newtons, and bakers chocolate. There is a lot of complexity with the adjuncts and the woody earthy tones of the barrel.

As for the flavor, Brinner delivers maple, followed by chocolate and coffee and finishes with a very strong maple note. It’s not as complex taste as it was on the nose, but the beer is really balanced and quality flavors come together to make for a great sipper.

Cycle Brinner
BREWERY: Cycle Brewing
LOCATION: St. Petersburg, Fla.
STYLE: Imperial Stout
ABV: 11.5 percente
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $35
RELEASE DATE: Nov. 15, 2017
AVAILABLE IN: 22-ounce bottle
Overall, Cycle does what Cycle do and made another stellar barrel-aged stout. Everything that was advertised was there; great maple, strong coffee and an excellent barrel presence. One noticeable knock would be the body of this beer, it was a little thinner than many of their offerings, but that could be attributed to the maple, as it has a tendency to thin out beers. I wouldn’t hesitate in seeking this one out though, definitely way more going for it than against it.
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