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.