During Tampa Bay Beer Week, Cycle Brewing released a new beer each day of the week. Didn’t get to try any? Shame on you.
Just kidding – it was damn near impossible to get a taste of their TBBW beer releases unless you got there early. Every week day at noon, doors opened to the public and all bottles were sold out within two hours (sometimes less!).
Monday’s selection was a Cherry Vanilla Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout.
Our rating: 3/5 stars.
It’s very close to the base for all of their barrel aged releases – which is still excellent, but it’s nothing new. We didn’t taste the cherry vanilla notes the same way that the hazelnut or coconut versions came through. It was great, but also our least favorite for this beer release.
Tuesday’s bottle was a Single Malt Whiskey Barrel Aged Batch 500.
Our rating: 4.5 stars.
Compared to Monday’s selection, this one is cleaner and pours like gasoline. It had almost no head and was extremely smooth.
The Hump Day selection was a Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Batch 500 – same stout as Tuesday, but from a different barrel.
Our rating: 3.5 stars.
Wednesday had more of a chocolaty taste and didn’t give us much of a barrel aged impression like Tuesday did. It poured like gasoline again, but without the taste that we’d expect from that kind of pour.
The rarest, and supposedly the most delicious out of the batch. This one was more expensive than the others. This one was called &+, a Russian Imperial Stout.
Our rating: 4.5 stars
This one was delicious. We chose this one as our second favorite due to the hazelnut taste with light cinammon. There was slightly more carbonation than other variations.
Their final release was a BA Cuvée Stout, a blend of different barrel-aged stouts.
Our rating: 3.5 stars
As our third favorite, this was the mildest out of them, with a definite chocolate taste to it, moreso than the rest.
The final result
Overall, we thought they were all great! We were lucky enough (some were not!) to get all five bottles.
Cycle is open Monday-Thursday from 3:00 pm – 12:00 am, Fridays from 3:00 pm – 3:00 am, Saturdays from 12:00 pm – 3:00 am and Sundaya from 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm.*
*Hours as of March 23, 2015.