Cuvee - Just Cocoa Nibs (2020)
Cycle Brewing Company
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A Note on This Beer
When you have a Stout from Cycle Brewing in your arsenal, be careful who you tell about it.
Even the beer nerds at Gear Patrol call Cycle one of the 25 Best Breweries in America for their impressive, Stout-heavy lineup.
So, if any in-the-know Dark Beer fans were to find out you’re hiding a bottle of today’s Cuvee - Just Cocoa Nibs (2020), you might have to start running for the hills.
By the looks of things online, everyone and their grandma is chasing after this bourbon-blasted chocolate brew!
To make it, the brewers used a blend of Stouts aged 18 to 20 months in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels. Mixing the different barrels allowed the base beer to soak up the richest combination of bourbon-spice and oaky complexity. Then, they made that base even richer when they conditioned it on piles of Ghanaian cacao nibs!
With a pour that’s black as night and silky smooth, Just Cocoa Nibs is Dark Beer temptation in physical form. Alongside aromas of charred oak and impeccably balanced flavors of hazelnuts and sweet chocolate fudge, resisting this temptation is nearly impossible.
Again, be careful not to say the name of today’s Bourbon Barrel Aged black gold too loudly. A boozy beauty such as this is far too precious to share with ALL the Dark Beer lovers in town.