Pasteur Street Brewing Company - Cyclo Stout
- Alcohol by Volume: 13%
- Bottle Size: 750-ml
- Serving Temperature: 52–59° F
- Suggested Glassware: Snifter, Tulip or Pinot Glass
Vietnam’s Pasteur Street Brewing just recently landed on our radar, and their massive Cyclo Stout seemed a perfect final flourish for this special offer. Pasteur Street focuses on bringing U.S. craft-brewing techniques (and hops!) together with European malts and special additions like (in this case) cinnamon, vanilla, and Marou Chocolate cacao pods—all sourced in Vietnam.
As you’d expect from a 13% imperial stout, this pours mostly pitch black, thinning to darker caramel at the edges and capped by a modest landscape of bubbles. The aroma makes it very clear we’re heading into dense terrain: landing with expressive baker’s chocolate, vanilla, and sweet cocoa, plus dried dark fruit and toffee plentiful underneath. Cyclo Stout rewards being allowed some time to warm up, with generous layers of darker chocolates, fudge, and subtle underpinnings of caramelization unfolding over a sturdy imperial-stout base. The special addition of cacao pods is particularly stellar and developed in its own right, while that subtle spiciness courtesy of the Vietnamese cinnamon (plus subtle bubbles) helps everything land perfectly.
The hefty ABV of 13% suggests that this should be ready for a bit of cellar time, but we also find the special ingredients—arguably the best parts of this beer—to be particularly good as they are. We expect some of the more vibrant and lush cacao notes to slowly get eclipsed by the onset of dried caramel—but, honestly, some caramel should also work great with what’s going on in this beer. Pop an early bottle and age as you see fit. For pairing options, we tend to steer the chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon combo towards a dessert menu. Maybe steak?
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