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Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel AgedImperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged

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241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.27%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Lare453 on 10-09-2012)
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black bodied beer with a big tan head that settles slowly; sticky lacing remains on the glass. Aroma has massive cognac and the boozy heat that comes with it; underlying sweet and bitter chocolate, molasses, anise notes. Complex and decadent.

This is one cognac-bomb to be sure. While there is ample sweetness, both milk and semisweet chocolate flavors, rich fudginess, and lesser notes of the aforementioned molasses, anise, and roasted malt, the chest-warming cognac flavor is very prominent. Oak, vanilla, and raisins just poke out here and there.

Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, sticky, creamy, and appropriately chewy feel. Nice beer! This is the one for the cognac lover, if they can find it. Cigar City does a lot of interesting stuff but for my money it's their stouts that really shine the brightest.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 15:39:06 | More by tobelerone
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inkdemention

Nevada

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared with my bro from another moe fatsnowman22 .. Thank you Brad !!

A: sexy . I'm into . I can kinda see into the pour but its pretty pitch black. Total barrel appearance . Minimal head with no lacing. Coco collar.

S: cognac , grapes , cocoa covered truffles . Caramel. Boom ! A touch of a boozey burn.

T: nice woody sweetness followed up with a nice bittery coco chocolatey feel. The chocolate lingers. Long n hard. With the cognac epervence holding the right amount heat to it. Marshal Zhukov with lactose if you will .

M: nice medium body. Not full but thick. Perfect carbonation . Dry coco powdery finish.

O: A very nice offering from cigar city. The sweetness is a tad eh but so much else going . Thank you again Brad !

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 02:32:00 | More by inkdemention
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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev -9.1%

04-22-2014 03:22:53 | More by funkel81
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

04-20-2014 14:59:11 | More by SocalKicks
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not as sweet as I thought it would be

A- Thick black motor oil like all CCB stouts. The smallest lacing ever with no legs. Gums up glass.

S- Big chocolate upfront, toffee and then some cognac barrel. Chocolate is dominant.

T- Big dark milk chocolate, massive chocolate dominates anything else that would try to come to play. Cognac has a bite at the end.

M- CCB brews are always money in my book for the M. Thick and viscous, chewy. No carb that detracts from what this beer is meant to be.

O- Another great CCB brew; would probably have this just under LiL if we are ranking CCB stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 19:16:08 | More by gueuzedreg
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-30-2014 12:43:54 | More by InspectorBob
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Flabbyjandro

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8%

03-20-2014 04:15:54 | More by Flabbyjandro
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

03-10-2014 18:31:45 | More by facesnorth
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dannyhead

Florida

4/5  rDev -9.1%

03-07-2014 16:47:11 | More by dannyhead
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bauermj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

02-26-2014 15:47:06 | More by bauermj
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank side by side with Cognac Moloko in a no holds barred Cognac smackdown

Unsurprisingly, the Cigar City entry defeated our attempts to drink these blind based on looks alone. Pitch black and very still with just the faintest razor thin head along the edges. No light penetration through this hoss.

Smells of fudgey grapes and dark chocolate.

Just a big thick and rich stout. Grape sweetness from the barrels sweeps across from front to back. Powdered dark chocolate lingers on the finish along with some prune and ambiguous dark fruits.

Monstrous, viscous, coating, and heavy on the tongue....a true CC stout. Fatiguing in large doses but very good and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 17:02:46 | More by BarrytheBear
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Blind side by side with Cognac Moloko

A: Pours oil slick black with minimal head.

S: Chocolate shop chocolate

T: Dark chocolate maybe even a Almond Hersey bar?

M: Like most if not all CCB beers, nailed it. Coating and lingers like a boss!

O: While really good, a little fatiguing being so sweet. Overall a very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 04:29:20 | More by madtowndmb1
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RayUF07

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8%

02-17-2014 03:01:55 | More by RayUF07
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Zuidman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-16-2014 16:27:13 | More by Zuidman
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-13-2014 02:36:24 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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cfaulman

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -26.1%

02-03-2014 20:14:26 | More by cfaulman
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-02-2014 13:53:44 | More by brother_kenneth
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Prost76

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-25-2014 14:04:06 | More by Prost76
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-09-2014 15:12:06 | More by josephwa
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Kevinhcraig

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-04-2014 02:38:24 | More by Kevinhcraig
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. This was bottled September 19, 2012 so has about 15 months of age on it since bottling.

Appearance: Pours black and leaves a half finger of deep hazelnut/brown head which fades to a rim around the glass.

Smell: Rich fudge, lightly roasted malts, dates, figs, light coffee, mild vanilla, oak, some nice cognac in the back end. Very complex, mouth-watering aroma.

Taste: Fits with the aroma really well. Rich milk chocolate, dark fruits, plenty of oak, cognac, mild licorice, toasted malts, light coffee. Really nice balance of sweet and bitter - plenty of both to be found in the flavor.

Mouth-feel: Light carbonation but plenty enough, with a full, creamy body. Really velvety and nice.

Overall: Everything about this beer is fantastic. It is very complex and flavors really compliment each other nicely. The cognac barrel influenced this a lot and only in a positive way. The oak and cognac make this beer just wonderful. This beer has just over a year on it, and I don't know how it could be better. Still good carbonation and just wonderfully balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 21:38:05 | More by Resuin
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dsauter

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +8%

12-25-2013 00:39:18 | More by dsauter
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mverity

Florida

4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle share at Proof courtesy of scotchzi. Deep opaque black with dark chocolatey head, which held decently. The thickness of this beer makes it have great legs on the glass. Not much lacing though. Heavy dark chocolate arom with some good coffee notes and a great earthy wood with a touch of boozey notes as well. Taste is of very rich malt with a warm booze (cognac?) presence being noticable. I get more coffee on the tongue than in the nose. Slightly silty mouthfeel, very thick body. Yummy!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 01:19:46 | More by mverity
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev -9.1%

12-15-2013 14:16:23 | More by billab914
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

12-15-2013 00:28:09 | More by Rhettroactive
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Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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