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Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.24%
Wants: 280
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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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3.25/5  rDev -26.5%

tlacott1, Jan 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -26.5%

cfaulman, Feb 03, 2014
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3.34/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep, deep brown nearly black with a rocky dirty white cap providing some good head retention, collar and spotty lacing

S: Big milky sweetness, chocolate cake, vanilla and cocoa beans with cognac but it was still rather tame.

T: A big, sweet dairy goodness woth some old wood, Earthiness and a dose of cognac. Nothing Earth-shateering here.

M: Full bodied, sweet, lingering, some heat

O: While it was a nice drink I still cannot get past the bloated rating of this beer.

barleywinefiend, Mar 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Beerlistman, Oct 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

BrewtalAlement, Nov 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

thegerm87, Nov 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

claaark13, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

POTABLE83, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

bvdubn, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

gpawned, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.89/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever brought this to the Dec. '12 Philly suburbs bottle share!

Thick black pour like spent engine oil that coated the glass with film, and a small dense cap of mocha head that receded to a wispy layer. Aroma of dark roasty malts, chocolate sweetness, cognac-soaked wood. The taste was similar, dark malts, more sweet than roasty, though a good dose of both, chewy cocoa beans, woody notes, and a strong flavor of cognac, yet lacking an intense alcohol heat. Pretty full in body, lower carbonation, silky, strong, but drinkable.

Rifugium, Dec 04, 2012
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3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Inky, glass-staining black body. Standard fare from Cigar City stouts. Mocha head. A thin collar remains.

Smell - I love cognac barrels. Rich oak and vanilla notes. Cognac. Dark chocolate and coffee come through from the malts.

Taste - Very sweet, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. The cognac is less prominent here, but the vanilla persists. Lots of coffee and dark, fudgy chocolate. And then the lactose hits. Argh.

Mouthfeel - The lactose is intense. Thickens the beer. The cognac balances out the sweetness pretty well.

Overall - I love everything about this except the lactose, which I notoriously dislike.

Alieniloquium, Jun 15, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a large wine glass.

Thanks to johnyb for this bottle!

Celebrating the Blackhawks' victory with a long-overdo opening of a cognac barrel-aged stout. It pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of brown foam. The nose comprises strong wood, light whiskey (I assume this is really cognac, but here it just comes across as straight whiskey), light roasted malts, and a hefty helping of brown sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a thicker roast character, a strong vein of vague sweetness, and a bit of molasses tossed in for good measure. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice BA stout, one that took to the barrel very well. Good times.

TMoney2591, May 27, 2013
Photo of Chico1985
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for Cam for sharing this scary beer.

Pour is black as black blacks. A dark brown head forms into a thick ring fast and stays that way. Ominous and glass-staining as expected from a Cigar City stout.

Big scent of fudge, bread, oreos, dark fruits (cognac), roast, cigar box and alcohol.

Huuge taste, puts the scent to shame almost. Chocolate fudge, truffles, and cognac galore. Roasted malt, leather. Great dark fruit flavors coming from that cognac barrel, though I'm not getting any oak. Big sweetness but complex. Very rich.

Super hefty mouthfeel with lowish carbonation, but a good amount of foamy action, not quite as dense as expected. Some heat but alcohol taste overall is low.

Ridiculously huge, sweet, heavy - but out of the many Cigar City imperial stouts that fit this description, this is definitely one of the better ones. Nice complexity and rich flavors, the cognac barrels really add alot here. I'm definitely good with ~5oz or so though.

Chico1985, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

acurtis, Oct 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

crownrl28, Nov 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

largadeer, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

hansgruber, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

FLBeerGuy, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

DaTimBennett, Jul 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Ravenacht, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

metalgdog, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

dannyhead, Mar 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

bradfordjohnson, Dec 30, 2012
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Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.