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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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BA SCORE
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239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.26%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer but leave an oily trail on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, dark fruit, and cognac. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 23:53:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 21:43:22 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Someone shared this bottle at Zwanze Day. Mike? Served in a Zwanze glass.

A - Tan foam settles to a collar, wisps, and minimal lace but a bit of a glass-coating film. The body is pitch black, which is unsurprising how dark Cigar City beers tend to be.

S - Vinous and sweet cognac and grape flavors, fudge, dark fruits, some booze, a bit of fruity oxidation. Not a ton of wood flavor, just sweet cognac mixed with sweet stout.

T - The taste is heavy on raisin and dark fruit flavors, with cognac and grape flavors mixed in. In the periphery there are notes of chocolate cake, caramel, and fudge. Not much oak presence, and significantly less booze. I like the flavor significantly more than the aroma.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, lower carbonation, sticky finish. There's a bit of warming alcohol, but nothing excessive for 11%. Again, not much oak presence in the texture, but otherwise spot on for a big stout.

D - A nice beer, but very sweet; I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by that considering the name. I had a small glass of this and that was plenty sufficient. I'd drink this again, but I'd much prefer Cognac Church On a Hill or Leon.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 06:09:10 | More by MasterSki
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.34/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 13:56:10 | More by barleywinefiend
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 05:16:25 | More by Rifugium
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge amount of gratitude is owed to BA sendsilk for hooking me up with a seemingly endless supply of amazing CCB brews. Poured from a 750ml into a matching Cigar City snifter. The brew appears a solid black color with a dark brown finger of froth across the top. The cap fades leaving some spots of lace sticking to the glass and the head holds around the perimeter of the glass. A light swirl revives a seriously dark brown cap back to the surface that fades leaving a thin film across the top. When held to the light and swirled, hardly any light shines through but what does reveals some dark brown hints around the edges.

The aroma is heavily roasted and almost char and tobacco-like. There is an immediately noticeable amount of fruity cognac quality that comes into play accenting the boozy quality of this. The dark roasted aspects of the aromatics brings out thoughts of coffee and bitter baker's chocolate with almost a hint of earthy leather. As I smell this brew more, a bit of vanilla quality and raw oak emerges. This is a deeply complex and enjoyable smelling brew.

The flavor of this brew is very roasted with a bitterness that is reminiscent of 100% cacao. There are some softer almost milk chocolate notes present that then blend into a fruity booze flavor of cognac. Some roasty earth, leather, tobacco and oak are also there mid palate. This is a very atypical sweet stout in that it is very deceiving in the way the flavors meld together and go between bitter roast, semi-sweet and boozy. The sweet side of this brew really isnt upfront at all, it is actually more bitter upfront and blends into a mild sweetness across the back and into the finsh.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a beast of a sweet stout. If you go into this experience expecting a sticky sweet stout, you might be let down as it is quite boozy and bitter. This brew is very reminiscent of the trademark stouts that Cigar City is known for. At times I seemingly forget myself and get reminded of Zhukov with its dark roasty leathery and almost ashy qualities. But the booze reminds me of something more like Hunahpu but without the spices. Dare I say CCB has hit one hell of a homerun with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 00:08:49 | More by stakem
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big ole 750ml bottle courtesy of robinsmv. Thanks, Matt!

Black black black pour, darkest of tan head of foam that I may have ever seen. Tilting my tulip glass, I see a ton of lacing.

Roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, malty sweetness in the smell. Slight hints of cognac, one of my favourite liquors. I think I'm down for this.

Good grief Charlie Brown, the first sip is simply amazing? I'd gladly let Lucy pull the football away at the last second and fall on me arse if I can get up and have another sip of this splendid brew!

Sweet malt, big milk chocolate sweetness, light dark chocolate bitterness meshed in with roasted malt, delicious cognac flavours throughout but not dominating/detracting from the "elegance" of what makes this Milk Stout a true Milk Stout. Oh, did I not mention the lactose I'm getting in the taste? My bad.

So delicious sip after sip. The 11% abv is hidden too damn well; gotta watch it, Bill, lest the "evil" alcohol droppeth upon your door step and kicketh you into the next century.

Full bodied, light but right amount of carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth as silk.

Bottom line: There's a song out there in music land by MC Hammer that says it best....You Can't Touch This. I think this is the beer of 2012 for me!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 16:21:05 | More by Bitterbill
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the best traders in the country, beerisheaven & moose3285, for each sending me a bottle of this brew. The other one went down a while back; this is the lone survivor. And the clock is ticking. Big 750 ML glass split with my wife. 55/45. Shhhh.

Pour is dead black, with a modicum of life to it. Close to zero penetration, even along the edges. Even colder, the cognac announces its presence with authority. Dark chocolate, dark malts, dark thoughts round it out. My mouth is watering. That merits a good score.

Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged flaunts the barrel. Tidal wave of cognac floods the palate, then warms the belly, almost like the real thing, going all...the...way...down. Wow. Alcohol is smooth but noticeable. Trademark CC thickness to the stout, you could stand a ladder up in this thing. Plenty of roast, edge of sour raisins which detracts a touch, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, very light lactose, wow, it's like somebody through the kitchen cabinet in this thing. But it hangs together very well, & I'm sipping it rapidly.

Just the thickness of Cigar City stouts is enough to bring a stupid grin to my face. Mix in a heavy barrel, tons of complexity, easy drinking, & this is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 02:29:03 | More by maximum12
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ehammond1


4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Black throughout, thick in body, with the darkest of brown edges, and a very small dark brown head, though with good retention. Leaves the glass oily and spotted with stick.

A complex, enveloping, interesting, evolving aroma: chocolate cake, fudge, caramel, and dark fruits abound in the aroma. There's a sticky fudge element to the chocolate character that is really lovely, along with rich caramels and burnt, dessert dark fruits. Lovely.

The flavor is similarly good as the aroma, with layers of charred chocolates, dark fruits, cognac, distinct wood presence, and fudge combining incredibly nicely. There's some distinct alcohol warmth to it, but it's very complementary. Treating this like a lovely dessert at the end of the night is the way to go.

Medium to nearly full in body with low-moderate carbonation.

An incredible ,sweet, cognac-barrel aged chocolate-forward stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 00:23:54 | More by ehammond1
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to David for this bottle! Dated 19 SEP 12.
Poured in to cigar city snifter.

A - Poured ink black with a thin layer of dark brown head that immediately reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Sweet cognac, charred oak, chocolate covered cherries, roast and a hint of smoke. Very complex.

T - A big cognac presence at first that immediately gives way to charred oak, roast and an amazing chocolate covered cherry flavour. Sweet molasses ans sugary notes throughout. Very sweet overall, as expected. But not too sweet...

M - Medium body; light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 01:42:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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oline73

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this at the November Baltimore BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer is almost black with a thick layer of dark, tan head. The head sticks around quite well.

Smell: This beer is very sweet and full of roast. I'm getting some heat from the alcohol and lots of dark fruit. I'm really liking the roast along with the cognac. Quite smooth.

Taste: This beer is extremely smooth, all of the flavors blend together very well. Dark chocolate and dark fruit sweetness. Warm alcohol and cognac. The finish is sweet, warm and roasty yet smooth. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with very smooth carbonation. The beer coats our mouth. The finish is just a bit dry.

Overall: This beer is very well done. Extremely smooth and all the flavor blend together perfectly. I'd have more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 21:02:18 | More by oline73
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cosmicevan

New York

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a tasting on 12/6. Big thanks to sendsilk for hooking this one up!

Enjoyed from a ccb humidor series tulip.

watery black with a thin dark brown head and great barrel shine. the brew really coats the glass when swirled. sparse lacing. smells chocolate cognac with good roasted chocolate. the cognac is strong on the flavor profile. great dark chocolate notes as well. rich and decadent. smooth. not boozy, but cognac is present. overall really nice, not as great as imperial milk porter on stranahan (but a different animal entirely)...sweet chocolate cognac!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:50:17 | More by cosmicevan
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gotta thank my cousin in Tampa for sending this my way around XMAS time last year. Reviewed from notes last Friday. Kept at 55-65F in cellar for those months.

A- Poured into a tulip with the blackest body like changing a card oil. a head that is literally almost black forms with a frothy texture. Decent retention and an ominous ring stays atop it. Lace is spotty.

S- Smells monstrously decadent. A large old ale like caramel sweetness and dark fruits are huge, like cherry truffle. Big fudge cocoa aspect to it. Some fruit anise oak cognac influence.

T- huge amount of dark fruit melding with and overpowering the cognac barrel influence . After this is the massive cocoa, chocolate, bitter black roasted malt stout, huge dessert like. Sweet aged caramel and slight oak. The cognac blends in nicely which is the best part about this.

MF- massively thick and sweet oily feel to this one. Haven't had a thick beer like this in a long time. Massive silky body with lower end carbonation. Some good alcohol heat.

Truffle dark fruit cherry bomb with the sweet decadent cocoa stout behind it. Nice meld with the cognac.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:13:17 | More by cbutova
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claspada

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours the same super dark, viscous black oily color (as you get from Hunahpu or Zhukov) with the darkest brown head you will ever see on a beer. The lacing is also super dark brown and oily looking.

Aromas begin with a ton of roasted dark espresso and dark gritty bakers chocolate. Then soon after comes the vinous, slightly boozy fruity cognac and some slightly charred oak.

The tastes bring more of the same with dark malts, more sweet than roasted. Then there is a good dose of cocoa beans, tannic oak and a strong flavor of vinious cognac, luckily, lacking an intense alcohol heat.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is relatively dry thanks to the copious oak and vinious cognac notes yet by no means do you not appreciate the sweetness and heft of this beast.

Overall this is a great beer but definitely one that warrants sharing amounts friends. 4-8 ounces of this beer is plenty to enjoy the complexity and more would just destroy your palate for the remainder of the evening. Don't hoard, share.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 12:15:26 | More by claspada
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottles from urwithdave and SliverX. I just can't get enough. Cheers!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Bottled 19 September 2012
Stout on cognac barrels

APPEARANCE: Thick black pour yields a one finger, medium looking, creamy, dark mocha head with very good retention. Very dark and mocha colored head. Looks nice. Thick black body with higher levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Touches of wisp and a ring remain leaving no real lacing down the glass. Nice head with a thick, black, Cigar City black body. Nice.

SMELL: Big cognac nose with lots of roasted and chocolaty base stout. Roasted malts, dark, pure chocolate, baker's chocolate, with cognac, vanilla, milk chocolate and toffee. Chocolate covered cherries as well. Really decadent with piles of roasty, chocolaty base stout under a well-integrated cognac barrel. Increadibly complex and lovely. Bold and outstanding.

TASTE: Cognac, lots of roasted and burnt malts with dark, pure baker's chocolate at the swallow. Huge, flavorful aftertaste of charred malts, dark bitter chocolate, coffee, cognac and some sweet vanilla, toffee and milk chocolate. A touch of booze, but well measured. Sweet and bitter, roasted finish lingers with some chocolate covered cherries and vanilla cognac. This is lovely and follows the nose perfectly. The touch high carbonation keeps this from possible perfection.

PALATE: Medium body with higher levels of carbonation. A little light and airy, goes down smooth enough and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. A little burn lingers. Definitely needs to be thicker, fuller and heavier with less carbonation. Too bad, but this is otherwise fantastic. Average at best.

OVERALL: Phenomenal stuff! Everything works so well except the the slightly thin and airy feel on this one. If the feel was fuller and creamier, this would be the best cognac barrel aged beer in the world, and perhaps the best barrel aged stout in the world. Cigar City never ceases to impress the crap out of me. Love this beer. Thanks a lot urwithdave. I could drink these guys and not miss a thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 19:19:22 | More by Jeffo
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap at hawthornes, served in large Duvel tulip - part of the EBF kegs that came to Philly after the blizzard fiasco

Inky, dark pour with heavy legs and a collar of darkly tanned film. Little head, spotty lacing and wispy film.

Rich and full scents of chocolate, roasted malts, lactose and smoke. Heavy alcohol warmth from the cognac with vanilla and oak. Burnt sugar sweetness and caramel.

Creamy, slick notes of milk chocolate, cognac and toasted oak up front. Robust and sweet from residual caramel, toffee and vanilla flavors. Boozy throughout, yet incredibly delicious, driven by a thick malt backbone with roasted warmth and a dash of smoke from the cognac. Finishes boozy and sweet.

Full body, milder carbonation, creamy, chewy and silky on the tongue. If I had a criticism for this beer it'd be the sweetness level, although that seems a ridiculous considering "sweet" is in the beer's name. A wonderfully produced barrel aged stout with emphasis on milk chocolate and cognac.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 14:01:57 | More by xnicknj
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a tulip

An ink black pour with some thick legs. The small dark tan cap faded to a thin collar pretty quickly. Little to no lacing left inside the glass.

The cognac notes are pretty well incorporated. You would think a cognac barrel would completely overwhelm the base beer, but that is not the case. Lactic sugar, mild roast, and some cocoa powder lay a nice base for the sweet cognac notes to take over.

Mild roast, chocolate and lactic sugar poke through up front before a sweep of cognac and oak takes you through the finish. A little bit of vanilla pokes through with some burnt sugar. The base beer holds its own and is nicely complemented by the flavor of the cognac. A real winner.

Smooth, lush, and just plan delicious. Coats the mouth and slides off with no troubles. A touch of lingering sweet cognac booziness and some mild chocolate notes.

They pretty much nailed this one. The cognac is strong, as you would expect, but it complements the sweetness of the base beer extremely well.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 14:03:23 | More by ColForbinBC
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hunahpu Day pour #1. Black with mocha head. Smell is all licorice, vanilla and chocolate, rich sweet barrel. Flavor is a chocolate covered Good n Plenty, wow. Finished with an explosion of chocolate and is just amazingly rich. Good alcohol warmth but hides it well enough that I could probably finish off a 750 myself. Viscous with medium carbonation. Dessert beer but not cloying. Yum! CCB just does stouts right.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 14:38:24 | More by BMMillsy
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AltBock

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Sweet Stout

On tap at the Cigar City Tasting Room on 8 Oct 2012. It was the release date for this beer. They served it to me in a snifter.

It's yet another pitch black beer. The mighty sun couldn't shine through this beer. On top was a small 1/4 of an inch dark mocha head of foam. This head of foam quickly dissipated into a tiny string of rings along the side of the beer and a few streaks of lace.

The aroma was sweet, but not rot your teeth sugar sweet. Up front was brown sugar and molasses. Directly behind the sweetness was the dark fruits like raisins, plums, and cherry. Rounding out the aroma was roasted malt, a pinch of coffee, a drop of vanilla, a little oak, and a splash of Cognac. I liked how the aroma controlled the oak and Cognac. It didn't let them get out of control.

The taste was thick and roasted, but not sweet like the aroma. Up front was the roasted elements, the roasted malt and roasted coffee beans. Behind the roasted tastes was a brief taste of sweetness. I got some brown sugar, a dash of vanilla, a drop of molasses, and a few dark fruits like raisins, cherries, and plums. This beer then finishes up with a nice medium not overpowered taste of oak and cognac. When the taste warmed up, the cognac and oak became more pronounced. Even though it became stronger, it never became a cognac aged in a sweet imperial stout barrel.

The mouthfeel was full bodied with a nice aftertaste of oak, malt, coffee, roasted  hops, dark fruits, and cognac. I could taste the cognac, but it was a controlled taste. Not overpowered!

I don't care that much for sweet stouts, but this one was different. The barrel aging was a very nice touch. I would love to drink this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 18:17:34 | More by AltBock
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2%
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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Duff27

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep deep mocha colored head on a near black body.

Borderline overload with the cocoa/alcohol one-two punch.

Barrel aging is there bu isnt over done at all, near perect level. I'm getting a chalky/"ashy" smokiness on the tail end, love it.

Very smooth, could be its greatest attribute. Low carbonation, thick mouthfeel.

Great beer. Cognac near flawlessly integrated. I keep forgetting this is a milk stout because I'm not noticing the lactose, only minor complaint. Seek and share with me. Thanks egrace84.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 01:45:06 | More by Duff27
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to recieve this in a stout bif, thanks beernads!! I split it into 2 snifters, viscous, jet black pour, thin tan head. Boozey aroma, notes of vanilla. Well balanced brew, sweet, nice cognac notes, vanilla is in there too. Finishes boozey. The beer is thick, light carbonation, sipper. A great beer that I never thought I would be able to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 00:07:22 | More by bonkers
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mike for sharing this one with me, never thought I'd get the chance to try it. Pours out super dark and thick, like old, sludgy motor oil. A dark-ass, burnt tan head forms on top and quickly dissipates before you even have time to appreciated it - it can be brought back to life nicely with a little swirl, however. The beer sloshes quite a bit, too - this is some viscous stuff.

The aroma on this beer is THICK. Big bouts of oak soaked in vanilla and booze. Very creamy and milky smelling, quite sweet but not explosively so. Cocoa, brandy, and slight licorice-like sweetness join the mix. This baby gets more and more complex as the time goes on, but it always retains its solid structure of booze, oak, and sweetness. Malts are obvious present, too, but not quite a roasty as you might think. Coffee aromas start to grow upon warming up - this stuff is all over the place. So many smells just floating in and out, it's almost too hard to get a handle on everything.

A nice, bitter and roasted cocoa bean flavor engulfs the palate upon taking the first sip. It's soon joined by an intense sweetness that crescendos a bit before peaking halfway through and sticking around until the end - little notes of black licorice, currants, dates, figs, burnt brown sugar, and milky caramel & chocolate. Beyond all of these flavors lies that cognac, which added a flavor similar to that of a brandy; definitely a bit different than the typical bourbon flavor. The cognac added a bit of heat but wasn't too powerful as the sweetness from the beer kept it in check.

Oak flavors are surprisingly absent or at least muted substantially. Espresso beans show their face heavily in the aftertaste, along with some fading, milky sweetness and mellow brandy. There's also a few charred notes that I really didn't pick up on until the beer warmed up. Not sure if these are from the malts or possibly from the hops? But aside from that, hops didn't contribute much flavor-wise. Very creamy and thick body, chewy, low carbonation.

Wow, this beer was some serious shit. Very complex, layered, and overall very different. My gripe is that it may be overly sweet, and any sample of this over 8 oz could be walking the line between delectably sweet and cloying. Other than that, the beer was excellent, with a very nice mouth feel and an intense flavor and aroma profile. Thanks again to Mike for hooking it up!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 18:04:07 | More by tectactoe
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for the bottle share! Thanks elliot!

reviewed from notes taken 11/30/2012.

poured into boltcutter tulip glass.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with 1 finger of dark brown head. Spotty lacing coats the glass. The beer has really nice legs too.

Smell: Oak, vanilla, chocolates, and a hint of mellow cognac.

Taste: OOO.... This is nice! Its a huge smokey and sweet beer! The smoke is both earthy and bacony smoke. Almost tastes like liquid smoke. Black Licorice, molasses, and a tobacco aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation. Super silky beer thats soo darn smooth!

Overall: This is what CCB brewery does best! Awesome beer and I want to revisit it in the future! Great beer CCB!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 06:59:33 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 17:53:16 | More by Chico1985
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