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Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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97
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261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.24%
Wants: 273
Gots: 43 | 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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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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Photo of ehammond1
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

ehammond1, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Shilt, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of mrandypandy
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle picked up for me by a friend from Tampa. Split with by buddy, pullen.

A - Pours a thick, viscous, motor-oil like abyss black. Little or no head, but that's to be expected from an 11% barrel-aged stout.
S - Sweet malt and dark fruits. Smells good.
T - Wow. Chocolate-covered cherries, with a malted-milkshake sweetness. Like Dark Lord, but actually good. A definite roasted quality to the finish. Mutually agreed that this is damn tasty.
M - Best part of this brew. Thick, yet smooth. Luxurious and velvety. Everything you want out of a sweet stout.
O - While I didn't get much or any cognac from this, it's still a phenomenal stout. A bit on the sweet side, but hey, it's a milk/sweet stout. I couldn't finish an entire bottle, but my 375ml serving was perfect. Highly recommended to relax and sip on, especially as an aperitif.

mrandypandy, Dec 13, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into a Southern Tier Pumpking chalice.

A: This beer pours viscous as hell. Moderately aggressive pour yields about a 1 finger, coffee colored head. Held to the light, absolutely nothing shines through.

S: This is a spectacular smelling brew. Can tell this is going to be sweet off the nose. Chocolate syrup, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon sugar, raisins, vanilla, and coffee.

T: While I think the nose is the standout on this beer, the flavor does not disappoint. Starts with dark chocolate/chocolate syrup, then brown sugar and vanilla. Get a hit of fruit sweetness at the end (raisins, plums, grapes). The chocolate syrup flavor lingers along with alight booziness (the booze is not particularly pronounced but present enough to be noticed).

M: Mouthfeel is excellent on this one. Thick and coating. Carbonation is moderate to low.

O: Probably the best sweet stout I've had the pleasure of enjoying. Highly recommend this to anyone who is a stout fan with a sweet tooth. This is my first experience with Cigar City and it lived up to the hype. Thanks go out to BREWSnTATTOOS for giving me the opportunity to enjoy this treat.

dbc5, Dec 13, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

cosmicevan, Dec 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

CoryR, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of djmichaelk. It was left out to warm just a little, and poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Cognac Barrel Imperial Sweet Stout pours an intimidating black, with noticeably dark, chocolate colored foam crowning the beer. It's about a finger and a half in height, with just a little bit each of head retention and lacing. The nose is great, with lots of aromas coming together and spilling out of the glass. Vanilla, oak, cognac, and dark chocolate all coalesce and greet my nose. The barrel characteristics are what find my palate first, with brown sugar, oak, and lightly boozy cognac all standing out. That alcoholic note is a touch too potent, but it's what balances against the sweetness, before the base beer comes in for the finish. Cocoa powder is joined by anise and molasses, the latter two just a hair too prominent for my taste. The mouthfeel is superb, highlighted by a full body that's just slightly chewy, and a wonderfully subtle carbonation. I've had a few Cigar City beers that I've enjoyed, but this is the first one that's jumped out since Hunahpu's did a while back. Now I'm really looking forward to the bottle of Leon that's in my fridge.

axeman9182, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

MasterSki, Dec 07, 2012
Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.