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Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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

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265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.24%
Wants: 280
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Lare453 on 10-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Thanks Doug; poured into a Cigar City snifter 4/26/2014.

A- Pitch black body, pours like motor oil in the classic CCB stout tradition. Serious viscosity quotient here. One finger brown head, great retention, a bit of lacing.

S- Cognac character, lactose, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, a bit of earth. Straight up chocolate cake with chocolate fudge mixed in with spirits.

F- Very chocolate-forward, some lactose sweetness, milk chocolate, dark fruits, whiskey spirits. I don't know the cognac character well as I don't drink it, but it's clearly contributing a complementary sweetness and a bit of hotness as well.

M- Thick bodied, low carbonation and viscous. Don't know how CCB does it, but it is incredibly full bodied. A sipper, but it seems the heat has muted considerably even as it warms up.

O- Very nice cognac imperial milk stout. Haven't had much of these in this style, but this is way better than the Cognac Moloko I tried earlier in the day. Mouthfeel and body are killer traits in this one and the cognac integrates really well with the dark malt character.

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4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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 !

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4.51/5  rDev +2%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.