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Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
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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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours absolutely pitch black, opaque even on the pour. A dark brown head forms, but quickly recedes to a small ring.

S: Caramel, dark chocolate, cognac, this beer is extremely sweet. I get a nice amount of coffee in the background to helps balance, but it certainly stays very sweet. As an aroma, though, this is amazing.

T: Again, very sweet caramel melds with strong dark chocolate making a very, very sweet beer. I get some coffee in the background that helps to balance but like the aroma, this beer stays really sweet.

M: Very, very thick with low carbonation.

O: This is a very, very sweet beer. A bit too sweet for me. However, the cognac and coffee help balance the beer. It's very complex and delicious.

coreyfmcdonald, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

stakem, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

AgentZero, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of cavedave
4.95/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Crusian for putting this amazing beer into my BIF box. Tasted 12/5. From notes.

Pours a thick and opaque black, topped briefly by light brown cap which leaves the scene for some persistent islands of skim. A swirl provokes syrupy legs to slither down the glass sides.

What an aroma. This beer's best feature, almost unbelievably delicious. Neither Paul nor I could move on to sipping without spending nearly five minutes inhaling. Caramel sweet, cognac, dark chocolate, light roastiness, vanilla, cakey breadiness, hints of herbal and alcohol spice, even floral touches in there. Can't imagine a smell more enchanting than this.

What a flavor, neither of us were ready for how good this is. Lotsa sweet alcohol spice and clean caramel then it swirls into a bitter and milder combo of chocolate flavors, hints of coffee and vanilla, some roastiness that never gets acrid, and underflavors beyond my power to describe. It is delightful, a truly spectacular taste that merely identifying flavor components does not do justice. Cognac flavors tie it together into perfection. It leaves us both wondering if we ever have tasted a stout as fine.

Mouthfeel is the frame in which this masterpiece is brought to its best. Super viscous, low carb. and a clean finish that leaves streaks of resiny goodness on mouth and tongue, but never seems to build up nor become cloying. Just a marvel of artistry here. So, so good

Don't know what more to say for my impression than this is without doubt the finest beer I have tasted this year, and undoubtedly the finest of this style I ever will taste. Highest recommendation.

cavedave, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Holland
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark black with almost no highlights except those which are 90% black and 10% dark brown. No light escapes this, much like Hunahpu's, but it does have a brown head that waivers and leaves after a while, leaving a ring and some small lacing.

S: big cognac smell along with huge roasted malt flavors from smoke to coffee to chocolate.

T: much the same as the smell, but with more smoke. Usually I don't like smoke or very heavily roasted malts at all, but this one was just fine to pair with the cognac barrel flavor.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation - everything I wanted from this beer.

O: very good, but the taste didn't come together exactly as I would have liked with the smokey flavor. Very good, but not incredibly drinkable, so I'm glad I had a small pour. Still happy to have another of these nestled away, though I have my doubts that it will age gracefully.

Holland, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

drewone, Dec 05, 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
Photo of Wowcoolman
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Wowcoolman, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of starrdogg
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours an inky jet black with a thin tan head. Smell is awesomely chocolatey, a bit like boozy chocolate cake. I was worried it might be too sweet after the smell, but the flavor here is well balanced, awesome and not too intense. It's all chocolate and oak and amazing. Mouthfeel is full bodied and thick, but still has nice carbonation. This is a great beer and one of my favorites from CCB, these guys are crushing it lately.

starrdogg, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of BWHD
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

BWHD, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of egrace84
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

egrace84, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of vissai
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

vissai, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

thegerm87, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of davey101
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 09/19/2012. 750 ml bottle into a DFH signature glass. Served around cellar temperature. Thanks Matt!

A - Pours a dark black body. Insanely dark mocha creamy head thats bordering on red. A swirl creates a thin layer of yellow/brown film that stains the glass ala Marshal Zhukov. Thick lacing forms but it seems so dense that it falls down the sides quickly. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Roasted malts, grapes, cherries, leather, and milk chocolate. Very well integrated. Has a warming alcohol impression on the end.

T - Starts off with bitter roasted malts followed by sweet and acrid grape liquer. Finally smooth milk chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Fudgy and chewy with dark fruits, cognac, and oak barrels all playing a role. Very warming and smooth on the end. The aftertaste is a bit awkward with some lingering acidity.

M - Creamy with great carbonation. Somewhat sticky and syrupy but the beer does finish cleanly albeit slowly.

O - A unique beer. Can't say that the lactose is present, but this is an extremely well made. Not as good as Leon IMO, but Cigar City is doing some pretty impressive barrel releases lately.

davey101, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of jgagne
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

jgagne, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Bitterbill, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

eawolff99, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

chippo33, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of BrewtalAlement
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

BrewtalAlement, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

muskiesman, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

oline73, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.95/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW!!

This is my favorite Cigar City beer yet!

Deep obsidian on a vigorous pour. Off tan head.

Malted milk balls, cognac, chocolate, stewed prunes, creme brulee, molasses and plum. Fantastic!

Taste carries over from the smell and a nice roasted quality comes to the fore on the aftertaste.

Gorgeous mouthfeel. Thick and rich.

Great beer!

Rochefort10nh, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of ASUBeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

ASUBeer, Nov 10, 2012
Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.