Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 274
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 7.5%
Wants: 275
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Lare453 on 10-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 750mL shared at Tired Hands All Hallows Dinner on 11/6

Pours a dark, ominous black shade with about a finger's width head up top. Smell is rich...flush with dark fruit, a tint of vanilla, and plenty of the cognac barrel. The taste follows the nose closely. True to the name, it is surely sweet, but not even remotely in a cloying manner. The mouthfeel is world class. This is every bit the heavy, velvety, thick, lush mouthfeel that I yearn for in a beer like this. Overall, this was amazing. While they're not the same style, I liked this even more than Leon.

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Photo of Duff27
4.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 750ml bottle into a snifter. We let it warm slightly before opening.

A - Pours an absolute black, with a rocky three fingers of mocha-colored head. Great retention and decent lacing, clinging to the edges of the glass like a Halloween spiderweb.

S - Huge dark chocolate cake notes, vanilla, some earthiness and a slight hoppiness, and maybe a bit of fennel in the background. The barrel is definitely there in a big way, but it doesn't seem boozy. It smells awesome.

T - The flavor is more of the nose. It's a bit like one of those liquor-filled dark chocolate candies, melted in your glass. The chocolate is rich without being overpowering, there's some bitterness from the hops lurking in there somewhere, and the barrel rounds everything out. The cognac works wonderfully with the fudgy sweetness of the beer, without really much in the way of heat.

M - CCB always nails the mouthfeel on their beers, and this one is another great example. Exceptionally full with medium carbonation that fits the bill perfectly. Slightly drying in the finish.

O - After BA Church and Leon, I was almost thinking that this couldn't quite live up to the standard that those two set, but it really does. I'm trying really hard not to overrate this beer, but it's difficult to find faults with it. The barrel treatment is different, but the overall impression is similar to some of the Eclipse variations out there, rich and fudgy. Great dessert beer to finish off the night. Me? I'm off to find a few more bottles.

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Photo of AltBock
4.47/5  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.

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Photo of ndepriest
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

The beer looks a bit flat. Very little head. It almost comes out like syrup. The smell is incredible. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted marshmallows, and sweet cognac. The taste is similar, but the cognac is a bit more in the background. Just huge roasted flavors. The mouthfeel is very smooth, but thick and syrupy.

Wonderful beer that it would be great to see them brew again. If you have a bottle, this is definitely one to share.

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Photo of Nicolay3535
4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours very dark with medium to light head, its pretty

S- WOW we are talking quality cognac here, chocolate truffles, marscapone cheese, slight coffee notes and sweet malt, one of the best noses in the business.

T- Just like the nose it delivers all that cognac lacto, flavor with a sweet overtone, but not too sweet, perfect brew to enjoy with a good cigar. Probably one of the greatest stouts I've had yet.

M- Cigar City has this down, body for days, it oozes quality.

O- Such an amazing stout, and like stated above one of the best out there. I just hope it becomes a regular in their catalogue.

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Photo of randyherring
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Cognac flavors, velvety smooth. The bouquet is strong, you can definitely smell the alcohol content. Excellent taste for anybody who loves a good stout without the chocolate overtones.

I picked up a bottle at the CCB tasting room in Tampa. I am very happy with this beer.

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Photo of codysjb
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City Imperial Sweet Stout ale aged in Cognac barrels
Drove 9 hours to buy 6 bottles. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.
A: Poured a decent head but dissipated quick. Black as night, motor oil black.
S: Caramel, Cognac, whisky. Wow.
T: Chocolate coats the mouth and some minor cognac notes round out. Overall very sweet but wow pretty amazing.
M: Sweet chocolate and caramel becomes a nice cognac taste with whisky notes and more caramel notes.
O: Wow!!! Ya this was worth the drive. It can stand up to most stouts and while it isn’t BCBCS, its pretty damn close.

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Photo of Lare453
4.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml into a dfh signature glass

a extremely dark. black. cocoa brown head that dissipates at a medium pace. beautiful lacing. looks fantastic

s heavy cognac, bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, sweet dark fruits, vanilla,

t WOW!!! this is one of the greatest stouts ive ever had. it is super rich. heavy chocolate and sweet vanilla at the start, themiddle is sweet cognac and coffee middle. the ending is unbelievable, dark fruit, sweet chocolate, caramel, toffee. the aftertaste is cognac, oak and sweet chocolate.

m thick, rich, smooth, great carbonation.

o wow. this is delicious, complex, and one of the best things ive ever had. im very impressed with this beer.

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Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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