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Moat Water - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 361
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 2.53%
Wants: 353
Gots: 62 | FT: 4
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Lare453 on 10-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A big stout brewed with vanilla and coffee and aged on maple veneers.
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Photo of RyanK252
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellared 2013 bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours deep brown with a big frothy tawny brown head that settles to a solid layer and laces well.

S: Slightly smokey earthy roasted malt, coffee, hints of licorice, light chocolate and vanilla, a little maple comes out as it warms.

T: Roasty, nice coffee, a bit spicy, hints of licorice, light chocolate and vanilla, maybe even a little molasses and dark fruit.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth.

O: Had no idea what I was getting into when my buddy pulled this one out from the back of his cellar, but the years have done this one well. (603 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a wine glass. A stout brewed with lactose, then aged with coffee, vanilla beans and Canadian maple wood veneers. After brewing, the veneers were added to Skatepark of Tampa's 20 year anniversary decks.

Thick, creamy black. Inky. One inch of dark, cinnamon-colored head recedes after a time to a silky top layer.

Very sweet nose. Pancakes bathed in maple syrup, dark chocolate, sweet milk. Chocolate chip pancakes drenched in maple syrup.

A little more tangy dark fruits in the flavor -- prunes, figs. Bitter dark chocolate, sweet toasted wood, a hint of smokiness in the back. The swallow adds sweet lactose that smooths things out. Lingering bitter coffee.

A little thinner than the appearance suggested, but still a solid medium body. Creamy, medium body, mild carbonation, a touch of fizz. Clean finish, just a little hop bitterness, almost no alcohol content.

Fantastic. Very tasty, nice and complex. And a good cause, too! Skate on, homies. (967 characters)

Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with some brown around the edges when held up to the light

S - Chocolate and Vanilla bomb. It's like a liquid s'more. A nice roasty aroma and sweetness.

T - Not as smooth on the taste. Slightly overly bitter with the coffee. A nice vanilla kick on the back though.

M - Not as thick as anticipated, but still coats your mouth.

O - Sweet smelling and tasting with lots of roast and vanilla. Nicely done. (415 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is incredible beer, pulled out of an impressive cellar for a special occasion, and i am thankful to have been in attendance for it. this is among cigar citys best work to date. i am a lush for maple, so my review may be skewed, but there is no denying the impressiveness of this brew. chalky flat dark brown in color with a sudsy buy slow coming tan head. it leaves some lacing, but mostly dissipates after a few minutes. it smells woody and vanilla forward, with a dusty earthy malt complex less bitter than most big stout type brews. the maple is the mellowing element, not so much maple syrup as maple wood, which relaxes this beer in a way oak never could. there is an almost briny flavor to this beer in there some where with all the chocolate and vanilla that really works. the coffee is more intense in the nose than the flavor, and also adds an earthy element without adding any acidity at all. i am impressed by the cohesiveness of all the parts, and the finish is like nothing else, maple soaked chocolate covered coffee beans. its fabulous. gentle carbonated and a pretty dense body give this beer a remarkably smooth feel, and i found this to be really drinkable for the style. a special beer to say the least. (1,227 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful black color with a dark tan head. Small sticks around as a ring forever but was never much more anyway.
Smell is malt, whiskey, sweet, cherries, dark chocolate. Well balanced.
Taste is malty, whiskey, sweetness, dark chocolate, cherries(?). Great complexity and balance.
Smooth as velvet, rich, eminently delicious. Another phenomenal brew from CCB. (363 characters)

Photo of dayvinn87
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another delicious beer from the crew at Cigar City. The vanilla and espresso belong together as they blend so well. The smooth feel of the beer keeps you coming back for more. I have always enjoyed CCB's ability to mask high alcohol content with great flavor. I mean, you know you are drinking alcohol but its not in your face or spicy. I enjoy that.

Thanks and Cheers (370 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 10/26/12
Poured into Cigar City snifter.

Pour: Black, minimal head

Smell: Great! Coffee, very balanced coffee. Vanilla, roasted, wood and a sweet note.

Taste: A very balanced coffee up front. Not over the top but perfect. Vanilla, maple, and the awesome wood. Big roasted notes mingles with the sweet lactose notes creating an exceptional complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium, silky smooth.

Overall: In a word...Fantastic!! (434 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Inky black. Slight flurry of bubbles and then just a khaki collar.

Smell - Vanilla and a big of a vegetal wood flavor. Dark chocolate, but light. Lactose in the back end.

Taste - Vanilla bomb. Woody. A bit of maple, but it's more of a raw wood. Milk chocolate and lots of coffee. The lactose is much more prominent.

Mouthfeel - Sweet. The lactose lingers. Fudgy texture with medium carbonation.

Overall - Very nice flavors. Adjuncts are the strongest aspect, but the base beer seems to persevere. I could do with the lactose, of course. (612 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 6.11.13
Dated 25 Oct 2012

A - Pours a very dark brown almost black with a two inhc fine-silky dark tan head with good retention.

S - Coffee, roasted malt, vanilla.

T - Strong coffee/vanilla mix, roasted malts, subtle chocolate and more coffee.

D - Silky smooth medium body with good carbonation.

O - Silky smooth with lots of coffee and vanilla. Very nice. (379 characters)

Photo of DocJ007
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter shared with friends. The brew appears deep black in color with few thin bubbles and minimal lacing. Half a finger of tan head retention quickly dissolves, but can be resummoned with a quick swirl of the glass. .

The aroma is earthen with strong notes of vanilla. Chocolate, coffee, and a hint of wood make appearances as the beer warms but the vanilla still dominates.

The taste is sweet vanilla, cocoa, and roasted malt but with very little to no bitterness. Coffee notes are drowned out to the vanilla. Minimal "maple wood" flavors detectable, but given how dense maple wood is I am not surprised it did not offer much flavor. Ethanol is minimally detectable. Very sweet stout overall makes a nice desert beer.

This is a full bodied brew with a small amount of carbonation. Extremely creamy, even more than a typical milk stout.

Overall, great beer that I would definitely drink again. (915 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle poured into a Huna snifter.

Appearance: Deep, dark, brown with a frothy 1" tan head that looked as thick and rich as crema on a cup of espresso.

Smell: Chocolaty goodness, mostly milk chocolate with slight hints of vanilla. An extremely rich aroma. From the initial pour forward the smell maintains it's intensity.

Taste: The milk chocolate flavor leads, maybe even more toward dark chocolate without the bitterness. Again, the roasted malt and vanilla flavors lay beneath the dominant chocolate. The alcohol is completely masked.

Mouthfeel: This is where this beer really separates itself in my opinion. The best adjective I can find is "lush". This beer tastes so exceptionally full bodied and creamy yet without any hint of becoming cloying or mouth coating. This is the smoothest and creamiest stout I have ever had.

Overall: Another exceptional beer from CCB. So much incredible flavor and definitely a chocolate forward stout. (951 characters)

Photo of mechamifune
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a half inch brown head that fades away in about a minute, leaving the slightest of whispy heads on top. Carbonation appears strong and lacing is evident. Looks a little lighter than the usual motor oil consistency you see in a lot of big stouts. Good looking beer.

Smell is milk chocolate sweetness, vanilla, and coffee. A very pleasant smell, with all the notes playing off each other well. The more I smell it I can start picking up a bit of the maple, but I don't know that I can differentiate it that much from the vanilla at this point.

Taste is sweet up front and, well, never really comes that far off of it. A bit of a bitter coffee note lingers in the finish. No real hop presence to speak of. This is a desert beer for sure. I wouldn't call it cloyingly sweet, like ST Choklat for example, but the notes that dominate (chocolate, vanilla, maple) are all sweet notes for sure. The coffee comes in to try to even things out a bit, but I'm not totally convinced it succeeds.

Mouthfeel is a high point, as it is with all the CC stouts i've had to date. Coats the mouth and palette wonderfully. Creates a great vehicle for the flavors conveyed in this beer.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer but have some reservations about the relatively unbalanced sweetness. Given the ingredients used, one can't help but assume that this is intended to end up on the sweet side of the IS spectrum, so how can I really hold it against them? With that said, this is still a silly drinkable beer and obviously one made with a great deal of skill. CC continues to impress me with the stout offerings. Would get this one again if I could. (1,657 characters)

Photo of adam42381
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on October 25, 2012 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a 1/2 finger toffee brown head which dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the edge of the snifter. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Medium roasted coffee, vanilla, and milk chocolate with a touch of molasses. Excellent aroma.

Taste: Medium roasted malt, semisweet chocolate, sweet vanilla and molasses up front followed by coffee and sweet cream in the middle before ending with espresso and burnt toast at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter and roasty with a hint of cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. A very smooth beer that goes down way too easily for 8% ABV.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This reminds me a lot of CCB's Marshal Zhukhov's Imperial Stout except with less booziness. I may enjoy this one even more because it's not quite as heavy. I know this is probably the only time I'll ever get to try it since it was a one time brew, but if I see it again I'm jumping all over it. If you see it, try it. (1,123 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from urwithdave. Cheers for the CCB love man!

From a 750ml into a snifter
25 October 2012
Stout with lactose and aged with vanilla and coffee beans then on Canadian maple wood.

APPEARANCE: A thick black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, light mocha head with good retention. Jet black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Full foam cap and sticks to the sides a bit. A ring and fain wisp remain until the end leaving some falling dots down the glass. Thicker and darker than the vast majority of massive imperial stouts. CCB is blacker than black.

SMELL: Lots of roasted coffee beans, espresso, some sweet cream and vanilla, as well as some cocoa powder too. Some woody notes go with the cream and coffee aromas. Pretty bold and lots of adjuncts lead the way, but everything seems legit. Really nice.

TASTE: Follows the nose pretty well. Coffee, espresso, roasted flavors and lactose sweet cream as well. More bitter coffee and sweet cream at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of bitter espresso, vanilla and sweet milk sugars. Some wood and bitter coffee and chocolate. Good bitter notes balanced with sweet lactose as well. Very adjunct heavy, but tasty and legit. Not artificial.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a touch sticky from the adjuncts. Okay. Creamy enough and soft on the palate, but could be a little fuller. It does get fuller as it sits, however.

OVERALL: Great adjunct stout for sure. Very decadent and well balanced, and everything seems natural and legit. A bigger, imperial version of this would be fun for sure. Very happy to try this one and would love to drink more. Cheers urwithdave! (1,731 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

75 cl poured into a tastingglass

Dark brown / black color. Nice brown head. Good lace.
Nice coffee bean and vanilla in the nose, hint of that maple wood. Maybe some chile at first, but none of that at all in the flavor.
Awesome blend of maple wood, vanilla, coffee, darker chocolate in the flavor. Nice big sweet flavor, but a good light bitterness, too.
Bigger body. Good chewy texture. Smooth, creamy, light carbonation.
Great stuff! Not too sweet for me (461 characters)

Photo of Rainblows
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received in trade poured into cigar city snifter. dark brown/black with a half finger cocoa tinted head that lingered. Smell of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and fresh coffee. Taste is creamy and full of coffee and vanilla. Heard this beer had fallen off but I was not disappointed. Excellent beer. (308 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a 2013 Hunahpu Snifter.

It pours a nice jet black color, massively opaque and dense with a finger of thick, dark caramel colored head that recedes fairly quickly but yields a lot of film atop the beer and nice spots of lacing. The aroma is very sweet, lots of vanilla and maple with lactose sugar and very sweet, milk chocolate syrup with just a touch of roasted coffee and toasted malt at the end. The flavors are again on the sweeter side, lots of vanilla and smooth maplewood, that is slightly chewy and barky, rich, syrupy chocolate with some creamy lactose and just a hint of thick molasses. Roasted coffee is an afterthought at finish but does help to counterbalance the sweetness of richness of the beer. The body is rich, thick, silky, creamy and downright excellent. It coats the mouth very well, goes down smoothly with a lovely creamy touch.

Verdict: A very nice stout from Cigar City. The coffee is a bit overshadowed by the vanilla and maplewood, but the complexity is great and the balance is very nice. This makes for a great desert shared amongst friends or family. (1,108 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate syrup. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some really nice aromas and tasty flavors. (638 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with a small head of dark orange-tan foam on top of a completely black body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Lots of dark grain with notes of char, smoke, chocolate, whiskey, and caramel.

T - sweet, caramel malt and dark chocolate up front. Some smoky molasses in the middle and a finish of fruity caramel, coffee, and maple.

M - a thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Pretty nicely done. this is an over the top beer with an intense dark malt character but it is weirdly well balanced at the same time. Thick and sweet without becoming cloying and the maple makes a distinct impact on the base beer that is almost whiskey like. (699 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: thin dark tan head on a jet black body without any light getting through.

S: aroma is excellent with lots of dark chocolate, coffee bean, cocoa, vanilla and brown sugar.

T: this one is delicious. Lots of dark chocolate with the right amount of sweetness with very nice complementing notes including both maple and oak woods, brown sugar and vanilla.

M: full body and moderate to high carbonation, more carbonation and crisper than I expected which actually works very well for this beer.

Overall: very well balanced and mildly complex. I felt like this one would be good but it's better than I was expecting. Really it has all the same favors as the standard sweeter stout this one just has them applied better and in the right balance of roasted bitterness and chocolate sweetness. (789 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beernads sent me this in a recent BIF. It pours jet black, thin tan head. Definite coffee and vanilla aroma. The beer is a great blend of coffee and vanilla, subtle maple, slightly boozey. Definitely viscous, decent carbonation, nice sipper. A great stout, capped off a great easter weekend. (291 characters)

Photo of Biggesthouse
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Drank at room temp, stored in a hidden compartment within a closet.

A: Pours an opaque midnight, bronze coffee head, mildly carbonated
S: Rich roasted black coffee, With notes of vanilla, Berries and maple syrup
T: Tastes of black coffee, dark chocolate, with a bit of alcohol, a reduced maple syrup and vanilla, with an essence of berry

Overall, Moat Water is a favourite of mine! A delectable, one time only brew! Bravo CCB and SPOT! (437 characters)

Photo of GameFreac
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drove an hour out of my way to Leuken's Liquor in Dunedin, FL. Awesome store and they had a bottle waiting for me. It was worth it.

Appearance: Pours a midnight black with 2 fingers of a dark brown head. Looks a lot like Marshal Zhukov's but not quite as dark.

Smell: Smells of huge syrupy chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, more dark malts, chocolate and some oak.

Taste -Taste is absolutely delicious. Huge chocolate upfront, syrupy sweetness, vanilla, and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Thick mouthfeel, syrupy mouthfeel. No alcohol detected.

Overall: One of the best coffee stouts and one of the best beers I've ever had in my life.

Solidifies Cigar City as one of my favorite breweries ever. (695 characters)

Photo of AltBock
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with a sky blue label with two single castle turrets with a blue flag sticking out of the top. In between the turrets is the name of the beer in big black letters. Flanking the turrets are 5 small paragraphs describing the beer, the process that went into the beer, and who's its brewed for. It's brewed to honor Tampa's skatepark. Covering up one of the paragraphs is a bottled date of 25 Oct 2012. I had this on tap when they released this, but this review is for the bottled version.

I had no other choice than pour this beer into a Cigar City Snifter. Did it look like Moat Water? Only if the moat was getting runoff from an oil refinery. It's another one of those big black beers you don't want to hold up to light unless you're wearing sunglasses. The head of foam rose up to about 1/2 an inch in height. As for the color of the head of foam, it was more of a dark mocha. This head of foam dissipated just as fast as it appeared. It did however manage to leave behind a string of rings and a few spots of lace.

The aroma was clearly coffee based. It didn't smell like cheap coffee grounds that you would buy on a grocery store shelf. These beans smelled like quality coffee beans that you could find in a high end coffee shop. Behind the coffee wall was some dark roasted malt, a drop of dark chocolate, a pinch of maple, and a subtle whiff of vanilla to end this coffee based aroma. Nice!

This is where you get to taste those quality coffee beans that you smelled in the aroma. Quickly following the quality coffee taste was the roasted malt and dark chocolate. After those 3 had their fun, in comes a little vanilla sweetness and maple wood. Those quality coffee beans had more power in the smell then they did in the taste.

The mouthfeel wasn't overly thick, but good for a Stout like this. It had a nice aftertaste of quality coffee beans, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and vanilla. This aftertaste will linger on for a few minutes. Just enough time to get a cup of coffee in case this beer didn't fulfill your coffee needs.

Another quality beer from Cigar City. The Skatepark should be honored that their name is attached to beer of this magnitude. I know I would be. Hopefully Cigar City will brew more of this in the future. (2,259 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Pours a black color with a layer of tan head that fades quickly. The smell is slightly sweet with notes of dark fruit, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. I would say that where this beer really shines is the taste, which is exactly what I want in a beer. I'm getting a sweet vanilla note with some coffee in the background. I'm also getting some dark fruit in the mix. I think all the flavors go really well together and there is a nice deep taste. The body is very thick with smooth carbonation and a dry finish. (560 characters)

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Moat Water from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.