Moat Water - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by BeerTheater:
4.43/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Moat Water is a good beer. It looks(without the cream), tastes and feels like a good ol cup of joe. What you initially see is murky black lagoon and when held up to the light you can see the brown hue coming off the top; it's the darkest brown Crayola could conjure up. The head is nice, creating a one to two finger top that dissipates soon thereafter . There is nice lacing, but not long lasting.
The smell is a wake up call and the cock goes cock-a-doodle-doo. It's coffee, straight up. There is a sweetness I guess one can discern from smell that lingers, but it doesn't register as maple or vanilla definitively to me. I think it's there but I need to go through another bottle to be sure because I drank this one rather easily and fast. The coffee is strong with this one and tasty.
Taste follows the nose but leads to a much better place than a Toucan in the morning. It's that cup of coffee again that is well roasted with a touch of semi sweet chocolate with milk and sugar. I'm not sure I get anything from the maple wood whether distinctly maple or woody. This beer is delicious with barely a hint of alcohol present if not for the warming feeling in your belly. There's that dry, semi bitter aftertaste you get from coffee yet it's also sweet from the vanilla bean/chocolate malt notes and lactose. I like my sugar with coffee and cream. A nice balance on the rails of Tampa's skate park.
Mouth feel is good and what I want from a stout. Smooth with a medium to full body that you can feel fill your mouth up and journey downward. I would say there is room for more body. It's more medium bodied than what I would want, but that's a small complaint barely worth mentioning.
If I were to sum up drinkability I guess I could say I went through my 750ML bottle faster than a bottled water on an August afternoon in Florida. Perhaps a bit too fast, as I should have waited for it to warm a bit. I will need another bottle or case to truly evaluate this good beer. I say good again because for some reason I want to say great but hesitate as it does seem to be more coffee than anything else. The chocolate chip pancakes mentioned on the bottle are there but not as substantial as it sounds. The vanilla and maple wood are minimal and add sweetness along with the lactose but not a distinct flavor. Again, I need more of this beer to conclude my thoughts. However, this beer leaves you with the jingle, the best part of waking up is beer in your cup. (this was an awesome beer despite my quibbles about the beer.)
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2012 04:45:42 | More by BeerTheater
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4.49/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2014 19:38:55 | More by StonedTrippin
4.45/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2014 06:53:42 | More by PorterLambic
Moat Water from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.