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Moat Water - Cigar City Brewing

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336 Ratings
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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 356
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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:
A big stout brewed with vanilla and coffee and aged on maple veneers.

(Beer added by: Lare453 on 10-29-2012)
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4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
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

dayvinn87, Sep 01, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is oily black with very dark brown head. Spotty lacing left behind. Nose is fantastic with robust coffee beans and light waves of vanilla beans and light maple and oak. Taste is amazing. Rich chocolate and coffee up front, plenty of malt sweetness, and heavy cream and subtle maple. Each flavor takes a turn and layers on top of each other. Delicious. Mouthfeel is thick and lightly carbonated. Definitely a stand out brew.

homebrew311, Jan 06, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

oline73, Feb 20, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +6.2%

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4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a ccb snifter

A jet black, small very light tan head, fast dissipating, nice lacing, nice bubbly ring left over,

S coffee, malty, vanilla, maple, bitter chocolate

T sweet coffee beginning, dry and bitter chocolate middle and a dry and sweet vanilla and chocolate end. The after taste is long lasting coffee, malt, and sweet.chocolate.

M thick, creamy, soft and lightly carbonation. Great mouth feel.

O delicious, a great beer and another hit from ccb. Easy to drink, velvet soft, awesome. Get it if you can.

Lare453, Oct 29, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love the Skatepark of Tampa (especially catching shows at Transitions Art Gallery), so I'm very excited about this beer. I'm a little cautious about the SPoT moat water - as long as there's no dead cat bits in here, I'll be alright. Like every one of Cigar City's stouts, this one pours pitch-black with a sizable mocha head. The aroma is fantastic, there's loads of sweet lactose and malts, a huge milk chocolate note, and some vanilla and lightly roasted coffee backing everything up. The taste honestly reminds me a bit of a sweetened version of FBS, with the lactose amping up the sweet notes from the chocolate and rounding off the coffee sharpness. The coffee winds up being the dominant note here - there's some serious caffeine action going on here. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium bodied, and silky smooth. The drinkability is great - the sweetness can border on being too much, but it never quite made it there for me. A fantastic sweet stout.

shand, Nov 17, 2012
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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle served in a Half Acre snifter. Thanks to eorwar for the share.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a bubble ring that leaves some sticky lace down the glass.

S: Some bitter coffee grounds, espresso sweetness and vanilla upfront. Dark chocolate with a heavily roasted malt body round it out.

T: Vanilla bean sweetness, light maple with some milk chocolate. Roasted oats with a dark chocolate bitterness. Espresso sweetness with a black coffee bite to it. Interesting and delicious.

M: Velvety smooth with a medium heaviness to the body. Medium carbonation level with a sweet finish.

O: Sweet, but in a good way. The bitterness from the dark chocolate and coffee ground flavors was able to cut the sweetness and make it palatable. As always the great mouthfeel from a CCB stout put the beer over the top.

Treebs, Feb 02, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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!!

sleuthdog, Aug 23, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

BobZ, May 17, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

A: dark as night, black, with a 2 finger milk chocolate colored head on top. creamy looking delicious head.; a thick sticky lacing hangs around on the sides of the glass.

S: smells like breakfast. freshly roasted coffee with chocolate chip pancakes, vanilla, black coffee, and roasty malts with a toffee and caramel background

T: chocolate, vanilla, coffee beans, woody undertone from the maple aging. delicious tasting beer

M: thick chewy, creamy, medium carbonation

O: highly recommended. i had high expectations and am not disappointed

fields336, Dec 27, 2012
Moat Water from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.