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Moat Water - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 361
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 351
Gots: 62 | FT: 4
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:
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for this bottle!
Poured in to Cigar City snifter.

A - Thick ink-black in colour with a thin layer of medium brown head.

S -A huge hit of sweet vanilla up front followed by espresso, brown sugar and a hint of maple. Not getting the wood notes at all.

T - Sweet vanilla and chocolate chip flavours up front that immediately give way to bitter espresso and roast. A hint of maple syrup in the background and a very light woody presence in the finish. The flavours all come together beautifully.

M - Medium, almost full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Humongous thank you to brewbetter for hitting me with this as an extra!!!!

enjoyed from my humidor series ccb tulip (thanks again brewbetter!!!!).

a - brew pours a deep dark shiny mudslide with a massive two fingers plus of dark tan head. as the head vanished, the glass was coated in lacing. i throw around the phrase "milkshake like lacing" but this is IT. i've had milkshakes that don't leave lacing this thick. ccb makes an attractive stout!

s - roast heavy, but plenty of chocolate and black malts to keep it real. some sweetness giving it a milk chocolate hershey undertone and vanilla and a hint of maple syrup.

t - wow, this is a beautiful beer. rich and roasted with great chocolate notes. some bitter bakers chocolate and coffee. some maple notes and vanilla round things out.

m - thick and rich and full bodied, but very easy to throw back.

o - overall, WOW. what a beer. i can't believe you don't hear more about this one. supremely delicious. like a slightly lighter and more roasty version of zhukov. the maple syrup and vanilla really lighten things up and give it a great sweetness.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.53/5  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!!

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Photo of fields336
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of Treebs
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of BobZ
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of shand
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Lare453
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.62/5  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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of dayvinn87
4.7/5  rDev +8%
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

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with small mocha head. Aroma of heavy sweet chocolate and fresh maple vanilla coffee. A complex smokey pepper coming off the nose, too. Wow this smells incredible. Hige thick mouthfeel like an imperial. Taste is like chocolate milk. Slight coffee bitter finish. Very light on the vanilla and maple. Vanilla comes out in aroma and flavor as it warms. Very sweet but not cloying. Alcohol totally hidden. Wow. This is really fantastic. It probably won’t get as much love since it doesn’t say "imperial stout on the label" but don’t be fooled. Only knock is I was hoping for more coffee. Please brandy barrel age this, CCB. Pleeease.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.91/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a tan head. Nice lacing and good retention.
Smells very sweet with a slight roast to it. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee, and some maple.
The taste follows with the sweetness. Vanilla, chocolate, and coffee flavors are prominent. The maple is very obvious too, but not overpowering. The flavors balance out perfectly and create an incredibly complex sweet stout.
Thick, creamy feel. Pretty smooth going down.

Incredible beer. I had my mind blown while drinking this. Just wow.

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Photo of BAstoutsNsours
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle on Nov 14, served in a Tulip

A: A cloudy dense milk chocolate brown pour with a small amount of head that dies slowly
S: Fresh coffee, toffee, melted brown sugar
T: Yum, very coffee forward (which I like), followed by creamy milk chocolate and condensed milk. Very similar to a Vietnamese coffee with alcohol, very delicious.
M: thickish, but not as thick as I'd prefer. Carb was perfect.
O: Aside from BCBCS, this is my favorite coffee stout to date. Much better than say WnB.

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