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Moat Water - Cigar City Brewing

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340 Ratings
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 358
Gots: 66 | 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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4/5  rDev -8.5%

pawpaw, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

billab914, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

hannydawg, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of beerpirates
4.03/5  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

beerpirates, Apr 23, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour was black, cocoa, medium body.

Vanilla and coffee, light chocolate

Flavors were a bit all over but in a good way. French vanilla coffee,black coffee, sweet chocolate.

Mild to moderate carbonation. Medium body. Kind of slick like.

Pretty good, enoyable. Easy drinker.

hooliganlife, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Not sure what difference water from a skatepark moat makes (or, for that matter, what skatepark has a moat), but I'm game to find out. This stuff pours a deep, dark black-brown topped by a finger of brown-ish foam. The nose comprises coffee, mild roasted malts, and a general sense of cocoa. The taste brings in more of the same, with some sweeter cocoa, lighter coffee, light vanilla bean, and a twinge of heavy cream. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one that may or may not prove that moat water is indeed somehow superior to other sources.

TMoney2591, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

Jeffo, Apr 26, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into Southern Tier Pumking Tulip.

A: This is a great looking stout. Jet black and a moderate pour yields a 1.5 finger mocha colored head that sticks around for awhile, slowly receding until leaving a nice ring that laces its way down the glass.

S: This beer opens up with a ton of bittersweet chocolate, blended nicely with coffee and vanilla. A pleasant nose but leaves me wanting a bit more. Not picking up much of a contribution from the wood used in the aging process.

T: For me, the flavor is dominated up front by the coffee addition, although the vanilla is perceptible and adds a nice cream-like character to the beer. Milk chocolate makes it presence felt about mid palate, and in combination with the vanilla, gives a fudge like quality to this one. Flavors of black coffee linger on the tongue after swallowing.

M: It's a Cigar City stout, so you know it is going to be thick. This one isn't quite Marshal Zhukov dense, but it has a nice, full body. Carbonation is low to moderate and gives a silky quality to the beer.

O: A really nice beer. The coffee and vanilla come together to make for an interesting coffee and cream like combination that works well with the chocolate roast in this stout. Definitely one to drink now, as the aspects of the beer that make it unique will fade with time. Glad to have the opportunity to try this.

dbc5, Feb 09, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Phelps, Jul 29, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to egrace84 for the bottle share! Thanks elliot!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewwed from notes taken 1/8/13.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of light to medium brown bodied beer.

Smell: Coffee, brown sugar, maple oatmeal.

Taste: Coffee and dark chocolates. Lite oak note. Roasty almost a char note from the coffee. Really sweet vanilla aftertaste that has a touch of artificial flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with low end of moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A beer milkshake. Not a hint of booze.

Overall: I really enjoy the nose and mouthfeel of this beer. CCB does a great job with dark beers, but the vanilla comes accross as artificial which is my biggest draw back of this beer.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jan 11, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 06, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

DocJ007, Jun 11, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown, opaque, with a one-finger medium brown head and minimal to no visible carbonation.

S: Coffee, milky, chocolate and cacao. Sweet impression overall on the nose.

T: Follows the nose, with chocolate/cacao coming more forward. Taste adds the maple wood (similar to the woody flavors in the Homefront) and some vanilla. Has a sticky sweet finish.

M: Nice rich mouthfeel, minimal alcohol presence, a low amount of carbonation sensation.

O: Tasty. Perhaps doesn't reach the flavor profile of some other CCB stouts, but still recommended.

macrosmatic, Nov 04, 2012
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4.24/5  rDev -3%
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.

kevanb, Apr 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

SkiBum22, Jan 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Callmecoon, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Black throughout, moderately thick in body, with minimal visible carbonation. A small dark brown crown atop that leaves an oily sheen and small dots of stick down the glass.

Lots of both dark and bittersweet chocolate in the aroma, along with some complementary maple sweetness, a bit of earthiness, and some roasted coffee notes. Complete, though perhaps a bit too sweet and not as complex as I'd hoped.

The flavor is rich, decadent, and full of (high quality) bittersweet chocolate flavors. Along with the earthy and mildly bitter chocolate, is some maple syrup, mild roast, and a little bit of vanilla. Incredibly drinkable for a rich, sweet imperial stout.

Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

I was surprised at just how incredibly delicious this stout was.

ehammond1, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

mtpHokie, Aug 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

CLCardinal84, Jan 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

acurtis, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

MrVonzipper, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

cacostaj, Jun 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

fullmetal1381, May 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

mobius387, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Kevincredible, Sep 10, 2014
Moat Water from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.