Moat Water - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 360
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 5.99%
Wants: 356
Gots: 63 | 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 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 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 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 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 TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (658 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)

Photo of Rifugium
3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle trade with toofdoc. Thanks!

Room temperature. Poured into a CC snifter, a dark, brown-black liquid, thick, capped off with a small foamy mocha head that retained until the end and left streaks of lacing. Fairly roasty in the nose, boozy right from the start, which was strange considering the ABV isn't incredibly high. I guess I kind of expected a rich, creamy treat with this one, but it really wasn't that. Roasty dark malts, roasted coffee grounds, though lacking any rich, smooth coffee taste--like the roast was there without the coffee, if that makes sense--vanilla was very light, lending a background sweetness, like the aftertaste of a nilla wafer, mild hit of unsweetened chocolate. There was a strong taste of fusel alcohol that I didn't much care for, with a definite woody quality coming through in the finish. [I think some people are trying to pick up things that aren't here...it's maple wood; there's not actually maple syrup in this beer.] Body was on the heavier side of medium, nearly full. It was a pretty easy drinker, but really just an average beer overall. (1,101 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/01/12 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks really nice.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, toasted malts, coffee espresso, vanilla, milk choolate, and some cream. Really awesome nose; I love the mix of fresh coffee, chocolate, and vanilla here.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, coffee, espresso, cream, vanilla, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, toasted malts, burnt malts. Nice and sweet and close to the nose, with just a little less coffee. Really nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a great coffee stout from CC. Awesome mix of coffee and chocolate with more fresh coffee in the taste, and more sweet chocolate in the taste. I had this right by HF Twilight of the Idols and found it very similar, and would probably give TofI a very very small nod. Easy to drink and great, would love to have it again. (954 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA sendsilk for hooking me up with all things CCB. The brew pours black in color with khaki webby head that maintains well. A swirl revives the cap that produces some lacing effect on the glass. Overall a typical looing stout.

Initially, the aroma is straight up vanilla bean nose. Almost sticky sweet smelling with a hint of coffee that pales in compaison to the earthy elements that are almost like tobacco more so than stale coffee.

The flavor is earthy and roasty with suggestions of coffee. Some vanilla sweetness is mild and contrasted by plenty of almost tobacco-like bitterness and earth. The coffee inclusion was much more subtle than I was expecting whereas the vanilla was a bit over the top.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a pretty nice brew with a big sticky vanilla inclusion if thats the sort of thing you dig. The rest is a bit lost and not balanced that well. I guess i was anticipating this to be more of a coffee stout than a vanilla beer. A rare miss from CCB in my opinion. (1,048 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 Lare453
4.6/5  rDev +6%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome stout from CCB. Ridiculous pour; big black body with a thick brown chocolate ice cream head. Average retention but nice sheets of chocolatey looking lacing sliding down the sides of the glass slowly.

Excellent mouthfeel, medium full body, modest carbonation, sticky, creamy, and slightly chewy. Ample sweetness, lots of milk chocolate, lesser notes of vanilla, coffee, cream, burnt and roasty malt, maple, caramel. Just a little bitterness on the finish, with dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted characteristics. Booze is pretty much completely hidden.

Come on.. These guys are working magic with their stouts. Just delicious. (647 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mid deep mocha head. Craptastic lacing, legs. Relatively good head retention.

Dark chocolate mixed with rich coffee. Whiffs of sweet vanilla, yum.

Tastebud stunning bitter coffee upfront. Chocolate chips on the tail end. "Oak." Because of the abundance of flavor makes me wanna believe this is higher in alcohol.

Smooth medium-thick mouthfeel. Lower end of carbonation.

Cheers to CCB for packing the flavor in! Fairly unique even within the coffee stout realm. Thanks for the share egrace84! (495 characters)

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

Pours very dark color with a thick, frothy dark espresso head.

Smell is a barrage of vanilla and maple wood with some coffee buried underneath. Smell is dominated by the "added" ingredients but it's amazing, this is a wonderful blend of several things I love most in beers.

Taste is rich sweet vanilla bean, tons of woody maple, some mild bitter coffee, some lactose. Again, dominated by the the three special ingredients but in no way is that a bad thing.

Mouthfeel is really creamy, soft, like drinking frothy milk. The alcohol is detectable but far from distracting.

This is really delicious, maybe I'm just a sucker for overdone flavors but there ain't nothing wrong with this. Yum.

8.9/10 (698 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 sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color that produced some tan to dark brown froth.

(S)- A deep rich aroma of chocolate, coffee, and slightly sweet roasted bread bits.

(T)- Close to how the smell was, only a far more pronounced chocolate profile. Still some coffee tidbits in there, but well behind how chocolate forward this is. Hints at raisins too at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. I like the richness that it has without being too boozy or cloyingly sweet.

(O)- Overall, I quite like this one. A well made stout that has a superb balance to make it a home run for me. (649 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerisheaven for this bottle of Cigar City, an imprint I'm always happy to see show up on the front stoop. This bottle was picked up in FL, brought to PA, shipped to MN, & driven to WI for consumption. It has frequent flyer miles to burn. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

Pour is dead-on dark black. Nose if rife with chocolate sweentess, the latter of which could either be the malt or the vanilla or both. Either way. Rich.

Moat Water: I'd have happily lapped this up during the seige of Constantinople. The senses are assaulted without quarter: maple, vanilla, & roast/coffee vie for attention at the top of their lungs. WTF? Usually when you read blah blah blah is in this beer there's one dominant commando & the others are riding shotgun. Here, these three are as blatant as a string bikini on a fifty-year old, strong as Ahnold. Seriously. All three blast simultaneously, leaving me befuddled but impressed. Nothing else evident. Nothing else could puncture that triumvirate. Why would it try? Terrifically sweet & easy to glug for a sweet-tooth.

Excellent beer that's like a trebuchet shot to the palate; almost the definition of a modern 'extreme' beer. Yum. (1,183 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750. A very viscous looking black pour. Thin layer of light brown head, recedes to a ring.

Aroma, nice roast malt and certainly coffee. A woody component. Some vanilla and cocoa.

Taste, the roast malt and rich coffee are strong. Woody/peaty, caramel, cocoa and vanilla. Caramel, vanilla, mocha latte.

About full body, thick and creamy. Abv well hidden, but there is definetely a nice little heat in the throat. Drinks like a champ.

Fantastic. Reminds me a bit of Cafe Royale. The thickness setting this appart. Thanks to CJS for this one. Drank this whole thing myself watching my Spartans in their crap bowl. (613 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark brown. Virtually black. Forms a smallish deep tan colored head. Very little lacing. Great aroma: coffee, vanilla, char, dark malts. Taste is similar: slight, viscous sweetness. Vanilla, chocolate, brownie, and fudge. Then coffee and dark malts a little molasses. Very complex. Very nice. Mouth is thick, viscous and full bodied. Mild bitterness. This is a very nice beer. Quite impressive (399 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.65/5  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. (434 characters)

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