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Moat Water - Cigar City Brewing

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333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 350
Gots: 68 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 05:47:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-09-2013 22:46:37 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-20-2013 14:14:54 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-16-2013 23:42:21 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-17-2013 17:56:27 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:48:12 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14%

04-27-2014 04:09:11 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 22:36:17 | More by TMoney2591
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nickfl

Florida

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:56:51 | More by nickfl
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-24-2012 21:58:12 | More by MasterSki
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 05:03:33 | More by Rifugium
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +3%
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
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oline73

Maryland

4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 03:51:32 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 17:42:10 | More by mdfb79
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

10-27-2013 02:04:21 | More by zestar
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

02-20-2013 14:24:46 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

02-07-2013 07:56:46 | More by beernads
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-17-2013 21:57:52 | More by MarkyMOD
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -14%

02-20-2013 12:37:35 | More by yourefragile
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-17-2013 17:32:45 | More by oriolesfan4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 16:44:02 | More by stakem
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-19-2013 01:16:21 | More by duceswild
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

01-21-2013 01:06:50 | More by drewone
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-09-2013 22:15:16 | More by Gonzoillini
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-17-2013 09:39:16 | More by Kelp
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Moat Water from Cigar City Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.