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Moat Water - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
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328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 350
Gots: 68 | FT: 2
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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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 02:19:07 | More by AlexFields
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cosmicevan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:53:03 | More by cosmicevan
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Bung

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 03:39:46 | More by Bung
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 00:48:57 | More by homebrew311
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-08-2012 15:57:57 | More by thegerm87
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

02-23-2014 21:26:01 | More by tom10101
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-02-2013 16:06:15 | More by Hanzo
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-07-2013 18:30:19 | More by BMart
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-12-2013 17:52:34 | More by oldp0rt
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

07-10-2013 05:09:25 | More by DarthKostrizer
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

08-19-2013 13:47:21 | More by ncaudle
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-13-2013 03:51:28 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 18:58:54 | More by Jeffo
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seeswo

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.3%

05-19-2013 00:10:04 | More by seeswo
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duff247

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

07-18-2013 04:27:35 | More by duff247
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14%

04-27-2014 04:17:07 | More by millerbuffoon
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 13:34:46 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-11-2013 00:19:42 | More by DonFrap
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-11-2013 00:55:28 | More by IrishColonial
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-29-2012 23:02:44 | More by Morey
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 17:49:50 | More by BMMillsy
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jegross2

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Moat Water from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida. Major thanks to Adam for hooking me up with this brew that I missed out on when it was released.

Score: 95

Fall 2012 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 01/22/13.

Appearance: Inky black body with two-plus fingers of frothy khaki head that slowly settles to a thin layer. Unreal lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: Vanilla coffee creamer, maple, coffee and waves of luscious milk chocolate. Some fudgey brownie and wood too. A little pound cake-like appears in the aroma as it warms up. The way these aromas interact is absolutely sublime. Each is bold and complementary, weaving a complex and appealing breakfast-like nose. The maple really shines as the underlying aroma backbone as this beer warms up. 4.75/5

Taste: Tastes a little more coffee forward and less maple heavy than it smells at room temperature, but otherwise this one smells just like it tastes but a little sweeter. There's a little "brown sugar oatmeal"-like flavor in the mix too. Just delicious! 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, light carbonation. Super creamy mouthfeel. Slightly sweet and mildly dry on the finish. 4.5/5

Overall: Home run stout.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out!

Pairings: Brown sugar oatmeal.

Cost: $20 for a 750 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 01:47:54 | More by jegross2
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-28-2013 02:39:51 | More by oglmcdgl
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -31.2%

08-19-2013 04:27:25 | More by MinorThreat
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.23/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 18:57:22 | More by macrosmatic
Moat Water from Cigar City Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.