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Moat Water - Cigar City Brewing

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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 352
Gots: 62 | FT: 3
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Gfunk720
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Out of my Sierra Nevada Tulip.

A- Pours a pitch black. The head is foamy and tannish mocha, and last forever. The beer and foam lace the glass heavily.

S- Somewhat faint. Vanilla, chocolate, and nice roasted malt.

T- A nice thick chocolatey flavor kicks things off with touches of coffee. The aftertaste is primarily vanilla, wood, and roasted chocolate malt. It's quite delicious. Everything just works well together, and is balanced.

M- It is rich and thick, and one could argue a bit heavy for an 8% ABV beer. I think it's just great though. CCB always kills it on mouthfeel with the stouts.

O- Overall this was very nice. Somewhat reminiscent of Victory at Sea, but much heartier and richer. I'd drink tons of this if I had it. It's relatively low ABV, and full of flavor.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Treebs
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of stakem
3.79/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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3.55/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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Moat Water from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.