Moat Water - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 359
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 dbc5
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,376 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,335 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-pitch black with a nice sticky brown head

S-intense scent of old wood and vanilla. Unique and musty. Deep underlying aroma of cocoa.

T-ooo comes in with a wonderful flavor of maple wood chips, chocolate, and vanilla. It's a wonderful flavor. The wood is the major aspect here in and out. This is a unique flavor. Very smooth with out any off flavors.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-it's very thick and very sweet, the only aspects keeping this from being a truly wonderful drinker. It's difficult to try an imperial stout that is truly unique and this accomplishes that! As much as I love it, the whole bottle is too much for one person. I recommend sharing! (685 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (876 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 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 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 Powderhornphil
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. More so than stouts that are bigger, zero light even at the edges. Fairly thick tan head. Leaves a delightful mocha lacing around the snifter.

Smells like sweet coffee. Vanilla in there. Some sweet woody notes. A lot like a cold press coffee.

Fresh and slightly oily coffee bean and all sorts of sweet flavors. Maple woody notes. Not sure if I quite get maple syrup however. Really a tasty beer.

Full creamy mouthfeel. (435 characters)

Photo of stx00lax
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Jaap. Thanks Jeff!

A-Pours black with a beautiful dark brown head. A quick swirl leaves sticky brown bubbles on the side of my glass.

S- Coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Pretty sweet and not very roasty.

T- Creamy, smooth chocolate milkshake. Very sweet with coffee, vanilla and subtle maple notes. Super tasty.

M- Mouthfeel is medium to full body, very creamy with lingering espresso on the tongue. NIce carbonation too.

O- Sooo drinkable for a big stout .Cigar city has this stout thing down. Every one ive tried to date has been fantastic and this one is no different. (591 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass. Thanks Don for sharing this.

A- Pours a jet black with about a quarter finger of mocha brown head that recedes at a moderate pace leaving some spotty lacing.

S- Chocolate, maple, vanilla, espresso. Very aromatic and lots of chocolate.

T- Creamy chocolate, roasted espresso beans, finishes with maple, vanilla and sweet smooth milk chocolate that has an extremely nice lingering milk chocolate aftertaste. Overall lots of chocolate with a nice maple balance.

M- Very smooth and creamy, nice carbonation, a little bit on the thicker side, extremely easy to drink.

O- This was a fantastic imperial stout from CCB. The combination of maple and chocolate paired very well together and worked to exactly how CCB wanted it to in making a beer that would taste as much as chocolate chip pancakes as possible. I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this beer and I would love to have it again. If you like chocolate you will definitely like this beer and I highly recommend checking it out. (1,020 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 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 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 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 Danny1217
4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a tan head. Nice lacing and good retention.
Smells very sweet with a slight roast to it. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee, and some maple.
The taste follows with the sweetness. Vanilla, chocolate, and coffee flavors are prominent. The maple is very obvious too, but not overpowering. The flavors balance out perfectly and create an incredibly complex sweet stout.
Thick, creamy feel. Pretty smooth going down.

Incredible beer. I had my mind blown while drinking this. Just wow. (499 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 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)

Photo of GallowsThief
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. 750 ml.

A – Poured out black as night with a finger of milk chocolate colored head that stayed around. Left nice lacing down the glass.

S – Starts off with a big coffee aroma followed quickly by a lightly sweet vanilla.

T – Like the smell it’s an immediate hit of coffee/espresso with a touch of bitterness. Also has a smoky slightly burnt wood flavor. Dark chocolate and vanilla are in the mix. One cancels out the other so you do not get a great deal of sweetness. Nicely balanced. Really gets better as it warms.

M – Thick bodied with medium carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinker.

O – This was a hit for me. Loved the coffee and vanilla mix. Gets better and better with each sip. Mouthfeel for me was extraordinary. Glad I found a couple of these. (803 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.62/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. Shared during our NWI tasting group Bourbon county night

A - Dark chocolate brown with light chocolate on the edges. Small mocha colored head sits on top throughout

S - Nice nose on this one as I get coffee, light dark chocolate, hint of vanilla, maple syrup and oak

T - There is sweet vanilla and maple up front before I get coffee and a cigarette / char smokiness. The finish is oak as well as the cigarette/ char smokiness that lingers on. Overall, I really loved this beer on the first sip with the vanilla and maple. However, I'm not a big fan of the char flavor which made this one detract just a bit for me.

MF - Light body with a nice smoothness that comes in near the end. Light oak tingle remains in the finish

O - Overall, this is a solid stout from Cigar City. It has a nice sweetness to it and the vanilla, oak and coffee all make themselves known and add great flavor. What prevented this one from being great for me was the cigarette smokiness/ char flavor which came through. If you like those charred flavors, I'm sure you'll like this one. (1,092 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 BAstoutsNsours
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle on Nov 14, served in a Tulip

A: A cloudy dense milk chocolate brown pour with a small amount of head that dies slowly
S: Fresh coffee, toffee, melted brown sugar
T: Yum, very coffee forward (which I like), followed by creamy milk chocolate and condensed milk. Very similar to a Vietnamese coffee with alcohol, very delicious.
M: thickish, but not as thick as I'd prefer. Carb was perfect.
O: Aside from BCBCS, this is my favorite coffee stout to date. Much better than say WnB. (491 characters)

Photo of fields336
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

A: dark as night, black, with a 2 finger milk chocolate colored head on top. creamy looking delicious head.; a thick sticky lacing hangs around on the sides of the glass.

S: smells like breakfast. freshly roasted coffee with chocolate chip pancakes, vanilla, black coffee, and roasty malts with a toffee and caramel background

T: chocolate, vanilla, coffee beans, woody undertone from the maple aging. delicious tasting beer

M: thick chewy, creamy, medium carbonation

O: highly recommended. i had high expectations and am not disappointed (555 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 solo103
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pourd a deep dark black with a mocha head

Aroma - strong scent of mud and funk followed hints of chocolate

Mouthfeel - thick and slick with a slightly dry finish

Taste -up front I get a tiny amount of maple then strong amount of bitter dark chocolate that finishes a little roasty

Overall- this beer is insainely unique . I have nenevr had a beer with this kind of funk(and I love sours and flanders reds) its strangely amazing . (447 characters)

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Moat Water from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.