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Ghost Stories - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 224
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 44
Gots: 37 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 224
Reviews by WTKeene:
Photo of WTKeene
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated bottle extra'd by jp11801 into a Jester King wine glass. My first braggot!

Appearance: Deep, dark ebony with hints of red/brown coming through the light. A rather persistent the color of beechwood that fades into a thick creamy crown and leaves thick lacing too.

Smell: Smells dark, with a lot of clover honey notes over an oaky, herbal base. Vanilla and tea mesh together with the honey, hints of chocolate play in the background. Really unique compared to other beers I've had, but probably par for the course among braggots.

Taste: Honey, something vaguely vinous too. Rather boozy, light cocoa too. A slight hint of coconut perhaps? A hint of smoke, oak, and a bit of ashen tea too, maybe Earl Grey? Definitely something English. No bitterness that I can detect. Very unique. Reminds me of something between a stout and a barleywine, with a lot of honey added.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, with flavors of tea lingering quite a while. The body of the beer is on the thinner side, and the carbonation is higher than I'd like.

Overall: Definitely an interesting beer. Glad I got to try a braggot, but I'm not sure I'll be rushing back to try more any time soon. Wouldn't mind trying other takes on the style though, they could be very unique I'm sure. (1,272 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Docrock
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Barrelworks Teku.

A: pours a smoky dark smooth chocolate color with a nice 1/2" mocha head. Decent lacing but the head diminished quickly. Have sat on this one for quite awhile due to early comments about it being too sweet.

S: like nothing I have smelled before, definitely a nice medium dark chocolate, touch of vanilla, a bit of tea?, and a touch of smokiness.

T: everything that was on the nose was present with a burnt chocolate aftertaste. Very complex and like nothing I have had before.

M: smooth and velvety. Carbonation was a little low but with the aging was not surprised.

O: wow, a very interesting brew. I really enjoyed it and as above like nothing I have had before. Smooth and not overpowering on the sweetness. Might be tough to drink a whole bottle but was fortunate enough to be able to share this one. (855 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BeerMe13
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MrBryson
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%

Photo of jokermanboy
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of danpam1024
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared large bottle.
Camp Braggot Ghost Stories
Large shared bottle.
Rich flavor and aroma with a very full body.
Higher ABV evident.
A bit sweet until the end of the finish.
Smooth body but with some heat (alcohol). (220 characters)

Photo of jtladner
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of goast8127
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of johnyb
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of cacostaj
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of king75
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of MADPolo
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of cjgator3
1.93/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Enjoyed a bottle of this at a recent bottle share. Glad I got to try this in a small sample because it is not my thing. Dark tea leaves and honey dominate the aroma and taste but just did not work for me with this beer. (219 characters)

Photo of Photekut
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Lucho
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Huna snifter

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some transparency around the edges with a nice creamy light mocha thick head of one finger.

Smell: Coffee, then sweet mild oak and coconut. really yummy as it warms up.

Taste: is right up front with coconut infused honey, sweet and milky. This ends perfectly with a hint off coffee to balance out your palate. I am not a coffee beer fan but this fits perfectly with balanced milky honey coffee. like something you would get at coffee bean and tea leaf. Awesome!

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy bodied with depth of contrasting flavors. leaves you wanting more.

Overall: this is a really good beer that drinks well fresh out of the bottle. interested to see where it will go from here in 6 months. (762 characters)

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Ghost Stories from Cigar City Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.