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Ghost Stories - Cigar City Brewing

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85
very good

203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 41
Gots: 38 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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danpam1024

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-22-2013 21:33:33 | More by danpam1024
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DiscLizard

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-22-2013 08:37:27 | More by DiscLizard
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to liquiddegenerate for sending this surprise bottle!

Black coffee body; a murky edge of clarity. Looks boozy... large gauge carbonation on top forming a thin but stubborn cap that makes a great deal of oily lace.

Lots of stuff going on with the nose. There's mild fudge, pretty obvious coconut presence, fermented honey, some earthy kind of spice thing going on (something to do with the tea addition?), the oak is pretty hard to pinpoint so far.

Tastes a little bit like a s'more (or maybe I've just been looking at the label too long...) - chocolate, coconut, marshmallow, black tea, maybe some nutmeg or something going on, some roasty malts. Doesn't taste like any other beer I can think of, that's for sure. I like it.

Complex, a little sweet, a little smokey, a lotta awesome. Thanks Jim!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 23:49:24 | More by yamar68
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imperiallibations

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-20-2013 20:42:19 | More by imperiallibations
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter

A - Dark, yet somewhat translucent brownish / black, with a nice 2 finger khaki head

S - Sweet smelling, with a definite hint of tea. Chamomile? Or something similar

T - Wow! The only way I could describe this is, that there's a lot going on... In a good way. Sweet up front (you can taste honey), then smooth and chocolatey as you sip, followed by a little bit of alcohol and that tea flavor. Very complex.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy

O - I didn't know what to expect from this beer, and ended up loving it. Recommended. One of the most complex beers I've had...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 02:04:51 | More by cnbrown313
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-18-2013 10:54:01 | More by RedneckBeerz
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Served in a snifter.

A: Dark, essentially black, opaque, with a thin tan head that fades quickly. Essentially no visible carbonation.

S: Roasty, burnt chocolate, undertones of sweet sugar and tobacco and smoke.

T: Follows the nose. Roasty, chocolate, sweet malts with tobacco dryness. Perhaps it's the power of suggestion but there are indeed marshmallow flavors here if I look for them.

M: ABV well-hidden here. A somewhat creamy mouthfeel (from honey? lactose?), and sticky. Fairly heavy body with low carbonation sensation.

O: This was interesting, but overall sweeter than I would prefer. I felt done with this one before the snifter was empty. Certainly not your run-of-the-mill beverage.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2013 03:33:12 | More by macrosmatic
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-16-2013 20:27:48 | More by DaveHack
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This poured out as a dark brown brew, almost black. There is a tan creamy head on top with a pretty impressive retention and lacing here. The smell is earthy, I pick up elements of evergreen, pine and then there is a sweetness on the nose and I believe the tea comes out along with the coconut a little bit. The taste of the beer is oaky, slightly chocolatey with a toasty malt flavor, there is a subtle amount of honey that comes through but not enough for a Braggot. The mouthfeel is creamy, soft carbonation. Overall this beer is unique. It's not really a Braggot in my opinion but still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 22:43:48 | More by Knapp85
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Lucho

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 06:22:28 | More by Lucho
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-14-2013 04:50:21 | More by beergorrilla
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for bringing this to my post-dissertation defense party. Served in a tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and minimal lace. Dark brown body.

S - Odd mix of tea, oak, and cocoa. There's some vegetal pepper notes, even though I don't think that's one of the adjunct; guessing it's black smoked tea?

T - The taste is again an odd mix of cocoa, vanilla, tea, and oak. Some cocoa and nuts, as well as an unexpected note of cinnamon and some odd vegetal flavors.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with lower carbonation, and well-hidden booze. No complaints here.

D - Unlike the Kuhnhenn braggots I've had, the typical mead sweetness is quite understated here. More beer, but largely dominated by adjuncts. A bit busy, and not really my cup of tea. Disappointing considering the players involved. Might be willing to try this again in a more controlled setting where I can ponder this more thoroughly, but not something I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 22:11:32 | More by MasterSki
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roadhouse

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-12-2013 03:50:30 | More by roadhouse
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Almost black. Nice khaki head. Lasts forever. Leggy as I swirl it.

Smell - Kinda nondescript malt and honey aroma. A little boozy. Some roast.

Taste - Much better. Much more roast and honey. It is a bit campfireish. Some tea, but it's a little odd and astringent. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel - Thick and chewy. Finish drops off quickly. Heavy and sweet.

Overall - It's tasty, but strange. I kinda like it. Couldn't drink a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 00:26:56 | More by Alieniloquium
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johntfox

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-11-2013 16:28:31 | More by johntfox
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vissai

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-11-2013 05:53:17 | More by vissai
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MrNate

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-10-2013 15:08:10 | More by MrNate
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a massively dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, honey, tea, fruit, and coconut. The flavor was of sweet malt, coconut, wood, earth, honey, coconut, dark chocolate, fruit, spice, and tea. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. As far as braggots go this one wasn't too bad. All of the components that were added to this one definitely did a nice job of incorporating themselves into the brew with their own unique twist. This made it quite interesting to the palate to drink and fairly enjoyable. Glad I got the chance to try this one after I had heard good things about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 17:17:59 | More by thagr81us
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shand

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-07-2013 20:19:30 | More by shand
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Hermthegerm

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-07-2013 17:44:33 | More by Hermthegerm
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JamesWn

Florida

3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-05-2013 21:36:41 | More by JamesWn
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cyrushire

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-03-2013 03:01:17 | More by cyrushire
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Coldsnack

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-01-2013 18:25:39 | More by Coldsnack
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at hawthornes, served in large Duvel tulip - part of the EBF kegs that came to Philly after the blizzard fiasco

Deep, blacked out pour with a super frothy tanned head resting on top. Retains throughout most of the pour with webbed, sticky lacing coating the glass while drinking.

Complex, interesting nose with dark roasted malts, honey, coconut, chocolate and alcohol. A touch of minty tea and sweetness with brownies and glowing warmth.

Sweet and warm up front with swirling chocolate and honey. Slightly minty tea note comes through, followed by a thick, roasted malt backbone. Touches of cocoa, vanilla and coconut along with more honey and a slightly boozy finish.

Full body, decent carbonation, sticky and lasting on the tongue. I really enjoy hybrid styles so I was pretty psyched to try this one - I probably couldn't do more than a smaller pour, but I hope to see more Braggots from other breweries in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 14:10:24 | More by xnicknj
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at Hawthornes, Philly, PA

Dark brown-black pour, opaque, topped with a foamy tan head that retained as a collar and left some lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark malts and dark chocolate, slightly herbal and vegetal with an unusual scent reminiscent of green beans; somewhat boozy. Taste of cocoa and cream, caramel malts, nutshells, roasted marshmallow, branching out into a full-blown liquid macaroon. The booze actually came out a bit more as it warmed. Smooth mouthfeel, on the heavier side of medium-bodied. Quite enjoyable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 23:45:00 | More by Rifugium
Ghost Stories from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.