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Ghost Stories - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 44
Gots: 36 | 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.

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Photo of kels
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great thanks to Carly for getting to try this one.

Pours a dark brown with suggestions of ruby red in the edges of the cocoa-powder brown head. The head starts at a finger of tightly-bound fizz that fades to a well-retained skim that pushes up the sides of the wall and leaves sticky, short-lived rings of lace.

The nose is a sweet, roasty blend of grain and perfume. Honestly, the sweetness of the honey and earthiness of the tea results in a mellow, perfume-like fragrance that is unlike anything I've smelled in a beer before. A little whiff of the alcohol and a little toffee-like note in the finish, especially as the beer continues to warm.

Taste is complex. Hard to figure out, but easy to enjoy. The roast, coffee-like, is equally contended by a clear honey and slight chocolate-covered berry fruitiness. Coconut has to be deciphered - not readily found, and comes across like toasted marshmallow in the aftertaste. The carbonation lifts the feel just enough to keep it from sitting too heavy on the tongue, but it is viscous and slightly sticky with a mostly dry finish. The alcohol is present, but more in fumes at the end of the drink rather than in the taste.

Really enjoyable beer, as much for the trying to figure it out as for the taste. Glad to have had a chance to try it.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of yamar68
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!

Photo of cnbrown313
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...

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of macrosmatic
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.

Photo of DaveHack
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Knapp85
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.

Photo of Lucho
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of MasterSki
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.

Ghost Stories from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.