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Ghost Stories - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
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 MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of johntfox
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of vissai
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of MrNate
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of thagr81us
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.

Photo of shand
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Hermthegerm
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of JamesWn
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of cyrushire
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Coldsnack
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of xnicknj
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of lionssoccer13
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RobertColianni
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Arrives as black as a moonless night. A dark tan, creamy head, half an inch thick, rest loving on top. Retention is weak, dropping to a thickish ring fairly quickly.
Smell is rich with notes of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate fudge, a brown sugarlike sweetness and maybe some light raisins. Balance is good.
Taste is sweet, rich, full of chocolate fudge, roasted malt, light coffee with a whiff of toffee, whiskey and some indeterminate dark fruit. Again, well balanced.
Very smooth, full bodied, rich and warming. A great collaboration and a great brew.
Get it while you can.

Photo of rydev24
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of HamGlade10
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Schwantz
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of hornsup
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Retail1LO
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Ghost Stories from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.