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Ghost Stories - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 45
Gots: 38 | FT: 5
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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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.

thagr81us, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of shand
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

shand, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Hermthegerm
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Hermthegerm, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of JamesWn
3/5  rDev -20.8%

JamesWn, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of cyrushire
4/5  rDev +5.5%

cyrushire, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Coldsnack
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Coldsnack, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
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.

xnicknj, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of lionssoccer13
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

lionssoccer13, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +5.5%

SPRichard, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of RobertColianni
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

RobertColianni, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of mportnoy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

mportnoy, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Zaphog, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of PorterLambic
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

PorterLambic, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of rydev24
4/5  rDev +5.5%

rydev24, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of HamGlade10
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

HamGlade10, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Schwantz
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Schwantz, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of hornsup
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

hornsup, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Retail1LO
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Retail1LO, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Softestdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Softestdog, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

djrn2, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

acurtis, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of herman77
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

herman77, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of RayUF07
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

RayUF07, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of drowland
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2/11/13. 750mL bottle - thanks, Jackson! How does this not have more ratings being bottled and all already? Deep brown pour, some ambers/reds under the light, mostly on the edges, under a nice, thick tan head that cuts to a murky ring but coats the glass almost completely in lace. Lightly sweet aroma that I suppose hints at marshmallow and chocolate (with honey) vaguely, but there’s a certain almost floral bitterness to the aroma that when combined with the light smokey tea definitely makes it smell like soap/shampoo/potpourri. The flavor, sadly, is much the same. There’s a definite sweetness with some chocolate, marshmallow, and honey, as well as malty beer aspects, but there is a lingering bit of a bitter potpourri aspect. I can’t place it 100%, but it definitely reminds me of soap/shampoo/candles in an overwhelming manner. The lingering mild oakiness isn’t helping the case and there’s also a touch of metal/peppers. I was ready to love this. I’m sad. :(

drowland, Feb 12, 2013
Ghost Stories from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.