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Brewer's Brunch Stout - Cigar City Brewing

Brewer's Brunch StoutBrewer's Brunch Stout

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BA SCORE
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169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wiltznucs on 07-21-2013)
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

750ml bottle poured into Voodoo snifter. Thanks Carlos for the hookup.

A- Pours an opaque black, bubbly mocha head that recedes at a moderate pace leaving some spotty lacing.

S- Bakers chocolate, licorice, cereal malts, slight dark fruits. Average aroma strength, aromas kind of clash.

T- Chalky chocolate, acidic dark fruit, a bit of cereal malts and hint of dark chocolate on the finish. Tastes slightly infected, not sure if just feel off really hard.

M- Very over carbonated which completely destroys the beer, slightly acidic on the palate, medium bodied, not much booze. Complete opposite feel you'd want this style beer to have.

O- I had decent expectations for this beer and they feel very flat. At this point this definitely isn't worth trying and is boarder lining a drain pour. Not sure if this tasted better fresh or if is was a bad bottle, I'd maybe be willing to give it another chance based on the other reviews.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 22:41:59 | More by jaasen64
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from urwithdave. Cheers dude!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled 17 July 2013

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, tan head with very good retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foamy cap and leaves some sticky lacing down the glass. A half wisp remains leaving lots of good lacing down the glass. Good looking stuff.

SMELL: Lots of roasted coffee beans, chocolate, sweet cream and roasted roasted barley. Lots of roasted coffee for sure. Smells like brunch to me.

TASTE: Roasted coffee up front, with sweet milk chocolate and sweet cream as well. Full flavored finish of roasted barley, bitter coffee, sweet milk chocolate and some burnt flavors. Flavorful and lingers nicely on the palate, with enough roasted coffee flavor to remind me it's still AM.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Nicely creamy on the palate, smooth with enough weight, goes down smooth and finishes mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Really good stuff. The label says it's the perfect brunch beer, and I agree. Another wonderful stout from CCB, and this one is only 6.8%, making it an all hours treat. Thanks a lot urwithdave. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 11:08:51 | More by Jeffo
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maximum12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And another pleasant surprise from the mahvelous moose3285, a beer on my wants list that magically appeared on my doorstep. 750ML with heft, split with my wife.

The pour is just as black as the name, filling my Darkness glasses with verve & style. Dip my nose & come out with a full serving of lactose, backed by roast that isn't quite the full frontal that Cigar City usually doses out in their stouts.

Brewer's Brunch could kick my wife's espresso machine's ass. Roast careens Elmer-Fudd-like off the edge into hard coffee. Thankfully, a strong does of milky chocolate saws the rough edges off the Frappeecheeno burst. Trademark thickness present & tied out to the general ledger. Easy enough to drink.

Weakness & strength is that this prokaryotes reeks of simplicity. Roast, milk, chocolate. Done. Coupled with what Cigar City does best, a very good beer that sidles up to excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 05:00:47 | More by maximum12
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to HoppyLuckyGoGo for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Bottled 7/17/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a tasty blend of cocoa and coffee flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 20:56:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by some generous soul at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a solid cap, thick collar, and specks of lace. Dark brown body.

S - Coffee, but also quite fruity, with some nebulous berry notes; reminds me a bit of Fruit Loops actually? Light notes of lactose and caramel, and no obvious alcohol presence.

T - The taste is a bit more charry and roasty, with less of the fruity and sweet characteristics. Moderate espresso bitterness. A bit less depth and balance here, but still fairly enjoyable..

M - Medium body, with a smooth and creamy texture, that's atypical for a coffee beer. Pleasant carbonation and minimal alcohol.

D - An enjoyable coffee stout, and superior to Kane's Morning Bell. Plenty of flavor for 6.8%, but again, it's another somewhat forgettable beer in a very crowded field of coffee stouts and porters. The texture and interesting aroma give it a bit more depth, but the flavor is a bit too roasty for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 00:01:04 | More by MasterSki
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (July 17, 2013 on the bottle) poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours deep pitch black in color. A thick finger of somewhat rocky head forms and shows good retention lasting for several minutes. Thick foamy lacing coats nearly the entire glass as the foam falls.

S - I get a strong coffee aroma up front, some milk chocolate that gives a bit of a mocha impression overall. Bitter chocolate and dark roasted malt, hint of molasses and a faint astringency.

T - Starts with a very firm coffee and dark roasted malt flavor, almost burnt with some noticeable char. A touch of licorice and some berry-like fruitiness. Dark, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa powder, a burnt astringency, slight sugary sweetness that comes on towards the end of each sip. The burnt, charred flavors take over the flavor profile and overwhelm the flavor nuances quite a bit. I was really hoping the mocha character in the aroma would carry over to the flavor.

M - Medium body, mid level carbonation. High level of char and smoky character. Overall, a bit astringent...and more so as it warms. Bitter chocolate comes thru but not much else. Alcohol is a non-factor.

O - Heavy handed on the roast which ends up covering up some of the other desirable flavors here. Still quite good tho...actually reminds me a bit of a lower alcohol Founders Imperial Stout a bit. Intense char, a bitter chocolate character that struggles to show itself, mild astringency and some berry and cherry-ish fruit character are all positives...just wish the smoother milky chocolate I was getting in the aroma found its way into the flavor. My complaints are minor and probably the result of a biased thought/opinion of what this should be going into it. Definitely a good stout - I especially appreciate the level of intensity in aroma and flavor in a standard American stout...typically this requires a stout of the imperial variety. This 750ml bottle went down quickly.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 23:03:52 | More by portia99
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gotta thank my cousin down in FL for the bottle. Reviewed from notes last Friday.

A- Thick oily black pour into a small tulip. Mocha-tan creamy head piles up to a few fingers high. Good retention but it all eventually falls to a small ring around the edges. Tons of thick lace clouds coat the glass.

S- Sweet molasses laden super dark roast malts. Big coffee and some cocoa notes make for a decadent brunch. Smooth caramel and slight smoke beyond that.

T- Roast malt use is heavy here and it leads to a very rich stout dessert stout flavor. Coffee, cocoa and a distinct dark fruit cherry-like note make up a bulk of the taste. Hints of toasted nuts, caramel, lactose milk sugars, fresh cereal grains and a tiny bit of smoke/burnt malts.

MF- Thick bodied as it seems all CCB stouts are just super rich. Super creamy texture and smooth overall with low bitterness. Moderate silky carbonation supports the dessert flavors.

Super flavorful and reminds me of other CCB dark beers I have had with the decadent flavors and semi-high sweetness (not as bad here as Zhukovs).

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 00:48:21 | More by cbutova
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Liquid crude with a creamy tan head that sticks nicely and leaves many traces behind

Smell: Roasty, with plenty of coffee aromatics; milk chocolate, as well

Taste: Chocolate and coffee, up front, with milky sweetness building through mid-palate; dark fruit flavors linger, underneath, with the coffee building dramatically into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I like the way that this beer packs a whole lot of flavor without a high ABV; would be great to see this added to the regular Cigar City lineup

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 21:54:13 | More by brentk56
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cam for sharing this 750ml. Always breakin' out Cigar City whalez.

Black beer, brown head, great retention, some lace. Trademark Cigar City stout appearance/dark head. Nose delivers a coffee/chocolate punch that heavily leans towards sweet rather than roasty. Good amount of bread/oats and dark fruit. Unique for a coffee beer.

The taste follows suit with great mocha flavors, lactose sweetness, dark fruit, toasted bread, cereal oats, some molasses and hop presence. Little-to-no roastiness. Remarkably smooth mouthfeel and pretty flavorful for the ABV.

A unique 'breakfast' stout. The cereal/milk stout/coffee/dark fruit feel makes for an interesting and tasty brew, the sweetness is a little tolling.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 12:22:06 | More by Chico1985
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Treebs

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a wine glass. Thanks to captiveodyssey for the bottle.

A: Pours a dark black color with brown edges. A tan head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Roasted coffee beans with a heft bit of fruitiness to them. Berry-like in nature with a mix of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T: Big coffee bean with some roasted malts and some notes a vanilla. Fruity and berry sweetness with a little chocolate and espresso.

M: Medium bodied with a roasty, dry mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level with a smooth finish.

O: A nice coffee stout, although the fruitiness of the coffee beans were a little much. Lots of flavor packed into a lower ABV stout. I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 22:09:13 | More by Treebs
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75cl bottle cracked open with Doug- into a Russian River stemmed snifter, 9/2/2013. Thanks to R.J. for trading me this beer.

The beer of course pours a typical Cigar City stout- dark black, with a 2-3cm mocha head that takes a while to dissipate. It's a very dark, opaque beer that leaves minimal lacing outside of a small collar. Looks so black, like a cup of black coffee.

The smell is delicious. Definitely tons of bitter black coffee and sweet lactose. Not a whole lot else, actually. Very strong nose, and makes it a very promising beer. However, there isn't much else behind it.

The flavour is honestly a let down. It's got that lactose sweetness mixed in with bitter coffee grounds, but not much else. It's actually overwhelmingly bitter, I don't know what to think of it. Its a superficial flavour profile which is kind of disappointing when it comes to Cigar City stouts.

Mouthfeel is typical Cigar City, though- they don't let you down in that regard. Very creamy, smooth and thick bodied stout. You'd think a stout at 6.8% ABV would be easy to drink though. This one is definitely a sipper, mostly because of that über bitterness. So its not quite what I expected coming out the gate.

I like Founders' Breakfast Stout better. We opened up a 9-month old FBS and it slightly edged out the Brewer's Brunch Stout. Still, this is a nice effort by the CCB brewpub, and you can definitely say it is a thick-ass stout with a lot to offer. I'm starting to wonder how much this beer would improve with a year's of age on it- less of that coffee bitterness, to let it mellow up some more. Time will tell!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 05:02:40 | More by Stevedore
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike M for sharing this, it sounds like something that'll land right inside of my wheelhouse. It follows the Cigar City stout profile perfectly - big, oily, viscous, and black looking on the pour, with a slowly rising, thick, mocha cream head that lasts and lasts and lasts before it slowly starts to dwindle. Man, Cigar City sure knows how to make a badass looking stout.

The aroma encapsulates things that only dream are made of... Well, if you're dreaming of coffee stouts anyway. Deep, oily, and high quality coffee beans conjure up through a sturdy, dark malt backbone. Plenty of roasted barley and what seems like a good percentage of chocolate malt; tiny hints of bittersweet chocolate morsels tap the edge of the nose and complement the heavy coffee aromas perfectly. Yes, please.

Judging from that omnipotent look, I could almost tell how this one was gonna feel, and I was right... huge, slick, smooth, and absurdly creamy mouth feel that just lavishes around the palate and coats your entire mouth with sticky coffee beans all over. I'm not talking bottom of the pot Dunkin' Donuts coffee at 4pm that has been on the burner for an hour - this is high quality, expensive coffee flavor. I would've been happy with some freeze dried Taster's Choice, but Cigar City springs the serious gourmet shit on me. What flavor is this?

It's a pretty black and dark coffee, although it gets a little sweeter over time; just a touch of milky sweetness creeps in with a faint hint of back-end dark fruits. The malts also pile on with each sip and roll your buds after the coffee has taken its toll; dark, bittersweet cocoa nibs with a dry, almost woodsy finish. Again, it gets sweeter with warmth, but that nice roast never fades. Each sip gets better and better and it's sad to finally be looking down at an empty glass.

Cigar City does it again. I used to think Founders was the undisputed king of stouts. And though they make some of my favorites, Cigar City has been quietly nudging away at that title in my mind for a while now, and this beer only helps their cause. Definitely one of the best coffee stouts I can remember having in recent times. The best ever? Not sure. Better than Founders Breakfast Stout (the typical benchmark for coffee style stouts)? Yeah, I think so. This beer is so damn good.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 11:22:46 | More by tectactoe
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cardsfan

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best stout I've had. The color was perfect...dark not to thick and a great brown head. Aroma is exactly how it is described on the side....chocolate milk, coffee and toast. The taste is just that as well. Fantastic...feel is what you would want in a stout...just then perfect balance between heavier than a lager and lighter than an imperial. CCB continues to impress!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 19:10:38 | More by cardsfan
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle, courtesy of velcrogrip; much thanks! Served in a Bell's snifter.

Appearance: No light getting through this one. A 1/2 finger of mocha head shortly fades to the perimeter. There's good carbonation coming from the bottom up to the head.

Smell: Coffee, rich chocolate(this almost smells like hershey's syrup!), caramel. You could call this mocha, I suppose. There's a nice roasted malt presence as well. This is pretty complex, but it all comes together nicely.

Taste: Follows the nose, just as I'd hoped it would. This tastes like a mochaccino. Begins sweet, with chocolate, followed by caramel and bitterness from the coffee. The end is bittersweet, with the chocolate fading out of the profile while the caramel and coffee bitterness linger. There is some semi-sweet chocolate remaining underneath as the drink finishes, as well. Very drinkable, not much to dislike here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and nowhere near thin. Just a perfect consistency for this brew, and the way it drinks.

Overall: This is a stout that's meant to be amazing to drink fresh, and that's exactly what it is. There's just a great balance of bitter playing against sweet here, and paired with the mouthfeel; this is such an easy drinking beer. After getting a whiff of how good this smells, the taste lived up to the nose in every way. Outstanding, indeed.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 04:07:36 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Near black pour, medium brown head, foamy, creamy. Aroma is in your face coffee! Massive, roasty, chocolaty, hints of dates and coffee cake. Taste as well was ripe with coffee, but slightly less potent, but still ever delicious, mingling with blend of chocolate cake and roasted malts. Body was good. Had an upper medium feel, bit more substantial feeling than the ABV would make you think.

A definite treat for the night. Thanks Shane!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 14:46:17 | More by EgadBananas
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Thick collar and a lot of surface wisps.

Smell - Buckets of coffee. A bit of an earthy smell. Nice chocolate.

Taste - Lots of coffee again. Slight acidity from it. Milk chocolate. Bitter malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated. Drinkable stout.

Overall - Very tasty. Good coffee. A lot of it, but good.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 02:38:43 | More by Alieniloquium
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alex4r

Florida

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical dark CCB stout pour. Nice fluffy tan head that lingers. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, cereal and malt. Viscosity is right where it needs to be. Taste follows the nose very well. Another fantastic CCB offering and a great first release from the brew pub.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 22:14:56 | More by alex4r
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Brian14608

Florida

4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had two tulip glasses at Cigar City Brew Pub in Tampa, and I really loved this beer. The fragrance is of strong coffee and toasted cereal. The taste is similar with a nice dark appearance and tawny brown lacing. Cigar City is famous for their Hunahpu Russian Imperial stout, their Moat Water Stout, their Cafe Con Leche Stout and now this one. You can't go wrong here. If you love coffee stouts, you'll love this new offering too. Congratulations Cigar City, your stouts are amazing. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 22:52:19 | More by Brian14608
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velcrogrip

Florida

4.91/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer a few times now... first on tap at the CCB Brew Pub. That prompted me to buy a full case on the spot. It was THAT DAMN GOOD.

My favorite beer of all time is fresh KBS. Not much compares. My next favorite... Hunahpu's Imperial Stout (regular... haven't tried the variants yet).

This one ranks right up there with those two, ahead of Pliny the Elder in my top 4.

This is a creamier, more coffee forward beer than KBS. More milk chocolate. KBS has the barrel aged card in its corner, but this one, with its modest ABV of 6.8% really does hold its own.

If I had two beers sitting in front of me and I had to choose... KBS would win... but CCB Brewer's Brunch would absolutely make me hesitate... and that says a lot considering this is the brew pub's FIRST bottled beer. Tim really know's what he's doing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 00:10:47 | More by velcrogrip
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Tone2467

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter.

A: Classic Cigar City stout. Pours black with next to no light penetrating this bad boy. Produced a pinky width khaki head with a nice amount of lacing lingering down the glass.

S: I immediately noticed the strong coffee aroma. I get hints of chocolate and something I'm going to call toasty cereal.

T: On first sip I am met with a similar experience as the smell. Strong coffee with hints of chocolate and some bready notes. A very nice first sip. As she warms I found the coffee died down just a tad giving way to a bit more of a light chocolate flavor and a nice toasted bread flavor(bread is the only word coming to mind but its not quite the word I want).

M: A nice medium body met with a mild amount of carbonation makes for an enjoyable brew.

O: On my list of beers to obtain more of. At 6.8% I am really impressed with this one. As far as coffee stouts go this is my current favorite. On a side note: As the Cigar City Brewpubs first bottled beer to my knowledge it's a great way to start out. Good job guys.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 22:40:12 | More by Tone2467
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewpub. Pours pitch black with a one finger cappuccino head. Looks creamy. Aroma is earthy bitter coffee, roasted grains, and small hints of bittersweet chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel fades into a massive hit of mocha coffee with a lingering dark chocolate and espresso finish. A nice bitterness to balance. Definite sweet lactose here. Like a lighter version of cafe con leche. Flavor hit me out if nowhere, as the aroma is pretty one dimensional with the coffee. Thick and creamy but not quite as thick as other stouts I have had from CCB. This would go great as a float with vanilla ice cream, as the bitter really balances this out nicely. As usual, CCB hits it out if the park with a sweet stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2013 02:20:13 | More by BMMillsy
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wiltznucs

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of cocoa, vanilla, toasted cereal and coffee. Pours dark with a two finger head. Silky smooth and very elegant texture. This beer is comparable to CCB's Moat Water but with a lower ABV and less vanilla. Super creamy. The Brewpub knocked this one out of the park. A solid offering...

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 23:20:51 | More by wiltznucs
Brewer's Brunch Stout from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.