Decoherence | Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is a double-barrel aged coffee coconut imperial stout and it is actually a blend of an imperial stout aged in Brandy barrels and an imperial porter aged in Bourbon barrels. The blend is then aged on Buddy Brew roasted coffee beans and toasted coconut before being packaged in 750ml bottles.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 206
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle. Inky black and glass-staining. Smells really nutty. Chocolate and booze. Bourbon. Not really coconut. Tastes like mostly Outskirts, which I didn't love. Heavy roasted malt and molasses. Very sweet. I get a lot more coconut, but it isn't a coconut bomb as the label describes. Nutty and oaky finish. Heavy. Boozy. Tough to drink. I am missing the hype here.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.24/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a taster.

Aromas are sweet, caramel, dark fruits, a little cardboard, milk chocolate. On the tongue is sweet vanilla-bourbon, caramel, not much coconut, toffee, finishes roasty . Nice thick body with low carbonation.

Wish I got more coconut here. Nice body and good flavor, but was expecting less sweetness and more coconut.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer. Pours very dark....minimal mocha head. Subtle coconut in the aroma. Taste is similar...subtle coconut. Really expected and wanted more. Feel is average....not too thick, not too thin. Overall, good beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.26/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very dark brown and completely opaque. You can see how thick this is when you're pouring. Forms a thin tan head that fades fairly quickly, and has only a small amount of visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate and coconut, coffee and bourbon. Oak, caramel and vanilla, with some dry tannins. Sweet malt body with a moderate roasty character. This smells nice, but not the coconut bomb of Last Snow on the nose.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Sweet brandy. A modest amount of coconut – not a huge amount here either. Sweet malts with residual oaky brandy and coffee in the hang. Ultimately the chocolatey sweetness persists the longest.

M: A heavy body with a thick sticky mouthfeel. Glass-coating for sure. Low carbonation sensation and the alcohol presence is modest for the style.

O: This was a good beer. I didn't find myself as excited about it as much as some others. I don't get huge coconut, but there is a nice coffee-chocolate-bourbon-brandy balance, and a nice barrel presence. A solid offering for sure.

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Photo of timc100
4.39/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had along Prop 13, No Rules, Last Snow, Snowed In, and Monsters Park Coconut.

The aroma lacks the rich flavors of other CCB beers, muted but not poor. Feels as expected - oily, viscous, coats the glass and the mouth. Brandy leads on the palate rounded out with the carmel sweetness and heat from the bourbon. The coffee and especially coconut are much more muted than expected, in their place stand the barrels, dark fruits, fudge and some leather.

Another great CCB barrel project, however the adjuncts are not very vibrant.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black pour with lots of legs on the sides of the glass, thin but very dense lacing.

S - Nice dark chocolate, coconut, with some mild booziness.

T - Milk chocolate, coconut, bourbon, oak, and brandy all very well blended and not one that overpowers the other. Alcohol is persent but not at all overpowering.

M - Thick, viscous, slippery, sticky. Nice lingering brandy/chocolate/bourbon/oak tannin.

O - This is a fantastic beer, hats off to Cigar City ... superbly done!

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

El Cat bottle, 3rd edition.

Black-brown, opaque elixir, thin brown rim, legs on the glass.

Right off the deep inhalation there's a lot going on here. Dark fruits, bourbon, oak, coconut, fudge flavors intertwine and tingle the senses.

A nice sip brings forth the dark fruits, dark chocolate, oak and bourbon. The lasting taste of brandy and coconut hover over a smooth. mild, blanket of roasted coffee.

Thick, chewy, fudge mouthfeel with the dark, jammy fruits lingering.

A well done double barreled brew that has many of the signature flavor notes that make CCB on of the best. Wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a dark black beer with a thin brown head on top. The smell of the beer throws off some sweetness and roasted aromas. There is also some definitely barrel aging in there too. The taste of the beer is rich with chocolate and vanilla/coconut flavors. The feel is pretty thick. Overall it was a really good brew.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So much sweet coconut on the nose. It looks and smells amazing. A lot of coconut, vanilla, roasted notes. Taste is typical Cigar City stout. Some weird savory flavor. Almost like a roasted, hazelnut, some soy... it's good, but can't be outstanding with the soy notes.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Popped a bottle of this at Jesse's wedding 2017. Pours black. Brown head, 1/4". Aroma drops all kinds of coconut, bourbon and coffee all over the place, just turn after turn of these.

Chocolate malt, bourbon, coffee and coconut continue to power through, delicious roasted malt tempering it all. Really finds the sweet spot if you will, in that it isn't sweet, it truly is balanced, and not in a people just say that about a triple ipa because that sounds good, I mean the roastiness, the bourbon, the chocolate, the coconut, vanilla it all comes out to really provide a beer being pushed and pulled just the right amount.

They pair an amazingly thick ass imperial stout base and then just blast it through both brandy and bourbon, the bourbon dominates barrel wise, but the brandy seems to lend to some nice warm smoothness counter balancing it all.

Hate to say it, but this is a world class stout and right up there with double barrel hunahpu. Phenomenal.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a taster. A nice blend of coffee and coconut and barrel, the coconut was on the milder side but was happy to find it was not overwhelming. Great mouthfeel that set it apart from other similar beers.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from 7clutch recently. Thanks man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Blend of an imperial stout in brandy barrels and an imperial porter in bourbon barrels then aged on coffee beans and toasted coconut

APPEARANCE: Opaque black pour yields a 1+ finger, looser, very fizzy dark tan head with decent retention. Head quickly fizzes down to a half wisp and ring. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. Ring and touches of wisp remain but not lacing down the glass. Good color but the loose and fizzy head is a little annoying.

SMELL: Piles of barrel on this one with lots of brandy and bourbon initially. Definite coconut and vanilla aromas there, some sweet cream, oak, and a very light hint of coffee as well. Some roasted character too, but this is mostly sweet vanilla and barrel aromas. Big and bold too.

TASTE: Coconut comes out way more in the flavor initially. Lots of oak, bourbon and brandy, with a big dose of coconut up front. Notes of coffee and pure chocolate as well, with some sweet vanilla cream too. A big and boozy swallow, ushers in a bold and lingering finish of coconut, sweet vanilla, oak and barrel flavors, bourbon and brandy, though the brandy might be a little more pronounced, milk chocolate and some roasted coffee flavors as well. Decadent stuff and quite barrel heavy.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Surprisingly creamy on the palate, enough weight, goes down smooth with a good burn and finishes quite sticky. Lots of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Awesome. CCB kills it again, like they always do. This is an instant gem, and just as good as everyone says it is. The barrels on this one are absolutely decadent and the base stout works great with the coconut additions. I will say that the coffee bean treatment is a little underwhelming, but despite that, this is a wonderful, enjoyable, characterful creation with piles going for it. If they didn’t tell you it was aged on coffee, nobody would care. As much as I love various other stout brewers, such as Cycle, Midnight Sun, Great Divide, Emelisse, etc. (there are plenty more), Cigar City always seems to beat everyone around the school yard. I don’t know what it is. The stouts are great and the barrel treatments are worthy of the heavens. This is another example of greatness. Thanks again 7clutch. Always a pleasure.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.68/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador Club. Bottled 5/27/16. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours jet black with a finger and a half tan head. The consistent layer of surface retention spreads to a wide belt that leaves some scattered lacing.

Sweet, beckoning aromas of coconut, coffee, brandy, chocolate, bourbon and cooked caramel. Outstanding.

The incredible combination of flavors include coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, toasted coconut, caramel, dark chocolate, wet oak, brandy and the expected nip of alcohol. Everything blends so well that restraint is quite difficult. Utterly delicious.

Creamy, full body with soft carbonation. Coconut, brandy, coffee and bourbon make for a rich, decadent finish.

Decoherence is another truly outstanding stout from Cigar City. Its releases like this that keep me glued to the El Catador Club.

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Photo of headbucket
4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking stout with a dark head. Smells of bitter chocolate. Roasted chocolate, some bourbon vanilla, then coconut on the finish. Another great barrel aged dark beer from ccb

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Photo of lupercmda
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick black oily dark color. Minimal head retention. Nice tasting balance between the bandy barrels and the bourbon barrels with neither one predominate but complementing each other nicely. Nice coconut and coffee without one more noticeable than the other. A really well done stout.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Black and slick. Nice legs that coat but don't stain the glass.

S: The coconut and coffee are present and but neither outshine the wonderfully deep bourbon caramel-soaked vanilla apple that the barrels offer.

T: Decadent, delicious and deceivingly drinkable for a brew that tips the scales at 12%. This isn't a bottle of suntan lotion, nor is it a coffee drink that resembles stout. It's beer, a wonderful well-balanced beer whose adjuncts serve only to elevate the stout, not to stand in front of it.

F: Thick without being syrupy or sludgy.

O: Given how well integrated and unified this blend is I must imagine that it was ironically named.

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Photo of Lapalou
4.76/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First try was from the bottle, but had a draft pour a few days ago at CCB. Pours dark and thick like most CCB stouts. Nose is sweet with chocolate and some nuttiness and sweet coconut. Thin tan lacing. Mouth is consistent with the CCB stouts, nice thick viscosity. Taste is sweet with booze from the brandy more predominate than the bourbon. Out of the bottle I felt the coconut was lacking, but recent pour on draft produced a nice coconut flavor on the backend. Not overwhelming or as big as some of the other coconut stouts, this is just a compliment. Same with the coffee. The beer is integrated really well, and has good balance. It's a little boozy and given that it should be consumed fresh to get the coconut, you can't really let the heat subside. Great beer, love that they kept the flavors in check and it drinks more like a BA beer than a dessert.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.76/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oily with coconut flakes. Pitch black. Looks like any of those top 10 imperial stouts. Smell is Bourbon, subtle coconut, and subtle coffee. Flavor is amplified COCONUT, booze, chocolate, vanilla and great coffee finish. Mouth feel is ridiculous. Just a shade lighter than sr71. That means it's thick!

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Photo of danh53
4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best looking barrel aged stout I've had, pitch black with the dark khaki head that lingers. Aroma is cocoa, coconut, brandy barrel, bourbon, and coffee. The highlight of this beer is the way the two barrels play off each other. Amazing barrel flavors with cranberry, dark cherry, apple, oak, and vanilla. I get an oily coconut cream throughout that adds sweetness and slick mouth feel. Coffee is in the background and that's a good thing. If this were coffee forward it might dominate the other adjuncts, but they got this one just right. Another home run for Cigar City.

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Photo of mattsmith413
4.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks @lupercmda... The brandy barrel characteristics really shine through as it warms. Possibly the best brandy barrel aged I've ever had. Coconut is present but faint, but coffee blends well with the barrels...

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. This just skyrocketed into my top 5 CCB beers of all time. Fantastic coconut and super think and dark. Love the complexity, and really hope to repeat someday!

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Photo of rabbott2
4.81/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh bottle drank on 12/1/2016

Look-deep dark brown, basically black, thick, medium lacing

Smell/Taste-evolves a ton as it warms, tons of sweet brandy, bourbon opens up, oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, coconut, not much coffee, molasses....really great

Feel-creamy, not super thick and oily but really nice...a hint of booze, but crushable because of the great flavors

Overall-this is certainly not falling off as some ratings seem to be saying. Amazing beer and I want one to age. Well done CCB!

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.89/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Popped this bottle at an epic Omaha, Nebraska bottle share. Poured into a teku. Everything about this beer was a highlight. Nothing negative to say. Shined in comparison to many other big boy BA Stouts. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.91/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark black. Has a prominent aroma of coconut, coffee, and bourbon. Tastes just as amazing as it smells. Has a great feel without being overwhelming. Overall one of the best, if not the best beer I have ever had. I wish I could have more.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.91/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Super thick inky jet black hues with a caramelized tan head
S: Bourbon, mocha, and dark chocolate
T: Explosive brandy barrel notes are met by an infinitely complex plethora of flavors that span the coffee and toasted coconut adjuncts as well as the requisite chocolate, vanilla bean, and roasted malt notes panned by many high caliber stouts
F: Exceptionally thick and chewy - this is like liquid fudge
O: Just a rare treat by Cigar City. I thoroughly enjoyed this blended stout/porter - the coffee/coconut/chocolate notes were integrated exceedingly well. Very complex flavor profile that demands to be savored throughout a slow sipping session. Incredible beer and one worth seeking out.

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Decoherence from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 206 ratings