Barrel-Aged Sugarcoat
Cigar City Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
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4.17 | pDev: 7.19%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Barrel-Aged SugarcoatBarrel-Aged Sugarcoat
Notes: Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with malted milk powder and cacao.
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SFC21 from Florida

3.14/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Unfortunately feels like this is past its prime. Getting the flavors of the malted milk ball but has a slightly off taste. Slightly thin. Wishing I hadn’t sat on this so long.

Jun 06, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to Steve. Black, inky pour with small brown head. Aroma is roast malts, molasses, vanilla and some bourbon. Taste is big and sticky and sweet and boozy. Really nice.

Nov 07, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle. Black body, but surprisingly transparent at the edges, especially for a Cigar City stout. Has the standard nutty malt aroma of a CC stout, though. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and chocolate malt powder. Tastes alcoholic. Oak and bourbon are strong. Nutty malts. Chocolate is less intense. Smells like malted milk balls, but the taste misses the mark. Heavy and boozy, but not as thick as normal CC stouts. Meh.

Jun 24, 2019
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from desp a while back. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled 27 April 2018
8th Edition bottle #4
Barrel aged imperial stout brewed with malted milk powder and cacao

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a three finger, medium looking, fizzy and relatively foamy light tan head with okay retention. Noisy head fizzes down to a half wisp and ring. Bistre brown body with medium levels of visible carbonation. Swirly wisp and ring remain leaving some decent lacing down the glass as it empties. A little lighter in color that the CCB standard.

SMELL: Big barrel on this one. Lots of bourbon, vanilla cream, lactose, milk chocolate, toffee and butterscotch and cacao on the nose. Bold and plenty of candy-like aroma for sure.

TASTE: Sweet and boozy indeed. A good dose of bourbon, vanilla cream, milk chocolate and cacao up front. A boozy swallow with bourbon and oak flavors, moving into a bold and persistent finish with more bourbon, milk sugar, vanilla cream, milk chocolate, toffee and candy like butterscotch, with brown sugary sweetness too. This is a sweet and boozy one.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Enough weight and semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a decent scratch at the swallow and finishes sticky. Some decent heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is sugary sweet candy and bourbon all rolled into one. The milk sugars and cacao additions work great here and the bourbon barrel is plenty decadent as well. This one is lighter in color than most of the blacker-than-black CCB imperial stouts, which was a bit of surprise. Reminded me of the look of Campeador El Cid from 2014. Nevertheless, this one is definitely enjoyable and right up a sweet imperial stout lover’s alley. Very much enjoyed it. Thanks again, desp!

Mar 30, 2019
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Jlabs from New York

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into a small tulip glass via draft at Haymaker Bar (NYC)

color is a mocha brown with brown foam

smell is very bourbon forward with traces of Vanilla, Cacao and caramel

taste follows the nose with the bourbon front and center and the other flavors taking on a supporting role..somewhat sweet

mouthfeel is full, not overly thick but you know this is a stout!...low carbonation

this was an unexpected treat due to a Cigar City tap takeover as I've not seen this on tap in NYC
glad I got to try this one!

Jan 23, 2019
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottled acquired through the El Catador Club. Bottled 4/27/18. Served in a Cigar City teku. Enjoyed 1/13/19.

Pours black with a frothy tall cap of khaki head. The bubbles recede, leaving little more than a thin, broken belt around the edges and a couple small dashes of lace.

Smells of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, earthy wet wood and some malted milk.

Flavors are sweet with a kiss of booze. Dark chocolate cupcakes, bourbon glaze, burnt marshmallows, malted milk balls, caramel, coffee, wet wood and a warming alcohol presence.

Smooth fullish feel with moderate carbonation. The aftertaste is like bourbon-drenched malted milk balls.

Cigar City continues to validate my El Catador membership. Sugarcoat is another decadent dessert stout, this time drawing inspiration from Whoppers. I could see where the sweetness might be too much for some but I think it works well, delivering the right notes to hit their theme.

Jan 14, 2019
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Zraly from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle #4 El Catador. Jet black with a mocha head. Nose of charred barrel and candy bar wrappers. A big ol', boozy chocolate bomb with some molasses, vanilla bean, and the tang from really dark chocolate in the finish. Body is medium-full -- and given the flavors I could stand this to be a touch fuller -- but it's a tasty good time. This thing is probably out of the park in another six to twelve months.

Nov 25, 2018
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last 750ML bottle from Edition #8 of the El Cat club that I’ve poured into my trim, lean, muscled body. I have a spare, after all. Body or bottle? Guess.

The skin of this beer is black metallic; it’s the color of your skin. Those nose is sweet fudge & sharp roast. With booze. Because what is beer without booze? Moose Drool, basically.

Sugarcoat is almost as nice as a touch-is-OK lap dance. Or so I hear. I don’t really know what that means. Or what most words mean, for that matter. The cocoa here is lovely, like licking a piece of chocolate chalk, that same intensity & consistency. Backing bourbon, knifey tannins, more Swiss chocolate…& nothing more. Who cares? Do you criticize Asia Carrera for only being hot? No. She’s Mensa level genius, did you know that? I could drink a lot of this.

So simple. Chocolate + barrel + what is obviously a kick-ass big base stout. Excellent beer.

Sep 08, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Viscous black with a puffy burnt tan foam that settles to a creamy thin collar.

Smell is syrupy charred dark oak and dark chocolate with burnt brown sugar, deep sticky vanilla and coffee.

Taste is milk chocolate malt balls--might as well come out and say WHOPPERS--with toasted brown sugar, marzipan, nougat, and raisiny oak. That little burnt char helps add a marshmallow aftertaste, until some hot liquor that's closer to brandy comes rushing in at the last second.

The slick, sticky medium body has a sharp, thin carbonation and a semi-dry tingly finish.

Aug 18, 2018
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into an El Catador snifter. Bottling date of 04/27/18 etched on the neck of the bottle. This is the 4th release of the 8th edition of El Catador Club.

The nose is sweet cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla and bourbon from the barrel. The taste has a lingering sweetness that starts out immediately and lingers well into the finish. The finish features a lot of warmth from the high ABV and some oak/bourbon notes from the barrel. The mouthfeel is a little thin. Overall, a really solid brew fresh that should improve with age.

Jul 14, 2018
Barrel-Aged Sugarcoat from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 39 ratings