Moat Water - Barrel-Aged
Cigar City Brewing

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
4.28 | pDev: 5.61%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Different beer than regular Moat Water

Moat Water is a stout brewed with lactose and Skatepark of Tampa's own moat water, then barrel aged with coffee, vanilla and Canadian Maple veneers. As for the flavor... think all you can eat chocolate chip pancakes and bottomless coffee.

Its appearance is dark, just like your future if you dare step foot into the murky depths of the water that once held the legendary Moat Races during SPoT's Tampa AM and Tampa Pro contests.

This beer was created through a unique partnership involving three Tampa, Florida natives: Cigar City Brewing, Skatepark of Tampa and PS Stix.

The Canadian Maple wood veneers used in the aging process at Cigar City Brewing where then added into SPoT's 25 year anniversary decks built by PS Stix.

Moat Water is the product of a collaboration that represents quality, a vested interest in the Tampa community, and most importantly, love of skateboarding.
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Black with a khaki head. Smells of vanilla, chocolate, a little bourbon, and some oak. Tastes sweet. Oak. Vanilla. Bourbon. Maybe I'm making it up, but there's a slight maple tinge. Back end is oaky and boozy. Heavy, but not excessive. Surprisingly good.

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Photo of stevoj
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at share. Dark, inky black pour, flat and oily. Aroma is sweet and boozy, strong. Taste adds vanilla, marshmallow, chocolate, cinnamon, maple syrup, lacto. Sweet and sticky.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stark glossy obsidian black with a quick to fade dark tan blanket.

Smell hits the notes described on the bottle--it's just like boozy chocolate chip pancakes with a sticky bourbon maple syrup pocked by dark chocolate. Charred, splintery oak and super dark roast coffee are joined by caramelized brown sugar.

Taste is sweeter than most Cigar City stouts, starting with vanilla soaked Raisinets and a touch of smoky maple. The coffee is much less intense on the palate than it is in aroma, as it becomes more woody and splintery dry, yet also lighter in body, with some playful dark chocolate notes. The carbonation is actually crisp and the finish is slightly sticky and semi-dry.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from desp a while back. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2017
Bottled: 30 March 2018
Stout with vanilla and coffee beans added and aged on maple wood

APPEARANCE: Pitch black pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, fizzy, dark tan head with good retention. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a full, creamy cap. A splotchy wisp and ring remains until the end leaving touches of lacing down the glass as it empties. Love the blacker than black look CCB pulls off.

SMELL: Lightly roasted coffee beans, sweet cream and vanilla notes, milk chocolate, some oak and hints of maple on the nose. Touches of coconut and dark chocolate in there as well. Milder but enticingly desert-like.

TASTE: Lightly roasted coffee, sweet vanilla cream, milk chocolate and some oak flavors up front. More sweetness with toffee, maple and vanilla at the swallow, moving into a bold and lingering finish of sweet maple, toffee flavors, milk chocolate and vanilla, as well as some lightly bitter coffee and dark chocolate as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down fine with no burn and finishes somewhat sticky on the palate. A hint of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is really enjoyable stuff. The coffee has probably faded a tad since bottling but that is a minor issue here, as all the flavors work together really nicely and nothing overwhelms. The maple and oak flavors are well-integrated as well. Coupling the aroma and flavor with a solid CCB stout look and a smooth feel, this one definitely satisfies my pastry-stout-loving palate. Thanks again to CCB for brewing stout beer just for me. Thanks again to you too, desp! Recommended.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter appears black in color with a khaki head that fades leaving spotty lace.

Nose of chocolate, roast, oak, caramel and vanilla. It tastes boozy with oak, toasted coconut, molasses, caramel and vanilla.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. A decent offering but pricey and cost preventative to want more.

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Photo of maximum12
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to…me! For staying in El Cat. Loved the original & looking forward to this 750ML bottle. Split with my wife.

The pour, it is black. The nose, it is rife with not only chocolate, but vanilla. Sweeeeet.

Moat Water – Barrel Aged is making me squinty. It’s the alcohol, you see, & the lateness of the hour, & the dryness of my contacts. This is way more mapley that I recall the original being. Maple maple maaaapleicious. Louisville slugger, vanilla, cream, light barrel, alcohol that is making the keyboard look like it’s in Rotokas. Minimal roast. Smooth. Drinkable, though the sweetness is a bit much even for this sugar junkie.

Not sure what happened, but this re-brew of the iconic original doesn’t reach the heights of the original. Still, very good brew.

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Moat Water - Barrel-Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 42 ratings