Cigar City Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
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4.33 | pDev: 3.93%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Notes: Mezcal Imperial Stout - Brandy and Mezcal barrel-aged imperial stout with vanilla and cacao.

Just as Mixcoatl, the masked Aztec God of The Hunt, delivered the spoils of his celestial pursuits to his devotees, this Double Barrel-aged Imperial Stout delivers a generous bounty of vanilla and cacao nibs to acolytes of ambitious barrel-aged beer.
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to johnyb, my favorite El Cat proxy, for shipping this north. 500ML bottle split reluctantly with my wife (she hits me when I don’t share).

The pour is a quiet, normalized black. The nose hits with all three barrels: mescal, brandy, & booze. There’s a bit of sweetness & vanilla underneath, but man.

This bottle of Mixcoatl has been sitting for a few months in the belief that it would mellow – that belief has been obliterated. Barrels run over my palate like an Entwicklung 100: aggressive brandy mixes oddly with the herbal earthiness that I’m imagining emanates from the mescal. Booze crushes judgment. Vanilla enters mid-act along with brown sugar sweetness & gentle spicing, finishing with molasses. No cocoa. Despite the thought of a long morning I could definitely have taken this solo.

Another fine CC stout, this one with a fruity, boozy, brain-numbing odd twist. Excellent.

Feb 10, 2021
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Roguer from Georgia

4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Strong head production, especially for the style, ABV, and barrel treatment, but unsurprisingly it's fizzy and quickly fades. No lacing, but granules are left on the side of the glass, quickly washing away.

Incredibly strong and boozy nose, hitting strong with both barrels, along with brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate.

Similar on the palate. The barrel influence is incredibly potent and undeniable, and it's unquestionably the dominant aspect of the profile, but the chocolate and vanilla come through, as well. It almost crosses over from a beer influenced by spirits barrels to a spirit influenced by beer. Despite the lower ABV (compared to actual liquor), it is extremely hot and boozy. Reminiscent of Utopias and The Bruery's biggest beers. A lot of brown sugar on the palate, and it's a wonder if it wasn't added.

This is not at all what I expected - and in a good way. It's really closer to Utopias than anything I've ever had, despite being less than half the ABV. The choice of Mezcal and brandy barrels adds a complexity well beyond that achievable with bourbon barrels.

Sep 30, 2020
Mixcoatl from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 3 ratings