Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged | Cigar City Brewing

Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel AgedImperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged
BA SCORE
97.5%
Liked This Beer
4.42 w/ 282 ratings
Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel AgedImperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Lare453 on 10-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
282
Liked:
275
Avg:
4.42/5
pDev:
7.24%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
262
Gots:
40
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 282 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of Holland
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark black with almost no highlights except those which are 90% black and 10% dark brown. No light escapes this, much like Hunahpu's, but it does have a brown head that waivers and leaves after a while, leaving a ring and some small lacing.

S: big cognac smell along with huge roasted malt flavors from smoke to coffee to chocolate.

T: much the same as the smell, but with more smoke. Usually I don't like smoke or very heavily roasted malts at all, but this one was just fine to pair with the cognac barrel flavor.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation - everything I wanted from this beer.

O: very good, but the taste didn't come together exactly as I would have liked with the smokey flavor. Very good, but not incredibly drinkable, so I'm glad I had a small pour. Still happy to have another of these nestled away, though I have my doubts that it will age gracefully.

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Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever brought this to the Dec. '12 Philly suburbs bottle share!

Thick black pour like spent engine oil that coated the glass with film, and a small dense cap of mocha head that receded to a wispy layer. Aroma of dark roasty malts, chocolate sweetness, cognac-soaked wood. The taste was similar, dark malts, more sweet than roasty, though a good dose of both, chewy cocoa beans, woody notes, and a strong flavor of cognac, yet lacking an intense alcohol heat. Pretty full in body, lower carbonation, silky, strong, but drinkable.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer but leave an oily trail on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, dark fruit, and cognac. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours an inky jet black with a thin tan head. Smell is awesomely chocolatey, a bit like boozy chocolate cake. I was worried it might be too sweet after the smell, but the flavor here is well balanced, awesome and not too intense. It's all chocolate and oak and amazing. Mouthfeel is full bodied and thick, but still has nice carbonation. This is a great beer and one of my favorites from CCB, these guys are crushing it lately.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for the bottle share! Thanks elliot!

reviewed from notes taken 11/30/2012.

poured into boltcutter tulip glass.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with 1 finger of dark brown head. Spotty lacing coats the glass. The beer has really nice legs too.

Smell: Oak, vanilla, chocolates, and a hint of mellow cognac.

Taste: OOO.... This is nice! Its a huge smokey and sweet beer! The smoke is both earthy and bacony smoke. Almost tastes like liquid smoke. Black Licorice, molasses, and a tobacco aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation. Super silky beer thats soo darn smooth!

Overall: This is what CCB brewery does best! Awesome beer and I want to revisit it in the future! Great beer CCB!

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Photo of BWHD
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of egrace84
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of vissai
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of davey101
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 09/19/2012. 750 ml bottle into a DFH signature glass. Served around cellar temperature. Thanks Matt!

A - Pours a dark black body. Insanely dark mocha creamy head thats bordering on red. A swirl creates a thin layer of yellow/brown film that stains the glass ala Marshal Zhukov. Thick lacing forms but it seems so dense that it falls down the sides quickly. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Roasted malts, grapes, cherries, leather, and milk chocolate. Very well integrated. Has a warming alcohol impression on the end.

T - Starts off with bitter roasted malts followed by sweet and acrid grape liquer. Finally smooth milk chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Fudgy and chewy with dark fruits, cognac, and oak barrels all playing a role. Very warming and smooth on the end. The aftertaste is a bit awkward with some lingering acidity.

M - Creamy with great carbonation. Somewhat sticky and syrupy but the beer does finish cleanly albeit slowly.

O - A unique beer. Can't say that the lactose is present, but this is an extremely well made. Not as good as Leon IMO, but Cigar City is doing some pretty impressive barrel releases lately.

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Photo of jgagne
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big ole 750ml bottle courtesy of robinsmv. Thanks, Matt!

Black black black pour, darkest of tan head of foam that I may have ever seen. Tilting my tulip glass, I see a ton of lacing.

Roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, malty sweetness in the smell. Slight hints of cognac, one of my favourite liquors. I think I'm down for this.

Good grief Charlie Brown, the first sip is simply amazing? I'd gladly let Lucy pull the football away at the last second and fall on me arse if I can get up and have another sip of this splendid brew!

Sweet malt, big milk chocolate sweetness, light dark chocolate bitterness meshed in with roasted malt, delicious cognac flavours throughout but not dominating/detracting from the "elegance" of what makes this Milk Stout a true Milk Stout. Oh, did I not mention the lactose I'm getting in the taste? My bad.

So delicious sip after sip. The 11% abv is hidden too damn well; gotta watch it, Bill, lest the "evil" alcohol droppeth upon your door step and kicketh you into the next century.

Full bodied, light but right amount of carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth as silk.

Bottom line: There's a song out there in music land by MC Hammer that says it best....You Can't Touch This. I think this is the beer of 2012 for me!

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Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BrewtalAlement
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this at the November Baltimore BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer is almost black with a thick layer of dark, tan head. The head sticks around quite well.

Smell: This beer is very sweet and full of roast. I'm getting some heat from the alcohol and lots of dark fruit. I'm really liking the roast along with the cognac. Quite smooth.

Taste: This beer is extremely smooth, all of the flavors blend together very well. Dark chocolate and dark fruit sweetness. Warm alcohol and cognac. The finish is sweet, warm and roasty yet smooth. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with very smooth carbonation. The beer coats our mouth. The finish is just a bit dry.

Overall: This beer is very well done. Extremely smooth and all the flavor blend together perfectly. I'd have more in the future.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.95/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW!!

This is my favorite Cigar City beer yet!

Deep obsidian on a vigorous pour. Off tan head.

Malted milk balls, cognac, chocolate, stewed prunes, creme brulee, molasses and plum. Fantastic!

Taste carries over from the smell and a nice roasted quality comes to the fore on the aftertaste.

Gorgeous mouthfeel. Thick and rich.

Great beer!

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Photo of ASUBeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Retail1LO
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 750mL shared at Tired Hands All Hallows Dinner on 11/6

Pours a dark, ominous black shade with about a finger's width head up top. Smell is rich...flush with dark fruit, a tint of vanilla, and plenty of the cognac barrel. The taste follows the nose closely. True to the name, it is surely sweet, but not even remotely in a cloying manner. The mouthfeel is world class. This is every bit the heavy, velvety, thick, lush mouthfeel that I yearn for in a beer like this. Overall, this was amazing. While they're not the same style, I liked this even more than Leon.

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Photo of kyleleonard
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 97.5% out of 100 with 282 ratings
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