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
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Ratings: 282 |  Reviews: 62
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3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Inky, glass-staining black body. Standard fare from Cigar City stouts. Mocha head. A thin collar remains.

Smell - I love cognac barrels. Rich oak and vanilla notes. Cognac. Dark chocolate and coffee come through from the malts.

Taste - Very sweet, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. The cognac is less prominent here, but the vanilla persists. Lots of coffee and dark, fudgy chocolate. And then the lactose hits. Argh.

Mouthfeel - The lactose is intense. Thickens the beer. The cognac balances out the sweetness pretty well.

Overall - I love everything about this except the lactose, which I notoriously dislike.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Thanks Doug; poured into a Cigar City snifter 4/26/2014.

A- Pitch black body, pours like motor oil in the classic CCB stout tradition. Serious viscosity quotient here. One finger brown head, great retention, a bit of lacing.

S- Cognac character, lactose, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, a bit of earth. Straight up chocolate cake with chocolate fudge mixed in with spirits.

F- Very chocolate-forward, some lactose sweetness, milk chocolate, dark fruits, whiskey spirits. I don't know the cognac character well as I don't drink it, but it's clearly contributing a complementary sweetness and a bit of hotness as well.

M- Thick bodied, low carbonation and viscous. Don't know how CCB does it, but it is incredibly full bodied. A sipper, but it seems the heat has muted considerably even as it warms up.

O- Very nice cognac imperial milk stout. Haven't had much of these in this style, but this is way better than the Cognac Moloko I tried earlier in the day. Mouthfeel and body are killer traits in this one and the cognac integrates really well with the dark malt character.

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4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared with my bro from another moe fatsnowman22 .. Thank you Brad !!

A: sexy . I'm into . I can kinda see into the pour but its pretty pitch black. Total barrel appearance . Minimal head with no lacing. Coco collar.

S: cognac , grapes , cocoa covered truffles . Caramel. Boom ! A touch of a boozey burn.

T: nice woody sweetness followed up with a nice bittery coco chocolatey feel. The chocolate lingers. Long n hard. With the cognac epervence holding the right amount heat to it. Marshal Zhukov with lactose if you will .

M: nice medium body. Not full but thick. Perfect carbonation . Dry coco powdery finish.

O: A very nice offering from cigar city. The sweetness is a tad eh but so much else going . Thank you again Brad !

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4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not as sweet as I thought it would be

A- Thick black motor oil like all CCB stouts. The smallest lacing ever with no legs. Gums up glass.

S- Big chocolate upfront, toffee and then some cognac barrel. Chocolate is dominant.

T- Big dark milk chocolate, massive chocolate dominates anything else that would try to come to play. Cognac has a bite at the end.

M- CCB brews are always money in my book for the M. Thick and viscous, chewy. No carb that detracts from what this beer is meant to be.

O- Another great CCB brew; would probably have this just under LiL if we are ranking CCB stouts.

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