Moat Water
Cigar City Brewing

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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #15
ABV:
10.6%
Score:
97
Ranked #493
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 8.18%
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
375
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Cigar City Brewing
 
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Notes: Not the same beer as Moat Water - Barrel-Aged

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 competitions.

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 were 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, a love of skateboarding and beer.
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Reviews by mechamifune:
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4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a half inch brown head that fades away in about a minute, leaving the slightest of whispy heads on top. Carbonation appears strong and lacing is evident. Looks a little lighter than the usual motor oil consistency you see in a lot of big stouts. Good looking beer.

Smell is milk chocolate sweetness, vanilla, and coffee. A very pleasant smell, with all the notes playing off each other well. The more I smell it I can start picking up a bit of the maple, but I don't know that I can differentiate it that much from the vanilla at this point.

Taste is sweet up front and, well, never really comes that far off of it. A bit of a bitter coffee note lingers in the finish. No real hop presence to speak of. This is a desert beer for sure. I wouldn't call it cloyingly sweet, like ST Choklat for example, but the notes that dominate (chocolate, vanilla, maple) are all sweet notes for sure. The coffee comes in to try to even things out a bit, but I'm not totally convinced it succeeds.

Mouthfeel is a high point, as it is with all the CC stouts i've had to date. Coats the mouth and palette wonderfully. Creates a great vehicle for the flavors conveyed in this beer.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer but have some reservations about the relatively unbalanced sweetness. Given the ingredients used, one can't help but assume that this is intended to end up on the sweet side of the IS spectrum, so how can I really hold it against them? With that said, this is still a silly drinkable beer and obviously one made with a great deal of skill. CC continues to impress me with the stout offerings. Would get this one again if I could.

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Moat Water from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 375 ratings