Moat Water | Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A big stout brewed with vanilla and coffee and aged on maple veneers.

Added by Lare453 on 10-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of babaracas
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CCB destroys impy sweet stouts and this is not an exception to that rule. Pours an opaque very very dark brown with two fingers of dense brown foam, settling slowly to a thin layer with a spray of lace down the glass. Smell: now I wish I hadn't read the label, because all I can think of is syrup soaked pancakes... intense. Also... pastry cream w/ vanilla. Earthy coffee and dark chocolate in the back. Taste: syrup drenched pancakes, vanilla, coffee - earthy, toffee, and midly citric, borderline raisin towards the end of the sip. Delicious... dessert, or breakfast, accompaniment. Creamy feel. Sweet, as intended. 25 Oct 2012.

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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerisheaven for this bottle of Cigar City, an imprint I'm always happy to see show up on the front stoop. This bottle was picked up in FL, brought to PA, shipped to MN, & driven to WI for consumption. It has frequent flyer miles to burn. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

Pour is dead-on dark black. Nose if rife with chocolate sweentess, the latter of which could either be the malt or the vanilla or both. Either way. Rich.

Moat Water: I'd have happily lapped this up during the seige of Constantinople. The senses are assaulted without quarter: maple, vanilla, & roast/coffee vie for attention at the top of their lungs. WTF? Usually when you read blah blah blah is in this beer there's one dominant commando & the others are riding shotgun. Here, these three are as blatant as a string bikini on a fifty-year old, strong as Ahnold. Seriously. All three blast simultaneously, leaving me befuddled but impressed. Nothing else evident. Nothing else could puncture that triumvirate. Why would it try? Terrifically sweet & easy to glug for a sweet-tooth.

Excellent beer that's like a trebuchet shot to the palate; almost the definition of a modern 'extreme' beer. Yum.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/01/12 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks really nice.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, toasted malts, coffee espresso, vanilla, milk choolate, and some cream. Really awesome nose; I love the mix of fresh coffee, chocolate, and vanilla here.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, coffee, espresso, cream, vanilla, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, toasted malts, burnt malts. Nice and sweet and close to the nose, with just a little less coffee. Really nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a great coffee stout from CC. Awesome mix of coffee and chocolate with more fresh coffee in the taste, and more sweet chocolate in the taste. I had this right by HF Twilight of the Idols and found it very similar, and would probably give TofI a very very small nod. Easy to drink and great, would love to have it again.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour was black, cocoa, medium body.

Vanilla and coffee, light chocolate

Flavors were a bit all over but in a good way. French vanilla coffee,black coffee, sweet chocolate.

Mild to moderate carbonation. Medium body. Kind of slick like.

Pretty good, enoyable. Easy drinker.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Humongous thank you to brewbetter for hitting me with this as an extra!!!!

enjoyed from my humidor series ccb tulip (thanks again brewbetter!!!!).

a - brew pours a deep dark shiny mudslide with a massive two fingers plus of dark tan head. as the head vanished, the glass was coated in lacing. i throw around the phrase "milkshake like lacing" but this is IT. i've had milkshakes that don't leave lacing this thick. ccb makes an attractive stout!

s - roast heavy, but plenty of chocolate and black malts to keep it real. some sweetness giving it a milk chocolate hershey undertone and vanilla and a hint of maple syrup.

t - wow, this is a beautiful beer. rich and roasted with great chocolate notes. some bitter bakers chocolate and coffee. some maple notes and vanilla round things out.

m - thick and rich and full bodied, but very easy to throw back.

o - overall, WOW. what a beer. i can't believe you don't hear more about this one. supremely delicious. like a slightly lighter and more roasty version of zhukov. the maple syrup and vanilla really lighten things up and give it a great sweetness.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, much thanks to djmichaelk for the hookup. It was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip

Moat Water pours solid black, with about three fingers of whipped tan foam capping the beer. Head retention is great, and most of the glass is covered in sticky lacing. The nose is phenomenal, with aromas of maple syrup, vanilla, coffee, and just a hint of chocolate all swimming together in the glass. The taste is comprised of a similar set of flavors, highlighted by a remarkably pure maple character and a bit of vanilla sweetness. Coffee and chocolate provide the finish, but there's just a little bit of astringency here from the roast. The mouthfeel is wonderful, full bodied and with just a bit of a silky quality to it. The carbontion is muted, allowing the malt and sweetness of the beer to fully take over. I think Moat Water is flying under the radar a little bit given some of Cigar City's other recent releases (Leon, Cognac Barrel Imperial Sweet Stout), and that's a shame, because it's a great beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Black throughout, moderately thick in body, with minimal visible carbonation. A small dark brown crown atop that leaves an oily sheen and small dots of stick down the glass.

Lots of both dark and bittersweet chocolate in the aroma, along with some complementary maple sweetness, a bit of earthiness, and some roasted coffee notes. Complete, though perhaps a bit too sweet and not as complex as I'd hoped.

The flavor is rich, decadent, and full of (high quality) bittersweet chocolate flavors. Along with the earthy and mildly bitter chocolate, is some maple syrup, mild roast, and a little bit of vanilla. Incredibly drinkable for a rich, sweet imperial stout.

Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

I was surprised at just how incredibly delicious this stout was.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as a stout but looked a little thin coming out of the bottle, hard to get some carbonation but could be because I was re-using a glass.

S - One of the most chocolate forward (in a good way) beers I have smelled in a while. Reeks of sweet baking chocolate, a hint of maple syrup and dark malts. Not a lot of coffee on the nose but noticeable if you know it's there.

T - Chocolate brownies (or pancakes as the label says) with definite coffee notes but not overly bitter due to the chocolate and maple. The veneers lend a soft touch of wood flavors but this one is majorly chocolate and light sweet maple. Just fantastic.

M- Thin on the palate but nice carbonation. The chocolate flavor lasts in the aftertaste and an excellent sipper. Finishes sweet and zero hint of booze.

O - Short and sweet: Rivals CBS for best breakfast stout in the beer scene IMO. Don't know if it was intended to be but it just is.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color that produced some tan to dark brown froth.

(S)- A deep rich aroma of chocolate, coffee, and slightly sweet roasted bread bits.

(T)- Close to how the smell was, only a far more pronounced chocolate profile. Still some coffee tidbits in there, but well behind how chocolate forward this is. Hints at raisins too at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. I like the richness that it has without being too boozy or cloyingly sweet.

(O)- Overall, I quite like this one. A well made stout that has a superb balance to make it a home run for me.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with small mocha head. Aroma of heavy sweet chocolate and fresh maple vanilla coffee. A complex smokey pepper coming off the nose, too. Wow this smells incredible. Hige thick mouthfeel like an imperial. Taste is like chocolate milk. Slight coffee bitter finish. Very light on the vanilla and maple. Vanilla comes out in aroma and flavor as it warms. Very sweet but not cloying. Alcohol totally hidden. Wow. This is really fantastic. It probably won’t get as much love since it doesn’t say "imperial stout on the label" but don’t be fooled. Only knock is I was hoping for more coffee. Please brandy barrel age this, CCB. Pleeease.

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Photo of BeerTheater
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moat Water is a good beer. It looks(without the cream), tastes and feels like a good ol cup of joe. What you initially see is murky black lagoon and when held up to the light you can see the brown hue coming off the top; it's the darkest brown Crayola could conjure up. The head is nice, creating a one to two finger top that dissipates soon thereafter . There is nice lacing, but not long lasting.

The smell is a wake up call and the cock goes cock-a-doodle-doo. It's coffee, straight up. There is a sweetness I guess one can discern from smell that lingers, but it doesn't register as maple or vanilla definitively to me. I think it's there but I need to go through another bottle to be sure because I drank this one rather easily and fast. The coffee is strong with this one and tasty.

Taste follows the nose but leads to a much better place than a Toucan in the morning. It's that cup of coffee again that is well roasted with a touch of semi sweet chocolate with milk and sugar. I'm not sure I get anything from the maple wood whether distinctly maple or woody. This beer is delicious with barely a hint of alcohol present if not for the warming feeling in your belly. There's that dry, semi bitter aftertaste you get from coffee yet it's also sweet from the vanilla bean/chocolate malt notes and lactose. I like my sugar with coffee and cream. A nice balance on the rails of Tampa's skate park.

Mouth feel is good and what I want from a stout. Smooth with a medium to full body that you can feel fill your mouth up and journey downward. I would say there is room for more body. It's more medium bodied than what I would want, but that's a small complaint barely worth mentioning.

If I were to sum up drinkability I guess I could say I went through my 750ML bottle faster than a bottled water on an August afternoon in Florida. Perhaps a bit too fast, as I should have waited for it to warm a bit. I will need another bottle or case to truly evaluate this good beer. I say good again because for some reason I want to say great but hesitate as it does seem to be more coffee than anything else. The chocolate chip pancakes mentioned on the bottle are there but not as substantial as it sounds. The vanilla and maple wood are minimal and add sweetness along with the lactose but not a distinct flavor. Again, I need more of this beer to conclude my thoughts. However, this beer leaves you with the jingle, the best part of waking up is beer in your cup. (this was an awesome beer despite my quibbles about the beer.)

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Photo of shand
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love the Skatepark of Tampa (especially catching shows at Transitions Art Gallery), so I'm very excited about this beer. I'm a little cautious about the SPoT moat water - as long as there's no dead cat bits in here, I'll be alright. Like every one of Cigar City's stouts, this one pours pitch-black with a sizable mocha head. The aroma is fantastic, there's loads of sweet lactose and malts, a huge milk chocolate note, and some vanilla and lightly roasted coffee backing everything up. The taste honestly reminds me a bit of a sweetened version of FBS, with the lactose amping up the sweet notes from the chocolate and rounding off the coffee sharpness. The coffee winds up being the dominant note here - there's some serious caffeine action going on here. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium bodied, and silky smooth. The drinkability is great - the sweetness can border on being too much, but it never quite made it there for me. A fantastic sweet stout.

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Photo of codysjb
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cigar City Moat Water
Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel Tulip.
A: Dark Brown/ Black with a brown head. Nice lacing. Looks very attractive.
S: Coco, Vanilla and minor caramel notes. Like coco puffs in chocolate milk with Hershey’s syrup poured on top (ya a ton of coco).
T: Chocolate, Vanilla. Sweet, extremely sweet like Moo Hoo or Moloko.
M: Lots of coco in the mouth and nostrils.
O: Meh, its good but its too sweet. I wanna see what it ages into.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown, opaque, with a one-finger medium brown head and minimal to no visible carbonation.

S: Coffee, milky, chocolate and cacao. Sweet impression overall on the nose.

T: Follows the nose, with chocolate/cacao coming more forward. Taste adds the maple wood (similar to the woody flavors in the Homefront) and some vanilla. Has a sticky sweet finish.

M: Nice rich mouthfeel, minimal alcohol presence, a low amount of carbonation sensation.

O: Tasty. Perhaps doesn't reach the flavor profile of some other CCB stouts, but still recommended.

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Photo of Lare453
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a ccb snifter

A jet black, small very light tan head, fast dissipating, nice lacing, nice bubbly ring left over,

S coffee, malty, vanilla, maple, bitter chocolate

T sweet coffee beginning, dry and bitter chocolate middle and a dry and sweet vanilla and chocolate end. The after taste is long lasting coffee, malt, and sweet.chocolate.

M thick, creamy, soft and lightly carbonation. Great mouth feel.

O delicious, a great beer and another hit from ccb. Easy to drink, velvet soft, awesome. Get it if you can.

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