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Moat Water | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
364
pDev:
8.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 364 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to egrace84 for the bottle share! Thanks elliot!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewwed from notes taken 1/8/13.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of light to medium brown bodied beer.

Smell: Coffee, brown sugar, maple oatmeal.

Taste: Coffee and dark chocolates. Lite oak note. Roasty almost a char note from the coffee. Really sweet vanilla aftertaste that has a touch of artificial flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with low end of moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A beer milkshake. Not a hint of booze.

Overall: I really enjoy the nose and mouthfeel of this beer. CCB does a great job with dark beers, but the vanilla comes accross as artificial which is my biggest draw back of this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of BGsWo22
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Gotti311
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 6.11.13
Dated 25 Oct 2012

A - Pours a very dark brown almost black with a two inhc fine-silky dark tan head with good retention.

S - Coffee, roasted malt, vanilla.

T - Strong coffee/vanilla mix, roasted malts, subtle chocolate and more coffee.

D - Silky smooth medium body with good carbonation.

O - Silky smooth with lots of coffee and vanilla. Very nice.

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Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750. A very viscous looking black pour. Thin layer of light brown head, recedes to a ring.

Aroma, nice roast malt and certainly coffee. A woody component. Some vanilla and cocoa.

Taste, the roast malt and rich coffee are strong. Woody/peaty, caramel, cocoa and vanilla. Caramel, vanilla, mocha latte.

About full body, thick and creamy. Abv well hidden, but there is definetely a nice little heat in the throat. Drinks like a champ.

Fantastic. Reminds me a bit of Cafe Royale. The thickness setting this appart. Thanks to CJS for this one. Drank this whole thing myself watching my Spartans in their crap bowl.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of thegerm87
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from urwithdave. Cheers for the CCB love man!

From a 750ml into a snifter
25 October 2012
Stout with lactose and aged with vanilla and coffee beans then on Canadian maple wood.

APPEARANCE: A thick black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, light mocha head with good retention. Jet black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Full foam cap and sticks to the sides a bit. A ring and fain wisp remain until the end leaving some falling dots down the glass. Thicker and darker than the vast majority of massive imperial stouts. CCB is blacker than black.

SMELL: Lots of roasted coffee beans, espresso, some sweet cream and vanilla, as well as some cocoa powder too. Some woody notes go with the cream and coffee aromas. Pretty bold and lots of adjuncts lead the way, but everything seems legit. Really nice.

TASTE: Follows the nose pretty well. Coffee, espresso, roasted flavors and lactose sweet cream as well. More bitter coffee and sweet cream at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of bitter espresso, vanilla and sweet milk sugars. Some wood and bitter coffee and chocolate. Good bitter notes balanced with sweet lactose as well. Very adjunct heavy, but tasty and legit. Not artificial.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a touch sticky from the adjuncts. Okay. Creamy enough and soft on the palate, but could be a little fuller. It does get fuller as it sits, however.

OVERALL: Great adjunct stout for sure. Very decadent and well balanced, and everything seems natural and legit. A bigger, imperial version of this would be fun for sure. Very happy to try this one and would love to drink more. Cheers urwithdave!

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4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Moat Water from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 364 ratings
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