Moat Water | Cigar City Brewing

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Moat WaterMoat Water

Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Drank at room temp, stored in a hidden compartment within a closet.

A: Pours an opaque midnight, bronze coffee head, mildly carbonated
S: Rich roasted black coffee, With notes of vanilla, Berries and maple syrup
T: Tastes of black coffee, dark chocolate, with a bit of alcohol, a reduced maple syrup and vanilla, with an essence of berry

Overall, Moat Water is a favourite of mine! A delectable, one time only brew! Bravo CCB and SPOT!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drove an hour out of my way to Leuken's Liquor in Dunedin, FL. Awesome store and they had a bottle waiting for me. It was worth it.

Appearance: Pours a midnight black with 2 fingers of a dark brown head. Looks a lot like Marshal Zhukov's but not quite as dark.

Smell: Smells of huge syrupy chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, more dark malts, chocolate and some oak.

Taste -Taste is absolutely delicious. Huge chocolate upfront, syrupy sweetness, vanilla, and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Thick mouthfeel, syrupy mouthfeel. No alcohol detected.

Overall: One of the best coffee stouts and one of the best beers I've ever had in my life.

Solidifies Cigar City as one of my favorite breweries ever.

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4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with a sky blue label with two single castle turrets with a blue flag sticking out of the top. In between the turrets is the name of the beer in big black letters. Flanking the turrets are 5 small paragraphs describing the beer, the process that went into the beer, and who's its brewed for. It's brewed to honor Tampa's skatepark. Covering up one of the paragraphs is a bottled date of 25 Oct 2012. I had this on tap when they released this, but this review is for the bottled version.

I had no other choice than pour this beer into a Cigar City Snifter. Did it look like Moat Water? Only if the moat was getting runoff from an oil refinery. It's another one of those big black beers you don't want to hold up to light unless you're wearing sunglasses. The head of foam rose up to about 1/2 an inch in height. As for the color of the head of foam, it was more of a dark mocha. This head of foam dissipated just as fast as it appeared. It did however manage to leave behind a string of rings and a few spots of lace.

The aroma was clearly coffee based. It didn't smell like cheap coffee grounds that you would buy on a grocery store shelf. These beans smelled like quality coffee beans that you could find in a high end coffee shop. Behind the coffee wall was some dark roasted malt, a drop of dark chocolate, a pinch of maple, and a subtle whiff of vanilla to end this coffee based aroma. Nice!

This is where you get to taste those quality coffee beans that you smelled in the aroma. Quickly following the quality coffee taste was the roasted malt and dark chocolate. After those 3 had their fun, in comes a little vanilla sweetness and maple wood. Those quality coffee beans had more power in the smell then they did in the taste.

The mouthfeel wasn't overly thick, but good for a Stout like this. It had a nice aftertaste of quality coffee beans, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and vanilla. This aftertaste will linger on for a few minutes. Just enough time to get a cup of coffee in case this beer didn't fulfill your coffee needs.

Another quality beer from Cigar City. The Skatepark should be honored that their name is attached to beer of this magnitude. I know I would be. Hopefully Cigar City will brew more of this in the future.

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Photo of oline73
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Pours a black color with a layer of tan head that fades quickly. The smell is slightly sweet with notes of dark fruit, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. I would say that where this beer really shines is the taste, which is exactly what I want in a beer. I'm getting a sweet vanilla note with some coffee in the background. I'm also getting some dark fruit in the mix. I think all the flavors go really well together and there is a nice deep taste. The body is very thick with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

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Moat Water from Cigar City Brewing
4.34 out of 5 based on 364 ratings.
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