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Moat Water | Cigar City Brewing

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4.38/5
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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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Gots:
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4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into Southern Tier Pumking Tulip.

A: This is a great looking stout. Jet black and a moderate pour yields a 1.5 finger mocha colored head that sticks around for awhile, slowly receding until leaving a nice ring that laces its way down the glass.

S: This beer opens up with a ton of bittersweet chocolate, blended nicely with coffee and vanilla. A pleasant nose but leaves me wanting a bit more. Not picking up much of a contribution from the wood used in the aging process.

T: For me, the flavor is dominated up front by the coffee addition, although the vanilla is perceptible and adds a nice cream-like character to the beer. Milk chocolate makes it presence felt about mid palate, and in combination with the vanilla, gives a fudge like quality to this one. Flavors of black coffee linger on the tongue after swallowing.

M: It's a Cigar City stout, so you know it is going to be thick. This one isn't quite Marshal Zhukov dense, but it has a nice, full body. Carbonation is low to moderate and gives a silky quality to the beer.

O: A really nice beer. The coffee and vanilla come together to make for an interesting coffee and cream like combination that works well with the chocolate roast in this stout. Definitely one to drink now, as the aspects of the beer that make it unique will fade with time. Glad to have the opportunity to try this.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of jegross2
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Moat Water from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida. Major thanks to Adam for hooking me up with this brew that I missed out on when it was released.

Score: 95

Fall 2012 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 01/22/13.

Appearance: Inky black body with two-plus fingers of frothy khaki head that slowly settles to a thin layer. Unreal lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: Vanilla coffee creamer, maple, coffee and waves of luscious milk chocolate. Some fudgey brownie and wood too. A little pound cake-like appears in the aroma as it warms up. The way these aromas interact is absolutely sublime. Each is bold and complementary, weaving a complex and appealing breakfast-like nose. The maple really shines as the underlying aroma backbone as this beer warms up. 4.75/5

Taste: Tastes a little more coffee forward and less maple heavy than it smells at room temperature, but otherwise this one smells just like it tastes but a little sweeter. There's a little "brown sugar oatmeal"-like flavor in the mix too. Just delicious! 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, light carbonation. Super creamy mouthfeel. Slightly sweet and mildly dry on the finish. 4.5/5

Overall: Home run stout.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out!

Pairings: Brown sugar oatmeal.

Cost: $20 for a 750 ml bottle.

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4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-pitch black with a nice sticky brown head

S-intense scent of old wood and vanilla. Unique and musty. Deep underlying aroma of cocoa.

T-ooo comes in with a wonderful flavor of maple wood chips, chocolate, and vanilla. It's a wonderful flavor. The wood is the major aspect here in and out. This is a unique flavor. Very smooth with out any off flavors.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-it's very thick and very sweet, the only aspects keeping this from being a truly wonderful drinker. It's difficult to try an imperial stout that is truly unique and this accomplishes that! As much as I love it, the whole bottle is too much for one person. I recommend sharing!

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Out of my Sierra Nevada Tulip.

A- Pours a pitch black. The head is foamy and tannish mocha, and last forever. The beer and foam lace the glass heavily.

S- Somewhat faint. Vanilla, chocolate, and nice roasted malt.

T- A nice thick chocolatey flavor kicks things off with touches of coffee. The aftertaste is primarily vanilla, wood, and roasted chocolate malt. It's quite delicious. Everything just works well together, and is balanced.

M- It is rich and thick, and one could argue a bit heavy for an 8% ABV beer. I think it's just great though. CCB always kills it on mouthfeel with the stouts.

O- Overall this was very nice. Somewhat reminiscent of Victory at Sea, but much heartier and richer. I'd drink tons of this if I had it. It's relatively low ABV, and full of flavor.

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4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle served in a Half Acre snifter. Thanks to eorwar for the share.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a bubble ring that leaves some sticky lace down the glass.

S: Some bitter coffee grounds, espresso sweetness and vanilla upfront. Dark chocolate with a heavily roasted malt body round it out.

T: Vanilla bean sweetness, light maple with some milk chocolate. Roasted oats with a dark chocolate bitterness. Espresso sweetness with a black coffee bite to it. Interesting and delicious.

M: Velvety smooth with a medium heaviness to the body. Medium carbonation level with a sweet finish.

O: Sweet, but in a good way. The bitterness from the dark chocolate and coffee ground flavors was able to cut the sweetness and make it palatable. As always the great mouthfeel from a CCB stout put the beer over the top.

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3.79/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA sendsilk for hooking me up with all things CCB. The brew pours black in color with khaki webby head that maintains well. A swirl revives the cap that produces some lacing effect on the glass. Overall a typical looing stout.

Initially, the aroma is straight up vanilla bean nose. Almost sticky sweet smelling with a hint of coffee that pales in compaison to the earthy elements that are almost like tobacco more so than stale coffee.

The flavor is earthy and roasty with suggestions of coffee. Some vanilla sweetness is mild and contrasted by plenty of almost tobacco-like bitterness and earth. The coffee inclusion was much more subtle than I was expecting whereas the vanilla was a bit over the top.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a pretty nice brew with a big sticky vanilla inclusion if thats the sort of thing you dig. The rest is a bit lost and not balanced that well. I guess i was anticipating this to be more of a coffee stout than a vanilla beer. A rare miss from CCB in my opinion.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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