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Cigar City Cognac Barrel-Aged Imperial Sweet Stout

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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
So, what you have here is an imperial sweet stout aged in cognac barrels. It tastes like finding money in your coat pocket with hints of your bag being the first one out of the carousel at baggage claim. It’s good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4500) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2016
Bottle @ Himmeriget. Pours viscous black with a small mocha head that leaves some sticky trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty with roasted malts, sweet dark bread, caramel, toffee, charred wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, prunes, dates, sweet liquorice candy and brandy/sherry alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and fruity. Mouthfeel is soft, round, viscous, velvety, tiny astringent, slightly boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, milk chocolate and dark fruits in brandy. Very sweet yet very nice with well incorperated frutiness from age and the barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borup (11652) - Albertslund, DENMARK - APR 2, 2016
Bottle @ Himmeriget. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, oak, cognac, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, spice and licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (8293) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2016
Bottle shared@Himmeriget, Copenhagen - pours black with a thin tanned head. Aroma and taste is sweet and roasted malty with some great cognac prominance here, some dark burnt malty nuance, chocolate, caramel, fudge, subtle vanilla throughout. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (1861) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle @ Himmeriget, Copenhagen. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head. Aromas of spices, tobacco, chocolate, fudge, milk chocolate, cognac, light licorice, caramel. Taste is spicy, licorice, chocolate, sweet barrel, vanilla, butterscotch, tobacco, dark fruits, sweet fruity grapes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (14076) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2016
Sampled from bottle @ "Het is allemaal de schuld van Koen" tasting. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized quite quickly diminishing brown head. Aroma is malts, sweetish, honey, molasses, lightly sweetish liquorice. Taste malts, sweetish, sweetish liquorice, some alcohol sweetness, cognac BA provides some sweetness as well. Quite thick oily texture, full body, soft carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5563) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle @ joes goes whale hunting. Black colour with a small light brown head. Smells sweet, malts, toasty berley wine, cognac. Tastes sweet, appelstroop, roasty, boozy. Full body soft carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Great share with Brian and the boys in Boca. Deep brown pour with tan eroding head. Teh aroma is big roasted malts, graham cracker, vanilla, cognac, wood, dark fruits, and spiced meats. The taste is very flavorful with the roasted malts up front, middle is dark fruits and spiced meats with vanilla, finish is more of the cognac flavors and dark chocolate. Full body, chewy. Mild carb. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (2391) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2015
October 9, 2015 - bottle from the brewery back in 2012. Black pour with dark tan head that faded quickly, but left the glass stained dark brown. Aroma was sweet malt and cognac. Taste had the sweetness from the malt, but it was nicely balanced by the alcohol and fruit from the cognac. Palate was smooth, but full bodied. Opened to celebrate finding out about my annual bonus that was much bigger than expected!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (421) - DENMARK - SEP 11, 2015
Pitch black pour with a beautiful dense espresso crema head. Nose has sweet booze soaked fruit. Some licorice and creamy dark malts. Impressive taste of smoky malts and coco, some barrel, some rich dark fruit. Really nice. Sweet malts galore. Long sweet, sticky roast finish. Big thanks to Morten and Svend for rollin out big guns.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koleminer20 (2439) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2015
750 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is a used motor oil viscous pitch black with a medium/dark brown head that falls to a thick collar, leaving no lace in its descent. The aroma is great. There is a heavy hitting sweet malt with a touch of light booziness. The back end produces a little molasses or brown sugar with a nice cognac sweetness to wrap it all up. The flavor is really good as well. There is a lovely sweetness up front and then the roast really takes over. There is a light booziness that is detectable underneath the dark fruits. The cognac keeps a little sweetness throughout, and I'm liking how it doesn't impose other barrel flavors. The mouth feel is incredibly thick and viscous. It's softly carbonated and carries a wonderful thickness all through the back. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet with a nice malt backbone ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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