Cigar City Pilot Series Imperial Sweet Stout

Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 4.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus (4393) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2014
20 June 2014, bottle. Black. Nose is amazing! Chocolate mousse, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol. Full body and mildly fizzy. Really woody, sweet, molasses, tobacco. Wow!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5372) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2014
On draft at Hunahpu Day 2014. Pours a deep stout brown with a tan head. Nose is big sweet, lactose, cookie, chocolate, cafe con leche, and roast. Flavor is similar with roast, lactose, cookie, sweet coffee, and chocolate. Medium in body and very nicely done. Very glad to finally get to rate this one!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fluffy (2458) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2014
at Huna Day 2014. pretty amazing brew, one i had been meaning to try for years now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Cognac BA. Still, black pour. Cognac like a mofo, milky aroma, deeply roasted. Booze integrates well. Warming, smooth, sweet undertones. This is nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9706) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2012
Entering old rates. Draft @ CCB, some of very early experiment son that new pilot system. Couleur noire dense, col pais et crmeux de moka. Bouquet intense de malt, caramel de grill avec des pointes de cacao le tout laissant des effluves de douceur lactique. Palais est pais avec un ajout davoine donnant une belle rondeur, le tout est complt par un profile malt profond alternant chocolat au lait, soyeux, malt et grill sur des notes de caf-moka. Horriblement traitre 11% mais si facile boire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Draft at Cigar City during Hunahpu Day 2012. Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Intense aroma with lots of sweet and roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit and booze. Slightly smokey with hints of dark and milk chocolate along with caramel, toffee, oatmeal, vanilla and coffee bean. Full bodied with a rush of sweet chocolate, caramel, fudge, chocolate cake and molasses thats slowly countered by darker roasted malt notes. Intensely sweet but as it warms the more robust, dark malt notes appear with hints of toast, dark chocolate, oatmeal, coffee bean and subtle smoke. Theres also a good amount of booze and warmth in the finish but the ABV is decently masked at 12%. Interesting but a bit too sweet and boozy for me even after warming up considerably. Not bad but a bit overwhelming making it difficult to drink a whole glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Draft at CCB. Pours almost black with a medium brown head. Aroma is all sorts of sweet fruity, boozy, thick mess. Flavor is big. Brown sugar, candied apples, brandy, chocolate, caramel...everything but the kitchen sink...Its good...but on this day i wasnt feeling particularly well...and it was even a little sweet for my sweet tooth. Full body, nice heat, pretty sticky. was really good...probably would have been better if i wasnt feeling under the weather.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4055) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Bottle shared by emacgee. Thanks Ethan. This one poured black with a beautiful tan head that creates some amazing lace like Ive never seen. There was also a strange "loogie" type thing in my beer which I am guessing is some sort of yeast protein thing as Ive seen something similar in brews before. This beer looked and smelled so fantastic I wasnt going to pour it out. Nose of espresso, cocoa, light roast, cream. Extremely creamy and velvety mouthfeel with notes of chocolate, some dark fruit, espresso, light booze. Really nice flavor and one of the better imperial stouts Ive had of recent. Pretty darn impressive and wish I had more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4659) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Thanks Ben for the handbottle! Porus a gorgeous viscous inky black with one finger of a ruby chestnut brown head. Nose shows lots of sweet cocoa and fruit skins with notes of espresso. Lactose, and some ephemeral alcohol. Lovely. Flavor is rich and chocolaty with some coffee and burnt grain, lots of residual sweetness and some fruityness. Very full and viscous palate with a well balanced grain bitterness. Bossome. Thanks Ben.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (7112) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Fliptop bottle from fishingnet. Ben, Im really excited to try your beers.. and this is the first of many hopefully. Pours a pitchblack thicker opaque pour, dark and morose, a frothy darker brown head grows slowly, collects to a moderate size, dies to a frothy film eventually but laces well. Aromas are a blend of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, some sweeter cocoa, coffee and cream, a touch of molasses, creaminess, and more cocoa and biscuits. Sweeter toasted oats. Initial is full bodied, moving from roasted and toasted malts into toffee, decadent fudge, caramel, and biscuits, toast, coffee grounds, a touch more earthiness with sweet oats, chocolate, and caramel coming in to swarm. As it warms a bit, the roast really starts to assert, some stronger coffee grounds, bitter and a bit ashy really start to permeate past the sweetness. It grows, the sweetness and chocolate nature seem to temper it a bit in balance, touches of molasses, but not enough to become a main factor, but the roast seems a bit stronger. I think Iike that. The flavors, appearance, and more gentle sweet aroma draws you in like a siren, but the beer itself is fairly fierce, fudgey and roasty, coffee and caramel, some earthiness.. the fudge and roast compete. The finish is lingering sweetness, roast a bit stronger. A very nice beer that has a good body but hides the ABV a bit. Nice work, Ben!

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