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Caffe Americano - Rum Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 6.8%
Wants: 211
Gots: 42 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 08-06-2014

Ale with coffee, cocoa nibs & vanilla beans added and aged in rum barrels
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Ratings: 220 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by cardsfan:
Photo of cardsfan
5/5  rDev +9.6%

have been really wanting to try this for awhile. the pour is motor oil thick and exactly the same to either mz or huna. smell is coffee, spice, and a little rum. whoa! huge coffee bomb to start off with followed by great vanilla and rum. the rum is perfect, not to much but enough to let you know it's there and to add the flavor. very similar to dbh. mouthful is nice and thick. overall, great beer and meet my expectations!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffo
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from 7clutch in a recent box. Cheers for all the love man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled May or June 2014
Ale with coffee, cacao nibs and vanilla beans added and aged in rum barrels

APPEARANCE: Thick, oily and silky black pour yields a three finger, medium-fuller, creamy, dark mocha colored head with great retention. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. This is a sludgy looking stout, like CBC knows best. Head slowly fades to a goof full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Slight wisp and ring remain leaving touches of lacing on the glass. Beauty of a brew here. Love CCB infinite blackness.

SMELL: Lots of roasted coffee beans, lightly burnt notes, sweet cream, vanilla, oak and coconut, dark, pure chocolate and brown sugar on the nose. Really bold and well integrated, with just enough barrel character to add to the show. Excellent.

TASTE: Really decadent as well. Bold, impressive flavors of roasted and lightly burnt coffee beans, sweet cream notes and some oak, vanilla and some boozy rum at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish is roasted with some burnt coffee, sweet cream and vanilla, coconut, and some lovely, bitter pure chocolate underneath it all. A well-measured dose of rum adds just a touch of sweetness and alcohol in the finish. Really good stuff, and plenty flavorful and well balanced. This is the CCB I know and love.

PALATE: Fuller body and slightly lower levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes very sticky, almost cloyingly so. Lots of weight and creaminess going on here, very silky and slick at the finish.

OVERALL: Love it. I’m a huge fanboy and drool at every opportunity to drink a CCB stout brew, and this one definitely did not disappoint. The deep and menacing look that only a few stout brewers can pull off, with a plethora of bold and well balanced aromas and flavors and a thick, full and demanding feel give this one all the stuff it needs to be a world class beer. Whenever these guys brew a stout it always feels like they did it specifically for me. Cheers CCB, and thanks heaps 7clutch for shooting me this gem.

Photo of MatthewPlus
3.85/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle consumed on 08.09.14; reviewed from notes

750ml bottle poured into an El Catador teku.

This brooding stout pours a viscous, syrupy jet black that coats the glass in inky pigment on its way down. By employing a vigorous pour from quite a height, i manage to create slow developing, nearly garnet-colored head; it wells up very slowly from the black depths of the light-swallowing liquid. It really is a beautiful beer. The head dissipates a bit quicker than i had anticipated.

The nose give off distinct rummy oak, right off the bat. There are undertones of coffee (obviously), dry semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla and burnt sugar. While it does open up a bit as it warms, i was expecting more from this, remembering how i couldn't keep my nose out of the base beer, Cafe Americana, because it smelled so good. While still pleasant, i'm a bit disappointed due to my expectations.

Right up front i'm hit with moderately bitter coffee. This is what was so great about the base beer. This luscious coffee mingles with vanilla, but it quickly surpassed by a moderately warm and sweet rum presence. This feels very disjointed to me, and really not completely pleasant. On the back end the rum is dissolved into chalky cooking chocolate.

The mouthfeel is exactly what i expect from CCB Imperial stouts, barrel-aged or otherwise: thick, viscous and chewy. it coats and lasts, with minimal carbonation in the body leading to a silky finish and moderately long hang.

Overall this was an enjoyable beer, but i don't feel that the base beer was done any favors by being aged in the rum barrels. As opposed to highlighting subtleties or adding complexity, the barrel seems to confuse my palate. Perhaps a different treatment (whiskey, bourbon) would be more successful, but honestly i have my doubts about that, too. Cafe Americana was one of my favorite brews from CCB last year and this new iteration, Caffe Americano, leaves me felling a bit disappointed; if only because my expectations were so high. However, i want to reiterate that it is indeed enjoyable, but perhaps some different decisions could have been made to create a more well-developed cohesion of the parts.

Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of mctizzz
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Mangbus
4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle poured near black with a decent head.

Smooth, full body.

The aroma is quite complex, with faint smoke and ample dark malts.

The flavor is unique and highly interesting. Vanilla, rum, cacao nibs, faint wood and coffee all contribute.

O: This is a RIS with exceptional complexity, if lacking a bit in balance.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnyb
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of roostor07
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of timc100
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had along side RareR DOS and Pirate Bomb.

Pours like a classic CCB stout - straight motor oil with an impressively dark head, like burnt espresso.

The nose is dominated by fresh, rich coffee, vanilla, chocolate and very light barrel and rum. Not very boozy at all, nor barrel forward. Has the fullness on the palate of the other CCB beers, the overall flavor is just a bit less rich than Huna and Zhukov related beers.

Great stuff as always coming out of Tampa, they do no wrong.

Photo of rightcoast7
4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chip_K
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of cjgator3
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.87/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black body. Medium khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Coffee. Rich chocolate. Vanilla. Fudgy. Some rum, but I don't get a ton of it.

Taste - The flavors that I thought were great in the nose have turned harsh. The coffee is harsh. BItter roastiness. Rum definitely comes out. Gets astringent in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Boozy in the taste. Medium carbonation.

Overall - So much potential from the nose, but it's a little too harsh.

Photo of mobius387
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a bit skeptical at first when I heard they put last year's cafe americano into rum barrels. I was worried that the smooth coffee forward deliciousness would get lost in a boozy rum flavor with too much sweet.

Luckily, I was wrong. This is another fantastic CCB stout. The rum barrels add nice depth to the smooth coffee base beer without making it too boozy or too sweet. The only thing that is slightly lacking is the nose, as I can't pick up a distinct smell (rum vs coffee vs molasses vs chocolate) so it just ends up being a little soft. Otherwise, mouthfeel is great, the flavors of coffee are very present, and it drinks as good as the base beer.

A great start to a hopefully great catador club lineup

Photo of robgage
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyrushire
4.1/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of kbuzz
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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