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Cafe Con Leche Stout - Cigar City Brewing

Cafe Con Leche Stout
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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.8%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-03-2009)
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Brenden

Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of 6 samples at the tasting room 1/29/14

This beer is black, like oil but not as heavy and viscous though certainly thick, rich and robust in appearance. It's nitro creamy, the silky tan head leaving a broken sheet of lace almost all the way down the glass. It's a real beauty, with a balance between thick, rich and strong against soft and creamy; it looks like it works to me.
Café con leche to perfection; this beer really is like drinking coffee with milk in it. It's not like average, pretty good or good coffee, either. This smells and tastes like high-grade, premium stuff like I could barely get from kopi. Somehow this beer is brewed so that the ingredients used and how they're brewed give so much flavor, and the roast managed so well to at once serve to remind me this is beer while adding to the fresh coffee effect. This is fresh just-ground premium dark roast with a little milky sweetness and so much creamy flavor that I swear there must be half-and-half in it. It's beautiful, it's silky, it's roasty, it's a little nutty, it's just barely smoky, it's smooth as anything, and it's one of the most delicious stout of any kind I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.
The body is full but leans the direction of medium without losing anything. The roast adds a dryness that contrasts with the otherwise silky smoothness of the nitro. It's not a perfectly smooth flow on the tongue, but it's fantastic nonetheless.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-04-2014 22:15:12 | More by Brenden
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. So glad I found this. On draft at The Top in Gainesville. Deep dark brown/black with a small dark brown head. Smells like a morning espresso with hints of bittersweet roasted chocolate. Wow. Smooth as can be. Almost like drinking chocolate milk. Actually less coffe than expected from the smell. Some nuttiness that is almost like hazelnut. Very sweet and very rich, with a bitter coffee finish. Bitter chocolate lingers for a good while. Thick viscous mouthfeel, as expected. Get this if you can!

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2013 20:14:46 | More by BMMillsy
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one shared courtesy of preismj- thanks Matt! Appearance is dark with minimal head. The nose is simply amazing with amazing creamy coffee notes among heavy notes of caramel and molasses. Smells like a decadent treat. Unfortunately, the taste doesn't live up to the nose. Bitter chocolate and coffee up front with an overall thin taste. The mouthfeel has a decent viscosity with mellow carbonation. Overall, this smells amazing, but something was lost in the flavor. Still a great beer.

Serving type: growler

05-05-2013 06:29:15 | More by homebrew311
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Florida9

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown. Almost black in color. Barely any head, but what does form is a thin dark cream. Little retention. Appears flat.

S: yeah, smells like coffee. And there is a slight coffee sourness, perceptible, but not overwhelming.

T: strong taste of coffee. Espresso actually. Moderate sweetness and very light lactose quality. Dark , deep roasted malts. A bit of char. Coffee bitterness on the finish.

M: full bodied, chalky, moderated bitterness.

O: a nice beer. Certainly heavy on the coffee, which I imagine it should be.

Serving type: growler

04-27-2013 13:59:56 | More by Florida9
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar looking like a very fine stout; black color, big tan head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Eponymous aromatics - smells just like a Cafe Con Leche

Taste: Roasty coffee with lactose, up front, with hints of chocolate and tobacco developing in the middle; just a bit of bitterness in the profile before the sweeter flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit of a gimmick here, making the beer taste the way it does but oh so good

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 22:51:26 | More by brentk56
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at CCB in a 12oz snifter. I noticed that this site has the ABV listed at 6% but it is definitely 8%, which is why it was served in a smaller glass.

I'm going to be rating this high but should probably go even higher. This brew looked great in color and head. It smelled great but I have seen a few better, but not many. I was creamy, thick,and perfectly balanced. I didn't want to leave but had to fly home. If you like a stout that has some kick and isn't watery, this is one that shouldn't be missed.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 02:03:06 | More by ExtraStout
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srhoadsy

Florida

4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got the last glass out of the keg at Icehouse Pub. Served slightly chilled into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, rich black with a lovely light brown head that slowly recedes leaving a nice surface layer with moderate lacing.

Immediate aromas of coffee, vanilla and chocolate.

Flavors of a sweet creamy coffee as the name implies. What surprised me was how well balanced all of these strong, sweet flavors were. Nothing seemed cloying or overly sticky.

Heavy mouthfeel with a sweet finish and aftertaste. Little to no alcohol burn.

Overall, another winner in the impressive line of imp. stouts from CC.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 01:11:38 | More by srhoadsy
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had out of a firkin at CCB tasting room. Poured into a snifter glass.

A: Black and opaque with a nice one-finger mocha head of very fine bubbles, and low visible carbonation (firkin).

S: Huge coffee, and sweet cream tobacco, sweet leather, and a bit of cacao.

T: Roasted coffee, creamy lactose sweet, a bit of very dark chocolate, tobacco, and maybe hints of dark fruit (figs/plums). A touch of hop bitterness at the end.

M: Low carbonation sensation, likely due at least in part to the serving type. This is smooth as hell, absolutely amazing mouthfeel for a coffee stout. Moderate alcohol presence.

O: Wow. This was a great beer. I think the firkin was an ideal way to drink this. I would be curious to try it on standard tap to compare. Although, as good as this was...let's be honest, I'd just like to drink more of it. Very recommended.

Serving type: cask

01-28-2013 03:26:25 | More by macrosmatic
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Brian14608

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We went to the Independent in Tampa, FL specially for this as I've heard that this was the bomb stout to have. No doubt ... I was not let down. It's memorable and fabulous.

A - dark and opaque; the head is a lovely brown cream with nice lacing
S - what an aroma; the best of fresh coffee smells and chocolate malts
T- I've never had a better stout; although, I've been told to try Moat Water as this would be a good rival.
M - just perfectly coffee thick; the more you swish the more you love its complexities.
O - If you like coffee and beer, my goodness, you'll love-love this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 16:02:17 | More by Brian14608
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scottyshades

Florida

4.99/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at BX Beer Depot's CCB Tap Takeover

One of my favorite beers of all time. Lactose, freshly ground coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and solid roasty notes to it. Surprisingly balanced between sweet and bitter. Very robust and complex, makes for a great digestif

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2013 18:45:46 | More by scottyshades
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Cigar City, Tampa, FL

Dark black pour with a solid cap of dark tan head, nice retention and lacing. Aroma of fresh coffee beans, smooth, roasty dark malts. Nice bold coffee taste, semi-sweet chocolate, lactose sweetness, toned-down roasty bitterness. Simple and obvious, but delivered what it promised, nothing less, nothing more. Heavy-medium body, smooth, and quite drinkable...probably addictive if coffee beers are your thing. Not being a coffee drinker, I normally am not a fan if the coffee is too intense in the beer, but this was definitely not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 22:56:55 | More by Rifugium
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kempshark

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just tried this beer on tap at Palm Harbor HOB...loved it.

Nice roasted flavors with a good amount of sweet coffee flavor. To me it was like a toned down Wake N Bake...not quite as much coffee and a little sweeter. Perfect for me...then again, I love cafe con leche....my favorite coffee drink other than vietnamese iced coffee.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 21:46:24 | More by kempshark
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes, I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy this one. I love CCB, and this was one of the best they ever put out. Growler poured into a couple pint glasses.

The pour was spot on, dark brown, nearly black in color with a big head of tan that towered over the top of the glass, reaching back it coats the entire inside of the glass thoroughly and completely. Aroma reaks of sweet coffee, vanilla, almost caramel like notes. Warming brings forward vanilla now as well. Really just wonderfully done here. I take the first sip and I am blown away. Rich decadent vanilla notes as well as huge sweet coffee presence. Rich and very filling it coats the palate completely and really just is at a near perfect balance. Long finish is sweet, full of sugar and just a wonderful session stout.

Overall one of the best milk stouts ever made and it really goes to show how you can take a style that has been done to death and put a reat new spin on it. Cheers to them, this was outstanding.

Serving type: growler

05-02-2010 06:37:15 | More by mikesgroove
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to tpd975 for hooking me up with this special treat, you rock brotha!

12 oz. hand bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours an onyx black with a full two finger brown colored head that dies down to a thin layer of foam. Some spotty chunks of lacing stick to the sides of the glass as well. Smell is freshly roasted coffee beans, strong espresso, and a dash of lactose. Some chocolate and caramel malts in the nose as well. But really, the aroma is ALL about the coffee and boy is it. Taste starts off with bold and bitter roasted coffee, smokey grains, and dark chocolate. The big coffee flavor calms down slightly midway and towards the end with some brown sugars and lactose flavors. But once again, the flavors are really all about the insane espresso/coffee. Medium body with a slightly dry feel in the mouth and a soft carbonation. This is just an all out coffee beer from start to finish. So far I've had two beers from these guys and they're flat out awesome, looking forward to the last that Greg sent me; Say Sun, son! Thanks again man!!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 02:16:18 | More by BeerTruth
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Tettonka

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought this back from the brewery compliments of Wayne and shared with my tasting group.... Coffee anyone? At cap off the sweet and bitter espresso aroma filled the table. The color is as advertised Black and the mouth feel yummy. I think the milky part is surprisingly balanced like a good barrister would pour at your favorite coffee house. To date one of my top 50.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 17:45:31 | More by Tettonka
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Kiefdog

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of JRedner. Pours a dark black color with no head. Aroma is pure freshly cracked roasted coffee beans (that I could smell the minute the bottle was opened). Flavor is almost exactly the same with some hints of vanilla and cream with fainter notes of raisins, roasted malts and spice. Full body with lingering coffee finish. If you like coffee beers, this is the granddaddy of them all.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 22:53:37 | More by Kiefdog
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tpd975

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap at Cigar City.

A: Pours a very evil black hue. The head rises to sky scraper heights and is a very dark brown in color. The beer clings to the glass nicely and the head has excellent retention. Spotty lace is noted.

S: Quite possibly the boldest coffee stout I have ever smelled. To say the aroma is of fresh roasted espresso beans would be an understatement. Bold espresso with roasted malt. Light chocolate notes.

T: I love me some coffee beer and this one is coffee on crack. The espresso flavor is huge right from the start. Has the same jolt as when you eat chocolate covered coffee beans. To be honest this beer really reminds me of just that. Bold espresso with hints of chocolate. A hint of sweet, dry lactose sugar peeks thru in the end.

M: Fuller in body than most coffee stouts with a nice dry bitter finish.

D: Very, I love me some coffee stout and this is one of the best of the bunch. Can't wait for it's release.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2009 15:43:40 | More by tpd975
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