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Caffè Americano - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 620
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 6.64%
Wants: 270
Gots: 141 | FT: 16
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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wiltznucs on 08-14-2013

Traditional Caffè Americano is made by adding water to espresso. We break all the rules with this Double Stout. We refuse to add water to our beer after fermentation, but have no issues adding beer to our espresso. This deep, dark stout exhibits rich espresso and coffee notes, which are contributed by the generous use of roasted barley and espresso locally roasted by Buddy Brew Coffee. That simply is not enough for us. We also add roasted, raw chocolate and a hint of vanilla to this big bodied stout. Dodge the red eye and take a shot of the dark.
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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Balanced with strong coffee notes. Luckily, I was able to score a glass of it during the Cigar City takeover at Three Floyds in the fall of 2015, because the Blackhawks had defeated the Lightning in the Stanley Cup. A great coffee stout, but I do prefer Bourbon County more.

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Photo of Jerseybeerlover609
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I cannot find anything wrong with this beer. Thick black pouring with brown head .Coffee and vanilla on the nose. Tastes amazing nice coffee a little vanilla some chocolate, and no bitterness like I get on most coffee stouts

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Photo of ultimaterager
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best coffee beer I've had all year!

Pours black with a caramel color head. Notes of coffee, roast, and sweetness on the nose. The taste at first was pinch of sweetness followed by a strong espresso flavor. More robust than most coffee beers I've had this year. Its rounded out with chocolate and a mouthfeel made it seem like creamer was present. As it warmed up tho, you could really start to smell the vanilla and it gradually made its way to the forefront of the beer. I;m not sure if this was due the warm of the beer or my palette getting use to the flavor. My friend picked up on the vanilla right away but for me it took almost half the beer and the warmth.

CCB is really killing it with this year's batch.

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Photo of WreckedPalate
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best coffee beer I've had in 2015, maybe of all time. Though, they are different beers, I feel it rivals Morning Delight. No inherent flaws I'm finding, it just seems perfect, I hope this stays away from barrel aging.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 2015 22oz bomber into CCB snifter. Looks like Expresso, smells like a Chocolate Cappuccino. Tastes like coffee heaven. Wow is all I can say. Perfect balance of roasted malt and coffee. Dark chocolate and sweetened Expresso play with the pallet. It gets better as it warms up. If there is a coffee aficionado in your life, you are obligated to have them try this, it will change there life. This is the best coffee stout made to date, period! 4.90

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow this is delicious. Full bodied as hell. The one thing I didn't like was it felt like the beer couldn't decide between Coffee and Coco. For some reason it just didn't connect right for me. But it was one of the best Imperials I have had.
Wish it wasn't so expensive. But glad I got a few to try. Pick one up if you see it!

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Photo of keags_beer
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cigar City - Caffè Americano. Double Stout brewed with coffee, cacao nibs and vanilla beans. Rated 99/100 on BeerAdvocate (11%) brewed in Tampa, Florida.



"Traditional Caffè Americano is made by adding water to espresso. We break all the rules with this Double Stout. We refuse to add water to our beer after fermentation, but have no issues adding beer to our espresso. This deep, dark stout exhibits rich espresso and coffee notes, which are contributed by the generous use of roasted barley and espresso locally roasted by Buddy Brew Coffee. That simply is not enough for us. We also add roasted, raw chocolate and a hint of vanilla to this big bodied stout. Dodge the red eye and take a shot of the dark."

This is going to be a treat. A beer without water, but coffee added with locally sourced coffee, chocolate , and vanilla. Can you say diabetes? This is probably going to be one epic review.

Pour: One of the darkest beers I have ever seen in my life. Darker than Marshal Zhukov and Imperial Biscotti Break. This beer poured motor oil black, with a nice brownie dark chocolate head, which is easily the darkest head I have came across yet. The lacing on this beer sticks like melted chocolate in a bowl; sticky with a nice even coated ring around the whole glass. This beer looks so fricken delicious. My favorite types of stouts are the ones with these kind of looks.

Aroma: Am I in Heaven? Or leading myself into a chocolate factory Hell? This is the most well balanced chocolate and coffee forward beer I have smelt. Incredible gobs of chocolate covered coffee beans, espresso, brownies, chocolate syrup, and vanilla. It's a symphony of diabetes, but it's the most beautiful aromatic stout I have had to date. I mean literally, this is chocolate and coffee all the way. I do get a bit of an alcohol aroma as well, but at 11% I was expecting that, and with no water in this beer at all, this is so impressive. Better aromatics than Zhukov at least two fold. Awesome smelling beer!

Taste: My God.. This is the best non barrel aged stout I have ever had. So fricken awesome! Immediately on my mouth I get a super thick and heavy mouthfeel with waves of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Then a slight pop of espresso and brownie and sugar. I mean it's literally like sipping on melted down chocolate and some coffee, exactly and maybe some Ben and Jerry's Brownie batter ice cream. This is the thickest stout I have had to date! It's not overly sweet, it's perfectly balanced with coffee and chocolate. Amazing beer.

Verdict: 5/5. If you love coffee and chocolate, please seek this beer out if you can. This is a gem of a beer. I wish breweries would start using only ingredients like coffee instead of water.. It gives beers a higher level of complexity and flavor. The best non-barrel aged stout to date. Cheers!

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.87/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber poured into my Goose Island Bourbon County 2015 snifter. This is most likely the best non-BA coffee stout I've had. Depth of flavor on palate, dimensions on the nose especially as it warms...oaky, char-filled presence loaded with espresso and 11% ABV to boot. You cannot go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look jet black pour almost no head. Super thick and oily pour.
Smells like dark rich coffee with some chocolate and vanilla in the back ground.
Taste is very very coffee forward with some chocolatey sweetness coming through mid palate, finishing back with coffee bitterness.
Mouthfeel is pretty thick and coating without overdoing it. Goes down smooth and leaves you wanting another sip.
Overall outstanding beer, but is a little overdone on the coffee if you don't love coffee stouts don't seek this out you'll be very dissapointed as that is definitely the main flavor, but I definitely recommend seeking this out once. It is up there with speedway as my favorite stout absolutely incredible beer.

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Photo of Ri0
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2015 - poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Obsidian black with a thin 1 finger brown ring. Small amounts of lacing on the glass. Looks very enticing. A deep roast with espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel. One of the most inviting beer aromas. Flavor is deep decadent chocolate with a good amount of espresso, and coffee. The vanilla, caramel and coca give it a pleasant sweeter balance.So complex and so well blended together. It's all there and I can't imagine a better tasting coffee beer.Smooth, rich, velvety and decadent. CC nailed this beer and it is the best non BA coffee stout that I have enjoyed.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Out of a bottle into my tulip.
A – Black, really black..so black it looks purple. Nice frothy chocolate milk colored head that stayed around and had small amounts of lacing.
S – Light and sweet cream smell. Reminds me of a milk stout. Chocolate, coffee and vanilla.
T - Super punch of coffee/espresso right off. Very light cream taste to follow. Aroma is much stronger of cream then the taste. Slight bitter bite follows. Not nearly as sweet as the smell again suggests. Roasted malts in the mix.
M – Lightly carbonated. Coats the palate with stouty goodness. Thick baby!
O – Delicious. Was worried that this one would be too sweet but not a chance. Its dead on tasty. Catapults into my Top 10. If you like coffee you will love this one. Hot damn! Now to find more…

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Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma smacks with tons of coffee, fudge, vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate, creamy latte, peppery spice.

The flavor follows with that fudgey coffee note, sweet milk chocolate, lingering roasted malts, and deep caramel sweetness, coffee, tons of bittersweet chocolate. A decadent coffee imperial stout.

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Photo of TheChef18
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Have had on regular pour, nitro growler, and now nitro pour.

A- Black as oil like you would expect from CCB. Very small, tan head forms at the top. Stains my hands like Hunahpu's if you spill a drop.

S- Coffee, chocolate, a spice I am assuming to enhance the coffee flavor.

T- Unreal good coffee flavor. This competes with some of the best coffee stouts out there IMHO. Chocolate adds a nice balance so it isn't too much sweet or acidic coffee.

M- thick and coats perfectly. Carbonation is a little low but still very enjoyable.

O- love this beer and hope it stays on their tap/growler list for some time.

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Photo of jlindros
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler huge huge thanks to wickedtoaster (Reddit) for this amazing beverage. Filled about a week ago.

Great looking creamy foamy 1/2 finger head fades at a med pace, huge legs and decent lacing, ridiculously super dark pitch black beer. Practically strains the glass.

Nose brings pure awesome coffee, a light nutty aroma, nutty coffee mostly, little dark caramel and dark malts, chewy like dark molasses maybe, great awesomeness of coffee mild nutty and dark malts, hint cocoa, little syrup.

Taste is amazing, super thick dark malts, loads of chocolate and coffee. Dark thick melted bakers choc, creamy like maybe oats, milk choc, etc. Great nutty coffee, lots of awesome coffee, fresh roasted coffee beans. Then mild caramel and toffee like characters, into mild booze characters, little warming slight tingly booze. so much creamy awesome coffee dark choc goodness. Finish is a bit dry but lots more dark malt, bakers choc, little bitterness, little dark choc oat character, great awesomeness.

Mouth is full bod, super thick little booze, decent carb.

Overall holy shit! This is up there with the best beers I've ever had. So much awesome, I'm glad I was able to try this. We had a slew of amazing beers on the night and this was the winner big time! Big thanks Chris!

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Photo of lupercmda
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thick, gooey, black pour. Love the espresso smell that comes thru. Tastes of the added chocolate and get milk chocolate and vanilla and smooth tastes that just come one after another drinking this beer. Excellent slick mouth feel coating my tongue. A great beer!!

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Photo of rudzud
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a motor oil hue with a nice one finger mocha head that left tremendous legs and leopardess spotty lacing. This is just incredible.

S - Aromas of TONS of coffee, dark and rich, creamy, smooth, iced coffee on the nose.

T - Taste is just incredible, stupendous coffee and chocolate notes, bitter roast, chocolate rich and bakers chocolate, super creamy and code, like a mocha cappuccino. Super nice bitter roast with a nice lingering creamy iced coffee notes, incredible.

M - Mouthfeel is just silly creamy delicious, just velvet goodness.

O - Overall this is an incredible beer, so much coffee especially on the finish. Drinks like an iced coffee with rich expensive coffee notes. Exceptional.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served alongside the rum version.

Near black opaque body with a thin, dark beige collar. Grandiose aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Rich and beautiful. This is simply fantastic. Superb flavor and balance. Viscous and palate coating, yet so smooth and easy. World class.

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Photo of eifster82
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - dark pitch black. Some head on the pour.

Smell - lots and lots kd coffee.

Taste - lot of coffee, again. Somewhat similar to Prarie BOMB! but with more coffee and less chocolate.

Feel - very smooth. No taste of booziness whatsoever despite double digit abv.

Overall - an excellent coffee stout that hits all the right notes if enjoy coffee flavor in your beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet black with tan frothy head.

Smells as expected. Dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee.

Taste is fantastic. Big time dark chocolate with a really smooth, subtle coffee bitterness. I sometimes find coffee stout to be entirely too overwhelming with the coffee, or for the coffee itself to just come across as slightly burnt and acidic but not this gem.

Exceptionally smooth, with a viscous mouthfeel. Really, really creamy. And the alcohol is well hidden.

This exceeded my expectations. Probably the best non barrel aged coffee stout I've experienced. Extremely well done.

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Photo of shillzor
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was on draft at Boxelder during a Cigar City tap takeover event. Poured into a snifter.

It pours pitch black with a beautiful, brown, one-finger head. It looks fantastic. It has a strong coffee aroma, backed up by dark chocolate. The taste doesn't disappoint, with a perfect balance between the roasty bitterness of the coffee and a chocolaty, malty sweetness. This is the best coffee beer I've ever had, and one of the best stouts I've tried.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an absolutely decadent beer. Roast, bitter coffee, hints of chocolate. The coffee is prominent but not overbearing. A thick, creamy body. Absolutely beautiful.

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Photo of Mangbus
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this now twice on tap. Thick espresso head on a pitch black beer. This is a coffee forward stout in the best way possible. Roasty and rich. Glad I have a few bottles as well as a fresh growler.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled On 10/20/15.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark brown head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of swirly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Rich, decadent mocha aroma with notes of dark chocolate, caramel and treacle.

T- Excellent coffee/chocolate profile. Milk chocolate and caramel leads the way with the bitterness of the dark roast coffee coming in mid-palate and in the finish. So good. The alcohol is also insanely well hidden.

M- Creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- CCB knows their way around some coffee in their beers. This one has remarkable balance between the sweetness of the chocolate and the roastiness of the coffee. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter (of course): beautifully dark consistency with a caramel head that lasts a bit. The smell is coffee and chocolate. The taste follows suit with waves of espresso, chocolate, and some roast. The feel is about perfect and makes this so drinkable. Love this beer

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a dark, inky and thick looking black, with a small mocha-colored head, and not much lacing.

This one smells like rich bitter roasty coffe, roasted malt, vanilla cream, and dark chocolate.

This is an undeniably delicious stout, and another sterling example of Cigar City's mastery of stouts. The coffee flavor is quite in your face and awesome, pretty bitter but roasty and wonderful. It's very complementary to the sweet vanilla cream, a little bit of caramel, and delicious dark chocolate. Through all of that, you're reminded that is a stout with some wonderful roasted malt character.

This is pretty thick bodied, with a very creamy mouthfeel, super super rich.

One of the best coffee stouts that you can get your hands on. Highly recommended.

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Caffè Americano from Cigar City Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.