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Caffè Americano - Cigar City Brewing

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63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 625
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 271
Gots: 141 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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 SteveD082791
3.35/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Looks close to perfect. Thick mocha head that slowly dissipates.

S: This is the first warning sign. Coffee smells almost sour.

Taste: Not much going on besides bitter, burnt, black coffee.

F: Very good body, nice and thick, what you want in an imperial stout.

O: This was quite the disappointment. Maybe it was just a bad bottle?

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle pours near black and opaque with a very durable light brown head.
Moderate coffee aroma and flavor. Bitter-sweet with a mildly bitter aftertaste.
Very thick, full body that’s nearly chewy.
Good carbonation level..

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Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too roasted and too bland for a coffee stout. Black with a tan head. Mouthfeel is extremely roasted. Lots of coffee and chocolate flavors. I expected more from this one.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery, nitro tap. Pours thick and rich with a dark brown head. Huge coffee and chocolate in the aroma coming off a dark brown creamy head. Bittersweet coffee flavor and full body, then comes the chocolate sauce and more coffee. No sign of the 9.2% ABV. Also had this in the morning at a Kegs and Eggs brunch at the brewery and still tasted great. Maybe a bit much for breakfast... Just awesome. Very sweet. Wow. (4.31)

Having it out of the bottle now and honestly this is a cloying mess just like Huna has been the last couple batches. Take it easy on the vanilla. Jesus. (3.67)

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coffee District. Served in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Really thick black body. Big dark chocolate head. Looks like Zhukov. Impressive.

Smell - Not a ton of aroma. Coffee and dark chocolate malt. Booze.

Taste - Lots of chocolate. Arguably more chocolate than coffee, especially up front. Coffee builds and even becomes a bit acidic in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very thick. Standard fare for a Cigar City stout, but the acidity cuts back on the mouthfeel.

Overall - The coffee is too acidic for me. Impressive stout otherwise.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The smell was weird....had a really sour milk component to it...taste was awesome espresso, though...really a tale of two cities with this beer lol...I'd def drink again and look forward to the BA version

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to canadianghetto for sharing!

Pours black as night, with a light brown head with little lace. The aroma hits hard with coffee beans and roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, and dates. The taste has plenty of medium bitter coffee roast notes, chocolate, toffee, candi sweetness. Pretty thick and chewy, full bodied easy. Overall, pretty great coffee stout!

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Photo of macster
4.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a snifter @ WOB Dr. Phillips Orlando.

Appearance jet black holding up a paper thin tan head. Apparent thick viscosity when swirled in the glass. Classic motor oil presentation.

The dark espresso aroma is the big initial hit on the nose. This is quickly followed by aromatic notes of cocoa, dark roasted malts, raisins and figs.

Taste is simply outstanding. First sip approaches some cloying sweetness for a moment but just a touch of bitter dark roast coffee bean and malt slips in behind the sweetness. Fantastic balance of the bitter-sweet qualities. Finishes with a mildly sweet dark dried fruit and cream ending.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth; thick and chewy. Perfect for this style of beer.

This is not one to miss!!

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Photo of Jlabs
4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copious amounts of bitter coffee and dark chocolate dominate this stout..dark as night and very chewy and thick mouthfeel..this is one of the better coffee stouts I've had..well done cigar city..well done!

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A - motor oil!! Thick and coating!
S - roasted malt, espresso
T - tons of bitter espresso, some cocoa and roasted malt...very rich
M - thick, thick and thick. Milkshake like
O - extremely rich and decadent but so damn delicious.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

what a beer, what a beer. my favorite from a night of drinking nothing but excellent beers last night. who says you need a barrel to make a stout this good?! jet black in color, as viscous as roofing tar, with a frothing but lackadaisical tan head, clinging to the edges of my globe. it smells more like bitter roasted barley and specialty dark malts than it does coffee. i get more grain than java on the aroma, which i really like, although the coffee is still pretty pronounced, with notes of dried blueberries and a hint of acidity. the flavor is rich but not sweet, at least not too sweet, which is hard to do. the bitterness of the coffee really balances it out. there is a woody roasted character, not quite smoked, but getting there, old and earthen and burnt. pleasantly little acidity from the coffee on the mouthfeel, and almost no carbonation, but none of us missed it. layers on layers in the flavor, brown sugar, almonds, licorice, its pretty intense. the booze is there more in the nose than the feel too, although when it warms it gets a little more hot. overall a beer of stunning depth, about as dark and thick as they come, with a nice coffee punch. no barrel required!

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Photo of _RL_
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and thick but not syrupy. Not a ton of smell but some coffee and roast. The taste is coffee, perhaps a lot of coffee, but not tons of coffee (compared to BCBCS or Bell's 30th for example). There is also some bitterness, but again, quite subdued for what my friend described as a "coffee bomb." Mouthfeel is creamy and slick but not sticky. Really, really good. Wish I could try the BA versions.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black and super thick. Tastes of dark roast espresso, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Very good imperial stout but i would prefer a little more sweetness.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall a great beer. Very dark in color with a ton of coffee and bitter chocolate both on the nose and tongue. Did not get much vanilla but that wasn't really a huge issue for me

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Photo of danh53
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

One of the best looking stouts I have ever had. The two finger head is the darkest I've seen and leaves medium amount of lacing. Big chocolate on the nose along with coffee and pipe tobacco. Taste follows the nose with milk and bakers chocolate leading the way. Rich, black espresso on the finish with vanilla throughout. Leaves a strong, bitter, and sweet aftertaste. Huge mouth feel is amazing. Overall this exceeded expectations. One of the best coffee beers available.

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Photo of joshodonn
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've had the pleasure of having multiple snifters of this over the last week at CCB... I've had a couple on nitro and one from the growler bar that was a standard CO2 push.

Appearance is thick, black, with a thick creamy tan head as you would expect from a nitro pour.

Aroma has some chocolatey sweetness and a strong coffee presence. I love me some big coffee beers and this fit the bill for sure.

Mouthfeel is everything you've come to expect in a stout from CCB. Thick, luscious, and velvety from the nitro.

Taste is pure decadence. This beer is pretty sweet but not cloying. The coffee flavor is strong but not overwhelming, however I drink a lot of coffee so the coffee may be overpowering for some. Also a lot of chocolate roasty notes as well. Kinda like drinking a chocolate shake that's been melted and blended with strong coffee.

Overall, this is one of the better stouts that CCB has released recently. The base for this beer is a batch of Marshal Zhukov that underattenuated, so instead of dumping it they added the coffee and made a potential screw-up into a thing of beauty. To be honest I preferred the standard CO2 pour to the nitro pours that I had. The nitro pours were good, but I feel like the nitro may have muted some of the flavors. The standard CO2 pour had an extra layer of complexity for me that I didn't get from the nitro. This is a very dangerous beer. It weights in at 9.2% ABV but is a very easy drinker, more like something in the 5-6% range.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with very little foam at all and no lacing.
On the nose there is a lot of dark roasted malts, and tons of fresh coffee beans.
The beer is thick, viscous, and strong. The body on this beer is something you would expect from a beer with 15% ABV, not 9. Incredibly rich. Lots of dark malty goodness, and a lot of coffee flavor.
Basically like a slightly lighter Marshall Zhukov with an excellent coffee addition. CCB does stouts better than just about anyone else.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Flew into Tampa, and swung by the Cigar City taproom before checking into my hotel. Tasted 28 September 2013.

Appearance is amazing. Black, with a big mocha head, amazing retention and lacing. Truly stunning.

Smell is espresso, a tiny bit sharp. Super well supported by rich chocolate.

Taste is 3 parts coffee and 1 part chocolate. The coffee is rich and flavorful, not sharp, and balanced well by sweetness.

Feel is outstanding. Rich and heavy, but fluffy. The nitro is an excellent touch.

A fantastic stout. Great coffee and chocolate malt presence. Happy I got to try this.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is jet black with a dark brown lacing. Smell is very muted with some roastiness, not a lot going on. The taste is a creamy roastiness, if that makes sense. Not a lot of coffee/espresso, just a hearty/roasty big stout. Finish is fairly smooth but some roasted bite (maybe that's the coffee). Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of cbutova
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Super night black pour to several glasses with a large, thick mocha brown cap. Good retention as a massive sheet of forms around the sides.

S- Very high on the espresso in the aroma with dark roast beans jumping out of the glass. Fudge, vanilla sweets, milk chocolate, roast barley and slight dark fruits.

T- Shifts a bit to the heavy roast both from the grains and the coffee. Roast bitter edge, vanilla beans, espresso, char, medium sweetness, dark fruits and milk chocolate feeling nibs. Fudge truffle.

MF- Massive body pretty much at max thickness. Medium carbonation makes the big body turn creamy and dessert like.

Words run out at some point for these CCB Imperial stouts. Lives up with a very good espresso and chocolate feel; fresher tones than the Rum BA.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark tan thick single finger head with excellent lacing on a jet black body. Aroma of espresso, burnt wood, banana peel, rubbing alcohol. dark chocolate and roasted malts. Aroma would be better if it was a bit stronger. Flavor follows with milk chocolate which dominates throughout providing a sweetness that at first is too much but you eventually get used too. Additional notes of coffee, vanilla, cake icing, milk, roasted malts and some espresso which doesn't overwhelm. Full and creamy body and light carbonation. Mouthfeel can't get any better. Very good brew. May be too sweet for some. Lucky to have had a chance to try this one.

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Photo of wiltznucs
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Café Americana Double Stout

Served on nitro tap and also in growlers 8/14/2013.

Served in a snifter at CCB. Pours fairly thick with an immense creamy nitro head. Smells of cocoa and coffee with some malt. Tastes exactly like it smells with coffee and cocoa pretty prominent with a very smooth and velvety texture. I admit I like coffee and cocoa notes in my stouts and my scoring reflects this. If you are put off by cocoa and coffee this brew may not be for you. Takes two or more rinses to clean the snifter, just as a good stout should! Really quite decadent and yet another in a long line of stouts that CCB has knocked out of the park.

Some of the creaminess is lost when served from a growler and minus the nitro. No real surprise and still superb...

Certainly a beer that I'd buy often if available in a nitro can/bottle... Hint, hint!

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The stout was brownish black with bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - Wow. The nose is big time expresso. This could give me the shakes.

Taste – Hello, Expresso. Thick rich expresso is accompanied by hints of vanilla. This would be so good with cake or various other deserts. The coffee lingers in the aftertaste, becoming slightly more bitter.

Mouthfeel – The sweetness really clings to the tongue with low carbonation.

Overall – This is easily one of the best coffee bears I have had.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

this and abraxas are similar, in that the barrel aged versions completely transform the beer to another level. the base beer of each is very tasty. but i don't honestly understand the hype they garnish.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black, viscous, motor oil, opaque, dark brown head
S: Coffee, dark fruit, sweet vanilla, dark chocolate
T: Sweet vanilla, huge coffee, bitter cacao, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, perfectly balanced, dark fruit, light roast
M: Thick, creamy, full bodied
O: Almost has a barrel aged complexity. Kind of along the lines of BCBCS if not barrel aged.

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Caffè Americano from Cigar City Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.