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Caffè Americano - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 387
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.17%
Wants: 215
Gots: 64 | FT: 6
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

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 -24.9%
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? (339 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.06/5  rDev -9%
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 (204 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
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! (358 characters)

Photo of macster
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
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!! (735 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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. (427 characters)

Photo of danh53
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of joshodonn
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,483 characters)

Photo of Danny1217
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black, viscous, motor oil, opaque
S: Coffee, dark fruit, sweet vanilla, dark chocolate
T: Sweet vanilla, huge coffee, 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. (330 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of wiltznucs
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
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! (848 characters)

Photo of itsscience
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap with 9 oz. presented in a snifter.

It poured jet black with a thin brown head. Huge chocolate and roasted malts on the nose followed with coffee, caramel, raisins, and cherries. The coffee flavor comes out more in the taste, and it's mixed with thick, dark chocolate. It's like liquefied fudge poured into a coffee. It has a roasty malt characteristic with a touch of cherry on the finish. Goes down creamy and smooth and leaves you with a warming sensation from the alcohol. (484 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pitch black appearance with brown edges served in the tulip glass. There is just a wisp of a light brown ring on top and no real signs of lacing. The aroma takes charge with a thick sweet coffee chocolate with cherry malt and marshmallow vanilla. The flavor is similarly spectacular with intense coffee and dark chocolate. Again I get sweet cherry vanilla with woodsy undertones. There's just a vague hint if alcohol which just adds a satisfying warmth as it slides down. There's plenty of bitter licorice malt. Tart, sweet, intense but not at all cloying. Thick but velvety smooth. Just a near perfect brew, a defining stout. (628 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on nitro-tap at CCB tasting room. Served in a snifter.

A: Very dark rich brown, large thick creamy brown head. Standard nitro movement in the snifter, and quite opaque.

S: Coffee, creamy, light chocolate, lactose sweetness.

T: Follows the nose. A nice medium-roast coffee flavor that isn't overly bitter, with creamy lactose and milk chocolate following that. I wouldn't say it's a particularly complex flavor, but wow is it tasty.

M: Insanely creamy - both the milkiness and the nitro serving contributing here - and velvety smooth. Moderate alcohol presence, although for the listed ABV it's quite well-hidden. I would give the mouthfeel a 6 out of 5 if I could.

O: This was incredible on nitro. I didn't have the chance to try the regular carbonated version, but the flavors were amazing so I don't think it would suffer any fall-off. This is at least one of my top five favorite non-barrel aged stouts I've ever had. (950 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from 7Clutch a while back. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Stout with coffee, cacao nibs and vanilla beans added

APPEARANCE: A pitch black, sludgy pour yields a three finger, medium looking, creamy, dark mocha head with great retention. Head slowly fades to a creamy, thick head and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. A slight wisp remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. This is a menacing, oily brew.

SMELL: Lots of cocoa, milk chocolate, sweet vanilla cream, coffee, with some roasted notes and butterscotch. Big stout with well balanced adjuncts. Rich and enticing. Can't get any better than this, really.

TASTE: Cacao nibs and some bitter, roasted, burnt coffee up front. Lots of flavor at the swallow with a big and lingering finish of sweet cream, butterscotch, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, with roasted flavors and some burnt, bitter espresso. Notes of bitter, dark chocolate mingle with the espresso as well. Great stuff.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, silky smooth, goes down smooth and finishes sticky. A bit of a bite at the swallow with lots of bitter chocolate lingering on the palate.

OVERALL: Really rich and flavorful. Almost overwhelmingly so, which I would obviously never admit. Lots of lovely flavor and aroma with a look and feel worth paying top price for. Another example of why CCB rules the stout world. Thanks again 7clutch. This was one lovely and inspiring brew. (1,547 characters)

Photo of Tone2467
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: Co2 Growler filled on 8/31 pored into a snifter.(also had fresh on nitro at the brewery)

A: Yet another CCB stout very dark, almost pitch black with little light penetrating. A very small dark brown head which retreats into a nice crown rather quickly.

S: On my first whiff I immediately pick up Coffee and Chocolate with hints of dark roasted malt. A bit of sweetness comes through at the end as well.

T: The taste follows the smell very well. A nice balance of Coffee and Chocolate and Roasted Malt. As it warms a bit I find the sweetness matching with a nice Chocloate flavor while the Coffee takes up the back bringing a nice close to this one.

M: CCB stouts always leave me confused when describing mouthfeel. I always think they could use a little thicker feel at first but, then I end up with a beautiful coating over my mouth that is always very pleasant. This one has a light carbonation as to be expected with the style. Very nice over all.

O: Cigar City never dissapoints with their Stouts. This is a great beer that represents the style very nicely. Congrats guys on another good beer. If you are in the area swing by the Brewery and grab a glass. Consistent aroma and taste matched with a nice mouthfeel makes for a good drink. (1,259 characters)

Photo of Beer4B
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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 (284 characters)

Photo of Mangbus
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (202 characters)

Photo of shillzor
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of TheChef18
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
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! (1,277 characters)

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Caffè Americano from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.