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Caffè Americano - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 489
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 23.49%
Wants: 239
Gots: 103 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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 KensWorld
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Zaximus
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
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 JohnnyHopps
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
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 chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle pours near black and potatoes 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 ultimaterager
5/5  rDev +11.9%
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 _RL_
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Jerseybeerlover609
5/5  rDev +11.9%
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 CTAdams
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with thin carmel colored head. Nose is mostly coffee with a medium roast. Strong enough to entice but not strong enough to overpower someone like me who doesn't actually like coffee. Taste is sweet overall, with coffee out front chocolate in the middle but vanilla taking over near the back of the tongue. Mouth feel is smooth while filling. Not boozy, honestly no real indication that it is 9.2% Overall an amazing beer, this run was much better than the last. Probably the best coffee stout I have ever had.

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Photo of Jlabs
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Corson
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Danh53 for receiving this bottle in an IP trade.

Pours jet black and extremely viscous with a very slim tan head that quickly disappeared. Heavy coffee nose as well as taste. Vanilla beans quickly take over and linger in mouth. Very creaminess taste of roasted goodness. Overall a very tasty beer that I'm happy I was able to try.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black. Maintains a slight golden/vanilla colored head. Nose is present with coffee and a tad vanilla. Vining is slight coffee and a punch of vanilla. Delicious.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.38/5  rDev -2%
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 Rimbimhoot
4.47/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of keags_beer
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Ilovelampandbeer
4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
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 SteveD082791
3.35/5  rDev -25.1%
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 Jeffo
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
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 cbutova
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Mangbus
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
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 iTunesUpdates
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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 lupercmda
4.74/5  rDev +6%
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 Dustin_Sallitt
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is all espresso. Had this before I really loved stouts and the coffee in this one blew me away. Wish I reviewed this when it was fresher on my mind but this is an amazing beer. So potent.

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Photo of shillzor
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Caffè Americano from Cigar City Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.