Café Americana - Cigar City Brewing
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4.56/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
08-18-2013 17:20:51 | More by macrosmatic
4.15/5 rDev -8%
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!!
08-17-2013 02:21:15 | More by macster
4.31/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
08-16-2013 01:52:35 | More by joshodonn
4.45/5 rDev -1.3%
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!
08-14-2013 20:40:12 | More by wiltznucs
Café Americana from Cigar City Brewing
99 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.