Dismiss Notice
Microbrew Invitational
Join us June 3 + 4 in Boston and help us drink 300+ beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

TICKETS: beeradvocate.com/micro/

Caffè Americano | Cigar City Brewing

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
98
world-class
76 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER STATS
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
724
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
6.67%
 
 
Wants:
308
Gots:
138
For Trade:
17
Caffè AmericanoCaffè Americano
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by wiltznucs on 08-14-2013

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 724
Photo of KingEdward
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

 165 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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!

 1,188 characters

Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

 169 characters

Photo of Ri0
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

 613 characters

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

 228 characters

Photo of eifster82
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

 393 characters

Photo of Immortale25
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

 873 characters

Photo of KensWorld
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
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

 458 characters

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

 171 characters

Photo of Zaximus
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

 585 characters

Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +11.1%
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. Had a bottle of it in March of 2016 and it was very bitter from strong dark chocolate and expresso. Also tasted somewhat smoked and ashy. Definitely a sipping beer.

 439 characters

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

 533 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -15.1%
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..

 235 characters

Photo of ultimaterager
5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

 727 characters

Photo of _RL_
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

 406 characters

Photo of Jerseybeerlover609
5/5  rDev +11.1%
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

 225 characters

Photo of CTAdams
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

 526 characters

Photo of Jlabs
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

 205 characters

Photo of Corson
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

 341 characters

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

 171 characters

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Rimbimhoot
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

 361 characters

Photo of keags_beer
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

 2,830 characters

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
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 SteveD082791
3.35/5  rDev -25.6%
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

Caffè Americano from Cigar City Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.