Caffe Americano - Rum Barrel Aged
Cigar City Brewing

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American Imperial Stout
4.56 | pDev: 6.36%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Caffe Americano - Rum Barrel AgedCaffe Americano - Rum Barrel Aged
Notes: Ale with coffee, cocoa nibs & vanilla beans added and aged in rum barrels
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4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Firestone Walker tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with a low amount of visible carbonation. Forms a thin chocolate brown head that fades quickly. This is about as opaque as anything I've drank, I think.

S: Chocolate and rum mix with vanilla, coffee, oak, big tobacco and dry tannins. Big sweet roasted malts and cacao.

T: Chocolate up front - seems more prominent than the coffee, though that's obviously a huge contributor as well. Rich cacao, vanilla, and the rum spices mesh together well. Sweet roasted malts, some uncured tobacco, mocha and rum spices over the malted milk balls. It finishes fairly sweet but not cloying.

M: A thick, slick, sticky body is no surprise with Cigar City's beers. The alcohol presence seems quite well-hidden given the style. Low carbonation sensation.

O: Really, really good. The rum barrel works here. There have been many times I didn't enjoy a rum barrel treatment for beers, but it meshed well with the flavors in this one. Very, very nice.

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4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love regular Cafe Americano and this one takes it a step further! Magnificent but smooth Rum barrel notes and still that same coffee with slight peppery heat! Glorious!!

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4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours a thick, oily mocha and mahogany stream with a rusty, dark brown head
S: Espresso, melted chocolate, and molasses
T: Bright shot of dark roasted coffee, decadent dark chocolate, vanilla, fudge, and a bit of spice from the rum barrel
F: Thick, chewy, and viscous
O: This was an excellent improvement on the base beer. Aside from being one of the most aesthetically pleasing stouts I've laid eyes on, this beer delivered a robust and flavorful tasting experience. Thick and rich with excellent espresso and chocolate notes, Rum BA Caffe Americano did not disappoint. Well done.

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Fireman_RK from North Carolina, May 08, 2017
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4.07/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet chocolate malt notes with some rum notes, residual sugar notes and a light spicy undertone. Taste is a mix of sweet chocolate malt notes with some residual sugar notes, light run barrel notes with a spicy kick at the end. Body is full with nice creamy notes and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Super stout with loads of complexity but I would have loved this better without the spicy factor.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Jul 06, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, near black, viscous, opaque body with a thin, beige collar. Filmy lacing. Some of the coffee is lost in the aroma compare to the original version. Sweet, but not cloying. Rum character adds sweetness and intrigue. Tasty and complex, though I prefer the original version.

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Dec 30, 2015
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4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, smells like a split between rum and coffee, tastes like a thick coffee and chocolate stout with a well integrated barrel flavor. Excellent feel. Overall, a very good beer.

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rodmanfor3 from Vermont, Nov 07, 2015
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4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Enormous thanks to Warren for hooking me up with this CCB club exclusive. Poured from a 750ml into a matching CCB snifter, the brew appears as black as espresso with a mean dark brown head. Pretty intense looking and very similar visuals as the other big stouts in CCB's portfolio.

The nose is roasty earth with coffee before the barrel nuance comes forward smelling of coconut, and vanilla before returning to roasty charred grain. More whifs reveal nearly a smokiness with chocolate, oak and more earthen appeal. Barley any booziness to this but there is a slight alcohol tang.

The taste is all chocolate and coffee roastiness upfront. Plenty of char bitterness with earthen smoke and a contrasting barrel flavor rich with vanilla, caramel and almost a nutty finish. I dont quite get "rum" out of this but everything else is exceptional as advertised.

This is a full bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. Big roast character all around reminiscent of the boss zhukov with some great adjunct additions. CCB proves once again that their imperial stouts are on a completely different level than most other brewers. Would love to revisit this one or see them oump out some more.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Aug 07, 2015
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4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A huge thanks to Steve for this one. 750ml capped bottle into a branded Teku. Reviewed at a tasting from notes 8/1/15.

Pours pitch black, thick and luscious with no head and oily legs with excellent cling. Lacing is spotty and thick but drips down the side of the glass. Menacing.

Nose is chocolate, mocha, molasses, lactose, sweet dark fruit and a deep, rich booziness. Excellent.

Opens chocolate, espresso, some chili spice, molasses, raisin, plum and booze. Roasted malt and smoky towards the end. Lactose and milky. Super rich and luscious. Outstanding!

Full bodied with low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down smooth and rich. Messy finish with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Perfect.

This beer is pretty unbelievable. Probably the best imperial stout to come out of CCB. As near perfect as it gets.

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SpeedwayJim from New York, Aug 02, 2015
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3.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the brewery.
Opaque black with a decent sized long lasting dark tan head. Big rum soaked vanilla, sweet brown sugar with hints of oak and pitted fruit. Big beer quite sweet and a bit sticky. I enjoyed this, but I'm glad I shared. This would be really nice with a hint of chili pepper to cut through the sweetness.

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johnnnniee from New Hampshire, Jun 29, 2015
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5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite beer, keep trying to acquire more. Traditional thick chewy stout from CCB but with a boatload of creamy coffee finished off sweet with the rum aging. A real treat and not ridiculous overpowering abv. ISO more.

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Lapalou from Florida, May 14, 2015
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Man what a beer. Viscous thick pour. Smells of the chocolate cocoa nibs predominate. Taste starts with the chocolate and vanilla beans and the not so strong coffee taste. Rum barrels lend a little sweetness and smoothness to this treat of a beer. Nice thick oily feel. Well done CCB.

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lupercmda from North Carolina, May 01, 2015
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4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really nice coffee on the front end with a hint of booziness on the nose. The taste is just fantastically balanced and the thick, rich viscosity has a lot to do with it. This is as good as BCBCS. It's wonderfully coffee forward and the rum barrel highlights the sweetness. It's rich and sweet but worth it.

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PHBoiler from Illinois, Apr 13, 2015
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4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my favorite Floridian – other than Janet Reno, of course – moose3285, for going out of this way (again) to get this into my hands. Big Glass, 750ML, popped open to split with my wife.

The pour is a ribald black with a high head for such an imposing figured brew. The nose brings everything that’s printed so neatly on the label: lots of rum, along with weasel leavings of coffee & gentle vanilla, & a general sweetness that doesn’t quite distinguish itself as chocolate. Nice.

Caffee Americano is an instant AMC candidate. The coffee really gets in your molars & adheres to my fillings on a molecular level, but it’s undercut instantly by the rich, full, sweetness of the rum barrels. Staves like a wooden leg kick the mid-palate, warm vanilla, spiciness comes on as it warms, nice base of sweetness. The chocolate almost gets lost except for a tiny sliver at the end; I’d likely miss it if it weren’t annotated. As thick & decadent as I expect a CC stout to be, & six times as drinkable as it should be. I could sip this on a 97.9 degree laying on the beach under the equatorial sun. In fact, I’d like to try.

Hell, yes. I – and 99.3% of the brewers in the U.S. – would love to know their secret. How does this black shit get so thick? You know what I mean. This is excellent, a rocking base beer + wonderful use of barrels + fantastic additions. It’s like they know how to make beer; sad I only have one.

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maximum12 from Minnesota, Mar 27, 2015
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4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador club. Bottled 8/5/14. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours a vicious oil black with three fingers of deep mocha head. A thin ring lingers but deposits almost no lace.

The nose is intense and inviting. Rum, spice cookies, cocoa, coffee and vanilla are present initially. The coffee and rum become the shining stars as it warms.

Smooth, sweet, robust stouty goodness! Espresso, dark chocolate, rum, molasses, vanilla, fudge, syrup and dark fruit skins all wrapped up with a dollop of booze. Tastes incredible with all "advertised" components making a showing- particulary the coffee and rum which are fully at the forefront.

Rich, thick, full body with soft carbonation. Long, sweet, flavorful finish with notes of capucinno, rum and chocolate.

Café Americano is yet another fantastic stout from Cigar City. A whole lot of flavor with a slightly lower abv than most of their imperial offerings. I take it as validation for my continued El Catador membership. This one is worth a little wheeling and dealing to acquire if you can make it happen.

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3.87/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black body. Medium khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Coffee. Rich chocolate. Vanilla. Fudgy. Some rum, but I don't get a ton of it.

Taste - The flavors that I thought were great in the nose have turned harsh. The coffee is harsh. BItter roastiness. Rum definitely comes out. Gets astringent in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Boozy in the taste. Medium carbonation.

Overall - So much potential from the nose, but it's a little too harsh.

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3.78/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, John.

Pours damn near black with a very dark brown head. Nose is smokey, very smokey, including campfire, char, and borderline ashtray. There's also a weird veggie bell pepper scent. Flavors follow the nose but luckily some sweet chocolate/rum and roasted espresso notes come through as well. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with mellow carbonation and a sticky and thick body. Despite itself I liked it, but it's one heavily roasted beer.

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scottfrie from California, Jan 20, 2015
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4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had along side RareR DOS and Pirate Bomb.

Pours like a classic CCB stout - straight motor oil with an impressively dark head, like burnt espresso.

The nose is dominated by fresh, rich coffee, vanilla, chocolate and very light barrel and rum. Not very boozy at all, nor barrel forward. Has the fullness on the palate of the other CCB beers, the overall flavor is just a bit less rich than Huna and Zhukov related beers.

Great stuff as always coming out of Tampa, they do no wrong.

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timc100 from Illinois, Jan 19, 2015
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4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks as good as any stout. Smells and tastes like its description. Chocolate covered espresso beans. Creamy, but a touch thinner than expected. Zhukov and Hunahpu ruin all the mouthfeelz for CCB stouts. This is incredible!

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KVNBGRY from Florida, Jan 13, 2015
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4.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle poured near black with a decent head.

Smooth, full body.

The aroma is quite complex, with faint smoke and ample dark malts.

The flavor is unique and highly interesting. Vanilla, rum, cacao nibs, faint wood and coffee all contribute.

O: This is a RIS with exceptional complexity, if lacking a bit in balance.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Jan 04, 2015
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4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first Catador beer this year. Happy to be a member, in a way. Thanks to Sonny and Co. for helping me out with the CCB beers as usual. Split with good friends the night after Christmas and full review written on IPad.

A- CCB Stouts pour with like oil with the blackest, thickest viscous body. Tar black with a frothy dark mocha crown of pretty good retention. Foamy ring with large bubbles equals spotty oily lace.

S- Decadent rich dessert Brownie and cookie aroma. Luscious cocoa powder and dark chocolate bars, smooth medium roast coffee, spicy caramel brown sugar rum, light vanilla beans and not quite burnt but big roasted grains. Bold aromas of all the above.

T- Cigar City dessert stout signature flavors of fudgey decadent chocolate, dusty cocoa nibs, charred barley, sweet crystal malts, toasted nutty toffee, brownies and brown sugar. The added coffee is just superbly blended in as the rum barrel acts like a chain to keep it all together. Oaky spicy rum spirit with its own woody toastiness, dried dark fruits and burnt sugar feel.

MF- Huge, just massive thick and viscous body. Coats the entire mouth like an oil with medium carbonation. Finishes with a touch of heat and roasty dessert flavors saturating the palate.

Cigar City stouts are in a bracket of their own. Generally of great quality but the body and decadence is mostly unmatched by other brewers. Splendid focus on coffee while huge cocoa and moderate rum and malts act to meld it all into dessert in a glass.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, Dec 28, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Cam and Sonny. Very memorable beer during a week filled with em.

A - Slight hiss from the cap leads to an inky black pour with a thin, trademark Cigar City dark brown head. It retains mostly as a thin cap leaving some legs on the glass.

S - Very nice and decadent, great cocoa, coffee, slight roast, and vanilla. Rum barrel is sort of subtle but blends very nicely adding some some sugary sweetness and spice.

T - Coffee and cocoa dominate though rum barrel is stronger here, smooth vanilla, oak and lactose notes. Rum really adds alot here with overpowering, helps give it a spiced/flavored latte feel, and a nice changeup from your more usual bourbon barrel.

M - Cigar City viscousness, nice carbonation, some rummy alcohol warmth, very tasty, pretty drinkable.

O - Awesome rum spice coffee dessert. Coffee and cocoa dominate as they tend to do, but the vanilla is good, and the rum barrel does very nicely without overpowering whatsoever. The taste winds up being a little boozy but still really nice.

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Chico1985 from Massachusetts, Dec 27, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this twice in the past week
Opened and split amongst friends then family

A - Dark opaque not quite as thick pouring as I expected, reddish brown quarter inch foam head that slowly recedes back into the glass

S - Smell is of dark roasted coffee with hints of spices vanilla chocolate and rum oak chocolate and

T - Taste is really where this beer shines, it reminds me of a tad hotter 2013 BCBCS with more roasted notes and spices shining through from the rum barrel character. Dark Chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, cacao and some notes of coconuts

M - Mouthfeel is slightly lighter than I thought it would be, but still really nice for the style. Decadent and smooth, it is still a medium to full bodied mouthfeel

O - This is another winner from Cigar City, I have truly enjoyed every BA Stout and Stout I have had from them. Keep em coming. This is 2013 BCBCS on steroids with more depth from the rum barrels.

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drmcleod10 from Missouri, Dec 25, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy coffee and heat but wait, theres more, a perfect mouthfeel. Cigar city. Ta-da. A little bit of rum character in each sip but mostly, huge, creamy coffee and light vanilla and oak notes. This is like Starbucks in the morning to get you very drunk.

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4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a bit skeptical at first when I heard they put last year's cafe americano into rum barrels. I was worried that the smooth coffee forward deliciousness would get lost in a boozy rum flavor with too much sweet.

Luckily, I was wrong. This is another fantastic CCB stout. The rum barrels add nice depth to the smooth coffee base beer without making it too boozy or too sweet. The only thing that is slightly lacking is the nose, as I can't pick up a distinct smell (rum vs coffee vs molasses vs chocolate) so it just ends up being a little soft. Otherwise, mouthfeel is great, the flavors of coffee are very present, and it drinks as good as the base beer.

A great start to a hopefully great catador club lineup

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mobius387 from Wisconsin, Nov 29, 2014
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4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from 7clutch in a recent box. Cheers for all the love man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled May or June 2014
Ale with coffee, cacao nibs and vanilla beans added and aged in rum barrels

APPEARANCE: Thick, oily and silky black pour yields a three finger, medium-fuller, creamy, dark mocha colored head with great retention. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. This is a sludgy looking stout, like CBC knows best. Head slowly fades to a goof full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Slight wisp and ring remain leaving touches of lacing on the glass. Beauty of a brew here. Love CCB infinite blackness.

SMELL: Lots of roasted coffee beans, lightly burnt notes, sweet cream, vanilla, oak and coconut, dark, pure chocolate and brown sugar on the nose. Really bold and well integrated, with just enough barrel character to add to the show. Excellent.

TASTE: Really decadent as well. Bold, impressive flavors of roasted and lightly burnt coffee beans, sweet cream notes and some oak, vanilla and some boozy rum at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish is roasted with some burnt coffee, sweet cream and vanilla, coconut, and some lovely, bitter pure chocolate underneath it all. A well-measured dose of rum adds just a touch of sweetness and alcohol in the finish. Really good stuff, and plenty flavorful and well balanced. This is the CCB I know and love.

PALATE: Fuller body and slightly lower levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes very sticky, almost cloyingly so. Lots of weight and creaminess going on here, very silky and slick at the finish.

OVERALL: Love it. I’m a huge fanboy and drool at every opportunity to drink a CCB stout brew, and this one definitely did not disappoint. The deep and menacing look that only a few stout brewers can pull off, with a plethora of bold and well balanced aromas and flavors and a thick, full and demanding feel give this one all the stuff it needs to be a world class beer. Whenever these guys brew a stout it always feels like they did it specifically for me. Cheers CCB, and thanks heaps 7clutch for shooting me this gem.

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Jeffo from Netherlands, Nov 09, 2014
Caffe Americano - Rum Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 363 ratings