Caffe Americano - Rum Barrel Aged
Cigar City Brewing

Caffe Americano - Rum Barrel AgedCaffe Americano - Rum Barrel Aged
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.56 | pDev: 6.36%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
364
From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
100
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Caffe Americano - Rum Barrel AgedCaffe Americano - Rum Barrel Aged
Notes: Ale with coffee, cocoa nibs & vanilla beans added and aged in rum barrels
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 364 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by CraftBeerBrotha:
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CraftBeerBrotha from Georgia

4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Jan 22, 2015
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Lapalou from Florida

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.

May 14, 2015
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Jeffo from Netherlands

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.

Nov 09, 2014
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MatthewPlus from Idaho

3.85/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle consumed on 08.09.14; reviewed from notes

750ml bottle poured into an El Catador teku.

This brooding stout pours a viscous, syrupy jet black that coats the glass in inky pigment on its way down. By employing a vigorous pour from quite a height, i manage to create slow developing, nearly garnet-colored head; it wells up very slowly from the black depths of the light-swallowing liquid. It really is a beautiful beer. The head dissipates a bit quicker than i had anticipated.

The nose give off distinct rummy oak, right off the bat. There are undertones of coffee (obviously), dry semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla and burnt sugar. While it does open up a bit as it warms, i was expecting more from this, remembering how i couldn't keep my nose out of the base beer, Cafe Americana, because it smelled so good. While still pleasant, i'm a bit disappointed due to my expectations.

Right up front i'm hit with moderately bitter coffee. This is what was so great about the base beer. This luscious coffee mingles with vanilla, but it quickly surpassed by a moderately warm and sweet rum presence. This feels very disjointed to me, and really not completely pleasant. On the back end the rum is dissolved into chalky cooking chocolate.

The mouthfeel is exactly what i expect from CCB Imperial stouts, barrel-aged or otherwise: thick, viscous and chewy. it coats and lasts, with minimal carbonation in the body leading to a silky finish and moderately long hang.

Overall this was an enjoyable beer, but i don't feel that the base beer was done any favors by being aged in the rum barrels. As opposed to highlighting subtleties or adding complexity, the barrel seems to confuse my palate. Perhaps a different treatment (whiskey, bourbon) would be more successful, but honestly i have my doubts about that, too. Cafe Americana was one of my favorite brews from CCB last year and this new iteration, Caffe Americano, leaves me felling a bit disappointed; if only because my expectations were so high. However, i want to reiterate that it is indeed enjoyable, but perhaps some different decisions could have been made to create a more well-developed cohesion of the parts.

Aug 11, 2014
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cardsfan from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.6%

have been really wanting to try this for awhile. the pour is motor oil thick and exactly the same to either mz or huna. smell is coffee, spice, and a little rum. whoa! huge coffee bomb to start off with followed by great vanilla and rum. the rum is perfect, not to much but enough to let you know it's there and to add the flavor. very similar to dbh. mouthful is nice and thick. overall, great beer and meet my expectations!

Aug 27, 2014
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maximum12 from Minnesota

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.

Mar 27, 2015
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sliks96 from Illinois

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

Jan 05, 2015
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

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.

Nov 07, 2015
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Here's a bottle from that year or two I was in Catador Club. Consumed October 2018.

Imperial stout pours black. Good beige head, 1/2" tight small bubbles, good retention. Equally impressive is the nose, they call it espresso, but I get a massive amount of coffee, vanilla and chocolate. The rum barrel isn't too heavy or have that sometimes clashing warm brass feel to it, its actually complimentary here.

Taste is nice, always gotta appreciate when a beer this big doesn't have a mouth feel of hot alcohol and booziness. Ample amounts of vanilla help smooth it out, while not overshadowing the roasted malt, light rum impression, chocolate and coffee/espresso. Carbonation was right on.

Its a big thick stout, but perhaps not sludge like Zhukov, but in that sweet spot without resorting to being too sweet. Pushes familiar stout adjuncts into that elite tier. Not really sure where the 9.2% came from here, says 11% on my bottle. I share the same sentiment as the previous reviewer, not really into too many rum barrel beers, but this did good with it.

Jan 06, 2021
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BMart from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Oct 08, 2014
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Dismembered_MC from California

4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 27, 2017
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oct 12, 2015
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JayGreezy from South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 07, 2017
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apr 27, 2015
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Mangbus from Florida

4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Feb 16, 2015
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tom10101 from Canada (QC)

4.16/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 03, 2015
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Kylo76 from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 18, 2015
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tobelerone from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 08, 2015
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IckyT2012 from Florida

4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 03, 2016
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mobius387 from Wisconsin

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

Nov 29, 2014
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Hallsey3 from Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

May 09, 2015
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mctizzz from California

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sep 29, 2014
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JackNip from Delaware

4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 28, 2015
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Arsenal0328 from Missouri

4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jan 26, 2015
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floridadrift from Florida

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.

Dec 09, 2014
Caffe Americano - Rum Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 364 ratings