Cafe Con Leche Stout
Cigar City Brewing

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #41
Ranked #1,127
4.29 | pDev: 6.99%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Cafe Con Leche StoutCafe Con Leche Stout
Notes: Sweet, roasty and always invigorating, traditional Latin American cafe con leche coffee can be found nearly everywhere in our hometown of Tampa, Florida and serves as the inspiration for our Cafe Con Leche Sweet Stout. The beer is made with bold, strong coffee beans to emulate the most characterful Cuban espresso and lactose, a milk sugar that adds sweetness, body and flavors reminiscent of scalded milk. We’ve also added cacao nibs to further enhance the satisfying chocolate quality of the beer. Despite it’s assertive flavors and full body, our sweet stout is deceptively low in alcohol, making it the perfect accompaniment to a late-morning plate of eggs, bacon and tostadas.
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: 2018
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Super dark brown color, and minimal light at the edge. Very fine head with little lacing.

Sweet woodsiness and very dark coffee are the main scents. Maybe there are some prunes and figs, but the coffee just dominates everything.

There's a little more to compete with the coffee in the taste. Red bell pepper is one of the first tastes I get. Dark wood (like mahogany) and non-savory Brazil nut. The lactic element is there, but it takes some searching. It becomes more vegetative as it warms up, and that taste is akin to green coffee beans. Bitterness is less than suggested by the nose.

The aftertaste has the dark coffee returning, and it almost espresso strong. Weight is moderate for the type, and alcohol is minimal. Not a lot of carbonation.

May 10, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


A: silky black/dark brown color with a solid tan nitro head

S: huge hit of coffee beans and milk. Milk chocolate and roasted malt behind that. More coffee to finish

T: follows the nose very close. Roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate and roasted malt upfront. A touch of sweet lactose on the middle of the tongue. Finish is dry and coffee

M: medium, silky nitro mouthfeel

O: awesome beer. Sweet and roasty with nice coffee flavors. Nice balance and easy to drink

Jan 12, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on nitro pour at Lures Bar & Grille. Looks great, nice dark pour with a pretty tan head. Smells awesome - roasted coffee, chocolate, dark malts, maybe some vanilla. Unfortunately the flavor and feel are kind of watery. The flavor is similar to the taste but severely lacking (although I do pick up some scalded milk as the description promised...yay). At 6% abv I didn't expect this to be so watery despite the nitro pour.

Nov 29, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Had this at Blind Tiger in NYC on tap. Dark pour with decent head.

S: Coffee, Malt, Cream.

T: Subtle taste of lactose and hops. Pretty mild.

F: Smooth with medium body,

O: Solid milk stout. Watch out with the drinkability especially if doing a large glass. This could put you over.

Nov 20, 2018
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Jrosso from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell and taste of coffee really comes through. You also get a slightly bitter finish as well as a chocolate flavor from the cocoa nibs. Fantastic beer

Sep 18, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Had this beer on-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a snifter glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of coffee, roasted malt, cream, hops, chocolate, and lactose.

T: Tasted of a tinge of hops (in the finish), a lot of cream (this really affects the consistency), a fair amount of chocolate, a bit of lactose, lots of roasted malt, and some coffee notes. Not quite as powerful as I would have thought, but the flavor has a subtle charm. Lots of chocolate and cream make this worthwhile.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a super smooth, if dry, finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very solidly made milk stout, the kind that sneaks up on you. Drinkable.

May 02, 2018
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hoptinger in downtown (Riverside) Jacksonville. Cool spot. As expected, a massive, frothy head. A delicious sweet milk stout! Has all the qualities you want, with lots of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Perfectly smooth and silky body/finish. Really happy I tried this, bc the weather certainly didn’t dictate drinking a stout. Replaced the early afternoon weekend coffee well.

Apr 14, 2018
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark beer with a quickly fading head. Left a few globs of lacing. Smells sweet and roasty with a ton of coffee. Tastes nice and sweet with coffee and lactose. This is a pretty great coffee milk stout.

Apr 11, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has fresh roasted coffee beans and toasted malt, really well balanced. Taste follows with a good balanced between roasty coffee bitterness and background malt sweetness. Medium body and carbonation, really easy drinking.

Apr 02, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into Teku glass

One finger frothy brown foam cap settles to dense islands of brown foam, some lacings

Aroma of roast coffee, cocoa nibs, roast malts, whiff of sweetness

Coffee taste, bit of the chocolate , don't pick up much of the milk sugar sweetness

Roast espresso taste lingers on the tongue, medium mouthfeel, medium sudsing

Good beer

Apr 02, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black, one finger mocha head. Nice lacing all along

S - Very nice espresso smell, some cocoa, clean and efficient smell

T - Follow the smell with some mineral character, some Tobacco. Very balanced. Nothing comes over another thing. Quite drinkable. The lactose gives a velvety character

M - Velvety but sharply carbonated

O - Very drinkable, never cloying, this stout delivers the perfect amounts of depth to a great sessionable ale

Mar 29, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a snifter from draft at The Vine on March 17, 2018. Milk stout infused with Cuban Espresso. Smell is coffee. Taste is coffee, condensed milk and light vanilla. Feel is full in body with a silky finish.

Mar 24, 2018
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle liberated during our raid on Tamp two weeks ago. We brought along an entire empty suitcase for beer. It was good. Split with my coffee-addicted wife.

Black. Seriously, why do we play this “appearance” game? Nose bring roast, full stop. Underwhelming.

Café con Leche does indeed taste like a coffee drink that’s been Starbucked to death (& probably cost $9.49). Enough lactose to qualify for breast milk runs screaming all the way through, from first impression to the finish. Roast is far more subtle, milky milk chocolate even more so. Just a hint of hazelnut. Creamy creamy. This is vanishing faster than the aforementioned breast milk does.

This doesn’t plow virgin ground, but it’s a damn good beer.

Mar 24, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shiny black with a thin tan ring.

Smell is chocolate and char, roasted malt with caramel, brown sugar and wafer.

Taste is brown sugar, chocolate and caramel with a strong roast and an earthy bitter coffee in the finish.

The round body has a big froth, and finishes dry.

Mar 23, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 22 fl. oz. bomber, bottled on 10th November 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: Dark dark brown in colour with a two finger brown head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, cacao, roasted malts with hints of vanilla and cream.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, cacao, cream and vanilla with a light herbal element on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A very nice and easy drinking Sweet Stout that is creamy, smooth and has great coffee flavours.

Mar 20, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a half inch khaki head that was fairly well retained and left ample lacing. Smell is of espresso and more espresso with a hint of chocolate. Taste is dominated by espresso, lactose sweetness, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Light bodied for the style, medium carbonation, slightly dry finish and an odd aftertaste.

Mar 14, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a cigar city classic, inspired by famously strong cuban espresso, and there sure is a lot of coffee on this, but there is also some nice lactose here for body and balance, not letting the coffee runaway with this beer without a chase, and we end up with an enormously flavorful but also supremely drinkable stout here. its deep brown in color from the tap with a rising cream head, and a deep aroma of nearly burnt coffee, maybe scorched in the grinder or something, its intense, and it has both herbal and spice notes to it in its essence, things like anise and cocoa and cardamom kind of peak out of it, and with the rich chocolate malt of the base stout, its really quite an attractive aroma, morning beer it seems! the flavor is great too, lots of bitterness from the coffee and not just at the end but all the way through it. the sweetness from the lactose is fairly high, but i think its needed to keep the coffee in check, from making this monotone. it feels almost creamy when i let it, and kind of drinks very full, but i cant set my glass down! faint smoke, raisin, and minerals in the coffee profile, milk chocolate and brownie elements in the malt, and a very cohesive and robust stout overall. delicious, if a touch overrated...

Mar 02, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that has good retention

S- fresh bold espresso on the nose with undertones of chocolate, vanilla & sweet cream. The coffee has a nice earthy/herbal element to it

T- flavor follows the nose with fresh bold espresso up front. Mid-palate gives some milky sweet lactose notes, that also brings out an element of vanilla and heavy whipping cream. The finish brings out more herbal coffee with a chocolate linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky velvety finish

O- impressive amount of bold flavors, given that it's only 6%, would make a great breakfast/brunch beer

Feb 27, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark opaque color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has an abundance of Cuban expresso style coffee
T-Taste follows the nose with a generous Cuban expression flavor
M-Light bodies gentle drinking stout
O-Impressive combination well balanced

Feb 19, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, nearly black. Small cocoa-colored head.
Roasted malt aroma. Sweet.
Espresso, bittersweet chocolate.
Smooth and sweet. Low alcohol, easy to drink.

Jan 31, 2018
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a finger of tan head.
Smell is all roasted, dark coffee, dark malts, dark chocolate, and a bit of coffee.
Taste follows, lots of espresso like coffee, roasted malt, and bitter chocolate. Getting a bit of caramel flavor in the aftertaste. Not as sweet as I would expect of a milk stout.
Feel is on the light side of medium, somewhat creamy. Seemed low carbed when chilled but as it warmed it prickled the tongue slightly.
Overall another good Cigar City beer, not mind blowing but better than most milk stouts I've had.

Jan 22, 2018
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into a snifter glass. It pours a dark walnut color with close to a finger of creamy, mocha-colored head that dissipated quickly, and a silky sheen of lace. The nose features roasted malt, burnt coffee, tobacco, nuts, cocoa, and just a whiff of caramel. The taste is very roasty with burnt espresso, char, nuts, and cocoa. For a Milk Stout it isn't very sweet, which is a positive for me. As the glass warms there is a hint of vanilla. For a stout it has a creamy but light mouth feel with moderate carbonation and the 6% ABV is barely noticeable. Overall, I really liked Cafe Con Leche because of its lack of overt sweetness. If you like strong espresso, then you'll enjoy drinking this stout.

Jan 13, 2018
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful black look with a milk chocolate thinning head. This beer has a strong coffee note with some slightly sweetened chocolate to accompany the nose. Nice smooth coffee and slightly bitter chocolate on the flavor. The bitterness sitting on the tongue a bit. There is also a sweetness at the end of the swallow that quickly recedes. Medium thickness with less carbonation compliments this beer pretty well. Quite decent.

Jan 12, 2018
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Zraly from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with mocha head into CCB snifter. Bottled on 11/07/17. Purchased at the Tampa tasting room.

Nose of espresso beans. Smooth espresso and milk flavor predominates up front with a bit of chocolate mid-palate. Sweet cream with a hint of nuts. Finish is bittersweet with some earthiness. Carbonation pops a bit. At 6% ABV, this is borderline session ale for stout lovers.

I also had this on nitro at the tasting room and it was delicious. The nitro really brought out the creaminess of the beer.

Jan 07, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coffeehouse comes to the brewhouse as Cigar City Brewing invites the taste of Cuban espresso and cacao into stout for a marriage made in kettle.

Espresso black and with a moderately viscous pour, Cafe Con Leche Stout swirls with a gentle coffee creme and with the unmistakable scent of both bold roast coffee and scorched cream. Its robust and smooth scent translates easily to taste while the moderate sweetness of vanilla, cream and caramel align seamlessly on the early palate.

Much of the same transpires on the middle palate as the sweetness of malt begins to recede and the more robust taste of stout brings its own roasted, toasted, cocoa and walnut character. The additions of coffee amplify the espresso impressions and sell the savory character of the coffee shop well. Cocoa pulls the earthiness to the slight dessert side while the softness of milk sugars, vanilla and cream textures offset any roast derived bitterness to even keel perfection.

Full in body but given a lightness from both the coffee and alcohol thinning, the ale drinks smoother than latte but more aggressively roasted for an amplified flavor and demeanor overall. A long and roasty linger is slightly soilish, earthy, peppery and broadly bitter with woodsy hops, grain and bean.

Jan 04, 2018
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