Caffè Americano
Cigar City Brewing

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #56
Ranked #210
4.48 | pDev: 6.47%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Caffè AmericanoCaffè Americano
Notes: 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.
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Photo of cjgiant
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap:
Well, there’s a big espresso component to this beer, and the vanilla plays accent to the bold coffee notes. It also stays away from being too sweet, though it’s not dry either.

Black body and a brown head that turns lighter as it fades slowly. Thin ring doesn’t lace the glass. On the heavy side for feel, which makes for a bold beer overall.

Nose is creamed coffee and a hint of chocolate cake batter. Taste brings the espresso and vanilla as stated, which merge to a moist chocolate brownie flavor before the end. A bit of alcohol squeaks through an espresso / roasted stout bitterness that gets through in the end.

One of those beers that does a good job with the additions while keeping a fingertip at least on the base style.

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Photo of DokiDokiLitFam
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick dark brown. Forms a finger of dark brown head. Nice creamy look to it. Good retention as well.

Nose is rich smoky malt, roasty coffee, and some brown sugar.

Taste follows as such. Malt and coffee presence is strong. Mild chocolate comes through as well. Some bitterness reminiscent of bakers chocolate.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied. Creamy even. Nice dense quality without feeling heavy. Mild carbonation.

A stout that excels because of its simplicity. Rich, roasty malt and coffee delivered with a smooth mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and balanced imperial stout we've got here. Nothing goes over another element. It's relatively complex and thickly smooth. An enjoyable brew to replace coffee after sunday lunch

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L - Pitch, opaque black with a thin dark tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind no head.
S - Rich roasted, bitter espresso and coffee along with dark chocolate and roasted/toasted grains
T - Complex but follows the nose: Rich, roasted, bitter espresso and coffee up front and throughout along with notes of dark chocolate, and a slight hint of sweetness from the vanilla at the end. Fudge - very rich. Molasses and charred wood/smoke. Roasted and toasted malts/oats throughout.
F - Full bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat thick and oily but smooth. Somewhat leans more towards the medium end of the spectrum in terms of body.

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Photo of EMV
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly black pour with 2 fingers of tannish head. Great lacing.

S: Rich and roasty. Coffee and chocolate.

T.F: Just like it smells. Roasted grains, burned sugars, French roast coffee, and dark chocolate. Moderate bitterness... a bit of vanilla with more coffee coming through towards the finish. Medium bodied... oily on the tongue... with roast at the finish.

O: A well executed coffee stout. Great flavor... solid bitterness... and a warming sipper. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep, dark, viscous stout. At first, the combination of roasted barley, somewhat bitter coffee and subtle sweet shadings of vanilla blend, giving the beer an interesting roll-out. After a few sips, the bitterness takes over, which makes the beer one-note. Solid yes, but I'm surprised by the world class rating.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a snifter from draft at The Vine on June 22, 2019. Bold, strong and dark. Made by adding vanilla and Tampa roasted espresso beans to a formidable double stout base.

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Photo of Benish
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured viscous motor oil with a thin layer of tan head that disappeared quickly.

Smell: Immediate notes of Americano coffee. Very robust, rich, and assertive to the nose. Coffee gives off bitter cocoa and slight dried pitted fruit. Just slight hints of fragrant vanilla. Overall very warm and inviting.

Taste: Robust coffee from start to finish. Even the aftertaste remains rich in coffee, leaving a roasty bitterness in the mouth. It's interlaced with semi-sweet chocolate, making it almost dessert-like yet still contributing a slight char and bitterness. There is also hints of smoke and dried cherries, enhancing the complexity. Maybe just trace of vanilla, nothing more.

Mouthfeel: full-bodied, rich, and silky.

Overall: A solid beer that really showcases quality coffee. Vanilla was pretty minimal but the coffee makes up for it.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Lots of chocolate malt & fudge, coffee / espresso is there but maybe just a little lacking, some slight smoky tobacco flavor on the back end adds a nice depth

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pumped to find this for 6 bucks at a giant eagle on the way to a concert. Color on fleek deep dark toxic black thick and viscous with a 1/2 inch of froth. Smell is pretty good black roast coffee deep espresso and can't really pick anything else. Taste is a tough but as it warms mocha and coffee become more refined. Body is heavy of course and abv is a bit harsh.

Overall an awesome find But not sure I would get it again because to me it was the most coffee forward beer I have had in some time

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Photo of Tony210
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, nice mocha head. Huge espresso aroma. Massive coffee flavor, nice dose of chocolate,, touch of coffee bitterness, and a sweet vanilla finish. Carbonation adds to a creamy texture. Overall a big surprise from CC. World class beer here.

Bomber at the beach - thanks Roach
4.5 rating

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Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass not sure when it was bottled and don’t care. Pours midnight black with a 2 plus finger head that falls at record speed and leaves no lace. 4

Smell is roasty coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and roasted hazelnut. 4

Taste follows alcohol upfront, cocoa nibs, Expresso beans, vanilla, toffee, and some hazelnut in the bold finish. 4

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than average, moderate carbonation, a touch dry, and drinks easy enough, but the alcohol is around. 4

Overall this is a very nice stout, big and bold, and hits on all the usual expectations, with a little extra booze in the long lingering finish. Thanks Jzeilinger for this roast bold treat.

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Photo of CHickman
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours as black as ink with a 1-2 finger thick brown head that was packed with tiny bubbles, dissipating slowly and leaving minimal spotty lacing. It was surprising to see such little head retention.

Smells of fresh ground coffee, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, faint vanilla, cold press coffee, smoked malts, charred wood or campfire smoke, cocoa powder, cream and hazelnut coffee. It's so complex it almost seems barrel aged. Really nice delivery of all things coffee, this is a pleasure to breath in.

Flavor is as good as the nose with fresh ground coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee beans, espresso, cold pressed coffee, smoked malts/grains, charred wood, campfire smoke, hazelnut coffee, cocoa powder, cream and the additions of toffee, molasses, dark fruits, roasted nuts, milk chocolate, and Raisinetes. The bitterness from the coffee prevents it from being too sweet, but it does resemble bakers chocolate as it finishes. Super complex and very malty, but the coffee and chocolate bring in fruity notes, roastiness and a slight herbal tart pucker.

Coffee lovers should seek this out as it never lets it foot off the coffee pedal. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but it has that cold espresso feel and hides the ABV completely so it doesn't have to be a slow sipper. Glad I got 2 bottles of this as it was overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lifted this 22 oz. bottle from a beer museum in River Falls, WI, & I’m sure it has no idea how it got there. Split with my wife.

Black. Nose much milder than expected, a bit of roast & sweetness, little else.

Caffe’ Americano is a boozy punch to the forebrain. More balanced than most CC stouts, this has equal portions of vanilla, roast, espresso, sweetness, all with a sturdy shot of alcohol & a finish of light chocolate. Big, brawny. No problem at all to put away half of this bottle.

Not quite up to the Valhalla-high standards of CC, but this is a stout that I would never be unhappy to find in a glass, or doing keg stands with. Very good beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into pint glass. Pours a dark dark brown with a minimal darak tan head. Initial impression is expresso, chocolate, booze, vanilla, maybe a touch of molasses, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth; carbonation is minimal. Finish is oily-smooth and yet conveys a warning note of the substantial ABV.
Cigar City makes some good stuff. Their stouts have, in my experience, been consistently excellent. Here's another one.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to have this one after hearing about it for so long, and it did not disappoint. Foreboding opaque black with a thin oatmeal colored head. Smell hits all the right notes: espresso, huge chocolate, vanilla, barley and smooth malt. The tastes is dark and powerfully creamy, the chocolate is heavy, the espresso lifts with the vanilla, there is some nuts and caramel under the surface, and the malts don't come across as super roasted, rather they are smooth and super heavy. This beer sits in the gut like a brick, but the body is creamy, somewhat airy, and frothy

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Photo of clayrock81
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with one-finger head khaki head with minor lace. Mild espresso aroma of roasted coffee with some hints of lactic quality. Smooth, thick, heavy, easy to drink, well-hidden ABV, slightly cocoa sweet and roasted (and slightly sticky) coffee taste and so easy to drink. Well-balanced beer that is a must-try.

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Photo of Holderness
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty much exactly as advertised: a big coffee stout with complementary notes of chocolate and vanilla. Thick and viscous in the glass, has that coffee ice cream aroma shared by manny of the best new-age coffee stouts. Flavors pack a big punch of espresso and fudge. The thick, velvety, luxurious mouthfeel is definitely the high point for me. Reminds me of the mouthfeel on Trillium's pastry stouts when they are successfully executed.

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Photo of VABA
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has coffee hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a generous coffee flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Stout

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Photo of mschrei
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. Poured into big brandy snifter. Foamy brown head, dissipates into a tan lacing. Big notes of coffee and vanilla and roasty malt on the nose. Taste is big sweetness of vanilla and chocolate followed by strong espresso and bold roast malt. Medium body, mouth watering, slight oiliness, alcohol buzz. Damn! This is tasty.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, no apparent freshness date. 3,000th beer! Very dark brown body capped with a foamy brown head. Coffee, vanilla, and chocolate aroma with some roast and earthy hops in the background; booze is present. Intense flavors dance on the palate: cocoa, coffee, vanilla, caramel, roasted, peppery booze, earthy hops. Thick and creamy body, lower carbonation, alcohol is warming. Perfect beer for a milestone! This was fantastic!

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Photo of avalon07
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of creamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: An incredibly enticing aroma of coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a good amount of roasted malt (present throughout), a tinge of caramel, a ton of espresso (the dominant ingredient), a hint of vanilla, and a lot of dark chocolate. An extremely rich, complex, and powerful flavor. The coffee's definitely the star here, but it's ably supported by the chocolate, et. al. Quite delicious.

F: An fair amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: An excellent beer. If you like coffee stouts, get some of this. Drinkable.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a shiny jet black with a smattering of dark brown head. Mediocre retention and no lacing.

S: Dark roast, fresh dark roast coffee grounds, dark chocolate, vanilla extract, mild dark molasses, and a hint of anise and ethanol.

T: Vanilla is more prominent, along with espresso, hot chocolate, light roast, and alcohol. Long finish.

M: Thick, sticky, and mouth coating with medium-light carbonation. Mild and integrated alcohol warmth.

O: Rich, coffee heavy beer. Flavors are tasty and well integrated.

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Photo of npolachek
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark - basically black. Mild aroma. Tastes of coffee and chocolate. More bitter than sweet and tastes a lot like drinking a cup of coffee with alcohol.

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Photo of scream
3.97/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L Pours a dark brown approaching black
S Did not notice aroma
T Rich and chocolate tasting
F Extremely smooth
O This is a very nice beer. That being said I prefer Marshall Zhukov

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Caffè Americano from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 1206 ratings