Caffè Americano | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#198
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
1,071
pDev:
6.7%
 
 
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4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Bottled on 10/20/15...so just over 3 years old!

Found this gem at Grassroots in Jax, the last bottle on the shelf. They must have discovered a hidden cellar bc many aged bottles were on the shelves that weren’t there the last time I visited. Couldn’t pass this one up since CC + stout + coffee = liquid gold.

Pours like motor oil with a gorgeous head. Not sure a stout can look better. Since this beer is all about the espresso-roast coffee and heavily roasted malt, that’s obviously what shines in the nose and flavor. But it also has a sweet subtlety to it which you pick up as dark chocolate in the finish. I can imagine that this beer is pretty strong and maybe even harsh when it’s fresh, but many years in the bottle has really smoothed it out and brought a dessert-like quality to it. Definitely bitter, a heavy hitter, and a slow sipper, but as someone who drinks strictly dark roast coffee and takes it black, this is perfect. A pleasant surprise to find a vintage CC beer where it’s least expected. Exquisite!

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

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

Photo of Cparthemore
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of HOPTOMIC_BOMB
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 505beergeek
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rothobinide
4.01/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vidblain
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So I have to admit - I wasn't aware that there was a barrel-aged Caffe Americano. This is a bit disappointing to me, as I gave away a fairly highly acclaimed bottle in exchange for plain jane CA.

Oh well. Caffee Americano tastes much like it's namesake: it impresses with very rich, roasty, almost charred coffee, with lightly bitter notes. The nose is full of coffee beans, but the mouth feel is quite rich, as in a creamy coffee. I hadn't thought it would be, but the beer is also fairly sweet.

I like the balance, but the coffee bitterness was a bit of a turnoff for me. Great beer otherwise, showing a few small flaws.

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4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Seanem44
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Johng19751
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jhavs
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rristow
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tasted from bottle. Pours black with thick beige head. Ridiculous chocolate aroma with coffee. Tasted moderate to heavily sweet. Huge chocolate on flavor with coffee and a hint of vanilla. Some caramel and toffee notes. Excellent stout!

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4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OEB
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Caffè Americano from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 1,071 ratings