Caffè Americano
Cigar City Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
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4.48 | pDev: 6.47%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
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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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cpsfgd from Missouri

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

Jan 16, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

what a beer, what a beer. my favorite from a night of drinking nothing but excellent beers last night. who says you need a barrel to make a stout this good?! jet black in color, as viscous as roofing tar, with a frothing but lackadaisical tan head, clinging to the edges of my globe. it smells more like bitter roasted barley and specialty dark malts than it does coffee. i get more grain than java on the aroma, which i really like, although the coffee is still pretty pronounced, with notes of dried blueberries and a hint of acidity. the flavor is rich but not sweet, at least not too sweet, which is hard to do. the bitterness of the coffee really balances it out. there is a woody roasted character, not quite smoked, but getting there, old and earthen and burnt. pleasantly little acidity from the coffee on the mouthfeel, and almost no carbonation, but none of us missed it. layers on layers in the flavor, brown sugar, almonds, licorice, its pretty intense. the booze is there more in the nose than the feel too, although when it warms it gets a little more hot. overall a beer of stunning depth, about as dark and thick as they come, with a nice coffee punch. no barrel required!

Dec 18, 2015
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jaketaz from Florida

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

Using Founder's Breakfast Stout as a yardstick, I would wager that Cigar City is the overall master of coffee beer. The Cubano Espresso is an excellent coffee brown ale, the Cafe con Leche is basically coffee Haagen Dazs in a bottle. But this one is the heaviest and the best of them all. I tasted it blind, and I guessed the ABV to be around 6%, because it's so ridiculously smooth and welcoming. Perfect amount of sweetness, pitch black with a dark brown head. Tastes just like a velvety sweet espresso, and living in Florida I've had the Buddy Brew coffee on which this is based... top-notch coffee that flavors a top-notch stout. For my money it's the best of their strong stouts beating even Marshal Zhukov. With a big caveat that I've yet to be able to try Hunahpu, but I try any and every strong stout I can and this beer is a top-tier.

Nov 12, 2016
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

look: Now that's what a stout ought to look like. Jet black, about as opaque as you can get. Very full mocha head on the pour that sticks around for a while.
smell: Moderately rich coffee and semi-sweet chocolate, some roasty hints.
taste: Now that's rich! Rich espresso and there's the chocolate and vanilla. Reminds me a bit of the Avery big barrel aged beers, and by that i mean freakin delicious.

Jun 13, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from 7Clutch a while back. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Stout with coffee, cacao nibs and vanilla beans added

APPEARANCE: A pitch black, sludgy pour yields a three finger, medium looking, creamy, dark mocha head with great retention. Head slowly fades to a creamy, thick head and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. A slight wisp remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. This is a menacing, oily brew.

SMELL: Lots of cocoa, milk chocolate, sweet vanilla cream, coffee, with some roasted notes and butterscotch. Big stout with well balanced adjuncts. Rich and enticing. Can't get any better than this, really.

TASTE: Cacao nibs and some bitter, roasted, burnt coffee up front. Lots of flavor at the swallow with a big and lingering finish of sweet cream, butterscotch, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, with roasted flavors and some burnt, bitter espresso. Notes of bitter, dark chocolate mingle with the espresso as well. Great stuff.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, silky smooth, goes down smooth and finishes sticky. A bit of a bite at the swallow with lots of bitter chocolate lingering on the palate.

OVERALL: Really rich and flavorful. Almost overwhelmingly so, which I would obviously never admit. Lots of lovely flavor and aroma with a look and feel worth paying top price for. Another example of why CCB rules the stout world. Thanks again 7clutch. This was one lovely and inspiring brew.

Jul 04, 2015
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Spieglau stout glass- Looks jet black with a creamy mocha colored head, leaves both laces of alcohol and creamy foam. Smells like milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla,fresh hay- Tastes like a frothy mocha vanilla infused milkshake at 12% no less-Feels somewhat chewy and viscous, but for this brew it only accentuates the taste- Overall a delicious stout/treat- This year is 12% not 11% as shown in the heading-

Mar 08, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 30, 2019
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addiwilliams from Virginia

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

Mar 20, 2019
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Bartos from Florida

5/5  rDev +11.6%

Jan 19, 2014
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May be the best coffee lovers beer I've had. The coffee flavor in this is phenomenal. Very deep and just a slight amount of bitterness. Beer is very smooth with a thick mouthfeel. Lovely. Whole bottle by self was almost coffee overload. Definitely a sharing beer. Would happily drink again though.

Jul 07, 2016
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Kylempalmer7 from Florida

4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 04, 2016
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Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

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

Jul 10, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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

Bottled 5/17/16; drank 12/17/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

Minimal dark khaki head; almost no lace.

Red berries, light roast coffee bean, chocolate syrup & rich vanilla notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Strawberry, light roast coffee bean & milk chocolate flavors up front; rich vanilla notes on the finish. Faint booze heat emerged as this warmed.

Dessert stunnersville; a decadent delight.

Feb 23, 2019
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SoCalBeerIdiot from California

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

Oct 20, 2017
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WoostaBia from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jun 24, 2015
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xt0n1cx from Virginia

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

Apr 16, 2016
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jivex5k from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6%

Sep 15, 2013
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Tyler1tiger from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Aug 23, 2013
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MikeM417 from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Jan 24, 2016
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Hgonz22 from Indiana

4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 21, 2016
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LambicKing from Germany

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Sep 17, 2013
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Kevincredible from Massachusetts

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

Jul 01, 2015
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t2grogan from Arizona

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

May 18, 2015
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Khanman from Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Feb 27, 2016
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Patches826 from Massachusetts

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

Oct 05, 2019
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