Caffè Americano | Cigar City Brewing

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Caffè AmericanoCaffè Americano

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: American Double / 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

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had to get multiple pours of this at the brewery... amazing, amazing beer. Pours an oily black with darkkhaki head. Flavor is rich espresso with hints of vanilla. Amazingly smooth, great body. One of the best coffee stouts period.

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Photo of deebo
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe this has over 10% alcohol. So much flavor and yet smooth. Lots of rich, not bitter coffee with a creamy smoothness and hints of vanilla and chocolate. Well played

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black and thick. Dark khaki head is dense and has good retention. Nice lacing.

Rich, thick coffee aroma. Espresso and sweetened coffee. Dark chocolate, caramel, and molasses.

Like the aroma, taste is heavy, dark coffee, less sweet to start. Chocolate is dark and very bitter. Sweetness comes through as a subtle complement. Caramel and cream. Hint of vanilla. Big roasty malt on the back end.

Thick body with moderate carbonation. Rich, creamy, and intense. Coffee and chocolate bitterness but still smooth on the tongue. Luscious.

Fantastic coffee stout. Big flavors and a mouth feel that is matched by few beers I've had in the past.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love coffee and this hits the spot for me! Nose is all roasty bold coffee goodness and the taste follows right behind. Thick and smooth sipper, Stout and coffee lovers paradise. Really great.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smoothy, roasty, decadent and drinkable, the marvel that Cigar City conjured up is a taste that's equally as welcomed in the coffee house as it is in the brew house.

Caffe Americano pours as much like espresso as it does of stout, layering the glass with viscous espresso roast and then capping with a dainty, swirling mocha creme. With coffee, cream and toffee luring the nose, its taste is succulent with caramel, chocolate and cream.

With the sweetness seeping into the tastebuds, the vanilla, caramel, milk and soft roast swirling about the palate, its sultry coffeehouse taste takes hold. Like macchiato, the beer's latte flavors mingle with roast, kaluha, walnut, chocolate and maple maltiness for a bittersweet finish of marshmallow, butterscotch and creme de cacao.

Milder than snakebite liquor, the beer's full but somber body carries a light carbonation to keep the taste creamy and silky. Playing on the tongue like velvet, the soft and bitter char provides a late earthen balance to the sweetness as both the coffee and malt fade into a mellow and soothing finish of milkshake and columbian blends of coffee.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an inky black body, looks thick and oily. Produces a couple fingers of dark brown head that settles down but leaves a decent layer of head and a full sheet of lacing. The beer is so thick it actually coats the glass; this is my kind of stout!

Smells is tons of espresso. A little leathery and earthy, but really just a lot of coffee.

Taste is espresso, chocolate and some more of the earthy flavors. Its sweet, but definitely well balanced with the bitter notes of the coffee or maybe dark chocolate.

Feel is full bodied, oily and sticky.

Overall, the Caffe Americano holds up to its lofty ratings. Its got everything I look for in terms of body and taste, and tremendous balance for a beer with so much going on. A++

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very thick jet black pour. Dark khaki brown tight bubbled head that surprisingly sticks around a while for how thick it is. Nice lacing.

Aroma has plenty of espresso as the label suggests, equal amount of tabacco and sweet jerky. Plenty of sweet roasted malt in the background.

Taste is not as coffee foward as I expected, rather a complex chocolate like fudge profile with a big almond nuttiness in the back end. Big tabacco leaf, licorice, and sweet roasted malt in there as well.

Mouthfeel is very thick and palate coating. Overall, a very big beer. Very sweet, nutty, thick, and complex.

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Photo of jopezu
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours an opaque brown with a thin head that poofs. nose; rich chocolate/fudge, almond, basil, light char, & earthy hops. taste; chocolate malt, espresso, light fudge, vanilla, citrusy hops, almond, & light plum/licorice. the citrus/hop flavors are expertly subtle and complimentary to the dark stout character; amazing balancing job here! highly dense carbonation & heavy, creamy mouthfeel (this is probably the thickest beer i've ever had). cigar city with another masterpiece!

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Photo of Kuges
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is stellar. This is thick like motor oil and has a huge coffee taste and sweetness. I can't believe I waited this long to try this beer, but it won't be my last. Not sure I even need to try the barrel aged versions as this one does enough as the base beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous--nearing gloppy--black void with a plush, lustrous mocha head that dies to a thin film.

Decadently roasted malt aromas come blasting off, with molasses, prune, savory roasted and spiced nuts, and jerky. With all this complexity, the chocolate and coffee actually come in late on the back end.

Taste is crazy rich, with an almost overwhelming, yet enticing roastiness and tang. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee is paired with molasses, vanilla, and a complex nuttiness.

Caffe Americano is surprisingly nice and dry despite the otherwise luscious flavor and feel. I thought Cubano Espresso was good, but wow if I had had this first I'm not sure I'd ever seek the other out again.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, dark, and thick with decent head that leaves behind a bit of lacing. Smell and taste both actually showcase the chocolate even more than the espresso. Tons and tons of flavor, with copious amounts of espresso, umami, roast, and coffee. The feel is practically perfect,nice and thick. CC really knows how to make a stout, or practically any style from what I've seen.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.92/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewery in Tampa. Big, roasty, sweet, smooth, lots of coffee and chocolate, delicious! Fantastic brew that gets better and better as it warms in the glass.

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Photo of jjdc
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing crazy here, just a perfectly executed coffee stout. Cigar City proves once again they can turn out stouts on par with anyone out there. Great value here if you are looking to trade.

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Photo of LMO1190
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jet black pour with a chocolate brown head. Aroma is amazing.Espresso, Cocoa, Vanilla, also a nice tangy citrus at the end. The same with the taste. It gets better as it warms up. Big Thick mouth feeling. This an awesome coffee stout. This would age very well. Hope they come out with a barrel version!!

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Photo of oskinker
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer almost stole the ho at a huge bottle share we recenty had. Explosive espresso flavors with rich chocolate notes without being too bitter. Vanilla comes in subtly at the end to really round this beer out. I was extremely impressed by this beer and a bit surprised how great it was next to some other world class brews

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Motor oil in color, thick viscous pour, intimidating dark khaki foam
Aroma is dark chocolate, cacao, fresh espresso
Taste is dark chocolate, cacao, espresso, molasses, toffee, bakers chocolate and a touch of vanilla
Thick and sweet, with a good amount of herbal bitterness, low-medium carbonation.
Excellent stuff, intense dark grain and specialty malt profile meet espresso, raw chocolate, and vanilla.

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Photo of LAND_MINE
3.89/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great beer if you love coffee. Black coffee that is. Almost a different beer when it warmed up. Either way, cold or cellar temp (maybe more), this beer is deliciously unique.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.99/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown, with a one-finger, creamy brown head.
Smells of a huge, dark roast coffee, with Dark chocolate malts. Molasses and Carmel smell sneaks in.
The taste on this is amazing. The coffee taste is up there with the best I've ever had. Definitely a dark roast. The first thing that jumped into my mind was a fresh, local sugar cone taste. Hops are also present and very much enjoyed. A wonderful blend of chocolate malt, Carmel and vanilla, with the slightest touch of licorice. This comes together so wonderfully well.
The finish continues the complexity in this one. A little burn on the way down from the hops, and my soul is smiling for 30 seconds after every sip. I rate this with the big bourbon barrel beers of Bourbon County, and Avery without the bourbon. Why oh why didn't I buy more when I was on vacation.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of ELS
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have to agree with another reviewer that Caffe Americano has many similar traits to Hunaphu without the chile heat and cinnamon. It has a very similar very dark brown color with a thin tan foam head. It smells of espresso and tastes of rich coffee and chocolate and has a little burn from the alcohol (similar to Hunahpu) but has even more coffee flavor, hence the name. What it's missing is that great combination of cinnamon, chile heat, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Still a very good stout on it's own that really opens up with rich chocolate as it warms, but in my mind it lives in the shadow of its big brother. Still, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Pullen
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking it now.. Out the bottle the smell of coffee and chocolate...Fragrance is amazing! Reminds me of Cuban coffee with chocolate and a tinge of vanilla. Viscous mouth feel and the flavors are balanced. PERFECT coffee beer expression. Excellent pairing with a medium to full body cigar.

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Photo of madbrewer9
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, opaque. Med head tan colored.
Aroma big coffee, chocolate.
Taste is all about the coffee, dominates the other flavors, but not overwhelming. Chocolate notes also stand out.
Body is a hair thin for this style.
Overall a very good big stout, definitely for coffee lovers.
Reminiscent of Hunahpu with a ton of coffee and minus the
Cinnamon and chiles.

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

****bottled 5-16-16***

L: pours thick and black with a very dark mocha head
S: big black coffee/expresso. So much coffee it brings a bitter smell. Intense coffee bomb.
T: oh yeah! Big coffee without the bitterness I got in the aroma. There is a very slight vanilla, and a slight bitterness to it as I drink more.
F: very thick right away. Smooth, a stick to your teeth syrup thickness. Very nice.
O: a great coffee stout. This goes toe to toe with sump and would love to do fresh bottles of each side by side. But sump gets my vote, this has a slight bitterness that sump doesn't.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours bitch black and motor oil like. Smell is coffee chocolate and dark fruit. The taste follows the smell minus the fruit, plus vanilla. Thick and coating mouth feel. An overall excellent beer!

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