Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Caffè Americano | Cigar City Brewing

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
99
world-class
98 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Caffè AmericanoCaffè Americano
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
821
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
6.64%
 
 
Wants:
303
Gots:
190
For Trade:
29
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 821
Photo of SteveD082791
3.35/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Looks close to perfect. Thick mocha head that slowly dissipates.

S: This is the first warning sign. Coffee smells almost sour.

Taste: Not much going on besides bitter, burnt, black coffee.

F: Very good body, nice and thick, what you want in an imperial stout.

O: This was quite the disappointment. Maybe it was just a bad bottle?

 339 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle pours near black and opaque with a very durable light brown head.
Moderate coffee aroma and flavor. Bitter-sweet with a mildly bitter aftertaste.
Very thick, full body that’s nearly chewy.
Good carbonation level..

 235 characters

Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too roasted and too bland for a coffee stout. Black with a tan head. Mouthfeel is extremely roasted. Lots of coffee and chocolate flavors. I expected more from this one.

 169 characters

Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Catch up rating from last night's RIS bottle share. Mild coffee notes flavor this throughout, not overdone, just nicely accenting the bold stout body. Really, really well done.

 176 characters

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.

 174 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery, nitro tap. Pours thick and rich with a dark brown head. Huge coffee and chocolate in the aroma coming off a dark brown creamy head. Bittersweet coffee flavor and full body, then comes the chocolate sauce and more coffee. No sign of the 9.2% ABV. Also had this in the morning at a Kegs and Eggs brunch at the brewery and still tasted great. Maybe a bit much for breakfast... Just awesome. Very sweet. Wow. (4.31)

Having it out of the bottle now and honestly this is a cloying mess just like Huna has been the last couple batches. Take it easy on the vanilla. Jesus. (3.67)

 595 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coffee District. Served in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Really thick black body. Big dark chocolate head. Looks like Zhukov. Impressive.

Smell - Not a ton of aroma. Coffee and dark chocolate malt. Booze.

Taste - Lots of chocolate. Arguably more chocolate than coffee, especially up front. Coffee builds and even becomes a bit acidic in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very thick. Standard fare for a Cigar City stout, but the acidity cuts back on the mouthfeel.

Overall - The coffee is too acidic for me. Impressive stout otherwise.

 540 characters

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The smell was weird....had a really sour milk component to it...taste was awesome espresso, though...really a tale of two cities with this beer lol...I'd def drink again and look forward to the BA version

 204 characters

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another great beer from CC. Nice, deep stout with lots of coffee tones but not too overwhelming. Drinks much easier than the ABV listed and was very enjoyable.

 161 characters

Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to canadianghetto for sharing!

Pours black as night, with a light brown head with little lace. The aroma hits hard with coffee beans and roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, and dates. The taste has plenty of medium bitter coffee roast notes, chocolate, toffee, candi sweetness. Pretty thick and chewy, full bodied easy. Overall, pretty great coffee stout!

 358 characters

Photo of sposter4
4.16/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter. Disclaimer drank this after few ba stouts. Vanilla.and chocolate in the nose. Burnt sugar up front with bitter chocolate in the back dark roast coffee throughout

 191 characters

Photo of macster
4.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a snifter @ WOB Dr. Phillips Orlando.

Appearance jet black holding up a paper thin tan head. Apparent thick viscosity when swirled in the glass. Classic motor oil presentation.

The dark espresso aroma is the big initial hit on the nose. This is quickly followed by aromatic notes of cocoa, dark roasted malts, raisins and figs.

Taste is simply outstanding. First sip approaches some cloying sweetness for a moment but just a touch of bitter dark roast coffee bean and malt slips in behind the sweetness. Fantastic balance of the bitter-sweet qualities. Finishes with a mildly sweet dark dried fruit and cream ending.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth; thick and chewy. Perfect for this style of beer.

This is not one to miss!!

 735 characters

Photo of Jlabs
4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copious amounts of bitter coffee and dark chocolate dominate this stout..dark as night and very chewy and thick mouthfeel..this is one of the better coffee stouts I've had..well done cigar city..well done!

 205 characters

Photo of cultclassic89
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff but didn't live up to the hype and I don't think it's as good as these reviews suggest. Plenty of coffee and vanilla, but if I remember correctly it was a bit thin. Good, but didn't really impress me.

 211 characters

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.

 362 characters

Photo of BEEPOP
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good stout.

Really should let this age as the alcohol is really prevalent on the nose and first sips. Would love to try this after a year. Great flavors. Well made.

 168 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, bottled 5/1/2015. Served in a Cigar City snifter glass.

Pours a thick, oily dark black body, one finger mocha head with good retention. Not much lacing, but does leave a thin collar and oily film. Smells of intense bitter cocoa, black coffee, milk chocolate, plenty of roasted coffee bean, surprising for a beer that's 9 months old. However, the cocoa and coffee are to the point that it almost gets overwhelming. Flavour is more balanced, with plenty of espresso bitterness, dark and milk chocolate both, roast, and a mild touch of vanilla bean astringency that nevertheless changes it up. It's definitely a coffee-forward brew despite the vanilla. Mouthfeel is full bodied, substantial, good carbonation. I swear Cigar City likes to put in motor oil into their stouts which remain some of the thickest stouts I've ever drank. Overall, a good stout with a ton of coffee and cocoa. They don't mess around with their stouts.

 938 characters

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.

 660 characters

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A - motor oil!! Thick and coating!
S - roasted malt, espresso
T - tons of bitter espresso, some cocoa and roasted malt...very rich
M - thick, thick and thick. Milkshake like
O - extremely rich and decadent but so damn delicious.

 228 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

 1,188 characters

Photo of babaracas
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown, black in the glass, with one finger of crema, fades slowly to a nice ring, delicate sheeting halfway down the glass. Decent glass stainage too. Looks like snifter of espresso. Smell: slightly-over caramel, earthy and a bit green, dark cocoa, vanilla bean, prune-y dark fruit. Taste: black currants and dark brown sugar, then vanilla ice cream with cooked peach, a note of black licorice, finishing with dark chocolate and a hefty roasty and earthy hit. More coherent narrative here than in the aroma and tons of flavor. Full bodied, velvety, earthy finish. Delicious.

 592 characters

Photo of _RL_
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and thick but not syrupy. Not a ton of smell but some coffee and roast. The taste is coffee, perhaps a lot of coffee, but not tons of coffee (compared to BCBCS or Bell's 30th for example). There is also some bitterness, but again, quite subdued for what my friend described as a "coffee bomb." Mouthfeel is creamy and slick but not sticky. Really, really good. Wish I could try the BA versions.

 406 characters

Photo of KingEdward
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black and super thick. Tastes of dark roast espresso, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Very good imperial stout but i would prefer a little more sweetness.

 165 characters

Photo of wulfie85
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall a great beer. Very dark in color with a ton of coffee and bitter chocolate both on the nose and tongue. Did not get much vanilla but that wasn't really a huge issue for me

 179 characters

Photo of danh53
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

One of the best looking stouts I have ever had. The two finger head is the darkest I've seen and leaves medium amount of lacing. Big chocolate on the nose along with coffee and pipe tobacco. Taste follows the nose with milk and bakers chocolate leading the way. Rich, black espresso on the finish with vanilla throughout. Leaves a strong, bitter, and sweet aftertaste. Huge mouth feel is amazing. Overall this exceeded expectations. One of the best coffee beers available.

 472 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Caffè Americano from Cigar City Brewing
99 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe