Caffè Americano | Cigar City Brewing

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Caffè AmericanoCaffè Americano

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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.

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Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 1,008
Photo of Stevem68
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark midnight color with thin mocha head. Aroma is coffe and dark fruit stout. Fells is rich and smith. Overall a really nice stout with a complex balance, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Viscous, pitch black, tan head, and great lacing. Aromas of deep espresso beans. Notes of espresso, roasted malt and espresso with milk. Thick, viscous, creamy, and a nice coated linger on the finish. Amazing coffee focused stout!

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Photo of raspy22
4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sleeper beer! Pitch black with a beautiful deep dark brown minimal head. So much espresso and chocolate on the aroma and flavor. Nice aftertaste. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Possibly one of the best non-barrel aged coffee beers that I have had. Quite recommended!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Small dark chocokate head that disappears to a small ring. Body is pitch black as befitting a big stout.

S: light sugary coffee smell, tons of chocolate, light nuttiness, dark licorice, a lingering umami finish.

T: Lots of nice sweet roasted coffee, followed by a thick chocolate, a light soy sauce finish really coats and clings to the tongue.

M: Slick oily and tongue drippingly thick. This beer is chewy and slick it just coats and clings.

O: This beer is fantastic if you like big rich chewy thick stouts with while not overwhelming coffee quite a nice supporting role. The mouthfeel on this beer is perfect, its so lush and full. If you like your stouts huge tasting with just a little umami you will love this beer.

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Photo of DankScuba
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Most purely coffee/espresso beer I have ever tasted. Incredibly thick/motor oil texture. Bitter coffee, dark chocolate, espresso smell and taste. Very intense.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Pours like motor oil, big chocolate, followed by coffee. The mouthfeel, along with the overall thickness of this beer, was the standout attribute.

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Photo of edthehead
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black with a healthy brown head. Big big dark chocolate and caffe mocha nose. Taste follows the nose with the addition of a little bit of vanilla and cashew on the finish. Incredibly smooth!!

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Photo of fireazzi
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caffe Americano is really a great beer. Mostly chocolate and then the coffee hits your pallet. Very smooth and one of my favorites. Almost feels like you are drinking an espresso.

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Photo of jaketaz
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apart from Founder's Breakfast Stout and a couple other outliers, 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%, it's so smooth that the high alcohol is totally covered up. 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. Well except for Hunahpu obviously... nothing is better than Hunahpu.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black color, mocha head. Aroma has dark malts, green coffee beans and even some peppers. Taste starts also with the green coffee/pepper, solid sweet malt backbone, roasted coffee on the finish with a light bitterness. Really heavy body with smooth mouthfeel. Really good one with the excellent Cigar City mouthfeel.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $13.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a viscous, motor oil-esque body, black, though with no real head formation.

Smell: A roasty-toned aroma with chunks of bittersweet chocolate pitted with notes of prune juice, oozing molasses and a couple drops of soy.

Taste: Starts with dark chocolate sauce, then that molasses, a sliver of booze and bitter coffee flavors amidst ashen roast. Dark fruitiness. As with the aroma, a bit of soy. Sweet, roasty finish certainly with some warming qualities.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: Not to be missed? Well, it's fine. A beer which is just fine.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of unknown date into a snifter before Day 2 of Aftershock. Wow, what a great nose! Chocolate leads the way with subtle coffee undertones. Taste matches the nose very well, vanilla is very subtle but adds a little depth. Very surprised how easy drinking for the ABV, mouthfeel is on the thinner side. Great beer, wish CCB was available in CA distro!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a thick and viscous pitch black color with a dark brown creamy head that retains for a while before settling into a ring around the glass, some alcohol legs

S- smells of a delicious medley of chocolate milk and espresso; opens with fresh espresso, followed by aromas of vanilla cream, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, mocha & some earthy notes to close it out

T- rich earthy/herbal espresso up front is immediately followed by notes of mocha, vanilla whipping cream, dark chocolate & toasted walnuts. As it nears the finish, flavors of kahluha, toffee and marshmallow sweetness carry into a linger of espresso and fig

M- thick and viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a rich and creamy mouthfeel that finishes velvety smooth with more creaminess on the linger

O- amazing rich espresso intermingles with chocolate and vanilla throughout, with virtually perfect thick and creamy mouthfeel that hides the alcohol almost perfectly. A treat to be savored

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Photo of Slack
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown in color and opaque. Minimal carbonation and lacing.

Nose is Bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of oak.

Taste is a mixture of sweetness, black coffee, vanilla, and oak.

Mouthful is medium and smooth. Carbonation is low. Finish is dry.

Very very coffee forward beer. Drinkable. Enjoyable. Strong. Try it out if available.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Smell: big amounts of fresh expresso Caco vanilla
Taste: right upfront a big hit of expresso coffee Caco middle of the mouth vanilla blueberry milk chocolate finishes with hints of dark chocolate and some roasty biterness.
Feel: nice full body thick chewy creamy mouthfeel. The roasted expresso notes linger in the aftertaste.
Overall: if you like expresso then you will really love this beer.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage consumed on July 26th, so at 1 year old. Pour dark and had a nice coffee aroma. The coffee taste had faded a good bit and was probably better fresh.

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Photo of musicman1234
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I been a fan of cigar city products for a long time and I have to say, this is one of the best beers I've ever had. This beer is so complex and only gets better as it warms. Can't wait to try it again

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

AmaZing beer with loads of coffee and espresso flavors. Super balanced and smooth. Creamy taste and feel with a roasty and bold coffee flavor and finish.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a dark brown creamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of nice floral coffee notes with some chocolate and vanilla notes is quite exquisite. Taste is a nice mix of floral coffee notes with some chocolate and vanilla, light roasted malt with some residual sugar also discernable. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. This si a great stout and probably better than the barrel-aged version.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -0.2%
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 +2.4%
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 -1.1%
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 -6.2%
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 +3.3%
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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