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Caffè Americano | Cigar City Brewing

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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:
97
Ratings:
820
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
19.51%
 
 
Wants:
302
Gots:
191
For Trade:
30
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 820
Photo of Kuges
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +3.5%
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 -3.5%
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 +1.3%
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 +9.1%
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 -0.2%
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 +6.4%
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 +8.6%
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 +5.8%
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 -13.7%
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 +10.6%
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 -1.3%
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 -5.3%
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 +10.9%
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 -6.2%
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 -0.2%
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 +2.4%
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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Photo of babaracas
4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 5/1/2015. Oily dark black body, one finger mocha head. Lots of coffee, chocolate and vanilla on the nose. The taste follows the aroma. Very strong coffee, the strongest I have tasted in an imperial stout. Excellent bitter coffee finish. Felt very rich. An outstanding non BA stout, no doubt.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thick creamy appearance with a fluffy mocha head, alcohol legs, and spotty thick lacing. Slight vegetal nose, slight chocolate, slight alcohol. Chocolate, coffee, slight alcohol, mild peppery finish on the palette. Mouthfeel is thick creamy and chewy. This is a creamy coffee chocolate alcohol milkshake, I need at least one more bottle.

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Photo of Shermski
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Completely unexpected, out of leftfield. I got this as an extra and my mind is blow. I can't imagine how good the rum barrel aged version is. It pours, looks, and feels like a BA stout. This is the best non BA I've ever had. The past top ones were oil of aphrodite, and good old ten fidy. It was a treat, happy I got to experience this one.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

most recent offering, which i believe is late 2015 drank in a snifter on 4/30/2016

L-oily thick, tiny head, a little lacing

S-big time here. coffee and espresso heavy. coffee beans and roasty coffee along with milk chocolate and some sweet vanilla. rich and roasty for sure

T-coffee, espresso, vanilla, milk chocolate. what's not to love? sweet finish, superb with the balance. really amazing

F-not as rich as expected for 11%, but very nice and creamy. coats the mouth well

O-tremendous offering and a standout DLD pour for sure. took my time with this to let it warm, and it really just balances all the sweet flavors with coffee perfectly. Will seek out again

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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark as Satan's heart...this is pitch black. Outstanding head volume and lacing, world class retention.

Rich world class nose loaded with vanilla and caramel over a base of espresso, cocoa and amazingly light roast (considering the color).

Solid medium body that is so smooth it approaches creamy. World class carbonation / body balance that allows the complex flavors to shine. There is a nice effervescent middle and a finish that is prickly.

The flavor profile is world class with a kicker. It is richly flavored, complex and in perfect balance. It begins with a moderately bitter grainy aspect of roast and espresso that quickly becomes sweet. Caramel, chocolate and vanilla explode on the pallet, then slowly fade into chocolate / cocoa over a softly bittered middle. Here espresso takes the lead as sweetness fades and becomes more like dark bakers chocolate. Light alcohol becomes evident during the finish, but rich flavors subdue any dryness. For an 11% ABV, this is quite an accomplishment. The finish is a slow fade of slightly bitter dark chocolate and espresso and subtle notes of vanilla. One of the best stout I've ever had. As it warms, caramel also emerges in the finish adding sweetness to the complex delicious finish.

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Caffè Americano from Cigar City Brewing
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