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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

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:
110
Ratings:
895
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
6.64%
 
 
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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 895
Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark tan thick single finger head with excellent lacing on a jet black body. Aroma of espresso, burnt wood, banana peel, rubbing alcohol. dark chocolate and roasted malts. Aroma would be better if it was a bit stronger. Flavor follows with milk chocolate which dominates throughout providing a sweetness that at first is too much but you eventually get used too. Additional notes of coffee, vanilla, cake icing, milk, roasted malts and some espresso which doesn't overwhelm. Full and creamy body and light carbonation. Mouthfeel can't get any better. Very good brew. May be too sweet for some. Lucky to have had a chance to try this one.

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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!

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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 Phyl21ca
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
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 jlindros
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler huge huge thanks to wickedtoaster (Reddit) for this amazing beverage. Filled about a week ago.

Great looking creamy foamy 1/2 finger head fades at a med pace, huge legs and decent lacing, ridiculously super dark pitch black beer. Practically strains the glass.

Nose brings pure awesome coffee, a light nutty aroma, nutty coffee mostly, little dark caramel and dark malts, chewy like dark molasses maybe, great awesomeness of coffee mild nutty and dark malts, hint cocoa, little syrup.

Taste is amazing, super thick dark malts, loads of chocolate and coffee. Dark thick melted bakers choc, creamy like maybe oats, milk choc, etc. Great nutty coffee, lots of awesome coffee, fresh roasted coffee beans. Then mild caramel and toffee like characters, into mild booze characters, little warming slight tingly booze. so much creamy awesome coffee dark choc goodness. Finish is a bit dry but lots more dark malt, bakers choc, little bitterness, little dark choc oat character, great awesomeness.

Mouth is full bod, super thick little booze, decent carb.

Overall holy shit! This is up there with the best beers I've ever had. So much awesome, I'm glad I was able to try this. We had a slew of amazing beers on the night and this was the winner big time! Big thanks Chris!

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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.

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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..

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served alongside the rum version.

Near black opaque body with a thin, dark beige collar. Grandiose aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Rich and beautiful. This is simply fantastic. Superb flavor and balance. Viscous and palate coating, yet so smooth and easy. World class.

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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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an absolutely decadent beer. Roast, bitter coffee, hints of chocolate. The coffee is prominent but not overbearing. A thick, creamy body. Absolutely beautiful.

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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.

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

This one pours a dark, inky and thick looking black, with a small mocha-colored head, and not much lacing.

This one smells like rich bitter roasty coffe, roasted malt, vanilla cream, and dark chocolate.

This is an undeniably delicious stout, and another sterling example of Cigar City's mastery of stouts. The coffee flavor is quite in your face and awesome, pretty bitter but roasty and wonderful. It's very complementary to the sweet vanilla cream, a little bit of caramel, and delicious dark chocolate. Through all of that, you're reminded that is a stout with some wonderful roasted malt character.

This is pretty thick bodied, with a very creamy mouthfeel, super super rich.

One of the best coffee stouts that you can get your hands on. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma smacks with tons of coffee, fudge, vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate, creamy latte, peppery spice.

The flavor follows with that fudgey coffee note, sweet milk chocolate, lingering roasted malts, and deep caramel sweetness, coffee, tons of bittersweet chocolate. A decadent coffee imperial stout.

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Photo of rudzud
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a motor oil hue with a nice one finger mocha head that left tremendous legs and leopardess spotty lacing. This is just incredible.

S - Aromas of TONS of coffee, dark and rich, creamy, smooth, iced coffee on the nose.

T - Taste is just incredible, stupendous coffee and chocolate notes, bitter roast, chocolate rich and bakers chocolate, super creamy and code, like a mocha cappuccino. Super nice bitter roast with a nice lingering creamy iced coffee notes, incredible.

M - Mouthfeel is just silly creamy delicious, just velvet goodness.

O - Overall this is an incredible beer, so much coffee especially on the finish. Drinks like an iced coffee with rich expensive coffee notes. Exceptional.

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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 lupercmda
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thick, gooey, black pour. Love the espresso smell that comes thru. Tastes of the added chocolate and get milk chocolate and vanilla and smooth tastes that just come one after another drinking this beer. Excellent slick mouth feel coating my tongue. A great beer!!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is jet black with a dark brown lacing. Smell is very muted with some roastiness, not a lot going on. The taste is a creamy roastiness, if that makes sense. Not a lot of coffee/espresso, just a hearty/roasty big stout. Finish is fairly smooth but some roasted bite (maybe that's the coffee). Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled On 10/20/15.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark brown head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of swirly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Rich, decadent mocha aroma with notes of dark chocolate, caramel and treacle.

T- Excellent coffee/chocolate profile. Milk chocolate and caramel leads the way with the bitterness of the dark roast coffee coming in mid-palate and in the finish. So good. The alcohol is also insanely well hidden.

M- Creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- CCB knows their way around some coffee in their beers. This one has remarkable balance between the sweetness of the chocolate and the roastiness of the coffee. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very viscous jet black color with khaki colored head. Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla on the nose, dare I say smells similar to Hunahpu without the chiles; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and thick, yet velvety smooth. Finishes with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla bean.

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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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Super night black pour to several glasses with a large, thick mocha brown cap. Good retention as a massive sheet of forms around the sides.

S- Very high on the espresso in the aroma with dark roast beans jumping out of the glass. Fudge, vanilla sweets, milk chocolate, roast barley and slight dark fruits.

T- Shifts a bit to the heavy roast both from the grains and the coffee. Roast bitter edge, vanilla beans, espresso, char, medium sweetness, dark fruits and milk chocolate feeling nibs. Fudge truffle.

MF- Massive body pretty much at max thickness. Medium carbonation makes the big body turn creamy and dessert like.

Words run out at some point for these CCB Imperial stouts. Lives up with a very good espresso and chocolate feel; fresher tones than the Rum BA.

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Photo of Durge
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pitch black appearance with brown edges served in the tulip glass. There is just a wisp of a light brown ring on top and no real signs of lacing. The aroma takes charge with a thick sweet coffee chocolate with cherry malt and marshmallow vanilla. The flavor is similarly spectacular with intense coffee and dark chocolate. Again I get sweet cherry vanilla with woodsy undertones. There's just a vague hint if alcohol which just adds a satisfying warmth as it slides down. There's plenty of bitter licorice malt. Tart, sweet, intense but not at all cloying. Thick but velvety smooth. Just a near perfect brew, a defining stout.

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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)

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Photo of atone315
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black and oily, pretty sure I could pour this into my car's motor. Smells roasty and coffee-like. Perfect morning beer. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla on the tongue. In that order. All strong flavors, none of which are dominating but all are present. This beer is thick and oily. Lingers on the tongue....forever. I need more of this beer, will definitely be seeking it out.

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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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Caffè Americano from Cigar City Brewing
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