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Caffè Americano | Cigar City Brewing

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Caffè AmericanoCaffè Americano

Brewed by:
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: 113 | Ratings: 913
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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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.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +4.6%
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 +4.2%
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 -9.3%
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.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -14.2%
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 tillmac62
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of gcamparone
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a pitch black body with a deep brown one finger head that reduces fairly quickly to leave a ring of retention and little lacing. Really liked the thick pour and dark head.

Aromas are a little muted, vanilla, coffee and cocoa come through.

Aromas become irrelevant upon taking the first sip.. wow, this is absolutely stunning. Vanilla bean, dark roast coffee, cocoa all meld together to create a super tasty combination of flavors. Finish is roasty and sip demanding. Thick, chewy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Rich, balanced, complex, and flavorful stout. Recommended!

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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.

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

I know it's not BA...but this beer is absolutely amazing. Doesn't taste like cold brew so much as chilled shots of sweet thick espresso. Features the rich taste of in-your-face coffee better than any other beer I've ever tried. Smooth and thick and rich. Highly recommend trying this one.

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

A surprise favorite for me. I've been drinking mostly IPAs lately, but tried this. What a joy. Perfect balance of body, and coffee flavor. Not too sweet, not too heavy. A perfect dark beer.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

huge coffee aroma and roasty malts hit you hard as first whiff. dark liquid and caramel head is smooth as silk on the tongue. i love buddy brew and whatever they do to the coffee before they give it to ccb! its like a fresh pot in your nose when you wake up in the morning! overall i am upset total wine was out after the purchase of my first 2!

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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.

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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 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

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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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Caffè Americano from Cigar City Brewing
4.52 out of 5 based on 913 ratings.
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