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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: 112 | Ratings: 910
Photo of floridadrift
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pitch black, leather brown head that stays forever within its lacing
S: Fresh coffee, chocolate factory
T: Espresso coffee, rich chocolate, raisins, burnt sugars
F: Creamy, thick, perfect
O: For a Non-BA coffee stout, this latest batch is AS GOOD AS IT GETS.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

this and abraxas are similar, in that the barrel aged versions completely transform the beer to another level. the base beer of each is very tasty. but i don't honestly understand the hype they garnish.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look jet black pour almost no head. Super thick and oily pour.
Smells like dark rich coffee with some chocolate and vanilla in the back ground.
Taste is very very coffee forward with some chocolatey sweetness coming through mid palate, finishing back with coffee bitterness.
Mouthfeel is pretty thick and coating without overdoing it. Goes down smooth and leaves you wanting another sip.
Overall outstanding beer, but is a little overdone on the coffee if you don't love coffee stouts don't seek this out you'll be very dissapointed as that is definitely the main flavor, but I definitely recommend seeking this out once. It is up there with speedway as my favorite stout absolutely incredible beer.

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Photo of zac16125
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip
Bottled on: date worn off

A: Zhukov-esque, I should know I had one last night. Opaque jet black, very dark and dense mocha colored head, good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing. 4.75

S: Lots of coffee, lots of cream; roasted malt; subtle chocolate and vanilla. 4.25

T: Really good. Tons of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate on the finish. Heavy cream. Great combo of roast and sweet. 4.5

M/D: Excellent creamy smoothness, carbonation on the lower end but appropriate, drinkability is very good. 4.75

O: Great beer. 4.5

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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 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 Alequine
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a beautiful, thick, dark black, viscous, velvety, decadent liquid with a light tan head at the finish. Coffee aroma, malts and dark chocolate waft from the glass. Beautiful to look at and so aromatic. Ah aromatic cafe'. The initial bitterness can be off putting to some as the roasted barley and expresso coffee seem overly intense on the palate. Let the beer warm a little. Don’t go off the initial taste as it smacks the palate. Subsequent tastings of this outstanding coffee stout leave you to think that you are drinking a BA stout. I checked the label and shook my head. Wow this stout has a flavor profile that is pronounced. I don’t know if other brewers are using cheap coffee but the expresso in this is strong, flavorful and tasty. I have read this beer described as velvety – yes velvety dark chocolate with a roasted expresso bitterness on my palate and on the finish. If you like stouts you will just like everything about this beer. If you are a coffee stout person then this may be it – the pinnacle, Plato's ideal.

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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 bowzer4birdie
4.87/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber poured into my Goose Island Bourbon County 2015 snifter. This is most likely the best non-BA coffee stout I've had. Depth of flavor on palate, dimensions on the nose especially as it warms...oaky, char-filled presence loaded with espresso and 11% ABV to boot. You cannot go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of WreckedPalate
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best coffee beer I've had in 2015, maybe of all time. Though, they are different beers, I feel it rivals Morning Delight. No inherent flaws I'm finding, it just seems perfect, I hope this stays away from barrel aging.

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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 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.

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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 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 Ri0
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2015 - poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Obsidian black with a thin 1 finger brown ring. Small amounts of lacing on the glass. Looks very enticing. A deep roast with espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel. One of the most inviting beer aromas. Flavor is deep decadent chocolate with a good amount of espresso, and coffee. The vanilla, caramel and coca give it a pleasant sweeter balance.So complex and so well blended together. It's all there and I can't imagine a better tasting coffee beer.Smooth, rich, velvety and decadent. CC nailed this beer and it is the best non BA coffee stout that I have enjoyed.

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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.

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Photo of eifster82
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - dark pitch black. Some dark brown head on the pour, mostly on outer ring.
Smell - lots and lots of coffee.
Taste - lot of roasted coffee, but with some chocolate and cocoa present as well.
Feel - very smooth. No taste of booziness whatsoever despite double digit abv.
Overall - an excellent coffee stout that hits all the right notes if you enjoy coffee flavor in your beer. Highly recommended for those.

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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 KensWorld
4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 2015 22oz bomber into CCB snifter. Looks like Expresso, smells like a Chocolate Cappuccino. Tastes like coffee heaven. Wow is all I can say. Perfect balance of roasted malt and coffee. Dark chocolate and sweetened Expresso play with the pallet. It gets better as it warms up. If there is a coffee aficionado in your life, you are obligated to have them try this, it will change there life. This is the best coffee stout made to date, period! 4.90

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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 Zaximus
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet black with tan frothy head.

Smells as expected. Dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee.

Taste is fantastic. Big time dark chocolate with a really smooth, subtle coffee bitterness. I sometimes find coffee stout to be entirely too overwhelming with the coffee, or for the coffee itself to just come across as slightly burnt and acidic but not this gem.

Exceptionally smooth, with a viscous mouthfeel. Really, really creamy. And the alcohol is well hidden.

This exceeded my expectations. Probably the best non barrel aged coffee stout I've experienced. Extremely well done.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Balanced with strong coffee notes. Luckily, I was able to score a glass of it during the Cigar City takeover at Three Floyds in the fall of 2015, because the Blackhawks had defeated the Lightning in the Stanley Cup. A great coffee stout, but I do prefer Bourbon County more. Had a bottle of it in March of 2016 and it was very bitter from strong dark chocolate and expresso. Also tasted somewhat smoked and ashy. Definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The stout was brownish black with bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - Wow. The nose is big time expresso. This could give me the shakes.

Taste – Hello, Expresso. Thick rich expresso is accompanied by hints of vanilla. This would be so good with cake or various other deserts. The coffee lingers in the aftertaste, becoming slightly more bitter.

Mouthfeel – The sweetness really clings to the tongue with low carbonation.

Overall – This is easily one of the best coffee bears I have had.

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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 ultimaterager
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best coffee beer I've had all year!

Pours black with a caramel color head. Notes of coffee, roast, and sweetness on the nose. The taste at first was pinch of sweetness followed by a strong espresso flavor. More robust than most coffee beers I've had this year. Its rounded out with chocolate and a mouthfeel made it seem like creamer was present. As it warmed up tho, you could really start to smell the vanilla and it gradually made its way to the forefront of the beer. I;m not sure if this was due the warm of the beer or my palette getting use to the flavor. My friend picked up on the vanilla right away but for me it took almost half the beer and the warmth.

CCB is really killing it with this year's batch.

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Caffè Americano from Cigar City Brewing
4.52 out of 5 based on 910 ratings.
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