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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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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Photo of gcamparone
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -6.2%
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 +5.1%
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 +5.3%
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 +8.6%
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%
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 -5.5%
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 -7.8%
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 -2.2%
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 wulfie85
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall a great beer. Very dark in color with a ton of coffee and bitter chocolate both on the nose and tongue. Did not get much vanilla but that wasn't really a huge issue for me

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Photo of floridadrift
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -0.9%
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
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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 -0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +2.4%
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 +1.6%
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 +5.3%
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 +8%
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 +10.9%
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 +5.1%
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 -4.4%
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 -5.1%
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 -15.1%
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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Caffè Americano from Cigar City Brewing
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