Imperial Coffee And Cigarettes
Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

Imperial Coffee And CigarettesImperial Coffee And Cigarettes
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
From:
Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Smoked Porter
Ranked #1
ABV:
10.4%
Score:
97
Ranked #669
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 7.05%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
143
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 12, 2023
Added:
Oct 09, 2014
Wants:
  58
Gots:
  5
This is the bigger, badder version of Coffee & Cigarettes. We use about 4 lbs per barrel of Sightglass coffee for an intense coffee kick alongside a light addition of German Beechwood Smoked Malt for a touch of smoke character.
View: More Beers
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of sulldaddy
Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
The beer pours a rich black coffee color with a fizzy and short lived tan head of about .5 cm. No light is passing through my glass.
The aroma is HUGE with coffee! Some hints of chocolate , but roasted coffee grounds are dominant, almost actually bitter, if that can be a smell. no hint of hops and no fusol ABV notes or really any other scents on this beer.

First sip reveals a medium body with smooth texture and very fine tingly carbonation. There is a fairly soft feel to the beer and it drinks pretty easy on the physical traits.
Flavor is pretty much what I anticipated with roasted malt and some chocolate notes. Roasted black coffee carries the flavor profile though. Again, no hops nor booze coming through anywhere.
I never really get any smoked character, unless the "bitter" smell I picked up is actually smoked notes.
Overall this is a straight forward big coffee beer. Glad to have tried this one.
Nov 12, 2023
 
Rated: 4.84 by HungarianCount from California

Aug 05, 2023
 
Rated: 4.46 by not2quick from Missouri

May 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.29 by EMH73 from New York

Jul 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.49 by swanfungus from California

Dec 23, 2020
Photo of JohnnyHopps
Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - The beer was black in appearance with an off-white head crowning the glass.

Smell - I was surprised by the sweetness in the nose. They were definite notes of coffee and smoke.

Taste - To me, the profile was like a milk stout more than a porter. The coffee profile was sweet, but there was a definite presence of smoke. Not to sound too negative, but it was like a cup of coffee and a smokey diner. Except it was good. The finish was sweet but the acidity of the smoke lingered.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation and the creamy feel made this seem like a milk stout.

Overall - This was a phenomenal beer and I am grateful for the opportunity to try it.
Dec 13, 2020
Photo of bret27
Reviewed by bret27 from California

4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Fresh can from cellarmaker.
As expected coffee, chocolate, burnt, tobacco.
Medium full mouthfeel.
Overall: good version of original. Just a bit more oompf.
Nov 21, 2020
Photo of rodbeermunch
Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Another beer put down at March Madness 2018, courtesy of Sheldon and his "Cellarmaker is the greatest brewery in the world" lulz.

Pours that place where its black, but not black black, like black dark brown. Compact small bubble head that is a lighter shade of brown compared to the liquid. Aroma is just some ass beating coffee. If you were looking for a smoke bomb here, its not really here, the coffee is just pushing hefty weight.

Taste takes the smell and starts to add more nuance and complexity beyond the hotboxing of coffee. Now there is roasted grain and a lighter smoke quotient. Hides the alcohol pretty amazingly well. Carbonation was fine. Bitterness largely tempered by everything else going on.

Normally I would like the regular version of something more than the imperial, but this one appears to be the exception to the rule. Didn't really lose anything, but gained some strength you can't taste, but has more of a smoky interior than it does ashy, which separates it slightly from the also very good regular strength coffee & cigarettes. Can't go wrong with either one.
Oct 20, 2020
Photo of jakecattleco
Reviewed by jakecattleco from California

4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Two week old can into an imperial nonic pint.

Nearly black opaque brown with 2+ fingers of tan medium density head with great retention and mixed lacing.

Nose is great, coffee forward and dark chocolate in tow. Some smokiness shows as it warms.

Taste follows the nose well with added smokiness, kinda surprised at the sweetness level. Finishes with moderate bitterness that lingers a bit.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, full on the tongue and silky on the swallow.

Outstanding beer for my palate and preferences (love coffee beers). Will grab it any chance I get.
Jul 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.18 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jul 13, 2020
Photo of wilymobastardo
Reviewed by wilymobastardo from California

4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
The smoke is light and complimentary.... nose is huge, roasty coffee, backed up by the taste --yet it doesn't overwhelm, everything here is balanced. Drinking this from a can (first time canned, just a couple days ago). Even if it's your first beer of the day, it tastes like the end of a long, happy drinking session out and about.
Jul 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.27 by Hopelessly0 from California

Oct 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.31 by WormGod from New York

Jul 31, 2019
Photo of amano_h
Reviewed by amano_h from Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Candid confession. Like every other self-conscious Asian-American trying to fit in in college, I chain smoked cigarettes during my freshman and sophomore years. And then I discovered the joy of running half and full-marathons and quit for a while, until time came for my Masters' thesis when I pretty much subsisted off Diet Red Bull and Mild Seven Super Lights for days at a time.

I haven't picked up a cigarette for over eight years now, but I still some times miss that soothing smell of filtered tobacco slowly cooking over a gas-propelled fire; in fact even as a kid I got scolded by my parents because I had an odd penchant for lighting put-out cigarettes and cigarette butts, because I apparently wanted the room to "smell like mugicha."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Tobacco-inspired personal anecdotes aside, Coffee and Cigarettes pretty much delivers everything it promises and more, with the exception of the 11 vignettes that the namesake movie is composed of. The primary olfactory sensation at lower temperatures more closely resembles a breakfast stout than a smoked porter: a rich amalgamation of double chocolate, cwofee'n'creme (be sure to read "coffee" with a Brooklyn accent), milled grains, and a touch of cardamom beckons the senses.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The more you let this beer warm up, the more accurate it synchronizes with its name--the smoked malts progressively take over the olfactory profile starting off as slightly burnt bacon; then it upscales itself to hickory chips, and soon before long it reaches its final form of "extra skinny virginia slims that all the キャバ嬢 in Akasaka smoke."
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Whereas the aromatic experience is somewhat portable to the palate, you don't experience quite the same up and down as you do on the nose. The main impression that the brew puts out to the tongue is as you'd expect from an Imperial Porter: strong dark roast coffee, black licorice, and molasses provide the overall palatal backdrop to the brew.
Just like it was on the nose, however, the "cigarette" factor becomes more evident and intensifies over time; give the brew some time to warm up and there's a soothing rauchbier-esque smokey goodness that develops and lingers on your tongue; only difference is that this doesn't have that odd savory/salty aftertaste that a lot of commercial rauchbier examples seem to carry with them.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Medium-bodied, with a creamy initial mouthfeel. Ambient, but substantial carbonation despite the deceptively still apperance; the leaves behind a nice sticky sensation on the lips with each sip. If responsible adults that followed reasonable societal norms were permitted to drink 22oz of 10.5% ABV beers for breakfast everyday, this would be my poison of choice.
May 12, 2019
Photo of Phyl21ca
Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Crowler: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a huge dark brown foamy head. Aroma of dry bitter roasted malt with huge black chocolate notes, light smoke/tobacco notes is pretty intense. Taste is an intense mix of sweet black chocolate notes with dry bitter roasted malt notes with light smoked and some tobacco notes are also perceptible. Body is full with good carbonation with not overwhelming notes of alcohol that are perceptible. Intense and a beer that his better shared but glad I tried it.
Dec 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by BarrelAgedG from California

Dec 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.34 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jan 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.56 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Jan 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by atlbravsrno1 from Maine

Jan 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jan 12, 2018
Imperial Coffee And Cigarettes from Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 143 ratings