Imperial Coffee And Cigarettes
Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

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Smoke Porter
Ranked #1
Ranked #871
4.4 | pDev: 7.05%
Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Notes: 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.
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Photo of amano_h
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer, with a huge nose of coffee, bananas, and chocolate.

Flavor follows: this is a huge imperial coffee stout with a hint of ashy char, especially on the finish.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter; dark color with head that dissipates quickly. Smoke and coffee to nose. Full body and smoke seems to overpower the other notes. I truly enjoy Rausch beers and have no complaints but it covers all other notes.
Overall- smokey!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Pours dark black. Medium khaki head. Smells of coffee and light smoke. Chocolate and a little bit of sugar. Tastes of coffee up front. Smoke permeates the whole flavor. Chocolate and sweetness, but the smoke cuts it with a nice bitterness. Medium heavy body. Excellent.

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Photo of KevSal
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz into a perfect stout glass. bottled today!

nice light brown head, beer is completely black

nose is stellar. loads of coffee up front with some smokeyness in the back. lots of dark chocolate all the way through.

taste follows the nose but slightly tame compared to the robust nose. espresso coffee comes firsts, dark chocolate and ends smokey. lots of flavor for sure

body is on point for the style and size. well carbed

over all this is a fantastic beer, only thing i would change is adding a bit more sweetness to cut back the coffee and chocolate bitterness. i bet this barrel aged would be amazing!

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Photo of Hop_God
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12.6.16 Bottle Release- consumed 12.6.16

A: Deep espresso to near black. very thin caramel to leather brown head. hints of ruby

S: Tons of coffee, smoky notes, dark chocolate, fresh cocoa. Like the name suggests.

T: Def like C&G but much bigger level. lots of coffee. Dark bitter 82% chocolate bar. Mind's Hot Chocolate from Chicago. Ashtray reminents.

F: medium plus plus body, nice thickness coates the palate. smoky coffee lingers.

O: Another great beef up of a already great brew

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fabulous beer. Takes everything good from regular coffee & cigarettes and ramps up the flavor. Heavy coffee flavor. Just a bit of heat. Definitely best served warmer. Would gladly drink again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives coffee brown, with a dark tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing

Smell: Coffee aroma verging on chocolate with roasty notes

Taste: Roast and brown bread forward, with coffee, chocolate and ashy flavors developing, in the middle; the finish picks up on the ashy tones

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I liked everything about this beer but the ashy tones were overdone; it is called Coffee and Cigarettes, so what else should I expect

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Photo of chrisjws
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intense. That's the word for this beer. Drank three of these in one sitting because I couldn't get enough.

A: Dark black with hints of brown around the edges. Minimal mocha colored head. Not much for lacing the glass.
S: Intense aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and just a few hints of smoke. Fresh coffee abounds, some roasty aromas in the background. It smells a lot like your neighborhood coffee shop.
T: Follows the nose almost perfect. Dark chocolate and coffee hit the palate right upfront. Finishes out with smoke lingering and an pleasant bitterness like you get from a cup of black coffee.
M: Larger mouthfeel, not heavy but definitely gives away its size. Very smooth with just enough carbonation to round out the mouthfeel.
O: Delicious. One of the best imperial porters I've had. If you love coffee, this is for you.

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Photo of hikanteki
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very intense deep brown, nearly black. Served in a 9 oz. glass on site. Coffee aroma is evident and coffee taste is even more evident. As it warms, you get layer of chocolate, and nice light smoke. The mouthfeel is truly outstanding, it lingers in your mouth but leaves no sticky residue. Coffee essence so thick that it’s nearly chewy. Get this every chance you can.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i was encouraged to go to cellarmaker just for this one, it has a very loyal fan base in the area, and folks were just raving about it. i was stoked to see it on tap, and it looked like a great many people at the taproom were enjoying one. its not as smokey as i anticipated, that element is more of an accent flavor, a nice touch, maybe cherrywood smoked barley, maybe a kiss of smoked wheat too. campfire, not rauch heavy, but its all in the finish. the coffee is the real star of this porter, it comes in right behind a brown sugar sweet malty middle with a dense earthy heavy heavy roast. charred and dead, scorched, deep, very intense. it somehow fits into the beer though, like the fusion of two things that both seem suitable on their own, but the synergy here is what its all about. there is plenty of bitterness from the dark malt too, dry and ashy, works with the coffee. the finish is about the longest thing in the world, despite a lack of residual sugar, i taste it for an hour after the last sip, i taste it through other beers, it literally is like coffee and cigs, maybe one of the most appropriately named beers going. hints of tobacco even in that smokey finish. dark cocoa, char, bitter, smoke, wintery, unique. cellarmaker went four for four with amazing beers on my visit their. i cant wait to go back!

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.96/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sensational. I was a little sad I couldn't take some home in a growler. Looks dark, tan head. Smell: wow. Rich caramel blended with smoke. The smell is fantastic . Tastes like heaven. Deep rich roasted coffee beans, smoke, chocolate, hop bitterness. The combination is genius. Mouthfeel was thick but just so, and creamy. Almost slammable, dangerously drinkable. 5 stars all the way. I'll be back soon Cellarmaker!

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Photo of synergy7
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An excellent coffee porter with the added layer of smoke on top. The smoke does a great job of not being overwhelming and adds to the beer rather than taking away from it. Apparently this batch was a small extra from a larger sample that was being aged, so super excited to get to try some. If you can find it, definitely have it, a exemplary take on the style.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, yellow session. Smells like fresh roasted coffee with sugar and cream. Taste has sweet coffee at first but gets more roasty and bitter, even slightly ashy.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee bean, and brewed coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee bean, and brewed coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great balance of cocoa and coffee qualities all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a snifter glass full nine ounces at Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

Deep dark walnut brown, nearly black, with a big cocoa and coffee brown thin top presented. Settles with a nice sheen oil top, with a big hanging bubbled collar.

Bouquet is impressive. Large piping and ripping beaned coffee aromas jump, with some charring bright roasty notes as well. The coffee action even hints to dark chocolate enough, more with the coffee dominating still, as if the coffee notes actually bring the chocolate. Light sensations of malt and warmth, hinting at a smaller expected body. Very impressive.

Palate sings nicely. Crackly malt on first sip, with piping roast and coffee on the mid palate. Crushed fresh bean on first impression, with not even a hint of milk or cream. Large dry aromas as if just ripped of grain and beans. Light piping warmth body hinting at porter roots nicely, with a controlled finish. Warmth never lets the aromas up as they never get bigger but never die either.

Overall a real nice coffee large porter, very well done a real enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black with a mocha head. The aroma just bursts with fresh coffee, dominating. Taste is mostly coffee intermingling with cocoa and the slightest bit of smoke. Decadent. Creamy. Invites sip after sip. Regular Coffee and Cigarettes is a fantastic beer, but the imperial version is probably the best non barrel aged porter/stout they produce (slightly better than vastness and mad nibs). Just incredible.

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Imperial Coffee And Cigarettes from Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 132 ratings