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Cigar City Caffè Americano Double Stout

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial stout with coffee, cacao nibs, and vanilla beans

Editor’s Note: Non barrel aged. In 2014, this was tap only. A 22oz bottle was released in May 2015, along with some draft.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (7194) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours black with medium tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong roast, vanilla, cocoa. Thick mouth, chewy, dark chocolate, roast, vanilla, bitter finish, very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (2220) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2016
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (11827) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2016
Sampled from bottle @ "Het is allemaal de schuld van Koen" tasting. Opaque pitch black color, medium to full sized dark brown head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, nice coffee roast, roasted malts, vanilla. Taste malts, vanilla, soft roast, coffee and coffee roast, dark and roasted malts bitter, lightly dark chocolate, nice liquorice bitterness. Medium body and suitable moderate carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchDrebus (5275) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle @ joes goes whale hunting. Black colour with a small brown head. Smells chocolate, roasty, bourbon, wood. Tastes cocoa, coffee, roasty, vanilla. Full body, soft carbo.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (6101) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle. Pitch black pour with a medium light brown head. Aroma of malt, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Malty flavor with chocolate and coffee before a creamy vanilla finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (4034) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2016
From a bottle. Pours dark brown with a fizzy light brown head. Tastes like rich chocolate malt, syrup, booze, and tobacco. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like chocolate syrup,/roasted malt, booze, sweet dark fruits, and light tobacco.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonnycheeba (4626) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle from brewery. Pours opaque black. Aroma is chocolate, espresso, vanilla, some roast, and some caramel. Flavor is coffee and chocolate forward with great vanilla and caramel sweetness, faint dark fruit notes, and a creamy/roasty finish. Full body.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (3237) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2015
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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (1539) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2015
I don’t know what it is about imperial stouts and coffee (and chocolate), but they seem to be a winning combination. There are only a select few beers I can think of that I like better than Cigar City Caffè Americano Double Stout, and that’s probably because they’re barrel-aged. In fact, you might consider this beer the equivalent of Founders KBS without the barrel component, and yet it’s just as good of a beer. Huge flavors; gorgeous appearance, amazingly drinkable – it’s an outstanding beer for sure.

I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 10/20/15 and cost $15 ($0.68 per ounce).

Appearance: One of the blackest beers I’ve ever seen. Spent motor oil black hue; completely opaque. Pours to a very dark/borderline black frothy head which laces and retains beautifully.

Smell: Traditional imperial stout aroma of massive dark malt. The coffee character is noticeable as well, though the chocolate and vanilla are a bit more subtle than I’d hoped.

Taste: You know a beer is awesome when, after every swig, you find yourself saying “mmmmm!” Some beers that only lasts for the first few sips, but in the case of this I found myself saying it constantly. The palette is that of a familiar, but exemplary, imperial stout. Up front there’s a rich sweetness of dark fruit. Raisin, sour grape, plum, and a general vinous character show up immediately. Once it hits the apex it becomes strongly bitter with hops, Espresso, and dark chocolate. It’s the liquid equivalent of a chocolate-covered espresso bean (a treat I’ve had recently). There’s even a subtle citrusy flavor from the hops; it’s muted at first, but really emerges once it warms. Alcohol is a player as well, but it’s such a vital part of the taste makeup that I can’t imagine this brew would taste as good without it. So yeah, it’s complex, robust and delicious.

Drinkability: I had some hesitation about attempting to drink an entire 22oz bomber of Cigar City Caffè Americano Double Stout solo since it’s pretty hefty at 11% ABV to say the least. However, the beer drank like something much lighter and svelter. The mouthfeel is indeed thick, chewy and even a bit sticky; however, it’s soft and smooth and thus comfortable in all aspects. The alcohol does create for a warming sensation, but it’s not nearly the liquid fireball certain other imperial stouts are. This is a fantastic liquid dessert and definitely one you’ll want to share with friends and family who’ll appreciate it.

RATING: 10/10

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bursprak (1712) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle at Dangerous Bottleshares WHLZBRZ edition. Pour is as beautiful as it gets, pitch black with a dark tan head. Notes of roast, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla fudge. So smooth and drinkable. One of my favorite coffee stouts ever.


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