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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
storminorman (78) - Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Growler from Daknole, man what a great guy. This one is almost black and has a chocolate brown head. I certainly get the coffee and chocolate. Smells amazing. Sweet and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2013
I would be happy to drink this beer starting at 6am every morning. The mellow (dont take that too seriously) coffee flavor blows me away more and more with every sip. This beer has more integrity of flavors than I’ve ever expected. The nose is soft but the flavors will overwhelm you!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10870) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2013 Holy shit!! Dark brown pour with a bad ass brown head. Coffee, chocolate, espresso, lactose sweetness, roasty. This is a stunner!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
uhljoseph (66) - TAMPA, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Incredible imperial stout by Cigar City. Had this at the brewery. Coffee, chocolate.....delicious!!! -& via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Coffee, chocolate, lactose sweetness, roasty and very, very awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kcorum10 (347) - Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Pours a black color w nice Brown head. Aromas of big chocolate and coffee. Flavors of sweet roast and a mild bitter coffee send this beer over the top! Amazing!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bearohs (14) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Wow. Amazingly smooth creamy stout. The aromas are killer but not over bearing. The taste is full of body a rich stout with a hint of chocolate it.seems. loaded with coffee taste. .finishes clean. Wish they made this more often

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GenDV138 (5976) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2015
2-4 oz bottle pour at SAVOR 2015’s Saturday night session. From a 22 oz bottle labeled Caffe Americano Double Stout. Dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, roast, caramel, mocha. Tastes of same. Full body with a dry finish. Fantastic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (3378) - Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2013 On tap at the Coffee District. Dark brown pour with a chocolate head. Dark roasted malts and black coffee aromas. Sweet but still roasty with chocolate, dark roasted malts, lactose, caramel, and tangy black coffee. Great body with an above average mouthfeel. Re-Rate (original rating 4.1). On tap with nitro at CCB. WOW, what a freakin’ difference. It not only knocked out the tang from the coffee, it totally changed the mouthfeel. Way more creamy and smooth. Very rich with a hint of peanut butter. FANTASTIC. Nitro is the only way to drink the beer......

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