AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20Chad9976 (1525) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2015
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
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.