Tasting: March 10, 2016
Style: Imperial Stout (Coffee)
Beer # 899
There is an expression that goes something like this…
“In our youth, we have energy and time but no money.
As an adult, we have energy and money but no time.
And in our old age, we have money and time but no energy.”
I’m in phase number two of life and if I apply this adage to my passion for craft beer it makes sense. I certainly have the energy to pursue craft beer “whales” and I’ve been blessed with the ability to pay the rising price of craft beer without sacrificing the necessities of life. Time? Well, that’s my struggle. I try to squeeze in an occasional trip to a brewery for a release and I even squeeze in a few minutes to blog about my journey. When I started, I had the intent to entertain and to inform. Hopefully, you’ve learned more than “this guy drinks a lot of beer.” As I close in on beer number 900, I’m eyeing 1,000 as a possible end of my blogging journey but I have such a big cellar to work through. We’ll see – only time (or lack) of will tell.
Tampa Bay is home to Cigar City and the brewery has released many Cuban-influenced (or at least named) beer that pay tribute to the Cuban/Spanish influences of Tampa Bay in places like Ybor City. I don’t know why but thinking about this beer, I wondered if Americans can fly to Cuba through an international airport (say) in the caribbean. In true serendipitous fashion – Google provides the answer:
Typically, American travelers book flights to Cuba through an international airport. From these airports, every traveler going to Cuba is issued a tourist card for the passport. Upon arrival, Cuban customs agents remove one half of the card, and take the other half upon departure — leaving no official record of the visit in a traveler’s passport. Unless you try and bring home some cigars or some Bucanero Fuerte – 72 Points
Back to Caffe Americano. This beer has been on my radar for a little longer than a year now. A friend traveled to the brewery and had one on draft and raved about its decadence. It came to me by way of a fellow New Jersey beer trader.
A friend of mine roasts his own beans for espresso and it has this nutty and vegetative green flavor. I get the same vegetative flavor here alongside some massive fudge. Half way through the bottle I get some coconut. All in all, Caffe Americano is creamy and smooth and really nice coffee bomb 94 points.