1. American Craft Beer Fest is this weekend in Boston, Mass. Join us for 640+ beers from 140+ brewers! Tickets for Friday, May 29 are still available. Cheers!

Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Cubano-Style Espresso Brown AleCubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,142 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,142
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 291
Gots: 177 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 05-26-2009

This rich brown ale is redolent with Cuban-style roasted espresso beans, sweet caramel and toffee and hints of dry nuttiness. Cuban Espresso is a popular drink in the Cigar City of Tampa owing to its many Sicilian and Cuban immigrants. The beans for Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale are roasted locally by Mazzaro's Italian Market and Deli in St. Petersburg to our exact specifications.

25 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 1,142 | Reviews: 292
Photo of billyblazes
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beach Test: first time drinking was from can....sunset on the beach. Passed it around to a couple friends, they did not want to give it back. I will bring more than 2 next time. Next day, drinking from cold glass........very impressive. This is now my fav Cigar City product.

Photo of tjk135
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma and flavor of coffee, a touch of vanilla and burnt toffee. A very coffee forward beer.

Photo of babaracas
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clearish red-orange tinged dark brown with two fingers of light brown foam. Settles to a thin ring, a few rings of lace trail down the glass. Smell: huge espresso aroma...caramel, earth, tobacco note; brown bread, vanilla and milk chocolate notes. Taste: caramel, earthy, medium roast, stone fruit notes, toasted buttered brown bread; notes of chocolate, vanilla and toasted nuts (hazelnut-ish). This is a fantastic treat and seemingly every canning is better. Maybe it's because this one is only 10 days old.

Photo of MHorridge
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not usually a brown-ale guy but this is great. It's a full-bodied, full-flavored beer. And frankly, this beer is markedly better since they moved to Buddy Brew Coffee for the beans they use. So good.

Photo of cambabeer
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not usually into brown ales, but this one was good. Very portar like in hop character and look, and feel. Really nice coffee flavor, probably the best use of coffee flavors in a beer I've seen in a while, and still very drinkable

Photo of Weekiwachee
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wish it had more bubbles and foam.

Photo of ELS
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I pick up this beer whenever it comes out in Florida. I just had a three month old can hiding in the back of my refrigerator and I was surprised that it still tasted great. The taste has a good balance of coffee and cocoa but doesn't overdo either flavor. It's coffee forward with a hint of cocoa. The thin mouthfeel is actually a nice change from the heavy stouts I've been drinking lately. This ale goes down easy and I'm always looking to buy more.

Photo of Bisco42
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No lacing, taste seemed muted. Was a tad old, but still wasn't as good as I was expecting. A good brown ale though.

Photo of Spinaltapped
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Very dark for a brown ale. Deep, deep copper or bistre. Highly carbonated with lots of tiny, quickly dissipating bubbles. Very little head, even with a textbook heavy center pour.

Smell: Strong malt as it typical of an English style brown ale. Vanilla, grain, nuttiness, and just a bit of espresso.

Taste: Strong flavors of English malt with a vigorous splash of sweetened coffee with some vanilla. A bit of roast, almost burnt espresso towards the back. Tons of nuttiness. A hint of toffee.

MF: A full bodied brown ale. Definitely a bit over carbonated for my liking, but that's being nitpicky. Goes down smooth.

Photo of Richie_Inman
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of CCB's best IMO. A brew that lures you with it's smell, and satisfies with it roasty espresso flavor.

Photo of Durisek
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

prettay, prettay, prettay good. mhm

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A tad thin, but really good. The nose is spectacular and it drinks really smooth.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can received as an extra in a recent trade.

Pours a rustic looking slightly hazy brown, with a half inch mocha head, and a little bit of lacing near the type of the glass.

Smells wonderful, like rich earthy and spicy coffee, with some chocolate, caramel, and vanilla beans.

This is one of the best brown ales I've ever had. The coffee flavor is awesome and really unique, very earthy, with some spicy black pepper flavors, toasted pumpernickel bread, rich dark chocolate, earthy vanilla bean, and some herbal root flavors. Really complex and really tasty. There's some great nutty flavors as well.

This is medium bodied, with a creamy and herbal mouthfeel, and a medium level of carbonation. It's insanely drinkable, drained this glass really quickly.

Definitely one of the best brown ales I've ever had.

Photo of Mixologist93
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have had in a long time. Almost worth moving to Tampa for.

Photo of Mscanlon31
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer tastes just like iced coffee

Photo of yeshuapaul
4.98/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Resembles Boulder Shake, but sweeter.

Photo of Chico1985
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 1/6/15. Thanks to Cam for sharing and bringing me up a couple cans from Tampa.

A - Dark reddish-brown pour with slight clarity and some dusty haze floating about. A small beige head ends up as a ring and slight cap, dots of lace left.

S - Excellent. Fresh coffee beans out of the bag, toasted nuts, cocoa, slight vanilla, buttery bready pastries, brown sugar.

T - A bit stronger with the coffee with some roasted malt coming through, nice vanilla, kind of light on the chocolate. Some caramel and brown malt nuttiness. Kind of a coffee w/ cream and sugar feel, or maybe a flavored latte.

M - Slightly bitter, medium carbonation, solid malty body, good for the ABV.

O - Great coffee bean/cacao/vanilla, coffee and vanilla particularly stick out with combined awesomeness. Nice to have this in a low-ABV brown ale as well, nutty and caramel flavors meld extremely well.

Photo of SteveB24
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look-color is a deep,clear ruby,basically no head to speak of save for a very thin ring of lacing, was excepting more considering the low ABV.
Smell-definietely the beer's best attribute IMO. Strong notes of coffee, some chocolate, a hint of vanilla.
Taste-all the tastes are very subdued, a little bit of coffee, vague, bread malt character, slightest bit of chocolate in the end. Didn't detect any vanilla.
Feel-very thin and light body, almost watery. very fizzy dispute the lack of visible carbonation.
Overall-i must say i was seriously disappointed with this, it wasn't a bad beer per se but for a beer that advertised itself as containing vanilla,cocoa and coffee i was excepting much more depth pf flavor, and i felt the feel and look to be quite underwhelming as well. sigh. CCB can't be perfect every time.

Photo of thepedro
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got this on a recommendation from another patron in the tasting room. I enjoyed it, drinks like a porter.

Photo of PostRockandCats
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can to a nonic.

L: Medium brown. Somewhat clear. No head; just a thin, khaki ring.

S: Medium roast Coffee beans (not dark; I have some old school Bustello here and that's WAY darker. But that's fine- it works well with the beer.) with some medium, nutty malt. A wee bit of hops at the end, but very little. Some pleasant light burnt notes at the tail end, as well. A nice amount of creamy vanilla throughout.

T: Nutty coffee with some burnt notes at the end. A little malty. Not at all hoppy. Just sweet enough to make for a balanced beer without being actively sweet. Nice bit of chocolate bitterness from the cacao nibs at the back with some fruity vanilla throughout. There's kind of an instant coffee taste in here.

F: Medium feel with a med-high carbonation.

O: Lovely. Wish it were year round.

Photo of hophead81
4.98/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Totally awesome. Tasted just like coffee.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a deep ruby brown with minimal quickly disappearing head. Huge freshly ground coffee aromas dominate. Honestly thats all I can find in the aroma. Big coffee flavors with bits of caramel vanilla ans chocolate. Again huge coffee flavors dominate. Great beer flavored iced coffee.

Photo of Bucs1fan77
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best I've had

Photo of humuloner22
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I received this one on a trade back in the beginning of December. Canned on 10.9.14 so fairly fresh but maybe not as fresh as they have intended me to drink it and that is my fault. But, its not that old really for the style. It does say on the can to drink fresh and not age.

Appearance: Darker brown almost like a coca cola color, not very dark but nice appearance. Poured into a pint glass and a huge head developed, I had to wait until it settled to pour the rest. Once it relaxed it had a decent lacing and globs of foam stuck to the glass.

Aroma: It hits you right on the nose immediately, lots of coffee, some vanilla and caramel notes. After it sat in the glass for a moment the beer lost some of the coffee aromatics and caramel dominated.

Taste: Lots of coffee, vanilla, sweet, but not overly cloying, its very clean on the tongue. It almost reminded me of a Manhattan special coffee soda at first but then the beer characteristics come through as it warms.

Overall: This is a good beer, the flavor profile is great. My only complaint is the lack of body. I feel like this beer would be a lot better if it had a bit more body or some viscosity to the mouth. Otherwise it is a solid and tasty brew!

Photo of RppIII
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City
Cuban-style Espresso Brown Ale

This beer was the given as a gift by a good friend. It beer was packaged in a 12oz can with a canning date on the bottom of 6-2-14. Described on the can as Ale with vanilla, Cacao, and Coffee Beans. Consumed on 1-2-15.

Appearance: the beer pours a translucent brown with subtle hints of copper. There is a good deal of carbonation and a frothy head quickly bubbles up. This is semi-short lived, however, as it quickly subsides to lacing the inside edges of the glass.

Smell: The most overwhelming of the aforementioned adjuncts is the vanilla. It is very present in the nose in this beer. Behind the vanilla, trying to break through are roast coffee and cocoa.

Taste: The taste is an interesting amalgamation of flavors. The vanilla, again, over powers the other adjuncts to be the forefront and first flavor to cross the palate. The soft, velvety flavor of cocoa is present on the finish and, for a second, tricks your mind into thinking that you are actually consuming a rich, molten chocolate. The coffee, almost unnoticeable in this beer acts as the equilibrium between the overpowering vanilla and rich, chewy chocolate, providing a platform on which they can be enjoyed

Mouthfeel: this beer is highly carbonated but the velvet of the cocoa helps create a very unique and enjoyable mouthfeel. It's chewy and carbonated but not at all viscous.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Another excellent product from Cigar City.

January 2, 2015
Fort Myers, Fl

to view more.
Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 1,142 ratings.