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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,095
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 285
Gots: 157 | FT: 11
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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
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Ratings: 1,095 | Reviews: 286
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

Photo of lonesomecrowdedwest
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Easy drinking beer with an incredibly smooth finish. Very good balance with incredible finish. Good segway for casual beer drinkers into complex beers. I always get at least one at the brewery or tap house that serves it when it's available.

Photo of worussell3
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Interesting flavor. A once in a while beer.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

October 26, 2014

12 oz can, hotel water glass

A – Medium brown, very high clarity, some opacity but generally can see through it pretty well. Red tints where the light shines more directly. An inch of deep tan foamy head, with low retention.

S – Straight dark roast coffee and almost nothing else. A hint of malty, roasted, toasted black bread, and very light hop bitterness.

T – Dark roasted coffee with a dollop of cream, silky French vanilla. The vanilla shows through more as the beer warms. Light gourmet chocolate syrup. Malt mostly supports the rest, some roasted notes are there. Any hop bitterness is overwhelmed by the coffee and roasted malt bitterness.

M – Fairly light body, not much heavier than iced coffee. Carbonation is moderate, and helps to balance the roasted coffee flavors.

O – Certainly a well-made coffee beer, but pretty straightforward with no real surprises. But there’s a lot to be said for doing this style well.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can purchased in late 06/2014, canned on 06/02/2014, poured into my NEBCO Ghandi-Bot snifter glass, drank over 30 minutes

A: 2/3 - mahogany/brown coloration, low clarity (cannot read or see through), initially large khaki head pours large and settles into a 1/2 finger lacing with carbonation lakes; moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - moderate espresso, coffee, caramel, toffee; no hop or alcohol aroma; no diacetyl, no DMS

T: 14/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a mild coffee/dark chcolate-esque bitterness; in the middle of the palate, the coffee, espresso and cacao notes develop and fill the mouth; on the back end, there is a toffee/caramel sweetness that is inviting and not cloying; finishes semi-sweet with a coffee creamer-ish quality; little alcohol and hop flavors

M: 3/5 - moderate body with some fullness provided by the specialty malts and coffee/cacao; overly carbonated for style with fizziness

O: 8/10 - unfortunately, this may have been an overcarbonated vs. infected beer, as the can was deformed; nevertheless, it doesn't taste infected; it definitely hits as advertised with espresso, coffee, cacao and brown note character; slightly overrated score (92) but enjoyable nonetheless

TOTAL - 36/50

Photo of zachary80
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Can thanks the Reginald. Canned 6/19/14. Hecho a mano 371

Light brown / dark amber body with a large tan brown head that fades and that has some retention. 3.75/5

Aroma is very good - chocolate, espresso, vanilla, malty sweetness. 4.75/5

Flavor is a little underwhelming after the aroma but would still be one of my favorite brown ales. Short finish. Wouldn't be able to pick out the added ingredients if it weren't obvious from the aroma but the flavor is still nice. 4/5

Body as expected for the style. 4/5

Overall a very good brown ale but I wouldn't hunt this one down unless you are seeking the great aroma. Also interesting that the coffee is very mild despite the can describing it as dominating. 4/5

Photo of zac16125
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates

Thanks to allisonmichelle for sending this over as an extra

A: Pours a dark cola colored brown with 1 fingers width of light tan head. There are some whitish specks of sedimentation floating around. Head dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves effectively zero lacing. 3.5

S: Tons of coffee upfront, vanilla, caramel, a bit of cocoa. This smells like an iced coffee not a beer. Wonderful aroma. 4.5

T: Like the nose there is tons of coffee. In addition to the coffee I get lots of lactose-like cream notes, a big vanilla, some caramel, and subtle chocolate. Bitter roasted coffee lingers in the aftertaste after each sip. 4.25

M/D: Lighter side of medium body, carbonation appropriate, drinkability is good. 3.75

O: Easily the best brown ale Ive ever had (excluding Palo Santo Maroon which I don’t consider a brown ale). Definitely worth seeking out. 4.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a can.

Black would be more accurate than brown; this beer is pitch black. A creamy, foamy, light-khaki head sits a finger thick atop the body and sits there comfortably for a while. Lace forms a wall as the head recedes. A few bubbles are visible in the abyss that is this beer's body.

Huge coffee notes, but I get so much dark chocolate that I'm thinking mocha more than espresso. There's some burnt aroma and fresh grounds that add to the potency. I'd say there's a hint of caramel too.

Flavor-wise, this is practically coffee. I can almost taste dark roast beans. Light chocolate notes come in and out, but they are dominated by cafe.

A thin body with a strong feel of carbonation make this a little less enjoyable than I'd like. This brew's almost as watery as coffee at times, or so it feels.

I think the appearance and aroma of this beer set it up for failure. I had high expectations after each, but the body and flavor couldn't quite match. It's a decent beer.

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 1,095 ratings.