Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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3.86/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
It was short of a masterpiece but the attempt to be different and hold to the traditional brown ale style kept it afloat.
Appearance: Dark brown, not much head, it looked lively and inviting.
Smells: The scent of this beer was everything good about Tampa; espresso coffee, delicious pastries at Segundo Bakery, or just a Tampa style Cuban Media Noche- The scent invited me to Ybor City.
Taste: The Espresso really does not linger like a good coffee should, as the brown ale tradition was favored over any of the other flavors. I was hoping for more of a stout beer than this brown ale. Because a stout or a porter, can go heavier in flavor and not affect the overall beer style. I think they did a fine job of maintaining tradition with an updated twist.
Mouth Feel: The taste at first lingered on the front of the palate only and slowly worked its way to the back. I was hoping for a coated feeling from the espresso.
As I drink more of this from my growler the taste becomes ever so nice. It still is not in the 4-5 Outstanding. But its better than an average beer. Also I loved that Ybor attempted to take a brown ale and work it with heavy flavors. Does any one else do this? Or has any one attempted to do this? So I think they deserve a special mention for being daring to try and innovate the industry. But a 4-5 makes me want to shout out loud and share the good news with everyone else, this beer did not raise my shout out loud meter.
Serving type: growler
07-24-2014 01:41:17 | More by Polycarp55
Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.