Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown AleCubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale

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Reviews: 283
Hads: 1,196
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 305
Gots: 184 | FT: 14
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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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Reviews: 283 | Hads: 1,196
Reviews by Pinknuggets:
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4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Rock Art Pint glass

A: Dark brown to brick red in color it has a small tannish head that goes away fast and leaves a decent lacing around the top of the glass. Not necessarily dark but pretty much completely opaque except around the edges under light.

S: Well it smells like a heaping amount of expresso quite literally smells like a fresh cup of coffee the smell is dominant and as aromatic as coffee added beer I have seen I'd go as far as it could be mistaken for fresh beans

T: It tastes exactly as advertised this is essentially a cup of coffee in a beer. There are rich espresso flavors that are not only powerful upfront but really last throughout the taste and through the finish. It fits the brown style well as the malt adds just the right backbone to balance out all that expresso. This is basically as perfect as you can get in terms of brown ale with coffee flavor.

M: The feel is light, thin and watery so it is very easy to drink, but you can feel the grittiness from expresso beans. It is smooth, good for a brown ale but not great not as impressive as other aspects of the beer.

O: I really like this beer it smells and tastes exactly like how I would imagine expresso beer would taste like I am very impressed. It is only okay in the other aspects but the smell and taste more then make up for that. Get this beer if you can a must try for any coffee drinker or fan of coffee in beer. (1,417 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of infinitebruner
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (969 characters)

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tjk135
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (93 characters)

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Spaten454
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of sicilian
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Brent_ray
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of briang01
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler of Maduro versus a bottle of this. For coffee lovers.
Dark brown color with a small tan head.
Strong coffee aroma. Caramel. Earthy, tobacco-like.
Espresso taste, some chocolate. Hint of tobacco. Late herbal hops.
A nice enough beer. Definitely for the coffeeholic. Have to say I prefer the regular Maduro. (315 characters)

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamato3000
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/16/11

A - Pours a clear reddish dark brown, though light does pass through the pint glass. Huge tan head has excellent retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Coffee and a bit of chocolate, along with some roasted malt.

T - Roasted malt up front, quickly followed by a nice coffee presence. Quite creamy as well. The coffee here plays a supporting role instead of dominating. Finishes semi-dry with a light bitterness.

M -- Medium creamy mouthfeel with an earthy dryness on the finish.

O - A solid brown ale with a very nice coffee presence. Nice balance of flavors and a creamy mouthfeel make this easy drinking. (630 characters)

Photo of Afroman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of barhoc11
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Looks like a brown ale

S: Sweet coffee and malt aroma

T: Sweet at first but then you get a sweet coffee taste followed by a smokey malt.

M: Nice and full

O: This beer is outstanding, one of the best done coffee beers I have had. I would not of expected a brown coffee ale to be so complete but Cigar City did a great job. Wish I could get it in MI. (356 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best espresso aroma of any beer I've had! Pours a deep brown with very little cream colored head. The aroma is so good. Deep, rich coffee aroma, with sweet malt and a rich earthiness. The taste is heavy on the coffee/toffee front with a back sweetness from the malt. It almost has the superb mouth feel of Maduro, where I think there might be some rolled oats to increase the creaminess, but I get much less oat than I do in Maduro. Really enjoy this beer when it comes out. Finally got around to reviewing it instead of just crushing the 4 pack in a few days. (560 characters)

Photo of Richie_Inman
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (107 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler pour from Decicco's, Ardsley, NY. Pours darkest of browns, light black, dark tan head, plentiful and thicker sheeting and bands of elegent lace. Coffee grounds come to mind upon the sniff. Flavorful Brown, some light chocolate, gets overtaken by waves of more coffee. Not overpowering, just flavorful and coffealicious in its approach. Well crafted and enjoyable in all its facets...looking forward to more Cigar City brews in the NYC/CT/NJ/NY suburbs...and cant wait to check em out whenever I'm lucky enough to get back down to Tampa, F.L.A. (551 characters)

Photo of codysjb
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my DFH Signature glass.
A: Pours a brown black with little head that dissipates in a minute or so.
Looks really cool for a brown ale (like a stout).
S: Coffee, espresso and some chocolate (maybe a little vanilla), but this pretty much smells like a
Starbucks truck collided with a Cigar City van.
T: Yum, coffee and more coffee with some minor caramel and vanilla notes.
M: Smooth, not heavy like a stout but a massive amount of flavor here that’s almost all coffee and beer.
O: This is great; I’d drink this a lot if I could find it. It’s really an awesome beer that brings coffee into a smooth, lighter beer that’s not heavy like a stout. (680 characters)

Photo of mmcurran
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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