Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by Zraly:
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark chestnut brown in my newly acquired CCB snifter. Yeah – not necessarily the right glassware but it functions. And the two finger crema-like head does look lovely. 32 oz. growler from CCB's tasting room.
Wonderful note of dark roasted coffee and earth. Silky and smooth with minimal sweetness. Char-smoke, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla comprise the flavor profile. Devilishly dry finish and the bitterness blends seamlessly with the smokey-chocolate note. Extremely drinkable because it actually light to medium bodied but has the flavor profile of a much fuller ale.
Would go great with cheesecake or a wicked compliment to tiramisu. For a main entrée, smokey BBQ baby back ribs would be an interesting pairing.
The best brown ale I've had in a while. And it may well be the best American Brown I’ve ever had.
Serving type: growler
08-18-2011 01:38:02 | More by Zraly
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4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle (2/1/14) poured into a Bruery tulip.
A - Pours a dark brown color with minimal light transference thru its body. Almost no head forms, really just a thin collar of off-white bubbles and no real lacing.
S - Huge coffee aroma wafts out of the glass. Richly roasted with some sweet creaminess. A big dark chocolate fudge aroma sits behind the coffee but stands up enough to be noticeable. A light berry aroma comes on at the end with a little bit of searching. This smells quite amazing.
T - Matches the aroma quite nicely. Creamy, melted fudgy dark chocolate at the base and a huge hit of coffee. A gently blended in sweet caramel makes this super smooth. This is definitely a coffee forward beer though - any coffee lover will be pleased with this one.
M - Slightly thin body with a strong carbonation level. Tingly throughout - gives a lively feel to the entire mouth on each sip. Coffee is so far forward in the flavor profile it is hard to comment on anything else - I can certainly imagine this as being an outstanding beverage with breakfast on a weekend.
O - If you like coffee, it is going to be hard to find fault in this beer. Breakfast/dessert - I'm not sure where this works best. Coffee is intense but there is noticeable caramel sweetness in there too and I get a thick fudgy chocolate aspect as well that never causes this to approach mocha, but rather causes this to slip into a coffee infused dark chocolate cake like dessert character. I like this one a lot.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 00:32:17 | More by portia99
3.83/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
The beer comes in a brown copper color.
The aroma is bright coffee and some toasty malt.
The flavor follows of toasty malt, light chocolate, vanilla, toasted breadiness, and then a black coffee. A really good essence of coffee.
A light body, which fits the ABV. A very drinkable beer for those who want a coffee fix.
Serving type: on-tap
02-27-2014 04:33:43 | More by dar482
3.94/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to @Cane80 for the trade!
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: as the name implies, dark brown like an espresso.
Smell: just the amount of espresso on the nose makes me think it would be nice to drink two or three of these every morning before work if I didn't have to keep people alive. The wife could smell it from across the table and had to try it.
Taste: espresso without the sometimes bitter aftertaste. Hints of vanilla, cocoa, and toffee.
Mouthfeel: medium body, good carbonation, very drinkable.
Overall: a good beer, one I would consider drinking in the morning on one of my rare days off.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 02:33:14 | More by gtcastle
Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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