Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by codysjb:
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2012 04:18:20 | More by codysjb
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3.66/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
Serving type: can
07-30-2014 01:35:32 | More by ONovoMexicano
3.86/5 rDev -6.1%
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
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