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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

845 Ratings
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Ratings: 845
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 232
Gots: 99 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 05-26-2009)
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Reviews by rmolledo:
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rmolledo

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Brown with mahogany highlights. thin tan head.

S: Dark Milk Chocolate. Roasty cuban espresso with dark raw sugar. sweet creamy.

T: as the smell suggests but with more roasted grain and malt characters. Nice wave of chocolate, espresso, and cream at first. Sweet but not lingeringly sweet. relatively dryer finish. The coffee flavors are wonderful. Best coffee beer IMO.

MF: thick and creamy. silky. low carbonation, just enough to tingle when swallowed.

D: My favorite CC Brew. So glad they decided to bottle it! A bit filling but there is no need to slam a bunch of these beers, better to savor every drop.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 20:59:49 | More by rmolledo
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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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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.

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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