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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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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 250
Gots: 104 | FT: 8
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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Ratings: 915 | Reviews: 264 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. I am not a coffee drinker but this is very good coffee that comes right through the taste buds. Its Dark with virtually no head. Roasted coffee aromas.Way above average for a brown style.
Certainly not retired

Sammy, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.7%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.7%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.7%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown with a nice tan head and decent retention.

S: Plenty of dark-roasted espresso beans along with hints of chocolate, slightly-roasted malt, and a bit of toffee.

T: Loads of crisp espresso and coffee flavors with some chocolate and sweet malt.

M: Very nice and creamy with an excellent amount of carbonation.

D: Very tasty and goes down very smoothly. Another masterfully-crafted brew from CCB.

Thorpe429, May 05, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

nmann08, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a translucent brown color and a nice one finger head that tracks spots of lace around the chalice

Smell: If there is a more awesome coffee aroma on a beer, I have yet to encounter it

Taste: Brown bread and coffee, up front, with a developing chocolate aspect by mid-palate; even fudgier after the swallow with the coffee returning to match the chocolate in the finish

Medium: Medium body with moderate carbonaton; not as creamy as I would have thought given the oatmeal

Drinkability: Most other brewers blend coffee with stout or porter but Cigar City has gone in a different direction, using a brown ale base - extraordinarily different

brentk56, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The flavor of strong coffee beans abound in this medium bodied brown ale. The coffee-rich balance is backed by medium malt flavor, medium body, and low hop bitterness for a lush java taste. A dream beer for coffee lovers.

Cubano Espresso pours with a medium density, dark brown color, and a medium haze. A dense tannish foam blankets the surface with an appearance of true espresso creme. Small islands of lace appear on the glass in somewhat sticky fashion.

Strong aromas of whole and fresh coffee beans fill the nose and with a background aromas of deeply caramelized malts, walnuts, bold roast, heavy toast, cocoa, and walnuts help to round out the nose. A moderate coffee-like sourness occurs late, similar to scorched coffee or overused coffee grounds.

The immense coffee onslaught continues in taste. all the coffee char, roast, toast, nuts, cocoa, and burnt caramels come through in taste just as they did aromas. Albeit with the coffee bitterness and a light sour taste. Coffee character is high to the point where the more beery aspects are hardly noticed.

Medium bodied, the weight and viscocity of the beer seems light compared to the intensity of flavor, leaving me want more heaft and creaminess especially to start. The mid palate brings in slightly watery feel and almost timid transition to finish. Bitter and with moderate astringency, the finish is semi-dry with a linger of coffee and burnt caramel.

Maybe its because I'm used to tasting the infussion of coffee into more hearty malted beers, but the balance on this beer is too one-dimentional towards the coffee. Though I like the coffee taste, I also like the rebuttal of the base beer to make more of an impression. Astringency and bitter of coffee seems to rise because of the light malt flavor and feel.

Thanks again BlueOkie!

BEERchitect, Jul 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a large light brown foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of strong dry coffee notes with some roasted notes and floral coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by strong dry coffee notes with some floral undertones and lots of roasted notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Interesting but closer to drinking a cup of coffee than a beer.

Phyl21ca, May 17, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to my man TPD for sending this one my way. I had been dying to try all the new stuff coming out of CC and this one was very high up on my list. Growler served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/16/2009.
 
The pour was very nice, and about what I expected. Deep rich brown in color with a nice honey color along the sides and the bottom of the glass. Light off whiter head on top, maybe a half an inch but it had nice staying power and coated the glass on the way down quite nicely I have to admit. Not much visible carbonation. Rich aroma of coffee is apparent right off the bat. Not soo sweet as you find in most of the coffee stouts and porters floating around these days, this had more of a fresh grind like aroma with nice earthy tones blended in. Almost a tobacco like smell as well and a light bitterness that was evident even in the aroma. Smooth, mellow flavor, nothing really astringent about this at all. The mellow brown ale that I loved as the regular maduro is transformed, it is very much a wonderful flavor here. Rich, and again, unsweetened coffee notes. The flavor as best I can describe is like a dark French roast coffee served black, with a nice maltiness added to it and an herbal quality rounding it out. Very interesting, I am again picking up touches of tobacco in here as well. Feel was light, very nicely done again, not too heavy on the carbonation, but nowhere near flat, with that great blend of flavor that made the first glass great with dinner and the last an appropriate nightcap.
 
Overall great blend of flavors here, reminded me in some ways of the Percolator Dopplebock in the range of coffee notes. Very impressed with what is going on down in Tampa and cannot wait to get home and try the vanilla one tonight.

mikesgroove, Jun 17, 2009
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

jaydoc, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Greg for the growler of this. I've been wanting to try this one for quite some time. Shared yesterday at the Bruery tasting room.

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with very little in the way of head; perhaps a thin ring of off-white foam around the glass.

S: The nose is full of rich coffee with a slight sweet creaminess that made it seem like a cream stout, almost. The roasted malt comes through as well and enhances the coffee notes.

T: I'm glad to say the flavor of this one follows the nose. Wonderful roasted malt and coffee flavors with the same sweet cream flavor that has a hint of vanilla to it.

M: The body is medium with a lower level of carbonation which provides a smooth mouthfeel.

D: This is easily the best beer from CCB that I've had. Great coffee flavors to go along with the sweetness. I'm very glad to have tried this one.

womencantsail, Feb 14, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: decent lacing. murky brown. Half finger off brown head.

S: mild espresso roast smell. burnt and toasted malt.

T: vanilla, mild coffee and roast. Sweet cocoa in the background. Not too overwhelming with the espresso. This is very well done.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium to full body.

Overall: An excellent beer. The espresso is just the right strength and the grouping of the flavors is excellent

kylehay2004, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice amber brown color with a cream colored head on top. The retention is very good along with the lacing. The ever is big with coffee aromas and some cream. The taste is coffee, roasted malts and some chocolate. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and smooth. Light bodied and drinkable. Overall this beer is very good. Really enjoyable!

Knapp85, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark (but not too dark, mind you) brown body with a scant, off-white head.

Smell: Beyond the espresso infusion, the aroma is predominately malty with notes of chocolate powder, caramel, and even some oven-toasted almonds.

Taste: Soft brown maltiness with flourishes of nuttiness, cocoa, and semi-sweet caramel. Ample roasty espresso flavor, too. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Finishes earthy and semi-dry with a lingering hint of caramel and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: The body seems just a hair thin to me, but the flavor is definitely there, which, for me, is the important part. Overall, an enjoyable brown ale.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a small head of white foam on top of a brown body with good clarity. The foam settles slowly and leaves good lace.

S - Aromas of brown malt with some toffee and light caramel. A little bit of chocolate in the background and some mild coffee.

T - Brown caramel and toffee malt flavors up front with some light coffee character. The malty caramel sweetness blends with the espresso and creates an impression similar to that of a blended iced coffee drink. It finishes with lightly sweet caramel and coffee balanced by light bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately light carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Smooth with lots of complex coffee and caramel character. The coffee is assertive but well balanced by the malt and doesn't overwhelm the palate. This is a very nicely made beer, the coffee highlights the best qualities of the base beer without overwhelming it.

nickfl, Mar 10, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

russpowell, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler courtesy of ktrillionaire - thanks dude! Served in a FoBAB pint taster glass.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of ecru foam that dissipates to a thin collar and some light film. Dark brown that's lighter at the fringes. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Espresso! Some cocoa, brown sugar, and cookies too. You can tell the beans in use is pretty high in quality. The roasty bite from the espresso helps offset the sweet base beer (unlike Zhukov, where bitterness is multiplied by bitterness).

T - Taste again has lots of espresso flavor, with some nuts and milk chocolate as well. I'm pretty sure there isn't lactose sugar in this, yet I'm somehow convinced that this "coffee" has cream & sugar added to it.

M - Soft, low carbonation. Medium body that is slightly milky in character. Simultaneously sticky and roasty finish.

D - This was pretty enjoyable. A couple of us finished off the growler pretty quickly. The low ABV helps here, even though the beer is pretty flavorful. Biggest point of comparison is Coffee Bender, but I think I might like the Surly offering a touch more.

MasterSki, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle gifted by Thorpe, thanks. Beer served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Beer is brown and mostly clear with a thin tan head of tiny bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low to moderate.

Aroma is like tobacco and coffee, the coffee is more subtle than anticipated but it smells good.

This beer is pretty good on its merits. It is medium bodied, no real carbonation in the mouth, finish is mildly bitter, not dry, nice midpalate flavors of tobacco and some late coffee roast, overall a very easy drinking fine beer. I would have more of this in the future.

drabmuh, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. There is a finger of tan head that leaves a layer on top.

Smell: Nutty roasty coffee with a nice sweetness. Hints of vanilla and brown sugar as well. Very nice.

Taste: The first thing I notice is how little bitterness there is from the coffee. The roasty coffee is there, but not as bitter as other coffee beers I've had. This beer has a nutty quality to it as well. Not as sweet as the smell, not picking up the vanilla notes here. Nice balance. The finish has a very mild bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mild to medium amount of carbonation. The finish is extremely dry.

Overall: This beer has a very nice balance to it. I taste the coffee, but I can also taste the elements that make it a brown ale. I'd have another.

oline73, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Woody's, Philly, PA

Poured a very cloudy cedar brown color with a small cap of tannish head that retained as a ringlet and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Nutty aroma rife with coffee grounds. Taste of coffee grounds, as promised by the nose, nutty, caramel malts, toasted grains, grassy and slightly astringent in the finish. Body was about medium, a little thin-tasting, but generally pretty drinkable. Not something I'd go out of the way for again.

Rifugium, Jun 05, 2012
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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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