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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,066
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 277
Gots: 151 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of Mixologist93
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have had in a long time. Almost worth moving to Tampa for.

Photo of nathanmiller
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mscanlon31
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer tastes just like iced coffee

Photo of tgates
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yeshuapaul
4.98/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Resembles Boulder Shake, but sweeter.

Photo of Dactrius
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mdaschaf
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mta11c
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smanson56
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwm5067
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chico1985
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 1/6/15. Thanks to Cam for sharing and bringing me up a couple cans from Tampa.

A - Dark reddish-brown pour with slight clarity and some dusty haze floating about. A small beige head ends up as a ring and slight cap, dots of lace left.

S - Excellent. Fresh coffee beans out of the bag, toasted nuts, cocoa, slight vanilla, buttery bready pastries, brown sugar.

T - A bit stronger with the coffee with some roasted malt coming through, nice vanilla, kind of light on the chocolate. Some caramel and brown malt nuttiness. Kind of a coffee w/ cream and sugar feel, or maybe a flavored latte.

M - Slightly bitter, medium carbonation, solid malty body, good for the ABV.

O - Great coffee bean/cacao/vanilla, coffee and vanilla particularly stick out with combined awesomeness. Nice to have this in a low-ABV brown ale as well, nutty and caramel flavors meld extremely well.

Photo of ChrisinRI
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smi69
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wrecknut
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IpeeA
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SteveB24
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look-color is a deep,clear ruby,basically no head to speak of save for a very thin ring of lacing, was excepting more considering the low ABV.
Smell-definietely the beer's best attribute IMO. Strong notes of coffee, some chocolate, a hint of vanilla.
Taste-all the tastes are very subdued, a little bit of coffee, vague, bread malt character, slightest bit of chocolate in the end. Didn't detect any vanilla.
Feel-very thin and light body, almost watery. very fizzy dispute the lack of visible carbonation.
Overall-i must say i was seriously disappointed with this, it wasn't a bad beer per se but for a beer that advertised itself as containing vanilla,cocoa and coffee i was excepting much more depth pf flavor, and i felt the feel and look to be quite underwhelming as well. sigh. CCB can't be perfect every time.

Photo of HookemHoos
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NEBeerGirl
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrs3994243
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of misternebbie
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thepedro
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got this on a recommendation from another patron in the tasting room. I enjoyed it, drinks like a porter.

Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 1,066 ratings.