1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Cubano-Style Espresso Brown AleCubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

846 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 846
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 846 | Reviews: 262 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MacQ32
MacQ32

South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a mahogany brown light black coffee color with nearly a finger of chocolate color head,detentions a little weak as the head quickly dissipates leaving only a thin outer ring. Lacing is OK.

S - Just tons of roasty coffee beans, some sweet chocolate and almost vanilla type aromas

T - initial flavor is a little little underwhelming, mostly just over carbonation and some chocolate. towards the finish and through the aftertaste theres a really nice roasty chocolate/vanilla and espresso flavor.

M - lightish bodied. A bit too much carb

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 19:00:56 | More by MacQ32
Photo of Brewzma
Brewzma

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

12-08-2013 04:01:51 | More by Brewzma
Photo of bsuedekum
bsuedekum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-07-2013 16:23:30 | More by bsuedekum
Photo of madtowndmb1
madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-06-2013 23:42:26 | More by madtowndmb1
Photo of vinny21bal
vinny21bal

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-02-2013 14:04:18 | More by vinny21bal
Photo of Jeffrey2310
Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-23-2013 01:13:15 | More by Jeffrey2310
Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

11-20-2013 16:28:36 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
Photo of nmann08
nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

11-19-2013 04:28:25 | More by nmann08
Photo of GJ40
GJ40

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. No date. Thanks surge1311.

A - Brown with some light coming through. A small beige head that dissipates quickly.

S - Initially coffee with hints of vanilla and chocolate. Interesting without being overpowering. But later the cocoa comes through more.

T - Firm coffee but again not overpowering. The cocoa blends in nicely. The vanilla is more subtle but still there.

M - A moderate consistency with a low carbonation. It's got a nice smooth and silky feel.

O - I don't drink coffee but I enjoyed this beer. Nice depth and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 23:26:21 | More by GJ40
Photo of Stinger80OH
Stinger80OH

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-17-2013 15:48:00 | More by Stinger80OH
Photo of mmulebarn
mmulebarn

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

11-14-2013 11:30:26 | More by mmulebarn
Photo of IPAdams
IPAdams

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown, on the verge of black. 1 finger tan head that lingers for a minute, leaves little lacing.

Smell- Like opening a bag of espresso beans. Chocolate and vanilla in the background. Very good smell, strong but not overpowering.

Taste- Not flavorful in the beginning, but as it warms up I get a good taste of chocolate covered espresso beans. Pick up a bit of caramel and a slight tart taste that I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel- Nice body, smooth and creamy. Good carbonation.

Overall- Definitely let this one warm up as it is much better. Lots of espresso and chocolate with some caramel thrown it. Kind of a mix between a porter and a brown.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 20:17:37 | More by IPAdams
Photo of hoerr
hoerr

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-09-2013 02:18:48 | More by hoerr
Photo of Bstewart
Bstewart


4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-07-2013 20:57:07 | More by Bstewart
Photo of Davepoolesque
Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

11-07-2013 18:13:08 | More by Davepoolesque
Photo of EN27
EN27

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-07-2013 01:13:50 | More by EN27
Photo of larbush
larbush

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-02-2013 20:07:10 | More by larbush
Photo of SanMikeva
SanMikeva

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-01-2013 17:55:35 | More by SanMikeva
Photo of anticipation23
anticipation23

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

11-01-2013 17:07:43 | More by anticipation23
Photo of Chaosfiend
Chaosfiend

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-01-2013 05:21:15 | More by Chaosfiend
Photo of Stevedore
Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 10/2/2013, courtesy of RJ. Poured into a Cigar City snifter today, 10/30/2013.

Pours like a fairly standard-looking brown ale, but a bit darker. Dark, opaque brown body with a solid 1cm off-white head that has decent retention. Leaves a collar and spots of soapy film. Not much lacing.

Smells like a straight up espresso shot with vanilla syrup added. Not much sweetness behind the nose, though there is a little. It's really coffee and vanilla flavours dominating this beer.

I love how this beer tastes. Sweet, brown sugar and molasses are present throughout, whereas there is a nice coffee bitterness at the beginning and end, with that ever-present raw vanilla flavour dominating in the middle. It's got a lot going on, but its not too intense that any one thing dominates over the other. Smooth, complex, tasty.

Good mouthfeel- medium bodied brown ale, with very good carbonation. Smooth body yet a bit fizzly on the palate, not leaving it too dry but just refreshingly enough so. Aftertaste is a mixture of sweet butterscotch and espresso, with a dab of vanilla. Very drinkable.

Enjoyed this one a lot. It's got a more authentic vanilla flavour mixed in with a nice coffee flavour, and its all supported at the base by the base brown ale. Yet another well crafted beer from Cigar City.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 01:33:59 | More by Stevedore
Photo of smartassboiler
smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-30-2013 13:53:29 | More by smartassboiler
Photo of scotv
scotv

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

10-30-2013 01:26:04 | More by scotv
Photo of xseanprimex
xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-28-2013 13:34:20 | More by xseanprimex
Photo of RandyKemka
RandyKemka

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

10-27-2013 19:09:59 | More by RandyKemka
Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.