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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: 892
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 242
Gots: 101 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a fat, stubby tulip glass; bottling date of . . . no bottling date. But this only comes out once in a while, and the second I saw this in the cooler I snatched it up—likely within two weeks of bottling.

Appearance (3.25): A good pour elicits a solid finger of tan foam, dying down at an average speed, leaving just a tiny bit of lacing in the form of a handful of round splotches . . . the body is clear when held up to the light, and kind of a rich, cola-brown color. Handsome enough, though it could use a bit more head (story of my life, amirite?).

Smell (4.5): I suppose there’s a brown ale underneath it all, but there’s no question about it: coffee dominates. Really, fantastic, coffee. Light smoke, some fruity body, and serious roast go into the espresso component of this beer. The beer underneath is modestly malty, with a rich (but not sweet), dark wheat and barley peasant bread, a little cocoa, and a little pumpernickel. And even though the coffee is so strong, it melds extremely well with the malt base. This is a fantastic aroma.

Taste (4.25): Following the aroma, the flavor is definitely a coffee story, showcasing that beautifully-roasted, very well-balanced espresso component. And, like in the aroma, that coffee melds well with the malt underneath it, which is dry, rich, dark but not sweet or overly roasty—unmalted barley and dark wheat, light cocoa, and peasant bread. There’s a modest hop bitterness in here, too, that’s mostly herbal and a little citrus-zesty, offsetting the malt and complementing the coffee roast nicely. As it warms up, the malt pushes forward a bit not with much sweetness to speak of, but more with the rich earthiness of the grains and cocoa in the beer’s base. It works very, very well and everything is integrated nicely.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Smooth carbonation comes in and tingles very lightly, spreading out well for the lightness of the beer, helping the coffee roast to roll through and dry out the body to finish very, very nicely. Absurdly drinkable.

Overall (4.25): Oh hell yes. I love this beer. Had it for the first time a little over three years ago, loved it then, didn’t have it again until a few days ago, and still love it. This is, at its heart, a clean, simple, and relatively dry American Brown that pulls in an extremely tasteful coffee component, integrates it flawlessly, and becomes that much better for it. Seek it out, it’s worth it. Plus, at 5.5% ABV, you can have a couple without a problem.

fmccormi, Feb 13, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a cola brown with faint light tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Distinct espresso note (cafe cubano), lightly roasted caramel malt, vanilla, and a hint of cacao.
T: Follows aroma exactly. A very nice representation of cafe cubano in beer form. With warming, more chocolate and vanilla notes emerge with warming.
M: Light body. Smooth with moderate bitterness. Lingering espresso note on the palate.
D: It's tough to emulate a good cafe cubano...and CCB does a fine job with it. Definitely one to seek out.

mwilbur, Feb 12, 2014
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This beer was bottled on 1/31/14 so it is 9 days old

A- poors a dark brown color, like deep maple syrup, nice finger and a half of light tan head, pretty good retention and lacing.

S- fresh roasted Cuban coffee, vanilla, little bit of milk chocolate, caramel and toffee, and also hazelnut

T- wow, being Cuban this is great, big Cuban coffee espresso beans up front followed by that milk chocolate and vanilla and finishes with the nuttiness and leaves you with the coffee in the after taste.

M- mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium, very smooth going down, little sticky though, but very pleasant, wish it was alittle thicker though.

O- cigar city knocks it out of the park once again. Overall a great brew, this hit exactly what they wanted it to be, great brew with great flavors. I could easly drink this in the morning before work haha

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 892 ratings.