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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: 1,062
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 275
Gots: 154 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack of this when my dad and I went to the main brewery in Tampa a few days ago. Poured out of a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Pours a clear, medium brown color with deep ruby/amber highlights when held up to the light. Nice slightly tan/off white head is about 2/3-3/4 of an inch thick when first poured. Settles to a nice thick crescent ring lining mow of the inside of the glass. Lacing is okay, but not that great. Aromas of dark, roasted caramel malt sweetness that gives way to some chocolate and coffee notes. Taste is pretty much the same, but stronger than the aroma, with toasted caramel malt sweetness upfront followed by coffee and chocolate flavors. Rounded out with a slight touch of hops. Has a crisp, smooth, frothy, medium bodied muthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beer ought to be. Quite a tasty brew here indeed!


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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Well, I certainly went into this thinking it was a stout. As it's a brown ale, I figured it would be like comparing apples and smaller, weak tasting, less flavorful apples. I've been pleasantly surprised. The roast aroma is rich and rounded, and becomes more so as it warms, if there's cocoa or vanilla in there, it's either so subtle as to elude taste, or it's balanced perfectly with the espresso, complementing and enhancing the coffee's roast, rather than overpowering it. There's some toffee on the back end, but the major player here is wonderfully well-made coffee with a touch of sweetness. I feel the mouthfeel would benefit from a bit more richness, or perhaps a little less carbonation. But then again, this seems to be the norm for brown ales. All in all, I'd have this again. Not right now, but tomorrow. Good stuff.

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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.

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 1,062 ratings.