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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 247
Gots: 118 | 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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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.

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Cigar City Cubano Style Espresso

From 10/12/13 tasting notes.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Served chilled. Split this one. Thanks Jeff...

A) Foggy brown brew with a small light tan head. The head slowly settled to a collar. A little lacing...

S) A wonderfully sweet coffee aroma. I mean I really enjoyed the nose on this one. It reminded me of exactly how I take my espresso on holiday. Toss in 3-4 sugar cubes, splash of cream. I was transported to a European cafe.

T) A very nice coffee flavor, a bit of light bitterness from the beans, but this is balanced nicely with hints of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

M) If I had any complaint on this brew at all, it would be that I found the body to be a bit thin. The carbonation was fine. Really, it was smooth and easy drinking.

O) I really enjoyed this beer. Cigar City knows how to brew up some tasty brown ales. It's kind of an under appreciated style, but if you have the chance to give this one a try, do not hesitate. It is unique, and quite tasty.

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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