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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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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

CK319, Jul 30, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured into a snifter from a can.

Black would be more accurate than brown; this beer is pitch black. A creamy, foamy, light-khaki head sits a finger thick atop the body and sits there comfortably for a while. Lace forms a wall as the head recedes. A few bubbles are visible in the abyss that is this beer's body.

Huge coffee notes, but I get so much dark chocolate that I'm thinking mocha more than espresso. There's some burnt aroma and fresh grounds that add to the potency. I'd say there's a hint of caramel too.

Flavor-wise, this is practically coffee. I can almost taste dark roast beans. Light chocolate notes come in and out, but they are dominated by cafe.

A thin body with a strong feel of carbonation make this a little less enjoyable than I'd like. This brew's almost as watery as coffee at times, or so it feels.

I think the appearance and aroma of this beer set it up for failure. I had high expectations after each, but the body and flavor couldn't quite match. It's a decent beer.

ONovoMexicano, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

suckaj, Jul 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

sixtyminute, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

pkalix, Jul 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Telly13, Jul 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jn84, Jul 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

FrankHammer, Jul 24, 2014
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HopSock, Jul 24, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -6.1%

It was short of a masterpiece but the attempt to be different and hold to the traditional brown ale style kept it afloat.

Appearance: Dark brown, not much head, it looked lively and inviting.
Smells: The scent of this beer was everything good about Tampa; espresso coffee, delicious pastries at Segundo Bakery, or just a Tampa style Cuban Media Noche- The scent invited me to Ybor City.

Taste: The Espresso really does not linger like a good coffee should, as the brown ale tradition was favored over any of the other flavors. I was hoping for more of a stout beer than this brown ale. Because a stout or a porter, can go heavier in flavor and not affect the overall beer style. I think they did a fine job of maintaining tradition with an updated twist.

Mouth Feel: The taste at first lingered on the front of the palate only and slowly worked its way to the back. I was hoping for a coated feeling from the espresso.

As I drink more of this from my growler the taste becomes ever so nice. It still is not in the 4-5 Outstanding. But its better than an average beer. Also I loved that Ybor attempted to take a brown ale and work it with heavy flavors. Does any one else do this? Or has any one attempted to do this? So I think they deserve a special mention for being daring to try and innovate the industry. But a 4-5 makes me want to shout out loud and share the good news with everyone else, this beer did not raise my shout out loud meter.

Polycarp55, Jul 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

BigOrangeBrewing, Jul 21, 2014
Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 892 ratings.