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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,083
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 278
Gots: 158 | FT: 12
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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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Ratings: 1,083 | Reviews: 283
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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mta11c
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smanson56
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwm5067
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chico1985
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 1/6/15. Thanks to Cam for sharing and bringing me up a couple cans from Tampa.

A - Dark reddish-brown pour with slight clarity and some dusty haze floating about. A small beige head ends up as a ring and slight cap, dots of lace left.

S - Excellent. Fresh coffee beans out of the bag, toasted nuts, cocoa, slight vanilla, buttery bready pastries, brown sugar.

T - A bit stronger with the coffee with some roasted malt coming through, nice vanilla, kind of light on the chocolate. Some caramel and brown malt nuttiness. Kind of a coffee w/ cream and sugar feel, or maybe a flavored latte.

M - Slightly bitter, medium carbonation, solid malty body, good for the ABV.

O - Great coffee bean/cacao/vanilla, coffee and vanilla particularly stick out with combined awesomeness. Nice to have this in a low-ABV brown ale as well, nutty and caramel flavors meld extremely well.

Photo of ChrisinRI
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smi69
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wrecknut
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IpeeA
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SteveB24
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look-color is a deep,clear ruby,basically no head to speak of save for a very thin ring of lacing, was excepting more considering the low ABV.
Smell-definietely the beer's best attribute IMO. Strong notes of coffee, some chocolate, a hint of vanilla.
Taste-all the tastes are very subdued, a little bit of coffee, vague, bread malt character, slightest bit of chocolate in the end. Didn't detect any vanilla.
Feel-very thin and light body, almost watery. very fizzy dispute the lack of visible carbonation.
Overall-i must say i was seriously disappointed with this, it wasn't a bad beer per se but for a beer that advertised itself as containing vanilla,cocoa and coffee i was excepting much more depth pf flavor, and i felt the feel and look to be quite underwhelming as well. sigh. CCB can't be perfect every time.

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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NEBeerGirl
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrs3994243
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of misternebbie
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thepedro
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got this on a recommendation from another patron in the tasting room. I enjoyed it, drinks like a porter.

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4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can to a nonic.

L: Medium brown. Somewhat clear. No head; just a thin, khaki ring.

S: Medium roast Coffee beans (not dark; I have some old school Bustello here and that's WAY darker. But that's fine- it works well with the beer.) with some medium, nutty malt. A wee bit of hops at the end, but very little. Some pleasant light burnt notes at the tail end, as well. A nice amount of creamy vanilla throughout.

T: Nutty coffee with some burnt notes at the end. A little malty. Not at all hoppy. Just sweet enough to make for a balanced beer without being actively sweet. Nice bit of chocolate bitterness from the cacao nibs at the back with some fruity vanilla throughout. There's kind of an instant coffee taste in here.

F: Medium feel with a med-high carbonation.

O: Lovely. Wish it were year round.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NT99
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pjbfromkc
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CraigTravor
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xSenzafinex
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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