Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 982
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 247
Gots: 119 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate caramel color with a ton of head. When I started to pour there was immediately 2" of head without a vigorous pour. The head didn't go away any time soon. It took several minutes to get the full beer into the pint glass. The nose has notes of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, tobacco, and smoke. The flavor coffee-like up front with some smoky, earthy, woody notes. There are also some faint citrusy notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a moderately carbonated.

This is a decent beer. It's a nice play on a brown ale. The flavor is complex but I'm not sure if I would want more than one of these at any given time.

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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from my good buddy Bierenutz. Thanks Dave!

This is a very lively beer when you open the bottle. No gusher but the foam keeps coming out of the bottle. When i poured it in my Struise glass i got a five finger head! Bigger and smaller bubbles. Fluid like dark tea.

The smell is good with coffe on the back and front of course. Also a bit of a boozy smell. pleasant!

The taste is a bit too thin for me. The 5.5 abv should have been at least 10 for a more balanced taste.

Photo of soughtbygod
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a murky dark brown with a tan head and lots of a head to this beer is really carbonated through the murky brown i can see bubble shooting toward the top like champagne.

smell, for me not much here trying to detect anything other than old coffee. thats all i seem to pick out

taste/ back up i have to do mouthfeel first this is way overcarbonated hurts cant pick out the flavors like drinking a sprite.

back to taste now that i am prepared: i get day old ice coffee as the flavor, almost nothing else maybe a slight tinge of vanilla

i am really surprised this beer has such a good rating not my favorite.

Photo of codysjb
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my DFH Signature glass.
A: Pours a brown black with little head that dissipates in a minute or so.
Looks really cool for a brown ale (like a stout).
S: Coffee, espresso and some chocolate (maybe a little vanilla), but this pretty much smells like a
Starbucks truck collided with a Cigar City van.
T: Yum, coffee and more coffee with some minor caramel and vanilla notes.
M: Smooth, not heavy like a stout but a massive amount of flavor here that’s almost all coffee and beer.
O: This is great; I’d drink this a lot if I could find it. It’s really an awesome beer that brings coffee into a smooth, lighter beer that’s not heavy like a stout.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz Pint Glass. Sent VIA Beermail

Appearance - Very Dark Amber/Crimson Color with brighter hue of orange at the bottom. Head pours at around a finger width and is dirty white/brown in color, and the lacing left behind is very spotty.

Smell - Rich Coffee Bean/Espresso and Vanilla, just like it says on the bottle. If I didn't know better, I would say that I'm smelling a frozen mocha drink straight from the local coffee shop. There's the roasted malts smell which you come to expect out of brown ales and it really fits quite well here.

Taste - Espresso, Coffee, Vanilla and malts all come together to make an incredibly tasty drink. I've never really been into coffee beers before, but man this tastes excellent! Not only are the flavors rich, but the malty backbone helps support the flavor; Making an already flavorful beer even more so!

Mouthfeel - Pretty heavy body, even by brown ale standards and it's pretty thick too. Carbonation is moderate, but it's balanced out enough that it helps bring some intensity to the overall flavor of the beer.

Overall - I've never been into coffee beers because the idea never really appealed to me. After having this beer, I can easily say that I've gotten over my unwillingness to try coffee beers. It's rich, flavorful and the coffee flavor isn't overpowering at all. Those who have Cigar City available in your area, I envy you!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a trade from Heatwave33, shared with the manager of TJs.

Pour is a slightly muddy brown. Kind of not great looking, the head was a really big at first, but it settled down.

Smell is completely loaded with coffee. Hints of oats kind of.

The taste is really coffee forward, but after youve become accustomed to the coffee, you really feel am underlying sweetness and smoothness that makes it very drinkable and a nice beer.

Photo of marcdalke
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like a freshly poured shot of espresso...yum!
The taste is all espresso and earthy coffee grounds up front. Sweetness from the malt starts to come along as it plays out. The taste starts to balance out as it warms.
The mouthfeel at first is way over carbonated...but once the fizz dies down a bit, it gets more and more drinkable. But if I had a complaint, it's the carbonation. It's more like a soda than a beer.
This is one interesting beer. They definitely nail that espresso flavor. I just finished a bottle, and I'm headed to the fridge for another.

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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to Heatwave33.

There is substantial thick creamy tan head, but very little lacing. The color is a dark reddish brown that does not let much light through.

Immediately after the pour, I could smell the coffee from a foot away. However, that coffee smell quickly faded into a combination of mostly malt that is typical of a brown. The coffee is still present, but not like that initial blast.

The coffee dominates the flavor at the start. This fades to reveal a very nice milk chocolate flavor. The aftertaste is mainly bitter coffee.

The feel is light-to-medium that leaves a creamy coating. I don't feel any carbonation.

I have only had a few coffee brown ales, so it's not hard to say that this one is the best. The cacao and vanilla additions make this beer great. Get one.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (dated November 2011) into a pint glass

A: Dark brown with hues of ruby red around the edges of the glass. Tops off with a thin, latte colored head that quickly breaks down into a fizzy cap. Surprisingly less thick looking than the regular Maduro Oatmeal Brown.

S: Aromas of dark-roasted coffee beans topped with a bit of sweet cream notes and brown sugar. The scent is strikingly similar to fresh cup of espresso.

T: Roasted and bold upfront with robust notes of espresso roast bean shining through from start to finish. Touches of vanilla compliment the coffee flavor nicely and the sweetness helps balance roasty character of the oatmeal malts and coffee. Finishes earthy and slightly sweet with a kiss of milky, latte-esque flavor.

M: Surprisingly on the more carbonated side with a slight fizzy mouthfeel. Medium bodied and smooth in the finish from the oatmeal malts.

O: The notes of coffee and vanilla compliment the standard roasty and smooth character of the standard Maduro Brown Ale very nicely. This is a well executed play on an already great Maduro brown ale and also a great digression from the standard coffee/stout combination. I'm sold on coffee/oatmeal brown ales!

Photo of BucBasil
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at the Cigar City tap room in Tampa.

A: Dark brown with a light tan head. Surprising bright and clear. Some read notes coming in on the sides.

S: Very roasty. Cafe au lait. Creamy caramel. Heavenly note almost like a good chocolate ice cream.

T: Creamy coffee. Super smooth. Chocolate and mocha. I love this beer.

Fantastic. Smooth. Everything I want in a brown ale. Recommended.

Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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