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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 262
Gots: 137 | FT: 13
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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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2.96/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


12 oz bottle into Deschutes tulip snifter

A - extremely dark brown, hints of ruby. light tan head. nice and fluffy with distinct beads of carbonation. ok lacing. i have to keep reminding myself this is a brown ale, closer to an english mild than a stout or a porter...

S - somewhat astringent coffee. mild hops.

T - smoother coffee flavor than the aroma. hints of chocolate, malt, some hop bitterness.

M - nice foamy carbonation, but otherwise kind of hot/astringent.

O - it gave me the impression of drinking strong, cold, unsweetened coffee - something that they might have been going for, but not necessarily what i was looking for. some of those flavors/aromas desirable in coffee came across as being a little off in this beer. i think i'd prefer this with a more pronounced chocolate malt presence. i'm trying to be fair, but this one just didn't really bowl me over. my fiancee enjoyed it, but she doesn't have an account on here, so...

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle into a SixPoint snifter

A: SRM is muddy/pale brown. Semi-translucent. Clear filtered, yet they beer has a murky quality to the appearance. Minimal off-white head persists while only lining the rim of the glass. Medium carbonation with soda-like effervescence while pouring. Medium/heavy lacing.

S: Espresso jumps straight out at the nose. Hints of cacao and vanilla meld into the back end and are marginally discernable.

T: Again, espresso jumps all over the initial palate, but immediately the roasted malt flavors of a brown ale assert themselves. Vanilla and a light, natural cacao flavor follow promptly. Aftertaste is of a typical brown ale, malty and light roastiness, along with espresso, hints of vanilla, and a natural cacao/chocolate note.

M: Medium body. Feel is that of any typical quality brown ale. Larger malt feel gives body to the ale, but the additions of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate add a whole other layer of complexity. Dry finish.

O: I am in love. This beer has a very easy drinking quality, and with an ABV that is quite manageable, this beer is something I could have all day. The flavors exhibited in this beer are masterful. Espresso dominates, but never overshadows any of the other flavors. If I could by cases of this beer I would.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Deschute tulip. Big thanks eorwar for the share.

A: Pours a semi clear brown with a thin light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a few swirls and a thin collar. Some splotchy lace is left behind.

S: Coffee beans, toasted malts and light milk chocolate. There is a dryness to the coffee bean smells.

T: Sugar sweetness, bigger roasted coffee bean, oaty malts and some slight roast.

M: Medium bodied, the carbonation was a little to lively more for me and didn't let the flavors really coat the palate.

O: Very solid and rich in flavor. The carbonation needs to be a tad lower for me though.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing.
Score: 87

Bottle neck says "Jun 161." Served in a Hunahpu snifter and enjoyed on 04/04/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: At pour, this beer immediately turns into a titanic amount of soapy tan head. This beer would have foamed over my glass before I had poured half the beer if I was not paying attention. The head ultimately settles into a thin layer. The beer is a deep coffee brown color that turns to a dull yellow-brown color when held up to light. The body is pretty opaque. Excellent lacing, above average retention. Has a noticeably effervescent appearance. 4/5

Smell: Iced coffee, pecans, bready malt and vanilla cream soda. A light amount of earthy hops and coffee grounds is in the mix too. There is a non-descript "mixed nut" smell here. The nose is pretty sweet. 4/5

Taste: Sugary vanilla creamy soda with a nutty twist. Has a traditional brown ale flavor, but is much sweeter than your average brown ale. A little roast and a touch of sweet caramel. There is a modest coffee backbone. 4/5

Mouthfeel: There is where the beer fails. The beer is lighter, maybe light-medium, bodied and extremely carbonated. This beer is quite over-carbonated to be frank. Has a fizzy and sweet mouthfeel. 2.5

Overall: A bit sweet for my taste buds, but this would have been a really good brown ale if not for the over carbonation issue.

Recommendation: Worth trying. Do not seek out this beer specifically, but if you are trading with someone with access to Cigar City Brewing beer, ask them if they can get you a bottle.

Pairings: Merck's Swiss-and-almond cheese spread.

Cost: $7.99 for a four pack.

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A: Pours a dark, dark, cola brown with a two finger light tan head

S: The coffee is very apparent, almost overwhelming. Also get a lot of dark English malts and quite a bit of milk chocolate.

T: Coffee, coffee, coffee. That's more or less it. A lot of sweetness as well, almost like the way an iced mocha would taste, quite taken aback by this one. Also get that milk chocolate again.

M: Somewhat thin, not tons of carbonation, but very smooth and silky

Overall this was a very unique one. Drank more like a porter than any brown ale I've ever had, and I loved the sweetness of it.

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Thanks to Brian for snagging me some Cigar City off-the-shelf stuff while in FLA!

'Brown ale with vanilla, cacao, and coffee beans added'. Sounds like a delicious brown.

Poured with two-and-a-half fingers of latte foam on an almost opaque java dark brown body. The head is super-condensed and everlasting with very few nooks and crannies from popped bubbles. I could draw some sweet 'latte art' in it. 4.5

Smells like coffee ice cream. Nice vanilla bean sweetness pulling through as well as some fruity medium-roast coffee notes. Hints of cocoa nibs and some lactose are present, as well. Pretty impressive nose for a brown ale! 4.0

Nice iced coffee character with rich, budding vanilla bean, some light chocolate mousse, and a kiss of herbal hops. The malts are lightly roasted and the added ingredients are boasting, but not weighing too heavily over the fact that this is a beer. A brown ale, I might add. Still here are the nutty hazelnut flavors and some very mild hop bitterness. More lactose in the taste, as if this were bordering on a really light milk stout. 4.5

Creamy and round without being full or chewy. Easy on the tongue. No stick from the sugars. The carbonation is held in check a bit, but it smoothes out the brew. Pretty solid. 3.5

This is an amazing beer for a style I could take or leave. This brew nailed down the most important objective--having a quality coffee and vanilla taste. So many coffee/vanilla beers fall prey to being too sweet, having no standout malts or hops, having artificial flavors. Cigar City made an exquisite coffee brown here. Very much recommended. 4.5

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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