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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 909
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 250
Gots: 102 | 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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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Dark brown with a tan head.

Smell: Roasted coffee, burnt malts, toffee.

Taste: Roasted coffee, burnt malts, toffee and slight sweet cream.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, nice body, slightly coarse and medium dry.

Overall: This is the closest brew to coffee I've had. It's like drinking carbonated coffee. Very delicious. This is a coffee lovers MUST have. Cheers!

Heatwave33, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looked like the date code said june 11, so I was worried this wasn't going to be in good shape. glad i was wrong! pour was a mahoganyish brown with a lightly tanned head that really held well and left very attractive splotches of lace. nose reminded me of whoppers (chocolate malt balls) and South Beach Cuban bakeries. chocolate, malt and dark, roasty Cuban style espresso (con leche) with tobacco (vanilla and oak? - well done cigar city), pastries and a kiss of hop in there. it's all there in the taste, but hits me reverse of what i expected. chocolate, malt and tobacco come quickly at first, but are knocked out by a huge wallop of espresso that leaves with a faint hoppiness (that blends the two styles of bitter) and some ashiness. very light medium body for all the flavor going on. not sticky, but slick indeed and very minimal aftertaste. cigar city brewing continues to impress me with their maduro treatments. impressive to begin with, the espresso definitely does it justice, and evokes a sense of place. can't wait for my next trip to FL!!!

timtim, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer with thanks to the Brander.

A - At first its a decent looking brown ale, with a nice off white head and a hazy brown fluid.

S - Strange smell, pretty unique. Its a strong smell of wood and a slight scent of burned coffee beans.

T - The coffee is really present in this one. Its more like a coffee beer. One has to be a coffee bean lover to appreciate this. I am not unfortunately. The beer itself is also rather dry.

M - The carbonation is good and fits the taste. A little bitter finish.

O - Not a bad brown ale but like I said one has to be a coffee lover.

Mar02x, Nov 13, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a shaker pint.

A- The body of teh beer is mahogany. Thin white head resolves to a thin sheen.

S- The aroma is vanilla, malted chocolate balls, very pleasant espresso.

T- The flavor of the beer flashes bitter espresso going into a sweetened caramel, vanilla and cocoa.

M- The body of the beer is light and well carbonated. A bit of slickness noted.

O- A very well done brown ale with a nice espresso kick. If this is a sign of what Cigar City does I am looking forward to some more.

nlmartin, Nov 10, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a super dark brown with awesome head and lacing.

The smell sweet malts, chocolate, and coffee.

There isn't much taste on the front but the back hits hard. With some iced coffee type flavors along with bitterness from the hops and roasted malts.

Overall a good beer and with a light body and mouthfeel it is very easy to drink.

Eriktheipaman, Oct 19, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Brown pour with a ridiculously large off white head. Basically like ice cream raising out of the beer. Extremely long lasting with great retention. A ton of bubbles race to the top.

S: The aroma of this can be pretty much summed up as: coffee and roasted malts. A lot of coffee, with the roastiness there simply to remind you that this is a beer, not a coffee.

T: I really have to remind myself that this is, in fact, a beer. I really want to get a bagel and use this as my morning coffee. Light and roasty with just a huge amount of espresso beans. Delicious.

MF: Dry, medium body, with a ton of carbonation.

O: Extremely drinkable and very good. If you like coffee, go for this, you won't be disappointed.

russwbeck, Oct 16, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this bottle at the Flying Saucer Beer Tasting.

The beer pours a brownish color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the bitter coffee and bitter chocolate with a little bit of roasted malt mixed in.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of milk chocolate notes, with a good amount of coffee also mixed in. I also get some vanilla and hazelnut notes, as well as a little bit of cream.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 15, 2011
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1.73/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Received as an extra in a recent trade.
Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter. Bottle date is 6/14

Aroma: Surprising musky citrus fruit note right up front. A light, roasted coffee bean aroma, plus milk chocolate, is immediately overcome by a tart cherry fruitiness. I'm a bit worried. The aroma profile doesn't match up w/ what I'd expect for an espresso brown ale.

Appearance: Deep brown w/ a tinge of red. One finger light tan head falls slowly. Thin, creamy lacing washes onto inside of glass. Nothing really unusual here.

Flavor: Whoah-- definitely an infected bottle. (And the first one I've dealt with from CCB.) An astringent tartness hits me up front. It tastes like an Oud Bruin rather than a round, roasted malt/coffee flavored brew. I try to give it a few sips, but knowing the brew falls short of what was promised on the label is discouraging.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body. The tartness is astringent and drying. Again-- I don't believe this is what the brewer intended.

Overall: Definitely my first let-down from CCB. I checked other reviews for this beer, and only found one other case where the BA also had an infected bottle. Either I had extremely bad luck, or other recipients of this batch decided not to review. I'm putting this out here for informational purposes (both for the brewer, and my fellow BAs). I hope this is a rare occurrence for what is one of my favorite breweries.

mdvatab, Oct 14, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a one finger tan head that fades to a thin layer. Some slight lacing is left on the glass.

S - Lots of coffee, some chocolate and vanilla.

T - Exactly like the smell, but the coffee is more bitter.

D - Good carbonation, slightly oily.

O - Coffee is too strong and thus no balance.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 14, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/16/11

A - Pours a clear reddish dark brown, though light does pass through the pint glass. Huge tan head has excellent retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Coffee and a bit of chocolate, along with some roasted malt.

T - Roasted malt up front, quickly followed by a nice coffee presence. Quite creamy as well. The coffee here plays a supporting role instead of dominating. Finishes semi-dry with a light bitterness.

M -- Medium creamy mouthfeel with an earthy dryness on the finish.

O - A solid brown ale with a very nice coffee presence. Nice balance of flavors and a creamy mouthfeel make this easy drinking.

warnerry, Oct 09, 2011
Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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