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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: 1,082
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 279
Gots: 158 | 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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Ratings: 1,082 | Reviews: 283
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.02/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Look: Dark brown with a lighter brown swirl throughout the beer. A massive 2 inch head and great retention with some spotty lacing and some coffee bean sediment

Smell: Very earthy kind of dirty coffee bean nose

Taste: Essentially the same as the nose just pure coffee

Mouthfeel: This is hands down the worst mouthfeel I have ever experienced in a beer. There is so much carbonation that is foams up in your mouth. This body. Just awful

Overall: I do actually like the flavors of the beer but the high amount of carbonation makes this beer undrinkable. Hey cigar city figure it out

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of bryanole27.. thanks for the extra!

Appearance: the Cubano-style Espresso doesn't look much different than the regular Maduro; it has a nice hearty brown color with some reddish hues. On a side note, the new label is a major improvement over the previous one.

Smell: Mazzaro's coffee beans really set this one apart from the base Maduro.. there's a big espresso aroma with traces of vanilla.

Taste: this beer's predominate flavor is coffee, with hints of cocoa and toffee.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied.

Overall: not bad, considering I don't care for very many brown ales.. and coffee beers are quickly falling out of favor for some reason. That said, I was grateful to receive this as an extra and am glad I got to try it.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown color, with hardly any head.

Great coffee aroma, with notes of chocolate. I'm also smelling roasted malt.

This beer is all about the coffee. It's the main flavor, which is backed up by roasted malt flavors. I'm not noticing the vanilla Cigar City says is in there, not that that is a problem.

Smooth body is almost creamy.

If you don't like coffee, don't try this beer. Stick with regular Maduro. Coffee fans, seek this one out.

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4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass.

A- Pours a dark, dark almost opaque brown with a full inch of off-white head that retains a bit before slipping down to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass. A good amount of surface foam and minimal lacing.

S- Dark, roasted espresso with plenty of chocolate and caramel notes. Smells just like the way I enjoy my iced coffee. The espresso becomes more apparent when the glass is swirled and the carbonation is released.

T- Just as amazing as the first time I ever had it on tap. Heavy espresso that gives way to sweet chocolate in a pure and fully balanced delivery. Slightly bitter finish with hints of caramel, cinnamon, raisin and rice pudding (as the label suggests for a food pairing).

M- Thick, creamy and chewy. Medium-high carbonation.

O- Cigar City. Reinventing beer one project at a time.

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3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a big 3 finger off-white creamy sticky head.

Aroma is heavy on roasted malts with a little bit of chocolate as well.

Flavor is pretty much the same. Heavy roasted notes and loads of espresso flavor pretty much overpower everything else.

Somewhat creamy and good carbonation.

Ok beer as I'm a fan of espresso, but objectively it's pretty one-note. I do like the creaminess the oatmeal adds and I wouldn't mind having this again, but I doubt I'll seek it out actively.

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4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated Oct, 2011... Poured into 6oz whiskey glass

A- Dark brown with blood orange hints, clear liquid and a cm of light cream head. Settles quickly, leaving a bubbly liquid bare in the glass.

S- Wow, fresh ground coffee beans. Incredibly fresh. Milk chocolate and caramel dance around also. Mocha through and through- even a touch of whipped cream!

T/M- Nice toasted, warm brown malts with a lingering roast following quickly. Very coffee/espresso forward with hints of the same chocolate/caramel found in the aroma. Slight esters on the finish with a noticeable bitterness. Nice lively body with an incredibly bubbly finish; perhaps a touch light on the palate though.

O- Loved this. Gave a bottle to my non-craft roommate on a work trip and he instantly wrote down some info on the beer and asked how he can get it back in Nashville... I think that really speaks to the quality and drinkability of this great beer.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with only faint light piercing through and three fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Lots and lots of sweet, creamy chocolate and coffee. It smells like a cup of delicious espresso with a dollop of sweet cream on top. Nutty aromas are also mixed within. Smells very good.

T: Similar to the aroma, sweet and creamy chocolate with robust coffee flavors permeate. There are nutty flavors throughout as well. The finish is slightly bitter with more creamy coffee flavors.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer would benefit from a creamier body to go with the chocolate and coffee flavors.

O: A great brown ale with wonderful chocolate and coffee flavors and aromas. The main drawback is the slightly watery body.

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3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA shufon for including this as a generous extra in a recent trade.

Missed my morning coffee today, so figured it was time to try this beer.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch, fizzy and rocky offwhite head. Pours a very dark brown that's clear red brown at the edges. Not much lacing.

Smell: Espresso and a strange sweet apple aroma. What? Like the espresso. Very sharp aromas. Lots of grape, apple, berry... what are these doing here? Are they complexities of the espresso? Mild vanilla in the background. Not really any discernible malt aroma.

Wait, is that Cascade hops? It's sort of piny and grapefruity. It smells like it... strange choice for a beer like this if so.

All told, the aroma is complex, pleasant, and persistent, which immediately places it well above the average brown ale. The aromas don't seem to make much sense to me, but they're good.

Taste: Coffee and mild malt flavor up front. Nice bready backbone that blossoms into tasting like sourdough bread with espresso poured all over it. Never thought of doing that before, but it actually tastes quite good.

Great coffee/espresso flavor up front. Has a real airy quality to it, as well as a mild nuttiness. Further in, the blend of coffee and base beer is different than any other coffee beer I've ever had. It's not really better or worse and it's hard to describe, but definitely unique.

Fair amount of hop flavor up front as well (again, like Cascade, which is weird), along with a bit of ashy flavor. With warmth, the coffee does take on a bit of a creamy vanilla character that I very much enjoy.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. A little more than a touch overcarbonated. Would like it to be creamier.

Overall: This beer isn't "coming together" for me... I don't really understand the overall flavor or aroma, and there isn't much balance. It's not even that it's "out of balance" as in coffee hits you over the head or not enough malt flavor or anything like that, it's that I can't see what all these equally prominent and rather well done flavors are doing together.

Even so, good beer. Lesser than the sum of its parts perhaps, but its parts are all very very good.

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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