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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: 1,062
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 276
Gots: 152 | FT: 12
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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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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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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. 12 oz bottle received in a trade a bit back. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Poured a nice mahogany color. A big 2 finger head formed, eggshell white in color, that retains extremely well.

S - Coffee, espresso, and roasted malts up front. Not much else going on other than slight vanilla.

T - VERY coffee/espresso forward. HUGE espresso bean flavor with just enough roasted malts behind it to remind you it's a beer. Some slight chocolate innthe back, but not much else. Slight vanilla here and there.

M - Lighter bodied beer with a pretty large amount of carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer. I liked it, I didn;t love it. The coffee was great, it was just too light in body to really make me fall for it.

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4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I originally tried this paired with a Tres Leches cake during the final course of a beer dinner at Padrino’s Cuban Restaurant just outside of Orlando. After trying it, I knew that I would have to find some bottles so I could do a further review. I typically am not a huge fan of brown ales and it really takes something extraordinary for me to even comment about them. This one of the reasons why I was so surprised with how much I enjoyed this.

Appearance – A medium shade of brown. I could see completely through this although it was dark. Not cloudy at all.

Smell – After opening the bottle, the coffee smell wasn’t coming completely through. But after waiting for a few minutes for the temperature to rise, it really developed nicely. The coffee smell was there, but not overpowering. I’ve never tried a Cubano Espresso roast by itself, so I can’t comment on similarities, but the smell was a sweet coffee smell with hints of vanilla lingering in the background. I also noted a small amount of maple syrup.

Taste – No hops or bitterness at all. At first contact, you would recognize the roasted malt, just as with most brown ales. However, there is nice subtle hint of coffee, vanilla and crème that comes through. Drink this slowly and witness the flavors develop more as it warms. There is absolutely no alcohol burn or presence, as this is a very low ABV beer.

Mouthfeel – This is a very drinkable beer. It has the body to let you know it’s a brown ale, but is not heavy by any means. I could easily drink many of them during one session.

Overall – I feel that this was an excellent offering from Cigar City. I feel that due to the sweetness and coffee notes, it’s a great beer to pair with desserts. However, it’s versatile and can be enjoyed at any time. Heck, I’d drink this with breakfast. Being a really big fan of coffee beers, it was nice to try a different take on one. Typically coffee is associated with stouts, but Cigar City clearly was able to reach an equally complex beer without adding all of the alcohol when making this one.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a snifter.
Pours a rich black with a thin tan head that leavs very thin lacing.
Bam! Strait up face In a bag of espresso beans aroma. Nice smells of roasty malt and dark chocolate.
Taste is awesome. Lots of espresso, some cocoa in the body and a very nice bitter finish. Very roasty with some nice lingering sweetness.
Mouthfeel leaves just a bit of stickiness. Pretty light body with a medium level of carbonation. Really nice.
Hands down one of my all time favorite coffee beers.

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Beer was a dark brown color, with a one-finger, tan head. Light carbonation with some lacing around the glass.

Aroma was coffee and roasted malts.

Taste was bitter coffee, chocolate and grains.

Heavy coffee flavor, but easy drinking.

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4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep ruby color with a one finger head. Aroma is straight-up cuban coffee. The taste matches the aroma. The bottles says that vanilla and caoco was added, but I only get coffee. Mouthfeel is thin but not quite watery. Overall, very interesting and unique. This tastes like cuban coffee with carbonation. Not quite as good as the base Maduro, but still great for a brown ale.

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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