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El Lector - Cigar City Brewing

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El Lector
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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Shaw on 11-19-2010

Pours a brownish red with a nose of caramel and pronounced nuttiness. Flavor has a solid foundation of toasted grains enveloped by a soft touch of coffee and roasted nuts. Our smallest offering, El Lector is true to its English roots.

20 IBU
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of AdamBear
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the CCB/Bruery Take Over! at Redlight Redlight in Orlando.

A-dark brown with a hint of orange. thick light tan head. SOME lacing

S-smells like pumpernickel bread. It has a certain creaminess that reminds me of the hops scent of american black ales. medium strength

T-comes in with a taste of cigars and breadiness. it then transforms in to a long lasting taste of cigar ash and peppercorn. there's a lot of flavor in this one, that's for sure. this is my first mild, but its not like anything i've ever tasted before. I like it! there's a bit of chocolate in the end as well.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a decent dry finish

D-well its a mild, if it wasn't drinkable, it wouldn't be a good mild. this is beyond drinkable. this is great. i really want the craft movement to catch on to this style, and i really want CCB to start mass producing and bottling this one. there are so many possibilities. i could have many of these in a sitting. So much complexity in such a little ABV!

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This may be the first Ben Romano brew I've had...

A - It pours a rusty tannic brown hue, translucent, and has a sudsy taupe head.

S - There is a good amount of aroma given the mild inputs. I get some buttery toasted hazelnut and perhaps a little bit of roasted coconut, too.

T - The flavor introduces some balancing hop elements, but nutty and toasty flavors remain at the forefront. As I drink more, the earthy and herbal hop is strengthening some vanilla and honey-ish nuances in the malt, but obfuscating the rest of the malt profile to a degree.

M - Big body and lots of creaminess for an allegedly 'smaller' brew. Enhancing, no doubt.

D - I would crush tons of this stuff. Isn't that the point of the English Mild?

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of hopking311
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all.. This is my 3rd time having this delectable brew.. I think its time it deserves a review.. first time in Daytona Beach at an Irish Pub / Bottle shop on Beach st.. 2nd time at a Cigar City / saint somewhere beer dinner locally.. along with 38 other awesome beers.. INSANE!!..

Anyhow. I poured this one fresh on tap at the Brewpub which I help manage in Orange park FL... Poured into a snifter.. Brown with slight rust orange highlights when held up to the Florida sunshine gazing from an outside window.

smells caramely, slight sour brown ale nose.. some notes of chocolate malt.

medium bodied, great carbonation.. lacey as hell

I get a slight bitter taste indicative of an ESB along with a subtle but delicious sour brown ale flavor of english decent.

Overall awesome beer.. Always a pleasure to session any CCB beers. Cheers

Photo of KarlosT
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being from New England (w/ lots of great micro-brews), my brother proudly took me to Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Florida. And I must say I was very impressed with both the quality and the number of excellent craft-brews on tap. The organization is very well run, and I fully expect to find their beers in the New England region in the near future ( I can see them expanding nationally).
I started with a taster rack of Jai Alai (IPA), Resonator Double Bock, El Lector English Style Dark Ale, and the Puppy Breath Porter. All were excellent.

Had the El Lector in a small 4oz tasting glass. ABV was 4.5%

Appearance:
Very nice dark translucent brown. Appropriate for a dark English ale.

Smell:
Nice balance between hops and malts. Definitely noted the nutty aromas.

Taste:
Consistent with the smell. Nutty, nice balance between hops and malts. Slight after taste of floral notes ... added to the complexity of the beer.

MF:
lighter bodied beer, appropriate for an ale. But definitely heavier than a lager.

Overall:
Very good to great, drinkable beer. Would definitely have again. Probably one of my favorite Dark English Ales. Highly recommended.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: darkish brown with low head retention
smell: decent hop aroma,

taste: slight nutty, balanced, low hop profile, smooth and very sessionable

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: what a great session ale. I don;t have a in this style to compare to but I enjoyed it. Looking for more in the full flavor session category.

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4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the CCB tasting room. Clear red brown with two finger cream colored head. Web of lace down the glass. Smell: mild roast, caramelized sugar, a little black plum, mild earthy + green hopping, powdery chocolate note. Taste: mild roast, grape skin, dry plum. A bit grainy, tannins (? but it fits). Medium body, creamy feel. Dry finish. Good punch of flavor at the abv level. Tasty enough to take home a growler.

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, served in a plastic up, beer is brown and clear, dark brown, with a thin lazy wispy head of off white tan bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and weak with a mildness to it.

Beer is nice a refreshing, not a dry finish at all, nice throughout, mildly sweet, a little roasty, decent. I'd have it again.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Cigar City.

A: Reddish-amber color, cloudy, and with a mild head that stuck around for a bit.

S: Almost like a red ale, but without the intense hop profile. Red-velvet cake, liquified, and with very minimal sugar content.

T: A huge vat of yeast on the forefront, with sour dough bread in the middle, and a bitter bite on the end.

M: I think the bitter finish was more pepper than anything. Nice understated sweetness... along with pretty much understated everything.

O: Low AVB with huge taste. Isn't that every seasoned craft beer nerd's dream?

Photo of One2Remeber
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Filled growler a couple hours ago, poured into a pint glass.

A: Color is brown as could be, not too dark or too light. A hue of dark amber when hold glass up to the light. Creamy, frothy tan head.

S: Typical CC aroma, lightly burnt caramelized malts off the bat. Smells extremely clean, fresh. I do not detect a strong hop presence.

T: Extremely flavorful, especially for an English style ale. A slight nuttiness with roasted, toasted malts serving as the backbone. Extremely smooth tasting, carbonation / alcohol / bitterness are all in check, nothing is remotely over average which allows for nuttiness characteristic to shine. Taste like a mix between an English Brown Ale and an Extra Special Bitter.

M: Extremely light bodied while having a great amount of flavor making El Lector an excellent sessionable brew. Carbonation bubbles at the end making the beverage light like a soda pop rather than a beer.

O: For what it is, I am extremely impressed. Can not say I have a lot of experience with English Dark Mild Ales, but I can say El Lector has welcomed me to the style:)

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El Lector from Cigar City Brewing
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