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El Lector - Cigar City Brewing

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El Lector
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
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:
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

(Beer added by: Shaw on 11-19-2010)
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-29-2012 18:55:01 | More by closisinthehouse
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 03:23:12 | More by drabmuh
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-22-2012 02:49:32 | More by zekeman17
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-19-2012 03:03:03 | More by SHCC
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-29-2012 13:50:09 | More by ohtheguilt
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-22-2012 20:08:46 | More by PthPndr
Photo of hdelavega


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes.
On tap at cigar city.
This brew poured a deep mahogany brown with red hues where the light passed through, very little head on this mostly due to the pour, what did remain was on the yellow side of off-white. The nose on this one was pretty roasty, notes of caramel, chocolate, and a bit of earthiness. Up front I get those sweet malty flavors, chocolate and a little fruit I can’t put my finger on. There are some earthy notes followed up by a bit of grassy hop. The body is fairly light and the carbonation sits on the high side making this brew very drinkable. Overall a nice drinkable beer, but nothing to wright home about.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 16:52:11 | More by hdelavega
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-06-2012 07:25:27 | More by tugg407
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-03-2012 04:22:06 | More by whartontallboy
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-29-2011 01:55:28 | More by Stiggy
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-19-2011 04:34:19 | More by mcorwin
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-05-2011 19:06:52 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-24-2011 14:52:24 | More by HopStoopid120
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-21-2011 15:50:21 | More by bob727
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-14-2011 16:41:13 | More by awalk1227
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-14-2011 11:19:37 | More by tchaos
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Dunedin House of Beer. It was poured into a pint glass.

A: dark brown/dark coffee color with a one finger head that quickly faded into a thin superficial tanned layer. Excellent lacing present in the beer.

S: a bit hard to find, but coffee notes are predominant with a slight malty and vanilla smell.

T: light coffee in the beginning along with roasted malts that give way to a final hops presence and a earthy/rooty finish in the aftertaste.

M: light to medium body, medium carbonation. Very drinkable despite its dark nature.

O: a very solid brew, it's very drinkable and packs a good taste to boot.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 00:27:26 | More by olimpia84
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4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 17:04:47 | More by hopking311
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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:)

Serving type: growler

09-27-2011 05:23:21 | More by One2Remeber
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at Cigar City's taproom on 9/9/11 for Firkin Friday.

Draft poured into a 4 oz. sampler glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep caramel brown with yellow highlights. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with English hops.

Taste: Grassy up front followed by light hops in the middle before ending with roasted malt and a touch of nuttiness. Dry, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could drink several. Goes down smooth.

Overall: Good beer overall. Nice to see CCB putting out a mild ale. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 22:05:15 | More by adam42381
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rich looking medium brown with a mild cloudiness about it. Rich color here with a nice head of off white which hung around for a few moments before settling down into a thin film. The aroma was light, medium fruit notes, apricot maybe with a hint of some light spice and tons of grain. More of the same on the taste as I run through on this one. The flavor was a bit lacking for me. Nice malt profile with a light ouch of fruit and spice, but not nearly strong enough of a profile to really get me to enjoy it. Smooth, mellow carbonation and a low abv made it nice and and drinkabl

Serving type: growler

08-20-2011 02:01:17 | More by mikesgroove
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District of Columbia

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?

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 21:55:48 | More by Chaney
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. Served in a pint glass, the beer poured a dark brown that is slightly translucent, with a thin layer of off-white head. Aromas of light nut sweetness that avoid being overpowering. The beer has flavors that are sweet nut/hazelnut and smokey/tobacco to balance. The beer is crisp and smooth in mouth, with some slight creamy textures. The aftertaste is creamy and light hazelnut, surprisingly like a Nutella spread. Creamy finish, too!

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 19:04:50 | More by GarthDanielson
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 06:22:43 | More by babaracas
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4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 20:01:40 | More by AdamBear
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