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Minaret Extra Special Bitter - Cigar City Brewing

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Minaret Extra Special Bitter
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85
very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pours amber in color with notes of caramel and slight hints of red delicious apple in the aroma. Flavor has a moderate earthy and herbal hop bitterness followed by moderate caramel notes that are subdued by floral hop bitterness in the finish.

47 IBU

(Beer added by: Gtreid on 05-29-2011)
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wilfonzo

Florida

5/5  rDev +31.9%

02-07-2012 01:12:12 | More by wilfonzo
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alalvarez75

New York

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-14-2011 16:20:08 | More by alalvarez75
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bob727

Florida

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-21-2011 16:10:01 | More by bob727
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tvan

Florida

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-18-2011 04:59:25 | More by tvan
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at7000

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +26.1%

I'm not a big fan of English Style Bitters, but this was a great beer. As one poster commented and I agree- It's a very well balanced beer. My general complaint with ESBs, are they tend to be on the bland side, and lacking in flavour. No worries here- This beer delivers some very, very intense flavors. Starts with a nice roasted malt flavor/mouth-feel, and finishes with a nice, very bitter, hop bite. I highly recommend this beer and I will look for it again. It is available only on tap.

06-16-2012 14:31:20 | More by at7000
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-27-2011 22:18:09 | More by CGMLS3
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Stiggy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-29-2011 02:05:47 | More by Stiggy
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-06-2012 06:32:48 | More by iL0VEbeer
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%

On nitro at the brewery.

Pours a fantastic golden honey color with a big fluffy head.

Smells of light honey, caramel, and a light hop presence.

The taste is full of caramel, sweet malt, and a healthy dose of grass. Good balance.

The feel is full and velvety.

Overall, this exceeded expectations. I was quite pleased with this brew.

03-20-2012 15:59:32 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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mverity

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

06-24-2013 02:28:25 | More by mverity
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wo87810

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

01-23-2013 22:40:21 | More by wo87810
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basili1250

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-24-2014 19:43:07 | More by basili1250
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velcrogrip

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

08-09-2013 14:13:05 | More by velcrogrip
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-05-2012 03:13:21 | More by swetsastonic
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craftbeerasian

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

05-30-2013 22:41:42 | More by craftbeerasian
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IpeeA

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

08-05-2012 03:00:44 | More by IpeeA
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%

On tap at cigar city's tasting room.

A- Has a dark caramel color to it with a 3/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before settling to an 1/8 inch ring and a considerably solid coat of surface foam. Wavy lacing follows.

S- Has the usual lightly malted nose of an ESB that's crisp and clean. A bit more earthy and pungent than others though.

T- Smooth and super drinkable like an ESB but way more flavorful and bitter than any one I've had before. The typical balance that's common to the style is there but amped up in a way that doesn't compromise its legitimacy. There's also an undeniably funky quality to it. Different.

M- Thin and somewhat spritzy. Medium-high carbonation.

O- Usually CC's session beers are unimpressive to me, but minaret hits the mark. Probably the best ESB I've ever had

12-29-2011 21:26:03 | More by Immortale25
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adam42381

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +9%

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 medium caramel brown with golden highlights. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with a touch of bitter hops.

Taste: Grassy hops up front followed by lightly roasted malt in the middle before ending with a nice bitter finish. Aftertaste is bitter as well. Very nice flavor.

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

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. You could drink several. Goes down smooth.

Overall: Good beer overall. One of the better ESBs I've had (while I haven't had a ton, I know this one is good). Worth trying.

09-12-2011 22:08:35 | More by adam42381
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iemailjack

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-07-2013 23:29:15 | More by iemailjack
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johnyb

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-19-2012 14:58:26 | More by johnyb
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Tarks

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-05-2013 00:52:04 | More by Tarks
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Rborre321

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-03-2014 02:00:16 | More by Rborre321
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hdelavega

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured into a plain old pint glass at palm harbor house of beer.
Pours an amber red in color with a one inch white head.
The aroma is very well balanced. Kind of hard to describe, alittle sweet yet still hoppy.
A little malty sweetness balanced by bitter hops.
Very smooth mouth feel, medium light body with high carbonation. The finish is fairly bitter.
Very nice beer, I'm pretty sure this was my first ESB, a nice style I will be exploring a little more.

10-14-2011 03:47:01 | More by hdelavega
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cyrushire

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-28-2013 04:38:27 | More by cyrushire
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-17-2014 22:51:13 | More by CraigTravor
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Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.