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Minaret Extra Special Bitter - Cigar City Brewing

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Minaret Extra Special Bitter
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BA SCORE
85
very good

121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
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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shand, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

CJS, Jan 22, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On nitro, at Pingleheads. Dark coloured, tasty stuff. The hops, and of course the caramel and chocolate malts survived fine on nitro. A little creamy. Fun stuff that still hit the spot after a long day and night and day of drinking beer. I could drink this for two days.

Sammy, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro at Barcade.

Beautiful pour: copious white head and lace above the cloudy amber body. Malty, slightly earthy aroma. Dry, yeasty, smells like most lagers. Bleh.

I don't usually like ESBs, so it took Al's recommendation for me to order this. Surprisingly balanced as the malted barley meets earthy yeast and tangy fruit. Creamy as hell, thanks to the nitro. I enjoyed this, but gimme my pour of Huna back!

brystmar, Sep 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

johnyb, Aug 19, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

at7000, Jun 16, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rattle ‘n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color. It poured with a thin yet dense off white head that died down very slowly but left a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a patch of bubbles in the middle.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy and toasted malts along with some hints of caramel. A very slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is a little dry.
O: This is a very flavorful ESB that is also very easy to drink.

metter98, May 25, 2012
Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.