Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale
Cigar City Brewing

Cubano-Style Espresso Brown AleCubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale
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Brown Ale - English
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4.13 | pDev: 9.2%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Cubano-Style Espresso Brown AleCubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale
Notes: 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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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black-brown body with almost no head and very little lace going down the glass. The aroma is basically coffee along with some nuttiness and not much else. Smooth beer, nutty, a slightly sweet lactic taste works with a mild coffee flavor (Espresso) that makes for an easy sipping beer that has a snap on the finish.

Sep 18, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale pours a dark brown color, with a very small, lacing head. Rich aroma, sweet,hints of dry chocolate and coffee. Flavor is rich, sweet, dry dark chocolate notes, sweeter coffee notes as well, hints of toffee. Great creamy feel. Overall, very rich, very tasty, full of sweet coffee flavors.

Jun 18, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a taster from draft at Whole Foods Market on December 31, 2019. Brewed with a heaping amount of Cubano-style espresso beans, vanilla and cacao nibs. Rich coffee notes dominate this beer, while it finds balance with a smooth malty backbone. Pairs well with arroz con leche and, of course, a delicate shot of Cubano espresso. Made with a proprietary blend of coffee beans produced in tandem with Buddy Brew Coffee in Tampa, Florida.

Mar 05, 2020
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with coffee and chocolate on the nose. Light to medium body with coffee up front. You get sweetness at first but I thought it was a bit bitter on the finish. Overall a very good beer.

Feb 29, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with a minimal head. Smells of alcoholic coffee and somewhat nutty. The coffee comes on strong with some nice chocolate flavor too. Smooth as silk and wonderful on the palate. I will buy these when I find them in the store. Very nice brew. On draft at the Meddlesome Moth.

Feb 28, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz canned 9-4-19. Opened 1-19-20.
1 finger sand colored head, falls to 1/4" and holds steady there.
Dark brown, clear and clean when held to the light. Spotty lacing.
Bold espresso notes dominate the nose early. Dark rich coffee grounds and subtle smoky malt.
The flavor is espresso with just a hint of sweetness and a touch of cream. Roasted / nutty malt holds up the coffee.
Light to medium body with medium level of carbonation. Decent length on a malt and coffee-full finish.
Very good, drinkability is high. Borders on becoming sweet but hangs in there. Held up very well for 4 months old, espresso is still strong.

Jan 20, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, brown color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Great roast coffee taste with chocolate and toffee.

Jan 11, 2020
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4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a fresh can. Pretty much does what it says on the label and does it well. thich brownish head. Nose is all about coffee. freshly ground coffee beans, brewed espresso, molasse, vanilla, raw cacao beans. palate is fresh and with a vibrant acidic note through it, as well as with plenty of carbonation. taste profile is similar to a stout , but this being a lighter England style brown ale, it is more sweet and less dense. finish with caramel, toffee, vanilla pudding, and chocolate covered coffee beens

Jan 03, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown/black head with moderate khaki head. Scent is dominated by coffee and chocolate. Scent follows, with some hint of caramel and malt. Mouthfeel is between medium and full, smooth and foamy. Aftertaste is of expresso, but surprisingly smooth

Jan 03, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of tan khaki foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is rich espresso with chocolate, toffee, molasses and caramel just beyond. Toasty, nutty, caramely malts add depth and strength. Flavor profile is espresso, which is full and well-calculated. Molasses, chocolate and toffee, along with toasty, nutty, caramely malts add further depth and complexity. It's flavorful, and lightly sweet. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a lightly creamy consistency. It's soft. Overall, rich espresso with a quality brown ale underneath are paired together extremely well here. Great coffee beer.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz can.

Dec 21, 2019
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Beech105 from Missouri

4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can. Deep brown color with half Inch off white, maybe tan head. Laced the whole way through. Smell of coffee beans and a bit of chocolate. The espresso beans really come through in the taste. Very smooth mouth feel. An excellent brown ale!

Dec 09, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 9/4/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with mahogany and auburn hues; light khaki head that fades quickly leaving okay retention and decent lacing. The aromas have some roasted coffee along with some vanilla cream. Hints of cocoa and coconut. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More coffee. More vanilla. The lactose definitely comes through. Some chocolate in the mix. Low to no bitterness. It's slightly sweet due to the lactose, but nothing crazy. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of light-bodied with soft moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice brown ale. The espresso beans shine without dominating. Enjoyable stuff. Well done.

Nov 29, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/23/19; drank 11/25/19 @ the Yarchives. Opaque dark brown appearance. A violent pour yielded a huge khaki head; strong, frothy lace. Medium roast coffee bean, fresh earth & mild cream notes in the nose. Creamy, medium mouthfeel. Medium roast coffee bean, cream & faint acorn flavors. A nice brown with complimentary, but not overpowering, coffee accents. I'd have another!

Nov 26, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let’s be real, I’m drinking this beer after having a Founder’s CBS. It’s kind of like Salma Hayak invited you to her trailer, then an hour later some hottie from MTV The Real World hits you up. Sure, she’s fine and dandy, but she ain’t no Selma. All that being said, when I sip this beer I am happy. I am beyond happy. It’s a Brown Ale, remember that. It ain’t no zoom zoom in the boom boom like an Imperial Stout. That being said, wow! The aroma, the taste... It’s just there and beautiful. It’s delicate like your grandmothers doily, and I am feeling it like a Burke Williams rub down.


Nov 25, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz, canned 10/23/19. Mahogany colored ale with reddish hues at the edges when held to light; tall foamy tan head. Great aroma of coffee beans, lactose, dark malts, brown sugar, and caramel. Very flavorful with sweet flavors of coffee, toasted grain, caramel, brown sugar, cacao, lactose, and modest earthy hops. The lactose gives it a full creamy body, carbonation is moderate, balanced finish. I'm glad I pulled the trigger on this one - it's very solid.

Nov 24, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/11/19

Pours a jet mahogany body with maroon highlights and topped with a finger and a half of light khaki foam; retention is decent leaving a lasting frothy collar and speckled, paper-thin cap when the head recedes, along with sparse strands of tightly formed lacing spread around the glass.

Aromas are marked by vivid, freshly brewed coffee dominating from start to finish, with a brief milk chocolate/dark roasted malt interlude in the middle developing into a touch of lactose for a creamy sweet round-out to the bouquet.

Taste opens with a balanced array of roasty, semi-bitter coffee beans before a subtle depth of baker's chocolate, sandalwood, and cherry skins nark the undertones of profile.

Mouthfeel offers a medium body bolstered gently with soft, fluffy moderate carbonation; exceptionally roasty grit across the palate, detailed in character while maintaining the lightness one would expect of the ABV; a semi-bitter, slightly thinning finish features a brief, creamy roundedness into a clean swallow.

An undeniably coffee-fronted brown ale marked with subtleties you need to dig for, but are far from out of reach. This brew handles its dominant qualities exceptionally well, leaving it both packed with concentrated flavor and highly accessible.

Nov 17, 2019
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can. Dark brown in color with a white head and a little lacing. The coffee beans really come through in the scent with a hint of the chocolate also. The coffee beans are the stars of this beer. The flavor is amazing and well balanced out. Maybe the best coffee beer I've had

Nov 16, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can stamped CANNED 10/11/19 (23 days ago) poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 5.5% ABV. The beer pours dark brown with chestnut highlights and mocha colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is huge with sweetened, fresh ground, fresh brewed coffee and a hint of dark chocolate. The taste is semisweet cream & sugar coffee with dark chocolate notes and a firm, roasty mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, outstanding. It's always a concern for me when lactose and chocolate get involved, but this beer is brilliant. Not too sweet or too bitter. Aroma to die for and tastes great. Recommended.

Nov 04, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated 9/4/19
Tallgrass Globe Snifter

Deep brown with ruddy highlights and a dried glue head of 2 fingers, receding to 1, remaining puffy and full with sparse lacing.

Aroma of sharp coffee beans, espresso, dark charred malt, toffee, green peppers, and sandalwood. All of these notes are a bit faint, but I can still get all of this without a ton of effort.

Flavor is roasted coffee beans, some light hazelnut syrup, a little caramel and vanilla, sandalwood, some green bell pepper, and mild nutty brown malt.

Feel is slick/oily, carbonated, a little prickly, saturating, medium bodied, roasted/dry, with a moderate amount of alcohol burn which is surprising for its low ABV.

Overall not a stunner, but still a very decent coffee brown ale. Would have again.

Oct 31, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED09/04/19 @12:51 244 21956"

Appearance: The body is black with a large, frothy, khaki-colored head. It has very good head retention.

Aroma: It smells like somebody is grinding coffee in the room where I'm drinking this beer. It smells fantastic with a raw coffee bean scent.

Taste; Coffee comes through immediately. There is a slightly nutty aftertaste which adds a lot of character to the beer. A very light herbal hop note comes through at times.

Mouthfeel: It is smooth and medium bodied with amazing drinkability. It has a perfect mouthfeel for both the Brown Ale style and for a beer supporting coffee.

Overall: I was highly impressed by the experience of enjoying this beer. It is smooth and easy to drink with a nice mellow coffee flavor that is only elevated by the quality of the base beer. I would definitely drink it again and I would highly recommend it. I will be buying more.

Oct 27, 2019
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DesMoinesMike from Iowa

3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Copied UnTappd review: Super dark, plenty of coffee with bit of cocoa and a hint of tobacco. For a brown ale this is good, don’t go in thinking porter.

Oct 10, 2019
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Lampro from Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full coffee on the nose and palate. Smooth and rich, this beer is nearly a stout in depth and body. Some cacao bitterness and a slight malty sweetness.

Aug 13, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with fine chocolate colored foam.

Smell is roasty with notes of coffee, coffee grounds, vanilla and chocolate.

Taste is creamy and slightly sweet with notes of espresso, vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Moderate bitterness, nicely woven in.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a good brown ale that almost borders on a light pastry stout.

Apr 02, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown color that is somewhat clear and some visible carbonation. A nice khaki creamy foam head head retains well. Good looking drink.
The aroma opens with espresso beans and is very inviting. Although the espresso dominates, there are notes of toasty, biscuity and caramel malts.
Although the espresso dominates the aroma, the taste focuses more on the sweetness of the amber malt, caramel, toffee, toasty and biscuity malts. The espresso flavor is more muted but it is effective in providing flavor, balance and a hint of roastiness and bitterness in the finish. Mildly bitter, spicy and earthy hops flavors begin to develop and compliment the other flavors beautifully.
Medium bodied, creamy and very smooth. The carbonation is moderate to gentle.
Delightful brown ale that masterfully uses the espresso as adjunct flavoring.

Mar 28, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice tawny brown pour shows brick red highlights with back-lighting. A walnut toned head lies one and a half inches atop and was moderately lasting. A very good collection of carbonation bubbles stick to the vessel bottom, while the glass walls remain clean and void of lace dressing.

S: Freshly roasted coffee beans are oily with a dried sense of vegetation and tobacco leaves. Brown ale malting has some maple syrup and specialty grains sweetness. Earthy bark is countered with some sweet cocoa powder of nice strength with a lasting impression.

T: The flavor is earthy with dried tobacco leaves and grounded coffee beans. Spicy, with some cocoa and earthy bark and dark bread is balanced with some sweet chocolate. Espresso beans are rich and oily, full of flavor along with some dried vegetation and sweet brown ale malting that matches the nose. Toasted caramel with a sweet nuttiness is met with some maple syrup and a slight smoky wood finish.

M: Medium body is sticky and sweet, full bodied brown ale with a good rate of carbonation texture. Chewy.

O: Overall the flavor speaks volume here, especially for a style (brown ale) that goes mostly ignored. Earthy, sweet and toasty caramel makes for an excellent tasting beer with a beautiful base and outstanding flavor. Outstanding drinking quality that leaves you in awe to the finish, wishing for more.

Mar 06, 2019
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