Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown AleCubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by tpd975 on 05-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,998
Reviews:
333
Ratings:
1,397
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
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322
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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark cola brown (approaching jet black) in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint chestnut brown + garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense creamy foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of freshly brewed espresso with moderate aromas of roasted + toasted + caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. Hints of nutty malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted + toasted + caramel malts and light flavors of nutty malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of freshly brewed espresso. Hints of earthy hops. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable and really highlights a Cubano espresso - as a coffee lover I really enjoyed this one. Definitely could have a couple of these.

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Photo of jcarlosv
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DMc8ride
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 9/19/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big nutty medium roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, cream, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of smoke, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malts, cocoa, coffee, lactose, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big nutty medium roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, cream, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of smoke, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/grassy hop and roasted/coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, cream, toasted dark bread, light smoke/dark fruit, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, cocoa, coffee, lactose, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a solid hop/roast bitter/sweet balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is an outstanding flavored English brown ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, cocoa, coffee, lactose, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Amazing balance of rich malts, fruity/nutty coffee, cocoa, and lactose flavors; with mild fruity yeast and earthy hops against sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, nearly opaque, large khaki head, great lacing
S: Coffee, chocolate
T: Coffee, chocolate, sweet malts, maybe a faint hint of toffee and caramel but most of it is overpowered by the coffee
M: Light to medium
O: For a brown ale, this has lots of flavor. The coffee is the star of the show here but I pick up some other stuff in there. Nice beer.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Unclevince
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City Brewing "Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED 09/25/18 HECHO A MANO 8296" and sampled on 12/03/18

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a very dark mahogany body beneath a creamy head of khaki colored foam. When held to the light you can see it's hazy but there's also a very nice orange highlight coming through at the base of the glass. It smells like coffee. Black coffee, and coffee beans. It's pretty nice. It's not the strongest coffee aroma I've ever encountered but neither is that necessary. The flavor delivers both the coffee and the cocoa nib, but also the lactose. I know most people cannot detect it but I can. That's the only thing that bothers me about it. And, I guess, that the coffee isn't as strong as the aroma suggests it might be but it is a brown ale and so it works. A very moderate bitterness balances it but it still finishes dry. I guess there's a slight bit off acidity to it. In the mouth it's medium to medium-light in body and gently crisp-then-smooth. Overall it's damned good! Quite often with a beer like this I'll like but then wonder would I really want two in a row? Would the coffee build on me? No, I think this is easily drinkable in quantity. I could see having three of these while out with the lads.
Review# 6,379

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Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Can_if_you_can
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JPVanderbilt
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Weak, thin, an overall let-down. Has a nice tobacco punch, but after that, it's less than expected from my beloved Cigar City Brewery. Guys, what happened?

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Photo of Tony210
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid variant of the Maduro line - great brown ale base with plenty of coffee flavor, very light and easy to drink at 5.5%. Very enjoyable, would drink again.

11/27/18
Draft at Tommy’s
4 rating

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ruby brown producing 1.5 fingers of mocha, frothy, shortlived head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is coffee forward, roasted malt, dark bread, chocolate, toffee, butter and biscuit. Taste is a little thin considering the promises of the nose and body. Coffee, dark roasted malt, earthy bitter chocolate, toffee and watery cola like notes with faint molasses/brown sugar hints. All of the above thin out in the finish and decline to a watery coffee, chocolate, earthy roastand bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, silky but a little oily with a hint of graininess in the aftertaste. A little disappointing.

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Photo of ian_graf
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 9/25/18
Pours a decent fizzy bubbly head that fades semi quickly, no lacing, very dark mahogany brown color

Nose smooth roasted coffee, hint of roasted malt and char, sweet brown malts little toffee, nice fresh espresso aromatics

Taste soft creamy brown malts, little caramel toffee with mild sweetness but creamy, mild coffee, fresh roasted coffee and touch of fresh espresso, mild acidity, dry finish little bitterness

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little creamy, decent carb

Overall not bad, coffee is a little light on the taste but goes well, smooth creamy nice, not too roasty or burnt

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Photo of VABA
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark brown with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has caramel and toffee hints with a slight hint of coffee
T-The taste follows the nose with toffee and caramel flavors a slight coffee flavor
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A nice coffee flavored Brown ale

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep, opaque black with mahogany highlights around the edges with a light tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves behind some lacing.
S - tons of espresso up front with chocolate and roasted malts
T - Tons of rich espresso up front followed by soft notes of creamy chocolate and roasted malts, caramel, and nuttiness (hazelnut), lactose.
F - Medium to full bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth, creamy, but somewhat thin on the backend.
O - A truly great brown ale that highlights some really great espresso flavors.

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Photo of cmsfish
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very dark brown in color when viewed from afar but when held up to a bright light it is clear dark red and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of espresso beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is dominated by moderate to strong flavors of espresso beans. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This brown ale is all about the espresso beans and makes for a nice selection if you like coffee.

Serving type: can

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Canning date is stamped as '10/19/18'.
Amber brown colored body, with mahogany brown and garnet red back lit highlights. The one finger head is an off white color. Leaves spots and sheets of lacing.
Aroma of big espresso coffee smell.
Taste is full of dark espresso coffee flavor, with additions of caramel/toffee, nuttiness, and dark fruit.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Heavy coffee/espresso expressed beer. Still is clearly a beer but very enjoyable with the dominance of the espresso.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TooGood
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chiefz1
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robotic_being
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bret717
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 9/1/18, Reviewed 11/3/18

Look- pours dark walnut brown w/a tan head that settles quickly to a thin layer

Smell- sweetened coffee, chocolate, a little roastiness, vanilla

Taste- follows the nose with milk chocolate, sweetened coffee and a nice roasty note in the background to balance the sweetness a bit

Feel- medium-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation; finish is sweet and lingers for a bit

Overall- really nice brown ale that tastes a lot like a slightly sweet glass of iced coffee

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,397 ratings