Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale
Cigar City Brewing

Cubano-Style Espresso Brown AleCubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale
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English Brown Ale
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4.13 | pDev: 9.44%
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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Photo of Lampro
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Deep chestnut with mahogany highlights. 1/2 finger of creamy tan head.

Espresso, cream, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, and freezer burn.

Espresso, black coffee, and brown sugar. Caramel, raisin, and earth.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp, and balanced.

Cigar City knows how to make a Brown Ale.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


can to wine glass.

LOOK: dark brown color. lasting white head.

AROMA: Coffee is nice. malt. lemon. caramel.
TASTE: Coffee, hazelnut. nice brown ale.
FEEL: a little thin and flat, but it makes it drinkable.

poor mans founders sumatra mountain brown; though actually not too far off.


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Photo of VoodooBear
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a glass coffee cup.

4.0 Appearance The half finger head goes away pretty quickly and leaves behind some great lacing that coats the entire glass. It's a very dark reddish brown, almost black color.

4.50 Smell: The smell is sweet, nutty, rich and complex. There's a lot of aromas to unpack. It starts with notes of fresh coffee, brown sugar and milk chocolate. It moves into some nutty aromas of honey roasted almonds and hazelnuts and finally finished with some vanilla and cinnamon in the background.

3.75 Taste: The taste is more one-dimensional than the nose but is still good. There's mostly coffee and roasted malt with some milk chocolate and vanilla. It's well balanced between the bitterness and the sweetness.

3.75 Mouthfeel: It feels a bit watery for the robustness of the aromas and flavors. That said, it's smooth and light bodied which keeps things from getting cloying. The carbonation is medium.

4.00 Overall: The concept is executed really well and it makes for a good beer. The aroma is awesome and the taste doesn't disappointing even if all the notes on the nose don't come through on the palate. That said, it probably would have been better as a stout than a brown ale.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a can, pours very dark brown with a beige creamy quickly dissipating head. Aroma is subdued like an iced coffee. Taste is very malt forward with definite roasted expresso coffee flavors. There is a back-end bitterness; not from hops as you'd expect from a beer, but a coffee-like bitterness. Overall, I really appreciate the creamy mouthfeel, but this is just too sweet for me.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - mahogany body with tan head

Smell - roasted nuts, caramel, espresso

Taste - caramel, toasted nuts, espresso, cream, cocoa

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower level of carbonation, nutty flavor upfront, espresso/cream flavors in the back end

Overall - well done brown ale here, flavors meld together really well . recommended

Price Point - $10/4 pack 12 oz cans

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Photo of Amendm
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A strong pour from a 12-oz. can (9/25/18) creates a finger sized dark beige creamy/frothy head, short lived with streaks of lace.
Translucent dark chestnut brown with dark amber highlights.
Coffee (espresso) greets the nose with roasted malt, chocolate and faint hops.
Rich coffee begins the taste, semi-sweet and lightly bitter throughout. Roasted malt and chocolate are most noticeable during the middle as a creamy milk chocolate smoothness dominates the slow balanced finish. A coffee and chocolate aftertaste lingers a while.
Medium body, slightly below average carbonation.
Light on hops and bitterness per style, heavy on coffee and chocolate flavor plus malt.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a very dark cola brown color, really pretty much black. Topped by a nice thick creamy tan head. Good amount of retention with some spotty lacing left behind.
Smells like fresh-ground, musty medium-roast coffee, chocolate malt, dark and milk chocolate, burnt sugar, and mild nuttiness like cashews.
The taste is a pop of fresh medium-roast coffee, followed by rich malty sweetness. Nicely balanced between the coffee and base beer, unless many coffee beers that are total coffee bombs. Just nice roasty coffee with silky dark and milk chocolate, toasted brown bread, brown sugar. Creamy lactose sweetness, some nuttiness, and a touch of earthy hops on the finish. Extremely balanced with some tangible sweetness and just a touch of bitterness.
The feel is medium-ish, quite creamy and silky for 5.5% abv but still light enough to be potentially quaffable. Moderately carbonated and slightly sticky with residual sweetness.
This is an excellent English brown ale with flavorings! A greatly balanced beer that hits both the coffee cravings and your sweet tooth.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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 superspak
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -2.2%
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 NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
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
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

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 JPVanderbilt
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
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 -3.1%
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.

Draft at Tommy’s
4 rating

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
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 jlindros
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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 -2.4%
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 LifesAnesthesia
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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 metter98
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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 -0.7%
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 bret717
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a globe.

A: In shade it is he darkest brown gets before becoming black. A beige head settles after a short time. Spotty lacing.

S: Awesome espresso aroma- deep, nutty, slightly smokey. The beer itself calls to mind aromas of caramel, hazelnut, and toffee. Rich cocoa and a creamy backing. Very enticing nose.

T: Follows the nose. Caramel and toffee malt flavors are bolstered by supporting milk chocolate, sugary lactose, hazelnut, and a great coffee roast coming from the additives. Slightly smokey. Finishes with lingering milk chocolate and mild coffee roast.

M: Medium-thick body. Moderate sense of weight. Creamy and easy texture with a bit of chewiness. Deeply scrubbing carbonation.

O: A well-executed brew with a great coffee addition and good balance between all the additives. This was really a pleasure to dink. Happy to see brown ales getting some attention again!

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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