Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown AleCubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale
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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown AleCubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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

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Photo of mdvatab
1.74/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Received as an extra in a recent trade.
Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter. Bottle date is 6/14

Aroma: Surprising musky citrus fruit note right up front. A light, roasted coffee bean aroma, plus milk chocolate, is immediately overcome by a tart cherry fruitiness. I'm a bit worried. The aroma profile doesn't match up w/ what I'd expect for an espresso brown ale.

Appearance: Deep brown w/ a tinge of red. One finger light tan head falls slowly. Thin, creamy lacing washes onto inside of glass. Nothing really unusual here.

Flavor: Whoah-- definitely an infected bottle. (And the first one I've dealt with from CCB.) An astringent tartness hits me up front. It tastes like an Oud Bruin rather than a round, roasted malt/coffee flavored brew. I try to give it a few sips, but knowing the brew falls short of what was promised on the label is discouraging.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body. The tartness is astringent and drying. Again-- I don't believe this is what the brewer intended.

Overall: Definitely my first let-down from CCB. I checked other reviews for this beer, and only found one other case where the BA also had an infected bottle. Either I had extremely bad luck, or other recipients of this batch decided not to review. I'm putting this out here for informational purposes (both for the brewer, and my fellow BAs). I hope this is a rare occurrence for what is one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of readbaron
2.07/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a fairly thin dark brown with 4 fingers (uh oh) of billowy tan foam.

Smell confirms what the foam hints at - vinegar and sour cherries followed by expresso and bready malt.

Taste is better than the nose, but still, infected sour expresso porter.

Mouthfeel is decent. A bit thin and over-carbinated.

Overall - another infected cigar city porter. Booo.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

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Photo of phishgator
2.52/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this is pint glass. Big espresso nose before you even see the glass. This one is completely opaque, but not black. It is more of a dark brown with little head. The alochol is hidden in the coffee aroma and taste. A night capper of a brew because of the overpowering astingence of the coffee. Not their best offering.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.61/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - An almost ruby red beer with three fingers of white head that didn't stay for long but left sheets and chunks on the sides.

S - Lots of espresso with some sweet caramel malts and a little bit of fruit, not sure exactly what that its. Coffee really is the dominating thing here.

M - Coffee followed by a sickly sweet caramel taste that is slightly off. Really not doing it for me. The espresso is dominant, but not dominant enough to get rid of the bad taste.

M - Lower carbonation, surprisingly. Medium bodied.

O - Nothing I'd have again, unless this bottle has just turned somehow.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of BZero007
2.9/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to J2Brew2 for sending this as an extra!!

Poured a nice brown color with an amber hue a bit murky, not much head formation with this bottle. The aroma that comes off this brew is straight expresso. The flavor was a extremly expresso flavor backed by the malt from the brown ale and a bit of a sweet milky off flavor.
I did not care for the body of the brew as I felt it was to thin for the type and amount of flavor that was powering through. Would have to pass on this one in the near future.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Generous extra courtesy of Ben. Thanks for the opportunity for a trip to Brown Town, a side of the tracks I usually drive by with the windows up while whistling and avoiding the gun shots and dagger eyes of the nogoodnicks.

12 oz bottle into a snifter pours a muddy medium brown with heavy clumps of big bubbled suds along the edges. Orange-yellow highlights permeate the surface.

Smells of nutty espresso and burnt roast. Marshmallow and toffee sweetness round her out.

Watered down burnt toast, blackened tip marshmallow, sweetness of the brown base cut by thin bitter espresso.

Body is really watery and light with the espresso beans just sitting atop. Some creaminess or additional body would do this a world of good.

Eh, Cigar City is a personal favorite of mine and a brewery I always welcome and look forward to trying more of. This is not one of their better offerings.

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Photo of olfolxholme
2.96/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


12 oz bottle into Deschutes tulip snifter

A - extremely dark brown, hints of ruby. light tan head. nice and fluffy with distinct beads of carbonation. ok lacing. i have to keep reminding myself this is a brown ale, closer to an english mild than a stout or a porter...

S - somewhat astringent coffee. mild hops.

T - smoother coffee flavor than the aroma. hints of chocolate, malt, some hop bitterness.

M - nice foamy carbonation, but otherwise kind of hot/astringent.

O - it gave me the impression of drinking strong, cold, unsweetened coffee - something that they might have been going for, but not necessarily what i was looking for. some of those flavors/aromas desirable in coffee came across as being a little off in this beer. i think i'd prefer this with a more pronounced chocolate malt presence. i'm trying to be fair, but this one just didn't really bowl me over. my fiancee enjoyed it, but she doesn't have an account on here, so...

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3/5  rDev -27%

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3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,375 ratings