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
Ratings:
1,334
Reviews:
307
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.54%
 
 
Wants:
321
Gots:
209
For Trade:
14
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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. I am not a coffee drinker but this is very good coffee that comes right through the taste buds. Its Dark with virtually no head. Roasted coffee aromas.Way above average for a brown style.
Certainly not retired

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: decent lacing. murky brown. Half finger off brown head.

S: mild espresso roast smell. burnt and toasted malt.

T: vanilla, mild coffee and roast. Sweet cocoa in the background. Not too overwhelming with the espresso. This is very well done.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium to full body.

Overall: An excellent beer. The espresso is just the right strength and the grouping of the flavors is excellent

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Photo of jaydoc
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

another excellent coffee beer from cigar city, they know what they are doing with this ingredient, thats for sure, and i love how it ends up in so many of their beers, yet they are all so different and distinct from one another. super cool. this is really light in color for a brown, some amber notes in the right light, and a little see though. huge just off white head rising several inches high. smells to me like dried plantains, an interesting first impression on a beer thats meant to feature other elements. the coffee is there for sure, but it seems to be a little lighter roast than they use in others. the vanilla is also rather subtle, which i think helps keep the sweetness down and the drinkability up. a big caramely middle in the flavor from the malt before the coffee kicks in. dry chocolate for sure, cocoa powder, bakers chocolate, and then the plantain thing again. light and tropical, makes it seem more like an iced coffee in summer weather than a wintery warming coffee ale. kind of a neat transportation there. overall an impressive brew, far lighter in terms of body and heft than expected, and far lighter on the coffee too, more delicate. excellent stuff, thanks to my buddy for sharing this treat!

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice amber brown color with a cream colored head on top. The retention is very good along with the lacing. The ever is big with coffee aromas and some cream. The taste is coffee, roasted malts and some chocolate. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and smooth. Light bodied and drinkable. Overall this beer is very good. Really enjoyable!

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The flavor of strong coffee beans abound in this medium bodied brown ale. The coffee-rich balance is backed by medium malt flavor, medium body, and low hop bitterness for a lush java taste. A dream beer for coffee lovers.

Cubano Espresso pours with a medium density, dark brown color, and a medium haze. A dense tannish foam blankets the surface with an appearance of true espresso creme. Small islands of lace appear on the glass in somewhat sticky fashion.

Strong aromas of whole and fresh coffee beans fill the nose and with a background aromas of deeply caramelized malts, walnuts, bold roast, heavy toast, cocoa, and walnuts help to round out the nose. A moderate coffee-like sourness occurs late, similar to scorched coffee or overused coffee grounds.

The immense coffee onslaught continues in taste. all the coffee char, roast, toast, nuts, cocoa, and burnt caramels come through in taste just as they did aromas. Albeit with the coffee bitterness and a light sour taste. Coffee character is high to the point where the more beery aspects are hardly noticed.

Medium bodied, the weight and viscocity of the beer seems light compared to the intensity of flavor, leaving me want more heaft and creaminess especially to start. The mid palate brings in slightly watery feel and almost timid transition to finish. Bitter and with moderate astringency, the finish is semi-dry with a linger of coffee and burnt caramel.

Maybe its because I'm used to tasting the infussion of coffee into more hearty malted beers, but the balance on this beer is too one-dimentional towards the coffee. Though I like the coffee taste, I also like the rebuttal of the base beer to make more of an impression. Astringency and bitter of coffee seems to rise because of the light malt flavor and feel.

Thanks again BlueOkie!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Damned impressive coffee/espresso character. I'll have to revisit this in finer grain.

High B (3.75)

***
2016.10.08: 2nd impression on-draught in Brooklyn:

B- / WORTHY

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3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a translucent brown color and a nice one finger head that tracks spots of lace around the chalice

Smell: If there is a more awesome coffee aroma on a beer, I have yet to encounter it

Taste: Brown bread and coffee, up front, with a developing chocolate aspect by mid-palate; even fudgier after the swallow with the coffee returning to match the chocolate in the finish

Medium: Medium body with moderate carbonaton; not as creamy as I would have thought given the oatmeal

Drinkability: Most other brewers blend coffee with stout or porter but Cigar City has gone in a different direction, using a brown ale base - extraordinarily different

Thanks, Ravishing44, for the chance to re-visit

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Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. There is a finger of tan head that leaves a layer on top.

Smell: Nutty roasty coffee with a nice sweetness. Hints of vanilla and brown sugar as well. Very nice.

Taste: The first thing I notice is how little bitterness there is from the coffee. The roasty coffee is there, but not as bitter as other coffee beers I've had. This beer has a nutty quality to it as well. Not as sweet as the smell, not picking up the vanilla notes here. Nice balance. The finish has a very mild bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mild to medium amount of carbonation. The finish is extremely dry.

Overall: This beer has a very nice balance to it. I taste the coffee, but I can also taste the elements that make it a brown ale. I'd have another.

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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a large light brown foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of strong dry coffee notes with some roasted notes and floral coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by strong dry coffee notes with some floral undertones and lots of roasted notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Interesting but closer to drinking a cup of coffee than a beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Boone757
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 12 oz can.
Poured with a large beige head.
Smooth medium body and medium carbonation.
Plenty of good coffee flavor but not too much, allowing roasted grain flavor to join in. Coffee does dominant the aroma.

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