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:
1,333
Reviews:
307
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.54%
 
 
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322
Gots:
208
For Trade:
14
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Photo of CharlesK
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T-34-85
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of jonwiseman
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the finest examples of the style that I've ever tried. I expect nothing less from cigar city. Look is almost black. Smell is chocolate coffee. Taste is sweet mocha. Mouthfeel is light cream. Excellent porter

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Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaketaz
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my go-to coffee beers, prominent coffee flavor but still mellow and easy drinking. Though rare nationwide it's somewhat common on tap in Florida, where live and where Cigar City is headquartered. The closest point of comparison is maybe Stone's Coffee Milk Stout, but with a darker roast coffee. I like that it's heavily flavored but still lends itself to drinking a lot of it. I would probably take this over the regular or even the vanilla Maduro any day, being a coffeeholic. It's usually pretty affordably priced as well so no reason not to give it a try if you like dark flavored beers.

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

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SDRedDevil
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at CBC 2016 - day 2. Dark brown with a small beige head. Chocolate, coffee and cocoa. Very nice.

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Photo of monty79_1997
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ericat78
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Masters
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Petegrieco
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bitterandtwisted
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours shiny black with a two finger tan head. Head dissipates leaving a thin tan film on the top of the beer. Beer appears to be slightly reddish and light comes through when held to the light. Appropriate for a brown ale.

Smell is a lovely aroma of coffee, fresh coffee grinds, with hints of vanilla and light caramel malts.

Taste has notes of coffee up front - tastes like cold brewed coffee. Notes of caramel and cocoa give way to a lovely sweet vanilla bean flavor.

Feel is spot on for a brown ale. Medium carbonation provides a slight tingle on the tongue initially. Smooth, drinkable, and light.

Overall, this may not be a classic brown ale with the addition of the coffee and vanilla, but underneath is a spot on brown ale, and the additional flavors play so well with the beer. Its an outstanding effort from CCB and one of the best brown ales out there.

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Photo of chewy6935
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taospowder
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leroybrown10
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a large creamy, tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Big espresso aroma. Dark roasted malt, caramel, and smoke. Vanilla and cream.

Taste is big espresso and the vanilla comes through stronger. Bitter chocolate, dark roasted malt, molasses, and anise. Cocoa powder.

Medium mouth feel with a creamy smoothness. Medium carbonation. Strong, lingering dark coffee.

Love this. Great coffee flavors that don't overwhelm the other aspects.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

6/28 dated 12 oz can

Pretty much black until the light hits it, then you can see it is a thinner mahogany brown beer. Sort of a frothy tan head, but it is fairly minimal and short lived.

Smells very malty, with a little bit of nuttyness, and some expresso/coffee aromas.

Tons of roasted beans in the flavor. The coffee really carries through strongly along with some french vanilla and cocoa powder. Roasted brown malts are there, but overshadowed by a lot of the rest. Light bitterness lingers

Very creamy. Great beer. Very reminiscent of a Founders Sumatra with a vanilla addition. Maybe more similar to Sixpoint 4 Beans with a lighter body.

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Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,333 ratings.
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