Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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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 mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to my man TPD for sending this one my way. I had been dying to try all the new stuff coming out of CC and this one was very high up on my list. Growler served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/16/2009.
The pour was very nice, and about what I expected. Deep rich brown in color with a nice honey color along the sides and the bottom of the glass. Light off whiter head on top, maybe a half an inch but it had nice staying power and coated the glass on the way down quite nicely I have to admit. Not much visible carbonation. Rich aroma of coffee is apparent right off the bat. Not soo sweet as you find in most of the coffee stouts and porters floating around these days, this had more of a fresh grind like aroma with nice earthy tones blended in. Almost a tobacco like smell as well and a light bitterness that was evident even in the aroma. Smooth, mellow flavor, nothing really astringent about this at all. The mellow brown ale that I loved as the regular maduro is transformed, it is very much a wonderful flavor here. Rich, and again, unsweetened coffee notes. The flavor as best I can describe is like a dark French roast coffee served black, with a nice maltiness added to it and an herbal quality rounding it out. Very interesting, I am again picking up touches of tobacco in here as well. Feel was light, very nicely done again, not too heavy on the carbonation, but nowhere near flat, with that great blend of flavor that made the first glass great with dinner and the last an appropriate nightcap.
Overall great blend of flavors here, reminded me in some ways of the Percolator Dopplebock in the range of coffee notes. Very impressed with what is going on down in Tampa and cannot wait to get home and try the vanilla one tonight.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32oz. growler, received from the excellent trader, Kiefdog. Thanks, Kevin!

This wasn't the prettiest of beers right off. Pours a more ruby-brown with about a half inch of tan head on top. Retention was zilch, and there was no lacing whatsoever. That is definitely an expendable weakness though, because this beer was stellar on all other counts.

This smelled like freshly ground coffee, chocolate, muffins, brownies, and finished with a roasted woodsy character. Wow. I want to dip my whole face in this beer. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with just enough of a carbonation kick to let you know she's fresh. Moderate amount of bubbles rising through.

As I sip, my mouth is filled with everything I like about a good morning meal. Huge coffee presence that warms and soothes. Following this is a mild breadiness that finishes sweet and satisfying. There's definite bitterness in here that is pleasant, but the sweetness and the coffee are kings. This is an excellent brown. I realize that it is limited in its release, but get some if you can.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber brown in color, fairly clear with a good sized light tan head that slowly recedes with a little lacing left behind. Aroma is a nice fresh ground coffee aroma, nice and roasty, a little earthy, and a bit of chocolate as well. Some cola-like and light caramel sweetness in the nose blend with the coffee qualities. Taste follows the aroma fairly well, some nice espresso characteristics, slightly bitter and dry, but balanced by a sweeter, cola and nutty maltiness. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body, some malty creaminess mid taste and dry and bitter in the finish. I love a good brown and this definitely fits that description, very drinkable, delicious brown, great for a session, and the coffee notes work very well with it, very natural and proportionate. Thanks to Jay for the opportunity.

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Photo of McDiddyPop
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very excited about this one. Picked up on my first visit to CCB on June 8th.

Poured from my growler into a pint glass.

It is a dark translucent brown with ruby hues at the edges. Perfect clarity. Much more red in appearance than the standard Maduro. A heavy pour induced a finger-thick head that dwindled to an off-white ring. Very little scattered lacing. The scent is espresso up-front, only very subtle. Pleasing and not overbearing like many coffee beers I have tried. Slight earthy nuttiness in the nose as well. Taste is sweet and malty up front. Coffee taste fills my mouth and leaves behind a slight bitterness. Very inviting. I want more and more. Medium-bodied and finishes a tad dry. Perhaps the most drinkable coffee-infused beer I have ever tasted. Not at all overpowering. I am glad to have 32oz all to myself on this one.

Keep doing what you do, guys.

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Photo of tpd975
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark brown hue bordering on black. The head was a nice one finger tall with a nice mocha coloring. Pretty good retention with a nice smattering of lace.

S: Wow the coffee aroma is out of this world good. Tons of rich fresh dark roasted coffee backed by nice tones of bitter chocolate. Hints of roasted malt with more and more coffee... er espresso.

T: Wow this is the beer that coffee bender should be. Tons of perfectly toasted malt. Nutty chocolate that quickly yields to the best iced coffee known to man. The middle and end is coffee, coffee, and more coffee with a dollop of chocolate for good measure.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Nice cling for full enjoyment.

D: Put this one on ice cream or in a big gulp, I can kick back and gulp it until the cows come home. This the bench mark for coffee brown ales.

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