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
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14
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

October 26, 2014

12 oz can, hotel water glass

A – Medium brown, very high clarity, some opacity but generally can see through it pretty well. Red tints where the light shines more directly. An inch of deep tan foamy head, with low retention.

S – Straight dark roast coffee and almost nothing else. A hint of malty, roasted, toasted black bread, and very light hop bitterness.

T – Dark roasted coffee with a dollop of cream, silky French vanilla. The vanilla shows through more as the beer warms. Light gourmet chocolate syrup. Malt mostly supports the rest, some roasted notes are there. Any hop bitterness is overwhelmed by the coffee and roasted malt bitterness.

M – Fairly light body, not much heavier than iced coffee. Carbonation is moderate, and helps to balance the roasted coffee flavors.

O – Certainly a well-made coffee beer, but pretty straightforward with no real surprises. But there’s a lot to be said for doing this style well.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can purchased in late 06/2014, canned on 06/02/2014, poured into my NEBCO Ghandi-Bot snifter glass, drank over 30 minutes

A: 2/3 - mahogany/brown coloration, low clarity (cannot read or see through), initially large khaki head pours large and settles into a 1/2 finger lacing with carbonation lakes; moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - moderate espresso, coffee, caramel, toffee; no hop or alcohol aroma; no diacetyl, no DMS

T: 14/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a mild coffee/dark chcolate-esque bitterness; in the middle of the palate, the coffee, espresso and cacao notes develop and fill the mouth; on the back end, there is a toffee/caramel sweetness that is inviting and not cloying; finishes semi-sweet with a coffee creamer-ish quality; little alcohol and hop flavors

M: 3/5 - moderate body with some fullness provided by the specialty malts and coffee/cacao; overly carbonated for style with fizziness

O: 8/10 - unfortunately, this may have been an overcarbonated vs. infected beer, as the can was deformed; nevertheless, it doesn't taste infected; it definitely hits as advertised with espresso, coffee, cacao and brown note character; slightly overrated score (92) but enjoyable nonetheless

TOTAL - 36/50

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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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