Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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4.11/5
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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
Ranking:
#2,222
Reviews:
309
Ratings:
1,340
pDev:
9.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Petegrieco
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bitterandtwisted
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taospowder
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leroybrown10
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +2.4%
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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Photo of Cory_Brown
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.12/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a light caramel colored head that goes away quickly. Has a very strong roasted coffee smell to it. Tastes like watered down coffee and roasted malts.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rotag
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyWi34
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mportnoy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pants678
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baggedlunch
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hop_junkie
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanK252
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crowler poured into a Cigar City snifter

A: Pours dark brown with a frothy tan head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Monster espresso nose, a little chocolate, vanilla, and toffee.

T: Espresso dominates, there's a little roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, earthy, a touch of spice, a bit nutty, and faint dark fruit.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Super drinkable tasty coffee dominant beer.

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Photo of BeerDeputy
4.99/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jrb378
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of juicebox
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark solid brown marble with a thin tan head.

Smoooooth coffee that is deep, warming and pleasant on the nose.

Tobacco, fruit leather, chocolate, caramel, and that coffee. Oh this is delicious.

Dry, which is unique, with some not too sweet malt.

Hands down, one of the biggest treats of my Hunahpu weekend. My god I want more!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwvman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,340 ratings