El Lector | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pours a brownish red with a nose of caramel and pronounced nuttiness. Flavor has a solid foundation of toasted grains enveloped by a soft touch of coffee and roasted nuts. Our smallest offering, El Lector is true to its English roots.

20 IBU

Added by Shaw on 11-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.21%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
2
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of adam42381
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at Cigar City's taproom on 9/9/11 for Firkin Friday.

Draft poured into a 4 oz. sampler glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep caramel brown with yellow highlights. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with English hops.

Taste: Grassy up front followed by light hops in the middle before ending with roasted malt and a touch of nuttiness. Dry, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could drink several. Goes down smooth.

Overall: Good beer overall. Nice to see CCB putting out a mild ale. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rich looking medium brown with a mild cloudiness about it. Rich color here with a nice head of off white which hung around for a few moments before settling down into a thin film. The aroma was light, medium fruit notes, apricot maybe with a hint of some light spice and tons of grain. More of the same on the taste as I run through on this one. The flavor was a bit lacking for me. Nice malt profile with a light ouch of fruit and spice, but not nearly strong enough of a profile to really get me to enjoy it. Smooth, mellow carbonation and a low abv made it nice and and drinkabl

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Cigar City.

A: Reddish-amber color, cloudy, and with a mild head that stuck around for a bit.

S: Almost like a red ale, but without the intense hop profile. Red-velvet cake, liquified, and with very minimal sugar content.

T: A huge vat of yeast on the forefront, with sour dough bread in the middle, and a bitter bite on the end.

M: I think the bitter finish was more pepper than anything. Nice understated sweetness... along with pretty much understated everything.

O: Low AVB with huge taste. Isn't that every seasoned craft beer nerd's dream?

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. Served in a pint glass, the beer poured a dark brown that is slightly translucent, with a thin layer of off-white head. Aromas of light nut sweetness that avoid being overpowering. The beer has flavors that are sweet nut/hazelnut and smokey/tobacco to balance. The beer is crisp and smooth in mouth, with some slight creamy textures. The aftertaste is creamy and light hazelnut, surprisingly like a Nutella spread. Creamy finish, too!

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Photo of babaracas
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the CCB tasting room. Clear red brown with two finger cream colored head. Web of lace down the glass. Smell: mild roast, caramelized sugar, a little black plum, mild earthy + green hopping, powdery chocolate note. Taste: mild roast, grape skin, dry plum. A bit grainy, tannins (? but it fits). Medium body, creamy feel. Dry finish. Good punch of flavor at the abv level. Tasty enough to take home a growler.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the CCB/Bruery Take Over! at Redlight Redlight in Orlando.

A-dark brown with a hint of orange. thick light tan head. SOME lacing

S-smells like pumpernickel bread. It has a certain creaminess that reminds me of the hops scent of american black ales. medium strength

T-comes in with a taste of cigars and breadiness. it then transforms in to a long lasting taste of cigar ash and peppercorn. there's a lot of flavor in this one, that's for sure. this is my first mild, but its not like anything i've ever tasted before. I like it! there's a bit of chocolate in the end as well.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a decent dry finish

D-well its a mild, if it wasn't drinkable, it wouldn't be a good mild. this is beyond drinkable. this is great. i really want the craft movement to catch on to this style, and i really want CCB to start mass producing and bottling this one. there are so many possibilities. i could have many of these in a sitting. So much complexity in such a little ABV!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: darkish brown with low head retention
smell: decent hop aroma,

taste: slight nutty, balanced, low hop profile, smooth and very sessionable

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: what a great session ale. I don;t have a in this style to compare to but I enjoyed it. Looking for more in the full flavor session category.

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Photo of Sean9689
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the tasting room.

A - Pours mirky dirty brown, small white head, no lacing or retention to speak of.

S - Malts, touch of hops, nuts

T - Solid malty backbone, vegetal off-putting notes.

M - Light, low carbonation.

D - Meh, not my cup o tea...I've had better Milds elsewhere.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cigar City smokes NYC at Rattle N Hum. Hops in aroma, I was expecting more roast to be bang on the style. Carbonation comes through more aggressively. A good drinker, sessionable as I can have this and head back to whatever I was doing. An average beer overall however. Dark colour without noticeable head.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CCB.

A: Pours brown with reddish hues. A fizzy wet sand colored head appears, receedes and leaves some nice rings of lace.

A: Toasted and biscuit malts are forward but a distinct hop presence follows. Notes of chocolate and nuts, with a woodsy, earthy note from the hops.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose, but with a residual sweetness. Toasted and biscuit malts shine. Finishes very smooth and somewhat dry.

M: Medium body, perfect carbonation delivers the flavor nicely.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is dangerously high. Only 4% ABV, with tons of flavor packed in. Overall, this is pretty good for the style, full flavor and low alcohol. Very nice. Skal.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This may be the first Ben Romano brew I've had...

A - It pours a rusty tannic brown hue, translucent, and has a sudsy taupe head.

S - There is a good amount of aroma given the mild inputs. I get some buttery toasted hazelnut and perhaps a little bit of roasted coconut, too.

T - The flavor introduces some balancing hop elements, but nutty and toasty flavors remain at the forefront. As I drink more, the earthy and herbal hop is strengthening some vanilla and honey-ish nuances in the malt, but obfuscating the rest of the malt profile to a degree.

M - Big body and lots of creaminess for an allegedly 'smaller' brew. Enhancing, no doubt.

D - I would crush tons of this stuff. Isn't that the point of the English Mild?

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with orange throughout. Some light penetration at the top and bottom. Small head drops fast on a very full pint pour.
Smell is roasted malt, vanilla, peat, hops (last two are light). Decent balance though a bit weak.
Taste is roasted malt and hops balanced at first with hops coming to dominate over time. Very faint vanilla and peat notes, really had to search. A slight metallic note.
Mediumish body, with light-medium effervescence. A touch of coffee and ash show up in the aftertaste. Quite good especially if you are having several.

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Photo of Shaw
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilot batch on draft at the brewery's Tasting Room.

Pours almost totally black, letting just enough light in to give it a hint of brown.

Malty aroma.

This beer is all about the malt. It's quite sweet and grainy, with notes of coffee and bread.

The body has plenty of substance and isn't watery for a 4 percent beer.

This is an interesting beer. It's got plenty of flavor and body and is session strength.

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El Lector from Cigar City Brewing
3.86 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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