Minaret Extra Special Bitter | Cigar City Brewing

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3.76/5
Very Good
183 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pours amber in color with notes of caramel and slight hints of red delicious apple in the aroma. Flavor has a moderate earthy and herbal hop bitterness followed by moderate caramel notes that are subdued by floral hop bitterness in the finish.

47 IBU

Added by Gtreid on 05-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,395
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
183
pDev:
13.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 183 |  Reviews: 37
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1/5  rDev -73.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of suckaj
2.29/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Next to no flavor or smell for me

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Starts off well, but finishes watery with almost no bitter.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Had on draft (nitro) at the brewery. Nice looking nitro head. Nice rich color. Very little smell, maybe a bit musty. Great creamy nitro mouthfeel, but very little taste. Admittedly, this is not my favorite style, so my rating is really just for my personal remembrance of what I thought of the beer. I am sure this is a good example of the style, or at least better than my rating suggests.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On nitro at the brewery. Pours dark copper with a creamy white head. Light malt and spice aroma, smooth with low carbonation. Malty mostly with ever so slight hops, lingering malt flavor and a clean finish. Not much going on here, and I am not really a fan. Very boring and not much flavor. I feel like the nitro takes away from a beer like this, making it more bland than it otherwise would be.

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3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on-tap at CCB, served into a pint glass.

A: dark amber color. Literally no head present on this one. Good lacing.

S: a bit mute but I was able to get some malts and herbal hints.

T: bitter taste that had some herbal components. Nothing really stood out...not bad though.

M: medium body, high carbonation feel.

O: this is the first 'weak' beer I've tried from Cigar City. It's not bad, but compared to the other offerings, it's lacking some character. Unless you are fan of the style, pass this one out and try their other choices.

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3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Pinglehead brewpub in Jacksonville, FL.

This ESB is fine looking but otherwise unexceptional,

Mouthfeel: The body is smooth but too thin.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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Minaret Extra Special Bitter from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 183 ratings