swoopjones (5248) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, medium bodied brown pour, nutty, light chocolate notes, coffee heavy flavor. Nice coffee beer
Tmoney99 (9974) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet malt, coffee and nut aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Solid toasted sweet coffee flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Good complex brew.
jzzbassman (1456) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark clear brown with a slight head. Huge chocolate aroma, but the coffee really comes into play on the flavor. Light carbonation, extremely flavorful
Jimsal27 (151) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with tan head. Smells of coffee and something else....vanilla? Tastes exactly as it smells. First you get the taste of coffee followed by vanilla or is that the chicory? Creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. My first beer from CBB and it does not disappoint. A unique, enjoyable beer.
merc7186 (1661) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Deep Brown/Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, Thick Foamy Off White Head, Decent Lacing
S: Espresso, Coffee, Mildly Nutty, Mild Maple
T: Coffee, Mild Milk Chocolate, Mild Maple
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter, Mildly Sweet
Overall, a nice coffee brown with solid carbonation, great if you love coffee beers.
mverity (232) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best espresso aroma of any beer Iíve had! Pours a deep brown with very little cream colored head. The aroma is so good. Deep, rich coffee aroma, with sweet malt and a rich earthiness. The taste is heavy on the coffee/toffee front with a back sweetness from the malt. It almost has the superb mouth feel of Maduro, where I think there might be some rolled oats to increase the creaminess, but I get much less oat than I do in Maduro. Really enjoy this beer when it comes out. Finally got around to reviewing it instead of just crushing the 4 pack in a few days.
Gerbeer (1407) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours a clear dark brown with moderate foamy head. Aromas of nuts, chocolate, black coffee, and heavily roasted malts. Rich flavours of roasted nuts, chocolate biscuits/cake, coffee, and more coffee. Excellent, especially for the ABV. Brown Ale - Ok until there us a coffee infused category. Wonder if I will be up all night?
RJ815 (16) - Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap and reasonably local: Smooth on the palette and with an overall delicious taste. Quite interesting as an alcoholic beverage that tastes very similar to a high-quality cup of espresso. Definitely recommended, at least on draft.
Chad9976 (1066) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. There was no freshness date. I got this from a friend in Florida (thanks, Matt!).
Appearance: Seemingly opaque brown, but actually a dark, murky shade of ruby red. Some carbonation visible. Pours to an average-sized, tan, foamy head which retains and laces well enough.
Smell: Discernible brown ale maltiness with milk chocolate and iced coffee.
Taste: We tend to associate coffee beers with stouts, but why not brown ales? After all, their inherent sweetness helps to pair with the natural confectionery flavors often found in coffee brews. Cigar City Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale is a great example of what I mean.
This beer is essentially a liquid candy bar - complete with flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel and of course coffee. You donít tend to taste coffee in candy bars all that much, but here itís used as a flavoring complement, rather than raw bitterness and astringency you tend to find in coffee stouts. Itís not that it works better here, just differently. Itís indeed quite sweet, but the bitterness from the hops and the espresso beans prevent it from becoming cloying. Well-balanced for sure, but still sweet enough to work as a dessert or to pair with a cheese tasting.
Drinkability: What really impressed me about Cigar City Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale wasnít just how much I enjoyed the palette, but how easy it was to drink. As much as I love imperial stouts that offer a similar flavor profile, they can be quite taxing. This brew has the lighter body, calmer, more comfortable mouthfeel and smoother finish I prefer in a standard beer. Thereís a lot of flavor for only 5.5% ABV, though itís so light on my system Iím quite tempted to open another bottle immediately.
conway (1056) - - OCT 19, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours cola color with a 1 finger off white head. Aroma is tons of espresso, good espresso at that. A little sweetness from the base beer comes through as well. Taste is also tons of espresso, with some vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt in the finish. Medium mouthfeel that lingers in your mouth and medium carbonation. This is an excellent improvement on the base beer.