mpersinger (361) - , California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster from 12-ouncer displays sparkling clarity in root beer brown. Exhibits tobacco aroma, a lean body and a sweet finish.
drfabulous (6572) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce thanks to smith4498. That’s a big shot of coffee! The brown ale gets over-powered by a porter, coffee tasting shot. Not a Cuban coffee, as my memories tell me from growing up in Miami, but a nice beer!
peteinSD (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Mike. Pours a dark brown with a touch of red and a very thick, frothy tan head which laces it way down the sides of the glass. Aroma is earthy expresso, light bitter chocolate, coffee grind, and a slight creaminess. Smells great! Taste is expresso up front followed by a somewhat dry combination of coffee, bitter chocolate, tobacco (?), and a slight bit of thin malt. This is a really well done beer and has a ton of character and body for 5.5%. Excellent work Cigar City!
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Dan, tasted side-to-side with the Bolita Brown Double Nut Brown Ale at a tasting with Chris and Dan. Served in a goblet. Pours hazy reddish brown with a small tan head. The head fades to a thin remnant but leaves no lace. The nose is a very nice combination of coffee, smoke, chocolate and earth. The flavour is moderately sweet with smoke and coffee notes. The finish is short and fairly clean. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice smokey, roasted brown ale. It is smooth and easy drinking, but also respectably complex. Very well done. 2011-04-16
daleharshman (1043) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Blind Tiger while on business trip to New York City in November 2010. This was the first Cigar City brew I ever tried, and currently shows as the #1 brown ale in the world on RateBeer. Very dark in the bar, but when put next to a candle, it reveals brown with some red and only a thin head. Aroma is dominated by dark earthy organic just-ground-before-brewing coffee. Also some smoke, some dark chocolate, and some cocoa powder. Flavor is also full of earthy coffee, but quite smooth like a little bit of milk or cream is in the coffee..perhaps some chicory coffee which reminds me of growing up in southern Louisiana. The coffee is very forward in this one, but it has the lightness in body of a brown ale. (190, 499)
jkaiser (279) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very smooth, almost like drinking brown ale flavored coffee, only this is the opposite. Not earth shattering but respectable. My second beer of 2011, thanks neighbor; code name for her will be Wisconsin Beer Angel.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the pub as part of a taster... Pours a bright amber/copper color that is very clear. Much clearer and lighter in color than I would imagine of any beer called Cubano Espresso, making me think of a coffee color. A nice tan head, good retention and lacing... The aroma is really sweet, caramel with tons of fresh coffee. I really like this... The taste is really good, coffee forward for sure but the coffee the notes are sweet with lots of caramel and chocolate. Really smooth to drink with a hint of vanilla.
This was the shock of our taster and well worth trying. A big improvement on maduro.
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured brown with a little head. Smells of coffee, malt, and sweet cream. It tastes like coffee and milk chocolate with some malt. very good beer, bitter sweet and a smooth finish. Would drink this for breakfast if it was socially acceptable.
BrewBoxer (2593) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the gate. Lookslikeyour standard brown ale. No head. Smells of coffee, malt and cocoa. Tastye is espresson a chocolate on the lighyter side wih a crisp aftertaste. Awesome beer
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep coffee brown with a 2 finger thick off white head. Great nose of spicy espresso beans, toasted malts and a bit of cocoa. Big bitter coffee flavor with assertive espresso bitterness in the finish. Another awesome brew from CC.