Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2011 To date this is the greatest beer I have tasted. It was something special. I would say this isnt really a beer drinkers beer but it has an amazing tasted. If starbucks brewed a beer this is what they would want it to taste like. I had this one on tap at the brewery and it helped to make my trip there unforgetable. This beer was amazing. It pours a kind of light but yet dark brown colour. very light carbination. at the front it tastes of espresso and it finishes with a light maltyness a bit of caramel notes in there. It was the prefect mix of espresso and beer tastes, which are my 2 favorite drinks, could be why I liked it so much. If your ever able to try this and havent it is very much worth the try. I was very sadly unable to find any bottles of this on my trip to florida, although that may have been a good thing because I would have bought as much as I could find.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma of milk chocolate, nuts, vanilla, and yes some coffee/espresso. Flavor is very espresso heavy with a bit a chalky chocolate component and a nice chicory note. Very good.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
If itís not gonna be a hoppy brown ale, might as well make it a coffee brown ale. Seriously. Not that we can get Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale in Charleston anyway, but my other favorite Brown, the hop beast from Duck-Rabbit, is also nowhere to be found in this part of SC. Why must we suffer from a lack of good browns? Canít even get Dogfish Brown. Stupid distributors.
Anyway, this beer rocks. Coffee is good. Brown ale is good. Coffee brown ale is good.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle my brother picked up while in Tampa, thanks Jeff! Pours a deep, hazed, brown colored body with some amber highlights. Finger-width, dense and frothy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is lightly toasted caramels and pungent, but not overpowering espresso. Pretty fresh smelling coffee too. Nuts, some grain, spice, a light earth, a touch of ashy cocoa, and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is similar. Soft and fresh, bitter espresso up front with a light cocoa and some lightly toasted caramels. More nuts and grain along with a light earthy spice follows. Nutty vanilla grows slightly into the finish as does some roast and earthy spice. Coffee mellows a bit allowing a light earthy bitterness and lightly sweetened caramel and cocoa to come out more. Finishes smooth and slowly dries before leaving a fairly lengthy aftertaste. Medium-light, very smooth body with a soft, medium, somewhat creamy carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid brown. Very easy drinking and well balanced. I like the light earthy spice and not at all overpowering espresso bitterness blending well with the cocoa and caramel. Good one.
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish brown, thin off white head, thanks Caleb. Aroma has nice notes of sweet chocolate, coffee, some roast and sweet caramel. Taste is like a mocha, coffee and chocolate mixing well into some brown sugar, finishing slightly roasted and nutty. Pretty good brown ale!
HopBurp (74) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ahh my first Cigar City beer--I have to say it lived up to the hype and satisfied my craft thirst. Big nose of espresso beans poured an amber bown color with a shorter head--smells very tasty. Thin lace throughout and the flavor was of balanced coffee and malts w/a nice bite of espresso to it. Bitterness of coffee flavors but not too huge or over the top--just right. Taste just how it smells. Good balance and not too extreme. A great brown ale
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via changeup45. Thanks man! Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Nice solid and dense sheet of light tan suds atop. Vibrant nose full of coffee and cocoa with an underlying sweetness pushing the fumes up your nose. Flavors again bring back the coffee and chocolate flavors, adding a little acidicness to experience, and leaving the mouth with a very vivid mocha-like flavor that seems to linger for quite a while...which here is a good thing. Body is thin for me, but itís a brown ale and is inevitable, so Iím not complaining. Good brown ale though for sure.
DalzAle (2018) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample thanks to CLevar! Light brown pour, some floaties, minimal carbonation and an aroma of sweet chocolate and a little coffee. Flavor is earthy bitter chocolate, a good malt base and finishes a little thin. Very good.
3fourths (8988) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. dark burgundy body, dark tan quick head. nose overtaken by forceful dark fruit, gelatin, dark fruit gelatin, forcibly sweet caramel malt. coffee? perhaps in a caramel-chocolate square piece you purchase at your local chocolatier. smells like candy. first taste is a combination of mild carbonation froth and somewhat rough malt, dissolving with medium-high bitterness across a drying and bitter finish. the coffee character seems suspended above the malt, making itself felt most strongly in the finish, but clashing with bitterness. hearty, rounded, chewy malt texture, though not as overbearing as some of their previously sampled beers.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Having had a few Cigar City brown ales, I will preemptively say that this is my least favorite - not because itís a bad beer, but just because I donít generally enjoy coffee beers. Pours a dark, cola-brown color; decent, light-tan head with modest retention and lacing. Lots of espresso notes and dark coffee roast in the aroma (nothing acrid, nothing particularly green), with a modest chocolaty core and some noticeable spiciness, presumably from the chicory addition. Honestly, that chicory note starts to stick out after a bit. Medium body; medium carbonation. Medium-high amounts of espresso beans, roasted coffee, and milk chocolate upfront; the spicy chicory note sits more quietly in the mouth; a very deep, delicious espresso coffee character that still melds well with the cola-like core brown ale without completely overshadowing it; the coffee addition is excellent, it just isnít entirely my thing (Iíd happily take the base beer in a heartbeat). Still, really tasty, and this is growing on me... very deep, rich espresso character. Lasting finish of toasted maltiness, along with rich darker chocolate and espresso; nicely dry.