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Cigar City Minaret ESB
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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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. A damn good and authentic ESB.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3241) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Shaker pint nitro draft at The Sybarite Pig in Boca Raton, Florida. The pour settles to a clear golden orange with a nitro cream head. The aroma is minimal due to the thick nitro cream head blocking. What aroma is there is cracker malt. The taste is a smooth cracker malt along with a hint of toast and some crystal malt notes. There is grass in the finish. Clean, simple, tasty. The palate is medium bodied, nitro carbonation and lingering malt. Nice.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Petkus331 (265) - Redford, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Aroma is of mild caramel. Appears reddish clear brown with a thick ring of white foam. Taste is mildly sweet caramel up front followed by some nice leathery bitterness on the end. Mouthfeel is a bit oily, but ok. Overall, good.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
firstsip (438) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Tap. On nitro. Dark amber, full head. Nondescript nose. Nice caramel malt presence, but lacking the necessary biterness for the style. Does get more bitter as it sits

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LuckyDog (139) - - AUG 15, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2014 Most cigar city beers are really great. This one is only good. When I hear esb I think of the smooth, classic, British style. Think Boddingtons or similar. This tastes more like an American IPA. Rerate: This time I had out on nitro. Much better. This is a very good esb.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4178) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Clear, tea colored. Big nitrogen head. Nice malty aroma with nuts, wood, caramel, peat. Chalky and happy - peaty up front. Nicely bitter and tannic, faint notes of chocolate, sweeter as it warms. Medium to slightly heavy. On tap, Proof Production Facility. LuckyDog’s 53rd.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatDane1632 (372) - North Dakota, USA - APR 25, 2014
Rating from notes, drank 8 Oct 2011 -- On tap at Kickback’s Gastropub in Jacksonville, FL. This beer received a gold at GABF, and I believe it. Great example of an ESB.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1445) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2014
On tap @ Cigar City Brewpub. Pour is hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor are both on the sweeter side - straw, caramel, grain, faint hops, light fruit. Finish is slightly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Nitro. Large off-white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, orange, some candied orange, light spicy, milk chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some spicy, orange, earthy/bread, light milk chocolate. Light-medium body, low carbonation, very easy drinking.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2250) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Creamy white head floating atop a coppery pool of beer. Plenty of lacing. Fruity malt aroma. Sweet malty flavor with a very slight metallicness. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
klaing (116) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2013
The nitro makes this a lovely silky beer. Has a rich malt to it and enough of a backbone of hops to keep it going. A favorite ESB. Think this might only be available on draft. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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