hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4oz pour @ Cigar City Sample 9of12. Pours mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate with a dry, bitter finish. Reynolds314 (3450) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Had higher expectations for this one. Nose and flavor are similar. The coffee flavor is definitely bold cuban coffee, but it starts to taste and smell like coffee grounds. There is a slight sourness that doesnt really go with what the beer should be in my opinion. Like the Maduro itself im not a huge fan but its still interesting and a decent drink. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Intense coffee aroma and flavors. A little thinner than the regular jose marti porter. Some of the tartness comes through after my palate adjusts Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle; Pour is dark brown with a khaki head. Earthy coffee beans on the nose, caramel - this is interesting. It’s not really what I was expecting either; Bitter coffee beans, caramel, ash; This is an interesting mix - it’s light bodied but so dripping in (coffee) flavor. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2011
12 ounce can
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Halfway through the stash of Cigar City beers I moved next to this beer. It was not quite what I expected. While not a terrible release and certainly well made it didn’t spark the same enthusiasm as some of the others. Even so it was a noble experiment that was ideally made.
Aroma and appearance - The inky black beer was graced by a gentle mocha head. Tendrils of light clear lacing provided evidence of the pour’s longevity. Fresh ground coffee beans were overpowering. Masking the other aspects I think this is what put me off the beer. It is so strong that this smells almost like a porter rather than a brown ale.
Flavor and palate - A heavy rush of espresso hits the tongue. So strong it masks everything else there is no room for the usual flavors that I associate with the style. The lingering aftertaste left a strong mark. Overall this was solid but one dimensional. I think other styles might be accented; this one is just buried by the extra ingredients.
Pours a clear brown with a white white. Nose is freshly pressed coffee, hints of chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is medium bodied with roasted coffee and chocolate and sweetness. Very delicious and packed full of flavor. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2011
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Dalzale, thanks Greg. dark brown pour with a light khaki head which doesn’t last long. aroma of chocolate and coffee. flavor is a nice blend of malts with subtle coffee and chocolate notes. low carbonation and rather thin body. nice coffee beer. Nickls (2535) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle. Very dark opaque brown with cola highlights around with a minimally lasting eggshell head. Lots of coffee in the aroma, roasted malts, nuttiness, and some slight earth. Nice coffee presence, but it doesn’t overwhelm...nice savory nutty qualities, bit of a malty sweetness in the middle but not much, some light chocolate in the finish. Lighter to medium body with medium carbonation. fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2011
holy god in heaven, this is freaking impressive. coffee, cocoa, dark Karo syrup, molasses, butterscotch and nuttiness with a milk stout like character. i couldnt drink a lot of them, but it makes a great beer to go with a dessert. ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Aroma: roasty, chocolate, earthy and tobacco notes, coffee. Pours deep brown, tan head with average retention. Flavor follows the nose, I find a very distinct tobacco note, also lots of coffee and light roast. Slightly bitter, balanced towards the malt and coffee, nice crisp and dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.