Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Beer Review: Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale

Reviewing the Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing.
Score: 87

Bottle neck says "Jun 161." Served in a Hunahpu snifter and enjoyed on 04/04/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: At pour, this beer immediately turns into a titanic amount of soapy tan head. This beer would have foamed over my glass before I had poured half the beer if I was not paying attention. The head ultimately settles into a thin layer. The beer is a deep coffee brown color that turns to a dull yellow-brown color when held up to light. The body is pretty opaque. Excellent lacing, above average retention. Has a noticeably effervescent appearance. 4/5

Smell: Iced coffee, pecans, bready malt and vanilla cream soda. A light amount of earthy hops and coffee grounds is in the mix too. There is a non-descript "mixed nut" smell here. The nose is pretty sweet. 4/5

Taste: Sugary vanilla creamy soda with a nutty twist. Has a traditional brown ale flavor, but is much sweeter than your average brown ale. A little roast and a touch of sweet caramel. There is a modest coffee backbone. 4/5

Mouthfeel: There is where the beer fails. The beer is lighter, maybe light-medium, bodied and extremely carbonated. This beer is quite over-carbonated to be frank. Has a fizzy and sweet mouthfeel. 2.5

Overall: A bit sweet for my taste buds, but this would have been a really good brown ale if not for the over carbonation issue.

Recommendation: Worth trying. Do not seek out this beer specifically, but if you are trading with someone with access to Cigar City Brewing beer, ask them if they can get you a bottle.

Pairings: Merck's Swiss-and-almond cheese spread.

Cost: $7.99 for a four pack.

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