Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale

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88
very good

1,884 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,884
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 151
Gots: 236 | FT: 5
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009

Pours brown in color with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate and hints of espresso. Flavor has caramel/toffee sweetness is upfront with intermingling notes of chocolate and espresso with a roasted peanut expression in the finish.

25 IBU
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Photo of ExtraStout
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a can poured into your standard draft pint.

A: creamy white 3/4 inch head on top of a cola like brown in color

S: smokey, oatmeal with tangy hops in the nose, with some sugar like malt, very nice.

T: sweet oatmeal malt, with a nice mild hop bite (25 IBU) and some hints of oak and smoked barrel flavors.

M: creamy but not heavy, smooth, but quits easy on you

d: easy to drink, while @ 5.5% ABV its on the higher end of ABV's for the style.

Photo of MadScientist
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark brown beer that pours a large tan head of compact bubble. The head settles to about half a finger of foam with a long retention and it leaves some lacing on the glass.

A dark fruity aroma of figs is very strong at first that quickly goes away and progresses to the primary aromas of toffee and coffee notes with mild bit of chocolate as well. There is a bit of phenolic aroma that lingers in the background that is a pleasant mix of pepper and tabacco notes.

There is a moderate hop bitterness with a mild malt sweetness that combine in a balanced finish. Flavors of coffee, roasted grains and toffee are prominent. There is a a mild tabacco flavor and very mild pepper note in there along with a slight fruitiness.

It has a medium body with moderately light carbonation and little slickness on the the palate.

This is a unusual beer with lots of flavor and complexity. I can't think of a better beer to enjoy nice cigar because the flavors would compliment each other so well.

Photo of brownbeer
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz CCB growler. Thanks again to Mike 2.

Mahogany color, about as dark brown as it can get away with, and a creamy, light brown head.

The nose has a little roasted nuttiness and mocha. It has kind of a rocky road vibe. Very nice. Rich.

The taste is of nutty dark chocolate, almond, subtle roast, just enough to be a nuance and not the main event. As it warms caramel and earthy hops interact. The finish isn't sweet, but has sort of a nutty mocha cheesecake fade. It's hearty, rich, and probably the most satisying brown ale I've had in my four years or so of beer exploration. Well done. A brown ale to drink or contemplate. Would try it again in a heartbeat.

Photo of weatherdog
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. botle poured into a 3 Floyds tulip shaped pint glass

It pours a cola colored brown with a 2 fingered bubbly tan head. Retention is medium with no lacing and a small layer of bubbles after everything settles down.

A medium roast of coffee is present in the nose, some back end sweetness. The nose is very inviting but the roast level is boarding on over the top for a brown ale.

The taste follows through with the coffee but not with as force. I'm getting just a little bit of oxidized malt character too which knocks it down a notch. A touch of bitterness balances the malt perfectly. A really nice brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium with some slickness from the oats. Carbonation is medium low. Drinkability is decent but the fullness prevents it from being higher. Overall a great coffee forward brown ale.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a Cigar City snifter the beer was a dark brown color with some red highlights. It had a thin tan head.
Caramel/roasted malt aroma. Earthy, a bit reminiscent of tobacco.
Nice taste. Caramel, a bit of milk chocolate, that earthy tobacco hint. Late herbal hops.
A nice rich beer.
Very drinkable.

Photo of mverity
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Goodness, after enjoying this beer for over a year, I'm finally reviewing it. Sipping from the can at the moment; however, I know this beer has a fantastic hazy brown color. It smells heavily of toffee and chocolate , with a good amount of caramel and coffee. The taste is mainly the toffee, closely followed by coffee and then the roasted malts. What really makes this beer for me is the mouthfeel. Superbly creamy. I can't recall if they actually employ oats in the brewing process, but it certainly feels like it. Maduro coats the tongue and mouth, and I love that about it. No homo.

Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to mntlover for this gem of a bottle. Pours a clear brown body with a large beige head. Good retention with some patchy lacing.

Aroma opens with a surprising assault of minty and pine hops. Nutty chocolate, caramel, and oatmeal quickly climb aboard to remind me this is an American brown ale.

Mouthfeel has the trademark silkiness of oatmeal, with a medium body and carbonation.

Taste has leafy and minty hops which play off malty notes of caramel and chocolate in an entertaining ballet. A pleasant nutty malt character provides the stage. Finishes clean and even.

One of the best brown ales I've ever sampled. Very complex and playful on the senses.

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Decicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours quite dark brown, cant see through it, medium mocha head, goes to a tiny bubble film , collar and ample larger bits of lace. Complex nose featuring some smoke, chocolate, and roasted malts. Full flavor brown, flavors mimic the nose, nice and roasty, with plenty of chocolate and nutty goodness. Super smooth on the tongue. High quality brown, fresh tasting and well worth trying. More quality brew from CCB, keep em' coming to the NY area!

Photo of tigg924
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, leather brown in color, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, fruit, oat, and nut

Taste: toasted malt, oat, leather, and tobacco

Mouthfeel: dry, semi-sweet, moderate-light carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: One of the most leathery and earthy brews I have had in some time. Different from others I have had in this style. I could do two or three max. A good, not excellent beer that makes me want to try more from this brewery.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of my sample lineup at the brewery. Wish I could have stayed longer...

Poured a dark chestnut, with a thin tan head. Looks a great deal like a porter.

Nose is smoky, with notes of chocolate and caramel.

Like a mild stout, this brew encorporates the usual suspects of chocolate, roasted coffee beans and caramel, with a promintent roasted malt character. A good hoppy bitterness to the finish.

Medium-bodied, perhaps on the thinner side. Really reminds me of a mild porter, quite easy to drink. Like a thinner-bodied stout.

A great American brown ale, a pleasure to drink.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks for this to beerbeerbeerbeer, very unexpected. Pours a dark brown with a bit of red in the color. Smells sweet and sugary. Big malt smells to it as well. Taste is very sweet and sugary, just like the nose. Has a cigar quality to it, tasted like a cigar smells I s'pose. Very light and carbonated, yet still creamy. The aftertaste lingers on and on for quite some time. Nice first experience with cigar city. Hoping my mom can pick me up a variety of samplers when she heads down to Florida.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Thank you to shan8454 for this brew in trade!

Appearance: Brown in color with about one finger of a biege head.

Smell: Nutty, with fruity banana like smell, sort of like a hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth, medium bodied. Nutty up front that gives way quickly to a coffee flavor, which I was not expecting.

Overall: One of the better brown ales I have had. And it smelled like a hefeweizen and drank like a stout.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Glass: Poured from bottle into pint-like glass.

Appearance: Rich chocolate brown with a slight reddish cast. Moderate sized tan head with very slight lacing.

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, oats and some coffee and nuts.

Taste: Heavily roasted for a Brown, with lots of chocolate, coffee and caramel. Slight oat and English-style hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium creamy body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Delicious ale even if it is almost more of an Oatmeal Stout than a Brown Ale.

Photo of ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Dark brown and autumn with some small floating sediment throughout. Lovely, thick lacing left down the glass.

Sweet aroma consisting of caramel, toffee, roasted malt, and melted chocolate bar. At times, I get a whiff of wet dishrag, but only occasionally.

The flavor consists of roasted malt and caramel, along with some sweet sugars, a mild hop bitterness, and a mild dishrag flavor, though it's not quite as distracting as it is in the aroma.

Medium to thick bodied. Very nice for a brown ale.

A very tasty, somewhat sweet, though well balanced brown ale. I'd drink more of it, and keep it stocked in my beer fridge, if I had access to it.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass, this brown ale pours a dark brown with little redish orange highlights. The two inch head has no problem leaving some nice lacing.

S: The nose contains hints of nut, oatmeal, chocolate. Surprisingly this brew is dominate chocolate with nut highlights.

T: Finally, a brown ale that isn't watered down, is complex, and overall is rich and satisfying. Chocolate dominate, with hazel nut highlights backed up by toffee and some oatmeal.

MF: Mouthfeel is a little light, but is smooth and what to be expected of a brown.

D: Drink is excellent. This is the right beer at the right ABV.

Overall, I first tried this brew about a month ago at a brewfest. Maduro is tied with Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale as my absolute favorite brown. Seriously, this brew almost takes the cake.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a pint glass, this is a pretty brown, clear, with red light throughout and 1 finger tan head with good retention, fluffy. Nice roasted malts on the nose, taste is sweet caramel and toffee malts on the front palate with espresso, tobacco, earthy hops on the middle, and very toasted peanuts or burnt bread at the back end. Moderate body, mod-low carbonation a bit thin/wet mouthfeel. A fantastic brown, has great drink-ability.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2%

Solid brown at 5.50 a can not a bad markup considering it's typically not available in Pittsburgh. This pours dark almost black when held toward the light I get a deep mahogany hue with light beige head, fine speckled lacing lines the sides of my glass. Aroma dark fruit, hints of cocoa, a touch of iced coffee, and roasted nuts. Flavor light tobacco earthy dank quality, tea leaves, dark chocolate dryness more like cocoa powder, and a hint of nutty coffee. Mouthfeel medium bodied dry finish nearly perfect brown ale, perfect level of natural dark roasted malt sweetness dark malts and low IBU level dry out the finish with tannic tea and tobacco notes. Overall highly impressive flagship beer from the folks at Cigar City!

Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Hopjacks in FLwhere it was mislabeled as "Maduro Oatmeal Stout".

A - 1.5 fingers of tan head over an opaque black with red highlights.at edges.
S - too subtle. Mostly malt with trace of caramel or toffee.
T - ample roasted malt but a bit burnt. Good finish with coffee note and tiny hop presence.
M - smooth; lightly carbonated.

Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap.

Pours brown with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of strongly toasted malt, milk chocolate, toffee, and hints of tobacco.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Rich toasted malt flavors up front are joined quickly by mild amounts of toffee and trace amounts of milk chocolate. Midway through the sip hints of tobacco enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this remains one of the better brown ales I remember having. Well worth a shot if you can get your hands on it.

Photo of pwoods
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Blazer06 for this great extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a pretty deep brown with big ruby edges in the light. Moderate head on the pour with only a bit of retention. Decent lacing.

S: Nice malty brown ale aromas. Caramel, toffee, a bit of nuttiness, along with a bit of the oatmeal in the back. Almost like oatmeal cookies with a hint of sweetness in the beer.

T/M: Light caramel with more of a toffee flavor. Some coffee is in the back and it dries things out a bit.... maybe from the oats? Not as much sweetness in the flavor but still a hint of the oats. Nice mouthfeel from the oats, but it doesn't over do it.

D: Pretty damn drinkable. The oats don't add too much to the body so it still remains a brown ale.

Photo of dayvinn87
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't ask for much more out of a standard distribution brown ale. It is not a special release or a seasonal or anything else hyped up but it is consistently delicious and my go to beer around the house. Every sip has a caramel-chocolate sweetness to it that isn't overpoweringly sweet. I don't feel like I'm drinking a dessert. The smell may be my favorite part. I'm not quite sure how to describe it, but I love that first smell before I taste it.

Thanks and Cheers

Photo of jbphoto88
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed mahogany that looks kind of thick. The head however isn't thick, in fact it's almost nonexistent. It has a homebrew like quality to it in appearance. Not a bad thing, just not as polished as some other commercial beers out there.

The nose picks up the pace with strong doses of heavy malts. Sweetly roasted and caramelized this brew has a great fragrance. If the taste is half as good I am in for a treat.

Wow... The flavor doesn't disappoint. The big malt flavors from the nose carry over and you don't get that coppery metallic taste that some browns can have. Sweet, roasty character to the grains lasts well into the finish.

The mouthfeel doesn't have that thickness that I was expecting from the look. It is smooth and light with a full carbonation that is almost too fizzy. A solid brew that tastes WAY better then it looks.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Full pour into a CCB pint glass.

A: pours a quite dark opaque brown with a thin head (full pour) Some visible carbonation through the side of the glass. Light does penetrate.

S: Very roasty nutty aroma. Hazelnut and peanut. Also chocolate with a touch of vanilla.

T: As expected from the aroma this is a nutty brew. Great balance between roasted malts and nuts. A touch of chocolate in the background. Not much of a hopping.

M: Full body that comes across as very creamy perhaps thanks to the oatmeal. Has a clean finish.

Overall a real tasty beer with a great mouthfeel. Would be phenomenal to pair with a cigar.

Photo of LeoPanna
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

purchased at EuroMarket in Queens, NYC. this is my first Cigar City brew.

poured into a tulip, a hazy dark brown, kind of looks like a belgian dark ale. nice even head, dissipates quickly.

smells of green apples and oatmeal.there's a definite nuttiness. i

extremely bright toasted oatmeal and green apple taste. dark malts balance everything out in the middle. of course there's the nuttiness. the after taste reminds me of maraschino cherries dipped in bourbon.

light carbonation. great aftertaste.

overall a very funky darn brown. it's got a great balance of nuttiness, oatmeal, toasted flavors and bite.

Photo of lnashsig
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my buddy Brett in FL for sending. We cant get this in TX, and it drives me crazy.

A: Chocolate Brown pour into a dogfish head tulip glass. About 1.5 fingers of head tht quickly dissapated with a little tan lacing

S: Brown sugar, oats, caramel, tobacco, and a hint of nuttiness. I definetely thought of brown sugar oatmeal

T: This has some nice complexity- the oatmeal caries through, it has some really nice caramel nutiness, and just a little bit of musty flavor. Its obvious and impressive that the brewer had in mind a great beer to pair with a great cigar- the tobacco flavors get your palate reved up for a stogie.

M: Nice thickness to this one- medium bodied and consistent all the way down.

D: Highly drinkable, sessionable brown solid ale. Another great creation from the good folks at CCB.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,884 ratings.