Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.45/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
12oz. bottle served into a tulip
Pours, well, pretty brown. It looks like the color of buckeyes, as in the mascot for THE Ohio State University. Reddish in the very center of the body. A nice finger and a half of beige head forms, but the lacing is pretty inadequate.
I'm struck immediately by how much fruit is in the nose. It isn't the dominant aroma or anything, but there is a not-insignificant fruitiness. It's coming from two elements: a bit of plum & apple from the yeast and some tropical citrus from the lupulin. Those hops don't really assert themselves outside of the citrus. The majority of the beer smells familiarly in Brown Ale territory. Toasted bread crusts, a dusting of cocoa powder, pumpernickel bread. I want to say there's some faint tobacco here too, but that could just be the name of the beer name & brewery name playing tricks on me.
Very bready on the palate. The oats are certainly there. There are just enough dark fruit esters to make this a really interesting food play. Ghosts of Cocoa Puffs (that I can write that phrase with complete sincerity is so awesome). The finish is EXACTLY like the the taste of toasted English muffins w/ peanut butter (a breakfast item I'm damn familiar with). This is nice stuff; it's hard to get me to say that about Brown Ales.
Oh, yeah. Maduro brings the kind of mouthfeel that only flaked oats can deliver. The mouthfeel is up into robust porter territory; creamy & thick. Soft carbonation, though perhaps too fizzy. As far as drinkability is concerned, this is a winner. The ABV% is only 5.5 (for this much flavor!) and the beer can go strong throughout a meal and into some desserts and even into the post-dessert cigar.
Admittedly, I'm not much of a Brown Ale guy. I've enjoyed more Brown Ales in the past six months than I ever have, so perhaps I'm coming around on the style (or, more likely, the Brown Ales from Terrapin, Good People, Sierra Nevada and Surly are just way better than the average beer of the style). Add this offering from Cigar City to that list. Unique, tasty; Cigar City is impressing me so far.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2011 06:07:10 | More by Reaper16
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
"Maduro Brown Ale. Hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate and espresso are all on display in this complex, but approachable brown ale. A great 'food beer', Maduro pairs equally well with sweet chocolate based desserts as it does with roasted meat." Brewed in the style of an English Brown Ale.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 61º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a thick crispy chocolate cream head over a deep burgundy brown body with ample carbonation. Retention is average at best, lacing is light and spotty. 3.25
(Smell) Aroma is sweet, roasty and creamy altogether. Medium roasted brown malts, creamy molasses, caramel and toffee build a complex, moist and sweet body. Hints of chocolate, dark roasted coffee linger in the back. Nutty, sweet malt character. Potency is medium-high. 4.25
(Taste) Upfront, sweet molasses malts, a pinch of smoke, some mild earthy sweetness for a deep, complex malt body. The finish is accentuated by an earthy hop blend with a subdued bitterness. This has quite an enjoyable and complex flavor for a Brown Ale. 4.25
(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly chewy, roasty. Carbonation generates a smooth silkiness for a complimentary mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style and medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is low. 3.75
(Overall) One of Cigar City's finest year round offerings, with just about everything a Brown Ale could offer. Great flavor, balance and drinkability makes Maduro a return beverage for anybody who can get their hands on a can or two. Most certainly worth a try for those who haven't found a winner Brown Ale. 4
Cigar City Brewing's
Maduro Brown Ale
Serving type: can
07-17-2014 03:02:24 | More by Jadjunk
Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,648 ratings.