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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale

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Ratings: 1560
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009)
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 16:54:27 | More by CloudStrife
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3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brownish body with two finger offwhite head that stuck around and left some lace. Aroma hit several minor notes of caramel, bitter chocolate, toffee, coffee, some roasted malts, touchs of other sugar sweetness and a tad of grainy hops or breadiness (something akin to those) but nothing spectacular. Taste of the beer is more of the same. While it is medium bodied and easy to drink and has a drying sensation on the finish, there is nothing spectacular about the beer. There is a balance of sweet malts and dry, roasted malts as well as a touch of hops but I really can't say this beer is too sweet or has a peculiar dryness/breadiness/hopiness to it to classify it as something else. A good beer but one, that for me at least, is just slightly under par with some other, better, brown ales/oatmeal stouts (which I really didn't get any taste or feel of oats although it would explain the smoothness of the beer).

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2013 18:41:18 | More by clayrock81
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4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap. Smooth finish. The chocolate and the roasted components are very well balanced. You can taste the oats in the after taste. The color is okay and had a decent "head" to it. Overall it's pretty good. Tastes great. So far Cigar City hasn't failed to impress.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 21:25:03 | More by NoleDoc
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3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at The Democratic Republic Of Beer (DRB), Miami, FL

The beer poured dark chestnut brown and was topped by a thin film of light tan froth. There was no lacing whatsoever. The liquid contained many bubbles and reminded me somewhat of root beer.

The aroma was pleasant and interesting but quite muted initially. Toffee and caramel were noticeable. Touch of chocolate and hazelnut. The malt profile was very British. Coffee notes came out as beer warmed. With time, the nose turned sweeter and more robust.

The flavor was similar to the aroma except drier and less complex. A mix of toasted and roasted malts appeared on the front end before a dry nuttiness took over. The finish contained notes of coffee, as well as some earthy, bittering hops. There was also a dry, oaty quality to it.

The mouthfeel was thinner than anticipated with a crisp, spritzy effervescence. It felt somewhat soda-like.

I was excited to try a Cigar City beer while vacationing in South Florida, but this offering was a bit disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 03:30:40 | More by Damian
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours hazelnut brown with a robust tan head that retains masterfully. This is a really pretty brew. The head leaves thick collars of lacing.

S-Oatmeal chocolate-chip cookie dough. Sugar cookies too. Lightly nutty. Light coffee and milk chocolate. Not incredibly intense but unique and very pleasing.

T-Great cookie flavors. Oatmeal choco-chip cookie dough is my best description. Light nuts and cocoa powder. Light roast coffee. Molasses and brown sugar with a long toasty finish.

M-Feels bigger than a sub 6% ABV brew. Quite creamy. Massaging carbonation. A bit chewy.

O/D-I enjoyed this one. If I could get this regularly I could see myself drinking this a lot. I could see this going perfectly in several different scenarios. Would pair well with a ton of food too.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 23:30:01 | More by VelvetExtract
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malty aroma has notes of caramel and cinnamon. It pours a clear mahogany with a thick, fine-bubbled light cinnamon-tan head. Lively, malty flavor has notes of cinnamon, cloves and caramel and just a hint of horehound. Smooth, fairly firm texture is a bit powdery and has a good amount of fizz.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 20:31:00 | More by Cyberkedi
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

ive tasted and never been impressed with brown ales before but i wanted to try one anyways and 1/2 price growlers at whole foods plymouth meeting pa this past friday finally got me to.
that being said, im glad i spent $3 not $6 for this 32 oz growler.

pretty brown beer, nice head. smells ok, nutty. taste follows, malty, nutty. but with a weird, smoky, ashtray like finish, i can see this beer pairing well with a cigar, however im an ex smoker and absolutely cannot tolerate tobacco anymore. the oatmeal makes the mouthfeel terrific, the best part of this beer. but this was not very drinkable for me, took forever to finish this growler.

not recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 15:32:15 | More by B33R501
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man this thing just screams quality and craftsmanship. How very nice. You know how flavors can overlap such that you can't tell if it's one thing or another and your brain kind of flips back and forth between them? For me that happened in this one with roasty vs. dry woodyness. They hit the exact midpoint between these two and it's such a pleasing balance. I really wasn't expecting dryness, so it was really surprising and really well done. Quality. This one goes on my list of special ones.

EDIT: The review above was after having it on tap. I've just had one from the bottle and here are some additional thoughts.

S - Am I going crazy or does this smell like dry turmeric and peppery green Tabasco? That's really strange yet not unwelcome. After sitting for a while that transmutes into more of a bitter chocolate smell, but those original smells still play in the background.

T- Those odd smells from the nose lead to something on the palate that is related yet sheds the specific flavors. It's more of a dryness that unites them, but it takes more of the form of bitter chocolate on the palate. I'd go 4.25 here if I could.

O - I'd go 4.25 here if I could. It's better than 4s across the board.

Still very very good but slightly better on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 04:10:47 | More by BrownNut
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South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at the Cigar City tasting room in Tampa.

A: Brown with a good amount of light coming in on the edges. Topped with a light tan head.

S: Smell was very faint, bet there are are some roasty notes in there.

T: Pretty nondescript. Very drinkable and smooth but nothing very special to be found tastewise. Just a very solid beer. Some roast in the back. Dark bread.

Overall a good solid beer, but could have used a bit more in the taste dept.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 00:26:47 | More by BucBasil
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap over in NY state.

Appearance of this brown ale from CCB is dark brown with a one finger head. The smell has chocolate, malts and nuts. Its` taste has raisins, caramel, molasses and some bread. Mouthfeel is light-medium, a creamy texture. This is a very nice tasting brown ale, a style that I do not frequent. But this one is worth your time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 02:49:19 | More by mltobin


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into pint glass for $6.50. Sampled 9/5/10.

A: Served with a finger and a half of creamy/frothy head, light brown in color. A few sips in and already the head is laying down some serious sheets of lace, completely uninterrupted. The body is very dark brown with just a bit of ruby-amber edges showing through. A thin film remains on top and the sheets of lace become riddled with holes.

S: The nose is lightly roasted with dark bready malts, chocolate and grain. Oatmeal is definitely noticeable. Light hop aromas are grassy and herbal, complimenting the grain bill very well.

T: Dark bread, earthy with hints of smoked leather and doughy yeast. Semi fruity with read raisin leading the way, perhaps some underlying baked apple and subtle spice contributions of cardamom, anise and clove. Low bitterness and a very slight sour lactose quality.

M: The mouthfeel leans toward the full side of medium. Smooth body but the biting carbonation is probably a touch too aggressive. Sweet up front end with a dry finish. The oatmeal helps to round out the texture.

D: [Drinkability] Highly drinkable. Cigar City has added a degree of excitement to an otherwise rather mundane style. An excellent take on an American Brown Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 17:11:10 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at ChurchKey in DC on their Cigar City day. Madura Oatmeal Brown is a delicious brown ale. Warm and malty with some hops to keep things interesting.

A: Black color (in the dark lighting) with decent lacing. 4.5

S: Hoppy and little sour. Weird. 3.5

T: Hoppy with some roastiness. Lovely smooth warm malty flavour. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 05:49:52 | More by vandemonian
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at DeCicco's, Brewster New York

A: Pours "really dark", nutty looking brown. Completely opaque, cloudy white head.

S: Roasted cocoa, almonds, touch of smoke.

T/M: Malt character leans toward chocolate, though not too sweet. Nutty for sure, roasted coffee bean. An impression of rolled oats is constant in the background.

Initial pour was too cold, flavor profile severely muted. Definitely let this one warm up a bit, it really opens up. Never really found the smoke from the aroma in taste. Body and carbonation are right on, medium all around.

O: A really solid brown ale, one of my favorites in recent memory.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 21:04:50 | More by zoolzoo
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15th Review – from notes
On-tap pint glass at House of Beer (Orlando, FL)

L: Deep, deep brown with 1.5 finger nail. Almost looks like a cup of coffee.

S: Burnt cocoa with very-well roasted malt presence.

T: Roasted malt with hidden hops balanced by slight sweetness from chocolate characteristics. Very tasty, indeed!

M: Smooth and full-bodied. Not overly complex, but put together nicely.

O: Solid beer with excellent character.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 04:27:36 | More by spdyfire83
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a a dark amber color with two fingers of fluffy tan head that remained throughout.

The scent was of roasted caramel and toffee malt.

The taste was roasted caramel and toffee malt, nutty, notes of chocolate.

Medium body, very creamy and smooth, low to moderate carbonation.

This was a very tasty beer, there was great flavor and it was perfectly balanced. I would drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 15:43:11 | More by BeerCon5
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with a brown body containing red hues

S: musty sweetness and caramel.

T: sweet with caramel and toasted malt with hints of nut and chocolate.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth

Overall: This may be my second favorite brown, first being brookyln brown. I really liked this one and would like to try more of their other beers that use this as its foundation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 01:34:13 | More by kylehay2004
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at WOB, poured into a CCB pint glass

A-Deep mahogany, with cherry notes, a big frothy 2 finger khaki head stayed around and left excellent lacing.

S-Toasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and a nutty aroma

T-Similar to the smell, malt and chocolate dominate while dark fruit, caramel and a faint alcohol taste add to the finish. This is an excellent tasting brew

M-Medium bodied with light carbonation

O-Being a Floridian I'm always glad when a Florida brew exceeds my expectations, and CCB has done an excellent job at creating a delicious Brown Ale that does just that.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 20:14:03 | More by bboelens
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Great Nebraska BeerFest - Papillion, NE...

Appearance: Dark, yet translucent, brown body with a minor head.

Smell/Taste: Nose is of a toasted bready scent with nutty elements and prevalent oatmeal. Pallet is an oatmeal and nut dominant flavor.

Mouthfeel: Little carbonation amid a medium body.

Overall: A great oatmeal brown.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 23:31:27 | More by Forb
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mellow Mushroom. Arrived in a pint glass with no head. Very dark brown. Smell is of dark fruit and roasty malt. Taste is a big surprise. Smoky tobacco, espresso, sweet roasted malt. Seems like a great wintertime beer. Pretty complex flavor, like coffee and a cigarette. Medium to thin mouth with low carbonation and a mildly sweet tobacco finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 15:29:41 | More by jgurley
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4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Ravenous Pig; January 2011
The beer is a nice red brown color that shows a clear, deep red hue when held up to the light. The beer is topped by a frothy, pale browned, tan colored head. The nose has a hint of roast character that contributes a definite nuttiness to the nose. It is sweet and malty with a caramel, almost butterscotch like note to it. There is also a hint of herbal hop character to the beer. The fruity aromatics are boosted as the beer warms; it is more berry like (but almost reminds me of brandy at times), but still the brown, toasted whole grain malt character is the central focus of the aroma. The nose of this beer is really nice, I could smell this beer for quite some time.

The flavor has a nutty character to it as well as a touch of roast character in the finish; this last even lingers a bit on the palate after a sip. This has a prickly carbonation as well as a carbonic bite to it in the finish. This has a big, malty, caramel sweetness to it that never gets to be too much. This has a medium’ish body to it that is chewy, but it is still quite quaffable and I can see this pairing quite well with food. The hop character supports the dominant malt character with a firm bitterness and a hint of an herbal edge that gets a bit earthy at times. The spicy caramel corn that is served at The Pig dries out this beer significantly and accentuates the roast malt character a bit. I actually liked the flavor a bit better before the caramel corn. This is actually fairly hoppy for traditional brown ale, but it works really well here as the malt character is quite big. The dark, not quite roasted, caramel malt notes form up the base character in the middle of this beer, which supports all the other flavors that are here.

This beer is really nice; I like the malty brown ale that this is. It is definitely hoppy, but it plays only a supporting role and I could drink a whole lot of this beer; I think I might like this beer as much as I do the Jai Alai. Knowing Joey’s preferences in beer, I can definitely see his hand in this beer; I know he likes a good brown ale. So do I, and this one definitely hits the spot; it is one of the best brown ales I have had in quite some time.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 14:39:51 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-07-08 at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA

A - Dark, opaque brown with a 1-finger tan head into a pint glass. Lots of bubbles. Good lacing.

S - Yeast and mild chocolate malt. Not very fragrant.

T - Rich, roasted grain, spice, mild chocolate and coffee, finishing with roasted grain and hop bittereness. Moderately sweet to start but finishes dry leaving a pleasant malt and mild bitterness taste.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation.

D - This is a really tasty brown ale. Wakes up the taste buds.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 16:18:48 | More by Tucquan
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3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown colored brown beer with a creamy finger of head that left some decent lace. Also, the head was a tannish color.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee with brown sugar and a little bit of roasted goodness there. Smells solid and appropriate for the style.

T - Brown sugar, caramel, little bit of oats that don't sour too much. It has a nice mildly roasted character but this is definitely a brown ale and it tastes like a good one.

M - Creamy, moderate carbonation, fairly filled out medium body.

O - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit for what it was. I find a good brown ale to be a nice experience, although not necessarily a world class one. I'd say this fit the bill and would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 13:36:21 | More by AgentZero
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. Served in a pint glass, the beer poured a deep, dark brown color with ruby highlights and a light, thin, foamy head. Smells of slight toffee and nut sweetness. Dark nut flavors, roasted, with a hint of old world fruit sweetness. Not as overly sweet as I would have thought. Very smooth and round bodied. Hazelnut and tangy caramel aftertaste, with a light and quick finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 19:15:05 | More by GarthDanielson
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 5/27/11.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a deep reddish brown color. It has a nice 1.5-finger off-white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it left behind some nice lacing.

S - It smells of toasted malts and caramel up front. I am also getting some woody smells, as well as some chocolate and toffee.

T - It tastes of toasted and sweet caramel malts. There is a big chocolate presence here, as well as some nuttiness, hops, oak and some coffee. The finish has some lingering roasted malt character.

M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. It has a smooth and creamy feel to it. It goes down easy and has a slight bitterness to it.

O - This has good drinkability. The flavor is good and it goes down easy. I could easily drink a few of these in a night. Overall, I thought this was a very nice brown ale. I really enjoyed the big chocolate presence. I recommend giving this a try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 12:54:45 | More by JizackFH
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the Ginger Man in downtown New York.

Pours a rich red brown with a great amount of off white head; this bartender knew what he was doing! The head stayed for a good amount of time and a nice swirl brought it back once it dissipated. The longer it sat, the more the smell increased. Espresso and a bit of smokeyness is what I smelled. I've never tasted a beer so smooth before! The flavors balance very well with chocolate and oatmeal mixing very well with a nice espresso finish. Smokeyness through out. This is a beer I could continuously drink, it's absolutely delicious!

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 03:59:38 | More by SirBenton
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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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