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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale

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Reviews: 604
Hads: 1,911
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 160
Gots: 255 | FT: 5
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:
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 poorpint
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It was love at first taste. I only drink brown beer and to me this is the best draft brown beer there is. Not to be confused with the canned Maduro which is significantly inferior to the draft. The draft's chocolaty, coffee taste hits you immediately. The last sip is every bit as good as the first. If I could only drink one beer, this is the one.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft, served in a shaker pint glass. Appears dark brown in color, no head. Nutty sweet aroma. Taste is well balanced, easy drinking. Fuller mouthfeel

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Photo of Domvan
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rich chocolate malt and aromas were on point for on this.
This is definitely one of my top brown ales out there and worth seeking out.
A nice medium bodied mouthfeel, unlike most brown ales that usually are on the thinner side

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple, caramel, toffee and espresso. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but very complementary and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of Moose90
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated "CANNED 03/27/15 DRINK LOCAL 15845"

A — Pours a deep and clear brown color, there is a tall cappuccino colored head that forms initially, but fades into a thin capsule/film atop the beer, there is minimal lacing left along the inside of the glass.

S — Smells of rich and sweet malts, chocolate, caramel sweetness, little bit of coffee.

T — Tastes much like the nose, though a bit sweeter, nice notes of coffee, caramel, tobacco, toffee, rich, smooth, sweet, mellow.

M — Medium bodied, ample carbonation, there is a bit of residual sweetness.

O — Nice brown ale, usually not a fan of the style, this one is spot on, could easily have a few.

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Photo of shiznit7
2.61/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

One of the very few beers that I've passionately disliked. Everything else I've had from Cigar City has been top notch, but Maduro tasted like a mix between wet dog and stale cardboard... I hope it is just a bad batch. My dad and my uncle agree with me on this one.

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Photo of drwatson32
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The fact I can see it as an excuse for the next few weeks of a sudden it was the best of the day before I get a follow back on my way home from work to be the first half of the year and I don't think that I have to go back and I don't

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Photo of Rutkiller
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great brown ale with hints of chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel and roastiness. Gets better as it warms. Nice lingering one finger, creamy head. Feels semi-thick in the mouth.

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Photo of TBCE
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a finger width head. Head quickly dissipates. Smell is a very nice expresso, coffee, and cocoa. Taste is also nice, but flavors of expresso and chocolate are less pronounced. Finish is smooth with a lot of carbonation and hints of nuttiness. One of the better brown ales I have experienced.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown with a nice tan head. A little thin in my opinion, but then I like chewy beers. A little heavy on the carbonation too, but then that might be another way of saying I like heavy, chewy beers. Definite coffee, caramel, and malt, with maybe some raisins or prunes in the background. Another one in the "plus" column for Cigar City!

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark muddy brown with a light tan head.

Smells of chocolate, oats, and roasted malt.

Taste is chocolate up front with a burnt caramel middle, roasted malt with a touch of herbal hop bitterness. Mouth feel is largely a malt bomb with a lively carbonation. .

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Photo of barfootbandit
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer many times always delicious. Pours dark like a stout and smells chocolatey. Lots of chocolate flavors along with vanilla, oatmeal, and toffee. Probably my favorite brown ale to date. Seriously like this beer.

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Photo of BigBry
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can.
Clear, deep dark brown with a foamy tan head. Foam that settles to a film on top of the beer, spotty lace hang around the glass.
Smell is of toasted malt, burnt caramel, and some nuts.
Taste is much the same, roasty grains, slight coffee bitterness at the end.
Low level of carbonation keeps it smooth, but still enough to leave a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, a very good tasting beer, easy to drink. Another nice one from Cigar City.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours out an opaque brown with a rich creamy long lasting head. Significant lacing throughout. The taste and aroma are of rich malt with hints of coffee and toffee. The finish is quite clean. The feel is slightly thin but not enough to detract from the fine flavor. Overall this is a really nice brown ale that I will buy many times and recommend to anyone who likes this style. A little high in alcohol for a session beer but a couple won't knock you out either.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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!

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Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a one finger part beige, part caramel head.
Aroma with notes of smoked and roasted malts, creamy chocolate and home made coffee.
Delicious flavor with notes of cocoa, nuts, spices and cinnamon.
Dry aftertaste with its lingering residual notes.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Very nice American Brown Ale with perfect execution. Mellow but still flavorful. Can't go wrong with nuts and cinnamon.
Ap.3,75 Ar.3,75 Sab.4,25 Sens.4 Cj.4

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%

It's hot outside, so an IPa or hefeweizen would fit, right? Ok, I'm going to break the trend by beating the heat with a brown ale. From a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

The head initially forms well as it holds itself at an inch thick, then it suddently dissolves and looks like a still brown ale. It's color is closer to leather brown, and without the head, fizzy carbonation bubbles are visible from a birds-eye view. But it smells very pelasing. It smells sweet, toffee, fudge, even fruity. Very nice.

That taste, wow! Hold onto your palate, you're in for a ride! The beer starts off sweet and nutty, then a wave of smoked fruits and a touch of fudge makes this delicious brown ale even better. It's not overdone with the sweet toffee/aspect, helping create a beer that is very drinkable while being tasty.

You may not get your hands on a Huanapu, but you can easily get your hands on a Maduro Brown, and why not? This is well worth drinking.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

The beer pours a dark shade of, but surprisingly clear brown. quarter inch of head that pours immediately dissipates. Aroma is quite mild, consisting of mild instant coffee and hints of caramel.
Taste is a complex blend of subtle flavor. The dominant notes are coffee, toffee, and hints of chocolate, but the flavors are not strong. The hop presence is enough to tone down any sweetness that might have been there, but does not create bitterness.
Overall this is an interesting beer, a light, approachable take on a style that is usually a lot less palatable, i'm not sure how often i'll buy it but i'm glad it's out there.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronzey brown colour, quite a few floaties in my glass. Head is enormous, but lovely. Bit too big, but good.

Smells like coffee upfront but it gives way to strong grainy-sweet: smells like a grain bag, touch of caramel, carob and a wet wool note. Crystal grain, mostly. Not bad.

Taste is more roasty. Has a nice dark caramel upfront that develops peppery espresso roast, then more chocolatey on the back, slight hint of vegemite but nice bittersweet cocoa finish. Quite simple, but very pleasant, subtle drinking.

Bit sizzly and dry. Could use a lot more body.

A bit hit and miss, but the taste (most important) is nice and smooth and well-balanced. That's what counts.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Photo of Jonada
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Canned 6/5/2014. Served in a tumbler

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with 1 finger of a soapy light tan head that dissipates quickly. Body is dark with small amounts of light visible around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, toffee, bready malt, nuts, slight coffee as well.

Taste: Sweet malt, chocolate, slight roastiness, earth and very mild coffee presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and medium levels of fine carbonation. Semi sweet finish.

Overall: Really nice malty brown ale. Tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can purchased at the local grocery.

A: Very nice reddish brown with a 1and a half finger head with moderate dissipation.

S: Chocolate, coffee and malt. Outstanding.

T: Same as the smell. Very good.

M: About what I generally expect from a brown. Maybe a tad light.

O: Simply a great ale, brown or otherwise.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured dark brown in color with slight ruby highlights, no head whatsoever that left no lacing sticking to the glass.a combination of grains and brown sugar were noticeable upfront in the nose alongside hidden coffee, mild sugar and traces of vanilla. The brown sugar character is just as potent on the palate with oatmeal grain flavor and a touch of coffee. The brew was light to medium in body with a very low amount of carbonation which had a sweet malty finish.

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Photo of zac16125
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass
bottle on 12-10-13

A: Dark brown, opaque, 2 fingers width of light tan head, pretty good retention, but leaves effectively no lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts, heavy cream, char, chocolate malt.

T: Follows the nose with cream and roasted malt. A good amount of bakers chocolate, some herbaceous notes, and mild bitterness. Tasty.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavy side but appropriate, drinkability is good.

O: Not my favorite style, but quite an enjoyable beer. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Kendo
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is dark brown with a half-finger light-brown head that settles very quickly.

S: Modestly sweet malt dominates - toffee, caramel malt and a touch of brown sugar.

T: Follows the nose - sweet caramel malt, touch of cinnamon and toffee. Some fruity sweetness.

M: Light in heft, thinnish in feel. Carbonation is fairly active and fizzy.

O: Good. Doesn't blow me away - a bit too thin in feel.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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