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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale

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Ratings: 1561
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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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eager to try this on tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA. Listed as "Madura IPA."

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep brown, bordering on purple-ish, with deep crimson highlights. Almost no head, just a collar & dusting across the surface (may have been the pour).

Smells of moderate caramel, nutty, subtle coffee-like roastiness, even brownies (not fresh & warm, more like the store-bought kind).

Mildly chocolate taste up front, with caramel & roast flavors coming in, finishing with a restrained hop kick & bitterness. Nice roasted malt aftertaste, a little chalky but good. Some fruit flavors emerge, very subtly as it warms.

Medium-bodied, enough bite to keep it from just laying there. A little more snap in the finish, afterfeel is roasty bitter but not astringent.

Overall good, flavorful. Nicely balanced, an easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2010 21:07:06 | More by OneDropSoup
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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Going out of state is great because you get to try breweries that never make it to your homestate. Prime example was going to NYC to have some Cigar City that doesn't distribute to Western PA. First beer of the night at Rattle n Hum.

A: Poured cold into a nice big glass stein. I was surprised at how dark this was. Very, very brown with a nice, extremely creamy tan head. The head lasts quite a while and laces nicely (most likely from the oats).

S: Very roasty. But the roast is coupled by a nice sweetness or brown sugar and marshmallows. Some great chocolate and cocoa as well (both bitter and sweet).

T: All of the flavors in the scent come through in taste. The beer is nice and bitter for a brown ale from the roast, but is also sweet and creamy. The two attributes blend together gracefully for a fantastic brown ale. Creamy, roasty, sweet. Top notch.

Overall, this is one of the better brown ales I have had. It does not lack in flavor, and was clean as a whistle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2010 11:40:10 | More by treyrab
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark creamy Brown color.

S- Oatmeal and caramel notes.

T- Oatmeal and caramel and chocolate notes all around.

M- Very creamy and smooth like the milk mash left over from eating a bowl of oatmeal.

D- This is my first Cigar City. Pretty tasty. Need more. Try some.


Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2010 09:24:18 | More by SamuelJackson45
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Canal St in Reading.

Pours a clear, dark amber brown with a large frothy tan head that has weak retention and leaves a few streaks of dry lacing. Aroma is dominated by dry oatty and nutty notes with very little sweetness or malt presence. Flavor is a slightly more interesting blend of a rich caramel malty body with strong smooth nuttiness. Mouthfeel is very thick, smooth and chewy like an oatmeal stout with strong, fine carbonation. Finish is dry and oatty with a slight bittersweet pinch. A nice brown but nothing exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 01:02:39 | More by yourefragile
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown color with a tan head that hangs with the beer pretty well

S - strong smell of oats and maybe some carmel

T - oatmeal taste is very promounced slight nutty flavor and sweetness from carmel

M - mild carbonation foam taste from the head

D - rich and flaovr kind of sweet but a very good drinkable beer

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2010 20:22:54 | More by bierguru
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 03:52:21 | More by JohnnyBarman
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4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Quite pleased to have had a healthy UK pint of this at Prohibition Taproom in Philly.

Dark and dirty, topped with dense, creamy, off-tan head.

Bitter, roasted, dark coffee thing going on with the aroma - all fairly potent and nicely balanced. It didn't have to beg to be drunk.

Exceptional flavor profile. Strong bitter up front and in charge, but also an awesome rich cocoa/milk chocolate foundation. Decadent.

Had the feel of a robust porter with a tiny shot of chocolate milk/Irish cream. I maybe would've toned down the bitter just a hair. Love the fact that the ABV is low and almost undetectable. Easily could've downed a handful in one sitting, and probably should've.

Great brew. But, boys, you must change some things about that website. Like, all of it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2010 02:58:47 | More by Bouleboubier
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At Tria in Philadelphia. Poured reddish brown into a pint glass, with one finger of beige head, and good lacing. Very sweet sugary aroma, not allowing me to discern much individually; simply very sweet brown sugar. Luckily the flavor was more robust and varied, with brown sugar, cinnamon, dark chocolate, and roast malt all coming through. Thick, non-carbonated mouthfeel, with only a slight hint of spritz. A little too thick to session, but a tasty brown ale nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2010 21:05:34 | More by donniecuffs
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft @ the lodge, boca raton

A: Roasted malt dominates the flavor profile of this beer. I couldn't pull any hop bitterness out. While not overpowering, it's a great blend of roasted and toasted malts.

A: Pours Dark brown with a 1/4 in creamy, very light tan head, great lacing.

F: Just as in the Aroma, tons of roasted malt flavor, no hop presence, indicative of style. Finishes sligtly dry and bitter.

M: Great body on this beer, creamy and full bodied, w/ good carbonation.

O: One of the best brown ales I've ever had. Great mouthfeel, creamy and smooth, the roasted malt character on this beer is definitely a bench mark for others to shoot for.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 18:20:04 | More by adkirkish
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale, draft

A Big tan head at first pour. Beer is a deep brown, opaque, not clear. Head falls but remains with the beer to the end. 

S Rich nutty aroma. Smells of dark chocolate.

T Roasted malt flavor.  A little bitterness from dark malts, but not unexpccted based on the color an aroma. Appropriately hopped for a brown ale. There is a lingering nuttiness in the aftertaste. This beer helps me understand why people feel so passionate about Brown Ales.  

M Medium-heavy body.  Nice full flavor.  A litle astringency in the end. 

O A very good Brown. Brown ale is not my personal favorite, but I could drink several of these. Quite good, definitely recommend. 

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2010 18:59:58 | More by boss302
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color, with hints of ruby and a nice firm white head. Aromas of cocoa powder, roasted nuts and caramel malt. Flavors of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and nuts. Had quite a bit of this one late last year, and after hearing so much about Cigar City, found myself less than impressed. A good solid brown ale, but nothing more.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2010 04:56:47 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Thorpe429


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich dark brown with a decent tan head.

S: Some nice roasted and sweet malt, coffee, toffee, chocolate, and hints of vanilla.

T: Fairly sweet with a taste similar to the nose with a litte bit of added bitterness from the roast and a bit of hop delicacy in there as well.

M: Nice and creamy; very smooth.

D: A very nice brown ale, and something I'd love to have regular access to.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 22:07:29 | More by Thorpe429
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap Stubbie's Gainesville, FL
Pours dark brown with one finger of head that fades and leaves little lacing throughout.
Smells sweet...caramel and chocolate.
Taste starts off sweet with caramel malts. Notes of coffee hit me first with a mild licorice flavor. Bready malts and chocolate follow, with coffee flavor being left on the palate. Just a hint of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is nice with a balanced medium body and mild carbonation that make it very smooth.
Smoothness made for great drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 05:28:20 | More by MURF0320
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many, many times. Just now reviewing it though.

A- dark brown with a 1" off white head. Decent retention with some streaky lacing left behind.

A- roasted malts, tobacco, toffee, a hint of vanilla and chocolate as well.

T- pretty yummy. Starts off with the roasted malts. It has a caramel taste to it. The hops are present but not bitter. There is a hazelnut presence as well as a touch of vanilla.

M- medium in body with a nice level of carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

D- really good I could drink a lot. However, I prefer the espresso maduro.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 17:45:48 | More by urwithdave
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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown, see-through but hazy and murky. Very little head as it was served to me.

S: Roasted coffee dominates. The appropriate brown ale malts, and something nutty I can't precisely put my finger on.

T/M: Sweet. Dark malts dominate, with some coffee, the same nutty flavor from the smell, and baker's chocolate. Very smooth, which I presume is from the oatmeal. Earthy, maybe a little grassy. Fairly thin. The carbonation's medium but lazy.

D: I'd be interested to try some more variations on this one. Right now it's not quite doing it for me, but I can see how it would be a good base. I'd give it another try if I were in a brown mood, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2010 14:52:55 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of DosBeerigos


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C. Clear
H. Dark Brown with a SEXXXY Brown Head
N. Very little odor at all

**Comments taken from my blog**

Once again not the first time having this beer, but first time having it to review. This is Cerveza Chica's favorite Brown Ale, and I can see where she is coming from. This is a very drinkable brown, that is smooth and light bodied. It has a bit of a nutty taste to it, but nothing over powering to it. I personally had a hint of alcohol burn at the very end of the taste, but nothing that was crazy. I personally can not wait to try the Vanilla Maduro which I was able to snag a growler of. Overall solid beer!

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2010 00:48:09 | More by DosBeerigos
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap last weekend at Capone's.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a 1 finger white crown. Shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Lots of roast malt, some caramel, hints of chocolate and toffee, slight hop bitterness that comes off like coffee.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin in body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

A bit boring but a good base for "special treatments"

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 00:12:55 | More by koopa
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4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coasters in Melbourne. Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head that leaves good lacing.

Taste is chocolate malts with a little toffee sweetness, not too much though. This has a nice complex flavor for a brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium, nice and smooth.

A beautiful brown ale that makes a good session beer with its low ABV

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2010 03:05:31 | More by FLBeerGuy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. Very dark brown,with whisp of head. only average mouthfeel is felt, maybe it is a tad over. Suitably carbonated. Cedar there too. A little toast,and chocolate malts. Good for its style, but of curse CC blows you away with their unique brews.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 18:41:54 | More by Sammy
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3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap, at the CCB

A - Deep translucent brown, nice tan head, sticky lace.

S - There is basically a dried tobacco smell over simple brown ale, with a slightly nutty aroma as well.

T - The taste is suggestive of unsweetened carob powder, and a slight smokiness, like licking a maduro blunt wrapper. I really tend to like the alternate versions of this beer a lot more than I do the base flavor. Thankfully, there are seemingly dozens of alternate maduro browns by CCB.

M - Medium to thin, bone dry finish, not quite astringent, but not 'wet' at all.

D - I can always drink it, but I never prefer to. I have seldom filled my growler with it. It isn't bad, but Cigar City does so many other things that I am more into.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2010 23:17:15 | More by ktrillionaire
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4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 12/7/09.

A - Clear deep hazelnut brown body with dark amber highlights and a one-finger creamy tan cap of foam that laced up beautifully like cake icing.

S - Initial aroma offers a hint of roasted malt and coffee with a pinch of vanilla and nutty malt. There's plenty of sweet caramel malt underneath, as well as subtle chocolate notes. The coffee character really pushed its way to the forefront as the liquid warmed up.

T - Malt flavor is comprised of flaked oats, sweet caramel and a hint of grains. A vanilla sweetness gives way to slight roasted malt notes with a flavorful coffee character and a hint of chocolate. A nutty malt character also persists throughout. Finishes with slight earthy, herbal bitter notes. Overall, Maduro offers a very complex flavor profile for a brown ale.

M - The initial smooth, creamy texture eventually builds into a moderate bristly sensation on the palate. Finishes with a hint of astringency and subtle hop bite on the tongue.

D - Easily one of the best brown ales I've had to date. Cigar City has burst on the scene and has been mixing things up quite and bit, which is always a pleasure to see. Great stuff!

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 15:10:28 | More by ffejherb
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Mellow Mushroom - Brandon. Poured a clear dark brown color with an aqverage creamy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt, nuts and hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth slick texture and soft carbonation. Solid balanced toasted oats sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Good complex brew

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 02:35:04 | More by tmoneyba
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap (12/20/09) into a shaker pint glass at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a nice mahogany brown with a coffee colored one finger head that receded to just a film leaving nice lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma of coffee, dark malt, and a nice nuttiness.

T: Coffee hits the palate first followed by a creamy nuttiness and some semi-sweet dark malt.

M: Medium-bodied with a slight slick creaminess and stylistic carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and quite refreshing with a fairly complex flavor profile for the style. The 5.5% abv is not detectable in the slightest.

Overall this is a very sessionable beer that is a nice take on the American Brown Ale. My first Cigar City beer and certainly a brewery I look forward to sampling in the future. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2009 17:24:25 | More by Lunch
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo at Rattle n Hum from notes taken that day.

Appearance: Deep maple brown with little head.

Smell: Smokey, oak and caramel.

Taste: This is much like the nose. Opens with a smoked mood as subtle profiles of caramel emerge in the middle and continue into the finish leaving a neutral palate and slightly hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied withe minimal carbonation and slightly dry finish but silky smooth from open to the finish.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and recommend this to someone who enjoys a solid brown ale with hints of caramel in the middle.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2009 03:23:17 | More by capra12
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capone's...

A - Two fingers worth of fluffy and rocky tan head... Moderate retention settles to leave a full inviting lace... Deep dark chestnut brown color... Slightly translucent... Moderate carbonation... Looks very very rich...

S - Slightly sweet... Nutty... Caramel... Brown sugar... Sweet breads... Hints of chocolate... Fairly subdued but rather effective...

T - The palette follows closely to the nose... Bready malts... Caramel... Light brown sugar... A vague nuttiness... The faintest hint of chocolate...

M - Terrific balance... Medium bodied... Sturdy... Light carbonation... Quite satisfying...

D - Enjoyable sip after sip... Quite quaffable... Sessionable given it's 5.5% ABV... A terrific all around Brown Ale that I would welcome the oppurtunity to drink again in the future...

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 03:01:18 | More by philbe311
Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,561 ratings.