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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale

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Ratings: 1566
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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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a Brooklyn tulip pint.

A: Pours a pretty dark brown with a nice head of latte-colored head.

S: Uh-oh, there's that green apple hint of acetaldehyde in the nose. There's also some leather, tobacco and bark.

T: I've got to say, this tastes like a young infection...however, it isn't unpleasant. The weird funky notes bounce off the leathery brown profile. It reaches a weird equilibrium.

D: Well, I drank the whole growler, so it must be drinkable. Alcohol is hidden and mouthfeel is creamy.

Overall: This does NOT taste like an American brown...so, I can't reccomend it to someone who is looking for that. This is plain mislabeling...however...oh, what the hell; I'm not a BJCP judge! This is a solid, albeit weird-ass beer.

Serving type: growler

12-02-2011 02:28:39 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


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

Another solid beer from Cigar City. Thanks Jefe73 for the Growler.

Pours a very dark brown almost black. Very thin head and little lacing. Could be the growler.

Aroma is a bit roasty. Smells like a brown for sure. But more on the roastier side.

Tastes pretty solid. Very good brown. Bit roastier than other browns but I like the flavor.

Mouthfeel is solid for a brown. Nice carb for a growler.

Overall a solid brown ale. I will need to trade for some of the other versions of it now.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2011 07:21:32 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-07-2011 12:20:41 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of PorterLambic


4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark mahogany color. There is some light penetration and if enough gets in you get a lot of orange in it. Nice tightly bubbled head, not a big pile of foam. Good lacing.
Smell is roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, wet cardboard.
Taste is toasty malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a slight cardboard note. Light oatmeal.
Medium/full body with a light effervescence. A nicely balanced dark chocolate / roasted malt aftertaste lingers for a long time without being annoying or displaying any harshness. A really well-rounded brew. No wonder they use it as the base for so many others.

Serving type: growler

12-26-2010 21:10:49 | More by PorterLambic
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Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From DeCicco's. Had it on 10.2.10

Pours deep dark brown with some nice creamy light tan foam. Decent lace with some good retention.

Plenty of nuttiness and very subtly roasted malt in the nose. Some more toastier notes in the taste, some more darker malt flavor with a very slight bitter edginess balancing with malty, tiny cocoa powderish sweetness, seems like it lost a bit of carb from the growler but still a huge creamy milky mouthfeel for a beer of this abv. Nice beer with some solid flavors but drinks a bit heavier than it should. Filling.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2010 02:50:11 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly clear brown with a tan head and leaving some lacing.

Smell of brown malt, some citrus hop presence , roasted coffee, some biscuit and caramel.

Taste very similar to the aroma, Coffee flavors off the bat mixed with brown roasted malts, some light caramel and a bit of dry burnt oatmeal flavor. This is a very good brown, the oatmeal lends a porter esque quality that I like and I usually do not like oatmeal porters. Nice and smooth, easy to drink and light carbonation. This is a great beer at 5.5% with a medium to light mouthfeel and I would drink it regularly if I could get it in bottles. Very fresh tasting as well out of the growler, looking forward to more brown ales soon with the fall upon us.

Serving type: growler

09-30-2010 00:07:00 | More by alpinebryant
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3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this from DeCicco's recently. I love most CCB beers, so I've been looking out for this one. Consumed out of my Maudite tulip.

A- Dark dark brown, one of the darker brown ales I've seen. Pretty much can't see through it. Light tan/khahki head, several fingers worth with good lacing.

S- Smells nutty, with a slight smokiness to it. I get a little malt coming through too, and a little metally touch.

T- Nice and creamy brown ale. Very nuty and malty. Not terribly complex, but good.

M- Again, smooth and creamy but nothing crazy. Nice malty aftertaste, but a little uninteresting.

D-Good and balanced. An easy drinking beer, good for a session beer.

A good brown ale from CCB. I could see how this could be a good base for many of their more complex Maduro's, but this one is a little basic. A decent beer, but not something I'd seek out necessarily.

Serving type: growler

09-20-2010 01:19:37 | More by Gfunk720
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Serving type: growler

09-17-2010 00:40:27 | More by Billolick
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge brown ale fan, but this was quite nice. Pours a nice dark brown with a thin head that settles to a ring. Smells of tobacco and earth, and roasted peppers. These aromas work unusually well with the dry maltiness of a brown ale. More earthy and tobacco notes in the taste, but here they are mild and combine with a creaminess that tempers everything and provides some balance. A bit light in the mouth, but the lively flavors compensate for this. Quite interesting and nicely drinkable. A great brewery!

Serving type: growler

08-24-2010 17:58:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler. Courtesy of McDiddyPop on BA. Pours a nice brown color with the slightest tinge of red to it. Great foamy tan head. The aroma is great with notes of dark malt, subtle sweetness, cocoa, and some nutty smell I can't put my finger on. The taste follows the aroma as in the first flavor is the roasted malt balanced with some sweetness. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium.

Serving type: growler

08-20-2010 13:47:47 | More by kbutler1
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4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass, nice deep brown color. decent head with decent lacing. all and all pretty good.

nose is pretty earthy with some chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, caramel. pretty nice.

taste has a big coffee/dark chocolate flavor throughout touch of sweetness in the end. , somewhat creamy as well. not at all acrid. a slight amount of bitterness rounds out this beer. probably the best american brown ale i've ever had.

mouthfeel is medium bodied but has a nice creaminess from the oats. it's really easy to drink, probably the best session beer i've ever had.

best american brown i've ever had, it's worth seeking out for sure. flavorful, sessionable, overall a joy to drink.

Serving type: growler

07-25-2010 23:06:20 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of jsanford


4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into my New Belgium globe.

A - Deep, dark brown with a creamy khaki tan head. Nice.

S - Rich roasted nuts, cocoa powder, vanilla.

T - Follows the nose nicely. Sweet roasted malts, nuts, cocoa.
Maybe a bit of smoke.

M - Smooth and creamy with a medium body. Medium carbonation, zero ABV.

D - Wow! I could drink this all day every day! One of the smoothest beers I've ever had, my growler went way too fast. Easily the best Brown Ale I've ever had, great job Cigar City!

Serving type: growler

06-23-2010 00:18:27 | More by jsanford
Photo of portia99


4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler received in trade with blitzstyle. Thanks a ton for this one Blaine! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with some mahogony highlights when held to the light. A thick finger of creamy tan foam forms on top of the beer. Head has good staying power and leaves some creamy lacing on the glass.

S - I'm getting coffee up front with a good nuttiness, dark roasted malts and chocolate. Some lightly grassy hops and a hint of caramel.

T - Sweet and dark roasty malts, a sugary sweetness with black coffee, rich with dark chocolate, green/grassy hops. A light caramelly flavor and mild nuttniness blend in nicely. Very good brown ale. A bitterness that seems just about right - a bit sharp, lingering on the finish and balancing out the initial sweetness on the tongue.

M - Rich and creamy. Initially feels a little bit on the thin side (perhaps the only negative I can find in this beer). Carbonation feels a bit on the low side but this combined with the oatmeal gives this brown ale a super creaminess and incredible smoothness. The silky smoothness more than makes up for the thinnish body with an overall excellent feel.

D - This has an amazing drinkability to it...goes down so easily. The smooth and silky feel, creamy carbonation and rich malty flavors really set this brown ale apart from the masses. Definitely one of the best I've had. Good thing this growler is only 32oz...I think it might be difficult not to put down a lot more of this one.

Serving type: growler

06-23-2010 00:16:08 | More by portia99
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4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is even better than I remember it being a few days ago...

Poured into my Cigar City snifter....

A very dark brown appearance topped by a khaki head and lots of globby lacing...

Wonderful aromas of chocolate, sweet malts, vanilla, some tinges of dark fruit and an earthy woodiness that I find wonderful... I find myself swirling and smelling this one quite often in between sips...

Chocolate and vanilla maltiness mingle with the earthiness I mentioned above and have me gulping this one down... Its as smooth as silk and absolutely a delight to drink... A world class brown ale for sure...

Amazing beer... Probably a good thing I can't get this on a regular basis or else my wife would nix my beer habit....

Awesome job Cigar City!!!

Serving type: growler

06-18-2010 01:18:47 | More by Tilley4
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4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler filled with nitro into a pint glass. Awwww yeah, this is gonna be awesome.

A- pours a nice dark brown with a 2 finger mocha colored head. Laces beautifully, head is nice and puffy. I love the color so much!

S- hints of nuttiness, with some roasted malts and maybe some cinnamon. A little subdued, but very nice regardless.

T- roasted malts, nuttiness, a hint of molasses. Getting a lot of smokiness too...this is amazing. Best tasting brown ale I've run into.

M- feel is good. Nice thickness to it, with a decent bit of carbonation. Some browns can be too thin, but this one has a good body to it.

D- very enjoyable brown ale. The oatmeal adds a real nice depth to it that I've never really gotten off of a brown ale. I want more, dammit.

Serving type: growler

06-13-2010 18:56:50 | More by bigfnjoe
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler filled at the brewery 2 days ago -- also had a few pints at the brewery.

a - pours deep dark brown with a two-finger mocha head, good retention and lacing, fairly hazy

s - big roasty and nutty malt aroma mixed with floral, slightly citrusy hops

t - balanced up front with intense nutty and citrus flavors, midpalate has some caramel mixed in with the hop resins, finish is slightly dry but well balanced, some nuttiness and hop bitterness lingers on the palate, very light caramel, alcohol not noticeable at all

m - medium-bodied, even from the growler, on the higher side of carbonation, well balanced finish, not much alcohol warming

d - incredibly drinkable, well balanced, complex and interesting, easy on the palate, the whole package

The only ABA I've had that compares to this is Bender, which I think is very similar. Very well done, CCB!

Serving type: growler

06-11-2010 22:29:12 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of aepb1


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark Brown with 2 fingers of a light brown/cream colored head and a bit of lacing with good retention of the head.

S- Sweet malt and caramel

T- Malt, coffee fore taste, a bit of hops giving it a dryness but not overpowering and a coffee/bit of a woody aftertaste.

M- Nice and crisp from the hops. Very balanced carbonation, with a dry finish.

D- American Brown Ales are not my first choice but I wanted to give this a shot being a local brew. I realize this is not a typical American Brown Ale but I really enjoyed it!

Serving type: growler

05-02-2010 02:14:59 | More by aepb1
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South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a mahogany brown color with ruby highlights, and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma with a nutty quality, chocolate, something sweet, and malt.

T: Had that nutty quality, toffee, chocolate, and malt. One of the better American Brown Ales you'll find.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Extremely drinkable. Very easy to like.

Serving type: growler

05-01-2010 12:14:30 | More by avalon07
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4.4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-09-2010 03:35:11 | More by brownbeer
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good-looking cola shade of brown with a sparse beige head. I love browns that are dark, but still transparent. Will overlook the lack of head given the seal on the growler was poor.

S: Vanilla and caramel malt. Smells like it will be sweet. Also has a bit of earthy and nutty character.

T: Not nearly as sweet as expected and more chocolate and roast flavors than your typical brown. The caramel malt is a little more understated while the hop bitterness is quite prominent. The bitter and roasted flavors combine for a flavor similar to the skin on a hazelnut.

M: Body is medium to heavy for the style and a little sticky. The effects of the oats are well apparent.

As a fan of the brown ales, I really liked this take on the style. Pretty robust relative to its peers, as is to be expected from Cigar City. Hopefully this will be bottled at some point.

Serving type: growler

03-27-2010 02:10:45 | More by GeezLynn
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, yet transparent brown with a very nice slightly tan head that has good staying power and sticky lacing. Wonderful aroma that is slightly roasty and nutty. Quite sweet with brown sugar, caramel, toffee and fresh baked cookie notes. The roasted nuttiness is a bit more evident in the taste. The roastyness is the first thing that is hitting my tongue, though it quickly subsides and the sweet toffee and brown sugar notes mingle together with a little bit of herbal hop character and a touch of smokiness. This beer is on the heavier side of medium bodied with a nice smooth (no doubt the oats) finish that is drier than I expected. I am not generally a huge brown ale fan, but this is delicious and very drinkable. I bought the growler on a whim and it turned out quite well.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2010 00:39:21 | More by zoso1967
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler, courtesy of gtreid, poured into a SN Perfect Pint Glass. Thanks Grant!

A: A glass of cola in which about a quarter of the ice has melted. Very little off white head.

S: Slight bit of hops.Toasty and nutty. Very mild aroma that is getting more pronounced as the sample warms

T: Finishes with nutty chocolate and something that reminds me of the last bit of coffee from a French press. A little muddy. I like my coffee muddy.

M: Very slick. I imagine with the carbonation it had when fresh, this would be just right. My sample is a hair flat

D: Great. Brown ales don't tend to be my style, but I could see myself having a few of these when I'm not jonsing for the hops. There is a bit of acridity in the finish that keeps this from being perfect.

Serving type: growler

01-17-2010 06:09:24 | More by dgb3
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chocolate brown color with some honey highlights, tight tan head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a light roasted malt; charred wet wood, smoke, and roastd meat. The aroma is not strong but is very nice. Wow, big big roasted chestnut flavor with a toasted malt backbone. Some nice tobacco flavor as well. Damn, this is like NYC during the winter with the roasted chestnut vendors. There is a nice toasted malt, brown sugar, light honey, grape, lemon and metal; basically a good base for the chestnut flavors. A moderate body with fizzy carbonation, this is coupled with a tobacco like malt which adds a nice earthy quality. This is one tasty ass brown ale. Cigar City makes a mean brown ale. This is a hearty brown ale that won't back down.

Serving type: growler

11-01-2009 05:19:38 | More by Gmann
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New York

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

Pours a rather chalky brown with a high tan head that fades quickly, leaving a cap. The smell is black tea leaves, persimmon, some malt, dead leaves. The taste is brown sugar, roasted grains, maybe some dark grapes, a long bitter finish -- all in all, very robust and complex. It's highly carbonated, coats the mouth nicely, very pleasant on the tongue. I couldn't drink this quickly, but it'd be easy to drink a lot of it. Very nice.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2009 04:25:57 | More by gory4d
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Cigar City shared at a BA tasting thanks to mfielden.

A - Mostly clear amber-brown color with a tan head.

S - Aroma is nutty and malty with some smoke. Caramel and chocolate both present.

T - Caramel/roasted malt, peat smoke, coffee, nuts, and a hint of cocoa.

M - Smooth on the palate with medium body.

D - Fairly high for the style.

Serving type: growler

09-15-2009 00:43:51 | More by nickd717
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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,566 ratings.