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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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88
very good

1,678 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,678
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 137
Gots: 174 | FT: 7
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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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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Picked this up from Abe's Cold Beer. Quite an interesting brown ale, very unique. There's a fantastic spicy, toasty cocoa, hazelnut character. The oats seem to really amp things up, like with a strong roasted taste on an oatmeal stout. I strongly urge you to check this beer out

11-06-2010 14:32:12 | More by tempest
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.45/5  rDev -37.5%

A: Poured brown with good carbonation leaving a nice off white/beige cap, with a 1/4 head leaving some bubbles and light lacing

S: A little on the mute side. Your typical toffee, caramel but that's about all folks.

T: Immediate toffee and light caramel sweetness with an odd and flat taste that starts after immediate taste and then finishes sordove blah..not much flavor, sordove muddy. There was an odd issue with this beer. See Mouthfeel. The finish was dry, light bitterness.

M: Sordove thin, perhaps a tad bit overbarbonated and this beer was leaving a gassy, bubbly type feel on the palate, like the beer was young or had some fermentation issues.

O: I did not finish this beer, five sips and I was done. Pass.

10-16-2012 15:38:52 | More by barleywinefiend
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +13%

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!

08-24-2010 17:58:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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Billolick

New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

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!

09-17-2010 00:40:27 | More by Billolick
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

Review from notes taken on 12/1/10. On tap at Al's of Hampden.

Served in a pint, appears a hazed brown color with some ruby coloration and lighter brown around the edges. A dark creamy tan head forms across the top and doesn't retain all that well.

The smell of dark malt with sweet toffee suggestions emits from the glass. Some floral hops fill out the back of the nose.

Taste includes dark malt with sugary molasses and toffee flavors that are lightly smokey and modestly bitter with herbal and earthy hops. A slight fruity alcohol flavor is present that warms the back of the throat. Roasty flavors linger with a nice contrast to the hops. There is a lingering flavor almost like cigar wrapper and ash that is left inside the mouth.

Medium bodied with a light level of carbonation. This is quite a smooth, drinkable brown with a broad array of flavors. A little more bitter than your typical example of the style but I'm not complaining.

12-16-2010 20:22:08 | More by stakem
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

Served on-tap at the Brass Rail in a tumbler glass.

A: The brown ale is appropriately dark, a thick ale that looks like syrup in my glass (color-wise, not consistency-wise). As a result, it is predictably opaque. A white to off-white head leaves no lace behind.

S: The nose has nut and toffee aromas aplenty, full and warming, without any apparent hop bitterness. Smells like a brown ale.

T: The brown ale is led its maltier factions, resulting in a warming flavor of nuts, toffee and roasted grains. While it comes close, the ale doesn't quite push into porter territory (seems like it might want to, though). The finish heads a chocolate and toffee flavor to linger.

M: The ale is pretty thick (see my porter comment above) but it remains rather light on the palate. Carbonation helps.

D: Maduro is a decent brown ale, one that I'd try again without hesitation. It wasn't, though, mind-blowing in any way.

11-24-2009 16:16:20 | More by akorsak
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

06-18-2012 00:41:12 | More by duceswild
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-25-2012 18:41:23 | More by ejimhof
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

Thanks goes out to Bartrash for this brew.

Pours a nice golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, lots of caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this is a very fine ABA. Thanks Pete.

12-31-2010 00:16:54 | More by Wasatch
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +19.4%

Cigar City : Maduro Oatmeal Brown

Pours a rich brown color with a yellowish off white head and little lace. Aroma is malty, with suggestions of candied pecans. In the flavor, robust maltyness, nutty, and rich. For a brown ale, this packs in lots of flavor. Hops come accross oh so lightly, just a small wood note, and a distant earthyness. Brown sugar, roast, oats, and burnt caramel. Medium to full bodied feel. Overall, this is an exceptional brown ale, and quite possibly the best I've come accross.

08-24-2011 16:44:03 | More by Stinkypuss
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

11-29-2011 02:57:14 | More by brandoman63
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

This ale lacks luster like Lady Gaga lacks subtlety. Maduro (meaning "ripe", "mature") looks terribly overripe to me - all beers result from fermentation but by the time they're bottled most don't actually look like they're still in the process of it! This muddy brown body would have benefited from a little filtration; only against the light does it not look like sludge.

Where as most English brown ales smell noticeably of water minerals and most American brown ales smell appreciably of hops, this Floridian example of the style has an odd sulfuric tint to it, a seemingly unintentional by-product of the brewing process that distracts from the otherwise pleasant coffee-ish and toffee-like malts and dark fruity esters.

Oatmeal sure thickened things up, which I'm not so sure benefits the style: this is a very unsubtle beer, tasting strongly of grains and oatmeal without much of any of the finer nuances you typically find in the style (toast, toffee, nuttiness, caramel or biscuits). Even the hops are menial. While it tastes stronger, it lacks in the style's usual chemistry.

A lightly sweet but very prevalent note of dark fruit is present, something like prune or raisin. It overtakes the slight chocolatey or coffee-like flavours and seems to accentuate the otherwise modest note of alcohol. A lightly sooty, coffee-like roast gains its footing on the finish, however, but its slightly astringent character lessens the enthusiasm for another sip.

Like the only other Cigar City beer I've had at this point, Maduro tastes somewhat "unfinished", more like a batch of homebrew than commercial beer. I'm willing to chalk it up yet again to an off-bottle, but until this brewery can capitalize on their popularity enough to expand distribution - or until I find another trading partner as generous Ultraman9000 - I can't be sure that this brewery's beers aren't just better in ratings than they are in reality.

08-05-2011 19:59:11 | More by biegaman
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smakawhat

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A one finger light brown cream bubbles head. Body is a good dark brown with some cloudy character. Head manages to fall slowly while keeping the head together. Nice color of brown going to a simple cherry red also.

Bouquet is a malty roast but also some small cream. Slight heat and a dryness to some extent also. Some earthen dirt/soil smells as well.

Interesting taste. Sweet moves to a mild sour astringecy taste and milk creamer more like sweetened condensed milk. A slight bit of pricklyness on the tongue but not a sense of gas carbonation. Husky dry quality taste with milk cream like sensation, kind of interesting.

Pretty solid good brew all around.

02-06-2011 18:51:45 | More by smakawhat
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plaid75

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel, earthy malts and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of round malts, soft cocoa and a short lived nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the smoother side of the style.

Overall a very tasty brown ale.

09-02-2009 15:45:57 | More by plaid75
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12-14-2013 05:34:26 | More by LXIXME
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Big thanks to grub for sharing this growler! Did the regular, espresso, and vanilla side by side.

Pours a clear dark orange/brown, some reddish hints, thin light tan head forms, settles down to a thick ring, good lacing, looks nice. Smell is good, sweet and nutty, some caramel, big biscuity malt profile, brown sugar, light raisin, earthy, touch of roast and lightly fruity. Taste is similar, fruit at first, caramel and honey sweetness, nuts, light grapefruit hoppiness, touch of tropical fruit, earthy, very malty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, super smooth and drinkable. This is a pretty good brown ale, very malty and enjoyable. Thanks Russ!

07-07-2009 17:04:16 | More by Viggo
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a very dark brown that borders on black with a thin, brown head that quickly fades. The nose has notes of brown sugar, cigar, and faint coffee. The flavor is woody and earthy up front similar to a cigar and slightly nutty followed by a sweet but bitter espresso, caramel finish. The finish is incredibly dry but smooth with little carbonation.

This is a nice change of pace for a brown ale. I like the woody, cigar-like notes and I like the brown sugar notes as well. The flavor profile is great. The mouthfeel is a bit dry which makes the flavor leave the palate a little early. Overall, a great brown ale.

01-13-2012 18:28:35 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-07-2013 09:39:12 | More by Kelp
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

Thanks to BeerThursdays for hooking me up with this one!

A: Pours a nice brown/deep copper color with a 1/2 finger head that slowly fades. Little bit of lacing forms as I drink, but it dissipates rather quickly.

S: Nose brings some brown sugar, molasses, caramel, a little bit of hops and some sweet fruit.

T: Roasted malt, brown sugar, and molasses. There is a caramelized sugar flavor giving it a nice sweetness. Has a slightly bitter finish with hints of toffee.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation with a nice creamy feel.

O: Solid beer, easy drinking with a good flavor.

03-18-2011 00:50:14 | More by mdaschaf
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

10-27-2012 15:53:16 | More by sendbeer
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billab914

Virginia

2.78/5  rDev -29.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin shaped glass. It poured a darker brown color with a bubbly head filling the top two inches of the glass. The head settled to a thin layer, and left a bit of lacing as it did.

The aroma has a fruity, cherry, raisin like flavor coming through with a little bit of a tart, acidic undertone to it. behind that I get some toffee and caramel flavors to it as well as some roasty, coffee like flavors coming through. Seems like there could be the beginning of an infection going on, but I'm not sure.

The taste shows a pretty good amount of roasty, coffee like flavors to it. Like the nose though, I also get some of that cherry, fruity, tart, acidic flavor throughout the beer. Behind that, I get some hints of toffee and caramel sweetness. Flavorful beer overall, but I have to assume the tart, acidic, fruity flavors aren't intended. Luckily the roasty, coffee flavors seem to overpower the off flavors in it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style, and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was decent despite of the fruity, tart, acidic flavors that are developing. They actually gave it some interesting flavors that complimented the malt at times. Not a bad beer overall, but one I'd like to revisit to see if there really is something going on with this one.

03-19-2011 22:50:20 | More by billab914
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

on tap at Hopjacks in FLwhere it was mislabeled as "Maduro Oatmeal Stout".

A - 1.5 fingers of tan head over an opaque black with red highlights.at edges.
S - too subtle. Mostly malt with trace of caramel or toffee.
T - ample roasted malt but a bit burnt. Good finish with coffee note and tiny hop presence.
M - smooth; lightly carbonated.

03-23-2011 14:33:15 | More by chinchill
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-07-2012 01:04:17 | More by Zaphog
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-19-2013 02:30:37 | More by PEIhop
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glid02

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%

On-tap.

Pours brown with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of strongly toasted malt, milk chocolate, toffee, and hints of tobacco.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Rich toasted malt flavors up front are joined quickly by mild amounts of toffee and trace amounts of milk chocolate. Midway through the sip hints of tobacco enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this remains one of the better brown ales I remember having. Well worth a shot if you can get your hands on it.

11-23-2009 03:48:29 | More by glid02
Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,678 ratings.