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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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605 Reviews
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Reviews: 605
Hads: 1,928
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 164
Gots: 260 | 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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Reviews: 605 | Hads: 1,928
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a dark, cloudy brown colour, with a massively frothy head of large-inconsistent beige. It's pillowy, cloud-like and is going to be a pain to chew through. Body is quite light, and a little insipid. Holds little to no carbonation. Overall, it looks a little bit unappealing.

Chocolate and roast, with dark fruits on the nose. Some dusky cocoa, peanut brittle and some organic, earthy notes, like rich, loamy soil. There's a whiff of coffee in there as well, but it's well behind everything else. Overall, though. It smells pretty nice.

Taste is light and a little spritzy on the entry: this bottle seems to be a little too carbonated, meaning the flavours have to develop after the attack of fizz on the front. Once they come through, they're rather pleasant: mild roast coffee, rounded husky nuttiness, and a touch of that loaminess mingling with a slight English hop bitterness on the back. It's a little tannic more than crisp with hops as it finishes.

Feel suffers substantially from the carbonation, which is very much too heavy.

Overall, this is decent enough, but too carbonated: I'll try it again some time in a smoother form, where I'm sure it will be rather pleasant.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was our annual trip to Tampa...the night before THE BUCKEYE CRUISE AGAINST CANCER!!!! The better half and I walked a couple of blocks down from our hotel and found a wonderful sport to taste numerous different brews. The first beer I tried, thank to the suggestion of our server...Maduro Oatmeal Brown...WOW. I am not a brown fan....but this was quite nice!! The color was a rich cloudy brown. Teh nose inclued a sweet chocolate, malt and coffee. This of course fed into the taste of the beer which was rich malty chocolate and caramel, with coffee undertones. I could drink this....wait for it....give it to me Lionel...ALL NIGHT LONG!!!!

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviews adjusted for 2013 Can opened in Aug 2013. Much better!


Original review (scores for the original review were replaced by the new review)

Jan 2012 bottle, opened Aug 2012.

A - Waaaayyyy over carbonated. Foam explodes out of the glass as you pour it. Khaki colored head, par retention and low lace. Bright mud mahogany brown.

S - Funky twang on the nose; dry cardboard, a faint note of vinegar, brown sugar, and black tea.

T - The over-carbonation reeks havoc on the flavor profile. Even after swirling the brew around a bit to try to knock out some of the gas, seltzer was still a dominant flavor. Behind the bubbles there's macadamia nuts, a nutmeg and caramel center, and a burnt coffee finish.

M - High carbonation, dry, and a relatively light body.

O - An unfortunate bottling error with the carbonation leaves this brew with a relatively muted/dull flavor profile.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.48/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark hazelnut/carmel brown in color with a light, off white foam that laces the glass. It smells of oak, brown sugar, tree bark, light chocolate, moist cigar wraps, and coffee. I dig it. I normally don't like brown ales but this one is spot on delicious. It tastes of dark malts, sweet and bitter chocolates, light roasted coffee, hazelnut, and oak. I'm in love with it really. The thing that may make it the most appealing is how drinkable it is. It's incredibly creamy and smooth for being a lighter bodied style. It goes down so easily and is pretty sessionable. I love it. This is an awesome year round offering from Cigar City!

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich dark-brown hue with an amber tint when held up to the light. Head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam; soft and creamy. Very attractive.

Smell: aroma is rich and quite chocolatey. Milk chocolate, in fact; I like it. There's also a hint of vegetal hop aroma which isn't bad, per se, but isn't necessarily welcome, either. The chocolate does a lot to make up for this, though.

Taste: chocolatey all the way through, from the milk chocolate of the front to a darker, baker's chocolate-like flavor and bitterness at the end. Roasty notes are found in the middle and toward the end, and it's topped off with more of those vegetal hops plus a well-balanced bitterness. A bit muddy, but pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very well-integrated carbonation. Creamy and delicious -- a touch more body would also make this beer almost perfect.

Overall: very tasty and drinkable brown. I'm going to give a little bonus here because as the brew warms up further, the aroma and flavor are taking on some darker, fruitier characteristics; almost like it's heading for Belgian territory.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a FW Tulip. 8/29/13 bottling date

Pours a dark brown color with a reddish hue when held up to the light, with a nice 1'' head. Smell is of roasted malt and a tad of toffee. The taste is very hardy and enjoyable. Great coffee, chocolate, caramel and malty notes. A real treat to drink. Full bodied even at 5.5% ABV, so i can see this being quite filling if you drink a lot of them in a row.

Overall excellent brown ale that I could drink all day!

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Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque, dark brown, excellent head and retention. Vivid nose of malt, nuts, toffee. Slight smoke, almost tobacco note that is also noticeable in the tasting. Despite recently becoming an ex-smoker that’s something I don’t look for in a beer at all but in this case it didn’t bother me. Paired nicely with the nutty flavors here. Decent sweetness, vague chocolate/coffee notes as well. Everything really develops as the beer warms. Good mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, somewhat thin, easy enough to drink.

Maybe my favorite CCB beer so far but I haven’t had Hanuphu or cracked my Marshall Zhukov’s yet. Really nice, delicious take on this style that’s somehow true to it while being very original at the same time.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle th Bruges hybrid glass on 8/17/11
*From notes

-- Bottle purchased at the Bowery St. Whole Foods in NYC on 7/25/11 --

A: Pleasant to the eye - a good rich mahgoney brown in color. 1.5 finger head fades fairly fast and leaves minor lacing behind.

S: Hmmm....quite vinous and kinda funky. This can't be right. Soured mash and charred barley also present within the nose. No hops to speak of.

T: Acidic up front, then the medium charred malt kicks in. Again, I'm not getting any hops on this bad boy. It finishes like a tart molasses cookie, with a touch of funk.

M: Respectable. It's reasonably creamy, yet it doesn't compare in any way to the rest of CCB's lineup. Carbonation is a bit lacking here.

O: This bottle of Cigar City's Maduro Brown Ale is in the very early stages of a brett infection. The beer didn't showcase CCB's typical calling card mouthfeel or hop profile. I wish I had pulled a batch number off of this before chucking the bottle, as I don't think this beer was at it's best.

I'll certainly try this again under different circumstances, though if in fact this is the intended profile, then it's a slight miss from Joey and the CCB crew.

UPDATE: On 8/25/11, I spoke to a friend who had this on tap last weekend in Philly, and he too claims that it was infected.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 75 cl bottle just for me...

A: Pour is deep brown with a medium-large pale brown creamy head that sinks into nice lacings.

S: Chocolate-malt together with very American hops; piney and citric. Sweet, roasted and nutty. Pineapple, grapefruit and orange sezt.

T: Dry and sweet at the same time. Chocolate malt, roasted. Some vanilla - oak. Strong black coffee. Again the American hops. A bit smoked.

M: Long aftertaste, bitter chocolate with slightly sweet notes. Body is full while carbonation is moderate.

O: Strange - a very nice beer, but I'm having difficulties to call this a Brown Ale. My guess would have been a (messed-up, but still a) Porter.

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts are present. Taste is good, malty, slight bit of oats, some hops at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Underground Bluz in Orlando. Pours a dark brown color with a thin light tan color head. The aroma is sweet malt and hints of chocolate and a touch of hops. The taste starts of very smooth and malty with a good dose of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, the oatmeal helps smooth this one out. Overall, a very tasty Brown that I would definitely purchase again. Great stuff!

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Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice rich, dark deep hazelnut brown nearly black with a good heavy 3 finger light mocha head that leaves behind thick, sticky side lacing and a dense blanket. Quite nice.

S - Nice oatmeal notes here along with good chocolate and roasted malts. Light caramel sweetness, almost cookie like. Quite nice.

T - Nice bitter roast with smooth oatmeal and chocolate, almost like a stout or a porter. Very interesting and tasty for an english brown. Lots of nice almost burnt roast with like caramel sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is awesome. Super silky and velvety, though slightly slightly thin.

O - Overall this was a surprisingly good beer. Really like the almost stout/porter qualities this beer has. Very tasty.

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Photo of Viggo
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a small size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, nuts, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some light coffee. There is a bit of a nuttiness and the beer ends with a malty and chocolatey aftertaste.

Overall - Mouthfeel isn't great, but it has a taste that keeps it interesting throughout the glass. Worth a try but probably not a repeat purchase for me with some many other great beers out there.

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Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First I've seen of Cigar City in my corner of VT. This is only available at one location and that's a health food store.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a thin head. Not as brown as I hoped it would be but it's close as it is.

Caramel, toffee and a touch of cocoa are apparent in the nose of this ale. It certainly does more complex than a standard brown ale.

Tastes like a porter with the mouthfeel of a brown ale. Sweet and toasty with a very nice roasted coffee/cocoa note in the middle. Caramel. Toffee. It doesn't lay anything on too thick.

Lots of balance and interplay between flavors. The mouthfeel is sort of thin though.

Very tasty and well worth what I paid for the 6 pack.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Appears to be a bit of sediment in the bottle so it must be over 3 months old. Color is a hazy dark brown and a half inch of opaque colored head. Sticky lacing.

S - Smells of slightly nutty, mostly brown malts, and some hops

T - Taste pretty good for a brown ale. Mostly brown malts and hops with a touch of nutty almost flavor and the finish is kind of bitter even for it being old.

M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall I am kind of stunned this has such great reviews. I have never been a huge fan of brown ales so maybe it is that good but it seems very similar to Voodoo's brown ale with a low ABV.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  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).

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Photo of claspada
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of toasted malts and milk chocolate. Light hops are in the background but quite faint. Getting a decent amount of vanilla in there as well. Quite inviting...

The tastes are malty, toasted and smooth. Slightly bready, chocolaty with some more vanilla and sweet toffee notes. The oatmeal really helps/adds a smooth full texture to this perfectly balanced brown ale.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a light effervescence. A nicely balanced dark chocolate with roasted malt aftertaste pleasantly lingers. A really well-rounded brew.

Overall this is the best sessionable brown ale on the planet in my opinion. Definitely highly recommended and worth seeking out.

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Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Datz poured into a giant snifter... Pours a dark brown, has a muddy character to it is bit off putting. The head is light tan, a very solid ring stays forever, thick lacing. If the body was a bit darker and not murky, this would be very highly rated... The aroma is too weak, a hint of caramel, tons of prunes, and burnt sugar. I'm missing the coffee or nuts I love in my browns... While I just wish there was more aroma, I'm not a big fan of what I do get form the taste. The front is very boring, and the finish is old stale coffee that has turned bitter. The mouthfeel is very watery, hurting this more. I had this next to the Soggy and I didn't even want to drink this, in fact I didn't and I kept stealing Olga's.

This is an average brown that I wouldn't have again.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge gasp of carbonation, and pours a glass full of bubbling toffee foam. Dissipates slowly into a clear amber body with garnet highlights.

Toasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and a hint of coffee comprise the aroma. It's a bit nutty, with vanilla undertones.

Flavor is fairly roasty, with chocolate and a significant of a tangy note at the finish. The almost metallic taste is hard to surpass. Some nuttiness eventually emerges.

Body is moderate, with abundant effervescent carbonation.

Overall, there's a good beer in there, but think this one was either mildly infected or they have some yeast/carbonation issues. Wish I had another to compare.

An hour later, the carbonation settled. The tang and effervescent disappeared. Score reflects that flavor and aroma, and body appearance, not head.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.