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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: 603
Hads: 1,913
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 160
Gots: 254 | 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: 603 | Hads: 1,913
Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can in to a pint.

A - solid brown in the middle, lighter brown towards the top and bottom of the pint (b/c of light and reflecting light); 1/4 inch head; nice yet dissipating lacing

S - cocoa; oaty; milky; really nutty; some subtle caramel of toffee

T - roasted malt up front; milk chocolate; cocoa up front and on the back; the roasted maltiness shines through; there's some subtly sweet oatmeal here; some mild and subtle hop aroma

M - this beer is creamy and pleasantly carbonated; mild body despite a full flavor; well-balanced; hardly any notion of alcohol; nutty smoothness

O - technically not sessionable at 5.5, this is still the kind of brown ale you could drink all night; there profile is solid...slightly sweet, delicious on the front end and the back, lots of roasted nutty goodness. Great brown ale offering up there with Avery's Ellies for any everyday beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rock solid lumpy whipped cream sepia head over disappoint dark amber with cherry highlights. Could be an IPA by the color.
Irish brown soda loaf, cherry stones and some toast on the nose but also acid sourness and, oddly, soap.
Cocoa powder, more brown bread and a coffee bean oiliness and a hint of tobacco leaf, then earthy but mild hops.
Carob finish and sour leafy linger. Medium edging towards light, tingly, some chew, a bit thin.

Dated March 2012 - are the hops gone after 6 months? Very much more on the English side of things – no citrus here and some interesting complexity. But too fizzy and a bit too… bitey.

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Photo of yamar68
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a glass of good root beer... cola brown body with some lively beading, dense khaki head that laces well.

Loads of tasty breakfast notes... oats, milk chocolate, cereal, fresh cream, actually a bit of 'root beer' aroma as well.

Excellent mouthfeel is the first thing I notice... big nutty smoothness... some latte type notes, none of that uniquely brown ale "hard water" presence. Super smooth and super easy drinking.

Thanks Matt!

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Photo of Zach136
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown with ruby hues. Thin head. OK lacing.

Aroma: Medium toast - chocolatey. Light earthy hop.

Flavor: Earthy bordering on burnt roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dissipating finis.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an opaque brown hue with a 1-finger, off-white, fizzy head that quickly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a decent trail and solid persistent lace.

S: Toasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and caramel.

T: Slightly sweet and tart flavor. Big toasted malt taste – with some mild chocolate, coffee, and caramel hints.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent brown ale – great balanced brew.

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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 chanokokoro
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City Brewing shaker pint glass

Pours a deep darker brown amber topped with a two finger cream colored head. Biscuity and nutty on the nose. Opens with toffee, caramel, light chocolate maltiness, hints of espresso and biscuity yeast, and finishes with roasted nuts including hints of cashew, peanuts, and almond. Medium body, smooth, and a pleasant level of gentle carbonation. One of the better American brewed English Brown Ales. I had the pleasure of enjoying.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle before they started canning this one. Smells of chocolate and looks the part with a dark brown color, creamy cream colored head. Taste follows with mostly chocolate, some nice nuttyness, and a clean light finish. A little bite. This is a thinner brown ale than I have had before, but it doesn't sacrifice the flavor for the drinkability. A good brew that goes well in summer or winter time.

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Photo of Baguio
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served: bottle in Guinness style glass.
Nice Brown appearance with a splash of Red.
Smell is good dark chocolate with a touch of crunchy toffee and smokiness.
Taste: nice and complex with chocolate, toffee, hop and a linger of smoke.
Mouthfeel is good but perhaps a little thin for the taste.
Overall great from the bottle, I suspect Outstanding on draft the odd (in a good way) smokiness makes me crave a cigar, although I don't smoke cigars.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Moderately dark burnished brown in color. I believe this is relatively clear but very dark and doesn't let much light through. Forms only a thin brown head despite an aggressive pour, and lacing is decent throughout the drink.

S: Some roasted malt, some sweetness, but also a flat cardboard aroma. Potentially from oxidation, but the beer is only about five months old.

T: Brown roasty malt, a bit of hoppy bitterness, and a bit of coffee.

M: Thin body, medium carbonation, no alcohol presence to speak of.

O: It's OK, but really doesn't do a lot for me. I wouldn't hesitate to order one if my options were limited at a bar, but I don't think I would seek it out. Not my favorite CCB brew.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained via trade from Mposha. Poured from a bottle into a Newcastle signature glass. The beer pours out a dark, fairly clear brown color with some orange highlights. The head is small and dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin layer of lacing along the surface. The nose is mild and nutty, with notes of biscuits and toasted malt.

The beer has a nice firm mouthfeel, almost creamy, and a good medium to full body. According to Cigar City's website, this is ``a Northern English-style brown ale with some American affectations'', and they are not lying. The sweet toffee-like character of the toasted malt one expects on the front of the palate is immediately joined by a balancing, yet rather pronounced (for a brown ale) hop character, leaving one of the drier finishes I have encountered in a brown ale. The hop flavors, while not at all intense, are a bit overdone in my opinion. The lemony note they lend to the finish interferes with the complexity of the malt. Then again, this is a Northern English-style brown ale.

Overall, this is a very nice brown ale. I don't think it shows the malt complexity of the best Northern English brown ales (for example, Samuel Smith's Nut Brown), but the hop character must certainly appeal to a lot of American drinkers.

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Photo of socon67
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown pour with a tan colored foam. Decent lacing.

S - Smell of coffee, almonds, and roasted malt. Has a slight smell of fresh wood.

T - Tastes of hazelnuts, coffee, and english toffee. Flavor mellows with an earthy taste. Mellowed malt profile on the finish.

M - Well balanced english ale with a nice contrast of toasted malt and coffee bitterness.

O - Having had this after the Cubano Espresso I probably didn't appreciate this guy as much. A nice soft drinking brown ale that pairs well with a good burger.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to miamimichael2 for the trade.
Bottle poured into a Nonic pint.

A- Pours a nice nutty brown color with 2 fingers of foamy tan to almost light brown colored head that leaves mild lacing on the glass.

S- Nice and toasty smelling. Hint's of chocolate and coffee, but just barely. Sweet toffee and caramel. Nutty, toasty malts.

T- Follows nose well. Lot's of toasty malts, sweet toffee and caramel, but not overly sweet though. Slight metallic taste. Some earthy flavored hops on the finish. Leaves a light roasted coffee aftertaste. Pretty taste brown ale.

M- Solid medium body, not overly carbonated at all. Seems spot on for style.

O- I enjoyed this one. Wish their beers were available where I live.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Zappbranagan for the extra!!

A- A cloudy, murky medium brown body with a thin bubbly tan head.

S- Sweet toasted malt, a dash of piney hops, hazelnut, oats, sugary bread.

T- Nice sweet hazelnut brown ale taste in the beginning, with a malty body that has a bread/oat taste.

M- Pretty smooth, medium bodied, perfect carbonation.

O- Very solid brown ale, not too sweet, but great flavor.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky reddish-brown hue with a one finger tan head.

Aroma: Caramel malt presence. A touch of sweet coffee.

Taste: First thing I notice is a slight watery taste. However, it opens up a little more after the initial bit and approaches robustness as it goes down. There is a caramel fudge taste along with just a hint of black coffee bitterness on the end. Tastes a little murky, just like the appearance. There are some good flavors in there, they are just not being balanced correctly. Surprising amount of bitterness from the coffee-like malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side but the oatmeal seems to be doing it's job as this is a decently smooth brew. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Definitely not the best Brown Ale out there. It would probably go well with a cigar as there isn't enough flavor here to really make it stand on its own.

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a deep mahogany nutty brown colour. Nice creamy tan head poured very tight, thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like topping then faded fairly quickly to decent thick covering. Light carbonation... some light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Lots of roasted chocolate malts, light tobacco smoke, brown sugar notes, grassy hops, roasted (maybe slightly charred ?) nuttiness, nutmeg spiciness, some anise, black coffee, woody hints, creosote traces, dark dried fruits (raisins and currents)...

Taste - Grassy and earthy hop bitterness up front followed by sweet brown sugar, roasted malts, some pine notes, spicy dark fruits (raisins, dates, plums), dark chocolate, light smokiness, roasted nuttiness, treacle sweetness...

M&D - Sharp initially then smooths out nicely... medium bodied... Very quaffable...

Overall - An excellent brown ale... highly recommended...

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Photo of brewerang
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The tan head disappears very quickly after the pour with minimal lacing. Color is a deep reddish-brown. The flavor is dominated by chocolate and caramel malts. The carbonation was too high for my liking, especially for this style of beer. I wanted to smoothly savor the roastyness of this beer, but the carbonation level interfered with this. Not a bad brew, but not a great one either.

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Photo of Damian
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at The Democratic Republic Of Beer (DRB), Miami, FL

The beer poured dark chestnut brown and was topped by a thin film of light tan froth. There was no lacing whatsoever. The liquid contained many bubbles and reminded me somewhat of root beer.

The aroma was pleasant and interesting but quite muted initially. Toffee and caramel were noticeable. Touch of chocolate and hazelnut. The malt profile was very British. Coffee notes came out as beer warmed. With time, the nose turned sweeter and more robust.

The flavor was similar to the aroma except drier and less complex. A mix of toasted and roasted malts appeared on the front end before a dry nuttiness took over. The finish contained notes of coffee, as well as some earthy, bittering hops. There was also a dry, oaty quality to it.

The mouthfeel was thinner than anticipated with a crisp, spritzy effervescence. It felt somewhat soda-like.

I was excited to try a Cigar City beer while vacationing in South Florida, but this offering was a bit disappointing.

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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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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 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 neenerzig
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle of this yesterday at a Publix in Sarasota, FL, as I am currently on vacaton there with my wife and family. So glad I am finally getting to try soemthing from this brewery! I can't get their stuff up in Cleveland, OH where I live, but I have heard nothing but very good things about this brewery and their beer. Poured into a pint glass, this beer pours a clear, medium brown color with a copper/amber glow/hue when held up to the light, along with lots of little bubbles hurrying up to the surface of the beer. The slightly tan/off white head is about an inch thick when first poured, eventually settling to a very nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass, along with bits of spotty surface foam here and there on the surface of the beer. The lacing leaves soemthing to be desired though. Aromas of roasted nut, oatmeal caramel malt, and a hint of coffee and chocolate. Has a great roasted nut and coffee flavor upfront followed by some caramel, cocoa, and oatmeal. Wonderful! No discernible hop presence here for my palate, but there is one other flavor that immediately hit the back of my tongue after the first step and lingered for a very long time after I had finished my last sip. I only described it as a burnt cigar taste. That burnt cigar taste of flavorful tobacco one gets on the back of their tongue after having been puffing on a cigar of their choice for awhile. One of the things I know this brewery is known for is using the wood from humidors to age their beers in, No other brewery that I know of is doing such a thing. That flavor is very distinct as any fellow cigar smokers here will also know, and I've never experienced that kind flavor in my life ever when drinking a beer until now. And no, I had not been smoking a cigar with this beer or been around anyone smoking a cigar when drinking this beer, or even done either of those 2 things anytime in the past 16 days mind you before drinking this beer. It didn't say on the label of my bottle that this beer specfically was aged in humidor wood or antyhing else of the sort, but I tell you that a very distinct cigar flavor is present in this beer I enjoyed. Has a crisp and smooth,medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Excellent drinkability. A most impressive beer here!


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Photo of mcintire78
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber brown to brown. Mild carbonation and a slight head that quickly dissipates. No noticeable lacing.

Smell: Strong smell of espresso up front and toasted malts throughout.

Taste: Thin and perhaps overly sweet, with hints of coffee. No chocolate to speak off.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but a lingering bit of carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: High. With only 5.5 ABV I can see putting back quite a few of these at a sitting.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours hazelnut brown with a robust tan head that retains masterfully. This is a really pretty brew. The head leaves thick collars of lacing.

S-Oatmeal chocolate-chip cookie dough. Sugar cookies too. Lightly nutty. Light coffee and milk chocolate. Not incredibly intense but unique and very pleasing.

T-Great cookie flavors. Oatmeal choco-chip cookie dough is my best description. Light nuts and cocoa powder. Light roast coffee. Molasses and brown sugar with a long toasty finish.

M-Feels bigger than a sub 6% ABV brew. Quite creamy. Massaging carbonation. A bit chewy.

O/D-I enjoyed this one. If I could get this regularly I could see myself drinking this a lot. I could see this going perfectly in several different scenarios. Would pair well with a ton of food too.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful carmel, deep reddish brown with a thin, tan head.
S: Rather muted. Slight hints of roasty malts and toffee with some carmel notes.
T: what it lacked in aroma, it makes up for in taste, ten fold. Intense roasted malts with sweet chocolate and carmel. I get some black coffee overtones. The blend from roasted malts to sweetness to a blend of the two at the back is perfection personified.
M: medium carbonation, but very smooth and slightly creamy. A nice blend of roasted malts and sweet carmel and toffee hang around for a while.
O: thoroughly enjoyed this. Needs to be available in Ohio. This is very complex and easily one of the best browns i have had. By the way, do as the label says try this with a cigar....bliss.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.