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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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Ratings: 1,718
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 144
Gots: 187 | FT: 8
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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4/5  rDev +2%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of eclipse54
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks! Reviewed from notes taken 06/17/2011 (finally getting around to entering this one off my phone).

Body is a nearly opaque brown color. A large, 2-inch, frothy, khaki colored head develops and remains for some time. Smells of alcohol, oats, clove, and sugar. Some faint nuts and grains are detectable in the rear. It tastes of sweet sugar, grains, faint hops, various nuts, oats, and some nicely toasted malt in the rear. Mouthfeel is smooth but with a faint alcohol bite towards the end. Overall, a great brown ale.

eclipse54, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of Gehrig
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown body with two thick, soda-like fingers of slightly tan froth that dissipates rather rapidly. Moderate duration and little lacing. The aromas are OK but not overly impressive; nice chestnut smell, and some oatmeal (always a rather subtle smell) peeks through.

Better flavor than smell, rich with oatmeal and a robust nut brown taste. Some caramel malt blends here nicely, and I detect a hint of coffee bean. While admittedly not my favorite beer style, part of what I like about CC Oatmeal Brown is that, unlike a good many brown ales, it does not flatten out. It stays nicely effervescent, allowing the flavors to percolate throughout. It reminds me somewhat of a blend of Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout and Nut Brown Ale.

Not quite as good as Jai Alai, for certain, but one could do worse than getting a bottle or two of Oatmeal Brown. Good steady.

Gehrig, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cigar City Maduro pours a medium brown with some lighter orange brown edges. The head is light tan color, with average retention and some lacing.

Its nose has mostly sweet caramel notes, with a faint roasty background.

The taste starts off with the sweet flavors of caramel, which turns into lighter fruity hop notes on the mid palate. The finish is slightly odd, but gives a more roasty and coffee character.

Its mouthfeel is medium, and lacks a lot of carbonation.

Overall, this beer is very sessionable. However this comes at a price, it seems to lack any real malty pop. This would not be my first suggestion from Cigar City's line of beers.

DrinkinBoy, Nov 11, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, cloudy chestnut brown with reddish-copper highlights. There's 3 fingers of fluffy, khaki-colored head that dissipates slowly revealing good lacing.

N: Caramelized brown sugar, notes of milk chocolate and perhaps a hint of molasses.

T: Roasted barley, brown sugar, notes of molasses and scorched cocoa upfront. Mid-palette brings in doughy bread, toasted grains and maybe some sour dough. Finishes with dough, molasses and earth.

M: Light-medium bodied, somewhat silky, creamy, clean and dry.

O: Very subtle, easy drinking and sessionable. Darker malts are showcased very well highlighting brown sugar, molasses, cocoa and earth. A solid Brown Ale.

justintcoons, Nov 11, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Have had this one a couple times now. It pours into a glass a browish red clear color. with a small head the left quickly. The smell is bitter sweet chocolate with a oatmeal smell finish. the taste is sweet on the front with a bitter roasty almost coffee like after taste. Nicely balanced with a nice bitter after taste that makes you want another sip. Not too much going on going on in this beer but it is still a very nice drinking beer. On to the next one!!!

bobbypaulson, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: quite dark brown. Slight tan head. Handsome dark.
Smell: fairly deep roast coffee. Not getting much more.
Taste: mellow and pleasant. Not a lot else.
Overall: solid, good, not great brown.
Cigar city is in Columbus Ga. Very cool. Can't wait to try the imp stouts.

cindyjeffsmith, Oct 28, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

A: Dark brown/amber beer with a finger of light tan head. Though quite dark, the beer is clear. The head slowly recedes to a fairly thick ring. The carbonation looks quite lively.

S: Lots of roasted malts with faint fruity hoppiness. Slight vanilla and caramel sweetness with light toffee.

T: Quite nice - more flavor than the aroma would indicate. I still get the roast with some bitter and fruity hops. I also get significant caramel flavor to balance the roastiness and hoppiness.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Carbonation is perfect.

O: Extremely drinkable, quite tasty, a great brown ale.

coreyfmcdonald, Oct 27, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear reddish brown. There is a nice one finger tan head that dissipated rather quickly. A thin ring of head does stay though. Smell is mostly roasted malts and nuts. Smells wonderful. Taste is along the same lines as the smell, just not at robust. I get coffee and some kind of nut on the taste. There is also minimal dark chocolate coming through as well. The mouthfeel is thin and medium carbonation. Overall, an excellent brown ale. I would have liked to have seen a thicker mouthfeel but that is nitpicking. I am not a fan of brown ales, but this one is delicious. This 6-pack should be gone within a few days!

hmf05, Oct 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a one finger head that lasts. Aroma of sweet malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste follows the nose. Easy drinking but it has a different mouthfeel, it almost leaves a film in my mouth. It's still really tasty, I really like this brew!

jcartamdg, Oct 26, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown. LOL. Cola brown, light tan head that leaves to disk pretty fast. Some spotty lace.

S - Light malt scent.

T - Nice medium maltiness, not too sweet, slightly bittered to clean finish.

M - Light to medium body, nice carbonation and balance.

D - Very easy to drink for sure.

srandycarter, Oct 25, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice pillowy head. great dark brown color.

nice strong malts. sweet. dark fruit aromas. low carbonation. lowish alcohol. not a lot of hop bitterness or aroma. oddly i get a burnt tobacco type aroma at the finish. not sure if it's because it's called maduro or because the aroma is actually there

great beer. would love to drink again

indesertum, Oct 21, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.69 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. "SEPT2011" marked on the bottle label.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a moderate-sized, ecru-hued head. Scant lace on the descent.

Smell: Toasted, roasted malts with light notes hinting at semi-sweet chocolate and caramel with, perhaps, a perceived hint of cured brightleaf tobacco.

Taste: Toasty, heartily roasted maltiness with hints of dry chocolate and coffee. Modest amount of dark caramel sweetness. Slight oatmeal nuttiness. Very low fruitiness. Herbaceous, leafy, earthy hops with enough bitterness to keep things balanced. Finishes smooth, fairly dry with a final touch of roast and dehydrated leaves.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamyish mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice, competent, malty brown ale. It's no wonder they use it as the base for seemingly hundreds of varieties of alternations, tweaks, and add-ons.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 21, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown with a translucent reddish hue under light. No head or residue left on the side of the glass.

Smell: A strong malty and dark fruit smell. The smell of cigars is always evident in these beers. It makes them so unique and fantastic.

Taste: A higher lovibond malt of course. I don't know the IBU's of this brew but I would anticipate around 100. There is a light fruity flavor, strong hops aftertaste and a cigar taste that is very intriguing.

Mouthfeel: Simple, not too carbonated, smooth finish.

Overall: Very good beer, unique taste and flavor, definitly will enjoy this one again.

julian89, Oct 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep brown with a mahogany hue when held to the light. Pours 1/2 finger of thick white head that slowly fades. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Very nutty, malty, roasted malts, tobacco, hints of dark fruit.

Taste: Roasted malt, nutty, oak, leather, toffee, cocoa, a very subtle hop profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, very dry finish.

Overall: Very drinkable. Complex flavors. I really enjoyed this beer.

phichifiji00, Oct 20, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Light brown with amber highlights. Really good clarity when held up to the light. Tan colored head with minimal lacing. A decent looking beer, but not overly impressive.

Smells pretty good, rich and well malted. Roasted and caramelized malts, toffee, a little woody, and some sweet tobacco. Not too much, but a respectable hop profile, it smells good.

Taste is a HUGE step up. Still very rich ad malty. Good toffee flavor still and there are some pleasant hints of chocolate here too, probably more coco, it's reasonably sweet. It's not too hoppy, but hoppy enough to complement all the other flavors. I like how this one tastes, a very good representation of the style.

Mouthfeel is very good for the style. Light to medium in feel. Rich and creamy with a good creamy carbonation level. Hops at the end provide a slight bite of bitterness at the finish. Another very good brew from Cigar City.

Thank you miamichael2 for the trade!

AndyAvalanche, Oct 19, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on vacation in Daytona, brought back to Nashville. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into NB globe glass.

A: Pours dark and thick, half inch off-white head with pretty good lacing and retention.

S: Heavy smell of malts, oat, toasted nuttiness, and dried fruit.

T: Nutty and smoky with a malty aftertaste. Some slight hop bitterness. Flavors of caramel and toffee.

M: Medium bodied, slick, bubbly. Nice consistency, not too heavy or syrupy.

O: Haven't had a Cigar City offering yet that wasn't impressive. Many brown ales rely too much on over-bearing sweetness. This beer doesn't overdo it which is a nice change of pace.

mattsdenney, Oct 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This the first Cigar City beer I've had. THis is a fine example of their brewing I must say.Cracked this bottle open and took a whiff of this beer's fine malty roasted nutty aroma.I must add that the taste is similiar to the smell,but smoother. Hint of treats of roasty brown sugar and chocolate.THis appeared at first to look like a porter.Taste is close to a porter. But is a fine brown ale.Overall a very enjoyable beer.Ya can't go wrong with this one.

BrewStoutMagic, Oct 17, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I always start my reviews of brown ales by mentioning how I don't like the style so much, but then I always seem to give the beer at least a 4.1. A quick glance at my review history backs this up; browns might be one of my most highly scored categories...

What did browns do to me? Is it because I expect them to be bland? Why?

This ain't bland. This is as far from boilerplate as you can get. It smells kind of a like a dulled out version of a good, dry RIS. You get the same vinous aroma, same surprisingly big dry hop bitterness. Only it's tame. There's no burn.

Tastes less intense than it smells, but more pleasantly rough. You got some nutty and chocolately nodes up front, moving into rough and lightly sour oatmeal and bitter barley middle, finishing on a lightly vinous taste of tobacco, caramel, and peat moss. Fantabulous.

mynie, Oct 13, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer twice, one bottle from my buddy Bierenutz and one from MLCK. Not sure which bottle i am drinking now, thanks anyways!

Poured in my Hoegaarden beerglass because my Struise glass is in the dishwasher.

Deepdark teacolour with a very nice lightgray head with very tiny bubbles. Nice

Smell is a bit unexpected, a bit with cocoanut.

Taste is nice but not spectacular, i feel i bit flatness in this beer, nothing really excels. I get a bit of a watery mouthfeel, yet still drinkable.

Brabander, Oct 12, 2011
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2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle as an extra.

A: Held to the light this beer is a super dark brown. Very little light makes its way through. Otherwise, it looks black. There is almost no head to this beer, and almost no lacing as it drinks.

S: I'm not really picking up much from this beer. I get a little bit of malt, and that's about it. There is a strange sourness going on in this beer though. It smells like it might have spoiled. It's not an overwhelming sour, but it's definitely noticeable.

T: Starts off sweet and roasty, but it immediately shifts to that sourness I picked up in the nose. The sours linger for quite a bit. Something is a bit off with this bottle. There is no way an American Brown Ale is supposed to taste like this.

M: Lingering tart.

O: I don't know if this is an old bottle, or if something happened to it on it's journey to my palate, but it's definitely not how this beer was intended to taste.

trxxpaxxs, Oct 12, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint.

Beers pours a dark, almost opaque deep brown. Looks almost stout like in the glass. Created about a finger of tan head.

Smell is very complex. There's roasted malt, some bittersweet chocolate, a little bit of nuts, and finally there was a certain cigar wrapper-esque aroma on the tale end of the nose. All the different smells work really well together. A great smelling brown ale.

Taste is roasty, nutty with hints of chocolate. Some sweetness and a little smoke around the edges.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish. Drinkability is quite nice.

Overall, a very flavorful and well balanced brown ale. Of the four Cigar City beers I've had, this is the best in my opinion. A great take on the average brown ale.

pburland23, Oct 09, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro-tap into a Tequesta Brewing Company pint glass.

Color: Dark brown with an amber hue when the light tries to shine through.

Taste: Slightly bitter with nice chocolate malts and a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Slightlt coarse on the the tongue with a light dry finish.

Overall: my first nitro-tap brew and it was great. Maduro is a delicious complex brew. Cigar city never disappoints and they just keep them coming! Cheers!

Heatwave33, Oct 08, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

tobelerone, Oct 05, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Holds a nice thin off-white foamy head. Pours very mellow too. Brew is nice deep red color with lots of brown and black. Medium body.

S - Lots of almonds and pecans. Nice chocolate and roasty malt too. Some light orange and lemon.

T - Very light, about what a brown should be... Lots of nuts and smooth light chocolate. Delicious.

M - Perfect!

O - Another wonderful brew from CCB... I wish they distributed to Colorado...

chugalug06, Oct 04, 2011
Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,718 ratings.