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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: 1,644
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 134
Gots: 163 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of mactrail


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Lovely amber brown in the wine glass. Tannish head on top with plenty of lacing. Rather coarse mouth feel and light body. But the balance of hops and roasted malt is really outstanding. Kind of a meaty, mushroomy nose, like some Belgian yeast got into the mix. Roasted malt, just a hint of caramel, but not much sweetness. The hops give a woody bitterness that makes this so much better than the style deserves.

Definitely one of the best brown ales I've had. Very deliciously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 23:29:30 | More by mactrail
Photo of Eriktheipaman


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark brown, almost black. Great tan head with a little lacing.

The smell is sweet and almost of cinnamon and a little bit of ginger.

The taste is a little more straight forward than the smell. A sweet slight roasted toffee with a little brunt flavor on the back.

The body is very light as should be in a good Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 03:07:16 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. Served in a pint glass, the beer poured a deep, dark brown color with ruby highlights and a light, thin, foamy head. Smells of slight toffee and nut sweetness. Dark nut flavors, roasted, with a hint of old world fruit sweetness. Not as overly sweet as I would have thought. Very smooth and round bodied. Hazelnut and tangy caramel aftertaste, with a light and quick finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 19:15:05 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark copper color with a fine-bubbled tan head. Nice collar and lacing.

Nose is surprisingly fruity - pineapple and mango. Brown bread, scorched caramel and dark malt aromas are subtle yet substantial - pretty nice.

Taste is a nice blend of yeasted bread and caramel nut maltiness. Mouthfeel though, is what gets me excited about this beer - creamy texture and the carbonation is pinpoint fine. I think there are a few brown ales I would rather have than this...malt in general seems a bit lacking and the yeast runs too rampant. While still good, I was a bit disappointed in this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 17:02:31 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of nataku00


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark brown, with some haze visible throughout, and almost three fingers of light brown/tan creamy head. Head also contains several large bubbles and started dissipating slowly, leaving a lot of nice lacing as left a good size collar along the edge of the beer of creamy foam and a patch of large bubbles in the middle.

Nose is lactic acid surprisingly, some dark fruit, toasted malt, baked bread, and chocolate. From the aroma, it's almost like this beer is slightly soured like a wild ale. Really interesting.

Perhaps this is infected, but the taste is dominated by lactic acid and makes this beer taste like a lighter Flanders oude bruin. Sour cherry, lightly toasted malt, rye bread like spice, red wine astringency. I'm not sure if this was intended to be a sour, but it drinks like an average one. One note tartness.

Light bodied and very carbonated with prickly bubbles, another possible sign of infection. I do have another bottle that I received in a separate trade as an extra so I'll have to see how that one tastes.

Not quite what I was expecting, but it wasn't terrible, just didn't taste like an American brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 03:53:42 | More by nataku00
Photo of projectflam86


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Dark spices and caramel malt dominate the nose. Maybe a touch of hops but not much.

T- Very rich sweet malt flavor with some toffee, bittersweet chocolate, and lots of spice. The spice is hard to place but it reminds me of drinking a winter warmer. The oatmeal comes through a little bit in the finish.

M- Medium bodied and well carbonated. The alcohol is well hidden on the palate.

O- Overall this is a very solid beer. I'm not much of a cigar aficionado but I could see this pairing nicely.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 21:58:10 | More by projectflam86
Photo of Auracom


3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First acquaintance with a Cigar City offering, so I'm fairly excited about this one. 12 oz. bottle on May 27th, 2011 in a New Belgium tulip glass.

Maduro has a very dark brown coloring with average lacing and no head nor retention on this particular pour. It's nose consists mainly of bready malts (almost a rye quality) with chocolate of some sort, and a spice that apparently is tobacco. Taste is identical. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, good carbonation, with a medium-length bready finish and aftertaste. It's pretty drinkable, common for the style, but with some unique flavors that I've not really encountered in a brown ale before. No abv in either aroma or taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 15:00:08 | More by Auracom
Photo of ZeroSignal


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a DFH Snifter

A - Dark brown pour with a two finger light mocha head, decent retention with a light lace.

S - Earthy and a bit nutty smelling, along with hints of caramel and toffee

T&M - Rather crisp for a brown up front, with a substantial malt profile that leaves a slight sweetness behind...a bit "sticky" feeling. A generous hopping gives some balance to this heavier bodied brew, with earthy notes and dark roasted malts going back and forth. Caramel and toffee come in the middle and in the finish. Typical nuttiness is present, but quite a bit more subdued by the malt profile then most browns.

O - Rather enjoyable; a sweeter brown with a lot of flavors playing off one another. The substantial hopping helps hold everything together. An excellent brew and an enjoyable diversion from the typical.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 03:47:01 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a rich mahogany brown color with a nice thin 0.25 head that is kind off dense but recedes a bit quick.

S - Aroma of nuts. Almonds and walnuts with some nice grain and fresh toasty bread. Some slight chocolaty notes are present as well as some nice slight grassy hop notes.

T & M - Starts off with bready notes. Grain and earth tones are present right away with some mild grassy hop notes. There are some awesome slight toasty and bitter notes. There is some leather as well as some nice tobacco notes. The Maduro name s quite appropriate because as it warms I can definitely taste the cigar notes. Quite nice and roasted malt notes.

O - Pretty good brown ale with some nice smokey notes and some nice roast. Tobacco and leather notes are quite pleasant and present. Very good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 02:37:03 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of Durge


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ran into this at the Celebration Town Tavern in Celebration, Florida. Poured into a pint glass chilled, it shows a dark brown root beer/coffee color. Add to that a thin off-white head and fair lacing. I pick up caramel-malt and charcoal-coffee in the aroma. Decent. The flavor favors the coffee charcoal with an evergreen hop that adds a nice bite. Medium bodied with modest carbonation and a very dry feel. Plenty drinkable for the style which offers lots of taste and some stick to your ribs goodness. Another convincing performance from Cigar City.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 03:31:03 | More by Durge
Photo of Duff27


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a full inch thick(!) light tan head atop a medium brown beer. Some floating sediment noticed. Excellent head retention and above average lacing.

S- Smell is of sweet bread.

T- Initial sweetness is balanced buy a slight roastiness ("woody"). Complex and leaves me wanting another sip to try to decipher.

M- Very smooth and creamy, taking after the oatmeal side of it.

D/O- Each sip was like drinking two different beers. Would recommend to a brown and/or oatmeal stout fan. I'd guess better examples are few and far between.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:48:29 | More by Duff27
Photo of hoptualBrew


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a cola color with moderate head that dissapears within a minute. Lacing is descent. Solid for a brown ale i think.

Really malty smell with some woody chocolately mild fruity smell. Carbonation hits my nostrils almost immediately.

Taste is moderately sweet with minimal notes of some banana in there, oaty & a hint of chocolate. Malty sweetness!

Thin and carbonated mouthfeel. For me this was the only real weakness of the beer. Could be a tad thicker and with just a little less carbonation.

Overall, really good brown ale. It is complex - you can definitely tell they had an orgy of flavorings in mind for this brown ale. Cigar City puts out another solid ale! Touche guys, touche.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:40:24 | More by hoptualBrew
Photo of JizackFH

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 5/27/11.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a deep reddish brown color. It has a nice 1.5-finger off-white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it left behind some nice lacing.

S - It smells of toasted malts and caramel up front. I am also getting some woody smells, as well as some chocolate and toffee.

T - It tastes of toasted and sweet caramel malts. There is a big chocolate presence here, as well as some nuttiness, hops, oak and some coffee. The finish has some lingering roasted malt character.

M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. It has a smooth and creamy feel to it. It goes down easy and has a slight bitterness to it.

O - This has good drinkability. The flavor is good and it goes down easy. I could easily drink a few of these in a night. Overall, I thought this was a very nice brown ale. I really enjoyed the big chocolate presence. I recommend giving this a try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 12:54:45 | More by JizackFH
Photo of happygnome


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a see through dark brown color with about a half inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a thick sticky coating of lace a top the beer. there are carbonation bubbles that can be seen rising to the top of the beer

s: sweet roasted malts strong caramel aroma notes of cocoa, nuts and earthy hops. well balanced and inviting

t: much like the aroma. Roasted malts, strong caramel and hints of earthy hops for nice balancing

m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a great beer Im glad MiamiMichael gave me the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 23:31:42 | More by happygnome
Photo of SirBenton


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the Ginger Man in downtown New York.

Pours a rich red brown with a great amount of off white head; this bartender knew what he was doing! The head stayed for a good amount of time and a nice swirl brought it back once it dissipated. The longer it sat, the more the smell increased. Espresso and a bit of smokeyness is what I smelled. I've never tasted a beer so smooth before! The flavors balance very well with chocolate and oatmeal mixing very well with a nice espresso finish. Smokeyness through out. This is a beer I could continuously drink, it's absolutely delicious!

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 03:59:38 | More by SirBenton
Photo of harrymel


1.05/5  rDev -73.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottled: unk - fail

A: Pours a dark and hazy brown ale with some ruby hues when light penetrates the ruddiness. Single finger of light latte head falls to a broken quilt of the same. Should have more clarity for the style.

S: Smells tart with infection. Sour, nearly brett like. Can't really get anything past this issue.

T: Yep, infected. Jesus, bitter and baking soda like in flavor.

M: Dry like the deserts of Africa.

O: horrible. Two sips, then drain.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 16:50:13 | More by harrymel
Photo of nasty31


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Cigar City Brew Ive had pour into a nonic.

A-Very dark Carmel brown in color with a fluffy white four fingers of head on top that left great lacing around the glass.

S- The smell is just a tad above average on this one. I get a ton of malts and thats about it. Maybe a hint of some woody type smell.

T- The taste of this is nothing like the smell. I get a very sweet taste a the way through. Hints of some type of dark fruits possibly raisins or figs. Also get a flavor of vanilla mixed with the oats in this. excellent taste pretty complex for a brown.

M- Very velvety and smooth. could be a little thicker but over very good.

O- This is and excellent brown couldn't hardly put down the glass while i was reviewing this one. Browns are exactly my favorite but I could easily put these down every time I session.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 05:51:34 | More by nasty31
Photo of afksports

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've started and stopped this review many times, apparently. So many that I thought I already had one posted. Going through my notes, I ran into some on this one, so here goes nothing. One of my favorite beers to drink lots of: Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale.


Maduros are plantains cooked at the time when they are the sweetest, right? So when you put Maduro in a beer, it's going to be sweet. Browns are already good for the malt characters they exhibit, but rather than a malt bomb, this brown ale is more like a sweetness bomb. Yet rather than overdoing it, Cigar City got it right to the point where you can have a few without your palate regretting it. Brown in appearance, there's a rosy and sugary hue to the body, and its light-tan head responds to however you like to pour it. A little bit clingy, and with good head retention, the beer screams drink me. Smells of sweet malts and sugar, and tastes just about the same way. The oatmeal is definitely present as there's a Honey Nut Cheerios type of sweet oatyness in the body too. The hop profile at the back of the palate makes for a clean finish, but is really not pronounced anywhere in the drink - not at the front or the back. It's only there as a secondary factor, so drinkers should be aware.

Mouthfeel is good, as this medium-bodied brew does its job of being a solid ale. And overall one would be hard pressed to call this beer anything besides what Cigar City Brewing itself labeled it: Sweet Oatmeal Brown. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 11:51:17 | More by afksports
Photo of BeerDawgs


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a huge tan head and nice sticky lace all over the glass

S - Sweet malts come through. But nothing overwhelms the smell senses

T - Sweet up front, with caramel. Oatmeal kicks in towards the end. Very tasty beer.

M - A tad too thin, and lightly carbonated. But well balanced

O - A very good brown ale. Not perfect, but I will definitely be drinking it again. Hopefully soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 02:37:03 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of 6thomas3


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Preface: This is my first offering from Cigar City Brewing

Appearance - Black as smut with minimal light penetration, when held up against a source of illumination becomes a bit translucent on the top side and a gradual topaz color bleeding into an abyss of darkness as you get closer to the bottom of your glass; sparse carbonation bubbles with virtually zero head retention or lacing

Smell - A clean pleasant malty aroma with all most faint hints of tobacco and burnt oak chips

Taste - Blend of saltiness and bitterness culminate into charred wood and feeble notes of chocolate with slim smatterings of earthy wood resonating throughout my palate to end in a uniform smoothness of hidden alcohol

Mouthfeel - Mouthcoating of coffee grounds without the graininess leads to a refreshing aftertaste

Overall - Gratifying brown ale that leaves me craving a mild cigar to go with it

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 14:55:41 | More by 6thomas3
Photo of vande


4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll say this first - I wish we were able to get Cigar City in Illinois for so many reasons.... this is the newest reason! Easily makes my top brown list -- up there with Dark Horse's Boffo and Lagunita's Brown Shugga...

A ~ Deep, deep dark rich looking brown pour..a light lacing consisting of a pasty tan in color...

S ~ brown sugar, sweet touch... bit of fig or plum or raisin type fruit...not overwhelming, just a hint...

T ~ an interesting blend of brown ale and oatmeat stout. I like!!

M ~ somewhat creamy....a very pleasant, soft mouthfeel... coats the palate as it makes its way back and down.. Very easy to sip!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 03:32:29 | More by vande
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep dark brown with a nice little tan head that fades quickly but leaves nice drippy lacing all over!

S- Dried cherries, raisins, pumpernickel bread, coffee, and oatmeal raisin cookies with a touch of chocolate. Really nice! Warming and homey!!!

T- Dark fruit and some nice breadiness! Sweet and sour cherry, brown sugar, cocoa, and banana's foster.

M- Thick... but not to thick. Really sits well and coats the tongue. Really creamy... I'm loving this and wishing it wasn't my only bottle.

O- Amazing flavors... Really sits well on the tongue. So amazing to sit and smell that I almost don't want to finish it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 02:31:10 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of Matt1516

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at "Bodega Blue" in Vero Beach.

Pours a chocolate brown with little head

Strong caramel notes on the taste, almost lilke a cola, thin mouthfeel--maybe a bit watery but extremely refreshing. Light on hops but malty with slight oatmeal undertones.

Extremely refreshing!

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2011 03:26:33 | More by Matt1516
Photo of birdman200

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep deep mahogany. Small tan head dissipates quickly. Sticky lacing left behind.
S: Very nutty. Little biscuit notes. Light coffee aroma.
T: Again, nutty. Very malty, small hop presence.
M: Very balanced, very sessionable. Could use a little more carbonation maybe? Leaves the mouth quickly. Little after taste. Would like it to be more sticky sweet. Would like the body to be a tad heavier.
D: Awesome, very well balanced, great example of style.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 17:40:49 | More by birdman200
Photo of HopHead84


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5


Bottle received as an extra in a trade with swellbrewer, thanks! Poured into a snifter.

A: Somewhere between sienna and russet. Nice color and good clarity when held to light. The creamy head is one inch and beige.

S: Toasted malt with a little biscuit and a light roast. Notes of orange and earth. There's a faint nutty quality that goes well with the biscuit. This gives the impression of balance. A little chocolate and caramel as well. Great aroma.

T: The flavor doesn't quite match the aroma. It possesses an upper low level of bitterness with hops imparting citrus in the form of orange. Malt is toasted biscuit with a little caramel and nuttiness. The beer is very smooth and well balanced.

M: This is medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, and almost chewy. Reall nice.

Overall: A good American Brown Ale from Cigar City. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 22:11:00 | More by HopHead84
Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,644 ratings.