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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: 1,799
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 148
Gots: 212 | FT: 7
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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Photo of mynie
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.

Photo of Brabander
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.56/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Photo of pburland23
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Photo of tobelerone
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.

Photo of chugalug06
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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...

Photo of mntlover
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown color with a small tan head that falls to a ring. Some spotty lace left behind.

Aroma is malty some good chocolate and light nuttiness with smoke hints.

Taste is good nice malts good nuts notes with chocolate hints. Some lingering smoke notes in then finish with the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with peppy carbonation that seems to fit well with this brew, even though it keeps it from being smooth.

Overall pretty tasty brown ale would probably be better if it was smoother but not bad as is.

Photo of silentjay
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

murky dark brown with a huge like khaki head that lasts forever and laces well.

butterscotch, toffee, caramel, candied nuts, roasted nuts, a bit of chocolate and vanilla extract.

very sweet with lots of nuts and some toffee, caramel, and butterscotch. a touch of chocolate, coffee, and roast.

sticky sweet with a watery finish but a long lingering stickiness.

its pretty decent. not my favorite style, but would like a bit more roast/bitter chocolate to balance the sweetness.

Photo of RoamingGnome
2.62/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to N. Ketchum for helping track this one down.

Tasting notes from 9/20/11

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a chalice
Freshness date is May 25th. The year is not detectable. I was hoping 2011.

A) A very nice deep brown, with a finger of tan head. Decent retention and patchy lacing. Looks good...

S) Okay, something is off here. I expected a pleasant sweetness, some nutty aroma, a bit of toffee or coffee. I pick up a little malt, but honestly, this smells rotten. It smells like something dead.

T) Only slightly better than the nose, and unfortunately the drinking vessel I have chosen is keeping my nose right up in there. I can detect some malt and weak coffee, very slight sweetness, but mostly just something decaying.

M) Setting aside the above issues... The mouth feel is actually good. This is lightly carbonated. It has a medium body and feels somewhat creamy.

O) We don't get Cigar City in Wisconsin, so I was pretty excited about this six pack. It turns out this was not worth the effort or the extra money involved. I tried a second bottle and the results were the same. I was still skeptical, so I had a few other people sample this before I completed the review. The results were the same. I am admittedly disappointed, but I am chalking this up to the beer going bad, and bad beer karma on my part. I'm not sure what I did to have caused this bad beer karma, but I will proceed with caution. In any case, I love brown ales, and would like to try this again. I'm guessing it would be better, and I would gladly add an addendum to this review.

Photo of zoolzoo
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at DeCicco's, Brewster New York

A: Pours "really dark", nutty looking brown. Completely opaque, cloudy white head.

S: Roasted cocoa, almonds, touch of smoke.

T/M: Malt character leans toward chocolate, though not too sweet. Nutty for sure, roasted coffee bean. An impression of rolled oats is constant in the background.

Initial pour was too cold, flavor profile severely muted. Definitely let this one warm up a bit, it really opens up. Never really found the smoke from the aroma in taste. Body and carbonation are right on, medium all around.

O: A really solid brown ale, one of my favorites in recent memory.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Matt. No bottling date. Thanks for the trade, bud!

Poured into a snifter. Brown with reddish highlights. Moderate depth of fluff that settles to some puddles of off white. Decent retention and some inconsistent lacing.

Could simply be a mind trick, but that distinctive smokey cedar that I associate with this brewery seems present here as well. Nutty, flourish of hops, and powdered cocoa. Maltiness trends light and sweet with a hint of smoke. Warming really helps many of the scents to come alive. Not overly rich, but a nice mix.

Malts and bread and a light cherry wood presence. Not particularly complex. There's not as much as the nose seems to hint at. The wife says that's a pretty good brown. To me that's like saying he's a pretty honest politician. It's fine for what it is.

Carbonation is fine, body could use a lift and some girth. A little too light and watery.

Photo of tewaris
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into a pint.

Rust brown hued with good clarity and a small tan head with sub par retention. Sweet and malty, but very moderately so. Good on the specialty malt character: I can definitely smell chocolate.

Nutty and chocolaty with a slightly roasted profile. Finishes clean and dry with a charred aftertaste. I quite like it. The carbonation is not too high; the body rather watery.

Overall, I can see myself drinking this beer every once in a while if it were available to me. The local favorite Bender does an equally good job though, if not better.

3.5, 3.5, 4, 3, 3.5

Photo of spdyfire83
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15th Review – from notes
On-tap pint glass at House of Beer (Orlando, FL)

L: Deep, deep brown with 1.5 finger nail. Almost looks like a cup of coffee.

S: Burnt cocoa with very-well roasted malt presence.

T: Roasted malt with hidden hops balanced by slight sweetness from chocolate characteristics. Very tasty, indeed!

M: Smooth and full-bodied. Not overly complex, but put together nicely.

O: Solid beer with excellent character.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

It's a brown color with a huge head. It's got great retention and lacing, good looking beer.

It's a malty brown ale flavor with definite hints of cigar.

The flavor is even stronger with cigar flavors and a malt base. It's a little metallic and thin for my taste but the cigar flavors keep it interesting.

It's an okay beer, but I don't need more.

Photo of Spica66
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this for my birthday from my folks in Zephyrhills.

A: Brown (imagine that) color that is tending toward red. Excellent head formation, retention, and lacing.

S: Wow! There is sure a lot going on in there. Nuttiness, big malt, smoke, some herbal hops, but not a lot. I really like the way this smells!

T: Sweet, like a good bread crust. Deep nuttiness, roast malt, and some smoke. Oh yeah, baby!

M: Smooth with good carbonation, but thin. I have had brown ales with a lot more body than this.

O: I would definitely get a case of this to share - if only it weren't 900 miles away :(...

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

Poured to Imperial pint glass. My first Cigar City brew.

A: Pours a thick, dark brown. Deep amber body when held up to light. Big, fluffy white head on top, recedes to a thin line but that remains for the whole beer. Decent, spotty lacing around the side of the glass.

S: Sweet, almost a little smoky. Definitely a nutty aroma to go with the sweetness. A very nice-smelling beer.

T: Sweet at first, then a dark, smoky bitterness. On the tongue, the flavor is pretty sweet and nutty. However, as soon as the sip is swallowed, there is a little bitterness on the tongue with a smoky flavor that lingers at the back of the mouth. An interesting way to balance the flavors.

M: Decent mouthfeel. Lost a lot of its carbonation as it worked it way down the glass. The smokiness is really a full-mouth feeling and is very pleasant.

O: A very solid beer. Not the best brown ale I've ever had, but definitely a very good brew. Nice job, Cigar City.

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

A: Amber brown poured into pint glass producing a tan head with mild lacing.
S: Sweet malty aroma with dash of coffee and caramel.
T: Malty sweetness hits first with coffee and caramel followed by slight bitter finish.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Slight stickiness.
O: Very tasty and flavorful brown ale with contrasting sweet followed by bitter. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Will have many more--if I can get some!

Photo of olimpia84
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A: dark brown muddy color with a beautiful three finger foamy tanned head that lasted for a good while. As I drank the beer some red tones were noticed on the sides, reminded me of Coca Cola. Some lacing was present.

S: roasted malts, coffee and earthy aromas. A bit of detergent as well (and no, it wasn't my glass as I used it and cleaned it for a million times and never had this smell come out of it so it had to be the beer).

T: a bit of dark chocolate, coffee, some caramel. Starts with some sweet notes and ends with some bitterness.

M: medium body and low carbonation, which give this beer a very good feel.

O: not quite as good as some of its other flavored offerings but still a very decent beer from CCB.

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of cwguy5
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 67couple for this one!

A) deep, deep brown with nitro-like tan, one finger head; high retention and lots of lacing
S) wood, leather, some cinnamon, tobacco
T) some dark malt, fairly dry overall with some herbal sweetness somewhere in back, then a metal twinged linger that is very distracting
M) nice rich carbonation; medium body
D) base of beer is ok though it feels somewhat incomplete; nice mouthfeel and body; any nuances were hidden by the unfortunate metallic, bitter flavor at end; i am not sure if there is something wrong with my bottle but i wonder; i did drink the whole bottle if there was anything strange going on it was minor

Photo of Gushue3
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Philly The other week. Love trying beers from out of my distribution.

A- Pours clear light brown into a snifter and has a 1 finger white head. The body is just barely see through and very dark brown. The head quickly goes away and and leaves almost no lacing.

S- very sweet ans some nuttyness. Sweet dark malt is in there to

T- Swetness is accompanied by a small nuttyness that is much like the nose. Very smooth and sweet but feel like its missing something. With that said, not bad

M- Very thin with a medium carbonation. Would like a slightly bigger mouthfeel but feels okay.

Photo of Adrianized
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a medium dark brown and leaves a small ring of a tan head.

On the nose I get musky wood, figs, lots of malt, and maybe a bit of raisins.

Upfront I get roasted malt, nuts,  and maybe a touch of coffee.  There's a wet leather and cigar smoke thing going on.  Actually, the cigar tobacco is big here. Finishes with a slight cocoa bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium light with carbonation.

Overall, this is good for a musky kind of brown.  I keep getting cigar in it, quite the coincidence considering the brewer.

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

Review adapted from notes taken 5/6/11

Appearance: A rich brown color with hints of red, a little tan head that leaves great lacing

Smell: Not all that interesting - a lot of cooked, toasted, and slightly roasted malts - some earthiness, some herbal hints, kind of sweet

Taste: Nice - a pleasant, cooked sweetness - like a brown bread or some nice bread crust - some nuttiness, some herbal hops - nicely dry because of the roasted character - not too exciting, but good

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth - nice carbonation - even with the oatmeal, it could be a little smoother

Overall: A good brown ale

This is one of the better brown ales that I have had. Unfortunately for Cigar City, there are better brown ales out there. This is a solid offering, but it is on the boring side.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a a dark amber color with two fingers of fluffy tan head that remained throughout.

The scent was of roasted caramel and toffee malt.

The taste was roasted caramel and toffee malt, nutty, notes of chocolate.

Medium body, very creamy and smooth, low to moderate carbonation.

This was a very tasty beer, there was great flavor and it was perfectly balanced. I would drink this again.

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,799 ratings.