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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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1,670 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 137
Gots: 172 | 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:
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 brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

12oz bottle.

Pours light brown with nice clarity and a thin, biege head that evaporated to a placid surface. No lacing to speak of.

Aromatics lead off with cocoa husks, roasted nuts, and toasted biscuits. Chocolaty and nutty with caramel undertones.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. A bit watery and thinnish.

Chocolate, nuts, and caramel-drizzeled oats start the palate. Shades of plump, sweet malt follow through.

Finishes with some lingering chocolate and nuts.

Tasty brown. A bit mild for my tastes but a good beer with training wheels.

04-13-2011 00:17:46 | More by brewandbbq


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: A big fluffy head, that is light tan has very good retention thought the beer. The body is semi-transparent brown, with heavy levels of visible carbonation. Lacing is left in layered patterns.

S: The aroma is a rich, smokey flavor, which is sort of peaty, and a hint of some sourness. The aroma is medium in intensity, while still being flavorful.

T/M: The body is highly carbonated, which has a nice explosive mouthfeel. The presence of oatmeal is shown on the overall feel of the beer and there is some hints at sourness. Rich notes of roasted malt and chocolate are also found. The lingering taste is smooth and focuses on the roasted character.

O: Overall this is one hell of a brown. Not sure if the slight sourness is intentional, but I sure enjoyed it. But set a side the wildness, the flavors were all very balanced and well rounded around the edges.

04-12-2011 13:48:09 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of DNICE555


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

A lot of good breweries are popping up/becoming well known out of their regions. This is one of them for me. On tap at The Lazy Boy Saloon.

Chocolatey brown color. Not much head. Looks like a full bodies brown ale. Can't wait.

Smells nutty, chocolate, some coffee high notes.

Caramel, roasted malt, molasses, coffee high notes, hop backbone.

Fairly light, smooth, and crisp for a brown ale. Light yet creamy.

This is very drinkable and at 5.5% could be a good session beer.

04-11-2011 20:25:59 | More by DNICE555
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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

12oz bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. Bottle generously provided as an extra by 603BeerMe, thanks Clark!

A - Pours a light brown color with a small, thin, tan-colored head with moderate retention. Pretty clear and if not for the dark color, would easily be able to be seen through. Deep chestnut highlights come out when drinking. Lacing is sparse and is thickest where the head crested.

S - Smell is fairly nutty with hints of chocolate and coffee. Toffee and caramel come later and round out the aromas. Honestly not much here... but the malts shine for sure.

T - As in the nose, the first thing I'm picking up are some nuts. Sweet chocolate comes afterward and the coffee that was in the nose is almost completely absent here. Also, surprisingly it has a good hop finish, with a distinctly English influence.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with high carbonation. A little too highly carbonated for the style and I feel it detracts from the smoothness the oatmeal imparts. A little thin and watery at times.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Easy to drink but to me, it's falls short of the mark. It's not as full-bodied or silky smooth as I would've expected an oatmeal-influenced to be. If Cigar City were in my market, I could see this as a cheap, occasional drinker, but I don't think I'd actively seek it out again.

04-10-2011 03:49:43 | More by nhindian
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New York

5/5  rDev +27.6%

Loved this beer!

Bottle into Sam Adams Boston Lager Glass.

Appearance was dark brown with slight haze, Medium bodies off white cap.

Smell was of light chocolate and coffee with mealy warm notes common of an oatmeal stout..

Taste was exceptional with the mixing of darker flavors such as coffee, chocolate, and a spice I cant quite place.

Mouthfeel was silky smooth, the smootheness of an oatmeal stout without the weight of one.

Overall, this is my favorite varietal I've had so far.

04-09-2011 22:19:19 | More by mjtski
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DogFish Head Signature glass. Came directly from cellar into glass.

A: Pours a chocolaty brown color with lighter chocolaty head. Aggressive pour only yielded a one finger head that disappeared very quickly. Not a lot of lacing in the glass.

S: Nutty smell with some chocolate and coffee tones to it. Not a lot on the nose of this one but what is there is really nice.

T: Molasses, caramel, roasted malt and again some coffee tones. Really nicely balanced with some hop-bittered back end.

M: Light-bodied, not overly carbonated. Creamy mouthfeel with not too much of an aftertaste.

O: I could make a night out with this beer having more than a couple. The ease of which it goes down pairs with the lighter 5.5% ABV to make a really drinkable beer.

04-08-2011 13:36:09 | More by suspect
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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Brown body with a thin off white head.

Very subtle smells of sugar and spice - cinnamon... cardamom maybe?

The taste follows with a bit of brown sugar sweetness up front (nothing overpowering), flavors of smoke, burnt caramel and bits of chocolate and banana in the middle, and then a slightly bitter hop kick at the end.

Mouthfeel felt a little thin for all of the nice flavors here, but also made it incredibly drinkable, as is clearly intended. Very light carbonation.

O, had to remember to rate this one in its style or I may have given it a 4 in taste resulting in a B+ overall. More complex than most brown ales I've tried to date. A great six pack to pick up... and quickly finish.

04-08-2011 03:58:34 | More by MufflnMan
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a very dark brown with just a few hints of garnet around the edges. Smell is very mild, roasted malts, hints of chocolate.
Taste is very nice for the style. Roasty notes, a little chocolate, very mild hop presence, and a lingering sweetness. A bit thin but a nice carbonation level.
Very well done for the style and probably my favorite brown ale to date.

04-04-2011 02:03:37 | More by kirok1999
Photo of rka758


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

12oz bottle poured into wine glass.
$3 at Connecticut Wine and Liquors in DC

A: Pours a deep brown with little to no head.
S: Biscuit malts and a bit of liquid smoke.
T: Sweetness, Chocolate and Smoke.
M: Smooth.
D: Very drinkable and enjoyable.

This is my first time tasting a CC beer and I enjoy it quite a bit.

04-03-2011 00:15:38 | More by rka758
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Cafe Tu Tu Tango in Orlando.

A: Clear, medium brown color with scant off-white residue of foam. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very mild with faint wood and even more faint (and very unexpected) lemon curd.

T: Begins off-dry, with earth and brown sugar that leave a slight impression of cola, complete with an expected acidic presence. Mild cocoa emerges in the middle, slightly bitter, with earlier flavors still present but fading. The finish is drying, with a more significant dark roasted grain presence that stays labile on the palate. Bitterness is generally mild, influenced mostly from the chocolate presence earlier.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly creamy and acidic on the palate but in balance, with low carbonation.

D: This brown ale strikes an appealing and interesting balance between sweet and dry. While not extreme, its flavor qualities are more assertive than the norm for the style, making this beer memorable. Its smell is more typical for the style, coming across as rather vacant. It is successful for keeping the interest of the drinker, while remaining true to style and leaving little fatigue on the palate.

04-02-2011 01:58:29 | More by beagle75
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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Nice dark brown, opaque almost black with a creamy off white head that leaves nice creamy walls of lace. The smell is of roasted and chocolate malts, biscuits, and some nutty, earthy characters. Taste is nutty, roasted malts, oatmeal, some spice, chocolate, caramels, and bready elements. Slight earth tones in the back with a bit of bitter cocoa and walnuts. Meduim body, smooth, and slightly creamy and very easy to drink. Complex flavors make for an enjoyable experience.

04-02-2011 00:35:25 | More by JayS2629
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger off-white semi-fine head that dissipates rather quickly into a thin film surrounded by a frothy ring. Beer is a clear dark mahogany. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate stick. A pretty beer and the deep color is rather alluring.

S: Nose is quiet subtle overall. Bit of nuttiness, cane and brown sugar, and hints of cinnamon spice. Also some bittersweet caramel notes. Spot on for the style. Nothing out of the ordinary either good or bad.

T: Opens big malt and nutty presence. Caramel and slightly sour and sweet toffee. Actually a bit of mint nuttiness towards the middle lightens the body. Caramel and stale coca-cola towards the end. Finish is muted spicy cinnamon sticks that have been robbed of their heat. Aftertaste is walnut shells and caramel.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and bubbly going down. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers. Again, solid but nothing that stands out.

O: A very good beer for its style that's solid in every aspect of the word. However, as I've said again and again in this review, nothing really stands out for me here. A great beer that's highly drinkable and/or sessionable but nothing I'd go out of my way to try. Interesting because this offering seems perfectly suited to take on the barrel characteristics of whatever it is aged in. A teaser, if you will, from CCB.

04-01-2011 01:20:13 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.43/5  rDev +13%

Theres a reason this brewery is one of the most hyped ever in Florida. Simply put, the state of Florida had never has a craft brewery as focused on detail as these guys.

This is their brown ale which is probably the most available of their entire line in the northeastern US. I'm glad I bought a bunch as it reminds me of just how good a nice American brown ale can be.

The color and head are a little lighter than the maduro shade. Reminds me more of an EMS wrapper in color. The head isnt too impressive but it leaves nice lacing on the freshly rinsed glass which is a definite plus.

The taste does seem to have some nice tobacco, oatmeal,brown sugar elements and nothing is too sweet or sticky.

Its a very well executed brown ale and I'd like to do a little taste test with this, Avery's Elies, & Smutty's brown dog. This one could very well be the best of the lot.

03-31-2011 01:07:07 | More by rousee
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4/5  rDev +2%

Presentation: Picked this up while in Florida recently; very excited to try something from Cigar City after all the online hype. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is reminiscent of a cigar label and is presented in a background of cigar leafs. No freshness date. No mention of oatmeal either.

Appearance: Just over 1 finger of medium tan head. This settles to a thin cap, leaving behind some lacing. The lacing improves as I sip, leaving some tendrils after each tilt of the glass. The beer itself is a dark mahogany and opaque, all but around the edges. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Dark caramel malt aromas with hints of figs and chocolate.

Taste: Smooth, creamy malt upfront, indicative that yes, there is oatmeal in here with undertones of smoke and bitter coffee. Long lingering mild to medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level, especially for the style. Body is very good.

Drinkability: An enjoyable and flavorful beer that I could easily have more of, Unfortunately, based on lack of distribution, that won't be happening.

03-25-2011 22:51:05 | More by beveritt
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a bottle into my Dogfish Head Signature snifter.

A: Nice, muddy chestnut color with a small cream colored head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Getting a fruity/roasty aroma, but not much going on for me in this department

T: Really enjoying this one. I get some bright, fruity flavors at first which then turns into a light, yet robust, roasted coffee finish.

M: Great mouthfeel on this, one of my favorite aspects. A bit thicker than most Brown Ales, which is most likely from the addition of oatmeal. Carbonation is spot on.

O: A great beer, glad I got to try it. One of the better Brown Ales I've had. Too bad Florida is so far away.

03-24-2011 23:25:40 | More by mishuggah
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4.11/5  rDev +4.8%

Serving Glass: Poured from bottle into pint-like glass.

Appearance: Rich chocolate brown with a slight reddish cast. Moderate sized tan head with very slight lacing.

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, oats and some coffee and nuts.

Taste: Heavily roasted for a Brown, with lots of chocolate, coffee and caramel. Slight oat and English-style hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium creamy body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Delicious ale even if it is almost more of an Oatmeal Stout than a Brown Ale.

03-24-2011 23:16:28 | More by bsp77
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South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

on tap at Hopjacks in FLwhere it was mislabeled as "Maduro Oatmeal Stout".

A - 1.5 fingers of tan head over an opaque black with red highlights.at edges.
S - too subtle. Mostly malt with trace of caramel or toffee.
T - ample roasted malt but a bit burnt. Good finish with coffee note and tiny hop presence.
M - smooth; lightly carbonated.

03-23-2011 14:33:15 | More by chinchill
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3.35/5  rDev -14.5%

Big thanks to jcartamdg for this extra.

Pours a deep reddish brown with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, sweet cherries, some tobacco, and very faint hops. Flavor follows the nose with a big malty, nutty backbone with a pleasant tobacco and earthy spiciness. Slightly astringent throughout, but it is more noticeable in the finish. Thinner mouthfeel with a prickly carbonation. Solid american brown ale.

03-23-2011 03:05:31 | More by muttyd
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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

Hmmm. I'm not sure how to review this one - I'm pretty sure I've got an infected bottle, this reminds me of a less pugilistic sea bass.

Pours a ruddy clear brown, somewhat thin, with decent mocha head.

Smells of malt and a faint cherry tartness.

Taste is similar - Not horribly unpleasant actually - but certainly not like any brown ale I've had - thin and tart with a bit of malt.

Mouthfeel - prickley, somewhat over carbonated and a bit thin.

I hope the next bottle of this turns out better.

03-22-2011 04:49:07 | More by readbaron
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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%

Received as an extra, poured into my Captain Lawrence Smoke from the Oak glass.

Appearance: Good brown color, some red hues when held to the light.

Smell: Not much on the nose. A generic "beer" flavor would be my best description. As it warms it gets a bit sweeter.

Taste: Fortunately this is where the beer excels. It has a nice and sweet almost candy like flavor, very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated but too thin for my liking.

Overall: Cigar City has two year round offerings, Maduro and Jai Alai. I much prefer Jai Alai, in fact it is one of my favorite IPAs, but Maduro does not leave me with the same feelings. It tastes very good, but none of the other factors are nearly as enjoyable. I would certainly drink another one but I would not go out of my way to seek it out.

03-22-2011 00:09:22 | More by OddNotion
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2.78/5  rDev -29.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin shaped glass. It poured a darker brown color with a bubbly head filling the top two inches of the glass. The head settled to a thin layer, and left a bit of lacing as it did.

The aroma has a fruity, cherry, raisin like flavor coming through with a little bit of a tart, acidic undertone to it. behind that I get some toffee and caramel flavors to it as well as some roasty, coffee like flavors coming through. Seems like there could be the beginning of an infection going on, but I'm not sure.

The taste shows a pretty good amount of roasty, coffee like flavors to it. Like the nose though, I also get some of that cherry, fruity, tart, acidic flavor throughout the beer. Behind that, I get some hints of toffee and caramel sweetness. Flavorful beer overall, but I have to assume the tart, acidic, fruity flavors aren't intended. Luckily the roasty, coffee flavors seem to overpower the off flavors in it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style, and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was decent despite of the fruity, tart, acidic flavors that are developing. They actually gave it some interesting flavors that complimented the malt at times. Not a bad beer overall, but one I'd like to revisit to see if there really is something going on with this one.

03-19-2011 22:50:20 | More by billab914
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Dark chestnut brown in color. Almost fully opaque. Forms a smallish light tan head that really just forms a thick ring around the edges. No lacing.

S: Earthy. Roasted malts, and well, tobacco. Very simple, but virtually flawless.

T: Mildly sweet cola flavor. Caramel malts, a bit nutty and a hint of chocolate. Interestingly creamy finish. Mild bitterness.

M: Medium body with a slightly prickly, yet still smooth mouthfeel.

D: A very good brown ale. Interesting and complex. Very nice.

03-18-2011 07:50:05 | More by Florida9
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Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -19.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a reddish brown with two and a half fingers of thick khaki head; decent retention and some sticky lacing.

S: The smell is not overly strong: a bit of chocolate and something a little off I can't put my finger on, a faint sourness.

T: This is fairly malty as I'd expect but with a dry, tobacco-like finish, suitable of the name.

M: Medium body and fairly creamy with moderate carbonation.

D: I guess it's good for the style but not my favourite.

03-18-2011 02:41:01 | More by mrnobody
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4/5  rDev +2%

Thanks to BeerThursdays for hooking me up with this one!

A: Pours a nice brown/deep copper color with a 1/2 finger head that slowly fades. Little bit of lacing forms as I drink, but it dissipates rather quickly.

S: Nose brings some brown sugar, molasses, caramel, a little bit of hops and some sweet fruit.

T: Roasted malt, brown sugar, and molasses. There is a caramelized sugar flavor giving it a nice sweetness. Has a slightly bitter finish with hints of toffee.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation with a nice creamy feel.

O: Solid beer, easy drinking with a good flavor.

03-18-2011 00:50:14 | More by mdaschaf
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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

12 ounce bottle poured into my new 3Floyds pint glass

Pours a cola brown with light coming through on the edges. A very small quick fading tan head. Good looking pour. Aromas are dominated with roasted malts. Some fig and bread come through as well. Taste is decent. This isn't my favorite style but a good representation with a nice sweetness followed by the roasted malts. Pretty straight forward and good tasting. Mouthfeel is slightly watery and not much carbonation. Overall this is a decent brew that is quite sessionable.

03-17-2011 02:22:37 | More by abrand
Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.