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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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88
very good

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Ratings: 1,781
Reviews: 593
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 147
Gots: 205 | FT: 7
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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 olimpia84
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks David. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a CCB pint glass...

A - Pours a dark brown with a one finger tan head on a fairly passive pour. Head retention is good, but there is not much lacing to be had...

S - Caramel, toffee, nuts and chocolate...

T - Chocolate, caramel, toasted malts, brown sugar, and some nutty flavors. Finishes with toasted malts and some lingering chocolate. Abv is well hidden...

M - Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Enjoyed the oatmeal cookie version a little more, but this is still a solid brew. Something I will definitely be looking foward to trying again when I am in the mood for the style...

Cheers...

Photo of bcostner1
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first CCB brew that I've been able to try. Definitely worth the wait...

A: Medium brown. 1 finger tan head. Smooth pour...

S: Nuts, chocolate, caramel, mild tobacco and leather.

T: To me, starts out with a nice mixture of caramel and chocolate. After that, I get a little bit of a roasted nutty element. I have to say, I never understood what people meant when they said they tasted "tobacco" in a beer until I tried this one. To me, the end of the sip leaves an aftertaste that lingers like a mild cigar and I love it. I definitely want to try this one with a cigar at some point. Overall, really delicious beer.

M: For as complex and sessionable as it is, the mouthfeel is surprisingly light and tolerable. Doesn't become overwhelming at any point. The relatively low ABV for a beer with this complex flavor profile is definitely a plus. I could drink multiples no problem.

Overall, I love this beer and cannot wait to try others from CCB! Highly recommended.

Photo of dbtoe
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint
This is a really great brown. Stronger than most English browns and pretty complex for a brown ale. I’ll pick this up every time I’m in fl.
Look is all brown body with a smallish tan head.
Smell is pretty much roasted malts with a hint of sweetness.
Taste all kinds of roasted malts a lot is there. Not really any hop flavors.
Feel medium body with a lower amount of carbonation.
Overall this is a really tasty brown. A little bolder than I like for a brown ale but it is so good I don’t hold that against it.

Photo of rel
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer several times, and I've decided to finally formally review it.

Pours with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. It looks like a typical brown; cola color, brown and red hues. Light passes through it though, not a very thick looking beer.

The nose is quite faint. I get a lot of roasted malts, chocolate, some nutty characteristics. But wait..

This beer is all about taste. And really, shouldn't every beer be. It is way more bold than your nose has told you. That nose, always lying. Sometimes lying. OK, just a little lie. You get a whole lot of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a nice bitterness from the hops. The most intriguing flavor I can only describe as cigar wood (maybe the name says something). Oatmeal, I'll taste it when I have breakfast.

The flavor lingers in your mouth long time. Sometimes you feel the bitterness, but then the sweetness. Layers of flavor.

I love brown ales, and I love this brown ale like a child. It's not my sister's stupid imaginary kids who are cute but every one of their flaws is a pain the tuches. It's one of my imaginary kids in this brown ale family, and I shouldn't choose a favorite.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with a brown body containing red hues

S: musty sweetness and caramel.

T: sweet with caramel and toasted malt with hints of nut and chocolate.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth

Overall: This may be my second favorite brown, first being brookyln brown. I really liked this one and would like to try more of their other beers that use this as its foundation.

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

An extra in a trade with wscaffe. Thanks!

Um brown? not so much. Very dark with no head (into a Chimay Chalice).

Instantly smells of malts. Sweet malts. Brown sugar and dark possibly even dark fruits. Incredibly complex for a brown ale. Damn good.

Taste is up front with malts. The sweetness that the smell hinted at is missing. Dark fruits come in somewhere and disappear just as quickly. What sticks around is the malt.

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

Had on-tap at WOB, poured into a CCB pint glass

A-Deep mahogany, with cherry notes, a big frothy 2 finger khaki head stayed around and left excellent lacing.

S-Toasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and a nutty aroma

T-Similar to the smell, malt and chocolate dominate while dark fruit, caramel and a faint alcohol taste add to the finish. This is an excellent tasting brew

M-Medium bodied with light carbonation

O-Being a Floridian I'm always glad when a Florida brew exceeds my expectations, and CCB has done an excellent job at creating a delicious Brown Ale that does just that.

Photo of Forb
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Great Nebraska BeerFest - Papillion, NE...

Appearance: Dark, yet translucent, brown body with a minor head.

Smell/Taste: Nose is of a toasted bready scent with nutty elements and prevalent oatmeal. Pallet is an oatmeal and nut dominant flavor.

Mouthfeel: Little carbonation amid a medium body.

Overall: A great oatmeal brown.

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

Poured an attractive dark brown color with a nice fluffy head that lasted for a good while. Aroma was of bourbon, tobacco, and caramel malt. Had a thinner mouthfeel than I was expecting. Taste was good, pretty much like the aroma. Good beer, would definitely have again.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle th Bruges hybrid glass on 8/17/11
*From notes

-- Bottle purchased at the Bowery St. Whole Foods in NYC on 7/25/11 --

A: Pleasant to the eye - a good rich mahgoney brown in color. 1.5 finger head fades fairly fast and leaves minor lacing behind.

S: Hmmm....quite vinous and kinda funky. This can't be right. Soured mash and charred barley also present within the nose. No hops to speak of.

T: Acidic up front, then the medium charred malt kicks in. Again, I'm not getting any hops on this bad boy. It finishes like a tart molasses cookie, with a touch of funk.

M: Respectable. It's reasonably creamy, yet it doesn't compare in any way to the rest of CCB's lineup. Carbonation is a bit lacking here.

O: This bottle of Cigar City's Maduro Brown Ale is in the very early stages of a brett infection. The beer didn't showcase CCB's typical calling card mouthfeel or hop profile. I wish I had pulled a batch number off of this before chucking the bottle, as I don't think this beer was at it's best.

I'll certainly try this again under different circumstances, though if in fact this is the intended profile, then it's a slight miss from Joey and the CCB crew.

UPDATE: On 8/25/11, I spoke to a friend who had this on tap last weekend in Philly, and he too claims that it was infected.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cigar City : Maduro Oatmeal Brown

Pours a rich brown color with a yellowish off white head and little lace. Aroma is malty, with suggestions of candied pecans. In the flavor, robust maltyness, nutty, and rich. For a brown ale, this packs in lots of flavor. Hops come accross oh so lightly, just a small wood note, and a distant earthyness. Brown sugar, roast, oats, and burnt caramel. Medium to full bodied feel. Overall, this is an exceptional brown ale, and quite possibly the best I've come accross.

Photo of doughanson78
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to 67couple for this.

A: Dark brown almost black. Two finger, creamy light tan head, with awesome retention and lacing.

S: First thought on the aroma is... Cola. Has a fizzy smell. Nutty notes. Very malty. Light toastiness. Light oatmeal/oatiness.

T: Toasted malts. Light sweetness. Some cocoa flavors. Light nuttiness in the finish. A different oatiness than others. This is one of the better Brown Ales I've had even though none have impressed me.

M: Medium bodied, but still a bit watery (weird). High carbonation.

O: The best brown ale I've had. As I said I'm not a fan of the style. But I could drink this one on occasion.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled June 23, 2011.

Pours brown with a two finger light brown head that leaves nice lacing and holds a creamy cap.

Aroma is...interesting. Has the caramel, toffee, nuts and toasted bread of a typical brown ale, but there is also some cardboard, dark fruits, a bit sour as well as some earthiness. Very good strength.

Flavor is toffee, caramel, nuts, dark bread/toast, some dark fruits, earthy hops, some sweetness, low bitterness but does finish with a slight tang.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with good carbonation.

This bottle may be in the early stages of an infection...not sure as this is my first ever Maduro. Still pretty good but there are some off notes. This will soon be available in Georgia so when it comes in I will check one out again and re-rate if necessary.

Photo of DUBinMIA
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a mug. dark brown hazy with 1/2 in head that retreats to 1/4 in fast ... no lace

smell is sweet malt and chocolate. some very faint piney hop aroma

smooth malt at first then a surprise bitter bite... totally unexpected but in a good way. some woody flavors but not from oak aging.... maybe from roasted malt or hops can't really tell.

medium body that fits with the beer

overall pretty good... not typically a brown ale fan but i like this one.

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

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly murky deep brown with muddy garnet highlights when held to light. Large frothy beige head wont allow this pour to happen in one round. Smell is earthy and tart, not really what I was expecting. Hints of caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate lie deep beneath the surface. Tart dark fruit in the nose is a little odd. Taste is caramel malty with a dark fruity tartness that seems out of place in a brown ale. Hints of chocolate and toffee in the flavor as well. Medium to thin body with a high level of carbonation and a slick oily mouthfeel. I believe this bottle was on its way to infected before I opened it. Looking at some of the reviews this seems to be a recurring issue. As is its an OK beer with a weird tartness for the style, but if this sat in my cellar I'm sure it would have become and oud bruin or sorts. Should I ever get another I will re-rate.

09/02/2011
A generous soul provided me with a replacement bottle, apparently there was a bad batch of this beer that I am told was distributed mainly in the Jacksonville area.
Pours a solid dark brown with faint reddish highlights when held to light. Smallish off white head dissipates quickly to a cap. Smell is kind of fruity with dark pitted fruit and a hint of alcohol. Slight earthy aroma and hints of chocolate round out the nose nicely. Taste is fruity and caramel with hints of chocolate and ethanol. Slightly dry finish with a lingering fruity ethanol taste. Medium body ans level of carbonation with a somewhat watery mouthfeel. This sample was certainly better than the infected version, but its still an unremarkable beer. My score will reflect this bottle.

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

I picked up a second bottle of this from Hawthornes in Philly. It was mostly the same as my first one, but I enjoyed the smell and taste a bit more this time.

A: Clear dark brown with moderate carbonation. One-finger, frothy, tan head that lasted a few minutes. Not much lacing.

S: Toasted and nutty. A bit of a fruity character. Smells good.

T: Moderate sweetness and a touch of earthy hop bitterness. Very nice nutty aftertaste. The finish lasted.

M: Medium to full and creamy. Lively carbonation. Very nice.

O: I liked this one. The nutty aftertaste was especially nice. Will drink again.

Photo of robbrandes
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

pours a warm brown with a slightly underdeveloped head, virtually no retention or lacing, but reasonable legs given a slight swirl.

nose is the high point for me - subtle but pleasing mix of bready notes, some chocolate and a surprising twang of warm alcohol underneath it all. tons of malt on the palate, chocolate and earthy underpinnings, a bit of vanilla perhaps.

a solid beer, very sessionable and satisfying.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dark brown color with a moderately sized tan head that lasts a good while and leaves a small amount of lacing.

Rich aroma of chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste is similar to the nose with ntoes of chocolate upfront with hints of coffee, caramel and light hops in the background.

Medium body with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Overall, the flavor profile didn't seem quite as pronounced as the aroma, but this was still one of the better brown ales I've had in recent memory.

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,781 ratings.