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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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1,691 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,691
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 140
Gots: 176 | 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 smakawhat
4/5  rDev +2%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A one finger light brown cream bubbles head. Body is a good dark brown with some cloudy character. Head manages to fall slowly while keeping the head together. Nice color of brown going to a simple cherry red also.

Bouquet is a malty roast but also some small cream. Slight heat and a dryness to some extent also. Some earthen dirt/soil smells as well.

Interesting taste. Sweet moves to a mild sour astringecy taste and milk creamer more like sweetened condensed milk. A slight bit of pricklyness on the tongue but not a sense of gas carbonation. Husky dry quality taste with milk cream like sensation, kind of interesting.

Pretty solid good brew all around.

smakawhat, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of WrathsU
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

I've been on a CCB binge lately and grabbing everything I can try and have yet to be disappointed. Out of the ones I have tried this is my least favorite so far but it is still purty good.

A - Pours a nice dark brown that reminds me of a deep mahogany wood. The head retention is nice and lasts for a minute or so, not much lacing but I don't find that problematic.

S - It smells very earthy and grainy. Think Shipyard Export smelly. I find it appealing myself.

T - The taste is similar to the smell. I can taste a bit of caramel on the tip of my tongue and grains around the rest of my mouth. Not much bitterness or hops taste to me.

M - Being a 5.5% beer it doesn't pack a huge punch but it's there. It feels good.

D - I could drink these with ease but there are better session beers out there.

WrathsU, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of argock
3.88/5  rDev -1%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a stemmed glass wine goblet. No freshness date. Single purchased at Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL) for $2.29.

A: Woody brown with short cap of off-white head and a few lace formations down the glass.

S: A very malty, lightly sour grain aroma, mild bittersweet chocolate, and herbal, earthy hops.

T: Very malty with stronger chocolate notes in the flavor and earthy hoppiness which is medium strength. Finish is lightly sour, right on target for the style.

M: Smooth with medium carbonation and light dryness in the finish.

D: A really nice representation of the style, solid and drinkable, but not a wavemaker.

argock, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Dubbercody
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Picked up a 12oz bottle at Knightly Spirits on my Disney vacation.

Poured into the closest thing to a beer glass the resort had. Nice brown color that has a nice tan effervescent head that quickly dissipated back into the beer. Some roast in nose picked up, but I think my sniffer is shot after a day at the park. Mouthfeel is effervescent and the taste is nutty with a chocolate bitter kick. Aftertaste of keeps up the nice bitter chocolate and has a lasting flavor. Nice beer, glad I didn't pass it by.

Excellent after the park drink I must say.

Dubbercody, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of mwilbur
2.6/5  rDev -33.7%

From tasting notes from 1/24/11 (picked it up on vacation in Tampa). Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a medium brown with faint tan head. As expected for style.
S: Roasted and caramel malt, hint of smoke (and tobacco?). The smoke is more like cigarette smoke than wood smoke.
T: Sharp woody malt, bitter smoke. Not too good here.
M: Bland with bitterness. Bleh.
D: I enjoy this style and this is not good. I have been both wowed and disappointed by CCB...I am disappointed again. To be honest, couldn't even finish the 12 oz. You need a good cigar with this one...to overpower it and make it palatable.

mwilbur, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of ccampo
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%

I've had this on bottle and on-tap, at the brewery and elsewhere.

A - Deep dark brown with a thick dark tan head. Hold it up to the light and it glows with a deep red. Beautiful.

S - Amazing. Strong roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and surprisingly some hops. There is also a tiny bit of booze in there. This is one of the best aspects of this beer. It is fantastic.

T - Just like the smell and very smooth. The bitterness is perfect and the roasted flavor fills your entire mouth. Its like eating a thick piece of dark chocolate.

M - Thick and creamy. The oatmeal is at work here. This brew has a very full body. The chocolate milk of beers.

D - I could drink this all day, and it goes good with just about any food. As far as I'm concerned, this is the best session-able dark beer out there (that I have had so far).

Drink this beer. On tap, bottle, growler, whatever. Its worth it. This beer is amazing.

ccampo, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of mklinger
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

Deep brown with red highlights. Tan head that looked good. Overall, nice looking beer.

Aroma is malty, with chocolate, carame, and raisins in there. Not a lot going on with hop aroma.

Most of the flavor action here is in the malt bill and it's nice and complex. Just enough hop bitterness for a little balance. Nice, extremely smooth drinking beer.

Smooth on the tongue. Full bodied but not heavy. One of the better regular strength beers I've had in a while.

mklinger, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Bottle from a buddy back from FL. Thx Jim!

Beautiful beer, witha light tan head that pops up and sticks. Smells of chocalte and sweet brown malts. Taste is sweet with just a tiny bit of balancing bitter. Would like a little more bitterness. Overall very enjoyable!

BeerMusketeer, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

Aromas of toasted malts and milk chocolate. Light hops are in the background but quite faint. Getting a decent amount of vanilla in there as well. Quite inviting...

The tastes are malty, toasted and smooth. Slightly bready, chocolaty with some more vanilla and sweet toffee notes. The oatmeal really helps/adds a smooth full texture to this perfectly balanced brown ale.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a light effervescence. A nicely balanced dark chocolate with roasted malt aftertaste pleasantly lingers. A really well-rounded brew.

Overall this is the best sessionable brown ale on the planet in my opinion. Definitely highly recommended and worth seeking out.

claspada, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

12oz. bottle served into a tulip

Pours, well, pretty brown. It looks like the color of buckeyes, as in the mascot for THE Ohio State University. Reddish in the very center of the body. A nice finger and a half of beige head forms, but the lacing is pretty inadequate.

I'm struck immediately by how much fruit is in the nose. It isn't the dominant aroma or anything, but there is a not-insignificant fruitiness. It's coming from two elements: a bit of plum & apple from the yeast and some tropical citrus from the lupulin. Those hops don't really assert themselves outside of the citrus. The majority of the beer smells familiarly in Brown Ale territory. Toasted bread crusts, a dusting of cocoa powder, pumpernickel bread. I want to say there's some faint tobacco here too, but that could just be the name of the beer name & brewery name playing tricks on me.

Very bready on the palate. The oats are certainly there. There are just enough dark fruit esters to make this a really interesting food play. Ghosts of Cocoa Puffs (that I can write that phrase with complete sincerity is so awesome). The finish is EXACTLY like the the taste of toasted English muffins w/ peanut butter (a breakfast item I'm damn familiar with). This is nice stuff; it's hard to get me to say that about Brown Ales.

Oh, yeah. Maduro brings the kind of mouthfeel that only flaked oats can deliver. The mouthfeel is up into robust porter territory; creamy & thick. Soft carbonation, though perhaps too fizzy. As far as drinkability is concerned, this is a winner. The ABV% is only 5.5 (for this much flavor!) and the beer can go strong throughout a meal and into some desserts and even into the post-dessert cigar.

Admittedly, I'm not much of a Brown Ale guy. I've enjoyed more Brown Ales in the past six months than I ever have, so perhaps I'm coming around on the style (or, more likely, the Brown Ales from Terrapin, Good People, Sierra Nevada and Surly are just way better than the average beer of the style). Add this offering from Cigar City to that list. Unique, tasty; Cigar City is impressing me so far.

Reaper16, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of shand
4.43/5  rDev +13%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Pours a very deep brown with two fingers of light mocha coloured head. Retention and lacing are both good. The scent is a veritable bouquet of rich, roasty malts, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, nuts, and earthy hops. A great smelling brown ale. The taste is also very good - it almost has more in common with a porter than a brown ale tastewise. The roasty malts and semi-sweet chocolates come in first, then a hint of the coffee flavors come in along with the earthy hops. It's really a great tasting beer.

The mouthfeel does feel a little thin for the taste - that's probably what separates it from a porter, however. The slightly thinner taste also works well for Cigar City's gimmick of adding extra things to this formula. It's incredibly drinkable for the amount of flavor packed in here. It's just a great beer by a great brewery, and highly recommended.

shand, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Schreibeers
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Pours with a nice healthy head. Beer is redish, brown color. Great looking brown ale.

S: Strongest part of this beer, smells of roasted malts, almost as if you are there in the brew house, really balanced as well with some light caramel notes, mild hoppiness, and sweetness

T: After the smell, a slight disappointment, but still good. The maltiness, sweetness, and slight bitterness all greet you at first, but the beer falls a little thin in the middle. Comes back through stronger in the end as it warms, but lacks that solid back bone I look for in a brown ale.

M: Feels a little light. Good for drinking several, but I want a little more substance if I am going to only have one.

D: Very good. There is enough happening to keep me interested, but lacks the complexity needed to make this a really great brew.

I will pick this up again as it is a solid beer that I see going very well with some food.

Schreibeers, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Beejay
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Thanks DmanGTR

A: Bottle foamed out a little bit when I opened it. It is a murky red brown in the glass with fluffy tan head that dissipates to a thin layer.

S: Malty with a bread and syrup thing going on. A touch of raisons and flour. Nice.

T: A beautiful blend of roasted grains and bready goodness. Malty with a touch of dark chocolate, and a slight fruitiness in the finish. Very well put together.

M: Light to medium in body, carbonation is a touch high. There is a creaminess to this that I really enjoy.

D: This is a beer that would break people who are guinness only drinkers.. Malty, and a little dry, wonderful flavor, and easy drinking.

Beejay, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of leakyfaucet12
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

a- dark dark brown. The head is white with quite a bit of lacing down the glass.

s- really really faint. I can smell just hints of coffee.

t- I really enjoy the bread flavor of this beer you can taste the oatmeal coming through. there are malts and a little hopps. Some coffe bitterness too.

m-Tons of carbonation and a full body thats like silk.

This is my first Cigar city and I can see why they are such a great brewery. I cant wait to try more.

leakyfaucet12, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev +2%

Had this on tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room.

A - Pours dark cocoa brown, translucent with a warm highlight and a thin khaki head.

S - Earthy nutty flavor, oatmeal, cocoa, and a little bit of dark chocolate with hops lingering in there as well.

T - Sweet, chocolate syrup to cocoa, with a little oatmeal and brown sugary malts.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation.

HeyItsChili, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

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

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with an inch of tan head. Moderate carbonation evident and lots of sediment in the glass.

s - Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, light bready malts, and like nuts. Maybe some light wood/oak and vanill as well. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet fruit, wood, and light vanilla. Wood comes out more in the taste than smell.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy body.

d - An easy drinking, pretty good brown ale. I enjoyed the smell a lot and it had a nice feel to it. Would have again.

mdfb79, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured into a mug.

3.5 A: Looks like a clear dark brown in the mug. One and a half fingers of creamy tan head with average retention and a bit of lacing.

4.5 S: This one smells great! Musky nuttiness (if that makes sense) is powerful with coffee undertones, oatmeal, a bit woody, and at times chalky cocoa. Apparently this pairs well with cigars and I can see why based on the nose. It has the musky, earthy smell of a cigar shop. Not overly complex, but really nice.

4.0 T: Taste is good, but not quite as good as the nose. Again, there's a musky nuttiness, pithy earthiness, raw cocoa, oatmeal, and some coffee. Hops don't do much here aside from a touch of earth. Low bitterness and for the most part dry.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit chalky, could be a bit creamier, but otherwise smooth.

4.0 D: I do like me some brown ales and this was a good one. I'd have this again anytime...maybe next time with a nice cigar!

DavoleBomb, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

A- Average cap formation. Nothing out of the ordinary. Low retention, fluffy edging with giant bubbles along the glass. Lacing is disappointingly bare. Body is a dark brown with light cola edges. Needs a flashlight to see the tons of streams of carbonation.

S- Nice sweet hazelnut. Not too strong, kinda faint at times. Faint biscuit on the back end. Some school notebook paper.

T- Tastes of cardboard, bitter hops, some nice earthen sweetness, mild caramel. Tad bit of butter on top. Not too shabby for a brown ale.

M- Creamy, very low carbonation. Particularly nice finish lingers for a respectable amount of time.

D- Not my favorite, but definitely a solid offering. Clean and easy drinking, no complaints for the most part.

Khazadum, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Vec2267
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

A: dark brown with small head

S: bread, roast

T: roasted malts dominate, dry, only a small hint of hop bitterness

M: medium, appropriate for style

D: a well balanced, relaxed beer, keeping with the style it is not overwhelming, just a smooth drinkable beer

Vec2267, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, dry roasted scent along with a touch of chocolate malt sweetness. The oatmeal does affect the aroma much. The roasted character dominates. The taste is much the same. It has a delicious dry, roasted character with a touch of sweetness,
only for balance. The hop bitterness is mild at best. The mouthfeel is great. It's a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. The oatmeal adds a bit of depth here. This is a good drinking brown ale. I'm a sucker for that roasted malt flavor as well as a nice oatmeal mouthfeel.

WesWes, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of TCgoalie
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

Thanks Al, the last of the 6.

Pours dark brown with a reddish tint. The pour brings about a quarter finger head that lingers for a touch, then recedes. Some lacing, but nothing crazy.

The smell presents a lot of dark fruits along with dark malts. Raisin and plum alongside woody malts.

This is a solid brown with woody notes throughout. Some raisin and oatmeal shines through.

The mouthfeel is medium with some silkiness. A very nice finish with a slight bitterness.

This is a better than average brown, especially for the ABV.

TCgoalie, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of grover37
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

12oz bottle from the brewery; the sixer cost $9 I believe. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance (2): Very dark brown with dark gold around the edges. Half a finger of light cream head nearly disappears with a slight ring around the outside and a small patch of tiny bubbles. Nearly no lacing.

Aroma (4.5): Very rich, malty aroma with milk chocolate aromas and some sweet caramel malt.

Taste (4): Slightly sweet chocolate up front and some pine hops. Pretty mellow in the middle with some oatmeal and then some roast in the finish. Lingering flavors of mocha and maybe some pine. Not very hoppy overall.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Pretty smooth with medium to high carbonation. A little prickly in the mouthfeel but a velvety sweet feel overall.

Drinkability (4.5): Some pretty strong flavors here despite the low ABV. Very smooth and drinkable though. I wouldn't drink this all night, but only because I don't normally session Browns.

grover37, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Radome
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Apr 2011 - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Murky dark brown color. Light does not go through. Tons of bubbles constantly rising through the beer. Head is creamy and mousse-like and a yellowed tan color. It is initially almost 1" tall, then fades to a steady 1/8" with thick lacing.

S - Aroma of wood, bourbon-like alcohol, fresh tobacco leaves, grainy malt. Very complex. This is a much fresher bottle than the last one I reviewed. Now that I have a comparison, it is obvious that the first bottle had serious problems and was not representative of the beer.

T - Sweetness, dark fruit and alcohol hit first. In the mid-palate there is brown malt and chocolate malt, maybe just a touch of roasted grain. There are dusty grain and wood notes in the finish. The oat is not evident, unless it is the dusty grain I am tasting.

M - Moderate body. Low hops bitterness. No alcohol burn. Creamy carbonation that lightens the body; the creaminess could be partially due to the oats.

D - Nice brown ale character edging toward porter, with added complexity from wood and bourbon-like notes. Very creamy and enjoyable, but too rich for me to want to drink more than one.


Jan 2011 - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Murky, dark brown color which shows a reddish brown when held to the light. The head was truly impressive, piling up about 1.5" of creamy tan foam.

S - The aroma is of a Flemish brown ale. Classic horse blanket dominates. Behind that is some muted malt and chocolate, but the Brett character is so overwhelming I can't believe no other reviewer mentioned it.

T - The initial taste is a mix of the Brett horse blanket and hops bitterness. Later a little malt and chocolate milk plays around the edges. Again, this beer has gone in a direction that I was not expecting.

M - The body is a little thin and the Brett flavors seem to come with a mouth-drying astringency.

D - Not at all what I was expecting, although it is a well-executed beer. This is a pretty nice Flemish-style brown, but why has every other reviewer treated it as an American brown with no mention of funk? I have checked and rechecked the label and this is not a special bottling. The label matches the photo above perfectly. Either I'm crazy, or they've significantly changed the recipe, or this bottle has magically been funked in a very drinkable way.

Radome, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of TriGuy20
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

Had on tap at Ravenous Pig in Winter Park Florida.

A: Copper brown with light tan head and a little lace on the side of the glass.

S: Oatmeal/ light coffee/ chocolate/ toffee/ Malt

T: The oatmeal and bitter chocolate come through nicely on the palate with a nice malt finish

MF: Nice medium body mouth feel with a very balanced texture.

D: Very easy to drink, it would not be a problem to have a multi beer session.

Very pleasant beer. Nothing earth shattering, just a well made beer that is fun to drink.

TriGuy20, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel.

A - Nice shade of brown almost looks like Coke. Pours a small, tan head that quickly recedes. No real lacing.

S - Toasty malt smell. Its very faint. Bit of sweet. Almost like a light chocolate. Not a strong smeller at all.

T - Nice vanilla flavor bursts right through this. Just a tiny bit of sweetness with a bit of smokiness. Light mocha and chocolate. Breathy alcohol at the end.

M - Creamy indeed. Coats the mouth pretty well. Deep breathes in and you get that vanilla again and again. Medium body.

D - Hell yes. I loved this beer.

GallowsThief, Jan 05, 2011
Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,691 ratings.