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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: 1,783
Reviews: 593
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 147
Gots: 207 | 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:
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 hoptualBrew
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of JizackFH
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.

Photo of happygnome
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Photo of SirBenton
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Photo of harrymel
1.06/5  rDev -73%
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.

Photo of nasty31
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of afksports
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.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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

Photo of vande
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Matt1516
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Photo of birdman200
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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Shaw
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a short, light brown head.

Nice roasted aroma of coffee and chocolate.

The coffee notes carry over into the taste, and this isn't even the Cubano espresso variant.

Creamy body.

Overall a fine brown ale that's almost like a porter.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a pretty nice look with a small white head that dies quickly, leaving the beer standing without even a ring with a lighter brown tinged brown color. Ok, but wish there was some more head and lacing.

The smell and taste both have a pretty good character with oatmeal certainly coming through with notes of chestnuts, medium skinned fruits, some coffee like aromas, cocoa beans, and just an overall regular/pedestrian malt character. OK, a bit over average but not 'good' in my opinion.

Mouthfeel was quite thin and watery, pretty much what you'd expect of a small brewpub's brown.

Overall it's an OK beer but not my favorite by a long shot. I really like Cigar city, but this one is just a somewhat feeble attempt from a great brewery,

Photo of rebel1771
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bubbly brown with a slightly off white head fades quickly.

S: Milk chocolate aroma with hint of oatmeal at the end.

T: Rich chocolate flavor up front with just a hint of hops near the end. The oatmeal takes any bitter edges off and gives the beer a very creamy feel.

O: Really nice brew here. It wasn't really what I was expecting but very very good.

Photo of Bennettrox
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks once again to Dolfan84

A - Nice dark brown almond hue. Solid one finger head

S - Nuts and molasses. Also a very sweet taste to this, almost candy like.

T - Very rich and sweet malts. More nut flavor, but for some reason the sugar sweetness is dominating my palate. A little tobacco shows its head as well.

M - A little on the thinner side than I like for brown ales. Medium carbonation.

O - I typically really enjoy brown ales. This one was good, but it was a little to sweet for my liking. A one and done for me.

Photo of StLThrash
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a very clear light brown with some ruby red tones. 1 finger tan head, with some very minimal lacing.

S - Great aromas here. Lots of nutty earthiness, sweet roasted malts, coffee, cocoa.

T - Lots of roasted malts. Tastes sweet. Little hints of coffee and chocolates. Not much of a hop character.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Everything works together really well.

Overall - a great beer. One of the best brown ales I've had. Continue to be impressed with Cigar City beers. If you get a chance, pick up some of this or trade for it. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of jgagne
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A dark nutty brown body with creamy white head

S-A spicy aroma with a hint of espresso and tobacco

T- A great earthy taste. A perfect mixture of espresso, nuts and tobacco.

M-Light carbonation with a light body.

O- Love this beer. A great brown ale that is good for any occasion. Another delicious beer by the great Cigar City

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

Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale

Pours an orangish amber and settles a hazy reddish-brown. A ton of off-white head sits patiently. Small bits of lacing are noticed.

The nose offers some earthy and nutty aromas. Some sweet, bready malt is noticed. A bit of roastiness is apparent as well.

The taste is outstanding. An overexemplified example of the nose is tasted here. Nutty, roasty, and bready, all wrapped up together and balanced quite nicely. A bit of cocoa is detected on the end. A lot of roastiness is noticed and leaves a great lingering aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and is pretty creamy. A tight and crisp amount of carbonation wraps it up.

Overall, this is an awesome brown ale and all makers of this style should admire the boldness of this brew. Yum

Photo of TStron
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - creamy white head leaving some good lacing with a dark carmel colored body. Fairly opaque

S - Light spicy hop aroma with a sort of metalic quality. Some nutty characteristics

T - Hint of tobaco flavor. Nutty flavor from aroma making an apperance here. Reminds me of cashews. I get what I can only call a sour quality up front. Pretty bitter for a brown ale. Very low on the sweet side but what is there has a carmel candy flavor in the aftertaste. -

M - Very carbonated. Avg body.

O - The tobaco/smokeiness didn't grab me at first especially since it was so strong when I had it the first time on tap. Out of the bottle this beer is a little more enjoyable but ligher on the body.

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

I'm a huge fan of brown ales in general ever since having my first Newcastle Brown Ale years ago. For the record, this blows Newcastle out of the English Channel waters! Pours a very clear medium brown with a light airy head that dissipates quickly leaving respectable lacing. Aromas of roasted malts and slight coffee up front. The back notes are exceptional, employing the typical, brown ale roasted nuttiness perfect for anytime of...well...anytime. This also goes great with a fine cigar(go figure) and a poker table rounded with the best of friends. I will recommend this to people who don't like the bitterness of really hoppy brews, but would like to drink something smooth and flavorful.

Photo of zhanson88
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was included in a trade with sendsilk. Thanks a lot, Matt!

Appearance: Maduro Brown pours a dark brown color with a deep ruby hue throughout. About a finger of light tan head forms that has okay retention, and lacing.

Smell: I get a very nice combo of nuttiness and coffee. Maybe the lightest hint of roast, and a light floral hop presence. Pretty nice.

Taste: Awesome coffee presence here. Not too strong, not too light. Great nuttiness and light roast presence as well. Maybe slight vanilla like flavors, with florals on back end. This is the highlight of the beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer is a bit over light bodied but with fine, smooth carbonation. Pretty creamy. Overall, a great brown ale. One of the best that I've been able to try. I've been very impressed with the Cigar City offerings I've had.

Photo of gezondheid
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint pour at Canal Street Pub, Reading, PA

A – Cordovan mahogany, aged/smoke stained bar wood
S – Humidor aroma, burnt cane sugar in the fields
T – Rich malty start transitions to sharp tobacco bitterness which lingers
M – Clean finish for a brown ale
D – Stood up well to the spicy buffalo chicken salad, several would do

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,783 ratings.