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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: 1,766
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 146
Gots: 200 | FT: 8
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 Bennettrox
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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

Photo of IronLover
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Nutmeg brown in color with amber hues on the edges of the glass. Good clarity. Poured with a decent off-white head that reduced to a wispy cap and decent lacings on the glass. Sweet roasted malt and floral hop aromas with a hint of nuts. The hop aroma is subdued enough to allow the roasted malt to shine through. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Roasted malt and toffee flavors in the beginning. Floral hop bitterness shows through the middle along with a hint of lightly roasted coffee. Finishes with a bit of roasted malt flavor and a more pronounced bitter hop character. Nice flavor complexity for a usually predictable style.

Photo of chilly460
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, medium brown color with slight off-white residue of foam. No lacing remains on the glass.

S - Plenty of caramel malt, with fudge or sweet chocolate as well. Some citrusy hops finish it off.

T - Starts with brown sugar taste. Mild cocoa emerges in the middle, slightly bitter, with earlier flavors still present but fading. Middle is definite fudge or chocolate bar, very rich. The finish is dryer with a bit of roasted malts and the citrus hops picked up in the aroma.

M - Plenty of body and very creamy.

O - Really nice brown ale. Big flavors come in waves, sweet, then cocoa and coffee a bit more bitter, finishes with surprising citrus hops. Overall, one of my favorite browns.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was our annual trip to Tampa...the night before THE BUCKEYE CRUISE AGAINST CANCER!!!! The better half and I walked a couple of blocks down from our hotel and found a wonderful sport to taste numerous different brews. The first beer I tried, thank to the suggestion of our server...Maduro Oatmeal Brown...WOW. I am not a brown fan....but this was quite nice!! The color was a rich cloudy brown. Teh nose inclued a sweet chocolate, malt and coffee. This of course fed into the taste of the beer which was rich malty chocolate and caramel, with coffee undertones. I could drink this....wait for it....give it to me Lionel...ALL NIGHT LONG!!!!

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts are present. Taste is good, malty, slight bit of oats, some hops at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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

This one pours a 1 finger, creamy, tan head. The color is dark brown. Lacing is a big creamy draping.

Nose has a shortbread cookie aroma with caramel and oats in there also. Slight roasted notes and a touch of chocolate malts.

Tastes of caramel malts, toasty, nutty, smooth malts and the hops are gentle and leafy. Some chocolate malts appear as the beer warms. The hops also come out more as the beer warms and there are also some vanilla notes.

Medium light on the palate and creamy smooth. Very good for the syle and much better than the Newcastle that I had last week.

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

Deep rich mahogany with a small off white head that leaves filmy lacing.

Roasty aromas with breach malts, brown sugar coated pecans, earth and sweet malt. Light earthy hop boquet.

Roasty, nifty, with thick creamy bread character and oats throughout. Mollasses, walnut, hints of green apple and spicey earth hops. Lively carbonation with a bit of acidity on the finish. Slight sweetness.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Poured into a RR pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, redish brown color. It's not totally dark (you can see through it). Very thin tan head that disappears very quickly. OK carbonation with little lacing, which was surprising.

S: I got the roasted malty notes right off the bat. Woody. Caramel and chocolate are there but faint. Smells like a weak stout.

T: Deep roasted malt base here. Rich flavors for a brown ale. Deep. Get some of the chocolate that I smelled, but nothing overpowering. Crisp clean finish.

M: Like a watery stout. Coats the mouth a little bit. Clean finish that lingers a little.

O: I really have liked the two Cigar City brews I have tried now (Jai Alai as well). Both are extremely well crafted and deep brews. You can tell they put a lot of time and effort into the brewing process. This is a very drinkable brown ale. Not my favorite style, but one that can be overlooked. I would definitely sample again if the time arose.

Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a copper pour with a disappointingly small. But i think the bartender may have given me a hot glass. Consistent bubbles and mild lace. Nose of dextrin, chocolate... And palate carries with those with subtle hints of brown sugar, apples, and burnt malt. Woody astringent that has a nice walnut acidic bitter quality. Not particularly fruity but grain oriented.

Photo of BlastBeats
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown with reddish hues. The head is fairly thin and dissipates quickly.

Smell: mild scents of roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste: flavors of toffee, roasted malt, and coffee, with a tart finish that was a bit unexpected.

Mouthfeel: the oats used in the brewing process give the Maduro an exceptionally silky finish. Very smooth.

Overall: A very solid brown ale that can be sessioned nicely.

Photo of shwhat
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on tap at the lazy boy saloon.

not such a great pour, to be honest. hardly any head. beautiful brown color, crystal clear.

the smell is very nutty. can't really smell the hops. a little buttery.

the taste is pretty wonderful. huge chocolate presence, which was a little unexpected. very sweet chocolate. a hint of caramel. almonds....tastes like a hershey bar with nuts. a bit of a roasty character, but no bitterness at all.

mouthfeel is pretty smooth and silky. light carbonation. medium-full bodied.

had this with some buffalo wings. what a great combination. really helped to tone down the heat, and bring out more of the fried chicken flavor. this is a pretty awesome beer. re-affirms my love for brown ale.

Photo of tekn0ph1sh
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a crystal pilsner glass.

A Deep Reddish Brown. 1/2 inch light tan head. Quickly dissipates. Nice lacing. Bubbling in the center of glass.

S Hops. Spicy. Slightly Salty. Smoky, Earthy and slightly sour.

T/M Spicy. Hoppy finish. Has a thin mouth feel that sparkles on the tongue. Its not overly bitter or sweet. It has a pretty smooth forward taste with a slightly bitter finish.

Overall: Its ok. Its not something I would go out of my way to buy again but overall its a decent brown ale. It might be hype because I have had 4 people tell me that I have to try this brewer and its amazingly good. So maybe my expectations were a bit high.

Photo of thepeter
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at World of Beers in Land O Lakes FL, snuck in while my parents were showing off my baby.
A Dark Brown, tan hue when held to light, small dense head that lasted and left a nice lace

S roasted malt, some sweetness, and maybe some nuts, caramel and maybe tobacco.

T I got the roasted malts some coffee aand the oats seemed to come through for me. would have liked more of a bitter finish

M Med to full bodied, carbonation could have been less.

Overall a pretty good beer but not as complex as I was hoping for.

Photo of aasher
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark hazelnut/carmel brown in color with a light, off white foam that laces the glass. It smells of oak, brown sugar, tree bark, light chocolate, moist cigar wraps, and coffee. I dig it. I normally don't like brown ales but this one is spot on delicious. It tastes of dark malts, sweet and bitter chocolates, light roasted coffee, hazelnut, and oak. I'm in love with it really. The thing that may make it the most appealing is how drinkable it is. It's incredibly creamy and smooth for being a lighter bodied style. It goes down so easily and is pretty sessionable. I love it. This is an awesome year round offering from Cigar City!

Photo of brewandbbq
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of DNICE555
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nhindian
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,766 ratings.