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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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1,801 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,801
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 148
Gots: 213 | 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 Gosox8787
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Served chilled and warmed to around room temperature.

Appearance: Dark brown in color. A really nice, two finger beige head with great retention. Really creamy appearance:

Aroma: Really subtle and complex. Caramel, some earthy tones, wood, and a bit of tobacco leaf are all there. A smooth nuttiness is there as well.

Taste: Much like the nose, caramel and earthy tones dominate. A touch of oak is there as well. Finish is really similar to a cigar, earth tones and tobacco. Nice balance of sweet and earthy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. It works well here and this went down really easy.

Overall, one of my favorite brown ales around. Tons of flavor packed into one bottle that manages to stay refreshing at the same time. Definitely something I would love to have again. I can see the variations also being awesome as this beer would really benefit from another layer.

Photo of RHCP313
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint from a 12oz bottle that came as an extra in a trade with rbrowder. Thanks, mate!

A: Pours a dark, earthy brown. Non-transparent body leaves a thin crown of eggshell head and lace. When held off to the light, the lower half of the body highlights a nice ruby core.

S: This beer smells fantastic. So much going on in the nose. Immediate sugary sweetness, dark caramelized fruit and figs. Some cherry with almost a flemish sour scent.

T: Immediate tart raisins, and a little cinnamon spice. I'm surprised that the malt isn't more prominent here. Fruity yeast character leads the front and the finish falls off a little thin. Aftertaste is nice though, the cinnamon spice is still hanging around like from an oatmeal raisin cookie.

M: This is not as full bodied as I assumed. It's quite thin and drinkable. It coats my palate a little watery, but leaves it clean. I have confidence I could switch to a totally different beer after this and taste it just fine.

O: This was a very interesting take on a brown. There were points of this beer where I wish I had dessert to pair it with. There's a nice balance of sweet fruit and spice, but the malt character doesn't quite come through. The nose was definitely a highlight for me, but the overall experience was cut short by the nice flavors in front falling off and not finishing very strong.

Photo of ujsplace
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a becker.

Pours a very, very deep brown with faint ruby around the edges. This brew boasts a creamy, one-finger thick, tan colored head that laces nicely.

Smells of sweet roasted caramel malt, toffee and chocolate.

Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted caramel, toffee; pretty much as it smells. Overall, a nice choclatey, roasted malt brew.

This one is nice and smooth, medium bodied.

Thanks to my bro for offering this one up - first I've had from Cigar City and I can say now that it won't be the last. Very drinkable and good to the last drop.

Photo of Spider889
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sendsilk for this bottle, the first of many Cigar City ticks this summer (between the huge box he sent me and my visit to the brewery in a couple weeks).

Nice looking label, I love the glossy prints as they stand up to wear/water, and also are usually most excellent for homebrew as the labels tend to peel right off in warm water.

Poured into my new Cigar City pint glass. I was scared at first as this produced no head whatsoever. Looks fairly thin and light brown on the pour, but once collected in the glass it takes on a very dark mahogany color. Nice clarity, but not surprisingly, no lacing either.

Smells uncannily like my homebrewed brown ale actually, just not as woody. Sweet caramel and toffee along with some wood and bitter hops. The label claims that this beer is an "all malt ale," though I am not 100% certain what they mean. As far as I know it is U.S. law that all beer must have hops in it. In any case, a nice, subtly complex brown ale.

The flavor also reminds me of wood aging actually. I think it's just the nutty notes coming out on top. Dry, slightly bitter, but with nice malty characteristics too.

The mouthfeel is quite slick and sticky, and luckily, the beer does have noticeable carbonation. Not sure why I couldn't coax out a head. The finish is a little dry.

Overall better than your average American Brown Ale. On its own I'd say it's good, but I can easily see why the brewers readily add to the recipe to make more off the wall concoctions. This is a beer that tastes like it could only get better with extra layers of complexity.

Photo of MammothBrew
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to both calcio360jrd and Duff27 for this one. (I enjoyed a bottle from the first guy and didn't review it)

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, hazy brown with ruby tints. One inch head and leaves a good lacing.

S: Brown sugar oatmeal with smokey grains. Yum!

T: Brown sugar, caramel malt, slight chocolate, with a sweet and smokey finish. It's delicious.

M: Medium body with just enough carbonation to keep it on the creamy side.

O: Just sweet enough, it doesn't fall into the sugar bomb category. Definitely a different brown ale. I'd like more please!

Photo of magine
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a dark, nearly black color with some ruby red shining through on the bottom edge. Has an off white creamy head that settles to a lace island. Decent lace.

Brew smells roasted; chocolate, oatmeal and sweet malts. All malts here. Pretty good smelling brew.

Brew is balanced; roasted malts, caramel, toffee, some spiciness, dark chocolate, barley, oatmeal. Smooth and creamy; has a nice balanced finish. This is a full flavored smooth all malty brew. Very good stuff here.

Wow - my first from Cigar City and it did not disappoint. Smooth, balanced and great flavors. This is a very sessionable, very tasty brew. Great drinking case-worthy stuff here.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alieniloquium trade - Thanks for the CCB hookup!

Dated: 04/12/11

A: Maduro pours a deep dark brown with a garnet edge to it. A nice tight little 1-finger cap of a darkened khaki foam formed but didn't bother to lace the glass much at all.

S: Aromas are rich smoky and nutty roasted grains.

T: Tastes of coffee somewhat...especially on the aftertaste. Has that musky earthiness and spice of sorts. The burnt caramel nuttiness associated with the style is definitely there. Has a slight tart bitter bite on the finish. A little astringent even but not bad. Just sort of mixes things up a bit.

M: A superb light body and creamy texture. A slight tart pucker however mouthfeel really boosts the score on this one. Such a comfy drink for the palate.

D: For and incredibly light and smooth drinking Brown this is one you definitely want to sip slower and savor. A lot of malt character. But who am I kidding!

Another solid CCB brew with incredible mouthfeel I would definitely have again. Maybe not necessarily search out in a trade but good none the less...Now if I can find me some Oatmeal Cookie!

Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Lovely amber brown in the wine glass. Tannish head on top with plenty of lacing. Rather coarse mouth feel and light body. But the balance of hops and roasted malt is really outstanding. Kind of a meaty, mushroomy nose, like some Belgian yeast got into the mix. Roasted malt, just a hint of caramel, but not much sweetness. The hops give a woody bitterness that makes this so much better than the style deserves.

Definitely one of the best brown ales I've had. Very deliciously drinkable.

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

Pours a super dark brown, almost black. Great tan head with a little lacing.

The smell is sweet and almost of cinnamon and a little bit of ginger.

The taste is a little more straight forward than the smell. A sweet slight roasted toffee with a little brunt flavor on the back.

The body is very light as should be in a good Brown Ale.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. Served in a pint glass, the beer poured a deep, dark brown color with ruby highlights and a light, thin, foamy head. Smells of slight toffee and nut sweetness. Dark nut flavors, roasted, with a hint of old world fruit sweetness. Not as overly sweet as I would have thought. Very smooth and round bodied. Hazelnut and tangy caramel aftertaste, with a light and quick finish.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark copper color with a fine-bubbled tan head. Nice collar and lacing.

Nose is surprisingly fruity - pineapple and mango. Brown bread, scorched caramel and dark malt aromas are subtle yet substantial - pretty nice.

Taste is a nice blend of yeasted bread and caramel nut maltiness. Mouthfeel though, is what gets me excited about this beer - creamy texture and the carbonation is pinpoint fine. I think there are a few brown ales I would rather have than this...malt in general seems a bit lacking and the yeast runs too rampant. While still good, I was a bit disappointed in this one.

Photo of nataku00
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark brown, with some haze visible throughout, and almost three fingers of light brown/tan creamy head. Head also contains several large bubbles and started dissipating slowly, leaving a lot of nice lacing as left a good size collar along the edge of the beer of creamy foam and a patch of large bubbles in the middle.

Nose is lactic acid surprisingly, some dark fruit, toasted malt, baked bread, and chocolate. From the aroma, it's almost like this beer is slightly soured like a wild ale. Really interesting.

Perhaps this is infected, but the taste is dominated by lactic acid and makes this beer taste like a lighter Flanders oude bruin. Sour cherry, lightly toasted malt, rye bread like spice, red wine astringency. I'm not sure if this was intended to be a sour, but it drinks like an average one. One note tartness.

Light bodied and very carbonated with prickly bubbles, another possible sign of infection. I do have another bottle that I received in a separate trade as an extra so I'll have to see how that one tastes.

Not quite what I was expecting, but it wasn't terrible, just didn't taste like an American brown ale.

Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Dark spices and caramel malt dominate the nose. Maybe a touch of hops but not much.

T- Very rich sweet malt flavor with some toffee, bittersweet chocolate, and lots of spice. The spice is hard to place but it reminds me of drinking a winter warmer. The oatmeal comes through a little bit in the finish.

M- Medium bodied and well carbonated. The alcohol is well hidden on the palate.

O- Overall this is a very solid beer. I'm not much of a cigar aficionado but I could see this pairing nicely.

Photo of Auracom
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First acquaintance with a Cigar City offering, so I'm fairly excited about this one. 12 oz. bottle on May 27th, 2011 in a New Belgium tulip glass.

Maduro has a very dark brown coloring with average lacing and no head nor retention on this particular pour. It's nose consists mainly of bready malts (almost a rye quality) with chocolate of some sort, and a spice that apparently is tobacco. Taste is identical. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, good carbonation, with a medium-length bready finish and aftertaste. It's pretty drinkable, common for the style, but with some unique flavors that I've not really encountered in a brown ale before. No abv in either aroma or taste.

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a DFH Snifter

A - Dark brown pour with a two finger light mocha head, decent retention with a light lace.

S - Earthy and a bit nutty smelling, along with hints of caramel and toffee

T&M - Rather crisp for a brown up front, with a substantial malt profile that leaves a slight sweetness behind...a bit "sticky" feeling. A generous hopping gives some balance to this heavier bodied brew, with earthy notes and dark roasted malts going back and forth. Caramel and toffee come in the middle and in the finish. Typical nuttiness is present, but quite a bit more subdued by the malt profile then most browns.

O - Rather enjoyable; a sweeter brown with a lot of flavors playing off one another. The substantial hopping helps hold everything together. An excellent brew and an enjoyable diversion from the typical.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a rich mahogany brown color with a nice thin 0.25 head that is kind off dense but recedes a bit quick.

S - Aroma of nuts. Almonds and walnuts with some nice grain and fresh toasty bread. Some slight chocolaty notes are present as well as some nice slight grassy hop notes.

T & M - Starts off with bready notes. Grain and earth tones are present right away with some mild grassy hop notes. There are some awesome slight toasty and bitter notes. There is some leather as well as some nice tobacco notes. The Maduro name s quite appropriate because as it warms I can definitely taste the cigar notes. Quite nice and roasted malt notes.

O - Pretty good brown ale with some nice smokey notes and some nice roast. Tobacco and leather notes are quite pleasant and present. Very good brown ale.

Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ran into this at the Celebration Town Tavern in Celebration, Florida. Poured into a pint glass chilled, it shows a dark brown root beer/coffee color. Add to that a thin off-white head and fair lacing. I pick up caramel-malt and charcoal-coffee in the aroma. Decent. The flavor favors the coffee charcoal with an evergreen hop that adds a nice bite. Medium bodied with modest carbonation and a very dry feel. Plenty drinkable for the style which offers lots of taste and some stick to your ribs goodness. Another convincing performance from Cigar City.

Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a full inch thick(!) light tan head atop a medium brown beer. Some floating sediment noticed. Excellent head retention and above average lacing.

S- Smell is of sweet bread.

T- Initial sweetness is balanced buy a slight roastiness ("woody"). Complex and leaves me wanting another sip to try to decipher.

M- Very smooth and creamy, taking after the oatmeal side of it.

D/O- Each sip was like drinking two different beers. Would recommend to a brown and/or oatmeal stout fan. I'd guess better examples are few and far between.

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.

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,801 ratings.