Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,766 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,766
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 146
Gots: 202 | 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 mjtski
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved this beer!

Bottle into Sam Adams Boston Lager Glass.

Appearance was dark brown with slight haze, Medium bodies off white cap.

Smell was of light chocolate and coffee with mealy warm notes common of an oatmeal stout..

Taste was exceptional with the mixing of darker flavors such as coffee, chocolate, and a spice I cant quite place.

Mouthfeel was silky smooth, the smootheness of an oatmeal stout without the weight of one.

Overall, this is my favorite varietal I've had so far.

Photo of suspect
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DogFish Head Signature glass. Came directly from cellar into glass.

A: Pours a chocolaty brown color with lighter chocolaty head. Aggressive pour only yielded a one finger head that disappeared very quickly. Not a lot of lacing in the glass.

S: Nutty smell with some chocolate and coffee tones to it. Not a lot on the nose of this one but what is there is really nice.

T: Molasses, caramel, roasted malt and again some coffee tones. Really nicely balanced with some hop-bittered back end.

M: Light-bodied, not overly carbonated. Creamy mouthfeel with not too much of an aftertaste.

O: I could make a night out with this beer having more than a couple. The ease of which it goes down pairs with the lighter 5.5% ABV to make a really drinkable beer.

Photo of MufflnMan
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Brown body with a thin off white head.

Very subtle smells of sugar and spice - cinnamon... cardamom maybe?

The taste follows with a bit of brown sugar sweetness up front (nothing overpowering), flavors of smoke, burnt caramel and bits of chocolate and banana in the middle, and then a slightly bitter hop kick at the end.

Mouthfeel felt a little thin for all of the nice flavors here, but also made it incredibly drinkable, as is clearly intended. Very light carbonation.

O, had to remember to rate this one in its style or I may have given it a 4 in taste resulting in a B+ overall. More complex than most brown ales I've tried to date. A great six pack to pick up... and quickly finish.

Photo of kirok1999
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with just a few hints of garnet around the edges. Smell is very mild, roasted malts, hints of chocolate.
Taste is very nice for the style. Roasty notes, a little chocolate, very mild hop presence, and a lingering sweetness. A bit thin but a nice carbonation level.
Very well done for the style and probably my favorite brown ale to date.

Photo of rka758
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into wine glass.
$3 at Connecticut Wine and Liquors in DC

A: Pours a deep brown with little to no head.
S: Biscuit malts and a bit of liquid smoke.
T: Sweetness, Chocolate and Smoke.
M: Smooth.
D: Very drinkable and enjoyable.

This is my first time tasting a CC beer and I enjoy it quite a bit.

Photo of beagle75
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Cafe Tu Tu Tango in Orlando.

A: Clear, medium brown color with scant off-white residue of foam. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very mild with faint wood and even more faint (and very unexpected) lemon curd.

T: Begins off-dry, with earth and brown sugar that leave a slight impression of cola, complete with an expected acidic presence. Mild cocoa emerges in the middle, slightly bitter, with earlier flavors still present but fading. The finish is drying, with a more significant dark roasted grain presence that stays labile on the palate. Bitterness is generally mild, influenced mostly from the chocolate presence earlier.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly creamy and acidic on the palate but in balance, with low carbonation.

D: This brown ale strikes an appealing and interesting balance between sweet and dry. While not extreme, its flavor qualities are more assertive than the norm for the style, making this beer memorable. Its smell is more typical for the style, coming across as rather vacant. It is successful for keeping the interest of the drinker, while remaining true to style and leaving little fatigue on the palate.

Photo of JayS2629
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown, opaque almost black with a creamy off white head that leaves nice creamy walls of lace. The smell is of roasted and chocolate malts, biscuits, and some nutty, earthy characters. Taste is nutty, roasted malts, oatmeal, some spice, chocolate, caramels, and bready elements. Slight earth tones in the back with a bit of bitter cocoa and walnuts. Meduim body, smooth, and slightly creamy and very easy to drink. Complex flavors make for an enjoyable experience.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger off-white semi-fine head that dissipates rather quickly into a thin film surrounded by a frothy ring. Beer is a clear dark mahogany. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate stick. A pretty beer and the deep color is rather alluring.

S: Nose is quiet subtle overall. Bit of nuttiness, cane and brown sugar, and hints of cinnamon spice. Also some bittersweet caramel notes. Spot on for the style. Nothing out of the ordinary either good or bad.

T: Opens big malt and nutty presence. Caramel and slightly sour and sweet toffee. Actually a bit of mint nuttiness towards the middle lightens the body. Caramel and stale coca-cola towards the end. Finish is muted spicy cinnamon sticks that have been robbed of their heat. Aftertaste is walnut shells and caramel.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and bubbly going down. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers. Again, solid but nothing that stands out.

O: A very good beer for its style that's solid in every aspect of the word. However, as I've said again and again in this review, nothing really stands out for me here. A great beer that's highly drinkable and/or sessionable but nothing I'd go out of my way to try. Interesting because this offering seems perfectly suited to take on the barrel characteristics of whatever it is aged in. A teaser, if you will, from CCB.

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

Theres a reason this brewery is one of the most hyped ever in Florida. Simply put, the state of Florida had never has a craft brewery as focused on detail as these guys.

This is their brown ale which is probably the most available of their entire line in the northeastern US. I'm glad I bought a bunch as it reminds me of just how good a nice American brown ale can be.

The color and head are a little lighter than the maduro shade. Reminds me more of an EMS wrapper in color. The head isnt too impressive but it leaves nice lacing on the freshly rinsed glass which is a definite plus.

The taste does seem to have some nice tobacco, oatmeal,brown sugar elements and nothing is too sweet or sticky.

Its a very well executed brown ale and I'd like to do a little taste test with this, Avery's Elies, & Smutty's brown dog. This one could very well be the best of the lot.

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

Presentation: Picked this up while in Florida recently; very excited to try something from Cigar City after all the online hype. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is reminiscent of a cigar label and is presented in a background of cigar leafs. No freshness date. No mention of oatmeal either.

Appearance: Just over 1 finger of medium tan head. This settles to a thin cap, leaving behind some lacing. The lacing improves as I sip, leaving some tendrils after each tilt of the glass. The beer itself is a dark mahogany and opaque, all but around the edges. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Dark caramel malt aromas with hints of figs and chocolate.

Taste: Smooth, creamy malt upfront, indicative that yes, there is oatmeal in here with undertones of smoke and bitter coffee. Long lingering mild to medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level, especially for the style. Body is very good.

Drinkability: An enjoyable and flavorful beer that I could easily have more of, Unfortunately, based on lack of distribution, that won't be happening.

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

Poured from a bottle into my Dogfish Head Signature snifter.

A: Nice, muddy chestnut color with a small cream colored head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Getting a fruity/roasty aroma, but not much going on for me in this department

T: Really enjoying this one. I get some bright, fruity flavors at first which then turns into a light, yet robust, roasted coffee finish.

M: Great mouthfeel on this, one of my favorite aspects. A bit thicker than most Brown Ales, which is most likely from the addition of oatmeal. Carbonation is spot on.

O: A great beer, glad I got to try it. One of the better Brown Ales I've had. Too bad Florida is so far away.

Photo of bsp77
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Glass: Poured from bottle into pint-like glass.

Appearance: Rich chocolate brown with a slight reddish cast. Moderate sized tan head with very slight lacing.

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, oats and some coffee and nuts.

Taste: Heavily roasted for a Brown, with lots of chocolate, coffee and caramel. Slight oat and English-style hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium creamy body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Delicious ale even if it is almost more of an Oatmeal Stout than a Brown Ale.

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Hopjacks in FLwhere it was mislabeled as "Maduro Oatmeal Stout".

A - 1.5 fingers of tan head over an opaque black with red highlights.at edges.
S - too subtle. Mostly malt with trace of caramel or toffee.
T - ample roasted malt but a bit burnt. Good finish with coffee note and tiny hop presence.
M - smooth; lightly carbonated.

Photo of muttyd
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jcartamdg for this extra.

Pours a deep reddish brown with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, sweet cherries, some tobacco, and very faint hops. Flavor follows the nose with a big malty, nutty backbone with a pleasant tobacco and earthy spiciness. Slightly astringent throughout, but it is more noticeable in the finish. Thinner mouthfeel with a prickly carbonation. Solid american brown ale.

Photo of readbaron
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Hmmm. I'm not sure how to review this one - I'm pretty sure I've got an infected bottle, this reminds me of a less pugilistic sea bass.

Pours a ruddy clear brown, somewhat thin, with decent mocha head.

Smells of malt and a faint cherry tartness.

Taste is similar - Not horribly unpleasant actually - but certainly not like any brown ale I've had - thin and tart with a bit of malt.

Mouthfeel - prickley, somewhat over carbonated and a bit thin.

I hope the next bottle of this turns out better.

Photo of OddNotion
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Received as an extra, poured into my Captain Lawrence Smoke from the Oak glass.

Appearance: Good brown color, some red hues when held to the light.

Smell: Not much on the nose. A generic "beer" flavor would be my best description. As it warms it gets a bit sweeter.

Taste: Fortunately this is where the beer excels. It has a nice and sweet almost candy like flavor, very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated but too thin for my liking.

Overall: Cigar City has two year round offerings, Maduro and Jai Alai. I much prefer Jai Alai, in fact it is one of my favorite IPAs, but Maduro does not leave me with the same feelings. It tastes very good, but none of the other factors are nearly as enjoyable. I would certainly drink another one but I would not go out of my way to seek it out.

Photo of billab914
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin shaped glass. It poured a darker brown color with a bubbly head filling the top two inches of the glass. The head settled to a thin layer, and left a bit of lacing as it did.

The aroma has a fruity, cherry, raisin like flavor coming through with a little bit of a tart, acidic undertone to it. behind that I get some toffee and caramel flavors to it as well as some roasty, coffee like flavors coming through. Seems like there could be the beginning of an infection going on, but I'm not sure.

The taste shows a pretty good amount of roasty, coffee like flavors to it. Like the nose though, I also get some of that cherry, fruity, tart, acidic flavor throughout the beer. Behind that, I get some hints of toffee and caramel sweetness. Flavorful beer overall, but I have to assume the tart, acidic, fruity flavors aren't intended. Luckily the roasty, coffee flavors seem to overpower the off flavors in it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style, and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was decent despite of the fruity, tart, acidic flavors that are developing. They actually gave it some interesting flavors that complimented the malt at times. Not a bad beer overall, but one I'd like to revisit to see if there really is something going on with this one.

Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark chestnut brown in color. Almost fully opaque. Forms a smallish light tan head that really just forms a thick ring around the edges. No lacing.

S: Earthy. Roasted malts, and well, tobacco. Very simple, but virtually flawless.

T: Mildly sweet cola flavor. Caramel malts, a bit nutty and a hint of chocolate. Interestingly creamy finish. Mild bitterness.

M: Medium body with a slightly prickly, yet still smooth mouthfeel.

D: A very good brown ale. Interesting and complex. Very nice.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a reddish brown with two and a half fingers of thick khaki head; decent retention and some sticky lacing.

S: The smell is not overly strong: a bit of chocolate and something a little off I can't put my finger on, a faint sourness.

T: This is fairly malty as I'd expect but with a dry, tobacco-like finish, suitable of the name.

M: Medium body and fairly creamy with moderate carbonation.

D: I guess it's good for the style but not my favourite.

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

Thanks to BeerThursdays for hooking me up with this one!

A: Pours a nice brown/deep copper color with a 1/2 finger head that slowly fades. Little bit of lacing forms as I drink, but it dissipates rather quickly.

S: Nose brings some brown sugar, molasses, caramel, a little bit of hops and some sweet fruit.

T: Roasted malt, brown sugar, and molasses. There is a caramelized sugar flavor giving it a nice sweetness. Has a slightly bitter finish with hints of toffee.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation with a nice creamy feel.

O: Solid beer, easy drinking with a good flavor.

Photo of abrand
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into my new 3Floyds pint glass

Pours a cola brown with light coming through on the edges. A very small quick fading tan head. Good looking pour. Aromas are dominated with roasted malts. Some fig and bread come through as well. Taste is decent. This isn't my favorite style but a good representation with a nice sweetness followed by the roasted malts. Pretty straight forward and good tasting. Mouthfeel is slightly watery and not much carbonation. Overall this is a decent brew that is quite sessionable.

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

Tasty and rich brown ale

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Brown and cream label with a cigar box like emblem highlighting name of the ale and brewery. Small side paragraph highlights main ingredients, intent and food pairings. Lacks date of bottling, notes 5.5% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Brown pour with dark amber edges. Generous early frothy head with medium retention, little surface memory with a consistent ring, and nice touches of lacing.

S - Malty nose with a nice fruity sense, faint insinuation of alcohol sourness.

T - Malty with touches of fruit, light hoppiness in nice sync. Alcohol perfume was nicely woven in the nose without a trace here. Nice flow with that fruity touch in the final malt character.

M - Medium-full body, medium carbonation tingling on an otherwise smooth insinuation.

D - Nicely drinkable. Stimulating session potential for a brown ale.

Notes: First taste from Cigar City and glad to have done so. This is not mind blowing but makes for a rather nice and tasty brown ale.

Photo of jrallen34
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Datz poured into a giant snifter... Pours a dark brown, has a muddy character to it is bit off putting. The head is light tan, a very solid ring stays forever, thick lacing. If the body was a bit darker and not murky, this would be very highly rated... The aroma is too weak, a hint of caramel, tons of prunes, and burnt sugar. I'm missing the coffee or nuts I love in my browns... While I just wish there was more aroma, I'm not a big fan of what I do get form the taste. The front is very boring, and the finish is old stale coffee that has turned bitter. The mouthfeel is very watery, hurting this more. I had this next to the Soggy and I didn't even want to drink this, in fact I didn't and I kept stealing Olga's.

This is an average brown that I wouldn't have again.

Photo of Sean9689
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Datz in CCB' backyard and poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a dark muddy brown, off-white head, thin filmy whisps on top and some spotty lacing.

S - Huge sweet malts, light chocolate, caramel, burnt sugars.

T - Sweet malts, chocolate, caramel, nice roast. No real hops or bitterness, which I really prefer with this beer.

M - Light, smooth, good carbonation, creamy/oily finish.

D - This is a winner for me. Really enjoyed this one after drinking a Jai Alai IPA. The really contrast each other and are the best of both worlds.

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

A: Very dark pour, brown and deep reds. Head starts off decently sized, khaki in color, but bubbles away pretty quickly, forming a thin foam.

S: Roasted malts, bready almost, and caramel with some slight hops in the background.

T: Didn't see the coffee taste coming at all! Right up front and prominent. That gives way to a caramel maltiness. Roasted malts stick with you throughout and are complimented by subtle hops.

MF: Medium to heavy bodied, bit of a carbonation bite and slight dry aftertaste.

D: Can't taste the alcohol at all. A very pleasant drink, but I wouldn't want more than one or two at a time.

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