Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale

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Ratings: 1,767
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 146
Gots: 204 | 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 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.

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

Pours reddish brown with white head that clears away. Gingerbread, molasses, alcohol, slight roast, echoes of raspberry in the nose. Tastes of bread, cereal, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, hops come through towards the finish. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. A malty, cinnamon cereal-minded brown ale that is a great session.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a cloudy rust brown color. A thin light khaki wafer of foam spreads out on top before quickly melting down to a thick creamy collar.

S: Complex aromas of toasted grains, pan seared sugar, bruised plums, roasted malt, molassas, maple syrup, and a bit of cigar tobacco.

T: Pretty much along the lines of the smell with a bit more emphasis on spicy tobacco leaf. Some bitter dark chocolate, rum soaked raisins, cocoa, roast, and bread pudding.

M: A flash of sweetness for an instant before a big spicy dryness settles in and hang around through the end of the long finish.

D: This is a beer made for drinking after dinner with a cigar. Rich, roasty, and completely crushable. Great beer!

Photo of DoctorDog
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Big thanks to "beveritt" for passing this one along and helping to ensure that my cup forever runneth over with beer.

A- Dark brown with ruby highlights. Pours with ~1 finger of light brown head, which settles quickly into a island of bubbles.

S- Toasty, nutty, bready sweet malt notes. Little notable hop aroma.

T- A bit surprising with the coffee notes that dominate right off. Bready, malty sweetness becomes more prominent as it warms.

M- Moderate to slightly low carbonation. Medium-light feel. A bit on the watery side, and too thin. I expected more body given the oatmeal.

D- Decent. Pretty easy drinking, solid flavor that doesn't overwhelm. Could kick a few of these back without much effort.

Future outlook: A solid brown, but not enough body to be really outstanding...thought the oats would make it special, but alas, no. Glad to have tried it, but not available around here, so not really a beer that has a future in my fridge.

Photo of bs870621345
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with ruby highlights and a half inch of head. Leaves no lacing down the glass.

Smells like smoke, caramel, herbs, and oats. Kind of like an oatmeal stout.

Taste is smoke, caramel, and herbs. Rather subtle, and pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Little flat, but its velvety and delightful.

Drinkability is great, I didn't like the first one I had the other night, but now its pretty damn good.

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

Thanks to BPRESTON for the chance to try this! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Dark, clear, chocolate body with bronze highlights and a wheat half-finger cap of creamy foam. Pasty lacing, faint legs, good retention.

Toast, bready malt, hazlenuts, and light brown sugar in the nose.

Very light grassy bitterness from hops leads into a wave of nutty malt. Buckwheat, vague fruitiness, and just a hint of toffee or caramel mid-palate. Slightly drying grainy finish.

Medium-bodied, creamy, with moderate carbonation and just the faintest astringency.

Well made, unremarkable, yet sessionable example of the style.

Photo of kk73
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a nice fluffy one finger off white head. A little lacing and some head retention.

S - Nutty, roasted malts and a little brown sugar.

T - Taste follows the nose. Big roasted malt profile and very little alcohol detection.

M - Smooth, wouldnt call it creamy, with a light dry finish.

D - Not my favorite style, but if you like brown ales this could be the beer for you. Another solid beer from cigar city.

Photo of thain709
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with a brown body that showedcased some ruby hues at the bottom of the glass...a small, light brown, creamy head receeds shows great retention in the form of a wispy cap...great lacing

S - The chocolate aroma overpowers the roasted malt...there's an underlying note of nuts and caramel

T - Flavors start off with semi sweet chocolate but it quickly turns into bitter, dark chocolate...both flavors create a cremy texture and flavor...I'm actually picking up some dark's way down there in the middle...roasted flavors come back in the end and team up with the bitter chocolate for the finish

M - Medium bodied...creamy with a bittersweet finish

D - This is one of the best browns I've had to date...I loved the Cubano Espresso version and now having the base I can see would be easy to drink a few of these

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: brown with a 2 finger tan head

smell: roasted malts, smoke

taste: smokey, roasted malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, very smooth

drinkability: easy drinker. wish it had a little less smoke flavor otherwise a nice brown ale.


the CPJ

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

Another solid beer from Cigar City. Thanks Jefe73 for the Growler.

Pours a very dark brown almost black. Very thin head and little lacing. Could be the growler.

Aroma is a bit roasty. Smells like a brown for sure. But more on the roastier side.

Tastes pretty solid. Very good brown. Bit roastier than other browns but I like the flavor.

Mouthfeel is solid for a brown. Nice carb for a growler.

Overall a solid brown ale. I will need to trade for some of the other versions of it now.

Photo of sleazo
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Rattle N Hum
A_pours a cloudy dark brown with a nice one inch tan cap. Settles slowly into a nice cap

S_Nice blend of coffee and licorice with a mild hoppiness

T_moderately sweet. A nice strong flavour, starting out with toffee, coffee and the aforementioned licorice. The finish though is pure toasted hazelnut.

M_medium bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation for a cask ale

D_This is a well made beer and very nice on cask. Very drinkable and the % could creep up on you.

Photo of steve8robin
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a CCB trade recently. I have loved most I've tried from this brewery. As a matter of fact, if I had to name one, I'd have to say this is currently my favorite brewery. Let's hope this brew does not disappoint. 12oz bottle...

A: A deep ruby / browish hue with a small off white head that fades quickly to a bubble lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: I get some watery raisin followed by a hint of rye and oat. Som creamy malt on the backend. Good.

T: I get a watery roasty coffee bean upfront quickly followed by a raisin vanilla and bready chocolate hints hidden on the backend. Decent.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A clean dry finish. Good.

D: Goes down easy.

All in all, this was one of the few middle of the road brews I've had from CCB. Most have been either excellent or complete letdowns with an emphasis on the excellent side. I'd say don't worry about this one. Maybe if you are a fan of CCB brews, then try, but it will not blow your mind.

Photo of RossCain
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a deep brown with bits of light getting through. Settles with a bubbly ring of a tan colored head which leaves splotchy webs behind on the sides of the glass.

S: Unsweetened cocoa with a light nutty aroma. Very pleasant for a brown ale as the aroma does not go unpronounced.

T: The chocolate malts in this beer are glorious. Right up front, you are hit with light notes of semi-sweet cocoa backed up by a pleasant roasted nut character with a lightly bitter/earthy oat finish. A well balanced and robust profile that certainly doesn't lack on the flavor.

M: Medium bodied and smooth with the right touch of carbonation. The flavor stays on the palate for just the right amount of time making you want to take another sip right after the previous.

D: Goes down easy and the glass was gone before I knew it. Overall, the Maduro Brown is a superb example of a well crafted brown ale in my opinion which strikes just the right balance between robust flavor and exceptional ease of drinking.

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

Pours a fairly clear brown color with a reddish hint to it. Light tan head falls to about nothing. Really not a lot of lace to speak of.

Aroma is of roasted malts with hints of raisins and touches of coffee. Maybe some hop burried in there but a burnt, roasted quality is what you notice.

Strong roasted malt in the taste much like the aroma. Hints of sweetness come through but give way to a lingering, mild bitterness in the aftertaste that has a slight burnt quality to it.

Medium bodied to full in the mouth with rather low carbonation.

Nice, well crafted brew. Looking for an American Brown, give this a try.

Photo of angelogarcia3
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring this beer causes a small head to form with a white color. Very slight aroma of tobacco and beer. Dark brown murky color. A light drinking beer with a tingly effervescene in the mouth. The beer's flavor is not bitter but tastes like toasted whole wheat bread. The toasty taste is evident hours after drinking.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
1.3/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to victory4me for hooking me up with a 6er of this beer. Got to the first 4 bottles quickly and had the other two in the cellar for a couple of months. Opened one up tonight...

Poured into a pint glass, the color is a deep brown with a red hue that lights up the whole body of the beer in the presence of light. The head is creamy and fine, bubbling up to about a half finger in height and then disappearing almost immediately.

I hold the glass up to my nose as the beer passes 45 degrees. Infected. No doubt about it. There are the typical Maduro Brown notes that I remember from my past experiences with the beer. Brown sugar, a light toasty flavor, and some cocoa. However, there are also definite aromas of sour cherries and a hint of funk, as the infection moves in. As it warms, it turns into a putrid ass-sweaty mess that makes me wanna puke. This is some nasty ass bacteria. I feel like a skunk shit it my beer, died, started rotting in there, and then got bottled along with a brown ale. The taste is similar. The brown ale sweetness and toasted malt notes are overwhelmed by some sour cherries and that same vomit-inducing, stomach churning slop. Undrinkable.

While I could stomach the flavors, the mouthfeel was alright. Thin (as an infection would make it) and somehow flat, I was unimpressed. This ended up getting drain poured. Just absolutely awful. I am really disappointed that I won't be able to drink the last one, since it was really pretty nice when it was fresher.

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

Thanks to AndrewNations.

Pours a creamy 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing over dark rosy copper brown color.

Nose brings a nice brown malt aroma, plenty of brown sugar and molasses, lots of caramel, some vanilla, caramelized sugars, and a very slight earthy hop character.

Taste starts with some roasty malt characters, a nice porter like flavor but not heavy, some darker toasty brown malts, bit creamy, more brown sugar and molasses, toffee, plenty of caramel and caramelized sugars again, bit of sweetness but not a lot, blended with a slight earthy hop character again, and a bit of a creamy oat taste and feel. A slight bitterness that builds a bit on the finish but never gets big, as well as a bit of dryness and sticky feel on the finish, and lingering caramelized malty flavors and a bit of roast and toffee.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is great, smooth and slightly creamy, sessionable, nice dark brown malts balanced well with a slight earthy hop character and touch of bitterness, and a bit dry on the finish. The only negative is a slight sticky feel on the finish, but its not enough to really take away from it.

Photo of unit555
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this stellar beer at a conference in Ft Myers and later in the week at a cigar bar in Key West. Rich brown color with a wonderful mouthfeel and a long finish. There was a nice undertone of smokiness in this ale that made it perfect with a cigar. The only bad thing I have to say is that I am disappointed to not be able to get it in Pittsburgh.

Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Pours a brownish-mahogany with a slightly hazy clarity. A quarter inch, cream-colored, bubbly head disperses into a thin skim and a sudsy mass. Nose is malty, spicy and slightly medicinal - there's also perhaps a trace of burnt sugar and anise. Taste expresses dried dark fruit (figs/prunes), oatmeal cookie and anise. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation that falls just short of crisp and a slightly dry finish. All and all, a decent, nuanced brown with quite a bit of flavor, particularly given the relatively low abv.

Photo of Franz4
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle w/o freshness info obtained through a long journey of a friend of a friend last week. Thanks to all the anonymous beer mules out there!

A- pours dark brown with a ruby tint to it. Head is a thin cap of beige bubbles.

S- Bready with very subtle notes of chocolate and oats

T- Grainy bread, oatmeal flavor is dominant, aftertaste is more dark chocolate and nougat. A hint of smokiness makes the marketing on the bottle appear to be true, this probably would go great with a cigar.

M- Thin and light going down, but it hangs around on the tongue for some time.

D- Very drinkable and a nice brew. My first from CC, and it didn't disappoint. Pleasant enough to be a great all-round brew.

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

Pours a dark brown with a light brown head. A little lacking for the style. Roasted coffee in the nose. Also hints of chocolate. Big roasted flavor. The coffee stands out. A little chocolate sweetness, a hint of nuttiness and oats round out the flavor. This was is all about the roastyness, but a very flavorful brown ale.

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

Thanks to Haver for this.
Pours out an ice tea color to darker amber unfiltered with a full finger of slightly brown suds.
Smell is coffee and smoked nuts. Mild charred malts and sugar caramel are up front.
Taste is sweet caramel and raisin with a smokey coffee coming in at the end.
Mouthfeel is just a bit sticky but the bitterness hangs around just enough for the next drink invite.
Drinkability is great. Too bad this is a one time thing.

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

Maduro Brown Ale has a translucent, brown colored body with ruby highlights. The tan head is huge and creamy looking, it fairly floats of top of the beer as it lays down lacing and showcases excellent retention.

The aroma is rich and malty, with a hint of both hops and nuttiness.

When I open a brown ale, I'm looking for a malt fix, and Maduro supplies that. Caramel and toffee along with a dark bread lead off, revealing both depth and richness. Next an earthy hop flavors comes through, but just a little bit. Some nutty flavors are underneath. For the most part this one is all malt, and I liked that.

Full bodied for the style, fairly creamy.

I like this one a lot. I think it is the best beer that I have tried from Cigar City at this point.

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

12 oz. botle poured into a 3 Floyds tulip shaped pint glass

It pours a cola colored brown with a 2 fingered bubbly tan head. Retention is medium with no lacing and a small layer of bubbles after everything settles down.

A medium roast of coffee is present in the nose, some back end sweetness. The nose is very inviting but the roast level is boarding on over the top for a brown ale.

The taste follows through with the coffee but not with as force. I'm getting just a little bit of oxidized malt character too which knocks it down a notch. A touch of bitterness balances the malt perfectly. A really nice brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium with some slickness from the oats. Carbonation is medium low. Drinkability is decent but the fullness prevents it from being higher. Overall a great coffee forward brown ale.

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

This is an excellent brown ale with an incredibly creamy feel. It's a slightly reddish shade of brown with a creamy light tan head. The liquid appears thick and murky. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. For a 5.5% abv beer, Maduro has a very rich, full feel. The aroma is maple syrup, walnuts, earth, caramel and a hint of lime. The beer is relatively sweet with a lightly bitter roast finish. This seems a bit like a cross between a brown ale and a porter with that roasty note, but it's a delicious beer and a pleasure to drink.

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,767 ratings.