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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: 212 | FT: 7
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:
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 rtepiak
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
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
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
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
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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
4/5  rDev +2%
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
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
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
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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
2.24/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

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