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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: 1,783
Reviews: 593
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 147
Gots: 207 | 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 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.

Photo of OddNotion
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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
2.74/5  rDev -30.1%
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
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
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
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of JRed
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 quickly...it 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 fruit...it'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 why...it 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

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,783 ratings.