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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: 1,691
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 140
Gots: 176 | 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:
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 dewalt
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

I hadn't heard of Tampa's Cigar City Beer before I tasted this pint. I can't understand why. This brown ale pours a dark mahogany, nearly opaque, with a thick tan head. It smells of bread and cocoa, and tastes like oats, vanilla, and rich roasty malt. Earthy and surprisingly rich, and very drinkable.

dewalt, May 28, 2010
Photo of boss302
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale, draft

A Big tan head at first pour. Beer is a deep brown, opaque, not clear. Head falls but remains with the beer to the end. 

S Rich nutty aroma. Smells of dark chocolate.

T Roasted malt flavor.  A little bitterness from dark malts, but not unexpccted based on the color an aroma. Appropriately hopped for a brown ale. There is a lingering nuttiness in the aftertaste. This beer helps me understand why people feel so passionate about Brown Ales.  

M Medium-heavy body.  Nice full flavor.  A litle astringency in the end. 

O A very good Brown. Brown ale is not my personal favorite, but I could drink several of these. Quite good, definitely recommend. 

boss302, May 23, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a deep brown color, with hints of ruby and a nice firm white head. Aromas of cocoa powder, roasted nuts and caramel malt. Flavors of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and nuts. Had quite a bit of this one late last year, and after hearing so much about Cigar City, found myself less than impressed. A good solid brown ale, but nothing more.

emmasdad, May 20, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

A: Pours a rich dark brown with a decent tan head.

S: Some nice roasted and sweet malt, coffee, toffee, chocolate, and hints of vanilla.

T: Fairly sweet with a taste similar to the nose with a litte bit of added bitterness from the roast and a bit of hop delicacy in there as well.

M: Nice and creamy; very smooth.

D: A very nice brown ale, and something I'd love to have regular access to.

Thorpe429, May 05, 2010
Photo of aepb1
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

A- Dark Brown with 2 fingers of a light brown/cream colored head and a bit of lacing with good retention of the head.

S- Sweet malt and caramel

T- Malt, coffee fore taste, a bit of hops giving it a dryness but not overpowering and a coffee/bit of a woody aftertaste.

M- Nice and crisp from the hops. Very balanced carbonation, with a dry finish.

D- American Brown Ales are not my first choice but I wanted to give this a shot being a local brew. I realize this is not a typical American Brown Ale but I really enjoyed it!

aepb1, May 02, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a mahogany brown color with ruby highlights, and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma with a nutty quality, chocolate, something sweet, and malt.

T: Had that nutty quality, toffee, chocolate, and malt. One of the better American Brown Ales you'll find.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Extremely drinkable. Very easy to like.

avalon07, May 01, 2010
Photo of MURF0320
3.88/5  rDev -1%

On-Tap Stubbie's Gainesville, FL
Pours dark brown with one finger of head that fades and leaves little lacing throughout.
Smells sweet...caramel and chocolate.
Taste starts off sweet with caramel malts. Notes of coffee hit me first with a mild licorice flavor. Bready malts and chocolate follow, with coffee flavor being left on the palate. Just a hint of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is nice with a balanced medium body and mild carbonation that make it very smooth.
Smoothness made for great drinkability.

MURF0320, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Poured from a 32oz CCB growler. Thanks again to Mike 2.

Mahogany color, about as dark brown as it can get away with, and a creamy, light brown head.

The nose has a little roasted nuttiness and mocha. It has kind of a rocky road vibe. Very nice. Rich.

The taste is of nutty dark chocolate, almond, subtle roast, just enough to be a nuance and not the main event. As it warms caramel and earthy hops interact. The finish isn't sweet, but has sort of a nutty mocha cheesecake fade. It's hearty, rich, and probably the most satisying brown ale I've had in my four years or so of beer exploration. Well done. A brown ale to drink or contemplate. Would try it again in a heartbeat.

brownbeer, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

I've had this many, many times. Just now reviewing it though.

A- dark brown with a 1" off white head. Decent retention with some streaky lacing left behind.

A- roasted malts, tobacco, toffee, a hint of vanilla and chocolate as well.

T- pretty yummy. Starts off with the roasted malts. It has a caramel taste to it. The hops are present but not bitter. There is a hazelnut presence as well as a touch of vanilla.

M- medium in body with a nice level of carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

D- really good I could drink a lot. However, I prefer the espresso maduro.

urwithdave, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Good-looking cola shade of brown with a sparse beige head. I love browns that are dark, but still transparent. Will overlook the lack of head given the seal on the growler was poor.

S: Vanilla and caramel malt. Smells like it will be sweet. Also has a bit of earthy and nutty character.

T: Not nearly as sweet as expected and more chocolate and roast flavors than your typical brown. The caramel malt is a little more understated while the hop bitterness is quite prominent. The bitter and roasted flavors combine for a flavor similar to the skin on a hazelnut.

M: Body is medium to heavy for the style and a little sticky. The effects of the oats are well apparent.

As a fan of the brown ales, I really liked this take on the style. Pretty robust relative to its peers, as is to be expected from Cigar City. Hopefully this will be bottled at some point.

GeezLynn, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of CharlatanSin
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

A: A dark brown, see-through but hazy and murky. Very little head as it was served to me.

S: Roasted coffee dominates. The appropriate brown ale malts, and something nutty I can't precisely put my finger on.

T/M: Sweet. Dark malts dominate, with some coffee, the same nutty flavor from the smell, and baker's chocolate. Very smooth, which I presume is from the oatmeal. Earthy, maybe a little grassy. Fairly thin. The carbonation's medium but lazy.

D: I'd be interested to try some more variations on this one. Right now it's not quite doing it for me, but I can see how it would be a good base. I'd give it another try if I were in a brown mood, but I wouldn't seek it out.

CharlatanSin, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of DosBeerigos
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

C. Clear
H. Dark Brown with a SEXXXY Brown Head
N. Very little odor at all

**Comments taken from my blog**

Once again not the first time having this beer, but first time having it to review. This is Cerveza Chica's favorite Brown Ale, and I can see where she is coming from. This is a very drinkable brown, that is smooth and light bodied. It has a bit of a nutty taste to it, but nothing over powering to it. I personally had a hint of alcohol burn at the very end of the taste, but nothing that was crazy. I personally can not wait to try the Vanilla Maduro which I was able to snag a growler of. Overall solid beer!

DosBeerigos, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Had this one on tap last weekend at Capone's.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a 1 finger white crown. Shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Lots of roast malt, some caramel, hints of chocolate and toffee, slight hop bitterness that comes off like coffee.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin in body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

A bit boring but a good base for "special treatments"

koopa, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.47/5  rDev +14%

On tap at Coasters in Melbourne. Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head that leaves good lacing.

Taste is chocolate malts with a little toffee sweetness, not too much though. This has a nice complex flavor for a brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium, nice and smooth.

A beautiful brown ale that makes a good session beer with its low ABV

FLBeerGuy, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. Very dark brown,with whisp of head. only average mouthfeel is felt, maybe it is a tad over. Suitably carbonated. Cedar there too. A little toast,and chocolate malts. Good for its style, but of curse CC blows you away with their unique brews.

Sammy, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Domingo
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

Had this on my recent trip to Tampa. Bottles are sold out all over the place, so we stopped by the brewery itself to get some.
Arrives a deep brown color - not quite as dark as a stout, but definitely dark for a brown.
Served a bit cool, but as it warms you pick out roasted nuts, milk chocolate, and an earthy note that I can't quite identify.
Almonds and hazelnuts hit the palate up-front with the chocolate following suit, but never getting too sweet. The earthy note from the nose seems to be a combination of toasty malts and hops that leave the palate clean.
Texture is creamy and thick, which really coats, but again finishes clean.
Probably not a session beer (not sure why - but it seems like a good stand-alone), but this is a pretty amazing brown. Bold and flavorful without being too sweet or too thin.
A definite benchmark for the style.

Domingo, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

Dark, yet transparent brown with a very nice slightly tan head that has good staying power and sticky lacing. Wonderful aroma that is slightly roasty and nutty. Quite sweet with brown sugar, caramel, toffee and fresh baked cookie notes. The roasted nuttiness is a bit more evident in the taste. The roastyness is the first thing that is hitting my tongue, though it quickly subsides and the sweet toffee and brown sugar notes mingle together with a little bit of herbal hop character and a touch of smokiness. This beer is on the heavier side of medium bodied with a nice smooth (no doubt the oats) finish that is drier than I expected. I am not generally a huge brown ale fan, but this is delicious and very drinkable. I bought the growler on a whim and it turned out quite well.

zoso1967, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

On-tap, at the CCB

A - Deep translucent brown, nice tan head, sticky lace.

S - There is basically a dried tobacco smell over simple brown ale, with a slightly nutty aroma as well.

T - The taste is suggestive of unsweetened carob powder, and a slight smokiness, like licking a maduro blunt wrapper. I really tend to like the alternate versions of this beer a lot more than I do the base flavor. Thankfully, there are seemingly dozens of alternate maduro browns by CCB.

M - Medium to thin, bone dry finish, not quite astringent, but not 'wet' at all.

D - I can always drink it, but I never prefer to. I have seldom filled my growler with it. It isn't bad, but Cigar City does so many other things that I am more into.

ktrillionaire, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of azorie
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

A: creamy white 3/4 inch head on top of a cola like brown in color

S: smokey, oatmeal with tangy hops in the mose, with some sugar like malt, very nice.

T: creamy sweet oatmeal malt, with a nice hop bite, with some hints of oak and smoked barrel flavors.

M: quite thick but not heavy, smooth and quit easy on you

d: easy to drink these easy a session beer low alcohol wise

azorie, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of dgb3
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

Served from a growler, courtesy of gtreid, poured into a SN Perfect Pint Glass. Thanks Grant!

A: A glass of cola in which about a quarter of the ice has melted. Very little off white head.

S: Slight bit of hops.Toasty and nutty. Very mild aroma that is getting more pronounced as the sample warms

T: Finishes with nutty chocolate and something that reminds me of the last bit of coffee from a French press. A little muddy. I like my coffee muddy.

M: Very slick. I imagine with the carbonation it had when fresh, this would be just right. My sample is a hair flat

D: Great. Brown ales don't tend to be my style, but I could see myself having a few of these when I'm not jonsing for the hops. There is a bit of acridity in the finish that keeps this from being perfect.

dgb3, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 12/7/09.

A - Clear deep hazelnut brown body with dark amber highlights and a one-finger creamy tan cap of foam that laced up beautifully like cake icing.

S - Initial aroma offers a hint of roasted malt and coffee with a pinch of vanilla and nutty malt. There's plenty of sweet caramel malt underneath, as well as subtle chocolate notes. The coffee character really pushed its way to the forefront as the liquid warmed up.

T - Malt flavor is comprised of flaked oats, sweet caramel and a hint of grains. A vanilla sweetness gives way to slight roasted malt notes with a flavorful coffee character and a hint of chocolate. A nutty malt character also persists throughout. Finishes with slight earthy, herbal bitter notes. Overall, Maduro offers a very complex flavor profile for a brown ale.

M - The initial smooth, creamy texture eventually builds into a moderate bristly sensation on the palate. Finishes with a hint of astringency and subtle hop bite on the tongue.

D - Easily one of the best brown ales I've had to date. Cigar City has burst on the scene and has been mixing things up quite and bit, which is always a pleasure to see. Great stuff!

ffejherb, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +2%

Draft at Mellow Mushroom - Brandon. Poured a clear dark brown color with an aqverage creamy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt, nuts and hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth slick texture and soft carbonation. Solid balanced toasted oats sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Good complex brew

tmoneyba, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Lunch
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Served on-tap (12/20/09) into a shaker pint glass at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a nice mahogany brown with a coffee colored one finger head that receded to just a film leaving nice lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma of coffee, dark malt, and a nice nuttiness.

T: Coffee hits the palate first followed by a creamy nuttiness and some semi-sweet dark malt.

M: Medium-bodied with a slight slick creaminess and stylistic carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and quite refreshing with a fairly complex flavor profile for the style. The 5.5% abv is not detectable in the slightest.

Overall this is a very sessionable beer that is a nice take on the American Brown Ale. My first Cigar City beer and certainly a brewery I look forward to sampling in the future. Recommended.

Lunch, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of capra12
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

Reviewed solo at Rattle n Hum from notes taken that day.

Appearance: Deep maple brown with little head.

Smell: Smokey, oak and caramel.

Taste: This is much like the nose. Opens with a smoked mood as subtle profiles of caramel emerge in the middle and continue into the finish leaving a neutral palate and slightly hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied withe minimal carbonation and slightly dry finish but silky smooth from open to the finish.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and recommend this to someone who enjoys a solid brown ale with hints of caramel in the middle.

capra12, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of philbe311
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

On-tap at Capone's...

A - Two fingers worth of fluffy and rocky tan head... Moderate retention settles to leave a full inviting lace... Deep dark chestnut brown color... Slightly translucent... Moderate carbonation... Looks very very rich...

S - Slightly sweet... Nutty... Caramel... Brown sugar... Sweet breads... Hints of chocolate... Fairly subdued but rather effective...

T - The palette follows closely to the nose... Bready malts... Caramel... Light brown sugar... A vague nuttiness... The faintest hint of chocolate...

M - Terrific balance... Medium bodied... Sturdy... Light carbonation... Quite satisfying...

D - Enjoyable sip after sip... Quite quaffable... Sessionable given it's 5.5% ABV... A terrific all around Brown Ale that I would welcome the oppurtunity to drink again in the future...

philbe311, Dec 17, 2009
Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,691 ratings.