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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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1,783 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,783
Reviews: 593
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 147
Gots: 205 | FT: 7
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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 PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark mahogany color. There is some light penetration and if enough gets in you get a lot of orange in it. Nice tightly bubbled head, not a big pile of foam. Good lacing.
Smell is roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, wet cardboard.
Taste is toasty malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a slight cardboard note. Light oatmeal.
Medium/full body with a light effervescence. A nicely balanced dark chocolate / roasted malt aftertaste lingers for a long time without being annoying or displaying any harshness. A really well-rounded brew. No wonder they use it as the base for so many others.

Photo of zoso493
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Piraat tulip.

Appearance: Pours a nebulously murky garnet-brown color that looks akin to a Belgian style dark ale. Maduro is a pretty dark brown ale but when held up to the light it becomes fairly reddish. Even a vigorous pour can only stimulate a half-finger head to form, and it disappears almost instantaneously.

Smell: This brew has got a pretty nice nose on it for a brown ale. It smells a bit more like a stout than a traditional brown ale, as it has a lot of coffee and oatmeal in the nose. Lurking in the background, though, there are some typically sweet malts that assure me this is definitely a brown ale. Still, it smells very nice, especially considering it doesn't have a head anymore.

Taste: The promising smell leads to a bit of a disappointing beer for me. It has a lot of the standard dark(ish) malts that you find in most brown ales but steers away from the coffee and oatmeal found in the nose, though they are minutely present somewhere in there. This brew is just a bit bland for me and the individual tastes don't jump really jump out at you, they just get jumbled together.

Mouthfeel: This beer seems to be quite noticeably undercarbonated to me, which is probably why it hardly has a ring of foam around the top. I think with a little more carbonation this could be a really nice beer, but alas, it is destined for mediocrity without adequate carbonation. The lack of carbonation, however, doesn't cause anything to stick your palate.

Drinkability: Despite the relative flatness of this beer, it is a nice drinking beer and I think I might be awarding it a higher score in a drinkability than I might otherwise to raise the overall, as this is a pretty nice beer.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I'm generally not a big fan of brown ales, as I feel they are just manufactured to be pretty average. Maduro, in kind, is a pretty average beer but probably an above average brown ale and definitely unique for its type.

Photo of rpstevens
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Celebration pint glass. The beer pours a murky brown with dark ruby glowing edges. There is a thick two finger off white head that slowly regresses, leaving a lot of foamy lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is muted. Toasted grains, brown sugar, hints of caramel, vanilla and faint alcohol sweetness. Some earthy hops. None of the oats that were promised in the name.

The taste follows the smell, toasted grains, bready malts, brown sugar, vanilla and caramel. The taste has a bit of nuttiness and chocolate, and the whole thing is slightly balanced by a fruity hop character. Not bad, not necessarily good, but not bad.

The beer is medium bodied, well carbonated and has a nice juicy hoppy aftertaste given how malty and sweet the beer tasted. This is an average brown ale, certainly not bad, but I was really looking forward to the oatmeal addition and what I perceived that would add to the style.

Photo of DaveHS
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Opens with a hiss and a burst of gunsmoke, before it rises and spills all over the table. Pours chocolate brown with 4 inches of frothy tan head. Reduces slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

S-Chocolate milk mix, rich, earthy cigar tobacco, nutty malts.

T/M-Dissapointingly weak and thin. Very little flavor. For how much head this had, there is practically no carbonation. Drainpour.

D-I have a feeling this is a bad bottle, judging by the other reviews here.

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

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem pured into standard pint.

A- Dark "strong iced-tea" color that is brown with a amber red tinge. Medium head fades quickly to thin layer.

S- Dark creamy ale. Sweet with a touch of oats. Not very strong scent, but very good.

T- Bitter hops are evident, as is oats and caramel. Not quite as rich as a like, but very good. Earthy qualities.

M- Very nice creamy mouthfeel. Hovers in the mouth, although it does not quite beg for another sip like a high-quality brew does.

D- Very high due to the somewhat weak flavor. This would be a good "starter" beer into craft brewing since it is not real strong or offensive.

With a name like maduro, I was expecting dark rich chocolate and coffee notes like that of a maduro cigar. Its a tad gimmicky that it doesn't really have much of that in it at all. In fine cigars, maduro typically indicates a stronger flavor too.

Photo of ninaturner
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark chestnut brown color. Little to no head.

Aroma: Nutty, caramel, and almost like a molasses and perhaps a hint of toffee.

Taste: Dark, caramel, very nutty taste. I imagine this as the beer form of a cigar. Great taste overall.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel. Not too light and not too thick. Just right for a brown ale.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable. Not something I'd usually drink and found myself wanting more. Would go great with a light dessert.

Photo of Naugled
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice appearance, crystal clear dark chestnut brown color. But there is not much head to it.

Good aroma, light roasty and nutty notes.

Flavor is good but not exceptional. It is smooth and some what full feeling, but thin on flavor.

A very drinkable brown but not exceptionally noteworthy.

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 12/1/10. On tap at Al's of Hampden.

Served in a pint, appears a hazed brown color with some ruby coloration and lighter brown around the edges. A dark creamy tan head forms across the top and doesn't retain all that well.

The smell of dark malt with sweet toffee suggestions emits from the glass. Some floral hops fill out the back of the nose.

Taste includes dark malt with sugary molasses and toffee flavors that are lightly smokey and modestly bitter with herbal and earthy hops. A slight fruity alcohol flavor is present that warms the back of the throat. Roasty flavors linger with a nice contrast to the hops. There is a lingering flavor almost like cigar wrapper and ash that is left inside the mouth.

Medium bodied with a light level of carbonation. This is quite a smooth, drinkable brown with a broad array of flavors. A little more bitter than your typical example of the style but I'm not complaining.

Photo of mjsheehan08
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes I made on my iPhone after a long night at work. Not super extensive, but it's all I got:

Lots of taste from this brown ale. Got notes of cinnamon,coffee, molasses, in nose. Taste follows nose, bring out the cinnamon, coffe and molasses. In the finish, a hint of bubblegum pops up 

Photo of lnashsig
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my buddy Brett in FL for sending. We cant get this in TX, and it drives me crazy.

A: Chocolate Brown pour into a dogfish head tulip glass. About 1.5 fingers of head tht quickly dissapated with a little tan lacing

S: Brown sugar, oats, caramel, tobacco, and a hint of nuttiness. I definetely thought of brown sugar oatmeal

T: This has some nice complexity- the oatmeal caries through, it has some really nice caramel nutiness, and just a little bit of musty flavor. Its obvious and impressive that the brewer had in mind a great beer to pair with a great cigar- the tobacco flavors get your palate reved up for a stogie.

M: Nice thickness to this one- medium bodied and consistent all the way down.

D: Highly drinkable, sessionable brown solid ale. Another great creation from the good folks at CCB.

Photo of ChrisPro
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blind beer #5 as part of Blind BIF #3 thanks to mtunnell.

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

pours a murky bud color with an off-white bubbly head that dissipates quickly.

First things to hit the nose are maple, coffee and molasses. Definitely some hints of roasted nuts. As it warms, there is some spice that I can't place...nutmeg? allspice?

The first taste really reminds me of something; I feel like I've definitely had this beer before. Just a light coffee and burnt caramel flavor, followed by a dry roasted nut finish. Possibly a little cinnamon.

Carbonation is light and small, and this is a medium-bodied beer. Definitely some butter/oil finishing on the tongue, but I really enjoy this in the beer.

Overall, insanely drinkable. I feel like I could put this away in seconds since it goes down so easy and leaves such a great little light caramel aftertaste.

Overall, seems like a lightly spiced brown ale and it reminds me of something like Dick's Double Diamond or GD Hibernation.

Time for the reveal...Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale

Wow, definitely have had this beer and love it. I never picked up on the spiciness before, so loved tasting this blind. The beer got better in mind.

To rate to style:


Photo of robwestcott
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to zimmerbloke for this one.

poured cold from the bottle a murky reddish brown to a dogfish head shaped pint glass with a tan head leaving nice retention.

slightly acidic aroma of dark cherries, followed by nuts and dark sugars as the beer warms a bit.

nice sweet, dark brown, nutty, smoked almonds, coffee and brown sugar.

thicker than the average brown, medium bodied, light carbonation.

drinkable - yep. very.

Photo of Chaney
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as an extra from Pittsky. Thanks Jesse!

A: Poured a nice healthy, textbook brown color, with about 1.5 finger head that VERY quickly melded into clumps of bubble formations.

S: Brown sugar, oats, caramel, and a hint of nuttiness. It was almost like some sort of breakfast pancake or waffle topping.

T: Not nearly as candy-like on the taste though. Very subdued actually. However, I appreciated the lack of in-your-face brown sugar and it was very smooth indeed. This was a light to medium bodied brew.

M: I was able to take fairly large gulps without wincing and the carbonation was spot on for the style. The lacing was minimal to nill.

D: Highly drinkable for sure, however, this was sort of a let-down. I could have used some smokiness to the flavor just to add some pizzazz. Still, this was solid.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Dark brown with a light brown head that provided some lacing, not much but was there.

S= It smells a little "earthy" you can smell some dark fruits in the beer.

T= Taste a little like the nose a little "earthy" to me and can taste some dark fruits not much but they are there.

M= TO me very smooth.

D= Very low ABV very drinkable not my favorite by Cigar City but a very decent brown ale.

Photo of mooseisloose
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My God I thought I was in a cigar shop, not picking this brew but picking which edition of this particular brew it is to review on this site! I'm sure that there are as many brews to pick as cigars in the Cigar City but best I can do is read the bottle and then guess. Anyways this is a raved Cigar City that I spotted, so lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a great waft of roasted malts and chocolate and.... No I'm done.... I have had it before and sipped it, now as I rate it, for a brown ale, who beats it?

Photo of adam42381
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep mahogany brown with a small 1/2 finger greyish-brown head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with semisweet chocolate, coffee and a faint hint of pineapple from the hops and just a touch of mustiness.

Taste: Roasted malt and dark bread up front followed by caramel, nuts and grains in the middle then a nice hoppy bite at the finish. Aftertaste is burnt toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could knock back a few of these without any trouble.

Overall: This is an excellent American Brown Ale. I'm yet to be disappointed with Cigar City. This is one of the best brown ales I've had. It's typically not one of my favorite styles, but I'll be buying more of this soon.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted some sevral times during a CC demo during petition signing @ TW in Jax for the Tasting Room support ~10/2010.

Appearance is a very dark brown in color with fluffly head and cap.
Smells and tastes as a full bodied brown ale, roasty/toasty malts with some nut hints and some coffee notes.
Mouthfeel is has some extra creamy texture, maybe from the oatmeal?
Enjoyable brown for sure, more on the full body and coffee related style.

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

$8.99/six pack at Ward's in Gainesville.

A: deep copper color with thin but decent head, nice lacing
S: medium to strong roasted malt, some chocolate undertones
T: well-made beer, roasted malt up front with good hop bitter balance in the finish, I was expecting it to be thinner but it held its own with the average ABV
M: roasted malt and creamy texture
D: easy drinking, very drinkable and, although a bit higher for the style, could easily be a session beer

Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gift from Matt, thanks. Beer is brown and mostly clear with a thin off white head of tiny bubbles that leaves very little lacing on the sides of my Bruery tulip. Carbonation low.

Aroma is strong and a mixture of tobacco, nuts, and roast, interesting.

Beer is medium in body and completely fills the palate. The flavors are strong and forward. Nutty, smoky (but not like a rauch), very flavorful tobacco. Beer has a nice mildly bitter but not distracting finish, very drinkable. I would have more of this for sure.

Photo of thetomG
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice reddish tint to this brown ale. Thin layer of tan head that leaves some sticky lacing around the glass.

Aroma is somewhat mild - some light hints of baking chocolate and coffee on top of the malty aspect. Flavor is more interesting and robust, but is primarily just more of what you get on the nose (not that this is a bad thing by any means).

It might be a just a tad too light for my ideal brew, but overall the mouthfeel is great.

Glad I got to try this one and am already looking forward to my next one - easily one of the best brown ales I've had.

Photo of Seanibus
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A remarkable surprise and an excellent beer for cooler weather - it's like a holiday baking session in a bottle.

Pours deep brown with a sticky off white head. The aroma is earthy and spicy with a lot of cinnamon. The flavor is rich and complex, earthy and spicy and herbal, with cinnamon and sage and rosemary and wood. There's even some lovely gingerbread. The mouthfeel is prickly with a rich malt burn down the throat.

Photo of srhoadsy
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent brew by the guys in Tampa. Start to finish this beer is a treat. Even with a gentle pour it has a slowly building light brown head. Medium carbonation with excellent mouthfeel. Aroma is of caramel, coffee and malt with a slight earthy/floral background. Taste is very malty, bready with a strong hint of coffee. This beer has a fair amount of alcohol flavor and effect for a 5.5 ABV brew, it warms the throat and chest better than many of the so called winter warmers I've tried. Color is a very dark brown with a tint of amber. Any darker and maltier this could be classified as a stout or porter. This beer is also very affordable, as far as craft beers go. All around a very nice beer.

Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery brown color with cap of khaki colored head. Scent has a slight charachter of spicy rye before the carmel malts and earthy hops come through. Taste begins with an earthy, muddy flavor, again note of spicy rye, the carmel malts are nice and bready and not too sweet. Fuller side of medium bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel with some eathyness to it. A ver nicely done American brown.

Photo of beerman207
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks again to Bamadog for the hookup here. Not usually a fan of a Brown Ale but based on my first swig of this, I have a feeling this may change.

A: Dark brown with no real head to speak of

S: Peanut, malt, chocolate, hazlenut, very nutty

T: Chocolate, peanut, some smoke?, wow - this is a brown ale?

M: Easy to drink, Medium carbonation

D: No doubt -this is the best brown ale I've ever had. Great brew from CC

Photo of sweethome
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from bottle on family trip to The Mouse - purchased at Knightly Beverage on OBT.

Pour is a rich brown color, hazy, unfiltered look. Light tan head. Nose of carmel malts, brown sugar.

Nice big, flavorful entry. Rich carmel malts explode on the palate. Complex maltiness. The Maduro name fits - it is rich, full and worthy of a good cigar. Backing of roast malts, chocolate, roast, and a hint of wood or leather.

The hops seem to add a spicy note.

Well done. Perhaps the best and most complex brown ale I have had in five years+.

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