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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
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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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with an inch of tan head. Moderate carbonation evident and lots of sediment in the glass.

s - Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, light bready malts, and like nuts. Maybe some light wood/oak and vanill as well. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet fruit, wood, and light vanilla. Wood comes out more in the taste than smell.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy body.

d - An easy drinking, pretty good brown ale. I enjoyed the smell a lot and it had a nice feel to it. Would have again.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

3.5 A: Looks like a clear dark brown in the mug. One and a half fingers of creamy tan head with average retention and a bit of lacing.

4.5 S: This one smells great! Musky nuttiness (if that makes sense) is powerful with coffee undertones, oatmeal, a bit woody, and at times chalky cocoa. Apparently this pairs well with cigars and I can see why based on the nose. It has the musky, earthy smell of a cigar shop. Not overly complex, but really nice.

4.0 T: Taste is good, but not quite as good as the nose. Again, there's a musky nuttiness, pithy earthiness, raw cocoa, oatmeal, and some coffee. Hops don't do much here aside from a touch of earth. Low bitterness and for the most part dry.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit chalky, could be a bit creamier, but otherwise smooth.

4.0 D: I do like me some brown ales and this was a good one. I'd have this again anytime...maybe next time with a nice cigar!

Photo of Khazadum
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Average cap formation. Nothing out of the ordinary. Low retention, fluffy edging with giant bubbles along the glass. Lacing is disappointingly bare. Body is a dark brown with light cola edges. Needs a flashlight to see the tons of streams of carbonation.

S- Nice sweet hazelnut. Not too strong, kinda faint at times. Faint biscuit on the back end. Some school notebook paper.

T- Tastes of cardboard, bitter hops, some nice earthen sweetness, mild caramel. Tad bit of butter on top. Not too shabby for a brown ale.

M- Creamy, very low carbonation. Particularly nice finish lingers for a respectable amount of time.

D- Not my favorite, but definitely a solid offering. Clean and easy drinking, no complaints for the most part.

Photo of Vec2267
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with small head

S: bread, roast

T: roasted malts dominate, dry, only a small hint of hop bitterness

M: medium, appropriate for style

D: a well balanced, relaxed beer, keeping with the style it is not overwhelming, just a smooth drinkable beer

Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, dry roasted scent along with a touch of chocolate malt sweetness. The oatmeal does affect the aroma much. The roasted character dominates. The taste is much the same. It has a delicious dry, roasted character with a touch of sweetness,
only for balance. The hop bitterness is mild at best. The mouthfeel is great. It's a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. The oatmeal adds a bit of depth here. This is a good drinking brown ale. I'm a sucker for that roasted malt flavor as well as a nice oatmeal mouthfeel.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Al, the last of the 6.

Pours dark brown with a reddish tint. The pour brings about a quarter finger head that lingers for a touch, then recedes. Some lacing, but nothing crazy.

The smell presents a lot of dark fruits along with dark malts. Raisin and plum alongside woody malts.

This is a solid brown with woody notes throughout. Some raisin and oatmeal shines through.

The mouthfeel is medium with some silkiness. A very nice finish with a slight bitterness.

This is a better than average brown, especially for the ABV.

Photo of grover37
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the brewery; the sixer cost $9 I believe. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance (2): Very dark brown with dark gold around the edges. Half a finger of light cream head nearly disappears with a slight ring around the outside and a small patch of tiny bubbles. Nearly no lacing.

Aroma (4.5): Very rich, malty aroma with milk chocolate aromas and some sweet caramel malt.

Taste (4): Slightly sweet chocolate up front and some pine hops. Pretty mellow in the middle with some oatmeal and then some roast in the finish. Lingering flavors of mocha and maybe some pine. Not very hoppy overall.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Pretty smooth with medium to high carbonation. A little prickly in the mouthfeel but a velvety sweet feel overall.

Drinkability (4.5): Some pretty strong flavors here despite the low ABV. Very smooth and drinkable though. I wouldn't drink this all night, but only because I don't normally session Browns.

Photo of Radome
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 2011 - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Murky dark brown color. Light does not go through. Tons of bubbles constantly rising through the beer. Head is creamy and mousse-like and a yellowed tan color. It is initially almost 1" tall, then fades to a steady 1/8" with thick lacing.

S - Aroma of wood, bourbon-like alcohol, fresh tobacco leaves, grainy malt. Very complex. This is a much fresher bottle than the last one I reviewed. Now that I have a comparison, it is obvious that the first bottle had serious problems and was not representative of the beer.

T - Sweetness, dark fruit and alcohol hit first. In the mid-palate there is brown malt and chocolate malt, maybe just a touch of roasted grain. There are dusty grain and wood notes in the finish. The oat is not evident, unless it is the dusty grain I am tasting.

M - Moderate body. Low hops bitterness. No alcohol burn. Creamy carbonation that lightens the body; the creaminess could be partially due to the oats.

D - Nice brown ale character edging toward porter, with added complexity from wood and bourbon-like notes. Very creamy and enjoyable, but too rich for me to want to drink more than one.


Jan 2011 - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Murky, dark brown color which shows a reddish brown when held to the light. The head was truly impressive, piling up about 1.5" of creamy tan foam.

S - The aroma is of a Flemish brown ale. Classic horse blanket dominates. Behind that is some muted malt and chocolate, but the Brett character is so overwhelming I can't believe no other reviewer mentioned it.

T - The initial taste is a mix of the Brett horse blanket and hops bitterness. Later a little malt and chocolate milk plays around the edges. Again, this beer has gone in a direction that I was not expecting.

M - The body is a little thin and the Brett flavors seem to come with a mouth-drying astringency.

D - Not at all what I was expecting, although it is a well-executed beer. This is a pretty nice Flemish-style brown, but why has every other reviewer treated it as an American brown with no mention of funk? I have checked and rechecked the label and this is not a special bottling. The label matches the photo above perfectly. Either I'm crazy, or they've significantly changed the recipe, or this bottle has magically been funked in a very drinkable way.

Photo of TriGuy20
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ravenous Pig in Winter Park Florida.

A: Copper brown with light tan head and a little lace on the side of the glass.

S: Oatmeal/ light coffee/ chocolate/ toffee/ Malt

T: The oatmeal and bitter chocolate come through nicely on the palate with a nice malt finish

MF: Nice medium body mouth feel with a very balanced texture.

D: Very easy to drink, it would not be a problem to have a multi beer session.

Very pleasant beer. Nothing earth shattering, just a well made beer that is fun to drink.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel.

A - Nice shade of brown almost looks like Coke. Pours a small, tan head that quickly recedes. No real lacing.

S - Toasty malt smell. Its very faint. Bit of sweet. Almost like a light chocolate. Not a strong smeller at all.

T - Nice vanilla flavor bursts right through this. Just a tiny bit of sweetness with a bit of smokiness. Light mocha and chocolate. Breathy alcohol at the end.

M - Creamy indeed. Coats the mouth pretty well. Deep breathes in and you get that vanilla again and again. Medium body.

D - Hell yes. I loved this beer.

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

Another CC beer thanks to scottyshades. Thanks Scott.

A: Pours a redish brown but appears darker brown when held to light mostly due to cloudyness. Little to no head. Not much lacing.

S: Malts, oatmeal, hints of citrus, some sweet caramel like notes finish.

T: First off this is a very well balanced beer. The malt and oatmeal hits first. The aftertaste leaves a very mild caramel sweetness that permeates quite nicely. Alcohol is not very present. After several sips I'm starting to pick up that citrus I was smelling. A very tasty beer.

M: Viscous at first, but dissipates quickly. Carbonation provides just enough tingle helping to spread the beautiful sweetness mentioned above.

D: Despite the richness of this beer, it feels much lighter. It tastes great and has an abv under 6. This is a beer that will work well paired with a good dinner and I would be just as comfortable with it on a nice sunny afternoon. This beer is very drinkable.

Overall I love this beer. One of the best brown ales I've ever had. I will certainly be seeking it out again. Thanks again Scotty!

Photo of jettjon
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at random; had never had anything from Cigar City before. What a pleasant surprise! From a 12 oz bottle into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), it pours a rich reddish brown color with lots of carbonation. Even a careful pour yields a towering head of brownish-tan foam which sticks around well into the glass. Impressive nose with notes of oak and vanilla right up front. Very sweet and slightly medicinal with hints of dark fruit. A bit of "cherry lambic" on the nose. In the mouth, more oaky vanilla and raisins or plums along with woody malt. Very complex flavor--totally BLOWS AWAY my expectations for a "brown ale." Finishes on a slightly sweet malty note. Mouth is watery but somewhat chewy; steadily precipitating carbonation also keeps things crisp. Drinkability is very good; though there are big vanilla/oak/sweet malt flavors, the whole of it is subtle enough to enjoy several of these, and the 5.5% ABV is appreciated.

Overall: OK, I was seriously taken off guard by this one. I spotted a Brooklyn Brown, which I enjoy but which has become oddly hard to find in my neck of the woods. Maduro is NOTHING like Brooklyn Brown or a "traditional" brown (much less English). It's closer to Dogfish Head's Palo Santo Marron take on the "American" brown, except sans the 12% ABV. Delicious, drinkable, and at the 8.99/sixer price I found it at, a definite new go-to brew for me.

Photo of GPHarris
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter that left a thin sheet and good lacing. the body was dark brown, almost black.
s - chocolate, sweet malts.
t - bitter chocolate malts.
m - thin to medium on the tongue.
d - great beer and maybe the best brown i've ever had.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a sa perfect pint glass. The pour is deep amber with reddish highlights. The aroma is sweet and bready. The flavor is bready with a decent amount of caramel and enough hops for balance. It has a clean finish. The body is light/medium and well carbonated. A nice sessionable brew from CCB.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bartrash for this brew.

Pours a nice golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, lots of caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this is a very fine ABA. Thanks Pete.

Photo of ztaylor1
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- very dark brown with light chocolate around the edges. Fizzy white head that dies down quickly. Very little lacing.

Smell- toasted malts and milk chocolate. Light hops are in the background but faint.

Taste- huge chocolate and toasted malt flavors with a balanced hop bitterness. Overall fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel- medium to thin. Decent carbonation. Nothing spectacular.

Drinkability- the finish of this beer makes you thirsty for more!

Photo of drewd0g
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a 6pack purchased at DeCicco's in Brewster.

Pours a really dark brown color....almost black, but not quite... smell is OK. some chocolate and toasted malt. tastes like a good brown ale. malty, toasted, smooth. delightful flavor profile with a medium body. mouthfeel is medium-thin....Drinkibility is OK....but i'm not a huge fan of brown ales....however this one is pretty good, i'd drink it again.

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

A: pours with a finger of darker tan head. The beer is a rather dark brown that looks amber under the light.

S: really good aroma. Smells like a tiny hit of vanilla with chocolate and maybe a tiny bit of hidden dark fruits. Very gentle aroma, like no aggressive smells, just great aroma.

T: perfectly balanced with a hint of citrus fruit and chocolatey malt sweetness. Slighty bready, wh

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.

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