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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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Reviews: 604
Hads: 1,911
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 160
Gots: 255 | FT: 5
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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Reviews: 604 | Hads: 1,911
Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can, this is a great brown ale with lingering notes of coffee, malts and chocolate. Easily enjoyable in any setting where caramelized malts that are roundeed out with hints of tobacco and leather are desired. This is a fantastic session beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark brown color, almost like a black coffee. There is a light mocha brown head.

The aroma has toasted malt, some nuttiness, a caramel sweetness. Almost a fruity note of dried apple peel.

The flavor follows with the toasted flavors in the front. That apple note coming through again. Hazelnuts. A slight toffee and caramel sweetness. The finish is of watered down coffee slightly. The beer is so robust that it leans almost towards roasted flavors.

Canned on 10/23/13. 3 months old. Should’ve held up. Not sure if there are much more hops.

Wonderfully sessionable. Could use a bit more sweetness and malt backbone.

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Photo of sommersb
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 01-15-2014
Freshness: Canned on 12-05-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Wish You Were Beer, Huntsville AL

Semi-clear brown beer with a big tan head makes for a nice appearance. Head retention and lace are good.

Aromas are what you'd expect with a brown ale -- caramel malt notes with some roasted grain smell as well. Nice and clean.

The taste isn't mind-blowing, but it really shouldn't be. First is a malty sweetness, countered by some earthy hops and toasted malts. Some nuttiness as well. Great taste in a simple vehicle.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with a semi-sweet finish followed by a light bitterness of roasted malt.

Overall a real gem for a style that doesn't get much respect. Probably one of the best browns I've ever had!

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Photo of drpimento
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good British brown, although I do seem to pick up a bit of tartness that doesn't belong. Poured at a good temperature with a modest, lite brown, foamy, thick head that soon all but disappears and no lace. Color is an almost clear amber brown with some bubble trails. Aroma is a very fragrant malt, nutmeats, cocoa, toffee, bit of roast. Flavor's like nose and very we'll balanced. The off tartness vanishes with a little time. Body/carbonation are about perfect. Finish is like flavor, has a few medicinal qualities that linger, and is overall very drinkable.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Brown with a small head that was not there long and left no real lace
S-oatmeal and caramel with a background of toffee
T-caramel malts upfront with a toffee flavor that gives you hints of chocolate that fades to a roasted chocolate nut finish
M-light to medium body and low carbonation
O- Was not too sweet yet not bitter. Was a great balance of caramel, chocolate, and nut finish

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Photo of mikeg67
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours brown with creamy, long lasting, beige head. Aroma is of toasted malt, bread crust, coffee and piney hops. Body is medium, creamy and smooth. Toasted malt, piney hops, coffee, cacao, dark chocolate, and dark fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, malty. Delicious brew.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice rich brown coloring yielded a loosely knit head that had built well but deleted away.

The aroma holds some maple syrup, Graham cracker, roasted barley with a finish of floral hops. The aroma has a good strong character.

The flavor holds more barley, light toast, even lighter chocolate and some bready malt. The flavor was a tinge weak with a wateriness that pushed into the feel. The moderate carbonation adds a smooth feel but the wateriness detracts a bit.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cigar City Maduro has a thin-to-medium cream colored head, a dark brown appearance, which is pretty hazy, and thin lacing left behind. The aroma is initially nonexistent, but as the beer warms, one will detect a rich, somewhat sour, pleasantly roasted barley malt and bread crust. Taste is of sweet, deeply roasted malt, a touch of bitterness, sweetness, and toffee. Mouthfeel is watery and a bit slick, and Cigar City Maduro finishes semi-dry, mellow, and highly drinkable.


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Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep ruby in the glass, one finger off white head.

S-Lots of coffee, chocolate, oats and a tad vanilla.

T-Starts with coffee, malt, caramel, oats. Slight bitterness. Well balanced.

M-Lighter not much carbonation, tad watery.

O-A really good brown ale, the only real drawback is that it was a tad watery.

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Photo of DrJ
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a major fan of Cigar City's Jai Alai IPA (terrific IPA!), and decided to try their Maduro Brown Ale (can).

Fluffy head which diminishes relatively quickly and leaves little in the way of lacing behind, color is dark brown with hints of amber. Nose is mild, consistent with toasted brown bread and mild coffee. Palate feel is smooth, with low carbonation. Taste is mild and agreeable, with flavors of mildly sweet roasted malt, gentle hints of coffee and molasses. An agreeable malt-centric brown ale, with a pleasantly smooth mouth feel (due to the additional of oatmeal).

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My mother-in-law was kind enough to bring me a 12oz can of this fine ale all the way out to San Diego from Palm Beach Gardens. Poured into a traditional pint glass.

Pours deep brown with amber hues along the outside of the glass when held up to a light source - the head was a bit of a let down with very little retention and no lacing to speak of. Haha - wow! As soon as I smelled this one, I totally got the artwork on the can - tons of tobacco and cigar box on the nose - truly amazing actually. Dates and figs are also present in the nose, a bit of smokiness, sweet and earthy. Flavor is similar to the nose, with a big mouthful of dark chocolate, a hint of espresso, tobacco leaves, very earthy and enjoyable. No hops in the mix what so ever. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, not complaining, but I wouldn't be bummed if they beefed up the mouthfeel a bit. Carbonation is light and perfect for the style. Overall, I was totally blown away by this one - not expecting much (especially after the underwhelming appearance) and it was one of the better brown ales i've ever had. So earthy and sweet, just like a fine cigar.

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Photo of Roguer
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a glowing dark brown with purplish-red highlights. Very thin head that quickly fades to an extremely thin line. No lacing.

Dark fruity (especially grapes) smell with strong notes of coffee.

Sweet notes of coffee and grapes; milk, toffee, and smooth dark chocolate. Tons of strong, dry toast and dark malts. Any bitterness is from the chocolate and slightly burnt coffee taste.

Mouthfeel is very light, much lighter than the flavor profile would have suggested. Goes down very, very easily. Very little sting, but the beer doesn't feel the slightest bit flat.

Is this a dark brown ale, or a light porter? I honestly don't have enough experience with the style to say. I have enough experience with Maduro-wrapped cigars to say that this beer doesn't particularly remind me of one; however, I imagine it would pair quite well with a good, dark cigar (or dessert and/or dinner, for that matter).

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can in a standard pint glass.

A- A 1-finger tan cap on a brown pour, red highlights. The fast fading head went to nothing and left no lacing. Fizzy.

S- Toffee, sweet caramel, strong dark coffee, some warm booziness. Chocolate.

T- All the aromas listed above shine in flavor. Quite good.

M- The feel is minimal, very thin. Very fizzy. A bit of a creamy finish.

O- Underwhelming to me. It tasted good, but the flavors alone are not enough to carry this brew.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12-oz can into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of medium tan foam over a cloudy body of dark brown; thin web of lace

S - nuts, sweet caramel, hint of coffee

T - toffee sweetness up front, dark chocolate, black coffee, earthy notes; dry nutty finish leaves a bitter aftertaste

M - smooth creamy medium body, medium carbonation

O - Maduro is a solid brown.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

after all the hype on this one, I wanted to like it a lot more than I did. it seems flat, and not as distinct as it was in my head. it had a dark brown color with a buried rusty glow and an inch of off white head that disappears instantly and does not come back. sitting flat in my glass after just a minute, the nose is probably the best feature. its dry, caramel forward English malt and a lathery chocolate body with burnt sugar and slight smoke notes. the flavor hits on all of these, but they just don't come together into a cohesive experience for me. im not getting the nutty, tobacco, or coffee notes everyone else seems to find in this, I just get chocolate malt and an earthy soil element. I like it, don't get me wrong, but this didn't blow my doors off. maybe ill have to try it a little closer to the source, not sure how well this traveled to Colorado... not quite enough carbonation, a little thin on the body, and not as drinkable or unique as i imagined. maybe a victim of my own expectations on this one.

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Photo of roger617
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into nonic glass.

A: 3.5 Pours dark brown with less than 1 finger of khaki head that reduces quickly and leave no lacing.
S: 3.25 Toffee, carmel, roast.
T: 3.5 Very sweet yet roasty. Leaves a lingering coffee flavor.
M: 3.25 Carbed well, smooth, not a dry after taste.
O: 3.5 This beer has a good blend of all the flavors going on. It's nothing I would see out, but I would have it again.

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Photo of Jekyll
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice! Very smooth. Very understated and consistent to the point it could be overlooked for cigar city's other outstanding brews. Dark mahogany with basically little to no head and average smell but the flavor is amazing. Lower abv as well so while not quite a session could have a few and none the wiser. Thinner mouthfeel as well makes this a good any season type offering. Well done!

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a FW Tulip. 8/29/13 bottling date

Pours a dark brown color with a reddish hue when held up to the light, with a nice 1'' head. Smell is of roasted malt and a tad of toffee. The taste is very hardy and enjoyable. Great coffee, chocolate, caramel and malty notes. A real treat to drink. Full bodied even at 5.5% ABV, so i can see this being quite filling if you drink a lot of them in a row.

Overall excellent brown ale that I could drink all day!

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Photo of dayvinn87
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't ask for much more out of a standard distribution brown ale. It is not a special release or a seasonal or anything else hyped up but it is consistently delicious and my go to beer around the house. Every sip has a caramel-chocolate sweetness to it that isn't overpoweringly sweet. I don't feel like I'm drinking a dessert. The smell may be my favorite part. I'm not quite sure how to describe it, but I love that first smell before I taste it.

Thanks and Cheers

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Photo of Treyliff
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a dark and murky chestnut brown with a big two-finger light tan head that seems to keep growing after the pour. I think this is the first beer I've reviewed that the head got bigger as it set, eventually leaves some lace behind

S- sweet grainy and lightly roasty malt, a touch of chocolate, metallic with a woodsy/nutty kick on the end

T- sweet and malty with just a hint of semi-sweet chocolate thrown in mid-palate, there's some earthy/herbal notes along with some light fruity esters. The finish is dry with just a bit of hop bitterness

M- medium body and carbonation with a foamy and creamy mouthfeel, smooth and dry finish making it very drinkable

O- a simple yet solid brown ale. Its pretty straight forward but very approachable, would pair well with certain foods

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Photo of Mikecap
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into a tapered pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown with two fingers of whitish head that fade quickly, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Coffee up front, with some chocolate and toffee as well. A roasty smoky character as well, a lot more going on than a standard brown ale.

Taste: Espresso first, and bitter chocolate follows with hints of roasted barley and a bit of an earthy hop component. Hints of toffee and sweetness, very good taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation, and a smooth finish. Not too heavy but nothing you're going to pound down too quickly.

Overall: I thought this was a delicious brew from Cigar City, and definitely one to try. I'm not a huge brown ale fan but this was more reminiscent of a porter or an oatmeal stout given its nature.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a stemmed tulip glass
Received as a trade extra from cparles (Thanks!)

A: A dark brown with a reddish hue; 1 -2- fingers of tan head settling fast to a thick collar leaving no lacing.

S: Wow, a really nice nose though I am having a hard time describing it. Lots of sweet malt and some kind of spice. There is a big toffee-like richness floating around.

T: A deep, rich flavor of espresso and toffee, roasted malts and chocolate. The addition of bittering hops dry out the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation but it feels a bit thin.

O: A pleasant overall brown; it has an interesting nose and is sweet but not overly.

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Photo of mrchrisray
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

dark, cloudy, and some floaters. light carbonation, small head, hardly any retention, and okay lacing and looks like dirty tea.

smoky, roasted dark chocolate, no hop smells for this palate, and some toffee espresso..barely.

chocolate at first, roasted malts, i don;t taste as much coffee as i smell.

kinda flat, easy to drink, smooth going down, and unsweetened baking chocolate aftertaste.

overall, good beer for the style, feels like its been open for an hour but only 10 mins. good but not amazing.

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 3-20-13

Poured into CC snifter

Pour: Lighter brown with some ruby red tones along the edges of the glass. Produced a 1 finger off white head.

Smell: Some roasted malt, cereal grain like, a little coffee, nutty, sweet (toffee and caramel).

Taste: Like the smell. Roasted, nutty, malt, with a touch of sweetness like toffee. Coffee taste is more pronounced on the finish and lingers somewhat.

Mouthfeel: A little thin but creamy too. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: An enjoyable brown. Not my favorite style but this one holds my interest.

Thanks Jim!

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Photo of IPAdams
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark brown with a half inch off white head that quickly recedes.

Smell- Strong smell of bittersweet chocolate with a hint of caramel.

Taste- Taste of chocolate milk with a decent amount of bitterness. Can pick up some espresso bean flavor as it warms up.

Mouthfeel- Light medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall- Not a bad beer, kind of a mix of a stout and a brown. Nothing too extreme of complex. Like a strong chocolate milk with some coffee.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.