Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale

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Reviews: 603
Hads: 1,913
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 160
Gots: 255 | FT: 5
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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 NoleDoc
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap. Smooth finish. The chocolate and the roasted components are very well balanced. You can taste the oats in the after taste. The color is okay and had a decent "head" to it. Overall it's pretty good. Tastes great. So far Cigar City hasn't failed to impress.

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Photo of Swedgin_Wu
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first tangle with Cigar City, despite the fact it's given quite a name for itself especially in Florida.

12 oz can ( i guess they abandoned the bottle) into a Tulip Glass. Perhaps the best "canned" beer i've tried thus far

Appearance - Nice medium brown color, decent amount of head

Smell - Wonderful smell. Toffee, Caramel and some nut stand out. it's very inviting and matches the taste. I don't really sense an oatmeal presence despite the name

Taste- Much like the smell...A blend of toffee, nut and caramel. Maybe a little coffee. It's a very flavorful beer to the point you want to take just the right sized sip to savor the flavor. beautiful transition to the finish.

Mouthfeel - moderately carbonated but i tend to like beers with more than a little carbonation.

Overall - Excellent beer..perhaps a great dessert beer, but i can drink this on any occasion. It's not a session beer....but it's one of my favorite just to have as a standalone. Between this and the Rogue Hazelnut, i have been fully converted to loving Brown ales. the oatmeal aspect of it i did not really notice

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a can poured into your standard draft pint.

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

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

T: sweet oatmeal malt, with a nice mild hop bite (25 IBU) and some hints of oak and smoked barrel flavors.

M: creamy but not heavy, smooth, but quits easy on you

d: easy to drink, while @ 5.5% ABV its on the higher end of ABV's for the style.

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Photo of ADZA
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark sherry brown hue with a creamy one finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is sherry,oak,chestnuts and a touch of chocolate,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation and has tastes of chocolate,roasted nuts,tobacco,oak and finished with a toffee bittersweetness and overall it's easy to drink but could have a fuller feel cheers.

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Photo of kagent777
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

One from a six pack I purchased from Knightly's Spirits on OBT while on vacation in Florida last week. I poured this one into my perfect pint.

Appearance: A two finger thick sandy colored head cannot keep the pleasant mild smell contained. The color is nice and brown just like a good maduro should be, this also has some amazing red highlights.

Smell: Smell breaks through the head with notes of chocolate, lightly roasted malt, coffee, and a touch of alcohol. No strong hops to speak of.

Taste: The taste largely follows the smell. Overall, it seems quite mild. A hint of vanilla matches up against the chocolate. A very balanced beer. The finish seems very short.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thinner side while the carbonation is middling.

Overall: I usually love cigar city, but I am not wowed by this one. The other cans in this sixer were all nice, but I am not getting as much flavor from this one. It is good flavor, but just really diminished.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Lost Spring Break 2012 Beer Reviews-Chapter 6

Light tan head is densely bubbled, but breaks down to a film quickly. Dark brown ody with Coca-Cola highlights.

Aroma of roast coffee, cocoa, and oatmeal. Strong and inviting. Pleasing.

Taste follows nose. It's coffee, hen chocolate. Hops ride across the top with a solid bite at he swallow. Oatmeal at the finish.

Light mouthfeel, which is what keeps this a brown ale and not a hoppy porter.

A superior brown ale, recommended for both Florida vacations and home consumption.

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Photo of sketchpunx
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Huge rocky head bellows up, tanish white in color with super compact bubbles. Massive lacing. The beer is solid dark barely translucent deep brown.
The smell has a bunch of Orval/Rayon Vert style belgian yeast to it up front, rather unexpected but really nice! Caramel and molasses follow on the nose.
The taste is really nice. Lots of belgian yeast with subtle coffee caramel and vanilla notes but nothing overly sweet here. really balanced with a dry smack of hops that aren't at all in the front, but enable this beer to finish smooth and dry. Honestly at 5.5% i could enjoy this big tasting beer all day!
The mouthfeel is maybe a bit thin, but overall really well carbonated to my liking. maybe slightly chalky. While not distracting from my enjoyment of this beer,the feel might be it's weakest aspect.
Overall i think this is a great outside the box Brown ale. I would drink this again in a second and seek it out.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a deep amber almost brown with 2 fingers of creme colored head leaving behind great amounts of sticky lacing. smells of delicious sweet chocolate, bread, grassy hops. a very chocolatey oriented flavor - toasted grains with a light coffee hint, grasy hops are there but subtle, very subtle sweetness. medium body with a slightly chalky feel, moderate carbonation. very creamy, thanks to the oats.

a really great brown ale.. it's hard to come by an impressive one, but this and ellie's brown ale by avery are my top 2 i think

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

Beer pours a very large head. Has a good aroma and good taste. The beers carbonation to me is a big plus, giving this brew a good mouth feel. This is the first Cigar City beer I have had and it does not disappoint. It is easy to see that Cigar City makes quality beer. I look forward to more variations of brew from them.

Bottom Line: I would buy this on a regular basis if it was available.

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Photo of draheim
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (canned 10/18/12) into a tulip. Pours a hazy mahogany brown w/ a 1-finger head that leaves behind a thin film on the surface.

Aroma is bitter roasted malt, fresh donuts, bitter coffee, and chocolate. A little lighter than a porter but lots of good complexity. I'm going to let this warm up a bit.

Taste is roasty and bitter with caramel and toffee, maybe even some pipe tobacco. Has a smoky quality, some dried figs and dates in there too. Bitterness is tempered by a vaguely fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light but not quite watery, finishes bitter. About right for the style.

Overall a good, robust brown ale. Flavorful enough to satisfy, light and clean enough to refresh.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Momar42 for the can! 12 oz can poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy dark burgundy color. The head is a gorgeously textured one finger offwhite color - shame it fades so quickly. It leaves a modicum of lacing on the glass.

S: There's a dark fruit note to it that sets it apart from the more dry/bitter browns out there. Concentration of the aromatic senses will yield some light chocolate, hazelnut, and unroasted coffee, as well.

T: This could almost pass for a porter at times. There's an initial flavor of coffee (this time taking more of a roasted quality than in the nose) and oats, before transitioning to caramel, chocolate, and hazelnut on the midtaste and finish. After it warms up slightly, I notice a slight twinge of earthy hops. Rather simple in its flavor profile, but what's here works very well.

M: Not fully creamy, likely due to the strong carbonation. The latter quality gives the beer a light and airy dryness to counteract the smooth, syrupy finish. Very wet on the aforementioned finish and aftertaste otherwise. Perhaps not as easy to drink as it could be, though - the sweetness gets to be a bit much at times.

O: Cigar City could have called this an oatmeal porter and I wouldn't have batted an eyelash. That's a compliment. It's a bit too sweet to be a quick drinker, but it's richness belies its 5.5% ABV. Would make a great dessert beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle thanks to CruisaC, thanks man. Soft brown color with a quickly disappating head. Aroma is ok, mostly malt and a touch of sugar. Flavor is about the same. Decent beer but nothing I'd go seeking out a second time. Still, I was thankful to get the opportunity to tick this.

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Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First I've seen of Cigar City in my corner of VT. This is only available at one location and that's a health food store.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a thin head. Not as brown as I hoped it would be but it's close as it is.

Caramel, toffee and a touch of cocoa are apparent in the nose of this ale. It certainly does more complex than a standard brown ale.

Tastes like a porter with the mouthfeel of a brown ale. Sweet and toasty with a very nice roasted coffee/cocoa note in the middle. Caramel. Toffee. It doesn't lay anything on too thick.

Lots of balance and interplay between flavors. The mouthfeel is sort of thin though.

Very tasty and well worth what I paid for the 6 pack.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a small size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, nuts, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some light coffee. There is a bit of a nuttiness and the beer ends with a malty and chocolatey aftertaste.

Overall - Mouthfeel isn't great, but it has a taste that keeps it interesting throughout the glass. Worth a try but probably not a repeat purchase for me with some many other great beers out there.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Sprecher snifter glass

Appearance- A very murky brown with a finger of light kahki head that dissipates into a thin surface layer and leaves some minimal lacing.

Smell- Some carmel, a little bit of nuttiness and a citrusy hop smell that is pretty predominant.

Taste- Front and middle of the tounge is a nutty flavor that then transitions into a long cloying citrus rind finish.

Mouthfeel- Nice chewy mouthfeel that still has loads of carbonation to balance and make it pretty easy drinking.

Overall- A little more hopped then Im used to, but had a pretty good balance in both flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned November 28, 2012.

Beer is very dark brown, almost appears black on certain angles. Small off-white head disappears immediately.

Aroma contains vanilla, brown sugar, toffee and caramel. A bit nutty and sweet,

Taste contains caramel, toffee and vanilla. Milk chocolate and some slightly roasted nuts. A bit sweet. Tastes like a better version of Newcastle Brown - not wildly different, just improved.

Medium to light bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit chewy,

Overall, good. Nice rendition of the style. Not a thrilling beer, but flavourful and something that you could readily drink quite a lot of.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in straight-edged ale glass

A: dark cola colored; very well carbonated; medium-sized head, mixed sizes of bubbles
S: brown-ale aroma; bit of root beer aroma
T: sweet; low on hops; tinny flavor; oatmeal is not really all that present
M: a bit thin-bodied

A bit disappointing for a brown ale

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the strong Tampa influence, Cigar City continues to brew contemporary-style ales but with a twist and a turn that harks to the culture of high quality and fresh tobacco. Maduro Brown Ale brings about the smooth earthy taste of well matured soft cigars with fragrant chocolate and toast and a super smooth texture.

Dark brown in color and with a light and fluffy head, the beer carries a very stout-like color, but has the viscosity and head character of something lighter. A fantastic long lasting ivory froth consists of loosely knit bubbles and endures the session well. Styrofoam lacing blankets the glass as the beer fades.

Aromas of toast and walnuts kick things off, but they do so with stern whiffs of dark chocolate, heavy toasted grain, burnt toffee, and a light blackberry-like twang. Where the brown ale doesn't seem as nutty or sweet as most English-style browns, it seems to favor a toastier and stronger American-type of version.

The char of heavily toasted breads lead right into the flavors. French roast coffee flavors stop just shy of espresso and allow a nuttier taste of strong walnuts and bittersweet chocolate to temper the dry almost-roast flavor. Its toffee flavors are also scorches as are the dry grain flavors that attempt to give richness to the taste. The light berry fruit notes are more subtle than the aromas suggest and hide deep behind the coffee bean taste.

The beer's remarkable dryness is evident early on as the strong carbonation carries the malts off into a finish even before the taste is completely understood. Its Belgian-like sprite exacerbates the texture of dryness and gives even more life to the toasty-roasty mouthfeel. Never ashy or astringent, the beer closes with medium warmth, soft powder, and fast fleeting malt richness.

Maduro Brown Ale is a surprisingly dry and effervescent dark ale that's focused in its toasty taste, aroma, and texture. Delicious and effortless on the palate- ideal for nutty parmesean slices or softer earthen cigars.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a see-through brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Light, spotty lacing.

S- Roasty chocolate, caramel and brown sugar. Kind of smells like a sugar daddy or Werther's tastes. Some faint vanilla and mocha.

T- Smooth and toasty with some mild hop bitterness. Not as sweet of a flavor as the aroma implies. Alcohol is extremely subdued. More subtle notes of chocolate and caramel. Semi-stale aftertaste.

M- Slick, borderline creamy with medium carbonation and a medium-full body.

O- Definitely not one of my favorites by CCB but it's, at least, a nice and sessionable brown ale.

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Photo of birchstick
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a mahogany brown color with a nice white head on it

S - chocolaty macchiato with a bit of pecan nuttiness ascend from the glass into the nasal cavities

T - starts off with brown sugar sweetness with underlying tones of milk chocolate. These move on to more a nutty, roasted pecan slickness. A little bit of chocolate flavors sneak up on the back end, but the nuttiness and subtle roasted coffee notes see the rest of this beer through the palate.

M - full, slick, smooth - nice

D - overall this is a really nice brown ale from Cigar City. It has nice complexity and a really nice interplay between the different flavors. I would love to try some of the other variations of this beer, but just being able to try this base version makes me happy enough.

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

Bottled served in a pint glass, this is a pretty brown, clear, with red light throughout and 1 finger tan head with good retention, fluffy. Nice roasted malts on the nose, taste is sweet caramel and toffee malts on the front palate with espresso, tobacco, earthy hops on the middle, and very toasted peanuts or burnt bread at the back end. Moderate body, mod-low carbonation a bit thin/wet mouthfeel. A fantastic brown, has great drink-ability.

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Photo of starrdogg
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark reddish-brown with a thin off-white head. Smell is not quite what I'd expect from a brown ale, it's got that sweet caramel malt presence, but also a good amount of dark fruit like a Belgian dark ale, but not quite as well-integrated. Flavor incorporates that fruitiness from the aroma in a mellow way and combines it with some nuttiness and roasted malt - it's unique and fairly easy to drink. It's sweeter and less bitter than most brown ales. Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied with nice carbonation, but a little too thin for the sytle. Overall, this is an interesting take on a brown ale that works fairly well. It's not a great beer, but it's certainly a good one.

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

Light brown body, tan head dissipates quickly to a film and ring. Not much lacing.

Smells of roast nuts, coffee, and toffee.

Tastes nutty, with hints of coffee and toffee. Not too hoppy with a little hop bitterness in the quite dry finish that complements the other flavors.

Light in body and carbonation, quickly goes flat.

A good tasting brown beer with a nutty flavor, nicely hopped, and fairly low ABV. Decent beer for drinking and enjoying with food, but not highly remarkable.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tulip

A: Pours brown with a nice off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is sweeter than I expected with notes of vanilla, raisins, cocoa, and chocolate malt.

T: The taste is much like the nose with good flavors of chocolate malt, raisins, and a touch of vanilla on the finish. Sweet but not overly so and the roasted malt adds a touch of bitterness to keep it from being cloying.

M: The feel is par for the style...light-medium bodied with good carbonation. Although my can didn't say anything about Oatmeal I expected a bit more body on this one.

O: Typical run of the mill Brown Ale...maybe a bit sweeter than others. Not sure I'd go out of my way to get this one but I was glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. No visible bottling date.

Look- Crystal clear deep red-brown with a finger of dense off-white head that settles fairly quickly. Sparse lacing.

Smell- Vanilla, woody, toasted biscuit, caramel, almost roasty. Light sweetness. Fresh-baked sourdough aroma adds something of an edge.

Taste- Lightly browned toast with chocolate-laced hazelnut spread. Vanilla, again a slightly woody feel. Mild dry leaf tea, balanced bitterness. Pretty clean finish, lingering whole-grain toast. I'm not generally a brown fan, but that's excellent.

Mouthfeel- Full for the style, silky on the swallow. Soft carbonation. An easy drinker, and not one I'd get bored of.

Overall- It's nice to see someone take a basic style and knock it out of the park. I don't typically seek out browns, but I will after stumbling upon this one. Absolutely worth seeking out.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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