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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,783 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,783
Reviews: 593
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 147
Gots: 205 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Moderately dark burnished brown in color. I believe this is relatively clear but very dark and doesn't let much light through. Forms only a thin brown head despite an aggressive pour, and lacing is decent throughout the drink.

S: Some roasted malt, some sweetness, but also a flat cardboard aroma. Potentially from oxidation, but the beer is only about five months old.

T: Brown roasty malt, a bit of hoppy bitterness, and a bit of coffee.

M: Thin body, medium carbonation, no alcohol presence to speak of.

O: It's OK, but really doesn't do a lot for me. I wouldn't hesitate to order one if my options were limited at a bar, but I don't think I would seek it out. Not my favorite CCB brew.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained via trade from Mposha. Poured from a bottle into a Newcastle signature glass. The beer pours out a dark, fairly clear brown color with some orange highlights. The head is small and dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin layer of lacing along the surface. The nose is mild and nutty, with notes of biscuits and toasted malt.

The beer has a nice firm mouthfeel, almost creamy, and a good medium to full body. According to Cigar City's website, this is ``a Northern English-style brown ale with some American affectations'', and they are not lying. The sweet toffee-like character of the toasted malt one expects on the front of the palate is immediately joined by a balancing, yet rather pronounced (for a brown ale) hop character, leaving one of the drier finishes I have encountered in a brown ale. The hop flavors, while not at all intense, are a bit overdone in my opinion. The lemony note they lend to the finish interferes with the complexity of the malt. Then again, this is a Northern English-style brown ale.

Overall, this is a very nice brown ale. I don't think it shows the malt complexity of the best Northern English brown ales (for example, Samuel Smith's Nut Brown), but the hop character must certainly appeal to a lot of American drinkers.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of socon67
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown pour with a tan colored foam. Decent lacing.

S - Smell of coffee, almonds, and roasted malt. Has a slight smell of fresh wood.

T - Tastes of hazelnuts, coffee, and english toffee. Flavor mellows with an earthy taste. Mellowed malt profile on the finish.

M - Well balanced english ale with a nice contrast of toasted malt and coffee bitterness.

O - Having had this after the Cubano Espresso I probably didn't appreciate this guy as much. A nice soft drinking brown ale that pairs well with a good burger.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to miamimichael2 for the trade.
Bottle poured into a Nonic pint.

A- Pours a nice nutty brown color with 2 fingers of foamy tan to almost light brown colored head that leaves mild lacing on the glass.

S- Nice and toasty smelling. Hint's of chocolate and coffee, but just barely. Sweet toffee and caramel. Nutty, toasty malts.

T- Follows nose well. Lot's of toasty malts, sweet toffee and caramel, but not overly sweet though. Slight metallic taste. Some earthy flavored hops on the finish. Leaves a light roasted coffee aftertaste. Pretty taste brown ale.

M- Solid medium body, not overly carbonated at all. Seems spot on for style.

O- I enjoyed this one. Wish their beers were available where I live.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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

Huge thanks to Zappbranagan for the extra!!

A- A cloudy, murky medium brown body with a thin bubbly tan head.

S- Sweet toasted malt, a dash of piney hops, hazelnut, oats, sugary bread.

T- Nice sweet hazelnut brown ale taste in the beginning, with a malty body that has a bread/oat taste.

M- Pretty smooth, medium bodied, perfect carbonation.

O- Very solid brown ale, not too sweet, but great flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Appearance: Murky reddish-brown hue with a one finger tan head.

Aroma: Caramel malt presence. A touch of sweet coffee.

Taste: First thing I notice is a slight watery taste. However, it opens up a little more after the initial bit and approaches robustness as it goes down. There is a caramel fudge taste along with just a hint of black coffee bitterness on the end. Tastes a little murky, just like the appearance. There are some good flavors in there, they are just not being balanced correctly. Surprising amount of bitterness from the coffee-like malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side but the oatmeal seems to be doing it's job as this is a decently smooth brew. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Definitely not the best Brown Ale out there. It would probably go well with a cigar as there isn't enough flavor here to really make it stand on its own.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a deep mahogany nutty brown colour. Nice creamy tan head poured very tight, thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like topping then faded fairly quickly to decent thick covering. Light carbonation... some light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Lots of roasted chocolate malts, light tobacco smoke, brown sugar notes, grassy hops, roasted (maybe slightly charred ?) nuttiness, nutmeg spiciness, some anise, black coffee, woody hints, creosote traces, dark dried fruits (raisins and currents)...

Taste - Grassy and earthy hop bitterness up front followed by sweet brown sugar, roasted malts, some pine notes, spicy dark fruits (raisins, dates, plums), dark chocolate, light smokiness, roasted nuttiness, treacle sweetness...

M&D - Sharp initially then smooths out nicely... medium bodied... Very quaffable...

Overall - An excellent brown ale... highly recommended...

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The tan head disappears very quickly after the pour with minimal lacing. Color is a deep reddish-brown. The flavor is dominated by chocolate and caramel malts. The carbonation was too high for my liking, especially for this style of beer. I wanted to smoothly savor the roastyness of this beer, but the carbonation level interfered with this. Not a bad brew, but not a great one either.

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3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at The Democratic Republic Of Beer (DRB), Miami, FL

The beer poured dark chestnut brown and was topped by a thin film of light tan froth. There was no lacing whatsoever. The liquid contained many bubbles and reminded me somewhat of root beer.

The aroma was pleasant and interesting but quite muted initially. Toffee and caramel were noticeable. Touch of chocolate and hazelnut. The malt profile was very British. Coffee notes came out as beer warmed. With time, the nose turned sweeter and more robust.

The flavor was similar to the aroma except drier and less complex. A mix of toasted and roasted malts appeared on the front end before a dry nuttiness took over. The finish contained notes of coffee, as well as some earthy, bittering hops. There was also a dry, oaty quality to it.

The mouthfeel was thinner than anticipated with a crisp, spritzy effervescence. It felt somewhat soda-like.

I was excited to try a Cigar City beer while vacationing in South Florida, but this offering was a bit disappointing.

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