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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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88
very good

606 Reviews
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Reviews: 606
Hads: 1,943
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 168
Gots: 271 | FT: 5
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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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: 606 | Hads: 1,943
Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to mntlover for this gem of a bottle. Pours a clear brown body with a large beige head. Good retention with some patchy lacing.

Aroma opens with a surprising assault of minty and pine hops. Nutty chocolate, caramel, and oatmeal quickly climb aboard to remind me this is an American brown ale.

Mouthfeel has the trademark silkiness of oatmeal, with a medium body and carbonation.

Taste has leafy and minty hops which play off malty notes of caramel and chocolate in an entertaining ballet. A pleasant nutty malt character provides the stage. Finishes clean and even.

One of the best brown ales I've ever sampled. Very complex and playful on the senses.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro-tap into a Tequesta Brewing Company pint glass.

Color: Dark brown with an amber hue when the light tries to shine through.

Taste: Slightly bitter with nice chocolate malts and a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Slightlt coarse on the the tongue with a light dry finish.

Overall: my first nitro-tap brew and it was great. Maduro is a delicious complex brew. Cigar city never disappoints and they just keep them coming! Cheers!

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color with a finger of tight tan head.

Smells like chocolate malt, sour note, rich malt and candy.

Sublime taste of cream, nutty, hint of bitter, milky, ends sweet. Balanced flavors, exactly where they should be.

Smooth texture, medium body, low carbonation, super smooth.

Wow. A real treat to drink. Only great things about this beer.

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Photo of mullenite
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent mahogany brown with a one finger cream head that falls to a nice ring which leaves sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell is rich semi-dark chocolate and a slightly sweet bread.

Taste is dead on with the smell. Somewhat bitter chocolate (sweeter than what you would get in a stout). Really, it tastes like devils food cookies.

Medium body with active carbonation and a fairly clean finish.

Very easy to drink.

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Photo of shand
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Pours a very deep brown with two fingers of light mocha coloured head. Retention and lacing are both good. The scent is a veritable bouquet of rich, roasty malts, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, nuts, and earthy hops. A great smelling brown ale. The taste is also very good - it almost has more in common with a porter than a brown ale tastewise. The roasty malts and semi-sweet chocolates come in first, then a hint of the coffee flavors come in along with the earthy hops. It's really a great tasting beer.

The mouthfeel does feel a little thin for the taste - that's probably what separates it from a porter, however. The slightly thinner taste also works well for Cigar City's gimmick of adding extra things to this formula. It's incredibly drinkable for the amount of flavor packed in here. It's just a great beer by a great brewery, and highly recommended.

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Photo of drtth
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is an opaque brown color that allows little or no light through. The 1/8" beige head that does leave some scattered lacing when sipping the beer. (I'm sure that if I'd poured this one myself it would have had a nice nicer head on it.)

Smell: The aroma includes brown bread, caramel, toffee, and some chocolate.

Taste: The flavors are toasted brown bread, caramel, chocolate and coffee in a wonderfully complex combination that reminds me of walking into a room sized cigar humidor. How does it get this tobacco character? Is it my imagination because of the brewery name? I don't think so, but....

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and quite smooth and creamy with light but persistent carbonation. The medium long finish dances through a complex interplay of various flavors as things slowly fade from the scene.

Drinkability: This one is very drinkable indeed. I finished it easily and could quite easily have had a second with no trouble. I will definitely return to this brown ale. It demonstrates the complexity which the style is capable of in ways that few others manage.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murky brown. Maybe a bit more ruby. Light tan colored heading. Disaptes very quickly to a thin covering.

Smell is mostly roasted malts a touch of cinnamon perhaps? and a decent cedar aroma. Very earthy.

Taste is amazing. Same roasted goodness as in the nose.Chocolate,coffee and a spicey kick. Finishes with a beautiful oak.

Mouth is medium bodied with great carbonation. Tremendous creamy texture and nice lingering chocolate-oakiness.

Another score from Cigar City.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip

Pours, well, pretty brown. It looks like the color of buckeyes, as in the mascot for THE Ohio State University. Reddish in the very center of the body. A nice finger and a half of beige head forms, but the lacing is pretty inadequate.

I'm struck immediately by how much fruit is in the nose. It isn't the dominant aroma or anything, but there is a not-insignificant fruitiness. It's coming from two elements: a bit of plum & apple from the yeast and some tropical citrus from the lupulin. Those hops don't really assert themselves outside of the citrus. The majority of the beer smells familiarly in Brown Ale territory. Toasted bread crusts, a dusting of cocoa powder, pumpernickel bread. I want to say there's some faint tobacco here too, but that could just be the name of the beer name & brewery name playing tricks on me.

Very bready on the palate. The oats are certainly there. There are just enough dark fruit esters to make this a really interesting food play. Ghosts of Cocoa Puffs (that I can write that phrase with complete sincerity is so awesome). The finish is EXACTLY like the the taste of toasted English muffins w/ peanut butter (a breakfast item I'm damn familiar with). This is nice stuff; it's hard to get me to say that about Brown Ales.

Oh, yeah. Maduro brings the kind of mouthfeel that only flaked oats can deliver. The mouthfeel is up into robust porter territory; creamy & thick. Soft carbonation, though perhaps too fizzy. As far as drinkability is concerned, this is a winner. The ABV% is only 5.5 (for this much flavor!) and the beer can go strong throughout a meal and into some desserts and even into the post-dessert cigar.

Admittedly, I'm not much of a Brown Ale guy. I've enjoyed more Brown Ales in the past six months than I ever have, so perhaps I'm coming around on the style (or, more likely, the Brown Ales from Terrapin, Good People, Sierra Nevada and Surly are just way better than the average beer of the style). Add this offering from Cigar City to that list. Unique, tasty; Cigar City is impressing me so far.

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Photo of IronLover
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Nutmeg brown in color with amber hues on the edges of the glass. Good clarity. Poured with a decent off-white head that reduced to a wispy cap and decent lacings on the glass. Sweet roasted malt and floral hop aromas with a hint of nuts. The hop aroma is subdued enough to allow the roasted malt to shine through. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Roasted malt and toffee flavors in the beginning. Floral hop bitterness shows through the middle along with a hint of lightly roasted coffee. Finishes with a bit of roasted malt flavor and a more pronounced bitter hop character. Nice flavor complexity for a usually predictable style.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge brown ale fan, but this was quite nice. Pours a nice dark brown with a thin head that settles to a ring. Smells of tobacco and earth, and roasted peppers. These aromas work unusually well with the dry maltiness of a brown ale. More earthy and tobacco notes in the taste, but here they are mild and combine with a creaminess that tempers everything and provides some balance. A bit light in the mouth, but the lively flavors compensate for this. Quite interesting and nicely drinkable. A great brewery!

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Photo of whisperjet
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Dark chocolate brown, light amber towards the bottom. A finger of cream colored head that sticks pretty lacy.

s: Large doses of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. A hint of alcohol. Very nice roasted malt that gives the nose a pleasant thickness.

t: Very rich malty flavor with nice alcohol twinge. Chocolaty and sugary with a bitter bite from the coffee.

m: Nicely carbonated to bring out the flavor. Rich and full bodied, coats the mouth well.

d: overall a really nice beer. I think I chose a sub-par bottle because I have had this brew before and was really wowed by it. But, either way it still has a really nice drinkability.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is even better than I remember it being a few days ago...

Poured into my Cigar City snifter....

A very dark brown appearance topped by a khaki head and lots of globby lacing...

Wonderful aromas of chocolate, sweet malts, vanilla, some tinges of dark fruit and an earthy woodiness that I find wonderful... I find myself swirling and smelling this one quite often in between sips...

Chocolate and vanilla maltiness mingle with the earthiness I mentioned above and have me gulping this one down... Its as smooth as silk and absolutely a delight to drink... A world class brown ale for sure...

Amazing beer... Probably a good thing I can't get this on a regular basis or else my wife would nix my beer habit....

Awesome job Cigar City!!!

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Photo of rousee
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Theres a reason this brewery is one of the most hyped ever in Florida. Simply put, the state of Florida had never has a craft brewery as focused on detail as these guys.

This is their brown ale which is probably the most available of their entire line in the northeastern US. I'm glad I bought a bunch as it reminds me of just how good a nice American brown ale can be.

The color and head are a little lighter than the maduro shade. Reminds me more of an EMS wrapper in color. The head isnt too impressive but it leaves nice lacing on the freshly rinsed glass which is a definite plus.

The taste does seem to have some nice tobacco, oatmeal,brown sugar elements and nothing is too sweet or sticky.

Its a very well executed brown ale and I'd like to do a little taste test with this, Avery's Elies, & Smutty's brown dog. This one could very well be the best of the lot.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coasters in Melbourne. Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head that leaves good lacing.

Taste is chocolate malts with a little toffee sweetness, not too much though. This has a nice complex flavor for a brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium, nice and smooth.

A beautiful brown ale that makes a good session beer with its low ABV

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Photo of brownbeer
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz CCB growler. Thanks again to Mike 2.

Mahogany color, about as dark brown as it can get away with, and a creamy, light brown head.

The nose has a little roasted nuttiness and mocha. It has kind of a rocky road vibe. Very nice. Rich.

The taste is of nutty dark chocolate, almond, subtle roast, just enough to be a nuance and not the main event. As it warms caramel and earthy hops interact. The finish isn't sweet, but has sort of a nutty mocha cheesecake fade. It's hearty, rich, and probably the most satisying brown ale I've had in my four years or so of beer exploration. Well done. A brown ale to drink or contemplate. Would try it again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Holds a nice thin off-white foamy head. Pours very mellow too. Brew is nice deep red color with lots of brown and black. Medium body.

S - Lots of almonds and pecans. Nice chocolate and roasty malt too. Some light orange and lemon.

T - Very light, about what a brown should be... Lots of nuts and smooth light chocolate. Delicious.

M - Perfect!

O - Another wonderful brew from CCB... I wish they distributed to Colorado...

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came as an extra from mcdiddypop, thanks for the chance to try this one. By the way, this mini growler might be the coolest looking bottle of beer I have run in to in quite a long time. Anyway, a rigorous pour produces a lovely dark rosewood colored beer, with large, ample white heading. It almost looked black when I poured, but was proven wrong when placing it under the light. Smell is light and delicate, but opens op more as it warms. Chocolate, caramel, smoke, wood, coffee and oatmeal all end up on the table. Taste has exactly the same elements, with the oatmeal and wood characters coming through the most. The mouthfeel is truly extraordinary. The dark malts along with the oatmeal characters meld perfectly. Hop presence is barely there, but that did not bother me. This is about as smooth a beer as you are going to get. I recommend sipping this one, but I must admit that it is a challenge considering how damn good it is. Right here is another reason why Cigar City are slowly but surely becoming my new favorite brewery. Seriously, get some of their offerings. It is one decision I promise you will not regret. Cheers

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Photo of Spica66
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this for my birthday from my folks in Zephyrhills.

A: Brown (imagine that) color that is tending toward red. Excellent head formation, retention, and lacing.

S: Wow! There is sure a lot going on in there. Nuttiness, big malt, smoke, some herbal hops, but not a lot. I really like the way this smells!

T: Sweet, like a good bread crust. Deep nuttiness, roast malt, and some smoke. Oh yeah, baby!

M: Smooth with good carbonation, but thin. I have had brown ales with a lot more body than this.

O: I would definitely get a case of this to share - if only it weren't 900 miles away :(...

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Photo of Gmann
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chocolate brown color with some honey highlights, tight tan head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a light roasted malt; charred wet wood, smoke, and roastd meat. The aroma is not strong but is very nice. Wow, big big roasted chestnut flavor with a toasted malt backbone. Some nice tobacco flavor as well. Damn, this is like NYC during the winter with the roasted chestnut vendors. There is a nice toasted malt, brown sugar, light honey, grape, lemon and metal; basically a good base for the chestnut flavors. A moderate body with fizzy carbonation, this is coupled with a tobacco like malt which adds a nice earthy quality. This is one tasty ass brown ale. Cigar City makes a mean brown ale. This is a hearty brown ale that won't back down.

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Photo of ahatcher78
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap 6/20/09 at the New World Brewery in Ybor City, Tampa. Served in a Cigar City Pint glass. Gotta get one of those!

Pours a nice light brown with some amber highlights. Around a fingers worth of head leaving some pretty descent lacing on the glass.

Smells of some nice caramel malts,nuts, and a bit of chocolate. A nice hop hint somewhere in the background.

Tastes of caramel, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. Again a hint of hops just to balance things out.

Nice smooth mouth feel with good carbonation. Maybe a bit thin for my taste.

Drinkability is off the charts. I could kick back with this all day. Very solid brown possibly the best I've had.

Highly recommended

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Photo of portia99
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler received in trade with blitzstyle. Thanks a ton for this one Blaine! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with some mahogony highlights when held to the light. A thick finger of creamy tan foam forms on top of the beer. Head has good staying power and leaves some creamy lacing on the glass.

S - I'm getting coffee up front with a good nuttiness, dark roasted malts and chocolate. Some lightly grassy hops and a hint of caramel.

T - Sweet and dark roasty malts, a sugary sweetness with black coffee, rich with dark chocolate, green/grassy hops. A light caramelly flavor and mild nuttniness blend in nicely. Very good brown ale. A bitterness that seems just about right - a bit sharp, lingering on the finish and balancing out the initial sweetness on the tongue.

M - Rich and creamy. Initially feels a little bit on the thin side (perhaps the only negative I can find in this beer). Carbonation feels a bit on the low side but this combined with the oatmeal gives this brown ale a super creaminess and incredible smoothness. The silky smoothness more than makes up for the thinnish body with an overall excellent feel.

D - This has an amazing drinkability to it...goes down so easily. The smooth and silky feel, creamy carbonation and rich malty flavors really set this brown ale apart from the masses. Definitely one of the best I've had. Good thing this growler is only 32oz...I think it might be difficult not to put down a lot more of this one.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Mahogany brown color with a head that drops quickly to an archipelago; curtains of lace, however

Smell: Brown bread,caramel, nuts, chocolate and fruity hop elements

Taste: Brown bread and caramel up front with a growing fruity character becoming apparent by mid-palate; chocolate, vanilla, oats and nuts expand in the finish but the hoppy element remains prominent

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somwhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Now here is a brown that has tremendous character and balance; first class

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Photo of vande
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll say this first - I wish we were able to get Cigar City in Illinois for so many reasons.... this is the newest reason! Easily makes my top brown list -- up there with Dark Horse's Boffo and Lagunita's Brown Shugga...

A ~ Deep, deep dark rich looking brown pour..a light lacing consisting of a pasty tan in color...

S ~ brown sugar, sweet touch... bit of fig or plum or raisin type fruit...not overwhelming, just a hint...

T ~ an interesting blend of brown ale and oatmeat stout. I like!!

M ~ somewhat creamy....a very pleasant, soft mouthfeel... coats the palate as it makes its way back and down.. Very easy to sip!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 12/7/09.

A - Clear deep hazelnut brown body with dark amber highlights and a one-finger creamy tan cap of foam that laced up beautifully like cake icing.

S - Initial aroma offers a hint of roasted malt and coffee with a pinch of vanilla and nutty malt. There's plenty of sweet caramel malt underneath, as well as subtle chocolate notes. The coffee character really pushed its way to the forefront as the liquid warmed up.

T - Malt flavor is comprised of flaked oats, sweet caramel and a hint of grains. A vanilla sweetness gives way to slight roasted malt notes with a flavorful coffee character and a hint of chocolate. A nutty malt character also persists throughout. Finishes with slight earthy, herbal bitter notes. Overall, Maduro offers a very complex flavor profile for a brown ale.

M - The initial smooth, creamy texture eventually builds into a moderate bristly sensation on the palate. Finishes with a hint of astringency and subtle hop bite on the tongue.

D - Easily one of the best brown ales I've had to date. Cigar City has burst on the scene and has been mixing things up quite and bit, which is always a pleasure to see. Great stuff!

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Photo of julian89
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown with a translucent reddish hue under light. No head or residue left on the side of the glass.

Smell: A strong malty and dark fruit smell. The smell of cigars is always evident in these beers. It makes them so unique and fantastic.

Taste: A higher lovibond malt of course. I don't know the IBU's of this brew but I would anticipate around 100. There is a light fruity flavor, strong hops aftertaste and a cigar taste that is very intriguing.

Mouthfeel: Simple, not too carbonated, smooth finish.

Overall: Very good beer, unique taste and flavor, definitly will enjoy this one again.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.