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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: 603
Hads: 1,913
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 160
Gots: 254 | 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: 603 | Hads: 1,913
Photo of Bennettrox
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks once again to Dolfan84

A - Nice dark brown almond hue. Solid one finger head

S - Nuts and molasses. Also a very sweet taste to this, almost candy like.

T - Very rich and sweet malts. More nut flavor, but for some reason the sugar sweetness is dominating my palate. A little tobacco shows its head as well.

M - A little on the thinner side than I like for brown ales. Medium carbonation.

O - I typically really enjoy brown ales. This one was good, but it was a little to sweet for my liking. A one and done for me.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger off-white semi-fine head that dissipates rather quickly into a thin film surrounded by a frothy ring. Beer is a clear dark mahogany. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate stick. A pretty beer and the deep color is rather alluring.

S: Nose is quiet subtle overall. Bit of nuttiness, cane and brown sugar, and hints of cinnamon spice. Also some bittersweet caramel notes. Spot on for the style. Nothing out of the ordinary either good or bad.

T: Opens big malt and nutty presence. Caramel and slightly sour and sweet toffee. Actually a bit of mint nuttiness towards the middle lightens the body. Caramel and stale coca-cola towards the end. Finish is muted spicy cinnamon sticks that have been robbed of their heat. Aftertaste is walnut shells and caramel.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and bubbly going down. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers. Again, solid but nothing that stands out.

O: A very good beer for its style that's solid in every aspect of the word. However, as I've said again and again in this review, nothing really stands out for me here. A great beer that's highly drinkable and/or sessionable but nothing I'd go out of my way to try. Interesting because this offering seems perfectly suited to take on the barrel characteristics of whatever it is aged in. A teaser, if you will, from CCB.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark copper color with a fine-bubbled tan head. Nice collar and lacing.

Nose is surprisingly fruity - pineapple and mango. Brown bread, scorched caramel and dark malt aromas are subtle yet substantial - pretty nice.

Taste is a nice blend of yeasted bread and caramel nut maltiness. Mouthfeel though, is what gets me excited about this beer - creamy texture and the carbonation is pinpoint fine. I think there are a few brown ales I would rather have than this...malt in general seems a bit lacking and the yeast runs too rampant. While still good, I was a bit disappointed in this one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Appears to be a bit of sediment in the bottle so it must be over 3 months old. Color is a hazy dark brown and a half inch of opaque colored head. Sticky lacing.

S - Smells of slightly nutty, mostly brown malts, and some hops

T - Taste pretty good for a brown ale. Mostly brown malts and hops with a touch of nutty almost flavor and the finish is kind of bitter even for it being old.

M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall I am kind of stunned this has such great reviews. I have never been a huge fan of brown ales so maybe it is that good but it seems very similar to Voodoo's brown ale with a low ABV.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown colored brown beer with a creamy finger of head that left some decent lace. Also, the head was a tannish color.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee with brown sugar and a little bit of roasted goodness there. Smells solid and appropriate for the style.

T - Brown sugar, caramel, little bit of oats that don't sour too much. It has a nice mildly roasted character but this is definitely a brown ale and it tastes like a good one.

M - Creamy, moderate carbonation, fairly filled out medium body.

O - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit for what it was. I find a good brown ale to be a nice experience, although not necessarily a world class one. I'd say this fit the bill and would drink it again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft, served in a shaker pint glass. Appears dark brown in color, no head. Nutty sweet aroma. Taste is well balanced, easy drinking. Fuller mouthfeel

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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 laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronzey brown colour, quite a few floaties in my glass. Head is enormous, but lovely. Bit too big, but good.

Smells like coffee upfront but it gives way to strong grainy-sweet: smells like a grain bag, touch of caramel, carob and a wet wool note. Crystal grain, mostly. Not bad.

Taste is more roasty. Has a nice dark caramel upfront that develops peppery espresso roast, then more chocolatey on the back, slight hint of vegemite but nice bittersweet cocoa finish. Quite simple, but very pleasant, subtle drinking.

Bit sizzly and dry. Could use a lot more body.

A bit hit and miss, but the taste (most important) is nice and smooth and well-balanced. That's what counts.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Dark brown with a light brown head that provided some lacing, not much but was there.

S= It smells a little "earthy" you can smell some dark fruits in the beer.

T= Taste a little like the nose a little "earthy" to me and can taste some dark fruits not much but they are there.

M= TO me very smooth.

D= Very low ABV very drinkable not my favorite by Cigar City but a very decent brown ale.

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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 Jeffo
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bring brought me this one from his side of the pond. That's not a typo. Cheers man! Enjoyed this one while bewing up my next hop monster, which is still in the fermenter.

From a can into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with decent retention. Chestnut brown with slightly lower levels of carbonation. Head fades to a splotchy wisp. A ring remains and leaves some small dots of lacing falling down the glass.

SMELL: Dark malts with dark bread notes, some cocoa powder and espresso. Touches of toffee in there and some oats play a role as well. Nice, but not quite as impressive as the flavor.

TASTE: More oats here for sure, with dark, bready malts and cocoa powder up front. Some caramel and toffee sweetness in the middle into the swallow, then a medium but persistent finish of dark bread, cocoa powder, some bitter espresso and touches of roastiness. Quite nice.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Not quite as creamy as hoped, but goes down fine and finishes dry on the palate.

OVERALL: Nice beer for sure. I can see why it's a popular regular offering. It could be a touch creamier perhaps, especially for an oatmeal ale, but this is a flavorful and enjoyable brew. Love me some CCB. Cheers bring!

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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 inlimbo77
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Poured into a RR pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, redish brown color. It's not totally dark (you can see through it). Very thin tan head that disappears very quickly. OK carbonation with little lacing, which was surprising.

S: I got the roasted malty notes right off the bat. Woody. Caramel and chocolate are there but faint. Smells like a weak stout.

T: Deep roasted malt base here. Rich flavors for a brown ale. Deep. Get some of the chocolate that I smelled, but nothing overpowering. Crisp clean finish.

M: Like a watery stout. Coats the mouth a little bit. Clean finish that lingers a little.

O: I really have liked the two Cigar City brews I have tried now (Jai Alai as well). Both are extremely well crafted and deep brews. You can tell they put a lot of time and effort into the brewing process. This is a very drinkable brown ale. Not my favorite style, but one that can be overlooked. I would definitely sample again if the time arose.

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

Maduro pours out a dark, cloudy, but not completely opaque beer. It's topped with a light mocha brown head which leaves decent lacing.

The beer gives off a fresh aroma of freshly baked sugar cookies, molasses, brown sugar, and slight honey-like notes.

Flavor of this beer is full, and the first thing I pick up is gingerbread. Light floral notes mid palate and a sort of sweeter finish bring some of that brown sugar/molasses flavor out from the aroma. Bitterness is present, and higher than expected for a brown ale, yet the malt still is king of the carnival.

It's a bit chalky in texture, but not necessarily dry. Carbonation is plentiful, and supports the full body of this beer very well.

It's surprisingly drinkable for what I get out of it in taste and feel. It seems like the alcohol should be higher, but it's good as is.

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Hopjacks in FLwhere it was mislabeled as "Maduro Oatmeal Stout".

A - 1.5 fingers of tan head over an opaque black with red highlights.at edges.
S - too subtle. Mostly malt with trace of caramel or toffee.
T - ample roasted malt but a bit burnt. Good finish with coffee note and tiny hop presence.
M - smooth; lightly carbonated.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A: dark brown muddy color with a beautiful three finger foamy tanned head that lasted for a good while. As I drank the beer some red tones were noticed on the sides, reminded me of Coca Cola. Some lacing was present.

S: roasted malts, coffee and earthy aromas. A bit of detergent as well (and no, it wasn't my glass as I used it and cleaned it for a million times and never had this smell come out of it so it had to be the beer).

T: a bit of dark chocolate, coffee, some caramel. Starts with some sweet notes and ends with some bitterness.

M: medium body and low carbonation, which give this beer a very good feel.

O: not quite as good as some of its other flavored offerings but still a very decent beer from CCB.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Matt. No bottling date. Thanks for the trade, bud!

Poured into a snifter. Brown with reddish highlights. Moderate depth of fluff that settles to some puddles of off white. Decent retention and some inconsistent lacing.

Could simply be a mind trick, but that distinctive smokey cedar that I associate with this brewery seems present here as well. Nutty, flourish of hops, and powdered cocoa. Maltiness trends light and sweet with a hint of smoke. Warming really helps many of the scents to come alive. Not overly rich, but a nice mix.

Malts and bread and a light cherry wood presence. Not particularly complex. There's not as much as the nose seems to hint at. The wife says that's a pretty good brown. To me that's like saying he's a pretty honest politician. It's fine for what it is.

Carbonation is fine, body could use a lift and some girth. A little too light and watery.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a dark, cloudy brown colour, with a massively frothy head of large-inconsistent beige. It's pillowy, cloud-like and is going to be a pain to chew through. Body is quite light, and a little insipid. Holds little to no carbonation. Overall, it looks a little bit unappealing.

Chocolate and roast, with dark fruits on the nose. Some dusky cocoa, peanut brittle and some organic, earthy notes, like rich, loamy soil. There's a whiff of coffee in there as well, but it's well behind everything else. Overall, though. It smells pretty nice.

Taste is light and a little spritzy on the entry: this bottle seems to be a little too carbonated, meaning the flavours have to develop after the attack of fizz on the front. Once they come through, they're rather pleasant: mild roast coffee, rounded husky nuttiness, and a touch of that loaminess mingling with a slight English hop bitterness on the back. It's a little tannic more than crisp with hops as it finishes.

Feel suffers substantially from the carbonation, which is very much too heavy.

Overall, this is decent enough, but too carbonated: I'll try it again some time in a smoother form, where I'm sure it will be rather pleasant.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Big thanks to "beveritt" for passing this one along and helping to ensure that my cup forever runneth over with beer.

A- Dark brown with ruby highlights. Pours with ~1 finger of light brown head, which settles quickly into a island of bubbles.

S- Toasty, nutty, bready sweet malt notes. Little notable hop aroma.

T- A bit surprising with the coffee notes that dominate right off. Bready, malty sweetness becomes more prominent as it warms.

M- Moderate to slightly low carbonation. Medium-light feel. A bit on the watery side, and too thin. I expected more body given the oatmeal.

D- Decent. Pretty easy drinking, solid flavor that doesn't overwhelm. Could kick a few of these back without much effort.

Future outlook: A solid brown, but not enough body to be really outstanding...thought the oats would make it special, but alas, no. Glad to have tried it, but not available around here, so not really a beer that has a future in my fridge.

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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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Photo of tjsmith910
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Damn enjoyable beer. Nice 1 finger tan color head. nice deep brown with a red tint color. easy to drink. not thick at all. tasted a tad strong towards malty ness but that was expected. nice after taste . overall a quality and much enjoyed beer . 6 pack was not enough

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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 cindyjeffsmith
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: quite dark brown. Slight tan head. Handsome dark.
Smell: fairly deep roast coffee. Not getting much more.
Taste: mellow and pleasant. Not a lot else.
Overall: solid, good, not great brown.
Cigar city is in Columbus Ga. Very cool. Can't wait to try the imp stouts.

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Photo of mcintire78
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber brown to brown. Mild carbonation and a slight head that quickly dissipates. No noticeable lacing.

Smell: Strong smell of espresso up front and toasted malts throughout.

Taste: Thin and perhaps overly sweet, with hints of coffee. No chocolate to speak off.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but a lingering bit of carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: High. With only 5.5 ABV I can see putting back quite a few of these at a sitting.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.