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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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Ratings: 1,720
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 144
Gots: 187 | FT: 8
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:
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

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009)
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Photo of Radome
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 2011 - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Murky dark brown color. Light does not go through. Tons of bubbles constantly rising through the beer. Head is creamy and mousse-like and a yellowed tan color. It is initially almost 1" tall, then fades to a steady 1/8" with thick lacing.

S - Aroma of wood, bourbon-like alcohol, fresh tobacco leaves, grainy malt. Very complex. This is a much fresher bottle than the last one I reviewed. Now that I have a comparison, it is obvious that the first bottle had serious problems and was not representative of the beer.

T - Sweetness, dark fruit and alcohol hit first. In the mid-palate there is brown malt and chocolate malt, maybe just a touch of roasted grain. There are dusty grain and wood notes in the finish. The oat is not evident, unless it is the dusty grain I am tasting.

M - Moderate body. Low hops bitterness. No alcohol burn. Creamy carbonation that lightens the body; the creaminess could be partially due to the oats.

D - Nice brown ale character edging toward porter, with added complexity from wood and bourbon-like notes. Very creamy and enjoyable, but too rich for me to want to drink more than one.


Jan 2011 - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Murky, dark brown color which shows a reddish brown when held to the light. The head was truly impressive, piling up about 1.5" of creamy tan foam.

S - The aroma is of a Flemish brown ale. Classic horse blanket dominates. Behind that is some muted malt and chocolate, but the Brett character is so overwhelming I can't believe no other reviewer mentioned it.

T - The initial taste is a mix of the Brett horse blanket and hops bitterness. Later a little malt and chocolate milk plays around the edges. Again, this beer has gone in a direction that I was not expecting.

M - The body is a little thin and the Brett flavors seem to come with a mouth-drying astringency.

D - Not at all what I was expecting, although it is a well-executed beer. This is a pretty nice Flemish-style brown, but why has every other reviewer treated it as an American brown with no mention of funk? I have checked and rechecked the label and this is not a special bottling. The label matches the photo above perfectly. Either I'm crazy, or they've significantly changed the recipe, or this bottle has magically been funked in a very drinkable way.

Radome, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of mishuggah
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Dogfish Head Signature snifter.

A: Nice, muddy chestnut color with a small cream colored head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Getting a fruity/roasty aroma, but not much going on for me in this department

T: Really enjoying this one. I get some bright, fruity flavors at first which then turns into a light, yet robust, roasted coffee finish.

M: Great mouthfeel on this, one of my favorite aspects. A bit thicker than most Brown Ales, which is most likely from the addition of oatmeal. Carbonation is spot on.

O: A great beer, glad I got to try it. One of the better Brown Ales I've had. Too bad Florida is so far away.

mishuggah, Mar 24, 2011
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.

rfbenavi80, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Axnjxn
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Axnjxn, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of beer2day
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark caramel brown. 1-finger tan head and a thin film of retention. Not much in the way of lace.

Very rich caramel nose. Lightly roasted malt. Bits of coffee coming through and a surprising note of citrus hops under everything.

Caramel and cream define the taste. Light coffee notes in the finish and a dash of hops in the end, matching the nose well. Starting to pick up more toffee late in the glass, like a Heath bar.

Feel is fairly thick, but not overpowering.

Not a big fan of the style, but the roast malt and toffee work for me.

beer2day, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

A: Dark brown/amber beer with a finger of light tan head. Though quite dark, the beer is clear. The head slowly recedes to a fairly thick ring. The carbonation looks quite lively.

S: Lots of roasted malts with faint fruity hoppiness. Slight vanilla and caramel sweetness with light toffee.

T: Quite nice - more flavor than the aroma would indicate. I still get the roast with some bitter and fruity hops. I also get significant caramel flavor to balance the roastiness and hoppiness.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Carbonation is perfect.

O: Extremely drinkable, quite tasty, a great brown ale.

coreyfmcdonald, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of AttitudeBrew
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Odells pint glass.

Pours a dark, nearly black color with some ruby red shining through on the bottom edge. Has an off white creamy head.

Brew smells roasted; chocolate, oatmeal and sweet malts. All malts here. Very nice aroma

Brew is balanced; roasted malts, caramel, toffee, some spiciness, dark chocolate, barley, oatmeal. Smooth and creamy; has a nice balanced finish. This is a full flavored smooth all malty brew.

Smooth, balanced and great flavors.

AttitudeBrew, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Abe's Cold Beer. Quite an interesting brown ale, very unique. There's a fantastic spicy, toasty cocoa, hazelnut character. The oats seem to really amp things up, like with a strong roasted taste on an oatmeal stout. I strongly urge you to check this beer out

tempest, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of rebel1771
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bubbly brown with a slightly off white head fades quickly.

S: Milk chocolate aroma with hint of oatmeal at the end.

T: Rich chocolate flavor up front with just a hint of hops near the end. The oatmeal takes any bitter edges off and gives the beer a very creamy feel.

O: Really nice brew here. It wasn't really what I was expecting but very very good.

rebel1771, May 10, 2011
Photo of yamar68
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a glass of good root beer... cola brown body with some lively beading, dense khaki head that laces well.

Loads of tasty breakfast notes... oats, milk chocolate, cereal, fresh cream, actually a bit of 'root beer' aroma as well.

Excellent mouthfeel is the first thing I notice... big nutty smoothness... some latte type notes, none of that uniquely brown ale "hard water" presence. Super smooth and super easy drinking.

Thanks Matt!

yamar68, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, dry roasted scent along with a touch of chocolate malt sweetness. The oatmeal does affect the aroma much. The roasted character dominates. The taste is much the same. It has a delicious dry, roasted character with a touch of sweetness,
only for balance. The hop bitterness is mild at best. The mouthfeel is great. It's a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. The oatmeal adds a bit of depth here. This is a good drinking brown ale. I'm a sucker for that roasted malt flavor as well as a nice oatmeal mouthfeel.

WesWes, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of hmf05
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear reddish brown. There is a nice one finger tan head that dissipated rather quickly. A thin ring of head does stay though. Smell is mostly roasted malts and nuts. Smells wonderful. Taste is along the same lines as the smell, just not at robust. I get coffee and some kind of nut on the taste. There is also minimal dark chocolate coming through as well. The mouthfeel is thin and medium carbonation. Overall, an excellent brown ale. I would have liked to have seen a thicker mouthfeel but that is nitpicking. I am not a fan of brown ales, but this one is delicious. This 6-pack should be gone within a few days!

hmf05, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

birchstick, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chiefbrutus for this bottle

A - Deep brown body with reddish tinge around the edges, light tan head with decent retention.

S - Coffee, Chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oatmeal. THis is smelling good!

T - Strong coffee, dark fruity sweetness, dry oats. Nice flavor, but not living up to the nose.

M - medium body, somewhat dry.

O - A pretty solid Brown ale.

ColdPoncho, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of FLima
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a one finger part beige, part caramel head.
Aroma with notes of smoked and roasted malts, creamy chocolate and home made coffee.
Delicious flavor with notes of cocoa, nuts, spices and cinnamon.
Dry aftertaste with its lingering residual notes.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Very nice American Brown Ale with perfect execution. Mellow but still flavorful. Can't go wrong with nuts and cinnamon.
Ap.3,75 Ar.3,75 Sab.4,25 Sens.4 Cj.4

FLima, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Canal St in Reading.

Pours a clear, dark amber brown with a large frothy tan head that has weak retention and leaves a few streaks of dry lacing. Aroma is dominated by dry oatty and nutty notes with very little sweetness or malt presence. Flavor is a slightly more interesting blend of a rich caramel malty body with strong smooth nuttiness. Mouthfeel is very thick, smooth and chewy like an oatmeal stout with strong, fine carbonation. Finish is dry and oatty with a slight bittersweet pinch. A nice brown but nothing exceptional.

yourefragile, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of gory4d
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather chalky brown with a high tan head that fades quickly, leaving a cap. The smell is black tea leaves, persimmon, some malt, dead leaves. The taste is brown sugar, roasted grains, maybe some dark grapes, a long bitter finish -- all in all, very robust and complex. It's highly carbonated, coats the mouth nicely, very pleasant on the tongue. I couldn't drink this quickly, but it'd be easy to drink a lot of it. Very nice.

gory4d, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap last weekend at Capone's.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a 1 finger white crown. Shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Lots of roast malt, some caramel, hints of chocolate and toffee, slight hop bitterness that comes off like coffee.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin in body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

A bit boring but a good base for "special treatments"

koopa, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of brewskifan55
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up by a friend from Four Winds in Pensacola. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Appearance: amber with a 3/4" head that lingers.

Smell: clean, grassy, malty

Taste: Starts off chocolaty, nutty with a little coffee, too. Then goes to malty. The more you drink , the less chocolate and more malt. Slightly bitter hoppy aftertaste that diminishes.

Mouthfeel: light with nice carbonation

Overall: smooth, delicious; the kind of brown ale you look forward to. Cigar City does beer right!

brewskifan55, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Large thanks to bpgpitt10 for going out of his way to include this want as an extra! Poured into Bavarian pilsener glass.

A- Pours deep bronze brown. About a finger head, very pale tan. Settles quickly leaving only a ring of foam on the sides of the glass.

S- Wow, a lot of sweet caramel and nuts! Reminds me of dulce de leche. Very familiar dry oatmeal aroma in thee as well. I also get some wood and soft maraschino cheeries.

T/M- Fruity esters (again the candied cherries) come through and blend with a strong nuttiness. Finishes very chocolatey and definitely oaty. All malt here, no hops found in the slightest bit. Very smooth, creamy, leathery, full mouthfeel. Incredible silky with nice tiny carbonation bubbles on the tongue. Prefect feel for style/flavor.

O- Very solid brown ale. Though the esters were coming in a bit strong, it still melded well together. A base beer with the complexity of this really wants to make me seek ot some of the variations CCB offers...

TheGordianKnot, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Schwarzbart
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a 1 finger, creamy, tan head. The color is dark brown. Lacing is a big creamy draping.

Nose has a shortbread cookie aroma with caramel and oats in there also. Slight roasted notes and a touch of chocolate malts.

Tastes of caramel malts, toasty, nutty, smooth malts and the hops are gentle and leafy. Some chocolate malts appear as the beer warms. The hops also come out more as the beer warms and there are also some vanilla notes.

Medium light on the palate and creamy smooth. Very good for the syle and much better than the Newcastle that I had last week.

Schwarzbart, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Shawn_Money
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Shawn_Money, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of draheim
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

draheim, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

3.5 A: Looks like a clear dark brown in the mug. One and a half fingers of creamy tan head with average retention and a bit of lacing.

4.5 S: This one smells great! Musky nuttiness (if that makes sense) is powerful with coffee undertones, oatmeal, a bit woody, and at times chalky cocoa. Apparently this pairs well with cigars and I can see why based on the nose. It has the musky, earthy smell of a cigar shop. Not overly complex, but really nice.

4.0 T: Taste is good, but not quite as good as the nose. Again, there's a musky nuttiness, pithy earthiness, raw cocoa, oatmeal, and some coffee. Hops don't do much here aside from a touch of earth. Low bitterness and for the most part dry.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit chalky, could be a bit creamier, but otherwise smooth.

4.0 D: I do like me some brown ales and this was a good one. I'd have this again anytime...maybe next time with a nice cigar!

DavoleBomb, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque brown with a creamy/foamy 3/4 inch tan head that lasts a minute plus and is so thick you can run your finger through it; leaves very good lacing that trailed walls of foam along the glass as it went down.

Smells of nut, sweet malt, caramel, roasted coffee, and light hops. Really nice robust aroma, smells inviting and like a coffee drink.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, caramel, roasted coffee, nut, vanilla, cocoa, oats, brown sugar and light hops. Rich, roasted malts and sweet caramel flavors like syrup dominate this flavor, and it's very tasty. Nice complex roasted malt and nut flavor, that finishes with a slightly bitter hop taste that lingers with a nutty aftertaste. Very nice flavor overall, it's a very tasty crisp beer and a nice tasty experience.

Very light and crisp, with light carbonation and a champagne-like mouthfeel that is smooth and creamy. Will seek this out again as there is no hint of the alcohol and the flavor gets better as it warms. A very good beer!

CHickman, Nov 14, 2010
Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,720 ratings.