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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,781
Reviews: 593
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 147
Gots: 205 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale was served to me in a Cigar City snifter and appeared brown with a tan head. The aroma is nice, mostly malty. The flavor is quite nice, this is one of the better brown ales that I can recall having, malt is up front with chocolate and coffee notes. There are enough hops to balance this nicely, but they don't assert themselves too much. Quite nice, recommended.

Photo of larryi86
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Dark brown with a one finger tan head

S- Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, hint of caramel.

T- Starts out sweet with a roasted finish. Very close to the smell, just not as strong.

M- Smooth, medium body, slightly creamy.

O- This is a nice brown ale and very enjoyable. I am very glad that I was able to get a six pack and still have a few left to drink.

Photo of Treebs
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Stone Imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a solid brown color with cherry color edges. Nice light khaki 1 finger head that recedes quickly leaving a nice bubbly film.

S: Light chocolate up front with a nice sweet oat middle. I'm getting hints of tobacco leaves mixed with a little fruitiness. Very diverse profile, I'm excited to see what happens when it touches the tongue.

T: Dried oats with the light tobacco leaves come up right at the beginning. This dies down to a semi-sweet chocolate profile that smooths out with some nice oats.

M: Nice solid carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Nice light chocolate stays with me until the end.

O: I don't drink to many brown ales, but I really enjoyed this brew. You can tell there are some great complexities in this off the shelf beer, and that's great to see. Wish I could get CCB up here!

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a rich mahogany brown color with a nice thin 0.25 head that is kind off dense but recedes a bit quick.

S - Aroma of nuts. Almonds and walnuts with some nice grain and fresh toasty bread. Some slight chocolaty notes are present as well as some nice slight grassy hop notes.

T & M - Starts off with bready notes. Grain and earth tones are present right away with some mild grassy hop notes. There are some awesome slight toasty and bitter notes. There is some leather as well as some nice tobacco notes. The Maduro name s quite appropriate because as it warms I can definitely taste the cigar notes. Quite nice and roasted malt notes.

O - Pretty good brown ale with some nice smokey notes and some nice roast. Tobacco and leather notes are quite pleasant and present. Very good brown ale.

Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice deep nutty brown hue. Nice tall cream colored head that rises and holds pretty good retention. Slight lace noted.

S: Nice sweet aromas waft from the glass. Lots of sweet malt, notes of brown sugar and gooey toffee. Subtle notes of maple.

T: Solid brown ale. Nice sweet malt base. Gooey nutty toffee with a nice blast of darkened brown sugar. Hints of maple, and a nice dose of hops in the finish. Not the most extreme of CCB offering but its not supposed to be.

M: Medium in body wonderful carbonation on draft. Oatmeal makes it very smooth almost slick.

D: Damn drinkable with tons of flavor packed into 5.5 ABV. I pounded it all day during the Ybor beer fest.

Photo of afksports
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've started and stopped this review many times, apparently. So many that I thought I already had one posted. Going through my notes, I ran into some on this one, so here goes nothing. One of my favorite beers to drink lots of: Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale.


Maduros are plantains cooked at the time when they are the sweetest, right? So when you put Maduro in a beer, it's going to be sweet. Browns are already good for the malt characters they exhibit, but rather than a malt bomb, this brown ale is more like a sweetness bomb. Yet rather than overdoing it, Cigar City got it right to the point where you can have a few without your palate regretting it. Brown in appearance, there's a rosy and sugary hue to the body, and its light-tan head responds to however you like to pour it. A little bit clingy, and with good head retention, the beer screams drink me. Smells of sweet malts and sugar, and tastes just about the same way. The oatmeal is definitely present as there's a Honey Nut Cheerios type of sweet oatyness in the body too. The hop profile at the back of the palate makes for a clean finish, but is really not pronounced anywhere in the drink - not at the front or the back. It's only there as a secondary factor, so drinkers should be aware.

Mouthfeel is good, as this medium-bodied brew does its job of being a solid ale. And overall one would be hard pressed to call this beer anything besides what Cigar City Brewing itself labeled it: Sweet Oatmeal Brown. Yum.

Photo of CASK1
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium brown with significant haze. Good creamy head fades quickly to a thin layer of foam that lasts fairly well.

S: Rich, chocolatey, roasty. Darker malt character than most brown ales, almost stout-like. Very low Earthy hop aroma. Little fruitiness.

T: Similar to smell. Rich and roasty. Again, darker malt character than many brown ales, almost like a stout. Bitterness is subdued, but enough to balance the rich malt.

MF: Medium-full bodied, with average carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

D: Excellent as a nightcap on a cool evening. I wouldn't want to pound a bunch of these, but very drinkable in the right setting.

A rather extravagant brown ale.

Photo of Lunch
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap (12/20/09) into a shaker pint glass at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a nice mahogany brown with a coffee colored one finger head that receded to just a film leaving nice lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma of coffee, dark malt, and a nice nuttiness.

T: Coffee hits the palate first followed by a creamy nuttiness and some semi-sweet dark malt.

M: Medium-bodied with a slight slick creaminess and stylistic carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and quite refreshing with a fairly complex flavor profile for the style. The 5.5% abv is not detectable in the slightest.

Overall this is a very sessionable beer that is a nice take on the American Brown Ale. My first Cigar City beer and certainly a brewery I look forward to sampling in the future. Recommended.

Photo of Jadjunk
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Maduro Brown Ale. Hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate and espresso are all on display in this complex, but approachable brown ale. A great 'food beer', Maduro pairs equally well with sweet chocolate based desserts as it does with roasted meat." Brewed in the style of an English Brown Ale.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 61º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick crispy chocolate cream head over a deep burgundy brown body with ample carbonation. Retention is average at best, lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Aroma is sweet, roasty and creamy altogether. Medium roasted brown malts, creamy molasses, caramel and toffee build a complex, moist and sweet body. Hints of chocolate, dark roasted coffee linger in the back. Nutty, sweet malt character. Potency is medium-high. 4.25

(Taste) Upfront, sweet molasses malts, a pinch of smoke, some mild earthy sweetness for a deep, complex malt body. The finish is accentuated by an earthy hop blend with a subdued bitterness. This has quite an enjoyable and complex flavor for a Brown Ale. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly chewy, roasty. Carbonation generates a smooth silkiness for a complimentary mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style and medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is low. 3.75

(Overall) One of Cigar City's finest year round offerings, with just about everything a Brown Ale could offer. Great flavor, balance and drinkability makes Maduro a return beverage for anybody who can get their hands on a can or two. Most certainly worth a try for those who haven't found a winner Brown Ale. 4

Cigar City Brewing's
Maduro Brown Ale

Photo of JRed
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown with white head that clears away. Gingerbread, molasses, alcohol, slight roast, echoes of raspberry in the nose. Tastes of bread, cereal, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, hops come through towards the finish. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. A malty, cinnamon cereal-minded brown ale that is a great session.

Photo of AgingWarrior
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, just a hint of light shining through the bottom of the glass. The beer was served to me with about a finger of tan head that floated on top of the drink for quite a while and provided excellent lacing.

Smell is sweet, malty and delicious. I can't wait to take the first sip of this one.

Taste is great. Has the smoothness of a brown ale, a little bit of the oatmeal sweetness and a very nice finish.

The oatmeal really mellows this brew out, nicely carbonated.

Very drinkable brown ale. I followed up the first one with two more.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty and rich brown ale

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Brown and cream label with a cigar box like emblem highlighting name of the ale and brewery. Small side paragraph highlights main ingredients, intent and food pairings. Lacks date of bottling, notes 5.5% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Brown pour with dark amber edges. Generous early frothy head with medium retention, little surface memory with a consistent ring, and nice touches of lacing.

S - Malty nose with a nice fruity sense, faint insinuation of alcohol sourness.

T - Malty with touches of fruit, light hoppiness in nice sync. Alcohol perfume was nicely woven in the nose without a trace here. Nice flow with that fruity touch in the final malt character.

M - Medium-full body, medium carbonation tingling on an otherwise smooth insinuation.

D - Nicely drinkable. Stimulating session potential for a brown ale.

Notes: First taste from Cigar City and glad to have done so. This is not mind blowing but makes for a rather nice and tasty brown ale.

Photo of dbtoe
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint
This is a really great brown. Stronger than most English browns and pretty complex for a brown ale. I’ll pick this up every time I’m in fl.
Look is all brown body with a smallish tan head.
Smell is pretty much roasted malts with a hint of sweetness.
Taste all kinds of roasted malts a lot is there. Not really any hop flavors.
Feel medium body with a lower amount of carbonation.
Overall this is a really tasty brown. A little bolder than I like for a brown ale but it is so good I don’t hold that against it.

Photo of boss302
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale, draft

A Big tan head at first pour. Beer is a deep brown, opaque, not clear. Head falls but remains with the beer to the end. 

S Rich nutty aroma. Smells of dark chocolate.

T Roasted malt flavor.  A little bitterness from dark malts, but not unexpccted based on the color an aroma. Appropriately hopped for a brown ale. There is a lingering nuttiness in the aftertaste. This beer helps me understand why people feel so passionate about Brown Ales.  

M Medium-heavy body.  Nice full flavor.  A litle astringency in the end. 

O A very good Brown. Brown ale is not my personal favorite, but I could drink several of these. Quite good, definitely recommend. 

Photo of beagle75
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Cafe Tu Tu Tango in Orlando.

A: Clear, medium brown color with scant off-white residue of foam. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very mild with faint wood and even more faint (and very unexpected) lemon curd.

T: Begins off-dry, with earth and brown sugar that leave a slight impression of cola, complete with an expected acidic presence. Mild cocoa emerges in the middle, slightly bitter, with earlier flavors still present but fading. The finish is drying, with a more significant dark roasted grain presence that stays labile on the palate. Bitterness is generally mild, influenced mostly from the chocolate presence earlier.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly creamy and acidic on the palate but in balance, with low carbonation.

D: This brown ale strikes an appealing and interesting balance between sweet and dry. While not extreme, its flavor qualities are more assertive than the norm for the style, making this beer memorable. Its smell is more typical for the style, coming across as rather vacant. It is successful for keeping the interest of the drinker, while remaining true to style and leaving little fatigue on the palate.

Photo of Mikecap
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into a tapered pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown with two fingers of whitish head that fade quickly, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Coffee up front, with some chocolate and toffee as well. A roasty smoky character as well, a lot more going on than a standard brown ale.

Taste: Espresso first, and bitter chocolate follows with hints of roasted barley and a bit of an earthy hop component. Hints of toffee and sweetness, very good taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation, and a smooth finish. Not too heavy but nothing you're going to pound down too quickly.

Overall: I thought this was a delicious brew from Cigar City, and definitely one to try. I'm not a huge brown ale fan but this was more reminiscent of a porter or an oatmeal stout given its nature.

Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a full inch thick(!) light tan head atop a medium brown beer. Some floating sediment noticed. Excellent head retention and above average lacing.

S- Smell is of sweet bread.

T- Initial sweetness is balanced buy a slight roastiness ("woody"). Complex and leaves me wanting another sip to try to decipher.

M- Very smooth and creamy, taking after the oatmeal side of it.

D/O- Each sip was like drinking two different beers. Would recommend to a brown and/or oatmeal stout fan. I'd guess better examples are few and far between.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Hootie159
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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