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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009

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Reviews: 610 | Ratings: 1,969
Photo of dayvinn87
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't ask for much more out of a standard distribution brown ale. It is not a special release or a seasonal or anything else hyped up but it is consistently delicious and my go to beer around the house. Every sip has a caramel-chocolate sweetness to it that isn't overpoweringly sweet. I don't feel like I'm drinking a dessert. The smell may be my favorite part. I'm not quite sure how to describe it, but I love that first smell before I taste it.

Thanks and Cheers

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Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark and murky chestnut brown with a big two-finger light tan head that seems to keep growing after the pour. I think this is the first beer I've reviewed that the head got bigger as it set, eventually leaves some lace behind

S- sweet grainy and lightly roasty malt, a touch of chocolate, metallic with a woodsy/nutty kick on the end

T- sweet and malty with just a hint of semi-sweet chocolate thrown in mid-palate, there's some earthy/herbal notes along with some light fruity esters. The finish is dry with just a bit of hop bitterness

M- medium body and carbonation with a foamy and creamy mouthfeel, smooth and dry finish making it very drinkable

O- a simple yet solid brown ale. Its pretty straight forward but very approachable, would pair well with certain foods

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Photo of Mikecap
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a stemmed tulip glass
Received as a trade extra from cparles (Thanks!)

A: A dark brown with a reddish hue; 1 -2- fingers of tan head settling fast to a thick collar leaving no lacing.

S: Wow, a really nice nose though I am having a hard time describing it. Lots of sweet malt and some kind of spice. There is a big toffee-like richness floating around.

T: A deep, rich flavor of espresso and toffee, roasted malts and chocolate. The addition of bittering hops dry out the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation but it feels a bit thin.

O: A pleasant overall brown; it has an interesting nose and is sweet but not overly.

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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 sleuthdog
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 3-20-13

Poured into CC snifter

Pour: Lighter brown with some ruby red tones along the edges of the glass. Produced a 1 finger off white head.

Smell: Some roasted malt, cereal grain like, a little coffee, nutty, sweet (toffee and caramel).

Taste: Like the smell. Roasted, nutty, malt, with a touch of sweetness like toffee. Coffee taste is more pronounced on the finish and lingers somewhat.

Mouthfeel: A little thin but creamy too. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: An enjoyable brown. Not my favorite style but this one holds my interest.

Thanks Jim!

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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 jhartley
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into an over-sized wine glass. Canned on 05/22/2013.
Beautiful soap bubble 1 finger light brown head, dissipates quickly never to return. Nice deep brown body.
Aromas of coffee, nuttiness and roasted malts. Some dark fruit aromas too.
A nutty chocolate taste which seems to leave a little pepper on the tip of the tongue on the finish.
A very light body, a little thin, but very tasty.
One of the tastiest beers, sweet but not cloyingly. Definitely one I would seek out again.
Can't wait for CCB to open up their distribution outside of Florida.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a stupidly massive tan head.
Nose shows hazelnut praline, soft roasted malt and chocolate fudge.
More nutty and roasted grainy notes as flavours but it seems a bit light on in terms of malt.
Too highly carbonated, lower carbonation might let the flavours shine a bit more too.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can poured into a Duvel tulip (canned on 6/11/13)

A: Pours a very deep brown that is almost black with a 1/4 an inch head that diminishes quickly.

S: Nice mellow scents like a nice breakfast of dark chocolate oatmeal with black coffee that has some dulce de leche creamer in it.

T: Kind of tastes like it smells but the flavors are even more subdued. There is no wow or punch here. Just not a fan, no flavor steps out and says here I am, it is all just a swirl of bland flavors. All I get is this weird oat flavor that kills all the other notes.

M: Even carbonation throughout that is pretty smooth with only a few bumps, that aren't really noticeable.

O: This sounded pretty good, but it isn't very interesting.

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Photo of Acforster2
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can dated June 18, 2015. Consumed on July 28, 2015. Appearance is dark brown with tan head and is nearly opaque. Smell is very subdued. Beer smells a little nutty. Taste and mouthfeel are outstanding. Drinkability is dangerously high. Highly recommended like most cigar city beers. Cheers.

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Photo of screamking
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into pint glass

Pours a hazy dark brown with very little head. This seems darker than most brown ales. The aroma on this is busting with toffee and espresso. This is hands down the best brown ale I've had. Loads of flavor, easy to drink, and great aftertaste, everything you could want. I am very impressed with this offering.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a somewhat muddied brown with an orange tint . There are lighter muddied colors with light penetrating it a decent bit at the surface around the perimeter. Tan near finger of head dissipates almost immediately, lacing is incredibly minimal.

S - Toffee and sweet chocolates, espresso and nutty aromas. Smells fantastic!

T - Chocolaty toffee flavors with espresso. Taste is very reminiscent of peanuts at the finish (which I loooove). Sweet aftertaste

M - Lighter bodied bust astonishingly smooth, milk like almost. Minimally reasonably carbonated. The smoothness is crazy, especially considered the (relatively) very light body and (relatively) decent carbonation. Really cool.

O - A light but smooth espresso, toffee/chocolate flavor with a load of peanuts at the finish. Not what I expected but very enjoyable!

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Photo of da_beers
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - nice dark brown, almost black w a hint of red. Thin finger of tannish head that quickly dissipated. Low carbonation coming up.

S - faint espresso, chocolate, and sweetness from malts. Not huge on the nose, but decent overall.

T - has a great stout quality for a brown ale. Good chocolate notes. Espresso/coffee as well. No hops, light sweet malts. Almost like a chocolate milk.

M - smooth and buttery. Great across palate, really like a chocolate milk in that way. Med-heavy body yet quite drinkable.

O - my favorite brown I've had yet. Great qualities similar to a stout. Love CCB.

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Photo of bmwats
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. Pours a 2 finger, bubbly, brownish white head. A little effervescence clings to the sides of the glass. Craters pretty quickly, and unevenly. Not much remains in terms of lacing.

S: Some light roasted coffee malt, molasses, tea leaf, some cinnamon, and a little dark chocolate.

T: Roasted coffee. Woody malt, accentuated with unsweetened dark chocolate. Really oaty character stands out. Just a slight peaty pungency for balance.

M: Hearty, with a little sweet in the front, and a little pungent on the finish.

D: Savor.

Atmosphere is good. Large head, settles quickly though, and no real lacing. Nose is full of character... coffee malt, with sweet notes, fall spice, and chocolate. Oaty and grainy roasted coffee malt, with a little dark chocolate with a pungent finish. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can dated 5/22/2013 poured into a CCB snifter today 6/6/2013. Thanks to RaffyS for throwing a couple of these in as extras! I've had this on tap at the brewery about 7 months ago, but I'm basing this review solely off this new can.

Aroma: Nice! People are saying the nose is subtle but it's really not. Lots of toffee, with hints in the background of milk chocolate and caramel, with a bit of bitter coffee. Good robust nose, not overpowering. A nice potpourri of roasted malts.

Colour: Pours a mahogany brown with a fluffy 2cm brown head that begins to dissipate almost instantly, like its vaporizing. As the head recedes within a minute, I see a placid mahogany/brown maple liquid body. No lacing to be found on the glass. A placid brew.

Flavour: Definitely does not lack in the department. A generous heaping of toffee, chocolate and caramel sweetness that is offset by some espresso and/or black coffee and earthy bitterness. Very nice! It's very flavourful and refreshing- it has the flavour and aroma profile of a bigger porter in a 5.5% can.

Mouthfeel: Thicker side of the thin body classification, thinner than some typical brown ales but somehow this is a very creamy and refreshing beer. It's incredibly refreshing and thirst-quenching with 5.5% ABV which I know I'm not going to feel. Aftertaste is a mix of milk chocolate sweetness and bitter black coffee.

Overall: It's a very refreshing brown ale that packs a lot of flavour and aroma- a very similar profile to a good porter like Edmund Fitzgerald or Black Butte, but the beer is on the thinner side and incredibly quaffable. It's like you crossed the flavour/aroma profile of Edmund Fitzgerald with the body and drinkability of an AAL. I like this one a lot!

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Photo of nmann08
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark mahogany brown, hues of dark red. Very still beer. Pours with a big fluffy white head, that disappears immediately, leaving no lacing, and little carbonation.

The nose is heavy toffee, dark chocolate, caramel, molasses. Espresso is there, but faint.

Taste is watered down, like ice melted in it. Taste is similar to the nose, but most flavors are muted, not one really expresses itself. Finishes with Earthy hops, which is unique.

Medium-bodied, finishes bone dry.

Overall, this is a good beer, but not as good as when they first started making it.

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Photo of Mojo
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned May 22, 2013

12 ounce can -> Dogfish Head Glass

A - pours up the color of toffee, a little hazy. Initial big head retreats quickly with no retention and no lacing.
S - nose is subtle with notes of toffee, caramel, coffee, and malt
T - kind of sweet and sour, caramel upfront with a slight coffee finish
M - thin with a small aftertaste
O - I loved this. Not bitter in the least making it very easy to drink.

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Photo of cfaulman
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into glass, 2 finger white foamy head that dissipates quickly into a medium-dark brown colored liquid.

Aroma of sweet toffee, caramel, chocolate, with a hint of coffee.

Taste is similar to the aroma with added roasted malt and graham cracker and pecan.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with nice carbonation, just being a slight bit watery for my taste.

Overall this is an great brew that I would certainly have again given the flavor balance and mouthfeel. It seems like the type of brew you could enjoy at anytime, meal, sporting event, etc.

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Photo of mverity
4.66/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Goodness, after enjoying this beer for over a year, I'm finally reviewing it. Sipping from the can at the moment; however, I know this beer has a fantastic hazy brown color. It smells heavily of toffee and chocolate , with a good amount of caramel and coffee. The taste is mainly the toffee, closely followed by coffee and then the roasted malts. What really makes this beer for me is the mouthfeel. Superbly creamy. I can't recall if they actually employ oats in the brewing process, but it certainly feels like it. Maduro coats the tongue and mouth, and I love that about it. No homo.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark chocolate brown with a creamy tan head of about a 1/2 finger that doesn't stick around too long. Opaque with sparse lacing. I know browns aren't usually the most asthetically pleasing style, but nothing that really stands out to me here.

S- Caramel and roasted nuts with toasted grain up front. Touch of chocolate. Espresso kicks in late. Delightful nutty aroma.

T- Follows nose pretty well. Intense roasted walnuts and caramel gets things started. Chocolate, oats, and the slightest touch of earthy hops also make their way. Finish left a little something to be desired for my palate. But it had a nice richness to it.

M- A little thin, but not far off for the style. Smooth and fairly drinkable. Good session beer if you enjoy these flavors. Not bitter, but slightly dry.

O- My first from Cigar City. Unique, and certainly enjoyable. Almost like a light, thinner porter. I can see how this would pair well with desert and a cigar (if i were a cigar smoker). Very interesting and well put together nut brown.

Canned on 4/24/13
Consumed on 5/14/13

6 pk for $7.49

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Photo of heygeebee
2.28/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

From Warners

Hmmm, difficult to write a review of the worst gusher I have ever had, first time ever I have seen all head and no beer.

All in all a hybrid US/UK brown ale style, big and toffee driven, but when you can't actually get at the beer you are a supposed to be drinking and it takes a dozen pours to get the bottle into the glass, it's all irrelevant, isn't it?

Fail.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a deep ruby brown with a light tan half finger head. Sub-par retention, leaving an island of microbubbles in the middle of the glass, and a ring around the edge. Spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Chocolate and sugary sweetness; almost cola like. Touches of coffee.

Taste - Follows the nose. Powdered chocolate and sugared malt sweetness; more toffee than caramel. Moderate roasted nut character in the finish, with faint traces of mocha nipping well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy, then finishes bone dry.

Overall - This is a really good brown. A little too dry for my taste, but the flavor is great. I suppose that comes with the territory of an EBA, though. In any event, it kicks the tail out of Newcastle.

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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 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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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.