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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Vanilla - Cigar City Brewing

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - VanillaMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Vanilla

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 280
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 19.22%
Wants: 49
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tpd975 on 05-28-2009

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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 280
Photo of richj1970
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at local shop.

A: Murky dark brown with one finger light tan head that settled quickly. Little to no lacing.

S: Rich vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel.

T: Reminds me of cinnamon and brown sugar pop tart. Subtle sweetness and lots of vanilla.

M: Full bodied and lightly carbonated.

O: Excellent twist on a brown ale. Very well done.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at Basil Pizza.
Dark brown, opaque.
Smells like vanilla milkshake.
It tastes delightful! Loads of vanilla, but not artificial at all. The brownness is hidden under luscious sweet malt. Mild carbonation. Rich and deep and endlessly drinkable, if it weren't so thick.
Maybe the best brown ale I've ever had the pleasure to brush lips with. The highest recommendation.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

64oz growler filled poured into small hotel glass. Drank same day as pour. Pours dark brown, murky, with a light tan head. Smells sweet, and creamy. Vanilla is kind of overwhelming, but full smooth malts round it out. Very pleasant mouthfeel with great carbonation. Clean after taste, kind of sweet like cream soda. Very good offering, but I prefer the original.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 32 oz growler (plastic, sorry) into a pint glass, dark brown with a short white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: much like Maduro with vanilla notable, nutty, caramel, tobacco, vanilla, sweet, delicious

T: much like Maduro with the excellent flavor of vanilla, sweet malt and vanilla up front, finish is dry hops mixed with sweet vanilla, the balance is perfect

M: medium bodied, light carbonation, chewy

O: excellent brown ale true to style with added flavors that enhance well

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Photo of cjgiant
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Pours a little darker than expected, deep brown, almost Porter-esque. Head is light tan, small bubbles, but coating the entire surface. There is some lacing, as well.
Nose is mostly influenced by the vanilla, but I also get a coconut hint that quite likely is the combination of an dark, oily nut scent with the vanilla.

Taste when cold seems a bit one-dimensional vanilla with a bit of astringency. However, getting the beer to a more proper temperature opens up the nutty flavor a to me. These resemble the nose: oily nut, maybe hazelnut, in taste and feel as well. Vanilla is still present, adding a sweetness and maybe a hint of spice bite (or is something else causing that?). The ending is earthy, root-based bitterness. In some sips there's still a hint of nut.

Overall, fine flavor profile, but it seemed to wash over the tongue fairly quickly, giving a thinner feel than I like, especially combined with the oily aftertaste. Otherwise, this in an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Brackh
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a quick fading head. Sweet vanilla smell. Medium feel, just a bit watery. Pleasant vanilla taste along with what you already liked about regular Maduro. The vanilla improves the beer. Great beer.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: very dark brown. Full tan head on the pour. No lacing to speak of.
smell: much better nose imo than Maduro. Maduro's solid brown nose plus the vanilla plus...some other subtle nut like hints.
taste: same as the nose. Definitely a level up from the base beer. A pleasant brown with some honest to god vanilla, no artificial stuff here.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Backyard Ale House in Scranton, PA. Looks like a regular brown, but smell is pure vanilla, as is the taste. The vanilla adds a wonderful layer to an already great beer. Another winner from Cigar City!

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Photo of Zach136
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Appearance: Deep brown with ruby hues. Solid head lacing.

Aroma: Complex vanilla character reminiscent of chocolate and raisons over a toasty malt base.

Flavor: Light nutty characters, with some earthy hop, and a finish of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, silky with some appropriate hard water bitterness that doesn't linger too much.

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Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The vanilla in the nose and flavor profile is substantial.

This is an oddity for me in two ways:

1) I don’t tend to be a huge fan of vanilla in my beer, yet I found the vanilla notes to be right on target with this one.

2) I was NOT a big fan of the regular Maduro and found this version to be a much better offering all-around (beyond the infusion of vanilla).

Like the original Maduro, I'm still not giving this offering high "true to style" grades. However, it does get a high grade in "tasty."

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

the vanilla adds a real nice touch to this already exceptional brown ale, and to have it from the nitro tap was awesome. cool little taphouse in stuart, florida called the crafted keg. its so creamy looking, darker than i remember it from the can, and holding its luxurious milky head leaving rings at every sip in the pint glass. it smells vanilla heavy, but not artificial at all, but some of the roast seems tamed by the sweetness it brings. the flavor holds true to that, and while the vanilla brings an awesome new flavor wrinkle, some of what made the original base beer special is lost to it just a bit. still, its a great base beer for vanilla, and i think the dosage is appropriate, except the sweetness that it brings lingers on the palate, maybe aided by the nitro feel less aggressive bubbles to wash the mouth clean. fuller bodied like a porter more than a brown ale as we know them. its not a negative, it just limits how much of this is desirable to drink, couple of pints tops for me, where regular maduro i was good for a sixer no problem. cool tweak, less nutty, more sweet, equally delicious.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On nitro tap at the House of Brews in Jensen Beach.
A – Nice brown pour with a two finger slight off white head.
S – Vanilla and lots of it with a whipped cream aroma – think Redi Whip. Very light roasted malt.
T – Touch of roasted malt and coffee flavor up front. Has a milk chocolate mixed with dark. Nice, stromg vanilla at the end. Tasty brew.
M – Lightly carbonated. Light to medium bodied. Creamy on the palate. Leaves behind that vanilla as well.
O – Easy drinker and I mean easy. This goes down smoothly and tastes wonderful. I had three of these down in a blink of the eye.

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Photo of NickTinyRace
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Never would have thought a vanilla beer would be good, but this beer proved me wrong. It had a perfect balance of vanilla that was not overpowering. I would drink this again If I had the chance.

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Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a surprising ale. Coming from Florida, I would have never expected this craft beer to come out the way it has. It is smooth tasting and you can even get the vanilla taste without it being overwhelming. Goes down nice and no weird after taste.

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Photo of EFitzsimmons
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had it on Nitro at Nona Tap Room in Orlando and I felt that on Nitro it had a much better feel and finish, but it is certainly a good beer either way.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On nitro at Vine and Barley Palm City. Served in a nonic pint.

Appearance - Creamy off white head. Deep brown body.

Smell - Buckets of vanilla. Some chocolate. More vanilla.

Taste - Vanilla im various expressions. Never abates. Hop presence comes out here. Deep caramel malts and some chocolate. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. Medium heavy.

Overall - Too much vanilla for me.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From 05/28/14 notes. 4 oz. poure of this on tap at Cigar City's Brewpub in Tampa, one of the better beers I tried there.

a - Pours a dark, reddish mahogany brown color with once inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of vanilla, cream, coffee, milk chocolate, and roasted malts. Nose is nice, definitely more vanilla than the normal version, though I'm not sure I like the nose that much more than the base. Less coffee.

t - Tastes of vanilla, espresso, creamy coffee, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, toffee, and dark chocolate. More coffee than the nose and still a lot of vanilla, better taste than the nose and than the base beer.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is super smooth and creamy and insanely easy to drink. Amazing mouthfeel.

o - Overall a really good beer; I like the base beer but this is much better. Well worth trying if you see it on tap.

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Photo of JulioH
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This maduro didn't do anything for me. I felt like if I was drinking a sweeter maduro.

Pour a dark beer. Little foam. Smells very light of vanilla, malts. Taste is just the same as a maduro. I felt a little bit of the vanilla, but this beer was more like a weak stout than a brown ale to me. I missed it, yet I drank it all.

Also tried the nitro version. Way better. Smoother and creamy. And hints of vanilla on this one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a root beer brown color and a modest cap that delivers some lacing but not much

Smell: Brown bread, caramel, fruit and vanilla

Taste: Brown bread and stone fruit, up front, with caramel and vanilla developing in the middle; vanilla dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting twist but the base beer seems to have much more complexity; the nut flavors in the base beer are replaced here by fruit and vanilla

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Photo of rev3rb
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottom Line Up Front: Mellow version of the Maduro with noticeable but not overpowering vanilla flavor.

Had this beer on tap in a goblet @ The Brass Tap in Brandon, FL

Appearance: The color of this brown ale is a deep brown color with a thin but nice head.

Smell: There is a noticeable vanilla aroma.

Taste: There is much more mellow roasted body compared to the standard Maduro from CCB with a sweet but not overpowering vanilla flavor.

Mouthfeel: The ale has a very thin mouthfeel and a light aftertaste.

Overall: This was a pleasant deviation from the Maduro. Worth trying at least once. Would recommend over Abita's Vanilla Double Dog brown ale.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head with some retention and excellent lacing on a murky deep amber brown body. Aroma is a bit mild with toffee, caramel malts, nuts and a nice vanilla presence. Flavor follows well with nuts, chocolate malts and burnt toast initially then moving to brown sugar and vanilla. Not too sweet and well balanced. This one gets better as it is enjoyed too. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Googs
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Pony bar NYC. Poured into a pint glass.

A: A nice brown body, not thick and barly any head or lacing on this one.

S: Nutty, roasted malts in the nose. A tiny bit of sweet vanilla after.

T: Roasted/toasty malts upfront - pale, chocolate and caramel. Finishes up with a very nice wave of sweet vanilla. Perfect amount of sweetness for this style. Good balance Not picking up a lot of hops, slightly bitter. Maybe could have used a bit more with the hops I suppose.

M: Medium body but on the lighter side for its style I feel. A bit creamy, could use more. Medium carbonation. Slighty watery and very drinkable at 5.5%.

O: I like the base beer and I thought this vanilla varient was really nice. Don't have much to complain about here really, it's a solid session beer with some complex flavor. Try some if you get a chance.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown. Not quite opaque. Amorphous foam at the top, but not really a big head. Minimal visible carbonation.

S: Roasted malt dominates. Not a big vanilla nose, if any.

T: Nutty brown flavor (can brown be a flavor? It is here) with the vanilla roaring in at the end. On an unexpected note, the vanilla flavor seemed to diminish as the beer warmed. I'm unsure it I just got acclimated to it or if it actually started to disappear.

M: Medium body to slightly thin for the style. Slight sweetness to the finish.

O: Good. Not great. Maduro has never been my favorite (personal preference here; as an example of style, or for someone that is seeking out an Oatmeal Brown I would highly recommend one). But, I thought I'd give the vanilla variant a shot. I probably prefer it slightly to the base beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Arrives a rich chestnut brown with a small head of light tan foam on it. Dissipates quickly to a film.
Smell is full of toasted malt, cardboard, cocoa and coffee though no vanilla was noticeable. Nice balance, though.
Taste follows the smell, always a good thing, with a well-balanced mixture of toasted malt, cocoa and coffee. Odd that a vanilla beer would have no smell or taste of vanilla. A more than a wee bit disappointing from CCB.
Light body, light effervescence, watery. Great taste but WTF with the body? I thought my first cask would be a no brainer given the quality of brew in the past.

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Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Kickbacks in Jacksonville.

A - essentially opaque with mahogany highlights. Has a thin bubbly tan head.

S - Sweet aroma with a clear but not too strong vanilla note; hint of milk chocolate.

T - Largely follows the aroma, but the vanilla is too dominant and the beer is too sweet. Roasted malt and oatmeal are detectable.

M - Near medium body but too thin for style. Would also be better with a slight increase in carbonation.

O - Disappointing: I prefer the regular Madura.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Vanilla from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.