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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Vanilla - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 42
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 213 | Reviews: 54
Photo of Phigg1102
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Imagine Boulder Shake with vanilla instead of chocolate.

Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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."

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of NickTinyRace
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.56/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of EFitzsimmons
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of JulioH
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
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

Photo of rev3rb
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Googs
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at CCB 1/13... Served in shaker pint

A- Dark brown color with deep,dark red tints. Finger of dense head that dies quickly leaving film on the liquid and no lacing on the glass.

S- Faint aroma, but I get some toasted cracker, brown sugar, and vanilla bean. It's nice, but just that- not amazing and really should be kicked up a notch.

T/M- Nice and smooth going down. Sweet and toasty/roasty balance- really nice blend of melonoiden (sp?) and charred/coffee flavors. Turbinado sugar faintly there with a finish of sweet vanilla that has an incredibly long lingering finish that makes you want to take another drink which also transitions into the toasted/roast flavors of the next sip; it's a cyclical beer to drink. Very balanced, nothing is overpowering. Nice medium body, highly carbonated, smooth.

O- Liked it a lot, didn't quite love it though like I did the Cubano espresso style Maduro. I would absolutely get this again, and would've taken a growler if it was allowed. Sweet vanilla finish really broke everything up making this complex and balanced.

Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of Lerxst
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks

A-Pours a dark chestnut brown with a creamy one finger khaki colored head that has good retention and leaves some nice lace.

S-Vanilla is the main player here along with some roasted malt and hints of coffee and chocolate.

T-Follows the nose. Vanilla (not as intense as ST Creme Brulee, but its very prominent), along with some roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and maybe a bit of caramel.

M-Just on the light side of medium body, somewhat creamy.

O-Its a nice twist on what is an excellent brown ale, but I think I prefer the base beer. Still, its definitely worth a try; especially if you like dessert type beers.

Photo of babaracas
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the tap room. In the pint glass, a cloudy dark brown, reddish tinted, with one finger of khaki colored head, spotty lace left behind. Smell: a lot of vanilla overwhelms chocolate and a slight nuttiness. Taste: vanilla ice cream in caramel syrup, lightly roasted backdrop. Silky feel. Drying finish where some earthiness emerges. This does a great job of featuring vanilla - it's loaded with vanilla - but it's one note compared to the awesomeness that is regular Maduro.

Photo of afksports
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, Cigar City doesn't really have to do much to their Oatmeal Maduro for me to love it. In fact with this one, they almost hurt it, but I'm still in love.

The appearance in a growler from the cask is actually good for some head. It's thick and brown, not even thin on the edge. Smells like brown, although the bitter tones of the hops in it are supressed by vanilla. At least I assume so, because I can't really smell it. The malts I get though, and they come through in the taste also. That part is a slight problem for me. The good parts about a brown is a balance of malt and hops, this just does t have it.

But the vanilla does add to the body, and it's still drinkable as anything. So so tasty. Just probably not worth the extra cost of production to put on vanilla. I'll take original. Cheers!!

Photo of CooperEllis
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cask into tulip.

Very nice dark with a nice light head; the cask effect is evident in the lack of lacing.

Full of malt in the aroma; mild oaked vanilla with a bit of lactic like one would expect with a milk stout.

There is a bit of water in the taste. After the initial malt burst there is a watery feel and then again after the roasted malt with slight vanilla note. Overall, a full flavor.

I think I prefer the cask Maduro to the bottle. While I don't notice enough 'vanilla' to make a huge taste difference I do think the cask makes this a better drink.

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Photo of kwjd
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on cask at Pony Bar in NYC. It was listed as "White Oak Vanilla" on their board.

The beer pours a murky brown colour with bubbly white head. Head dissipates without any lacing. Smells of very strong vanilla with a hint of oak. Chocolately and some roasted malt in the smell too. Quite a sweet beer. I found I enjoyed the first half of the pint more than the 2nd half as it was a lot of vanilla. Still tasted nice though.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City Maduro Vanilla on cask at Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, New York.

Appearance: Served in a standard 16-oz pint. Light fluffy head that lingers, very bubbly. Absolutely no retention. Deep ruby color, very hazy and opaque.

Smell: Dark chocolate, sugar, some caramel. Also a bit of clove and spice. A tad of hops at the end of the sniff.

Taste: Not as exciting as the nose. Dark roasted malts, some distant vanilla. Sugars. A tad thin. Also some strawberry-fruity sweetness, pretty unique! But no oatmeal or cereal whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body and flavor. Quite the cask. Dry, bitter finish. Could use some more robustness.

Drinkability: Understandably high, at only 5.50%. Enjoyable but not superb.

I appreciate how the vanilla aging is subtle and not overpowering/overdone, but I would have liked this beer to be a bit more tweaked and interesting. Also, the oatmeal and brown aspects of it were lost on me.

Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler. Courtesy of McDiddyPop on BA. Pours a nice brown color with the slightest tinge of red to it. Great foamy tan head. The aroma is very similar to the regular version but with a strong vanilla smell that takes center stage, other notes of dark malt, subtle sweetness, cocoa take a back seat. The taste is all vanilla for the first second then slowly transitions to the roasted malt and cocoa flavors. Lingering taste of vanilla. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium. An interesting addition in flavor to the regular version.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Vanilla from Cigar City Brewing
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