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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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 44
Gots: 13 | 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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Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler from tpd975, thanks again for our first trade Greg, poured into an oversized wine glass side by side with the cacao and espresso version, shared with Ben, Bob, and Danny last night, color is a medium to dark brown, one inch soapy off white head, some retention and lacing, aroma consists of
sweet vanilla, almost creamer in a coffee-like, roasted malts, brown sugar, caramel, and light molasses, starts off with sweeter caramel than the other two versions, vanilla domiantes the middle with almost a root beer or cream soda feel, pretty bubbly and sweet rounded, the finish has more vanilla mixed with nuts and caramel, it never gets overly sweet which is nice, instead it enhances what is already there is the brown ale and provides a creamier overall feel, slightly sweet, roasted, and malty mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation and especially for a growler, taste lingers quite well without being overbearing, could have drank a lot of this, very smooth and light feeling, good drinkability for any kind of beer containing chocolate or vanilla, would drink again, worth trying

More User Reviews:
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 glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of vanilla bean first and foremost, with good amounts of toasted and chocolate malt aromas backing it up. As it warms the vanilla aroma fades a bit and hints of tobacco enter into things.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, although the supporting cast members are a bit more intense. Toasted and lightly roasted chocolate malt flavors kick things off and are joined almsot immediately by smooth vanilla flavors. Midway through the sip the vanilla subsides a bit and hints of milk chocolate and tobacco make an appearance then carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass and could have another.

Overall I'm not so sure I don't like this better without the addition of vanilla beans, however that's not to say the addition isn't interesting. Worth a shot.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. Raters at my table were not so oy-yoy-yoy about the vanilla, but I appreciated the vanill's edge and smoothness,a rising above the chocolate and making it a decent drinker, owing to it being more on the sweeter side.Very dark with a whisp of a head, suitably carbonated.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in the brewery when I picked up a growler to send to Koopa. I just now found my notes.

Pours a nice dark brown with a frothy, big head. Very creamy appearance.

Not too much going on in the nose. I would have liked some vanilla, but it smells a bit more like a muted Maduro.

Thankfully the taste isn't hiding like the nose. This tastes a lot like the regular Maduro, but the vanilla smooths over some of the coffee notes already present.

Very creamy in the mouth. Nice feel all around.

This is a great beer, but I would have preferred a more vanilla forward beer.

Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler via trade thanks to Sebletitje. Glad to try another brown ale from the brewery that IMO does the style best. Yes, I'm drinking the CCB Kool-aid. These guys are good, and MOST of the hype is warranted.

Pours cloudy chestnut brown with a thick, creamy light yellow-beige head that lasts. Good lacing.

Aroma is nice and sweet. Lots of vanilla, along with sweet caramel, wood, and nuts.

Flavor is fairly sweet and very complex. Caramel and toffee malt notes, chestnut and other nuts, LOADS of vanilla, wood (was this -bal aged?), chocolate, and molasses. Crazy stuff.

Palate is exceedingly smooth and creamy, with medium-full body. Really sticks with you.

It's almost unfair to classify this as a brown ale, but if you do, it's great for the style. Drinkable and really enjoyable overall.

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 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.


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 mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gem of a growler from way down south. This one was waiting for me tonight when I got home. After all the others I have had lately, needless to say I was more then thrilled getting to try another. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/17/2009.
Opened it up and poured the nice brown liquid into the glass. A small head of light tan quickly peaked up and say maybe a half an inch from the top, settling down it left behind a nice little touch of lacing along the side. Some nice hazelnut color along the bottom and sides of the glass when held up to the light. Aroma is loaded with vanilla. Very strong at first and nearly hiding everything else that comes behind it, this one needed to warm up a bit too fully appreciates the depth of it. Brown sugar, light cocoa and tons of maltiness underlying the rich vanilla bean profile. Each sip carried off much the same with a huge bite of vanilla up front that slowly faded to let you take a look at the sweet malty notes that lay underneath. Very sweet though and to be honest it would not lend itself to more then a couple due to that.
Overall very, very solid. Great use of vanilla here and the light body of the brown ale underneath still shines through. I would not mind having this one every once and a while.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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 WeisGuy
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler picked up at the brewery earlier today

a - pours a deep dark brown color with a one inch mocha head, not much retention and little lacing

s - big vanilla and creme brulee aroma mixed with some coffee and dark chocolate, very nice

t - slightly bitter coffee and dark chocolate up front with the vanilla bean really coming through on the midpalate, finish is reminiscent of a good vanilla latte without much of the bitterness, some nuttiness and very little trace of alcohol on the finish as well, hoppiness of the base beer is very muted in this variation

m - medium bodied, moderate to lower carbonation, slightly bitter on the finish, but well-balanced finish overall, slight alcohol warming

d - pretty drinkable, much more so than other vanilla-infused beers I've had because the vanilla, while prominent, is not overwhelming

Very good beer overall. I'm impressed with the use of vanilla bean in that it adds another dimension to a great base beer without totally overwhelming it.

Photo of mullenite
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 32oz growler in to a snifter.

Very dark brown in color, almost black but not quite. One-finger of solid foam for a head that dissipates in to a thin ring and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell was primarily chocolate with some light roasted and vanilla notes in the background.

Taste has a much more prominent vanilla note, with the chocolate and roasted malts lingering in the background. Vanilla is so clean it almost comes off as artificial.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, I really wish it were just a bit thicker. Lots of carbonation gives it a mouthfeel similar to Coca-Cola.

Overall it is a pretty tasty beer, I will be getting this again some time if it is available.

Photo of gunnerman
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into a pint glass, pours an impressive brown with ruby color hue and nice thick fat lace. Smell is of dark chocolate, roasted caramel and sweet cocoa slight hint of vanilla. Taste is spot on big and roasty with chocolate, tobacco, a hint of spice from the hop and just a slight faint taste of vanilla. Overall another impressive offering from Cigar City.

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Photo of grub
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

side-by-side tasting between the regular maduro, espresso aged maduro, and vanilla aged maduro. all three provided by tpd975. thanks greg!

32oz growler. sampled july 1/09.

pours deep red, nearly brown really, and with a bit of haze where the other two were crystal clear. this one is actually a shade darker than the regular maduro and about the same as the espresso aged version. a medium sized semi-dense darker tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving tons of lace behind. again, the head was a bit darker than the regular maduro but similar to the espresso aged version.

aroma is good. lightly toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. a bit nutty. slightly earthy. subtle notes of vanilla is the only real difference from the standard version.

taste is great. it echoes the aroma to start, but with a bit of light tropical fruit too. light caramel. now we start to distinguish ourselves a bit more from the standard version. vanilla is great. not so much like a vanilla bean, more raw and unrefined. it makes me think of a vanilla pipe tobacco or colts. very mellow and smooth and not at all rough or intense. the nutty character seems to come out even more in the vanilla version than either the regular or espresso aged versions.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium-light carbonation level.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. nice depth. even better than the regular maduro with the extra added character and complexity from the vanilla. i'll admit that i'm generally not a big fan of vanilla, so i was definitely not expecting to like this one as much as the other two, but it has definitely won me over and was my favourite of the three. this one is a real winner.

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 womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Greg for getting a growler of this to me recently. Shared at the Bruery last night.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some nice red highlights and a small tan head.

S: A sniff of this one gives you a nosefull of incredibly sweet vanilla. I was expecting some subtlety (a la Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla), but this is very bold. There's a slight roasted and toasted malt aroma to this as well.

T: The flavor is almost exactly like the nose. The sweet vanilla is once again the star (as you would expect/hope). There is a slight roasted coffee note to it, along with the same nutty, toasted biscuit malt character that was in the nose.

M: The body is medium with some low to moderate carbonation (probably due to the filling and shipping processes).

D: As previously mentioned, I was expecting just a hint of vanilla, but was actually quite surprised by the amount of vanilla. My only complaint was the level of sweetness that it provided, but otherwise I found it to be quite nice.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This treatment of the Maduro Brown is somewhat underwhelming, and at any rate is a mild addition.

The beer still looks the same.

It smells like the base beer, but more strongly of vanilla. I have always detected a vanilla nuance in the base beer, so this just reinforces that aspect.

As far as the taste goes, and to some degree the smell, the addition of vanilla has sharpeneed some of the sweeter elements of the brew and toned down the tobacco flavor, as well.

The feel is about the same.

The drinkability is a bit higher than the base beer.

Not my favorite treatment of the Maduro Brown.

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 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 Freethyhops
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32oz growler thanks to Gtreid. split between a buddy and I.

A- pours a translucent brown that turns to a deep ruby red when held to light. produced a large cream colored head. good retention with light lacing.

S- caramel and chocolate malts that blends into huge notes off vanilla bean. the aroma is strong and inviting.

T- starts off with a strong mix of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. everything is rich and decadent. the vanilla lasts the longest and finishes with a bit of breadiness and very light bitterness.

M- very creamy and full bodied for a brown ale. subtle carbonation adds to the velvety mouthfeel.

D- delicious stuff that I would jump at the chance to try again. my pint was gone way too quick. I could see the vanilla being a little much after a couple pints, though. its quite strong.

Photo of Zach136
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Brackh
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Vanilla from Cigar City Brewing
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