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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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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 33
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 05-28-2009)
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Reviews by gonzo46and2:
Photo of gonzo46and2
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at World of Beer Tampa Westchase.

Pours a nice brown with red highlights. Not much head but that was because the pour was full.

Aroma was full of vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, roasted grain, nuts, cocoa, and maybe a hint of coffee.

Taste was sweet but not cloyingly so. Mostly reflected the complexity of the nose. This was good sipped and gulped.

Body was soft and medium which made it pretty good even in the heat of Florida summer.

Overall probably my favorite CCB beer yet.

gonzo46and2, Jun 19, 2009
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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.

chinchill, May 31, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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3.93/5  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.

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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.

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4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 18, 2009
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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Vanilla from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.