Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown AleOatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 290
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 10-01-2009

"O. R. C." pours brown in color with an aroma reminiscent of oatmeal raisin cookies (of course). Mild cinnamon and vanilla notes upfront in the flavor with emerging raisin notes. Lingering spices in the finish with hints of toasted bread.

25 IBU
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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TCGoalie shared this 12 oz. bottle with zoso1967 and I on 2-18-11. Thanks, man!

The brew pours a light brown color with a nice ruby tint. It is just barely see-through. A light khaki head of about a finger rests on the body. The carbonation bubbles move lazily and are quite sparse. The lacing is light, but still pretty sticky and dotty.

This smells exactly like what it is- a brown ale with oatmeal raisin cookie flavors blended in. On second smell, the raisins dominate the show along with the oatmeal. Sweet cinammon also resides in the bouquet. I am not really getting any nutty hints from this brown ale.

The taste translates quite well from the smell. It is not quite as cinammon-spicy, but it is very much an oatmeal raisin cookie. It is also more like a brown ale than the smell would lead me to believe. A little nuttiness is evident in the flavor and the finish is quite toasty.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and light bodied. The oatmeal lends a very nice smoothness. A nice toasty and bitter bite on the sides of my palate complements the smooth body.

This is good novelty drink. It isn't something that I would want all the time, but Cigar City pulled off the oatmeal raisin cookie taste well. This is a well crafted, smooth drinking beer.

Photo of JayEvans813
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer poured on tap at Cigar city brewery. Smells and tastes like an oatmeal cookie. Absolutely delicious and would recommend to anyone.

A- pours dark brown with very little head. Slight purple hazes

s- smells of an oatmeal cookie, sweet aroma

T- bitterness of brown ale meets sweetness of oatmeal and raisin. Delicious.

M- goes down easy with bready follow through

Photo of GarrettM99
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Color is a deep rich dark brown, as mentioned it almost looks like cola. It had a thick long lasting foamy head.

S- That of a cinnamon raisin oatmeal cookie. What more can I say??? Fresh out of the oven? Either way it was like delicious smelling.

T- The taste is very raisiny, but not overpowering as some might hint at. The cinnamon hit me towards the end and once my pallet picked up on both is was quite harmonious. Clearly a nice roasted flavor and of course a malty oatmeal taste.

M- Medium bodied. I feel that it was too carbonated.

Over all, it was a great beer from a small local brewery and I will be trying more as soon as they restock.

Photo of jeonseh
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Brown with purple accents and a small foam head on the sides

S - Smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie with a slight metallic tinge. There is lots of big raisin and prune

T - Cinnamon with a bready aspect as well as brown sugar and raisin. Light astringent brown ale in the finish. Definitely tastes like a cinnamon laden oatmeal cookie

M - Light body with low carbonation. Light spice and slight astringency in the finish

O - Solid beer that tastes just like an oatmeal cookie. It has a slight bite to it from the brown ale

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of brown sugar and molasses with mild amounts of toasted malts. Also present are mild amounts of raisins and dried figs.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel and lightly toasted malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by raisins dusted with brown sugar. Midway through the sip small amounts of sweet oatmeal flavors work their way into things. Right before the ending heavy molasses flavors make an appearance before fading out into a crisp and mildy bitter ending.

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

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was better than I remembered and I was very surprised at how well the flavors worked together. Very much worth a shot and I imagine it will be even better in the colder months.

Photo of BeardofSteele
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

CCB growler poured into a CCB pint glass. Filled on 09/23/11

A: Pours dark brown with a creamy white head that disappears fairly quickly, leaving a thing ring around the outside of the glass.

S: The nose of this beer is raisin dominate with hints of cinnamon, chocolate and nuts. Pretty much like you'd want oatmeal raisin cookies to smell like.

T: Follows the nose nicely. This beer is quite full-flavored without being super sweet -- especially for a cookie-themed brew. You can taste each part: raisins, oatmeal, cinnamon and hint of chocolate.

M: I'd like for this one to be a little less carbonated. Doesn't really mess with the flavor profile, but it may be a personal preference more than anything else.

O: A really nice brown ale, and unique too. CCB is really good at these Maduro variants, and this one may be the best. Definitely worth trying any time you get the chance.

Photo of BennyL1
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with GallowsThief, thanks Rich! Another offering from Cigar City, poured into a NB globe.

A - Beer pours a nice and deep chestnut color with some slight hues of ruby. About two fingers worth of brown foamy head bubbles to the top. Impeccable lacing kicks the grade up a bit higher then average.

S - A lot of brown sugar and caramel notes up front. A bit of molasses and toasted malt in there as well. Definitely a good amount of the raisin/dark fruit aroma to round it all out. Overall it actually does smell like a freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookie. Very impressed.

T - What a great tasting brown ale. Caramel up front leading way to a nice dark fruit character. Some brown sugar in there too. Really liking the oat aspect of this brew as well. Very slight touch of bitterness a the end.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. My only gripe would be that it seems a tad watery. No big deal though, doesn't really detract from the brew at all.

D - Great brown ale that I could drink on multiple occasions. If you have the opportunity to give it a shot I would recommend it.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum Yummy,though on the sweet(sugar and lots of malt) and spicy side: cinammon, this kicked early.
The chocolate malt, raisiny taste was in the background. Dark with a whisp of head, appropriately carbonated. Cute, but I could not drink pints of this.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear dark chestnut body with a crimson cast beneath a short head of creamy tan foam. The head retention is good, and it leaves average lacing about the glass.

Aroma: Malty and gently toasty with a distinct note of dark caramel and almost burnt sugar. Ginger bread cookies. Dark fruit... plum/prune. Brown sugar. A hint of vanilla.

Taste: It's really hard to separate the aroma from the actual flavor one this one. The nose gives me spice (mainly cinnamon) and raisin, but the flavor is giving me more dark sugar. Overall, raisins and spice are the first to appear on the palate. As it warms a bit, the oatmeal comes out (Is this even made with oatmeal? It doesn't matter, the flavor of oatmeal seems to appear). It finishes with a quick dollop of golden syrup on the front of the tongue, dark skinned fruit from end to end, and drying 'oatmeal' in the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body with a dextrinous edge. Standard carbonation level.

Drinkability: Never before has a beer nailed the flavor of an oatmeal raisin cookie so completely. It is, at the very least, an amazing holiday beer - but it's also a surprisingly drinkable spiced ale. Worth seeking out!!!

Photo of socon67
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at the CCB tasting at Beer City in North Babylon, NY.

Poured into a Hoffbrau mug.

A - Dark brown pour. Some obvious carbonation, and a littl elacing in the glass. Creamy foam head.

S - Smells sweet of spice and oatmeal. Very complex and interesting.

T - This is phenomenal! I swear it does taste like an oatmeal cookie with raisins. Sweet, balanced, and just a tasty treat. Could not be better. The madagascar hops give this such a unique twist is is just a standout beer.

M - A little soft for the style, but quite smooth and enjoyable. Finishes well.

D - Could easily have a couple. Easier to have than a stout, but they complexity and style amke this a beer that you may want to limit at 2.

Not sure if I will have a beer with this mix of flavors anyitme soon. Kudos to CCB for making an excellent beer.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz. growler from Decicco's Ardsley. Packed on date of 4/16/11. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a fluffy, 2 finger light mocha head with good retention. Beer is a clear, dark purple-mahogany. Lacing is patchy, stringy, and spotty with good cling. A very nice looking brown ale.

S: Nose is nutty. Notes of brown sugar, cinnamon spice, and a slight oatmeal tarness are detectable. Sweet and enticing but faint overall. Nothing to really stir the senses.

T: Opens nutty and with hints of brown sugar. Oatmeal raisin flavor hits full force right afterwards though. Cinnamon, brown sugar, and purple grapes erupt from nowhere. Fruitiness fades quickly leaving the cinnamon spice and brown sugar lingering at the end. Finish is remarkably clean with just a touch of cinnamon bark bitterness. Slightly grainy brown sugar aftertaste. A deliciously novel beer.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Prickly, light, and lively in the mouth and goes down rather smooth and slightly warming. Finish is clean with a briefly lingering aftertaste. Hugely light and quaffable.

O: While I'm not a big fan of CCB's philosophy of "make 4 or 5 average beers and age them in 20 different ways", Oatmeal Raisin Cookie stands as a real winner. Very drinkable and easy to appreciate, this one's worth seeking out.

Photo of rmolledo
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Reddish Brown Opaque with no head but a small ring of bubbles around the glass.

S: Roasted Malts, Caramel, Cinnamon, dark fruit, floral hops.

T: Raisons, Caramel, Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Roasted Barley. Like eating an oatmeal cookie. Subtle hop flavor.

MF: smooth and slick with some Co2 tingle. medium to high body.

D: A very tasty and interesting brown ale. I could drink alot of this.

Photo of cjgator3
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Cigar City tasting room in Tampa. Pours a dark brownish black color with a nice light tan colored head. The aroma is amazingly similar to what you would imagine an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie to smell like. A lot of sweet malts and dark fruits with a ton of raisin in the aroma. Absolutely amazing they pulled off the aroma the way they did. The taste like the aroma is really delicios. Sweet malt and dark fruits with a real smooth finish. This beer is very drinkable. Would be an awesome breakfast beer, or even a tasty dessert beer as well. Didn't think I would enjoy this one as much as I did but it was fantastic!

Photo of Heatwave33
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at CCB into a Cigar City Pint.

Color: deep brown with minimal light shining thru.

Smell: Sweet notes and raisins.

Taste: Sweet with an oatmeal note. Reminded me of an iced oatmeal raisin cookie I used to eat as a kid. Sweet and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Slightly coarse and dry on the palate.

Overall: Very different and very good. I really enjoyed this brew but I wouldn't be able to drink two back to back. Cheers!

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Bar Louie last night for $6, yeah - won't be drinking off that tap again until happy hour rolls around.

Big pint glass, is dark brown with a little khaki head - wishing the bar tender woulda poured it a little more aggresively.

Smell is faint but can definitely pick up the oat grain & sweet sugary chocolate raisin & dark fruit notes.

Taste pretty much like an oatmeal raisin chocolate cookie but with a thinner mouthfeel than I expected. It works though, any thicker would be too heavy for all the sweetness in here.

Solid brown ale, different yet solid.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly this beer actually looks a little like an oatmeal cookie. The thick icing-colored head gives way to the marbled head of an oatmeal cookie.

In the nose it smells like a freaking cookie. Lots of cinnamon.

The cinnamon comes out up front with the taste of the base beer in the finish. Tastes like an oatmeal cookie.

Creamy in the mouth, nice carbonation.

Very drinkable with a session-friendly ABV. Nice.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from Jefe73. Thanks man

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Little lacing.

Aroma of roasted grains and you can smell a bit of an oatmeal raisin cookie. Little bit of cinnamon and vanilla and a touch of raisins. Not a ton of aroma though.

Tastes just like it smells. Tastes mostly like a brown but with a hint of the cookie. Little bit of cinnamon and raisin and vanilla. Tastes great. Wish there was more cookie flavor though.

Mouthfeel is good. maybe a little more viscosity would be better. Good carb.

Overall an awesome beer. If it had more cookie flavor I would trade for more but since I can't get this around me I won't be getting more. Would if I could though. Try it once at least.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Imperial Milk Porter release at the brewery. Served in a pint glass.

A - Deep mahogany body with a small cream head and nice lacing. Typical brown ale appearance.

S - Wow, vanilla. Strong vanilla flavor with some cinnamon and caramel. Smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie.

T - Strong vanilla, cinnamon, and, amazingly, oatmeal. Slight malt flavor, but mostly vanilla. Not too sweet, which is surprising. Tastes exactly like an oatmeal raisin cookie.

M - Medium-low carbonation and medium bodied. Finishes dry, which is a bit off-putting.

O - Drink it for what it is. It tastes like a cookie, not like beer. Hardly beer, but awesome for what it is.

Photo of deathcharms
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle - 5/19/11 (Thanks to BastionShaw)

Pours a very deep burgundy brown with a bit of head from the start but the head dies off almost instantly. When held up to the light it is barely visible to see through, but it is not like its motor oil Stout relative. Smells at first like it has a dark cherry and a slight vanilla bean flavor infused into it, and then a cinnamon warmness follows. Taking deeper inhales it almost smells like an apple pie with tons of cinnamon infused into it. Admittedly Brown Ales never muster much a smile from my face because they all seem rather bland to me, but this one is surprisingly tasty. Taste is a very nutty brown ale with just a touch of some dark stone fruits. The cinnamon and raisin contributions are very light to the taste and play really nicely into the overall flavor of the beer. With more and more sips you realize there is a nice tingling in your throat I think partly to the subtle carbonation but also from the cinnamon. Cigar City really set the bar with this Brown Ale, to make it interesting to the palate(in a rather boring field) but to also balance the spice profile and not make it a bomb of cinnamon. The mouthfeel is light due to the not over robust carbonation and as mentioned before the nice light play from the spice added to the beer. Overall I like this beer for the style and wish more Brown Ales tasted as good as this one, I wouldn't pass on them as much then!

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler into in a tulip glass. Thanks go to Jw347 for this in a recent trade.

Pours a clear deep garnet, with a finger of frothy mocha colored head. This retains with some nice richness about it on the edges, throwing up a robust cascade of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet and smooth in the nose, with notes of oats, dark fruit, sugary bread, and a touch of zesty spicing. Just a bit of floral hop activity sits in the background as well.

The sweetness in the taste is lightly toasted and bready sugars but still pretty smooth overall. Lightly dark fruit (although this isn't overly identifiable as raisin to me) and some gentle spiciness are present as well. Some light earthy bitterness leaves some dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium feeling, with a light creamy sharpness that combines with the oats in the body to keep this silky and easy feeling on the palate.

This was decent. Well balanced and creamy with an easy drinking body on it. I definitely got some of the flavors that they were shooting for but I'm not sure if the whole package really came together for me like it was intended though. OK but I've had better variations on the Maduro Brown.

Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured a deep red-brown with a one finger very light tan head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raisins, graham cracker, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, oatmeal, raisins, and milk chococlate. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was nothing short of excellent. I really don't know how CCB keeps doing this with the Maduro, but version I have had has been excellent. Definitely a great flavor and aroma going on in this one. An absolute must try for any beer lover or the curious.

Photo of Gmann
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown color with light ruby highlights. The head was rather small and left a thin beige ring.

The aroma is of milk chocolate, light caramel, and brown sugar. The malt is quite bready and has some nutty notes. Smells more like a chocolate chip cookie than it does oatmeal raisin.

The taste starts off with some chocolate but it transitions into the oatmeal raisin flavor. Subtle oat flavors with molasses, cinnamon, vanilla and a light grape flavors give the beer the oatmeal cookie presence. A bit of a hoppy bitterness helps offset the sweet aspect of the beer.

The feel is quite light with tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but does finish with some bitterness.

An enjoyable brown ale. I do get the oatmeal raisin flavors but sometimes they do get lost in some of the chocolatey notes. An easy drinker.

Photo of mfunk9786
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Capone's during Philly Beer Week. My wife actually ordered this and I got to take sips and sniffs, wishing ever so desperately that I'd decided to get it, and knowing that my driving would be fatally impaired if I decided to order one more beer. Sigh, life.

This beer looks like any other Maduro, but it's not. The aroma is that of cinnamon, oats, and large grains of sugar - and boy oh boy is the best yet to come. I know this kind of sentiment is tossed around a lot on BA - but I have never drank anything that is closer to a liquified dessert than this. It absolutely captures the taste and the mouthfeel of an oatmeal raisin cookie without any of the crumbs. Big molasses sweetness, cinnamon, raisin, grain - this, to me, is the perfect example of what a brown ale can aspire to be. Bravo, Cigar City. This is the Maduro to try.

Photo of Tripphop
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice frothy head, consistent small bubbles. Color is a reddish brown, light shines through easily but glows with the reddish hue. The nose is very faint but cinnamon and a light grain note are present. The flavor is light and drinkable, good balance, and very much tastes like an oatmeal raisin cookie. The finish lingers with the sugary oatmeal flavor but a slightly astringent undertone. Overall this is very drinkable and light, an imperial version would be cool.

Photo of bierguru
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep brown color mild carbonation with a thick off white head

S - mellow oatmeal smell with a slight sweetness guessing from the usage of raisins

T - this is super easy to describe tastes exactly like an oatmeal raisin cookie your almost going to forget that your actually drinking a beer and start looking for a glass of milk

M - very smooth no burn or sharpness from an alcohol presence and flavors are very well balanced and come through well

D - very drinkable the beer is sweet but not over poweringly and is good for a couple at a time

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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