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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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BA SCORE
92
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303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 277
Gots: 14 | 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:
"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

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 10-01-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

Sammy, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate to deep brown color with a tan head and some pretty good lacing. Body is slightly cloudy. Nose brings toasted malt and oats with some slight fruit, brown sugar, and spice. Taste is nice with fruit and slightly sweet malt combining nicely. Feel is great with a nice body and subtle spice. Drinks quite well and was a nice treat.

Thorpe429, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

acurtis, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cola brown color but no cap and, as a result, no lace

Smell: As the name would suggest, this smells like oatmeal raisin cookies; also some brown bread elements

Taste: Oatmeal raisin cookie flavors up front, followed by a brown bread finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very unusual, to say the least and gets high marks for creativity; I love oatmeal raisin cookies and love this beer

brentk56, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

The Maduro Oatmeal-Raison brew turns out very drinkable and sessionable even with the bold fruit and bready flavors.

The pour delivers a deep crimson/ruby/brown color with good clarity and only a modest haze. A great (not good) creme forms on the beer and holds firm in sticky and gluey fashion. Lots of lacing left behind. This is one sexy looking brew.

Deep aromas of stone fruits, fruit cake, chocolate and toast fill the nose and all but promise a full and robust taste. A light woodsy/vinous/grape note persists that only makes the complexity more inviting.

Flavors of the raison/fig/date mix garner attention early on and continue to dominate the beer throughout. But intermittenly, we get notes of walnuts, bread crusts and toast, chocolates/cocoa, and a woodsy/vinous/tannin character that makes the flavor very rich and varying.

Creamy early, the beer weakens quickly (maybe too quickly) to a drinkable (maybe thin) feeling beer. The vinous characater turns lighly powdery and astringent and looses its texture just after mid palate. Unfortunately this gives the beer a lifeless feel way too soon in the session.

Definately a great fruit-forward beer but the body just can't hold up which hurts the overall drinking experience. Think of this beer as a raison-forward English Mild Ale.

Thanks RomaniIteDomum!

BEERchitect, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +7%

Enjoyed during my long weekend in Tampa. I had the chance to meet some great people and try some new and some amazing new things. Had a lot of fun, but glad to be home. Enjoyed on 4/11/2011.

Have had this on one other occasion and loved it but the chance to try it on tap was a whole different experience. Pours a nice soft hazelnut brown with a small off white head that caps the top rather nicely. Smoothing out around the edges it leaves some nice rings of lacing in its wake. Aroma is deep spices, hints of cinnamon, raisins and dark fruits, notes of bready malts and a sugary cookie dough like backing. Flavor is a nice malt bomb that sits on the palate with great ease. So much smoother then you would think with a light feel and a rich creamy, roasted nut like finish, this one literally tastes just like the name.

Overall one of the great offerings from CCB. Loved the chance to try this one on tap.

mikesgroove, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Texasfan549, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.4%

A: brown with red and orange hues.

S: as advertised, oatmeal raisin is strong here

T: oatmeal raisin from start to finish. Flavor notes include chocolate, nut, vanilla and cinnamon.

M: light to medium body. moderate carbonation

Overall: This was a good one to try. A little too much oatmeal raisin for my tastes.

kylehay2004, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.43/5  rDev +7%

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark brown body with some golden-orange edges and topped with a layer of thin, off-white froth.

Smell: Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle! It does indeed smell like oatmeal raisin cookies.

Taste: Sweet-tasting chocolate morsels stirred up with dark brown sugar, toasted rolled oats, a liberal dose of spices, hints of roast, and a box raisins with that bonnet-wearing chick on the front. Does a fantastic job of mimicking the flavor of oatmeal raisin cookies.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very satisfying, enjoyable beer; another in a series of hits from Cigar City. This is one for the books!

ChainGangGuy, Jan 17, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +7%

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!!!

NeroFiddled, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

Kegatron, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

The name of this beer confused me until I drank it, yep oatmeal raisin cookie it is.

Poured from the growler (cute little 32 ounce growler) into a becher. Beer is brownish / red and clear. Forms an off white head (really big) that falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

Aroma is complicated and I smelled this beer for several minutes before tasting, bare with me. Slightly lactic at first, some raisin, slight spice, nutmeg or allspice, perhaps slight cinnamon.

The flavor is quite "spicy" if you consider cinnamon spice. Brown sugar is in there as well. Medium body, lots of flavor in the late palate to aftertaste range. Lots of spice comes up late. Overall its a really strong tasting beer. The strength follows through on the aftertaste as well.

This beer definitely tastes like a cookie. For sure. And overall I found it enjoyable but I'm not sure i would try it again.

drabmuh, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Well off my meds finally, after the knee surgery I was on the perks for a while and couldn't drink. Finally back off the meds, and for my first beer back I figured this was a good beer to get back on. One I've been searching for for a while, and a huge thanks to jstilwell for it.

Pours a larger fizzy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, with pot marks and a bit of lacing, over very dark brown coke molasses colored beer.

Nose comes right on with oatmeal raisin cookie aroma, light cinnamon, some oatmeal, brown sugar, brown malts, light sweet malts, light caramel, light roast, hint of vanilla, some crystal malts, some light candied raisins and raisin like fruit, a light nutty malt, an almost like jelly fruit, and just a hint of a dry farmhouse like yeast.

Taste comes with darker malts, plenty of crystal malts, caramel, toasted malts, nice brown caramel malt flavors. Some fruit as well, light fig jelly like, hints of candied raisins and just plain raisin, and a nice cinnamon flavor, a light dry yeast like rustic farmhouse funk that may be the beginning of an infection but not sure. Some light vanilla, hint of butterscotch like oatmeal cookie flavor. A slight juicy raisin like fruit flavor. It comes on fairly dry at first and gets very dry on the finish, with a little sticky syrupy finish, with some more brown malts and brown sugar, as well as caramel, raisin, cinnamon, and a bit of bitterness late on the finish. The cinnamon comes through even more as the finish goes.

Mouth is med bodied, quite a bit of carbonation, a little sticky and syrupy.

Overall pretty good, not as amazing as I was hoping but it could be because of the beginnings of an infection or age but not sure, the nose was great, but the dry light yeast and fruit like taste takes a bit from the taste but otherwise nice, and maybe slightly over carbonated.

jlindros, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber/brown color with red hue. There is a finger and a half of tan head that goes away to leave a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Smells like a cookie. Sweet malt with hints of dark fruit and brown sugar. There are some spices in there as well, cinnamon.

Taste: There is a mildly sweet bready malt. I'm then picking up some dark fruit and cinnamon. After the cookie like flavor, there is a nice bitterness that rounds things out well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the higher side. The finish is mildly dry.

Overall: This is a nice brown ale with a twist. A nice take on a desert beer and I would love to have another in the future.

oline73, May 08, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

Good, lasting head with abundant chunky lace. The color is ruby, brown color. A small amount light passes.

Smells as advertised: reminds me of Quaker oats raisin and cinnimon oatmeal. Strong aroma of these. Appealing in a cookie sort of way.

Tastes more like a conventional brown ale until the swallow, where the cookie aspect leaps forward. Solid body with higher than average carbonation. The aftertaste also has a touch of spicy hop bitterness.

smcolw, Jan 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

beernads, Feb 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

imperialking, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown color with lighter chestnut brown edges when held to a light source and a half finger light yellowish beige color head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring . Sporadic spots of lacing.

Slightly spicy dark fruit aroma with hints of dark fruit, roasted caramel malt, toffee and subtle spice. Hints of toffee, subtle coffee, caramel and chocolate malt . Slight alcohol. Slightly chewy medium body with hints of caramel malt, toffee, slight dark fruit and alcohol.

corby112, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

On tap at Hawthornes, served in a large wine glass. This brew appears a clear amber brown color with 2 fingers of thick, creamy tan head. Absolutely awesome, lasting retention to the cap. Once it slowly starts to fade it leaves thick patches of lacework on the glass.

The smell of this brew is herbal to medicinal hops with a touch of minerals. Once that initial aroma fades it leaves lots of sweet fruity alcohol notes reminiscent of raisins. There is a light note of sulfur included. Across the back is a smooth vanilla-like sweetness that increases in characternas the brew warms.

The taste is again mineral filled with spiced flavors of cinnamon and fruity raisin-like flavors. There is some chocolate malt inclusion. Sweet yet very well balanced with herbal hops and a spiced aspect that leaves some depth of flavor lingering in the aftertaste. At times this brew reminds of of the spiced inclusion typically found in pumpkin ales.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The abv is hidden perfectly in this brew. Quite drinkable with a pleasant contrast of flavors. I didn't quite pick up on the oat quality I was anticipating in this brew but the spiced and raisin flavors were quite fitting of the name. Certainly worth a try, Cigar City continues to impress me.

stakem, Jun 13, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

duceswild, May 24, 2012
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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