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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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Reviews: 143
Hads: 330
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 293
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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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Reviews: 143 | Hads: 330
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (316 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (366 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 (460 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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! (1,323 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (909 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (657 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (736 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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!!! (1,182 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (1,207 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,859 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (449 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (898 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,307 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by drivendrink a while ago. Thanks Devin! Review from notes.

I could never forget this one. The beer is brown with minimal head. Both the aroma and flavor are oatmeal cookies all the way. Cinnamon, brown sugar, cookie dough, sweet malt. Delectable and delicious. Shockingly reminiscent of a real, genuine oatmeal raisin cookie - the name doesn't lie. A bit of a one trick pony, however. This becomes cloying quickly. A small sample is perfect. (451 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler from Decicco's into a pint glass twice.

Maduro brown with some off red spots in the center. I like how this one pours out, alot of bubbles, a cascading swirl into a nice semi dense inch of dark tan foam that leaves some stick.

Smell is all oatmeal with those roasted malt and a heaping of cinnamon. With alot of oatmeal stout's I find the oat presence in the nose to be completely lacking, this one stands out a bunch. Oats from the farm and cinnamon prevail.

Taste is pretty much summed up above but I gotta say cinnamon is big, yet not overstated, oatmeal is just that, oatmeal, the big roasted malt presence in regular maduro is somewhat muted under everything else. Sweet.

Feel is just at about medium, a little under, smooth though and sweet. It's carbed up nice, but goes down like a champ. I could drink alot of this and I wish they would send some of this to Philly. (891 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle gushed over upon opening. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured a dark, caramel brown color with a thick and frothy tan head to it. Pretty good head retention with a little lacing.

The aroma has a pretty big raisin flavor coming out. I get some brown sugar sweetness to it as well as a fruity, tart, cherry like flavor to it. The cherry, fruitiness gives off just a bit of a funk to it, which I wasn't expecting but didn't dislike. It's almost if they added some tart cherries to the cookies, which actually sounds delicious.

The taste has a lot of sweetness to it right off the bat. I get brown sugar mixing with the raisins up front. I also get a good dose of spices, including cinnamon coming through towards the finish. Just a hint of the fruity, cherry tartness comes through, much less than the aroma. I get some oats lingering in the finish as well. Very flavorful and interesting beer, but overall it just wasn't that drinkable or outstanding.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style and carbonation is high. I liked the thicker mouthfeel, but the carbonation didn't fit for me. Overall it was an interesting beer, but a not very drinkable one. It felt pretty sweet overall, which i guess should be expected given the name. The spices in the finish were a little overpowering and the tart, fruity flavors didn't fit either. Again, an interesting beer but not one I'd want to drink very often. (1,445 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (502 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. Served in a pint glass, the beer has the same body and color of Maduro Brown. A deep, dark brown color with ruby highlights and a light, thin, foamy head. Smells like an oatmeal creme pie, which made this fat kid very happy! My poor pregnant wife hates me right now. Slight cinnamon aroma, too, and the smell is amazing! The taste is great! The flavor has a baked sugary sweetness, cinnamon spicing, and creamy undertones. Wow! All of this while remaining light bodied. Brown-sugar sweet aftertaste, with a quick, clean finish. Delicious! Would make a wicked milkshake! (632 characters)

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

Thanks goes out to cyrusthepup for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, very nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some nice vanilla notes, toffee, slight spice note. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, with some raisin/oatmeal notes, slightly spiced. Medium Body, nice dry/bitter finish. A very tasty brew. (409 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 32oz growler to Bruges glass at a small gathering of NoVA BA's on 9/4/11
*From notes

-- Big up's to UMCaner74 for supplying me with this growler. Cheers, Dave! --

A: Purplish-brownish-red. A tiny .25 finger head (thanks, CCB growler!) and next to no lacing.

S: Earthy oats. Hints of condensed prune juice and sun dried raisins.

T: Pretty low key, surprisingly. Instead of being a massively sweet cookie bomb of a beer, it's simply a brown ale with a decent amount of dried fruit and a slightly odd twang of rust on the finish.

M: Undercarbonated (yet again, I'll credit this to CCB's growler) and a bit thin.

O: CCB's Oatmeal Raisin Cookie wasn't quite what I'd hoped for, yet it was a pretty reasonable attempt at a unique, boutique beer. I would very much like to have this again from a properly carbonated tap, and not immediately following a generous pour of Isabelle Proximus. (892 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

After pouring out an infected bottle of the regular Maduro Brown, I was worried that this guy would be a problem too, but fortunately it was all good.

This beer smells and tastes amazingly like an oatmeal raisin cookie. This was obvious from the first scent, with big raisin notes and detectable spices--I'm not sure if I would've identified the spice as cinnamon if I didn't already know it was in there, but it's definitely a yummy cookie type of spice. The flavor follows suit--the beer's name is a good enough characterization of the flavor, as oatmeal and raisin and spicy cookie flavors run wild from the first sip. I really did not expect such an accurate reproduction of cookie flavor, it's damn impressive.

The one thing missing here, really, is the brown ale. It tastes more like cookies than it does like a brown ale. Once I started thinking about the beer base, it seemed a little thin and watery, lacking the lovely rich flavors of my favorite brown ales. I wish I had a good bottle of the the regular Maduro Brown for comparison, but unfortunately my (obviously infected) bottle of that one tasted more like an Oud Bruin than an American brown ale.

My numerical ratings for this beer are maybe slightly inflated given its flaws, but honestly I'm just so impressed with the cookie aspects of this beer than I don't much mind that the beer aspects are a bit lacking. I already want to have another of these.

7.9/10 (1,430 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
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! (626 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4.17.11

Appearance- Pours a deep dark brown with a dark brown-tan head. Head is bubbly, but fades fast.

Smell- Oats, raisins, and some fruit.

Taste- Tastes just like the name, Oatmeal, raisins, cookie dough.

Drinkability- Smooth, and silky.

Overall- A great way to finish the night. It was like dessert in a glass. (331 characters)

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.