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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 286
Gots: 14 | 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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Ratings: 320 | Reviews: 144
Photo of adam42381
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

Pours a very dark amber brown with a 1-2 finger creamy tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Smells a lot like fresh baked oatmeal raisin cookies. Typical brown ale aroma paired with cinnamon and raisins.

Taste: Up front is a blast of what tastes like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Cinnamon and raisins are obvious flavors throughout. There is a bit of hoppy bitterness near the finish to go along with toasted malt. Aftertaste is a nice mixture of cinnamon, hops and malt. Very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could knock back a few of these without any trouble.

Overall: This is an excellent twist on the traditional American Brown Ale. This is one of my favorites from Cigar City and I'm glad they decided to bottle it. I'll be going back for more assuming they keep bottling it.

Photo of claspada
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of raisin, oatmeal, cinnamon and sweet vanilla. So spot on for an oatmeal raisin cookie it it stupid.

This tastes like a liquid cookie. Molasses, toffee, chocolate and brown sugar are all apparent in the initial flavor. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and a nice light dryness. Perfectly carbonated.

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 the cost it took to ship this (along with 11 750's of Cigar City from city)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a little cloudy, dark brown with orange highlights. Decent head, tan in hue that drops to a film and holds.
Smell is smoky malt, light hops with very light raisin and spice notes, maybe some brown sugar.
Taste is malt, spice (cinnamon & ?) , light hops, brown sugar and raisins.
Medium body though a touch watery with a light effervescence. Good flavor but could use a the bit more of the idea on the label.

Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this cool 32oz. medicine bottle on 12/26/10.

A - Poured a dark raisin brown with burgundy highlights around the edges and a frothy beige cap that diminished slightly but flared up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Oatmeal, molasses, raisins, sweet cookie dough malt and brown sugar all combine to create a pleasant oatmeal cookie aroma.

T - Wow! This tastes like a liquid cookie. Molasses, toffee, chocolate and brown sugar are all apparent in the initial flavor. Finishes with a hint of bitterness, most likely from the addition of the molasses.

M - Medium bodied with a slight syrupy texture that is perhaps a tad thin overall. Finish is sweet with a hint of earthy bitterness on the palate.

D - Mission accomplished, I'd say. This is a liquid cookie. Seriously.

Photo of bernardus1212
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a CCB snifter.

Pours a beautiful shade of brown with some purple shades to it. Tan head came and went quickly.

Smell was weet raisin, oatmeal, cinnamon vanilla

The name says it all. Its a liquid oatmeal raisin cookie. Tremendous ale. I almost wanted a glass a milk to chase it with. This barrel aged would be out of control.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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 aubuc1
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip pint glass on Christmas day.

Pours a clear dark brown with a nice thick fluffy beige head.

Smell is roasty, sweet rasisiny, oatmealy. Exactly what the title describes.

Taste is a hearty whole grain oatmeal raisin cookie. This tastes like it smells, and is right on.

Mouthfeel is good, but this is a very drinkable beer. Kudos to cigar city for bottling this.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this one at Cigar City Brewery on a trip to Florida. Must stop if you are in the Tampa area...

A - Poures dark brown with a one finger tan head. Nice head retention, and a decent amount of lacing sticks to the glass. Nice...

S - Cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar, and maybe a little cookie dough. This one smells pretty sweet...

T - Wow, the taste is pretty much dead on an oatmeal raisin cookie with hints of chocolate and roasted malts sprinkled in. Tasty...

M - Medium bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel, and a decent amount of carbonation...

D - If you are in the mood for something a little sweeter, or are just a fan of oatmeal raisin cookies, as I am, then this beer is for you. Could easily see myself putting a few of these back if they were available in my area. Hoping I will get a chance to try one of these again...


Photo of babaracas
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear deep garnet with creamy one finger cream-colored head, settles to a quarter inch and leaves a few rings of lace along the way. Smell: it does a pretty good job mimicking an oatmeal raisin cookie... brown sugar, cinnamon, raisin, milk chocolate, whiff of heavily creamered coffee. Taste: oatmeal raisin chocolate cookie... raisin, dark chocolate, cinnamon and a little vanilla, bitterness from earthy hops + a little roasty astringency, sticky oat characteristics in the finish. Very tasty. Has dessert beer characteristics but enough restraint to have a few before switching.
Dec '10.

Photo of 7ways
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally available in bottles.

Very dark brown with a solid creme head that settles to a coating. There is pretty intense lace sticking to the top of the glass.

It smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie. That's it. They nailed it.

I think this tastes damn near exactly like said cookie, I don't see how a few others don't pick up on it. Granted, it seemed more intense when I had it on tap a while ago, but that's probably just batch variation. I'm initially struck by general mild bitterness that slowly gives way to the cinnamon, raisins, and vanilla in the center. Some chocolate in there too.The finish is mostly cookie dough and more mild bitterness. This is not too sweet, which I consider a great achievement.

The body is firm, well carbonated, and better than the base beer.
Maybe it goes without saying, but drinking this beer too cold really messes up the mouthfeel and flavor.

So happy to see a beer with flavors this big clock in at only 5.5%. I've sat at a bar and ordered 3-4 in a night.

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, brown color with a beautiful, thick and foamy tan head. Head falls slow to a minimal one. Thin lace.

Roasted malt aroma with heavy spices. Smells a bit like an oatmeal raisin cookie (go figure). Heavy on the clove.

Nice flavor. Same quality as the regular brown ale, roasted malts with a bitter quality. Nice spiced flavor. Brown sugar, cinnamon and clove. Nice.

Medium bodied and somewhat chewy.

Nice. I like the spice. Works well as a pumpkin substitute.

Photo of thetomG
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep brown colored pour. Decent tan foamy head. Aroma is mild but pleasant. Mostly just some faint roasty notes. Flavor is more interesting. Some cinnamon, hints of raisin, and a nice light mouthfeel.VERY drinkable.

I would definitely drink this again if given the chance.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark brown with a loaded head and good retention. Had it poured in a trios pistoles tulip.

smell: nice cinnamon, dark malts

taste: sweetness was balanced and a had a smooth rich flavor. oatmeal raisin cookie was sublte.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: my least favorite of the trio of maduros, but still fantastic beer.

Photo of adkirkish
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a Dark amber / Brown with an inch of creamy light tan head. Appropriate clarity for style. Great head retention.

A: Sweet, oatmeal, roasted malt, light chocolate, cinnamon and raisin. No hop aromatics. Great aroma for style.

F: Sweet upfront w/ tastes of cinnamon and bready malts. (like cookie dough) along with a light tinge of raisin. Mid is sweet bready malts and finishes with a medium burnt toasty finish. No hop flavor perceived in the taste.

M: medium bodied with a light watery mouthfeel...medium carbonation w/ some light creaminess as well. No alcohol warmth.

O: One of if not the best brown ales that I've tasted. Great spicy aromatics and flavor : with cinnamon and raisin make this beer an easy drinking treat. Recommendations to increase the mouthfeel of the beer. The watery mouthfeel is a little bit of a let down. Otherwise a great recipe!!

Photo of aepb1
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Red-brown with a small, light tan head

S- Even with considerable agitation, not much nose coming through... some sugary malts

T- It does, in fact, taste like oatmeal raisin cookie in the aftertaste! Sweet malts up front, moving into some sweet raisin

M- Medium bodied and decent carbonation which was strange based on the lack of head

D- Nice and easy. A great fall beer for Florida! Wish it were bottled as I'd drink this on my lanai on these fall nights

Photo of jamie2dope
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can tell brewers are getting inventive when they make a beer taste like oatmeal raisin cookies. This version of CC's Maduro comes out a ruby red color, with a handsome looking white heading. The oatmeal certainly shines through in the nose first. Cinnamon and a hint of raisin follow, along with some must and brown sugar. So far not quite there as far as smelling like the aforementioned cookie type. At this point the brew is still a bit on the cold side, so I will let it sit for a few moments. The more it warms, the more of the oatmeal comes through. Upon first tasting it is almost like a Winter Warmer with all the spices, but the aftertaste is what really makes it. After swallowing, the nose is totally overcome with what an oatmeal raisin cookie tastes like. Hints of cola come off in the beginning, but again, as the finish makes its way in to the senses, it is nothing but oatmeal, raisins and cookie crust. Mouthfeel is medium, with just a hint of hops, bittering things only slightly. No real detection of alcohol is present, which is appropriate, as this is a moderately strong beer. Although I am sure this would work perfectly with dessert, from where I am sitting, this beer is a dessert in itself. Please let this one warm up to room temperature to fully enjoy the range of flavors it has to offer. This is easily the most interesting beer I have tasted this year. It further solidifies why Cigar City is one of the front runners for best up and coming brewery. Huge thanks to bobby8405 for sending me this gem.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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 beerwolf77
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Huge thanks goes to fogdog for this growler. Kevin you are the man.

Poured from a 32oz growler into a tulip. Sadly the plastic seal around the cap was soaked with beer when I pulled it out of the box. I'm going to assume this was a small leak. I'm prepared for no carbononation.

A: dark chocolate brown with no head what so ever. I even tried to pour straight down the middle hoping to generate some bubbles. No lace obviously. This is not a good sign.

S: very brown ale esque, mild hints of oatmeal, dark fruits, even cookie dough

T: Absolutely freaking amazimg flavor! Spot on ORC! Cinnamon, raisins, cookie dough, vanilla,I swear I can taste the frosting like they put on store bought iced ORC's. How do they do it?

M: sadly this is where the beer falls flat. Literally. No carbonation at all. I know browns tend to be light on carb but this has to be a leakage issue.

D: overall despite the shipping mishap this beer is fantastic. I will have to seek out another growler to hopefully bump the mouthfeel and apperance scores.

Photo of rmolledo
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
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 +11.6%
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!

Photo of bierguru
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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

Photo of jsanford
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Redbike22 for the growler! Poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

A -Deep, dark brown with a creamy khaki head. Lovely lacing with an film on top that resembles a topographical map or something. Really pretty!

S - Oh man, I love this! Its got the rich dark roasted malt, cocoa powder and vanilla of regular Maduro, but as it warms there's a definite Oatmeal raisin Cookie smell! Raisins, cinnamon, oats. Amazing!

T - Yeah - liquid Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. The taste echoes the nose exactly, more roasted malt, vanilla and cocoa powder with a nicely balanced raisin and cinnamon sweetness and just the slightest hint of bitterness at the end.

M - Smooth and creamy with a medium-thin body. Medium carbonation with absolutely no hint of ABV.

D - What can I say? I'm a Maduro freak, I could drink this stuff (and all the variations) all day, every day. Incredibly smooth and easy-drinking, this is a great twist on what is already one of my favorite beers. Kudos Cigar City, can't wait to make it down there to Tampa someday!

Photo of REDBIKE22
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on-tap tonight at Cigar City Brewing...

pours a deep brown with an off white head...the maduro brown base is prevalent.
cinnamon and molasses right away. fragrant,just like an oatmeal raisin cookie...
easy drinking, could be a session beer. great rainy day brew. highly recommended!

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