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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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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 279
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 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.

CampusCrew, Oct 07, 2010
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!!

adkirkish, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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

aepb1, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of jamie2dope
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

jamie2dope, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

glid02, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

beerwolf77, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of rmolledo
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

rmolledo, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

cjgator3, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of bierguru
4.72/5  rDev +14%
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

bierguru, Jul 22, 2010
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!

jsanford, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of REDBIKE22
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

REDBIKE22, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

BEERchitect, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Cigar City taproom. The beer was a very dark copper color, completely clear but dark, with a thin tan head. I get a lot of spice in the aroma, it gives the overall smell of an oatmeal cookie. Cinnamon and malt, but more cinnamon than anything else.

It tastes slightly bitter, I suspect due to spice more than anything else. Kind of thin, at least thinner than I'd expected. Not really my thing, kind of in the "pumpkin ale" category.

TurdFurgison, May 22, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Pours dark brown with a finger of cream colored head. Decent retention with little lacing left.

S- Cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate. It really smells like a oatmeal raisan cookie.

T- Just like the nose.... big cinnamon spice followed by hints of vanilla, chocolate, and raisins. My wife tried it and I asked her what it tasted like before she even knew what it was...she said a oatmeal cookie! They really got this one right!

M- Light in body with a low carbonation level. It finishes rather sweet, but we are drinking a oatmeal raisn cookie....I'd hope it didnt finish any other way.

D- Drinks really easy, but I wouldn't be able to have to many due to the sweetness. Not bad for a couple pints though!

urwithdave, May 15, 2010
Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the new Cigar City tasting room. This was a fresh keg just tapped about an hour earlier.
Arrives the expected deep brown color of the other maduro brown ales, however this one looks to be a hair lighter and because of the added ingredients it's cloudier.
The profile is different than I expected. I was expecting either a "candy beer" or one that had a fancy name, but was just another brown ale. It was neither. You can't mistake the distinct flavor of oatmeal raisin cookies right away, but it isn't overly sweet. It has a malty brown ale flavor with chocolate notes up front, but the middle adds the cinnamon and raisin flavors that carry over to the finish. The finish carries a potent cookie flavor, but it's not sweet or overbearing.
Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, but at only 5.5% ABV that's not really a problem.
Definitely not a session beer, but for a dessert or a slightly sweet treat, this is great.
One of the more unique offerings I've had to date, and another winner from CCB in Tampa.

Domingo, May 03, 2010
Photo of mrstevens
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at CCB, poured into a CCB snifter. Poured a dark brown color with little head. Smell is big cinnamon, raisin and bread pretty much exactly like the cookie. Tasted alot of cinnamon and raisins. Very nicely carbonated, a little thin tasting. Over all a good tasting couldnt drink alot of it, but it was fun to try.

mrstevens, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of gunnerman
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has this fine draft at the CCB tasting room. Poured into a pint glass. The appearance on this beer has that brown hue to it, with minimal head that leaves a slight lace the glass. Smell is of cinnamon, fresh baked cookies, nutmeg, vanilla, the smell from this beer is out of this world. Taste is dead on with the smell, it litteraly tastes like a cinnamon cookie in a liquid form, very refreshing and smooth with a nice overall coffee raison type finish. This was amazing offering from CCB and one I hope they release in bottle form.

gunnerman, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

corby112, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of DosBeerigos
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

**Note my review is from a Cask**

I have had this beer normally on tap and it is simply a 5.0/5.0

Had this beer on Cask at the Hunahpu's release and it fell flat on its face. There was little to no flavor of the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie like what was there on "normal" tap.

If you get a chance to have this on tap DO NOT MISS OUT. Cask, well see what else is available first

DosBeerigos, Mar 15, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a review of the cask-treatment. The normal version of this brew gets an 'A' from me.

A - It pours an interesting, murky toffee-brown, with very little head.

S - The normal version of this brew is so aromatic, this one is really not as good on the nose.

T - The taste, as compared with the normal version, is as muddy as the appearance. That said, this is still a good beer; the cask treatment just was not a positive enhancement in this case.

M - A bit flat, as cask tends to be, but it doesn't jive well with the flavors.

D - I will still drink this over 97% of the beer in the world, but it is a lesser brew in CCBs canon.

ktrillionaire, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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

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

Sammy, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of ahalloin
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to DRINKNDRIVE for bringing this beer to a tasting and splitting the petite Floridian growler with us. Gotta change those laws Florida!

With a name like Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, I am wondering if this will be on par with the likes of ST Creme Brulee in attempting to mimic a food taste for the beer?

Poured from a growler. Dark caramel color, clear for the most part with a nice off-tan head. For a brown ale, looks good.

Smell is very strong and pleasing. I get big raisin notes with oatmeal, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. My nose may be deceiving me now with inference from all those other ingredients, but I swear somebody is making a fresh batch of cookies! Pretty incredible actually! 5s don't come easy for me in this category.

The taste brings to mind a freshly baked, sweet oatmeal raisin cookie. Very nice. The only concern I have is that the flavor is somewhat thin for me. For brown ales, I like a thick flavor that seems less watery.

This complaint could be more a product of the lack of excitement in the mouthfeel. Thin and somewhat watery. When I think cookies, I think chewy. Give me a chewy mouthfeel for chewy cookie flavor!

Drinkability is very good, but maybe the beer is too sweet to session. Very interesting but the novelty would get old if I had more than one.

ahalloin, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of BeerTruth
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Who else but the man tpd975 to hook me up with yet another CCB brew. Thank you sir!

32 oz. flip top growler poured into a snifter. Shared with naproxen :)

Pours a deep dark brown with a one finger light khaki colored head. Bits and pieces of stick cling to the side of the glass, but not much. Aroma is sweet with cinnamon, nuts, and some brown sugar. Some chocolate malts and a touch of earth underneath the sweetness in the nose as well. Not really what I was expecting in the aroma, but the Maduro is definitely there. Taste, ok...that's what I'm talkin' bout. Oatmeal, sweet sugar, vanilla, and raisins (and I mean straight up raisins). The taste of this beer so accurately represents the name, I love it. What I love most about this? It's not overly sweet which is actually what I had anticipated going into this beer. Light to medium body with a slick carbonation. A bit watery in the feel, but not terribly so. I like this beer a lot, although I'm a big Oatmeal Cookie fan so I might be slightly biased. Big ups to CCB for not making this insanely sweet and surprisingly drinkable. Thanks to my boy Greg for hooking me up again...keep 'em comin brotha!!!

BeerTruth, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

drabmuh, Jan 25, 2010
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.