Maduro Brown Ale
Cigar City Brewing

Maduro Brown AleMaduro Brown Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #7
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,719
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 10.41%
Reviews:
863
Ratings:
3,136
From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  628
SCORE
88
Very Good
Maduro Brown AleMaduro Brown Ale
Notes: Formerly Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale

Maduro is a Northern English-style Brown Ale with some American affectations. Higher in alcohol than the common English Brown Ale, the beer features flaked oats in the malt bill which imparts a silky body and works to mesh its roasted, toasted and chocolate components together. The end result is a remarkably full-flavored yet approachable Brown Ale that pairs well with mild to medium cigars.

25 IBU
Reviews: 863 | Ratings: 3,136 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - dark brown with a slight head and nice lacing
Smell - roasty malts
Taste - roasty malts with some coffee And toffee, slightly sweet
Feel - lighter body and card
Overall - really nice brown

Nov 18, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this is a really good Brown Ale. I did not know what to expect when I bought it and now tasted it and I am really pleased by how it tastes. The malty taste is very smooth and finish does not show the higher than usual ALC. This is a beer that I would slurp a few of with no problems!

Nov 16, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, nearly black, but still born color with a light tan head. SRM of 23. (3.75)

Aroma: Moderately strong aromas of dry-roasted cocoa, espresso followed with faint molasses and toffee. moderately roasty with a light smoke on the end. (

Flavor: Flavor follows with dry, roasty cocoa, mocha, espresso. Faint molassess and toffee malts, but overall it finishes dry. A smokiness. Moderate roasty bitterness, mixing nicely with the smokiness.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Strong flavor for the body, yet dry and leaves a smokey bitterness on the palate. (4.00)

Compared to Bell's Best Brown Ale 11/15/20: Pours a darker color. Stronger aromas of espresso and roasted cocoa. Less milk chocolate and caramel. Stronger and more robust. Winner: Maduro

Overall: Not quite hitting me as a Brown ale but more like an English Porter. It has a decent amount of dry, roasty cocoa with espresso. Light molasses and toffee to support, but overall finishes dry. A decent amount of smoke and finishes with a mild bitterness. Agree that this would pair very nicely with a cigar. Overall, the beer is balanced and drinks well, but doesn't quite hit me as an English Brown Ale. (Final Rating: 3.99)
*Compare to an English Porter or any dry American porter*

Nov 15, 2020
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sjdevel from Utah

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOK - 2 finger frothy head - nice and clear copper / brown color - decent retention
SMELL - not overly aromatic - some dark brown sugar / molasses - some caramel - some fig and tobacco
TASTE - nice bite of darker roasted grains - tobacco notes and molasses come through - some scorched brown sugar notes are underneath - slightly sweet and slightly tart - not super rich and a bit lighter on flavor than expected
FEEL - a bit thin for a brown I feel, but still in the medium bodied realm
OVERALL - this is a good brown - would buy again - better browns out there but this is a good drinking brew

Nov 15, 2020
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hardy008 from Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium to dark brown color with a large tan head of foam which quickly fades to a small disc.. Has a nice sweet aroma with toffee, caramel. bread malt,and some earthiness. The taste has bread malt, coffee, light coffee and caramel, and earthy hops. Does not taste as sweet as it smells. Light to medium bodied without much aftertaste. A decent beer but nothing special.

Oct 04, 2020
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woodchipper from Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can dated 5/19/2020 to a tulip.
Body is dark brown with red hues at the edges. The head is briefly beautiful. Puffy, large many sizes bubbles tan/brown color. Trouble is it fades to a thin ring in about 100 seconds. Subsequent lacing in minimal.
Smells of sweet chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of fermented cherries.
On first taste I thought this is sweeter than I want it to be. However, that fades to dryness as you drink. I guess my pallet started to ignore the sweetness and concentrated on the finish for the rest of the session.
The mouth feel is smooth probably due to the oatmeal.
Overall pretty good but not special.

Aug 15, 2020
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jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown with a beige effervescent head, sticks around a bit. Nose is coffee with sweet notes of cocoa with something between brown sugar and caramel. Flavor is roasted malt and coffee right away, roasted malt flavor comes through nicely and gives way to a subdued hop presence. Coffee and sweet malt prevails in the finish. Lots of flavor for a medium body brew. Would love to try it with a cigar as they suggest.

Jun 24, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a nonic style pint glass.
Canned 4/18/2020

I can't remember a Brown Ale that I enjoyed this much though it registers to me as more of an American Brown.
The complex, rich flavor profile is malt forward, medium sweet and features toast, caramel, chocolate and coffee. It drys a bit at the roasty bitter finish. The medium body is mostly soft with a mild oaty creaminess but has some crispness to it.
A great Brown Ale.

Jun 22, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper with a 1 1/2 inch cream-colored head. Heavy lacing.

Aroma is coffee, chocolate, nutty, woody, Autumn leaves.

Taste of roast malts, coffee, dark chocolate, slight burnt flavor.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Dry finish.

A pretty good brown ale.

Jun 07, 2020
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Guaro from Italy

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beige foam with fine perlage and fast evanescence, ebony body with amaranth reflections. Delicate tones of roasting, coffee, chocolate, toffee, raw sugar, light licorice. On the palate the sip is soft and fresh with a medium high carbonation. Cocoa, coffee, toffee, biscuit, hazelnut, cherries, final with a really soft herbaceous and dusty hops.

May 15, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours very dark brown and nearly opaque. One of the darkest brown ales I've had.

The aromas are outstanding. Roasted malts, cashews, faint coffee/cocoa. There are some porter/stout notes here.'

The flavor follows the nose, and here, it shines as a brown ale, not a porter/stout. Sweet and roasty malts on the tip of the tongue. The mid-palate is awash with complex flavors. Brown bread, almond/cashew nuttiness, mild cocoa and chocolate. The end of the quaff provides just enough mild earthy and grassy hops.

Pleasingly medium bodied and very drinkable.

I have had better iterations of the style, but this is awfully good, particularly at this price point. A must try for the style.

May 10, 2020
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2GUYS1Garage from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very deceiving beer. While you get major coffee and chocolate taste, it is not any where near as bitter as you might think. We think it begs to mention that smoking a mild cigar while drinking enhances the flavor. Very dark but surprisingly light on the stomach. Cigar City Brewing did a great job with this beer and we would recommend you try it. Check out our full review on our YouTube channel 2GUYS1GARAGE!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47U-F3bcGcQ&t=108s

May 06, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from Boise Co-OP. Dark brown pour, initial foamy tan head, settles to flat. Rich roasty, nutty aroma, full. Taste is simple and clean, roast malts, nutty, woody notes. Stellar brown.

May 03, 2020
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is nutty malts and a good hint of coffee. The flavor is coffee, nutty malts, a n earthy hint, fruit/dark fruit and a mildly sweet/slightly alcoholic finish.

Apr 25, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned February 24th 2020.

It pours a dark brown with reddish highlights, small but persistent head of foam with some lacing.

Smells of semi sweet chocolate, toffee, very light hint of bitterness.

The taste is malty with loads of semi sweet chocolate, toffee, coffee? It's definitely hard to pick out for me. No real bitterness to speak of.

Medium bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel.

Excellent!

Apr 23, 2020
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5/2019. Poured into a tulip/snifter style glass.

L: 4.25 dark brown with a small tan head. Lots of carbonation. Murky but the canning date May have something to do with that.
S: 4.25 Oats. Nuts. Dark malts. Caramel. Smells like a great brown ale.
T: 4.75 Sweet Raisin. A lot of oat. A hint of cacao. Coffee aftertaste. Absolutely phenomenal.
F: 3.75 Pretty easy going.
O: 4.25 I haven't made much of a foray into the style. I need to try more. No off flavors despite its age. It may have been sitting in the cooler at my distributor the entire time.

Apr 23, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 12/5/19

Pours a rich chestnut brown with no head, just a tan ring of bubbles, looks very still and leaves no lacing

Rich sweet caramel malts in the nose, slightly bitter coffee, rich velvety chocolate, smells like comfort!

The taste is unfortunately a let down from here but still solid. A bit too much acrid roast for a brown imo, the coffee comes on strong and is supported by the hops. The malt sweetness is persistent, but offset by the roast

Not quite as flat as it looks but there's not much going on here. Creamy and finishes just short of dry

Say what you will, but I think the oatmeal raisin brown is objectively better even though this is the base beer. I know what people will say about that but snobs be damned, we all know that's a tasty beer. Regardless, this was still pretty good and easy drinking, better as it warms

Apr 19, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have consumed one other beer from Cigar City. I want to drink their Russian Imperial Stout. The beer 44 degree and poured into a nonic glass. The beer produced a two-fingered head with fair retention. The light tan head is airy and foamy. The head dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 34, dark brown color with ruby highlights. I would have like to see more head retention on this beer, but I digress.

The initial aromas in the beer are coffee, chocolate, smoke, and caramel. Next, I smell nuttiness, toffee, roasted malts, burnt sugar, toasted malts, and earthiness.

The flavors in the beer are coffee, chocolate, nuttiness, caramel, toffee, roasted malts, burnt sugar, toasted malts, roasted malts, earthiness, biscuit, bready, smokiness, and a touch of Maillard.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and carbonated.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and medium finish.

This is a lovely American brown ale. It's vastly different from New Castle. I was expecting a sweeter beer, but I got a fuller flavored with nuttiness. I enjoyed this beer I wish I had more of these to drink.

Apr 12, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very comforting beer, The aroma is a bit subdued but the flavor of smokey, rich roasted malts is more intense. The rounded, medium-bodied mouthfeel is especially pleasing.

Mar 28, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour... nearly black with ruby highlights. Clear with 2 fingers of off-white head.

S: Earth and grains. Brown sugar and nuts.

T.F: Toasted grains and toffee. Not sweet but some burned sugar character... earthy hops. Nutty, dark chocolate, and a bit medicinal. Medium to light bodied. Well carbonated.

O: A solid English brown. Good flavor and drinkable.

Feb 26, 2020
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can.

In search of English-style ales, I landed on Cigar City Maduro. Pours a clear, ruby brown with a small, frothy tan head. Toasted malt, herbal hops and mild chocolate, caramel and coffee. That silky feel from the oats comes out upon tasting. Bitter roast as well. Dry in the back end with medium body.

More of American feel to it than English, but a nice brown ale overall. Not an everyday drinker as I would have liked a little more earthy nuttiness in place of the roasted malt.

Feb 22, 2020
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can from a 4-pack purchased at the LCBO; canned Jun 26 2019 and served barely chilled.

Pours quite dark but visibly clear, featuring a chestnut brown-coloured body upon which one finger of creamy, light beige-coloured head is seated. It falls apart within the next couple of minutes, leaving behind a tight collar of foam surrounding a thin layer of film. No lacing, but it looks fine otherwise. Rich and malty on the nose - there's cocoa, toasted nuts and plenty of caramelized sugars, accompanied by minor suggestions of coffee and prune. It's exactly how I'd expect a brown ale to smell.

The flavour profile is also pretty spot on for an English brown - malt-forward from start to finish. Coffee, cocoa and brown sugar come through immediately, with hints of toasted nuts and sweetened chocolate following soon thereafter. Suggestions of dark fruits (prune, date) pop up at the finish, joining notes of roasted coffee grounds, oatmeal and a slight dark chocolate bitterness. Medium in body, with relatively low carbonation that lightly brushes against the tongue, resulting in a largely smooth, soft mouthfeel. It's a good thing this comes in 4-packs, because one can is virtually never enough.

Final Grade: 3.97, a worthy B+. Is Cigar City's Maduro an outstanding brown ale? That's up for debate, but I can't deny that it's a well-crafted one that I must recommend to any other BAs who are fans of this classic English pub style. Honestly, this particular one is just a teensy bit too sweet for my tastes - hardly a cardinal sin for the style, mind you - but I polished off my glass quickly and wouldn't have minded another. Hope to see this one come back to Ontario in the future, and in the meantime I'll likely pick up another quartet while it's available (June canning date notwithstanding).

Feb 19, 2020
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can produced 11/15/19. Dark brown (almost black) color with a thin layer of head while pouring. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Medium body. Dark malt and chocolate flavors with mild bitterness. Very nice!

Feb 13, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is roasted coffee, toffee, hints of fruit.

Deep brown from the front, clear, bright ruby with a backlight. 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick bubbly tan head that falls quite quickly to a thin cap leaving no lacing.

Taste is as the aroma: roasted malts, coffee, some light fruits come through on the back end. No bitterness. The finish and aftertaste are a shadow of the roasted flavors. Clean and somewhat dry.

Mouth feel is smooth, initially presenting as a substantial body, which becomes rather thin almost immediately.

Overall, a nice, easy drinking brown ale.

Feb 12, 2020
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smbslt from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown liquid, fizzy, soft drink like coarse head which disappeared almost immediately. No subsequent release of carbonation and no lacing.

Very roasted smells and tastes of bittersweet chocolate consistent with color.

Full feel with a slight carbonation release.

Certainly an American take on the style.

Jan 29, 2020
Maduro Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 3136 ratings