Maduro Brown Ale
Cigar City Brewing

Maduro Brown AleMaduro Brown Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #8
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,500
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 10.41%
Reviews:
873
Ratings:
3,158
From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  205
Gots
  633
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: 873 | Ratings: 3,158 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good brown ale, lightly roasty with tons of rich dark malt flavors. Lots of chocolate toffee etc. Very well balanced, not overly sweet or roasted just a rock solid beer I could knock back a side of easily.

Apr 03, 2021
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taint67 from Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really great example of an American Brown Ale. Very chocolatey, the malts are roasty, nutty and complex slight sweetness and bitterness in the finish with the dark malts and bittering hops. Very rich, so much so that it's nipping at the heels of a porter, It is a beautiful beer, very dark with nice beige head. I have tried many beers from this brewer, great quality....all of them. I have finally gotten better access to their canned products and when I vacation on the gulf I find it on tap. Quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Mar 09, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, some ruby when held up to the light, accompanied by a 1/2 inch tan head. Roasted malts, chocolate, faint aroma of coffee & dark fruits as well. Taste follows the nose. Nothing is to overpowering, not even the malts, there is a surprising bitterness at the end. Medium-bodied, high carbonation, a little more coarse & crisp than the brown ales i've had.

Mar 05, 2021
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Dfeinman1 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really a perfect English style ale that makes me want to drink it from a tap at room temperature in jolly old England. The grains, carbonation, mouthfeel and profile are perfect.

Mar 04, 2021
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Grounder from Illinois

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

Pour deep amber-red. almost coke in color with rich tan head. Smell is all malt and toasted grain. Taste is toasted malt, grain bread, with hops peeking from under it all. Feel is surprisingly thin almost watery. Very pleasant overall, but not quite my style.

Feb 20, 2021
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StephenLovett from California

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown, light brown head that dissipates almost immediately. Sweet malty taste and smooth mouth feel with a with a more english style hopping. Nicely balanced with a minor sharp finish due to some combination of the hops and higher alcohol content. Very nice.

Feb 15, 2021
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Jmsandberg17 from Missouri

3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can put out of the fridge for 10 minutes and poured into a pint glass.
Smell is light but it of roasted brown malts. Look is dark reddish brown, and the head starts off moderate, then decays to an island in the center of the surface that sticks around forever. Taste is smooth; roasted malts and chocolate are noticable, with a bitterness that is a bit top sharp in my opinion. A good beer.

Feb 06, 2021
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - poured dark cola brown with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing.
S - roast and dark malt.
T - toasty but not overpowering.
F - thin mouthfeel with semi-dry finish.
O - pretty good beer.

Feb 02, 2021
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Jjaredjoyner from California

2.49/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thick head hangs around with nice Colour. Taste starts off ok then goes to the smell of unsmoked cigars and leaves that lingering flavor. I don’t care for it. Like my cigars as cigars and brown ales as ales, got to keep em spearated.

Jan 10, 2021
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QuakeAttack from California

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

Sadly, it's taken awhile before having a Maduro (in Hawaii of all places). Pour a dark brown with reddish tints. Not much head. Feel is a little thicker than most browns and you get a slight sweetie malt smell. The taste is more rich than most browns and really made for an enjoyable drinking experience. As always, Cigar City doesn't disappoint.

Nov 30, 2020
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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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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 3158 ratings