Maduro Brown Ale
Cigar City Brewing

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English Brown Ale
Ranked #7
Ranked #9,156
3.94 | pDev: 10.66%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Very Good
Maduro Brown AleMaduro Brown Ale
Notes: Formerly Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale

Pours brown in color with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate and hints of espresso. Flavor has caramel/toffee sweetness is upfront with intermingling notes of chocolate and espresso with a roasted peanut expression in the finish.

25 IBU
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Photo of branham1989
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cigar City Brewing’s Maduro Brown Ale 5.5% ABV 25 IBU. This brown ale pours a deep dark chocolate/coffee brown with a quarter finger width mocha tan colored head that dissipates rather quickly without leaving any lacing. The aroma is of dark roasted malts along with nice chocolate and coffee notes with hints of dark fruit and caramel. The flavor starts off with roasted malts and caramel then goes into chocolate with hints of coffee there’s also a nice woodsy nutty flavor that adds depth and complexity it ends with a slightly cocoa powder bitterness that cuts through the sweetness. The mouthfeel is slightly thin which is my only problem with this beer I wish it was creamier had more body but the carbonation is the right level. 7.75/10

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Photo of UristMcBrewer
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a dark-brown beer with a rich chocolatey and malty nose. The taste really expands upon the nose into a full flavored experience. It is toasty and somewhat sweet with a hint of hops later on. The chocolatey notes linger quite a long time. The body is somewhat lacking in my opinion but overall it is a good beer.

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Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with tangible tan froth. Smells of roasted malt and more roasted malt along with caramel and faint dark fruits. Taste is full of more caramel and nut alongside hints of syrup and dark fruit. Semi-sweet overall but stays balanced and lively.

I got a feeling me and Maduro are going to be swell pals.

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Photo of Lucular
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, first consumed out of a six-pack. Canned early July. I have wanted to try Maduro for a long time and finally found it. It is just as good as I had hoped. Coffee, semisweet chocolate, vanilla, roasty malts, a hint of English hops - it's all there. Well-rounded, smooth, and simply delicious.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was apparently the 22nd beer I added to my 'wants' list, almost exactly 8 years ago. Wild. Anyway.

Pour is a little clearer/thinner than I'd anticipated for some reason. Dark chestnut body, with a nice light head that pops and fizzles away to little more than some fur around the collar.

Nose is rich with some coffee, milky chocolate, caramel, and something a little lighter. Excited to dig in.

Blunt caramel with some cocoa and creamy coffee. Finish comes together bitter coffee but with a mellowing agent. Mildly nutty.

Heavy carbonation distracts from a body that is at once creamy and kind of thin. As it sits, the carbonation is still a little high for me, but the creamy smoothness of the flaked oats really comes to the forefront and is a real highlight.

I feel like Maduro and Cigar City in general have a pretty good reputation, and I've experienced nothing to disabuse me of that notion. Rich and flavourful brown ale from a brewery that I've enjoyed everything I've had of theirs. Glad we've got distro now, and may have to occasionally break my 'locals only' policy!!

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

Pours a clear dark brown colour with finger plus of tan head that dissipates shortly.
Aroma sweet caramel malt, chocolate notes, and day old coffee, coffee grounds.
Taste follows with notes of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a bit of woody character. No significant bitterness - very malt forward.
Medium full mouthfeel with some creaminess - carbonation seems muted but on swallow bounces back. Browns not really my thing, but this is decent

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

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark walnut brown with a half finger off-white head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark malt, nuts, milk chocolate and a hint of coffee. Flavor is dark malt with mild toast, drip coffee, mild dry caramel and nuts, cocoa. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A pleasant, traditional tasting English brown ale with good nut and cocoa character and a little coffee and caramel to keep things interesting. Good flavor for the ABV. Nicely done.

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Opaque brown the color of dark chocolate. One finger of foamy off-white head with poor retention.

Smell: Roast coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, oak.

Taste: Roast coffee and chocolate malt without much bitterness provided. Deep and satisfying flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full, chewy body with decent carbonation to balance.

Overall: A complex, deep, flavorful brown ale. Excellent choice.

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

S: Pours a dark dark brown. No head. I think something went wrong with this batch.

A: Rich dark chocolate, powerful malt, tremendous earthy, nutty, toasted aromas.

T: Tastes the way it smells. However, the taste was quick and disappeared without a trace.

O: Super easy to drink because of how clean it finishes. Given the promise of the smell, I wish the flavor stuck around a bit longer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz can in a snifter via a friend from work---cheers Randy!
This decent little brew pours a muddled dark brown color with a nice head
of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin subtle wispy layer, and shows some
nice soapy lacing. Nose of dark cocoa mild coffee, and deep roasted notes.
Flavors surpass the nose with dark roasted coffee dark bakers chocolate
with light char and toffee that also show nutty malt flavors with warmth.
Nice mouth feel; medium full body, smooth, medium carbonation that
offers nice lift, and a deeply roasted malt driven finish that is lightly dry.
Overall a VERY good brew from an excellent brewery


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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Dark brown color. Clear when pouring in light, but opaque in the glass. Thin, tan head with no retention and ok lacing.

S---Roasted coffee beans and dark, burnt malts. Thick & rich aromas. Light notes of the advertised toffee & caramel.

T---A whole lot going on for a fairly low ABV beer. Roasted coffee, caramel. roasted malts. A touch of cocoa powder.

F---Thinner than the taste & smell would suggest, but spot on for the low ABV. Fairly low carbonation.

O---Impressive for the low ABV. Not a lot of 5.5% beers have the depth & quality of flavors this one has. I'll keep an eye out for this one in the future.

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

A - Dark brown body, largely transparent, but with a light tan head mild line lacing.

S - Standard brown nose of bread malts and a bit of earthy spice.

T - Follows the nose, with dark bread sweetness and mild hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Slightly sticky open, mildly dry finish.

O - This is a rock-solid brown, delicious and satisfying.

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Photo of Explorer_Bill
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From tap into a pint glass. Cola brown with a thin short lasting head. Smells malty, toasty, coffee. Taste follows nose with added butter chocolate finish. I really enjoyed this brown ale and will definitely try it again.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a very dark cola brown color with 2 fingers of caramel head. The head is gone in a hurry, leaving a few random spots of lacing before settling into nothing. Very sudsy. This beer looks like soda.

The aroma is very bready and malty, with some earthy undertones. Lightly smokey. There are also mild notes of caramel and brown sugar, as well as some toasted almonds, coffee, and the faintest idea of chocolate.

The taste follows the nose: Loads of bready malts and light smokiness followed by a wave of caramel and roasted coffee. Finishes with a hint of chocolate and peanuts.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

Overall, a great brown ale that hits all the right notes, being loaded with flavor without sacrificing drinkability. It looks like soda, but it tastes like beer, and a damn good one at that.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maduro pours a brown color, with not much head. Dry aroma, hints of smoke and toffee. Flavor is the same, dry, and sweet, notes of smoke and toffee. Good body and feel. Overall, good solid English brown ale, toffee and smoke notes.

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Photo of JLK7299
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really do love a good Brown and this is definitely that! Having up in Connecticut. Smells great, tastes almost as good as any Brown I’ve had. Poured with a great head. Would love to have this all fall!

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Photo of Nass
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours brown with a thick white head, leaves a nice lacing around the glass. The taste is light to medium body, slightly nutty, rich roasted malts, some caramel, & a faint coffee finish. There is a canned on date on the bottom of the can. This beer pairs well with a cigar. Cheers! A-

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Photo of Samlover55
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into nonic pint
Canned on 2/27/19
Pours dark brown with mocha head slowly recedes
Aroma of coffee, nuttiness, and chocolate
Taste follows the nuttiness is pronounced with coffee and chocolate undertones
Feel is light bodied, below average carbonation
Overall this is a really flavorful and easy drinking Brown

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 1/22/19. Nonic pint.

A: pours a dark brown that light hardly penetrates with two fingers of tan head that quickly fade to a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Moderate carbonation visible. No lacing; no real retention to speak of, either.

S: right off the nose I am loving this. Nutty, earthy, coffee-like aroma. Breakfast blend, Colombian Supremo. But with a sweet, malty underpinning. The name harkens sweet tobacco, like Red Man Golden Blend, but perhaps that is just the power of suggestion.

T: taste follows the nose; mildly sweet, malty, chocolatey, light roast coffee arrival. Malty and moderately sweet middle; like dried banana coins coated in chocolate. Moderately dry finish with a hint of lingering cocoa powder.

M: heavier end of mid weight, but clean finish and active carbonation keep it pleasant, not cloying.

O: I have waited a long time to try this beer, and really enjoy it, but it did not live up to the hype for me. It hits all the right notes for a nut brown for me, but is just a touch too sweet. I like Squirrel better, though this has better texture and feel. This might be hard to drink more than one, but that one will be an excellent one.

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

anned on 3/19/19

Pours a very deep brown body with some vague mahogany hues when held to light; topped with multiple fingers of dense tan head that holds up solidly and leaves a fair bit of webby lacing with a creamy collar when it recedes.

Aroma brings a pretty even combination of mocha overlapping notes of light coffee bean, toasted barley, and hints of nuttiness.

Taste profile largely mirrors the aroma, this time with sweeter malted chocolate striking first and very faint bitter coffee sneaking in along the mid-palate; toasted barley and roasted peanut come in more toward the finish.

Mouthfeel comes off with light body and moderate carbonation, with a slight thinness falling in line with a charred malty grit that lightly coats the palate up until the finish, which is slightly muddled and uneventful, but ultimately inoffensive for the style.

A standard brown ale with some very enjoyable stronger points; easy, malty, diverse, and a slight sweetness hat invites another sip. If things came together just a bit more, this would be top-notch; as it stands now, it is simply a fine example of the style.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this in my basement for a while, as the date on the bottom of the can read 6/16/16 with "MADE IN TAMPA" written underneath it. For all this time, it held up well and was very enjoyable to drink, as this was one of the best examples of the style that I've ever had! Loads of flavor and an absence of discernible alcohol made this an easy winner in my book...

This had a nice, brown hue to the pour with enough light seeping through to keep it from being totally dark. A ton of offsetting tan head topped this off as it took quite a while to settle down. Not a lot of lacing was left behind as I worked my way through this as there were just a hint of thin rings along the back side of my pint glass. Dark malt, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar filled the nose that was quite enjoyable and noticeable for an English Brown Ale. The taste had all of those in it with some toasted nuts, milk chocolate, and light stickiness to enhance what was already present. A wee bit burnt and somewhat slick, this didn't have too much sweetness and the carbonation was light as the flavors were able to linger long after I took the last sip...

While not a true session beer, I would have easily reached for another of these had there been more than one can available. A nice surprise, this was better than I expected and had me wishing that beers other than Jai Alai were available here. This is what a good English Brow Ale should be like!

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good and typcial brown ale in my opinion, a bit on stronger side (IBU 25).

Look: brown with a thick tan head, nice lacing

Aroma: roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and some coffee.

Feel: medium body

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

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear brown, good head.

Smell: Sweet, chocolate.

Taste: Moderate chocolate flavor, some sweetness, not too heavy.

Overall: Beer #3 in Arizona, though it is available in MN. Nice brown ale, if I would have had this early in my craft beer days my opinion of brown ales would be much better. Nice chocolate flavor, easy drinking.

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

Tastes just like the last brown ale I had. Pours pretty dark for a brown ale. Sweet body with a Smokey malt finish. Not my favorite style but not too bad.

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

A: Pours a dark brown color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Toasted malt, caramel, toffee, light nuttiness. Some earthy hops in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the toasted malt notes and some caramel and toffee sweetness. Picks up some light chocolate and nutty notes. Finishes with lingering toffee notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good brown ale that is on the easier side to drink. Worth a drink

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