Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
614
Ratings:
1,981
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
20.81%
 
 
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168
Gots:
284
For Trade:
7
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Reviews by Reaper16:
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4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip

Pours, well, pretty brown. It looks like the color of buckeyes, as in the mascot for THE Ohio State University. Reddish in the very center of the body. A nice finger and a half of beige head forms, but the lacing is pretty inadequate.

I'm struck immediately by how much fruit is in the nose. It isn't the dominant aroma or anything, but there is a not-insignificant fruitiness. It's coming from two elements: a bit of plum & apple from the yeast and some tropical citrus from the lupulin. Those hops don't really assert themselves outside of the citrus. The majority of the beer smells familiarly in Brown Ale territory. Toasted bread crusts, a dusting of cocoa powder, pumpernickel bread. I want to say there's some faint tobacco here too, but that could just be the name of the beer name & brewery name playing tricks on me.

Very bready on the palate. The oats are certainly there. There are just enough dark fruit esters to make this a really interesting food play. Ghosts of Cocoa Puffs (that I can write that phrase with complete sincerity is so awesome). The finish is EXACTLY like the the taste of toasted English muffins w/ peanut butter (a breakfast item I'm damn familiar with). This is nice stuff; it's hard to get me to say that about Brown Ales.

Oh, yeah. Maduro brings the kind of mouthfeel that only flaked oats can deliver. The mouthfeel is up into robust porter territory; creamy & thick. Soft carbonation, though perhaps too fizzy. As far as drinkability is concerned, this is a winner. The ABV% is only 5.5 (for this much flavor!) and the beer can go strong throughout a meal and into some desserts and even into the post-dessert cigar.

Admittedly, I'm not much of a Brown Ale guy. I've enjoyed more Brown Ales in the past six months than I ever have, so perhaps I'm coming around on the style (or, more likely, the Brown Ales from Terrapin, Good People, Sierra Nevada and Surly are just way better than the average beer of the style). Add this offering from Cigar City to that list. Unique, tasty; Cigar City is impressing me so far.

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Photo of zac16125
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass
bottle on 12-10-13

A: Dark brown, opaque, 2 fingers width of light tan head, pretty good retention, but leaves effectively no lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts, heavy cream, char, chocolate malt.

T: Follows the nose with cream and roasted malt. A good amount of bakers chocolate, some herbaceous notes, and mild bitterness. Tasty.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavy side but appropriate, drinkability is good.

O: Not my favorite style, but quite an enjoyable beer. Certainly worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a can poured into your standard draft pint.

A: creamy white 3/4 inch head on top of a cola like brown in color

S: smokey, oatmeal with tangy hops in the nose, with some sugar like malt, very nice.

T: sweet oatmeal malt, with a nice mild hop bite (25 IBU) and some hints of oak and smoked barrel flavors.

M: creamy but not heavy, smooth, but quits easy on you

d: easy to drink, while @ 5.5% ABV its on the higher end of ABV's for the style.

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Photo of DavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MadScientist
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark brown beer that pours a large tan head of compact bubble. The head settles to about half a finger of foam with a long retention and it leaves some lacing on the glass.

A dark fruity aroma of figs is very strong at first that quickly goes away and progresses to the primary aromas of toffee and coffee notes with mild bit of chocolate as well. There is a bit of phenolic aroma that lingers in the background that is a pleasant mix of pepper and tabacco notes.

There is a moderate hop bitterness with a mild malt sweetness that combine in a balanced finish. Flavors of coffee, roasted grains and toffee are prominent. There is a a mild tabacco flavor and very mild pepper note in there along with a slight fruitiness.

It has a medium body with moderately light carbonation and little slickness on the the palate.

This is a unusual beer with lots of flavor and complexity. I can't think of a better beer to enjoy nice cigar because the flavors would compliment each other so well.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz CCB growler. Thanks again to Mike 2.

Mahogany color, about as dark brown as it can get away with, and a creamy, light brown head.

The nose has a little roasted nuttiness and mocha. It has kind of a rocky road vibe. Very nice. Rich.

The taste is of nutty dark chocolate, almond, subtle roast, just enough to be a nuance and not the main event. As it warms caramel and earthy hops interact. The finish isn't sweet, but has sort of a nutty mocha cheesecake fade. It's hearty, rich, and probably the most satisying brown ale I've had in my four years or so of beer exploration. Well done. A brown ale to drink or contemplate. Would try it again in a heartbeat.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of weatherdog
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. botle poured into a 3 Floyds tulip shaped pint glass

It pours a cola colored brown with a 2 fingered bubbly tan head. Retention is medium with no lacing and a small layer of bubbles after everything settles down.

A medium roast of coffee is present in the nose, some back end sweetness. The nose is very inviting but the roast level is boarding on over the top for a brown ale.

The taste follows through with the coffee but not with as force. I'm getting just a little bit of oxidized malt character too which knocks it down a notch. A touch of bitterness balances the malt perfectly. A really nice brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium with some slickness from the oats. Carbonation is medium low. Drinkability is decent but the fullness prevents it from being higher. Overall a great coffee forward brown ale.

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Photo of Shakerman
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of sicilian
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a Cigar City snifter the beer was a dark brown color with some red highlights. It had a thin tan head.
Caramel/roasted malt aroma. Earthy, a bit reminiscent of tobacco.
Nice taste. Caramel, a bit of milk chocolate, that earthy tobacco hint. Late herbal hops.
A nice rich beer.
Very drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mverity
4.66/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Goodness, after enjoying this beer for over a year, I'm finally reviewing it. Sipping from the can at the moment; however, I know this beer has a fantastic hazy brown color. It smells heavily of toffee and chocolate , with a good amount of caramel and coffee. The taste is mainly the toffee, closely followed by coffee and then the roasted malts. What really makes this beer for me is the mouthfeel. Superbly creamy. I can't recall if they actually employ oats in the brewing process, but it certainly feels like it. Maduro coats the tongue and mouth, and I love that about it. No homo.

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Photo of Boxerjay
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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