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Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can in a standard pint glass.

A- A 1-finger tan cap on a brown pour, red highlights. The fast fading head went to nothing and left no lacing. Fizzy.

S- Toffee, sweet caramel, strong dark coffee, some warm booziness. Chocolate.

T- All the aromas listed above shine in flavor. Quite good.

M- The feel is minimal, very thin. Very fizzy. A bit of a creamy finish.

O- Underwhelming to me. It tasted good, but the flavors alone are not enough to carry this brew.

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Photo of roger617
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into nonic glass.

A: 3.5 Pours dark brown with less than 1 finger of khaki head that reduces quickly and leave no lacing.
S: 3.25 Toffee, carmel, roast.
T: 3.5 Very sweet yet roasty. Leaves a lingering coffee flavor.
M: 3.25 Carbed well, smooth, not a dry after taste.
O: 3.5 This beer has a good blend of all the flavors going on. It's nothing I would see out, but I would have it again.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having a good friend in Tampa has really got my curiousity peaked. This is my 1st sampling from Cigar City, consider it an intro for Cigar City's tap take-over at Blind Tiger this week.

A-this is a dark brown beer, very dark and very brown. There is a one finger tan head that leaves behind some nic creamy lacing.

S-it smells dank and earthy with a bit of choclate sweetness. The smell makes you want to drink this stuff, very inviting.

T-very powerful roast nut and earthy notes. Has kind of a pants-that-can-stand-on their-own sorta. More of a weak porter than a brown ale.

M-oily and alcohol aftertaste but a solid level of carbonation helps. Feels a bit lighter at the finish.

O-a potent example from a respected southern brewery. I bet the have some delicious barrel age beers.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky reddish-brown hue with a one finger tan head.

Aroma: Caramel malt presence. A touch of sweet coffee.

Taste: First thing I notice is a slight watery taste. However, it opens up a little more after the initial bit and approaches robustness as it goes down. There is a caramel fudge taste along with just a hint of black coffee bitterness on the end. Tastes a little murky, just like the appearance. There are some good flavors in there, they are just not being balanced correctly. Surprising amount of bitterness from the coffee-like malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side but the oatmeal seems to be doing it's job as this is a decently smooth brew. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Definitely not the best Brown Ale out there. It would probably go well with a cigar as there isn't enough flavor here to really make it stand on its own.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to zimmerbloke for this one.

poured cold from the bottle a murky reddish brown to a dogfish head shaped pint glass with a tan head leaving nice retention.

slightly acidic aroma of dark cherries, followed by nuts and dark sugars as the beer warms a bit.

nice sweet, dark brown, nutty, smoked almonds, coffee and brown sugar.

thicker than the average brown, medium bodied, light carbonation.

drinkable - yep. very.

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Photo of WrathsU
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been on a CCB binge lately and grabbing everything I can try and have yet to be disappointed. Out of the ones I have tried this is my least favorite so far but it is still purty good.

A - Pours a nice dark brown that reminds me of a deep mahogany wood. The head retention is nice and lasts for a minute or so, not much lacing but I don't find that problematic.

S - It smells very earthy and grainy. Think Shipyard Export smelly. I find it appealing myself.

T - The taste is similar to the smell. I can taste a bit of caramel on the tip of my tongue and grains around the rest of my mouth. Not much bitterness or hops taste to me.

M - Being a 5.5% beer it doesn't pack a huge punch but it's there. It feels good.

D - I could drink these with ease but there are better session beers out there.

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Photo of bobbypaulson
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Have had this one a couple times now. It pours into a glass a browish red clear color. with a small head the left quickly. The smell is bitter sweet chocolate with a oatmeal smell finish. the taste is sweet on the front with a bitter roasty almost coffee like after taste. Nicely balanced with a nice bitter after taste that makes you want another sip. Not too much going on going on in this beer but it is still a very nice drinking beer. On to the next one!!!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a pretty nice look with a small white head that dies quickly, leaving the beer standing without even a ring with a lighter brown tinged brown color. Ok, but wish there was some more head and lacing.

The smell and taste both have a pretty good character with oatmeal certainly coming through with notes of chestnuts, medium skinned fruits, some coffee like aromas, cocoa beans, and just an overall regular/pedestrian malt character. OK, a bit over average but not 'good' in my opinion.

Mouthfeel was quite thin and watery, pretty much what you'd expect of a small brewpub's brown.

Overall it's an OK beer but not my favorite by a long shot. I really like Cigar city, but this one is just a somewhat feeble attempt from a great brewery,

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled June 23, 2011.

Pours brown with a two finger light brown head that leaves nice lacing and holds a creamy cap.

Aroma is...interesting. Has the caramel, toffee, nuts and toasted bread of a typical brown ale, but there is also some cardboard, dark fruits, a bit sour as well as some earthiness. Very good strength.

Flavor is toffee, caramel, nuts, dark bread/toast, some dark fruits, earthy hops, some sweetness, low bitterness but does finish with a slight tang.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with good carbonation.

This bottle may be in the early stages of an infection...not sure as this is my first ever Maduro. Still pretty good but there are some off notes. This will soon be available in Georgia so when it comes in I will check one out again and re-rate if necessary.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to dimenhetfield for this as a bonus!

Pours a super dense, almost opaque brown with very little light penetration and some thin cappuccino-colored head that falls quickly. Nose is of wet black soil, finely ground coffee, moist grains (like a mash), and a little whisper of white smoke.

Palate is chewy but bright with a note of acidity that makes me think this bottle might have a slight infection (it's not unpleasant, though). Thin body with low carbonation. Flavors of old coffee, tanned leather, whole tobacco leaves, and some of the traditional roasted malts flavors that you see in brown ales. Nice crisp finish.

This is not a classic brown ale...which means I like it. Great flavor and not overly roasted on the malt. I wonder if it's the oatmeal that chills it out a bit without sacrificing color or flavor. Unfortunate about the infection though. Mouthfeel score suffers because of it. Oh well, what can you do? (CCB, send me another bottle please?)

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Photo of Auracom
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First acquaintance with a Cigar City offering, so I'm fairly excited about this one. 12 oz. bottle on May 27th, 2011 in a New Belgium tulip glass.

Maduro has a very dark brown coloring with average lacing and no head nor retention on this particular pour. It's nose consists mainly of bready malts (almost a rye quality) with chocolate of some sort, and a spice that apparently is tobacco. Taste is identical. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, good carbonation, with a medium-length bready finish and aftertaste. It's pretty drinkable, common for the style, but with some unique flavors that I've not really encountered in a brown ale before. No abv in either aroma or taste.

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Photo of biegaman
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale lacks luster like Lady Gaga lacks subtlety. Maduro (meaning "ripe", "mature") looks terribly overripe to me - all beers result from fermentation but by the time they're bottled most don't actually look like they're still in the process of it! This muddy brown body would have benefited from a little filtration; only against the light does it not look like sludge.

Where as most English brown ales smell noticeably of water minerals and most American brown ales smell appreciably of hops, this Floridian example of the style has an odd sulfuric tint to it, a seemingly unintentional by-product of the brewing process that distracts from the otherwise pleasant coffee-ish and toffee-like malts and dark fruity esters.

Oatmeal sure thickened things up, which I'm not so sure benefits the style: this is a very unsubtle beer, tasting strongly of grains and oatmeal without much of any of the finer nuances you typically find in the style (toast, toffee, nuttiness, caramel or biscuits). Even the hops are menial. While it tastes stronger, it lacks in the style's usual chemistry.

A lightly sweet but very prevalent note of dark fruit is present, something like prune or raisin. It overtakes the slight chocolatey or coffee-like flavours and seems to accentuate the otherwise modest note of alcohol. A lightly sooty, coffee-like roast gains its footing on the finish, however, but its slightly astringent character lessens the enthusiasm for another sip.

Like the only other Cigar City beer I've had at this point, Maduro tastes somewhat "unfinished", more like a batch of homebrew than commercial beer. I'm willing to chalk it up yet again to an off-bottle, but until this brewery can capitalize on their popularity enough to expand distribution - or until I find another trading partner as generous Ultraman9000 - I can't be sure that this brewery's beers aren't just better in ratings than they are in reality.

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Photo of cwguy5
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 67couple for this one!

A) deep, deep brown with nitro-like tan, one finger head; high retention and lots of lacing
S) wood, leather, some cinnamon, tobacco
T) some dark malt, fairly dry overall with some herbal sweetness somewhere in back, then a metal twinged linger that is very distracting
M) nice rich carbonation; medium body
D) base of beer is ok though it feels somewhat incomplete; nice mouthfeel and body; any nuances were hidden by the unfortunate metallic, bitter flavor at end; i am not sure if there is something wrong with my bottle but i wonder; i did drink the whole bottle if there was anything strange going on it was minor

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AbeFroman for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but nothing too exciting going on in my opinion.

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts are present. Taste is good, malty, slight bit of oats, some hops at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this from DeCicco's recently. I love most CCB beers, so I've been looking out for this one. Consumed out of my Maudite tulip.

A- Dark dark brown, one of the darker brown ales I've seen. Pretty much can't see through it. Light tan/khahki head, several fingers worth with good lacing.

S- Smells nutty, with a slight smokiness to it. I get a little malt coming through too, and a little metally touch.

T- Nice and creamy brown ale. Very nuty and malty. Not terribly complex, but good.

M- Again, smooth and creamy but nothing crazy. Nice malty aftertaste, but a little uninteresting.

D-Good and balanced. An easy drinking beer, good for a session beer.

A good brown ale from CCB. I could see how this could be a good base for many of their more complex Maduro's, but this one is a little basic. A decent beer, but not something I'd seek out necessarily.

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Photo of TStron
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - creamy white head leaving some good lacing with a dark carmel colored body. Fairly opaque

S - Light spicy hop aroma with a sort of metalic quality. Some nutty characteristics

T - Hint of tobaco flavor. Nutty flavor from aroma making an apperance here. Reminds me of cashews. I get what I can only call a sour quality up front. Pretty bitter for a brown ale. Very low on the sweet side but what is there has a carmel candy flavor in the aftertaste. -

M - Very carbonated. Avg body.

O - The tobaco/smokeiness didn't grab me at first especially since it was so strong when I had it the first time on tap. Out of the bottle this beer is a little more enjoyable but ligher on the body.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a small size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, nuts, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some light coffee. There is a bit of a nuttiness and the beer ends with a malty and chocolatey aftertaste.

Overall - Mouthfeel isn't great, but it has a taste that keeps it interesting throughout the glass. Worth a try but probably not a repeat purchase for me with some many other great beers out there.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap, at the CCB

A - Deep translucent brown, nice tan head, sticky lace.

S - There is basically a dried tobacco smell over simple brown ale, with a slightly nutty aroma as well.

T - The taste is suggestive of unsweetened carob powder, and a slight smokiness, like licking a maduro blunt wrapper. I really tend to like the alternate versions of this beer a lot more than I do the base flavor. Thankfully, there are seemingly dozens of alternate maduro browns by CCB.

M - Medium to thin, bone dry finish, not quite astringent, but not 'wet' at all.

D - I can always drink it, but I never prefer to. I have seldom filled my growler with it. It isn't bad, but Cigar City does so many other things that I am more into.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 75 cl bottle just for me...

A: Pour is deep brown with a medium-large pale brown creamy head that sinks into nice lacings.

S: Chocolate-malt together with very American hops; piney and citric. Sweet, roasted and nutty. Pineapple, grapefruit and orange sezt.

T: Dry and sweet at the same time. Chocolate malt, roasted. Some vanilla - oak. Strong black coffee. Again the American hops. A bit smoked.

M: Long aftertaste, bitter chocolate with slightly sweet notes. Body is full while carbonation is moderate.

O: Strange - a very nice beer, but I'm having difficulties to call this a Brown Ale. My guess would have been a (messed-up, but still a) Porter.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cigar City Maduro has a thin-to-medium cream colored head, a dark brown appearance, which is pretty hazy, and thin lacing left behind. The aroma is initially nonexistent, but as the beer warms, one will detect a rich, somewhat sour, pleasantly roasted barley malt and bread crust. Taste is of sweet, deeply roasted malt, a touch of bitterness, sweetness, and toffee. Mouthfeel is watery and a bit slick, and Cigar City Maduro finishes semi-dry, mellow, and highly drinkable.


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Photo of Damian
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at The Democratic Republic Of Beer (DRB), Miami, FL

The beer poured dark chestnut brown and was topped by a thin film of light tan froth. There was no lacing whatsoever. The liquid contained many bubbles and reminded me somewhat of root beer.

The aroma was pleasant and interesting but quite muted initially. Toffee and caramel were noticeable. Touch of chocolate and hazelnut. The malt profile was very British. Coffee notes came out as beer warmed. With time, the nose turned sweeter and more robust.

The flavor was similar to the aroma except drier and less complex. A mix of toasted and roasted malts appeared on the front end before a dry nuttiness took over. The finish contained notes of coffee, as well as some earthy, bittering hops. There was also a dry, oaty quality to it.

The mouthfeel was thinner than anticipated with a crisp, spritzy effervescence. It felt somewhat soda-like.

I was excited to try a Cigar City beer while vacationing in South Florida, but this offering was a bit disappointing.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can, this is a great brown ale with lingering notes of coffee, malts and chocolate. Easily enjoyable in any setting where caramelized malts that are roundeed out with hints of tobacco and leather are desired. This is a fantastic session beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Pours a brownish-mahogany with a slightly hazy clarity. A quarter inch, cream-colored, bubbly head disperses into a thin skim and a sudsy mass. Nose is malty, spicy and slightly medicinal - there's also perhaps a trace of burnt sugar and anise. Taste expresses dried dark fruit (figs/prunes), oatmeal cookie and anise. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation that falls just short of crisp and a slightly dry finish. All and all, a decent, nuanced brown with quite a bit of flavor, particularly given the relatively low abv.

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Photo of DrJ
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a major fan of Cigar City's Jai Alai IPA (terrific IPA!), and decided to try their Maduro Brown Ale (can).

Fluffy head which diminishes relatively quickly and leaves little in the way of lacing behind, color is dark brown with hints of amber. Nose is mild, consistent with toasted brown bread and mild coffee. Palate feel is smooth, with low carbonation. Taste is mild and agreeable, with flavors of mildly sweet roasted malt, gentle hints of coffee and molasses. An agreeable malt-centric brown ale, with a pleasantly smooth mouth feel (due to the additional of oatmeal).

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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