Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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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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Reviews: 720 | Ratings: 2,670
Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy, almost opaque deep mahogany brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of deep crimson red colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan colored head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted + nutty malts with a hint of toffee sweetness, light aromas of espresso, and light aromas of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of roasted + nutty malts with a light amount of chocolate malts and just a light amount of toffee sweetness. There is a light flavor of coffee/espresso and a hint of earthy hops. There is a light amount of roasty bitterness in the finish which lingers only slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink, smooth, and enjoyable. Really nice complexity of flavor with a lighter mouthfeel and well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned and I am hoping canned conditioned
Pours a dark brown body with tan head that retreats to the edge of the glass
Aroma is good and I mean good cigar, talking Havana
Flavour is cheap chocolate milkshake
It's an okay flavour a great but a thin mouthfeel

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Photo of thebeers
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a finger-and-a-half of tan head that leaves strong lacing.

Nutty malts, a hint of chocolate and strong carbonation in the nose. These continue to the taste, along with a touch of dairy mid-palate and a pretty dry finish. Mildly sweet overall.

Creamy mouthfeel with less carbonation than expected.

Sort of middle of the road to me. I don't smoke cigars, but I was expecting more tobacco or earthy flavors here.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler, it pours a lovely brown with a moderate head, quickly diminishing to a ring. Some bread and roasted malt in the nose. ...and mouth with toffee added in. Yum!

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Photo of JakeScully
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a teku glass, that Florida brew was purchased online.

Tasty stuff! Notes of caramel, coffee and expresso. Definitely a treat. I'll buy more from Cigar city in the future.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty decent beer , had heard a lot of good things about cigar city but this beer certainly isn't mind blowing or anything..

Nice dark color with some light showing thru..

Was expecting a nut brown type ale but this is basically a oatmeal porter or watery stout ..

Decent and drinkable but there are several other beers with this type flavor I would look for before this one again..

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Photo of Guppy314
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a can, pours as an almost opaque dark brown with a one-finger khaki head. Aromas of toffee and malt. Tastes of roasted malt and sweet caramel with hints of chocolate and coffee. Hops on the back end is nice but the creaminess is nicer.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm still in the process of learning how to appreciate Brown Ales, so after hearing so many good things about Maduro I simply had to try it. Typically, the one thing I associate with Brown Ales is the distinctive (and for most part unique to Brown Ales) flavor/aroma of what I can only describe as how pitted Kalamata olives smell after they've been left at room temperature for too long. It's not necessarily a bad thing (besides, it's always very faint), but for me it's been something I've smelled/tasted in pretty much all the Brown Ales I've had the chance to sample (Abita Turbodog, Bell's Best Brown to name a couple). This one (Cigar City Maduro) however lacks this feature altogether. To me it looked and tasted like a "diluted" Porter. Lots of roasted flavors and aromas that I usually associate with beers in the black-end of the color spectrum. I would have had trouble guessing this was a Brown Ale if I didn't know beforehand. A good beer but quite an outlier flavor-wise within the Brown category.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can,into a Cigar City snifter.

1 finger light khaki head that dissipates quickly.Dark brown and clear in color,what light comes through the glass, is very distorted.Moderate carbonation.

On the nose I get bread,and dark roasted malts.Caramel,nuts,and small hints of dark fruit.Also getting some chocolate,and small hints of coffee as the beer warms

On the palate I get roasted malts,some coffee,and a slightly bitter nut flavor on the back end.Once the beer warmed I also started to get some vanilla notes on the backend.

The body is medium with a pretty smooth finish.

This is a damn good brown ale,another great beer from Cigar City Brewing!!!!

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance- a sort of off brown, not too light, not too dark; cloudy with a thin beige head. Lacing is weak.
Smell - faint, dark chocolate malts; not much going on as far as aroma goes.
Taste - sweet milk chocolate, a touch of vanilla bean that makes this one outstanding!
Feel - medium body with a sweetness similar to a milk stout that I typically dig in a malt heavy beer!
Overall- really solid brown ale, and I like this one considering it has more of a stout likeness.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark brown producing a single finger of shortlived, tan, finely bubbled head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is malty caramel & toast, molasses & toffee. Taste is dark malt & bread, caramel, brown sugar & nuts.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Single can copped at Korals in Marco Island. Pours a dark brown hue. Notes of espresso, chocolate, malts, and sugared sweets dominate this brew. Easily drinkable with no alcohol detected. Very flavorful and can be paired with a wide variety of foods. Recommended.

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Photo of EMH73
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown with a large, well retained head that left no lacing. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nuts and a hint of vanilla. A bit lighter bodied than I had hoped for, but smooth and creamy, moderately carbonated. Overall a very good brown ale.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, chestnut brown, with a finger of khaki-colored head that never fully fades, but leaves no lacing.

S: Dark, toasted bread is heavy up front. I also detect some chocolate notes, and perhaps a hint of dates.

T: Lots of roasted malt flavor up front, just shy of acrid. I'm definitely getting some coffee flavors as well. A little tartness, reminds me of Granny Smith apples, but not strong. Hops bitterness is an afterthought, but there's no malty sweetness to offset, as the malt is toasted almost to bitter itself.

M: A really easy-to-drink beer, with just enough carbonation.

O: It's a bit too much toasted malt, without the balancing flavors I typically find in a brown ale. But it's a nice ale overall, and worth a tasting.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 06/16/16 into a snifter glass. Pours a dark chestnut brown with a thin layer of medium density white head that never fully dissipated and left no lacing. Nose is heavy on roasted malt and chocolate, perhaps some hints of burnt caramel. Taste is excellent, follows the nose for the most part with perhaps some slight detectable espresso. Mouthfeel is great, very smooth and drinkable at 5.5%, carbonation was perhaps a bit higher than in other brown ales I've had but still at a medium level. Finish was a bit dry. Oh how I wish this was available in my distro, it would be a staple in my beer fridge.

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

Canned on 5/27/2016. Poured from can into pint glass. It pours a deep, cola brown with a thin, mocha-colored head and minimal lacing. It smells of roasted malt, chocolate, burnt coffee, and woodsmoke. This is a mellow brown ale with tastes of roasted malt, nuts, baker's chocolate, coffee grounds, and touches of vanilla and dark fruit at the finish. I think the taste improved as the glass warmed to room temperature. It is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and very easy to drink with an ABV of 5.5%. Overall, this is a fine example of an English Brown Ale. The tastes blend well together and it is light enough to drink several. Maduro would pair will will a good meal and would be equally appropriate for casual drinking.

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Photo of DocRoc
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The Brass Tap, Panama City Beach

Appearance - Very dark brown thin beige head
Smell - Smoky
Taste - mild smoky flavor, coffee and coco taste, like a good draw from my favorite maduro cigar
Mouth Feel - Surprisingly light mouth feel
Overall - Paired well with Burger

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


Pours a robust crisp brown color with almost no head. Some spotty foam is noted on the top of the beer.

Smell has aromas of toasted malts, toasted bread, mild chocolate, and some coffee like aromas.

Taste follows the nose with a malt forward array of flavors. Toasted malts, bread, chocolate malts and some mild coffee flavors are noted. Bit of brown sugar sweetness is present in the flavors along with a mild oaky character. The flavor is profile is an outstanding example of an English brown ale.

Feel is light and drinkable. Thin, but that is correct for the style. Medium carbonation. Nice dry finish.

Overall this is one of the best American brewed English brown ale's I've ever had. A wonderful example of an oft under appreciated style.

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Photo of mlockman
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Now THIS is a brown ale worth writing home about. Despite malt-forward flavor profile, this beer is quite dry. Complex enough to sip indoors, it is also refreshing enough to enjoy outdoors on a hot day.

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

Tasty Brown Ale. Pours a dense brown color into a pint glass with some light coming through at the sides and bottom of the glass. Small tan head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma is pretty good. Includes malt, coffee, toffee, a little chocolate and some bitterness. Taste is similar. This is a malty beer, less sweet than some English Brown Ales with rich coffee and toffee flavors. Mouthfeel is average richness for the abv level. The fact that it is not overly sweet is a good thing. There is a bit more hops bitterness than is usually found in English Brown Ales. Overall a pretty good take on a fairly bland style.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, with a two-finger, light tan head that dissapates quickly. Smells of chocolate and Carmel hops. The taste is an incredible smooth chocolate coffee with the right amount of Carmel malt. A nice slight hop bite in the end. One of the best browns I have had. A lighter mouthfeel with much taste.

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

Dark brown with a mahogany tint and has a cloudiness I love. Smell is bold like a good brown with a ton of complexity. The taste is weaker, surprisingly so, but good nonetheless. The oatmeal improves the mouthfeel, and I imagine without it, this beer would drink too thin.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a really enjoyable brown ale. The overall flavor profile is quite complex, with hints of coffee and yet some hoppiness as well. Mellow and enjoyable.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours mahogany brown with a kinda fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: Toasty malt, a bit nutty, toffee, light coffee and chocolate, and a little dark fruit.

T: Toasty slightly nutty malt, toffee, earthy, espresso, hints of dark chocolate and vanilla, and a touch of dark fruit.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Solid brown ale. Would be a great leaf raking beer.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a ruby brown with a thin head. Smells strongly of coffee. A little vanilla. Kind of a dusty presence to it that I don't love in brown ales. Taste is nutty, coffee. Very creamy texture to it as it enters your mouth. Overall, okay brown ale.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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