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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

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Reviews: 616 | Ratings: 1,984
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Solid brown at 5.50 a can not a bad markup considering it's typically not available in Pittsburgh. This pours dark almost black when held toward the light I get a deep mahogany hue with light beige head, fine speckled lacing lines the sides of my glass. Aroma dark fruit, hints of cocoa, a touch of iced coffee, and roasted nuts. Flavor light tobacco earthy dank quality, tea leaves, dark chocolate dryness more like cocoa powder, and a hint of nutty coffee. Mouthfeel medium bodied dry finish nearly perfect brown ale, perfect level of natural dark roasted malt sweetness dark malts and low IBU level dry out the finish with tannic tea and tobacco notes. Overall highly impressive flagship beer from the folks at Cigar City!

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Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a one finger part beige, part caramel head.
Aroma with notes of smoked and roasted malts, creamy chocolate and home made coffee.
Delicious flavor with notes of cocoa, nuts, spices and cinnamon.
Dry aftertaste with its lingering residual notes.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Very nice American Brown Ale with perfect execution. Mellow but still flavorful. Can't go wrong with nuts and cinnamon.
Ap.3,75 Ar.3,75 Sab.4,25 Sens.4 Cj.4

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%

It's hot outside, so an IPa or hefeweizen would fit, right? Ok, I'm going to break the trend by beating the heat with a brown ale. From a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

The head initially forms well as it holds itself at an inch thick, then it suddently dissolves and looks like a still brown ale. It's color is closer to leather brown, and without the head, fizzy carbonation bubbles are visible from a birds-eye view. But it smells very pelasing. It smells sweet, toffee, fudge, even fruity. Very nice.

That taste, wow! Hold onto your palate, you're in for a ride! The beer starts off sweet and nutty, then a wave of smoked fruits and a touch of fudge makes this delicious brown ale even better. It's not overdone with the sweet toffee/aspect, helping create a beer that is very drinkable while being tasty.

You may not get your hands on a Huanapu, but you can easily get your hands on a Maduro Brown, and why not? This is well worth drinking.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

The beer pours a dark shade of, but surprisingly clear brown. quarter inch of head that pours immediately dissipates. Aroma is quite mild, consisting of mild instant coffee and hints of caramel.
Taste is a complex blend of subtle flavor. The dominant notes are coffee, toffee, and hints of chocolate, but the flavors are not strong. The hop presence is enough to tone down any sweetness that might have been there, but does not create bitterness.
Overall this is an interesting beer, a light, approachable take on a style that is usually a lot less palatable, i'm not sure how often i'll buy it but i'm glad it's out there.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronzey brown colour, quite a few floaties in my glass. Head is enormous, but lovely. Bit too big, but good.

Smells like coffee upfront but it gives way to strong grainy-sweet: smells like a grain bag, touch of caramel, carob and a wet wool note. Crystal grain, mostly. Not bad.

Taste is more roasty. Has a nice dark caramel upfront that develops peppery espresso roast, then more chocolatey on the back, slight hint of vegemite but nice bittersweet cocoa finish. Quite simple, but very pleasant, subtle drinking.

Bit sizzly and dry. Could use a lot more body.

A bit hit and miss, but the taste (most important) is nice and smooth and well-balanced. That's what counts.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Maduro Brown Ale. Hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate and espresso are all on display in this complex, but approachable brown ale. A great 'food beer', Maduro pairs equally well with sweet chocolate based desserts as it does with roasted meat." Brewed in the style of an English Brown Ale.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 61º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick crispy chocolate cream head over a deep burgundy brown body with ample carbonation. Retention is average at best, lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Aroma is sweet, roasty and creamy altogether. Medium roasted brown malts, creamy molasses, caramel and toffee build a complex, moist and sweet body. Hints of chocolate, dark roasted coffee linger in the back. Nutty, sweet malt character. Potency is medium-high. 4.25

(Taste) Upfront, sweet molasses malts, a pinch of smoke, some mild earthy sweetness for a deep, complex malt body. The finish is accentuated by an earthy hop blend with a subdued bitterness. This has quite an enjoyable and complex flavor for a Brown Ale. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly chewy, roasty. Carbonation generates a smooth silkiness for a complimentary mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style and medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is low. 3.75

(Overall) One of Cigar City's finest year round offerings, with just about everything a Brown Ale could offer. Great flavor, balance and drinkability makes Maduro a return beverage for anybody who can get their hands on a can or two. Most certainly worth a try for those who haven't found a winner Brown Ale. 4

Cigar City Brewing's
Maduro Brown Ale

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Photo of Jonada
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Canned 6/5/2014. Served in a tumbler

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with 1 finger of a soapy light tan head that dissipates quickly. Body is dark with small amounts of light visible around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, toffee, bready malt, nuts, slight coffee as well.

Taste: Sweet malt, chocolate, slight roastiness, earth and very mild coffee presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and medium levels of fine carbonation. Semi sweet finish.

Overall: Really nice malty brown ale. Tasty and easy to drink.

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

On tap at Westover beer garden. Served in a 16oz solo cup.

A wonderful brown ale. Maybe not as good as the Dogfish Indian Brown Ale, but still a beer to have around all the time. 4.25

A - Pours a dark brown with a thin tan long lasting creamy head. Almost like it was on nitro. 4.25

S - Dark malts but not necessarily roasty. Molasses sweetness. 4

T - Brown bread , molasses, slight sweetness. 4.25

MF - Medium heavy body with a semi-dry finish. Very creamy. 4

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Photo of sennoma
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There's a complex sweetness balanced against the hops, which is nice at first but gets a little cloying toward the end of a can. (Yes, hate me beer snobs, I drink from the can or bottle.) Nice roasty nutty overall "top note" (not sure if using term correctly) and smooth chewy mouthfeel.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can purchased at the local grocery.

A: Very nice reddish brown with a 1and a half finger head with moderate dissipation.

S: Chocolate, coffee and malt. Outstanding.

T: Same as the smell. Very good.

M: About what I generally expect from a brown. Maybe a tad light.

O: Simply a great ale, brown or otherwise.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured dark brown in color with slight ruby highlights, no head whatsoever that left no lacing sticking to the glass.a combination of grains and brown sugar were noticeable upfront in the nose alongside hidden coffee, mild sugar and traces of vanilla. The brown sugar character is just as potent on the palate with oatmeal grain flavor and a touch of coffee. The brew was light to medium in body with a very low amount of carbonation which had a sweet malty finish.

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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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Photo of Kendo
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is dark brown with a half-finger light-brown head that settles very quickly.

S: Modestly sweet malt dominates - toffee, caramel malt and a touch of brown sugar.

T: Follows the nose - sweet caramel malt, touch of cinnamon and toffee. Some fruity sweetness.

M: Light in heft, thinnish in feel. Carbonation is fairly active and fizzy.

O: Good. Doesn't blow me away - a bit too thin in feel.

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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 dar482
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark brown color, almost like a black coffee. There is a light mocha brown head.

The aroma has toasted malt, some nuttiness, a caramel sweetness. Almost a fruity note of dried apple peel.

The flavor follows with the toasted flavors in the front. That apple note coming through again. Hazelnuts. A slight toffee and caramel sweetness. The finish is of watered down coffee slightly. The beer is so robust that it leans almost towards roasted flavors.

Canned on 10/23/13. 3 months old. Should’ve held up. Not sure if there are much more hops.

Wonderfully sessionable. Could use a bit more sweetness and malt backbone.

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Photo of sommersb
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 01-15-2014
Freshness: Canned on 12-05-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Wish You Were Beer, Huntsville AL

Semi-clear brown beer with a big tan head makes for a nice appearance. Head retention and lace are good.

Aromas are what you'd expect with a brown ale -- caramel malt notes with some roasted grain smell as well. Nice and clean.

The taste isn't mind-blowing, but it really shouldn't be. First is a malty sweetness, countered by some earthy hops and toasted malts. Some nuttiness as well. Great taste in a simple vehicle.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with a semi-sweet finish followed by a light bitterness of roasted malt.

Overall a real gem for a style that doesn't get much respect. Probably one of the best browns I've ever had!

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Photo of drpimento
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good British brown, although I do seem to pick up a bit of tartness that doesn't belong. Poured at a good temperature with a modest, lite brown, foamy, thick head that soon all but disappears and no lace. Color is an almost clear amber brown with some bubble trails. Aroma is a very fragrant malt, nutmeats, cocoa, toffee, bit of roast. Flavor's like nose and very we'll balanced. The off tartness vanishes with a little time. Body/carbonation are about perfect. Finish is like flavor, has a few medicinal qualities that linger, and is overall very drinkable.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Brown with a small head that was not there long and left no real lace
S-oatmeal and caramel with a background of toffee
T-caramel malts upfront with a toffee flavor that gives you hints of chocolate that fades to a roasted chocolate nut finish
M-light to medium body and low carbonation
O- Was not too sweet yet not bitter. Was a great balance of caramel, chocolate, and nut finish

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Photo of mikeg67
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours brown with creamy, long lasting, beige head. Aroma is of toasted malt, bread crust, coffee and piney hops. Body is medium, creamy and smooth. Toasted malt, piney hops, coffee, cacao, dark chocolate, and dark fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, malty. Delicious brew.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice rich brown coloring yielded a loosely knit head that had built well but deleted away.

The aroma holds some maple syrup, Graham cracker, roasted barley with a finish of floral hops. The aroma has a good strong character.

The flavor holds more barley, light toast, even lighter chocolate and some bready malt. The flavor was a tinge weak with a wateriness that pushed into the feel. The moderate carbonation adds a smooth feel but the wateriness detracts a bit.

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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 rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep ruby in the glass, one finger off white head.

S-Lots of coffee, chocolate, oats and a tad vanilla.

T-Starts with coffee, malt, caramel, oats. Slight bitterness. Well balanced.

M-Lighter not much carbonation, tad watery.

O-A really good brown ale, the only real drawback is that it was a tad watery.

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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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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My mother-in-law was kind enough to bring me a 12oz can of this fine ale all the way out to San Diego from Palm Beach Gardens. Poured into a traditional pint glass.

Pours deep brown with amber hues along the outside of the glass when held up to a light source - the head was a bit of a let down with very little retention and no lacing to speak of. Haha - wow! As soon as I smelled this one, I totally got the artwork on the can - tons of tobacco and cigar box on the nose - truly amazing actually. Dates and figs are also present in the nose, a bit of smokiness, sweet and earthy. Flavor is similar to the nose, with a big mouthful of dark chocolate, a hint of espresso, tobacco leaves, very earthy and enjoyable. No hops in the mix what so ever. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, not complaining, but I wouldn't be bummed if they beefed up the mouthfeel a bit. Carbonation is light and perfect for the style. Overall, I was totally blown away by this one - not expecting much (especially after the underwhelming appearance) and it was one of the better brown ales i've ever had. So earthy and sweet, just like a fine cigar.

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Photo of Roguer
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a glowing dark brown with purplish-red highlights. Very thin head that quickly fades to an extremely thin line. No lacing.

Dark fruity (especially grapes) smell with strong notes of coffee.

Sweet notes of coffee and grapes; milk, toffee, and smooth dark chocolate. Tons of strong, dry toast and dark malts. Any bitterness is from the chocolate and slightly burnt coffee taste.

Mouthfeel is very light, much lighter than the flavor profile would have suggested. Goes down very, very easily. Very little sting, but the beer doesn't feel the slightest bit flat.

Is this a dark brown ale, or a light porter? I honestly don't have enough experience with the style to say. I have enough experience with Maduro-wrapped cigars to say that this beer doesn't particularly remind me of one; however, I imagine it would pair quite well with a good, dark cigar (or dessert and/or dinner, for that matter).

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,984 ratings.
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