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: 721 | Ratings: 2,671
Photo of ZBowden
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown slight copper hue small khaki head, smells of nutty roastiness and bready malts, tastes of a bitter chocolate roast and malts not too sweet however, finish is slightly dry with a smooth creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with little to no head. Smells sweet like toffee. Taste is very similar to the smell, toffee, a little bit of chocolate, and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is medium with little carbonation. A very good brown ale.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany body with crimson highlights when held to the light. Aromas include roast, brown bread, smoke, earth, nuts, leather. The flavor follows the aroma. Light to medium in body. Lingering hints of coffee and a hint of bitterness. Good stuff.

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This solid brown ale begins with roasty notes on the aroma accented with a light vanilla impression. Excellent aroma.

Flavor is roasty with notes of caramel and toffee and to a lighter extent cocoa and leather.....slightly astringent almost slightly sour like late finish.

Earthy feel......Enjoyable.

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Photo of gopens44
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Admittedly not a huge brown ale fan, and this lackluster headed opaque fellow is producing the same "meh" feelings. Thankfully the nose is rescuing me, as I'm getting vanilla, chocolate, leather and a touch of caramel. We'll the taste is just dandy I must say. Everything in the nose plus some muted earthy hops that balances out the sweetness produced by the vanilla and chocolate tones.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The dark brown pour had the look of cola, which was emphasized by the fizzy carbonation, and the short lived head which rose to no more than one finger thick. The aroma was that of a fine chocolate with a touch of cinnamon. The taste was less interesting than what the aroma hinted at. There was some chocolate in the taste and some coffee and toffee as well, but the body was a little thin to truly support the flavors. There was some vanilla and cinnamon in the finish, with a light aftertaste.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Dark brown with thick foamy head that fades quickly, no lace. A decent brown ale with roastiness and toffee, hint of smoke. Thin flat mouthfeel a little disappointing.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Dark brown with a nice tan head. Becomes see through when held to light and with all the bubbles, seems to sparkle.

Smell - Malts, toffee, caramel.

Taste - Starts off as a typical nutty, malty brown ale. After those initial flavors though, some unique qualities come to light. I get a lot of vanilla and caramel that give this a sweet, yet smooth taste. The only bitterness is on the tail end and seems to be produced by the malts.

Feel - Very smooth and silky, but has a bit of an edge due to the carbonation.

Overall - A top tier brown ale.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can dated 10/2/15:
Beer can be seen as clear on the pour. Off white head builds up decently, slowly fading to a galaxy of tiny bubbles atop the pour. Medium thin edge remains.

Nose is light, some toasted bread and hints of weak coffee. Also maybe the slightest whiff of smoke.

Taste has a little toffee, maybe a coffee Werthers like taste. There is definitely a little candy note to this (not Belgian candi sugar), which has grown on me. There's also a little tangy-tart note near the end, which also maybe brings a hint of nuttiness (maybe more in the lingering taste.

Feel is a little light/thin, but very drinkable.

Enjoy this more after a couple, but it's never going to be a first choice. The can states it's a beer to pair with food, and I could see that. It definitely won't interfere in power with your food, which is good.

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

The beer pours a nice brownish tan head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a nice clear brown color. The clear works for this beer because the brown is a nice solid hue that isn't too transparent but clear enough to see the other end.

The smell is very good with a lot of different notes that sets this apart from other brown ales. This beer has the same strong malt nutty notes with a light caramel notes and strong toffee notes. There also seems to be a slight smokey note at the end of it. The overall smell resembles a nice, dark cigar and that is something I can get behind.

The taste has the same notes as the smell but is much better in terms of intensity and complexity. The taste has the overall smoking cigar with sweet nutty, caramel and toffee notes with that smokey bit and, now, sweet chocolate at the end. Unlike the smell, however, the taste also has a slight and very light bitter hop note to give it a slight bit through the beer. A pretty good beer and one that would probably be better when paired with something.

The texture has a medium body that is on the heavier end. The beer is a bit smooth and thin but still pretty good. It's certainly much better than other brown ales.

Overall, another winner and one of those beers that go pretty well with the autumn season or a nice dark beer to have at night. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had some of this while waiting for my plane in Ft. Lauderdale. This has to be one of the better Brown Ales I have had.

The flavor is perfect - just a bit of malt, a bit of nuttiness, chocolate, and coffee. Plus the mouthfeel was light - making it perfect for day drinking.

My only complaint, is that with a larger pour (mine was 20 oz), it doesn't taste very good once it warms up. So keep it chilled or drink quickly!

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

Very faint notes of toffee, cocoa, and coffee. The flavor follows suit. Tasty and very drinkable. Not super complex or overpowering. Would make a good session ale if you're looking for something outside of the IPA category.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark coppery brown with a small head. nose; light toffee & caramel. taste; roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, slight coffee and mild hops. bit of a grungy, earthy aftertaste and some vanilla notes. good carbonation and medium body. surprisingly flavorful and rich for a 5.5% abv. hops are low profile here and this tastes more like a cocoa stout than a brown ale.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks - Looks like flat coca cola in the glass.
Smell - Roasted notes, nutty, earthy, burnt brown sugar
Taste - Roasted, nutty, hints of coffee, burnt toast

Overall - Decent but not sure I'd buy again.

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

Appearance - dark brown in appearance, not see through. Smell - smoky toffee sort of smell. Taste - close to the smell. Not heavy at all and a good mouthfeel. Overall - had this on tap. Very good. Not sure how many I could drink in a sitting, it isn't heavy so you could session out.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint and paired with a cigar of course.

Appearance: Thin brown color with heavy bubbles on the body. Head is a an off-white color which is a bit tan and thick at first but after the first sip it drops quickly.

Smell: Bland nutty scent, little hops but not much to go with after this. Trying to inhale the brew but honestly not much going for it.

Taste: Promise you it's better than the scent. Nutty, light malts with a light maple finish. Little sweet but mellow at the same time.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, lightly sticky. Might seem a little flat at the end of each sip but honestly I think that's the "English" in the beer.

Overall: Good brew and best paired with a cigar or maybe even a steak. Alone it's just not enough. Serve in a glass and enjoy...Salud!

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice black in color, with an initial 2 inch caramel colored head leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Notes of Coffee, caramel and toffee when sniffing. Upon tasting the espresso comes thru. Seems more like a porter than what I've had in brown ales. First time trying a brew from Cigar City.

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

-can. duvel chalice. Canned 03.19.15. Consumed 07.20.15.

A: Reddish cola pour sits a dark black with a bubbly foam dark walnut head of one inch. Sturdy retention, thin ring of lace. Micro-bubbles creep up along the vessel walls.

S: Caramel, toffee, cane sugar roast with hints of fresh tobacco. Decent level of awareness, moderately lasting. Finishes with a roasty esspresso touch.

T: Roasty depth for flavor, fresh espresso beans, black cherries, with an earthy bitterness of chocolate, plums and tobacco. Strong flavor.

M: Milky textured body, small amounts of carbonation presence around the tongues edges. Silty coffee powder coating afterwards.

O: Big, bold, flavor, roasty with a good complexity with a lush body. Not usually a fan of style, but this one certainly goes the extra distance with a wide range of flavor that is pronounced with a nice dark fruit and coffee flair. very good try.

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Photo of poorpint
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It was love at first taste. I only drink brown beer and to me this is the best draft brown beer there is. Not to be confused with the canned Maduro which is significantly inferior to the draft. The draft's chocolaty, coffee taste hits you immediately. The last sip is every bit as good as the first. If I could only drink one beer, this is the one.

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Photo of Buck89
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the can. Dark brown ruby color with off white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is coffee and nutty roasty malt. Taste is sweet malty coffee with some toffee and caramel. Finishes clean and pretty dry. Reminds me more of a porter, which I like. Best brown I've had in a while.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft, served in a shaker pint glass. Appears dark brown in color, no head. Nutty sweet aroma. Taste is well balanced, easy drinking. Fuller mouthfeel

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

The rich chocolate malt and aromas were on point for on this.
This is definitely one of my top brown ales out there and worth seeking out.
A nice medium bodied mouthfeel, unlike most brown ales that usually are on the thinner side

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Photo of timontheroad
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, semi opaque color. Nice big fluffy off white head that faded to a thick film and left some good lacing. The smell had a lot of coffee and some sweet malty aromas. The flavor was somewhat tart, rather surprising for a brown ale, with a lot of chocolate and coffee flavors as well. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin, but nicely carbonated. Overall, pretty tasty, nice beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple, caramel, toffee and espresso. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but very complementary and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of Moose90
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated "CANNED 03/27/15 DRINK LOCAL 15845"

A — Pours a deep and clear brown color, there is a tall cappuccino colored head that forms initially, but fades into a thin capsule/film atop the beer, there is minimal lacing left along the inside of the glass.

S — Smells of rich and sweet malts, chocolate, caramel sweetness, little bit of coffee.

T — Tastes much like the nose, though a bit sweeter, nice notes of coffee, caramel, tobacco, toffee, rich, smooth, sweet, mellow.

M — Medium bodied, ample carbonation, there is a bit of residual sweetness.

O — Nice brown ale, usually not a fan of the style, this one is spot on, could easily have a few.

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