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

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Reviews: 722 | Ratings: 2,674
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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Photo of jimmah120
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75


Dark brown with a thin head, smell is oats and hard water. This is a mild brown ale with *some* complexity.. Hops in the finish, otherwise it's a smoothly muddy, ashy ale

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

During my vacation trip to Florida, I was very eager to get my hands on some Cigar City beers, as we only get a few in VA.
12 oz can poured into a cylinder glass.
Dark brown color, nice head on the beer.
Nice hints of chocolate and espresso, flavors I commonly find in porters and stouts.
This is an outstanding brown ale.

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Photo of teromous
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottom of the can reads: Canned 03/04/16

Appearance: It pours brown but appears completely black in the glass. Even when held to the light it is completely opaque. The head is short and has a medium yellow tint. Not much head retention or lacing.

Aroma: There is a light coffee aroma to the beer with a distinct roasted scent. It does remind me a bit of a cigar aroma.

Taste: There is a light toffee flavor that blends with a bit of coffee. It is slightly nutty. There isn't any aftertaste to the beer. It has a nice starting flavor and then it just goes away quickly leaving nothing on the palate.

Mouthfeel: The beer doesn't linger on the palate at all. The beer just doesn't deliver the flavor very well. The mouthfeel is light and the beer is very drinkable but it could use some actual presence.

Overall: It's the usual "okay but I probably wouldn't buy it again" experience. On the positive side it is very drinkable and I doubt you will find anyone who will have a problem with the beer being too heavy or too strong in any particular flavors. It's just an all around safe beer to bring to a party or a gathering. It's not typically something I would keep around though. It just doesn't have a very pronounced flavor and at just over three weeks in the can I would have expected more flavor.

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

Can into a snifter. Dark brown body topped with a dense, vanilla colored lacing. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt on the nose. The taste follows, while being quite coffee-forward. There's a good balance between the chocolate and vanilla, but these take a seat on the back burner while roasty coffee shines. Good mouthfeel, maybe a hair too carbonated. This is a big-tasting beer for an English brown. Very good, nonetheless.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cigar City Brewing - Maduro. 5.5% ABV. 12oz can poured into a snifter. Canned 2/22/16.

Look: Settles very dark brown, nearly pitch black, with a 1.5 finger sized white foamy head.

Smell: Rich vanilla, caramel, chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a light nutty smell; very sweet smelling.

Feel: Medium light body, very smooth with some mild carbonation.

Taste: Rich coffee, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate, along with some sweet toffee about midway through. Finishes a bittersweet chocolate.

Overall: Probably my second favorite brown ale; rich, sweet, and smooth. This is very similar to Country Boy's Shotgun Wedding, only with chocolate.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

L: Beuatiful lacing. Nice frosty head that never disappears. Very dark brown
S: leathery, slight chocolate, tobacco, toffee
T: initial toasty sweet malts, then the chocolate hits. Leather and tabacco after taste.
F: full bodied slick mouthfeel. Nothing thin about this.

Overall very solid brown ale. Pretty much represents what a solid brown ale should taste like.

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

A nice clear dark brown that lets some light pass through. Smells like chocolate and sweet roasted malts. The taste is nice with a rich chocolate taste and bitter burnt toffee at the end. Really smooth and easy drinking brown.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

COD 1/26/16. Dark brown pour that is also clear. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Quite outstanding rich nose of toffee, caramel, tobacco and light chocolate over a rich malt base. A slight nut bread aspect is also present.

Light medium body that is smooth in texture. Superb carbonation with an effervescent middle and a prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite good. Intensity is moderate, complexity is high (but not well separated) and balance is world class. The flavors of the nose are present, but you really have to concentrate to discern each from the blended flavor. The middle hints at bitterness and also sweetness. From the middle on, hints of dark fruit emerge as does a surprising subtle tartness that adds a bit of crispness. The finish is a slow fade of the blended flavor.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a very dark opaque brown with an ample creamy off-white head. Leaves a good rim of foam around the edges of the glass.

S: Toasty, nutty and fairly malty – about perfect for the style. A mild vinous note with some rich dried cocoa.

T: Following the nose, this beer is toasty and rich. Doughy malt, caramel, nuts, slight roastyness and a mild sherry note. Fairly quick malty, toasty finish.

F: Medium-plus body with medium carbonation and a slightly creamy yet drying mouthfeel.

Overall: One of the best brown ales in the game. Great lush body for the style, yet incredibly drinkable. Light and accessible enough to start a session – rich and complex enough to finish one.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A. Pours a dark mahogany with egg shell coloured head that quickly dissipates.

S. Espresso beans, vanilla, toffee, chocolate and caramel.

T. Chocolate, coffee, caramel and toasted malts, nutty. A velvety smooth and creamy feel to this easy drinking brew.

O. Standout brown ale. Well done cigar city.

Notes. Purchased and enjoyed while on vacation to lovely Lake Mary Florida

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Photo of moofthedog
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark, but somewhat-transparent brown ale. Prepared just down the road from my home in FL at Cigar City. Poured into a standard glass. Not much head retention. Smells of chocolate, toffee, slightly biscuity and some caramel. Maybe some slight smokiness in there. CS is particular about their hop blends and I can't discern their identities particularly at such low IBU. Mouthfeel is great, as expected since this is an oatmeal brown I believe. Also brewed with cacao nibs (pre chocolate). When I think of the "ideal" brown ale, this is what I think of. Rather than just sitting on some caramel and chocolate malt while calling it a brown ale, they pull out the stops and make every aspect of drinking it a pleasure. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BSiegs
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color, ruby around the edges when held to light. Ample off white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma is nice, with plenty of malt, dark roast, chocolate, hint of spiciness and nuttiness. Taste follows closely, roast is a bit subtle on taste. The body is medium-light with moderate-high carbonation. A solid brown ale.

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Photo of matcris
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LOOKS: Dark brown, Ruby up to the light. Finger of khaki, foamy head which dissipates fairly quick. Carbonation rising moderately. Leaves a bit of spotty lacing.
AROMA: Lightly roasted malt, a bit of sweet milk chocolate, a bit of toffee. Minor coffee, and raisin.
TASTE: Very mild overall. Basically just like aroma and just enough bitterness to balance it out. Slightly sour but pleasant quality to the beer.
FEEL: A little more watery than expected. It's like a 'light' brown ale. Slightly slick feel, but dry at the very finish. Carbonation is mild, but adequate.
OVERALL: An above average beer imo. This has a light enough feel that you could drink a few on a hot day. Peasant enough, but not huge flavor, here.

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

Can dated 12/23/15 poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Dark brown beer with very light tan head. Two finger head on pour, good retention, leaves fair amount of lacing and ring.

S:, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. Somewhat porter-like in that regard.

T: Kinda follows nose. Definite coffee and roasted malts up front. Vanilla. Somewhat weak and watery, so not porter-like in that regard. Pretty tasty, though.

M: Light-bodied, watery. Light to medium carbonation. Some drying due to carbonation, no hint of alcohol at all. Drinkable, but a bit more flavor would be so nice.

O: A good brown ale, not one of my favorite styles. Enjoyed the effort.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich chocolate brown color. Aroma is roasted malts, nutty and chocolate. Flavor is chocolaty and smooth. Has a rich malty presence. Overall a really good brown ale.

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can dated 12/08/2015

A: Very dark brown to the point where I swear it looks black with one finger light tan head. Decent retention and light lacing.

S: Toffee, caramel, espresso, and chocolate with a little bit of baked brown bread.

T: Caramel and molasses, espresso, and chocolate. Roasted bready malts.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation.

O: Excellent brown ale. This style is sometimes hit or miss with me, but this is a good one.

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Photo of Gavage
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a brown color with some reddish highlights. 1/2: head falls slowly.

Smell: light aroma as some caramel and bread tones rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, toffee, brown sugar, a bit of bread, and some slight roasted tones round it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness from start to finish.

Overall: an easy to drink beer. A few can be had in a session.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on a trip to Disney World in February 2014. Took notes on it. Smooth and malty flavored. Nice and cold! It was a muggy and rainy day in Florida and this cold beer hit the spot. Nice lingering tastes of spices, vanilla hints, and sweetness.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a red hue and a large but fizzy head that fizzles out rapidly.

Coffee, caramel, and chocolate on the nose with some roasted nuts.

Roasted nuts and coffee come first in flavor, with raisin and chocolate following. Sweet tipped cigar notes make for a slightly smokey finish.

Maduro is a bit thin, carbonated, and sweet, but refreshing for a brown, yet almost dark and roasty enough to be a porter.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned December 2, 2015 and enjoyed in a pint glass December 23, 2015.

Look - Healthy light tan head fizzles to a ring in a few minutes. Leaves good lacing. Body is reddish dark brown.

Smell - Toffee. Caramel. Vanilla. Chocolate. Brown sugar.

Taste - A little weak but it is only 5.5%. Toffee. Chocolate. Brown sugar. Vanilla. Caramel. Coffee. Bubblegum.

Feel - Watery but expected. Not far off from what I would expect in home brew quality (good and bad). No alcohol burn at all or bitterness. Dry.

Overall - The original Cigar City beer. Very good for a 5.5%. This has enough flavors in it to appease many.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into pint glass in December 2015. Date on the can was 9/17/2015.

Appearance: Dark brown with tan head. Beer color is deep. Head is thick, and leaves a thin film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma is sweet. There is some roasted malt aroma as well, and a little hops. There is also an earthy aroma.

Taste: The taste is dominated by the roasted flavors and sweetness from the malt. There is a little bite from the hops, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, with medium level of alcohol.

This is a smooth brown Ale. Good drinking, and something I would like to drink again.

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Photo of safaricook
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wonderful complex brown ale that leans on the Stout side with its roasted coffee notes. Unfortunately it was served way too cold and I had to leave before it reached its prime.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My second offering from Cigar City Brewing (the proverbial Mecca in FL) and I have to say, even though it might be sacrilegious to the hipster - this brew is way better than Jai-Alai.

The beer pours an almost black liquid that seems to shine along its edges. Not much of a head or staying power, or any lacing to mention. The odor provided has hints of strong coffee, caramel and some hints of chocolate. It was a very appealing aroma. The mouthfeel was superb - the best I have had in quite some time. The beer was lightly carbonated and just about as close to perfect in its smooth texture. Taste-wise I was impressed. I always highly rate a beer whose scent you can taste as well. I could definitely make out the notes of espresso and chocolate with some toffee thrown in for good measure. Overall, it was a great brown ale, possible the best I've ever had.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,674 ratings.
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