Maduro Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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3.92/5
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Maduro Brown AleMaduro Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale

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

BEER STATS
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#7,222
Reviews:
767
Ratings:
2,844
pDev:
10.71%
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Ratings: 2,844 |  Reviews: 767
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. Very dark brown,with whisp of head. only average mouthfeel is felt, maybe it is a tad over. Suitably carbonated. Cedar there too. A little toast,and chocolate malts. Good for its style, but of curse CC blows you away with their unique brews.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with a brown body containing red hues

S: musty sweetness and caramel.

T: sweet with caramel and toasted malt with hints of nut and chocolate.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth

Overall: This may be my second favorite brown, first being brookyln brown. I really liked this one and would like to try more of their other beers that use this as its foundation.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

after all the hype on this one, I wanted to like it a lot more than I did. it seems flat, and not as distinct as it was in my head. it had a dark brown color with a buried rusty glow and an inch of off white head that disappears instantly and does not come back. sitting flat in my glass after just a minute, the nose is probably the best feature. its dry, caramel forward English malt and a lathery chocolate body with burnt sugar and slight smoke notes. the flavor hits on all of these, but they just don't come together into a cohesive experience for me. im not getting the nutty, tobacco, or coffee notes everyone else seems to find in this, I just get chocolate malt and an earthy soil element. I like it, don't get me wrong, but this didn't blow my doors off. maybe ill have to try it a little closer to the source, not sure how well this traveled to Colorado... not quite enough carbonation, a little thin on the body, and not as drinkable or unique as i imagined. maybe a victim of my own expectations on this one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep looking brownish red color, there was a healthy looking tan head on top of the beer that left some hints of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is roasted and nutty, has some slight aromas of coffee and grains as well. The taste of the beer is rich with dark sugary sweetness upfront that fades with a bitter roasted aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth, it's semi thick and to me just had a really good body to it. Overall this beer is quite nice and I enjoy picking it up from time to time when I'm in the mood for a good brown ale.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of nmann08
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark mahogany brown, hues of dark red. Very still beer. Pours with a big fluffy white head, that disappears immediately, leaving no lacing, and little carbonation.

The nose is heavy toffee, dark chocolate, caramel, molasses. Espresso is there, but faint.

Taste is watered down, like ice melted in it. Taste is similar to the nose, but most flavors are muted, not one really expresses itself. Finishes with Earthy hops, which is unique.

Medium-bodied, finishes bone dry.

Overall, this is a good beer, but not as good as when they first started making it.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of nutty and roasted malts in the nose along with some notes of hops.
T: The taste is mainly dominated by flavors of roasted malts with some hints of coffee beans. A mild amount of bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly.

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3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With the strong Tampa influence, Cigar City continues to brew contemporary-style ales but with a twist and a turn that harks to the culture of high quality and fresh tobacco. Maduro Brown Ale brings about the smooth earthy taste of well matured soft cigars with fragrant chocolate and toast and a super smooth texture.

Dark brown in color and with a light and fluffy head, the beer carries a very stout-like color, but has the viscosity and head character of something lighter. A fantastic long lasting ivory froth consists of loosely knit bubbles and endures the session well. Styrofoam lacing blankets the glass as the beer fades.

Aromas of toast and walnuts kick things off, but they do so with stern whiffs of chocolate, toasted grain,t toffee, and a light blackberry twang. Where the brown ale doesn't seem as nutty or sweet as most English-style browns, it seems to favor a toastier and stronger American-type of version.

The char of heavily toasted breads lead right into the flavors. Columbian roast coffee flavors stop just shy of dark roast and allow a nuttier taste of strong pecan and bittersweet chocolate to temper the dry almost-roast flavor. Its toffee flavors are also scorches as are the dry grain flavors that attempt to give richness to the taste. The light berry fruit notes are more subtle than the aromas suggest and hide deep behind the coffee bean taste.

The beer's remarkable dryness is evident early on as the strong carbonation carries the malts off into a finish even before the taste is completely understood. Its carbonated sprite exacerbates the texture of dryness and gives even more life to the toasty mouthfeel. Never ashy or astringent, the beer closes with medium warmth, soft powder, and fast fleeting malt richness.

Maduro Brown Ale is a surprisingly dry and effervescent dark ale that's focused in its toasty taste, aroma, and texture. Delicious and effortless on the palate- ideal for nutty gouda slices or softer churchill cigars.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Eric for this one!

Soft creaminess on the surface, light tan foam ebbs away slowly to the edges, leaving an opaque dark brown body with reddish traces around the edges.

Light husky grain aroma, mild roast, pretty mellow.

More soft creaminess on the palate, oatmeal gives it a pleasant smoothness and creamy feel. Mellow husky bitterness, tobacco leaf and touches of roasted malt. Nice lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, fairly drying, zero sweetness. Overall pretty nice and drinkable with subtle flavors that keep things interesting.

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Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 4/3/2018. Pours slightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, milk chocolate, cocoa, toffee, brown sugar, toasted oats, nuttiness, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, milk chocolate, cocoa, toffee, brown sugar, toasted oats, nuttiness, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, milk chocolate, cocoa, toffee, brown sugar, toasted oats, nuttiness, dark/brown bread, light coffee/smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 5.5%. Overall this is a delicious English brown ale! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the minimally bitter/drying finish. Very rich with a nice sized body for the modest ABV. Very well rounded brown ale malt complexity; with restrained fruity yeast and mild earthy hop balance. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of foam. The bubbly head receded to leave patchy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of oats, bready malt and some floral notes.

T - It had a rich malty character with a strong oat flavor. Mild molasses notes with an even milder bitterness. Some nuttiness comes through as it warms.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really good English Brown. Cigar City continues to impress me.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Mahogany brown color with a head that drops quickly to an archipelago; curtains of lace, however

Smell: Brown bread,caramel, nuts, chocolate and fruity hop elements

Taste: Brown bread and caramel up front with a growing fruity character becoming apparent by mid-palate; chocolate, vanilla, oats and nuts expand in the finish but the hoppy element remains prominent

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somwhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Now here is a brown that has tremendous character and balance; first class

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Maduro Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,844 ratings