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Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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:
614
Ratings:
1,981
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
20.81%
 
 
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168
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284
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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with an inch of tan head. Moderate carbonation evident and lots of sediment in the glass.

s - Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, light bready malts, and like nuts. Maybe some light wood/oak and vanill as well. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet fruit, wood, and light vanilla. Wood comes out more in the taste than smell.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy body.

d - An easy drinking, pretty good brown ale. I enjoyed the smell a lot and it had a nice feel to it. Would have again.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sebletitje for this one.

Pours a clear but fairly dark ruby hued brown. Thin yellowish tan head. Flavor is slightly sweet and slightly earthy with chalky cocoa tones. It's nutty and earthy. Feel has a decent carbonation and fairly thicker bodied liquid. I wouldn't call this the most interesting brown ale ever, but it still is pretty nice.

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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 woodychandler
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was at TJ's in Paoli yesterday for "The Scraps" and decided to have a look in the take-away cooler for some beers for New Beer Sunday. I want to get them in early as I have some adventurous types coming by later to drink SA Triple Bock with me.

From the bottle: "Maduro Brown Ale is an all malt brown ale brewed in the Cigar City of Tampa. Maduro pairs well with hearty Cuban foods such as Ropa Vieja and Boliche and it makes a fine accompaniment to a premium cigar."

My pour netted a finger of deep tan head with low retention, falling like Wile E. Coyote off of a cliff. Color was a slightly hazy deep brown. Nose had a smoky milk chocolate character, sweet with a slightly smoky tang. Mouthfeel was medium and it was very sweet on the tongue, like sweet chocolate along with a strawberry flavor. I would NOT be pairing this with an actual Maduro cigar, but perhaps one with a lighter wrapper and taste. Finish continued to be on the sweet side with a light sourness on the extreme finish. Color me not a fan.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 12/1/10. On tap at Al's of Hampden.

Served in a pint, appears a hazed brown color with some ruby coloration and lighter brown around the edges. A dark creamy tan head forms across the top and doesn't retain all that well.

The smell of dark malt with sweet toffee suggestions emits from the glass. Some floral hops fill out the back of the nose.

Taste includes dark malt with sugary molasses and toffee flavors that are lightly smokey and modestly bitter with herbal and earthy hops. A slight fruity alcohol flavor is present that warms the back of the throat. Roasty flavors linger with a nice contrast to the hops. There is a lingering flavor almost like cigar wrapper and ash that is left inside the mouth.

Medium bodied with a light level of carbonation. This is quite a smooth, drinkable brown with a broad array of flavors. A little more bitter than your typical example of the style but I'm not complaining.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly murky deep brown with muddy garnet highlights when held to light. Large frothy beige head wont allow this pour to happen in one round. Smell is earthy and tart, not really what I was expecting. Hints of caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate lie deep beneath the surface. Tart dark fruit in the nose is a little odd. Taste is caramel malty with a dark fruity tartness that seems out of place in a brown ale. Hints of chocolate and toffee in the flavor as well. Medium to thin body with a high level of carbonation and a slick oily mouthfeel. I believe this bottle was on its way to infected before I opened it. Looking at some of the reviews this seems to be a recurring issue. As is its an OK beer with a weird tartness for the style, but if this sat in my cellar I'm sure it would have become and oud bruin or sorts. Should I ever get another I will re-rate.

09/02/2011
A generous soul provided me with a replacement bottle, apparently there was a bad batch of this beer that I am told was distributed mainly in the Jacksonville area.
Pours a solid dark brown with faint reddish highlights when held to light. Smallish off white head dissipates quickly to a cap. Smell is kind of fruity with dark pitted fruit and a hint of alcohol. Slight earthy aroma and hints of chocolate round out the nose nicely. Taste is fruity and caramel with hints of chocolate and ethanol. Slightly dry finish with a lingering fruity ethanol taste. Medium body ans level of carbonation with a somewhat watery mouthfeel. This sample was certainly better than the infected version, but its still an unremarkable beer. My score will reflect this bottle.

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Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that borders on black with a thin, brown head that quickly fades. The nose has notes of brown sugar, cigar, and faint coffee. The flavor is woody and earthy up front similar to a cigar and slightly nutty followed by a sweet but bitter espresso, caramel finish. The finish is incredibly dry but smooth with little carbonation.

This is a nice change of pace for a brown ale. I like the woody, cigar-like notes and I like the brown sugar notes as well. The flavor profile is great. The mouthfeel is a bit dry which makes the flavor leave the palate a little early. Overall, a great brown ale.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A one finger light brown cream bubbles head. Body is a good dark brown with some cloudy character. Head manages to fall slowly while keeping the head together. Nice color of brown going to a simple cherry red also.

Bouquet is a malty roast but also some small cream. Slight heat and a dryness to some extent also. Some earthen dirt/soil smells as well.

Interesting taste. Sweet moves to a mild sour astringecy taste and milk creamer more like sweetened condensed milk. A slight bit of pricklyness on the tongue but not a sense of gas carbonation. Husky dry quality taste with milk cream like sensation, kind of interesting.

Pretty solid good brew all around.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gift from Matt, thanks. Beer is brown and mostly clear with a thin off white head of tiny bubbles that leaves very little lacing on the sides of my Bruery tulip. Carbonation low.

Aroma is strong and a mixture of tobacco, nuts, and roast, interesting.

Beer is medium in body and completely fills the palate. The flavors are strong and forward. Nutty, smoky (but not like a rauch), very flavorful tobacco. Beer has a nice mildly bitter but not distracting finish, very drinkable. I would have more of this for sure.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Decicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours quite dark brown, cant see through it, medium mocha head, goes to a tiny bubble film , collar and ample larger bits of lace. Complex nose featuring some smoke, chocolate, and roasted malts. Full flavor brown, flavors mimic the nose, nice and roasty, with plenty of chocolate and nutty goodness. Super smooth on the tongue. High quality brown, fresh tasting and well worth trying. More quality brew from CCB, keep em' coming to the NY area!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. Served in a pint glass, the beer poured a deep, dark brown color with ruby highlights and a light, thin, foamy head. Smells of slight toffee and nut sweetness. Dark nut flavors, roasted, with a hint of old world fruit sweetness. Not as overly sweet as I would have thought. Very smooth and round bodied. Hazelnut and tangy caramel aftertaste, with a light and quick finish.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was our annual trip to Tampa...the night before THE BUCKEYE CRUISE AGAINST CANCER!!!! The better half and I walked a couple of blocks down from our hotel and found a wonderful sport to taste numerous different brews. The first beer I tried, thank to the suggestion of our server...Maduro Oatmeal Brown...WOW. I am not a brown fan....but this was quite nice!! The color was a rich cloudy brown. Teh nose inclued a sweet chocolate, malt and coffee. This of course fed into the taste of the beer which was rich malty chocolate and caramel, with coffee undertones. I could drink this....wait for it....give it to me Lionel...ALL NIGHT LONG!!!!

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

Reviews adjusted for 2013 Can opened in Aug 2013. Much better!

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Original review (scores for the original review were replaced by the new review)

Jan 2012 bottle, opened Aug 2012.

A - Waaaayyyy over carbonated. Foam explodes out of the glass as you pour it. Khaki colored head, par retention and low lace. Bright mud mahogany brown.

S - Funky twang on the nose; dry cardboard, a faint note of vinegar, brown sugar, and black tea.

T - The over-carbonation reeks havoc on the flavor profile. Even after swirling the brew around a bit to try to knock out some of the gas, seltzer was still a dominant flavor. Behind the bubbles there's macadamia nuts, a nutmeg and caramel center, and a burnt coffee finish.

M - High carbonation, dry, and a relatively light body.

O - An unfortunate bottling error with the carbonation leaves this brew with a relatively muted/dull flavor profile.

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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 tempest
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Abe's Cold Beer. Quite an interesting brown ale, very unique. There's a fantastic spicy, toasty cocoa, hazelnut character. The oats seem to really amp things up, like with a strong roasted taste on an oatmeal stout. I strongly urge you to check this beer out

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Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, dry roasted scent along with a touch of chocolate malt sweetness. The oatmeal does affect the aroma much. The roasted character dominates. The taste is much the same. It has a delicious dry, roasted character with a touch of sweetness,
only for balance. The hop bitterness is mild at best. The mouthfeel is great. It's a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. The oatmeal adds a bit of depth here. This is a good drinking brown ale. I'm a sucker for that roasted malt flavor as well as a nice oatmeal mouthfeel.

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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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Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a full inch thick(!) light tan head atop a medium brown beer. Some floating sediment noticed. Excellent head retention and above average lacing.

S- Smell is of sweet bread.

T- Initial sweetness is balanced buy a slight roastiness ("woody"). Complex and leaves me wanting another sip to try to decipher.

M- Very smooth and creamy, taking after the oatmeal side of it.

D/O- Each sip was like drinking two different beers. Would recommend to a brown and/or oatmeal stout fan. I'd guess better examples are few and far between.

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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 Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bartrash for this brew.

Pours a nice golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, lots of caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this is a very fine ABA. Thanks Pete.

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Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark hazelnut/carmel brown in color with a light, off white foam that laces the glass. It smells of oak, brown sugar, tree bark, light chocolate, moist cigar wraps, and coffee. I dig it. I normally don't like brown ales but this one is spot on delicious. It tastes of dark malts, sweet and bitter chocolates, light roasted coffee, hazelnut, and oak. I'm in love with it really. The thing that may make it the most appealing is how drinkable it is. It's incredibly creamy and smooth for being a lighter bodied style. It goes down so easily and is pretty sessionable. I love it. This is an awesome year round offering from Cigar City!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Ravenous Pig; January 2011
The beer is a nice red brown color that shows a clear, deep red hue when held up to the light. The beer is topped by a frothy, pale browned, tan colored head. The nose has a hint of roast character that contributes a definite nuttiness to the nose. It is sweet and malty with a caramel, almost butterscotch like note to it. There is also a hint of herbal hop character to the beer. The fruity aromatics are boosted as the beer warms; it is more berry like (but almost reminds me of brandy at times), but still the brown, toasted whole grain malt character is the central focus of the aroma. The nose of this beer is really nice, I could smell this beer for quite some time.

The flavor has a nutty character to it as well as a touch of roast character in the finish; this last even lingers a bit on the palate after a sip. This has a prickly carbonation as well as a carbonic bite to it in the finish. This has a big, malty, caramel sweetness to it that never gets to be too much. This has a medium’ish body to it that is chewy, but it is still quite quaffable and I can see this pairing quite well with food. The hop character supports the dominant malt character with a firm bitterness and a hint of an herbal edge that gets a bit earthy at times. The spicy caramel corn that is served at The Pig dries out this beer significantly and accentuates the roast malt character a bit. I actually liked the flavor a bit better before the caramel corn. This is actually fairly hoppy for traditional brown ale, but it works really well here as the malt character is quite big. The dark, not quite roasted, caramel malt notes form up the base character in the middle of this beer, which supports all the other flavors that are here.

This beer is really nice; I like the malty brown ale that this is. It is definitely hoppy, but it plays only a supporting role and I could drink a whole lot of this beer; I think I might like this beer as much as I do the Jai Alai. Knowing Joey’s preferences in beer, I can definitely see his hand in this beer; I know he likes a good brown ale. So do I, and this one definitely hits the spot; it is one of the best brown ales I have had in quite some time.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cigar City : Maduro Oatmeal Brown

Pours a rich brown color with a yellowish off white head and little lace. Aroma is malty, with suggestions of candied pecans. In the flavor, robust maltyness, nutty, and rich. For a brown ale, this packs in lots of flavor. Hops come accross oh so lightly, just a small wood note, and a distant earthyness. Brown sugar, roast, oats, and burnt caramel. Medium to full bodied feel. Overall, this is an exceptional brown ale, and quite possibly the best I've come accross.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Canal St in Reading.

Pours a clear, dark amber brown with a large frothy tan head that has weak retention and leaves a few streaks of dry lacing. Aroma is dominated by dry oatty and nutty notes with very little sweetness or malt presence. Flavor is a slightly more interesting blend of a rich caramel malty body with strong smooth nuttiness. Mouthfeel is very thick, smooth and chewy like an oatmeal stout with strong, fine carbonation. Finish is dry and oatty with a slight bittersweet pinch. A nice brown but nothing exceptional.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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