Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal 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:
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
Ratings:
2,701
Reviews:
727
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.91%
 
 
Wants:
189
Gots:
511
For Trade:
21
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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich dark brown with a decent tan head.

S: Some nice roasted and sweet malt, coffee, toffee, chocolate, and hints of vanilla.

T: Fairly sweet with a taste similar to the nose with a litte bit of added bitterness from the roast and a bit of hop delicacy in there as well.

M: Nice and creamy; very smooth.

D: A very nice brown ale, and something I'd love to have regular access to.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown body with one finger of persistent, light brown head that leaves good lace on the glass.

S - Strong, malty aroma with notes of dark caramel, chocolate and a bit of smoke. Almost porter like.

T - Lots of dry, malty character up front with caramel and nutty toffee. It gets toasty towards the finish with some coffee/ mocha flavors and a hint of smoke.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A very nice and unusually toasty brown ale. The malt is rich and the roasted notes add a lot of interest. It finishes quite dry and this helps highlight the darker malt character without ever becoming astringent.

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Hopjacks in FLwhere it was mislabeled as "Maduro Oatmeal Stout".

A - 1.5 fingers of tan head over an opaque black with red highlights.at edges.
S - too subtle. Mostly malt with trace of caramel or toffee.
T - ample roasted malt but a bit burnt. Good finish with coffee note and tiny hop presence.
M - smooth; lightly carbonated.

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

Thanks to AndrewNations.

Pours a creamy 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing over dark rosy copper brown color.

Nose brings a nice brown malt aroma, plenty of brown sugar and molasses, lots of caramel, some vanilla, caramelized sugars, and a very slight earthy hop character.

Taste starts with some roasty malt characters, a nice porter like flavor but not heavy, some darker toasty brown malts, bit creamy, more brown sugar and molasses, toffee, plenty of caramel and caramelized sugars again, bit of sweetness but not a lot, blended with a slight earthy hop character again, and a bit of a creamy oat taste and feel. A slight bitterness that builds a bit on the finish but never gets big, as well as a bit of dryness and sticky feel on the finish, and lingering caramelized malty flavors and a bit of roast and toffee.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is great, smooth and slightly creamy, sessionable, nice dark brown malts balanced well with a slight earthy hop character and touch of bitterness, and a bit dry on the finish. The only negative is a slight sticky feel on the finish, but its not enough to really take away from it.

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

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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.9%

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

A: Pours a very lightly hazy, almost opaque deep mahogany brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of deep crimson red colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan colored head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted + nutty malts with a hint of toffee sweetness, light aromas of espresso, and light aromas of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of roasted + nutty malts with a light amount of chocolate malts and just a light amount of toffee sweetness. There is a light flavor of coffee/espresso and a hint of earthy hops. There is a light amount of roasty bitterness in the finish which lingers only slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink, smooth, and enjoyable. Really nice complexity of flavor with a lighter mouthfeel and well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Lovely amber brown in the wine glass. Tannish head on top with plenty of lacing. Rather coarse mouth feel and light body. But the balance of hops and roasted malt is really outstanding. Kind of a meaty, mushroomy nose, like some Belgian yeast got into the mix. Roasted malt, just a hint of caramel, but not much sweetness. The hops give a woody bitterness that makes this so much better than the style deserves.

Definitely one of the best brown ales I've had. Very deliciously drinkable.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of dcmchew
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany with a nice small, but lasting, off-white head.
Smell of sweet toasted malt, espresso, (not that) dark chocolate, fresh cigar, caramel, faint toffee, brown sugar. Not too hop forward, so it seems rather "English".
Taste has caramel and a bit of white raisin in the front, faint fresh fig, with a nice toasted bready feel building up. A tiny bit of molasses, some baking chocolate. Tends to become dusty, but there's a nice subtle zestiness that keeps it fresh, mixing it up with cocoa powder and some mildly roasted coffee bean. Faint cinnamon, touch of vanilla too. Finishes with some earthy hop, with a dry leaf/tobacco feel, but not disturbing, like in some English ales.
Aftertaste has that cigar note, some toast, some cocoa nibs, faint coffee. Medium body and carbonation, kinda refreshing.
An awesome, more traditional brown ale, but still with some perfectly tweaked.. twists. Awesome stuff as usual from Cigar City.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of billab914
2.74/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin shaped glass. It poured a darker brown color with a bubbly head filling the top two inches of the glass. The head settled to a thin layer, and left a bit of lacing as it did.

The aroma has a fruity, cherry, raisin like flavor coming through with a little bit of a tart, acidic undertone to it. behind that I get some toffee and caramel flavors to it as well as some roasty, coffee like flavors coming through. Seems like there could be the beginning of an infection going on, but I'm not sure.

The taste shows a pretty good amount of roasty, coffee like flavors to it. Like the nose though, I also get some of that cherry, fruity, tart, acidic flavor throughout the beer. Behind that, I get some hints of toffee and caramel sweetness. Flavorful beer overall, but I have to assume the tart, acidic, fruity flavors aren't intended. Luckily the roasty, coffee flavors seem to overpower the off flavors in it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style, and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was decent despite of the fruity, tart, acidic flavors that are developing. They actually gave it some interesting flavors that complimented the malt at times. Not a bad beer overall, but one I'd like to revisit to see if there really is something going on with this one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.69 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. "SEPT2011" marked on the bottle label.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a moderate-sized, ecru-hued head. Scant lace on the descent.

Smell: Toasted, roasted malts with light notes hinting at semi-sweet chocolate and caramel with, perhaps, a perceived hint of cured brightleaf tobacco.

Taste: Toasty, heartily roasted maltiness with hints of dry chocolate and coffee. Modest amount of dark caramel sweetness. Slight oatmeal nuttiness. Very low fruitiness. Herbaceous, leafy, earthy hops with enough bitterness to keep things balanced. Finishes smooth, fairly dry with a final touch of roast and dehydrated leaves.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamyish mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice, competent, malty brown ale. It's no wonder they use it as the base for seemingly hundreds of varieties of alternations, tweaks, and add-ons.

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

Thanks to BeerThursdays for hooking me up with this one!

A: Pours a nice brown/deep copper color with a 1/2 finger head that slowly fades. Little bit of lacing forms as I drink, but it dissipates rather quickly.

S: Nose brings some brown sugar, molasses, caramel, a little bit of hops and some sweet fruit.

T: Roasted malt, brown sugar, and molasses. There is a caramelized sugar flavor giving it a nice sweetness. Has a slightly bitter finish with hints of toffee.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation with a nice creamy feel.

O: Solid beer, easy drinking with a good flavor.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of smithj4
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sorry but this is an absolutly wonderful beer. This was my first taste of Cigar City, and I assure you I will be going back for many, many more. Growler was served chilled and poured into a pint glass.

What a wonderful rich pour. Deep dark brown in color with a wonderful tan head on top. Very nice robust look to it, almost a cedar hue to it. The aroma was a big suprise. Rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it. Really huge brown ale here. Smooth, mellow carbonation, rich, creamy profile with each sip having to be savored time, and time again. Lots of rich caramel malts wash across the tongue with the very first sip, and so it begins as the smooth, mellow cocoa notes start to come together and mixed with a light, earthy bitter hoppiness, this was by far the richest taste I could have imagined in a brown ale.

Overall blown away would not be a fair description, more like simply mind numbingly good. I cannot wait to dive into the rest of the lineup!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Al's of Hamdpen, poured chilled into my DFH shaped glass.

A good deep brown color like dark tobacco w/ translucent clarity and deep red hues accenting. The rocky ecru cream tops the brown w/ lots of lacing left on the glass, the bead is average sized. The aroma is roasty w/ lots of woody and light fruity scents. The slight tart ester is balanced by an element of sweetned coffee w/ mild brown sugar and vanilla elements and oatmeal cream cake smell which is sweet and toasty. The feel is semi sweet and smooth w/ light tang of yeast and a slight creamy texture from the oatmeal w/ light bitterness and medium body. The feel finishes with a semi-dry quality.

This brown tastes good w/ very flavorful malt and roasted which leads to a sweet caramel malt middle. The light woody and nutty elements are nice for contrast w/ a slight toasted taste and semi dry herbal essence. The taste has very creamy roundness and a slight hint of tobacco too or am I imagining it?, The woodiness of the hops and dark malt may just add that to the flavor. The beer is pretty impressive with substantial drinkability and for a 5.5% beer seems pretty full with smoothness from oatmeal and yet a nice clean yeast taste.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,701 ratings.
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