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: 719 | Ratings: 2,660
Photo of mothmanscott
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark brown producing a single finger of shortlived, tan, finely bubbled head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is malty caramel & toast, molasses & toffee. Taste is dark malt & bread, caramel, brown sugar & nuts.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Single can copped at Korals in Marco Island. Pours a dark brown hue. Notes of espresso, chocolate, malts, and sugared sweets dominate this brew. Easily drinkable with no alcohol detected. Very flavorful and can be paired with a wide variety of foods. Recommended.

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Photo of EMH73
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown with a large, well retained head that left no lacing. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nuts and a hint of vanilla. A bit lighter bodied than I had hoped for, but smooth and creamy, moderately carbonated. Overall a very good brown ale.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, chestnut brown, with a finger of khaki-colored head that never fully fades, but leaves no lacing.

S: Dark, toasted bread is heavy up front. I also detect some chocolate notes, and perhaps a hint of dates.

T: Lots of roasted malt flavor up front, just shy of acrid. I'm definitely getting some coffee flavors as well. A little tartness, reminds me of Granny Smith apples, but not strong. Hops bitterness is an afterthought, but there's no malty sweetness to offset, as the malt is toasted almost to bitter itself.

M: A really easy-to-drink beer, with just enough carbonation.

O: It's a bit too much toasted malt, without the balancing flavors I typically find in a brown ale. But it's a nice ale overall, and worth a tasting.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 06/16/16 into a snifter glass. Pours a dark chestnut brown with a thin layer of medium density white head that never fully dissipated and left no lacing. Nose is heavy on roasted malt and chocolate, perhaps some hints of burnt caramel. Taste is excellent, follows the nose for the most part with perhaps some slight detectable espresso. Mouthfeel is great, very smooth and drinkable at 5.5%, carbonation was perhaps a bit higher than in other brown ales I've had but still at a medium level. Finish was a bit dry. Oh how I wish this was available in my distro, it would be a staple in my beer fridge.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 5/27/2016. Poured from can into pint glass. It pours a deep, cola brown with a thin, mocha-colored head and minimal lacing. It smells of roasted malt, chocolate, burnt coffee, and woodsmoke. This is a mellow brown ale with tastes of roasted malt, nuts, baker's chocolate, coffee grounds, and touches of vanilla and dark fruit at the finish. I think the taste improved as the glass warmed to room temperature. It is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and very easy to drink with an ABV of 5.5%. Overall, this is a fine example of an English Brown Ale. The tastes blend well together and it is light enough to drink several. Maduro would pair will will a good meal and would be equally appropriate for casual drinking.

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Photo of DocRoc
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The Brass Tap, Panama City Beach

Appearance - Very dark brown thin beige head
Smell - Smoky
Taste - mild smoky flavor, coffee and coco taste, like a good draw from my favorite maduro cigar
Mouth Feel - Surprisingly light mouth feel
Overall - Paired well with Burger

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


Pours a robust crisp brown color with almost no head. Some spotty foam is noted on the top of the beer.

Smell has aromas of toasted malts, toasted bread, mild chocolate, and some coffee like aromas.

Taste follows the nose with a malt forward array of flavors. Toasted malts, bread, chocolate malts and some mild coffee flavors are noted. Bit of brown sugar sweetness is present in the flavors along with a mild oaky character. The flavor is profile is an outstanding example of an English brown ale.

Feel is light and drinkable. Thin, but that is correct for the style. Medium carbonation. Nice dry finish.

Overall this is one of the best American brewed English brown ale's I've ever had. A wonderful example of an oft under appreciated style.

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Photo of mlockman
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Now THIS is a brown ale worth writing home about. Despite malt-forward flavor profile, this beer is quite dry. Complex enough to sip indoors, it is also refreshing enough to enjoy outdoors on a hot day.

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Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty Brown Ale. Pours a dense brown color into a pint glass with some light coming through at the sides and bottom of the glass. Small tan head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma is pretty good. Includes malt, coffee, toffee, a little chocolate and some bitterness. Taste is similar. This is a malty beer, less sweet than some English Brown Ales with rich coffee and toffee flavors. Mouthfeel is average richness for the abv level. The fact that it is not overly sweet is a good thing. There is a bit more hops bitterness than is usually found in English Brown Ales. Overall a pretty good take on a fairly bland style.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, with a two-finger, light tan head that dissapates quickly. Smells of chocolate and Carmel hops. The taste is an incredible smooth chocolate coffee with the right amount of Carmel malt. A nice slight hop bite in the end. One of the best browns I have had. A lighter mouthfeel with much taste.

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

Dark brown with a mahogany tint and has a cloudiness I love. Smell is bold like a good brown with a ton of complexity. The taste is weaker, surprisingly so, but good nonetheless. The oatmeal improves the mouthfeel, and I imagine without it, this beer would drink too thin.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a really enjoyable brown ale. The overall flavor profile is quite complex, with hints of coffee and yet some hoppiness as well. Mellow and enjoyable.

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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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