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
Reviews:
719
Ratings:
2,660
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.91%
 
 
Wants:
184
Gots:
505
For Trade:
21
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Reviews: 719 | Ratings: 2,660
Photo of Grugalug
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a surprisingly dark brown with a great deal of ruby highlights. Has almost a finger of head to it, although I'm sure you could get more with a more aggressive pour. Head dissipates quickly and no lacing visible. Even so, love the color of this one. (3.75)

S- HUGE caramel/toffee with a nice nuttiness and chocolate/coffee notes as well. No hops that I can detect, but just a beautiful malty aroma. (4.25)

T- Pretty much follows the nose exactly. Big caramel and toffee, with distinct chocolate and roasted notes, particularly a roasted coffee flavor. The nuttiness is a little more subdued here, and that's probably the only thing I wish was a bit more noticeable. A very smooth and balanced bitterness keeps it from being to sweet. (4.25)

M- Very silky thanks to the use of flaked oats. Has a richness and creaminess to it as well, and has a medium body to me. (4.25)

O- Keep sending Cigar City Brewing to Upstate New York! For the first time I found their stuff in my area tonight, and I sincerely hope more is on the way. I had heard great things about these brews, and they do not disappoint. If you are a fan of brown ales, this needs to be on your list. (4.16)

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Photo of BigBry
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can.
Clear, deep dark brown with a foamy tan head. Foam that settles to a film on top of the beer, spotty lace hang around the glass.
Smell is of toasted malt, burnt caramel, and some nuts.
Taste is much the same, roasty grains, slight coffee bitterness at the end.
Low level of carbonation keeps it smooth, but still enough to leave a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, a very good tasting beer, easy to drink. Another nice one from Cigar City.

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Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red color, with nice head that reduces to thin film around the edges throughout the beer.

Smells mostly of vanilla bean, with malt and caramel undertones.

Tastes mostly of the vanilla bean, bitter throughout, but still pretty smooth.

Has a rather light feel to it with a good carbonation to it.

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Photo of scotorum
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a mixed sixpack put together at Orlando Whole Foods on a Florida trip

a: Very dark clear brown with a finger thick tan head which receded to thin even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Dark roasty and caramel malt.

t: Mainly weak black coffee followed by a moderate hop bite. Sweet to slightly bitter finish which builds.


m: Medium, decent body, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: Rather more like a coffee porter than an English brown. Flavor is dominated by increasingly bitter coffee rather than caramel malt. Ok as such but not a favorite for the style.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I received this as an extra on a trade. Happy to be able to try this one. In a world of prosaic brown ales this one does stand out somewhat.

Appearance: Same brown as any brown ale out there. Think Newcastle or Bell's Best Brown, you get the idea. Maybe a little lighter in color.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, caramel are all on the nose. It has a nice aroma no doubt, which does set it aside as one of the better beers in this class of boring brown ales.

Taste: Coffee dominates, nice malt flavor, not too sweet, decent clean finish and not too thick of a mouthfeel, which is what I am looking for in this style of beer. It does have a little bit of a cola taste as well. Overall the taste is pretty complex for the style.

Overall: Don't get me wrong. I cut my teeth on this style of beer, but after having so many beers in varying styles over the years this style has become kind of boring and commonplace. However, this one is better than most. I do appreciate this extra in the trade but I would not seek it out again. Cigar City does makes some above average beers but this one is in my opinion solidly average.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours out an opaque brown with a rich creamy long lasting head. Significant lacing throughout. The taste and aroma are of rich malt with hints of coffee and toffee. The finish is quite clean. The feel is slightly thin but not enough to detract from the fine flavor. Overall this is a really nice brown ale that I will buy many times and recommend to anyone who likes this style. A little high in alcohol for a session beer but a couple won't knock you out either.

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Photo of jkrich
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: dark like a Coca-Cola with a quickly fading tan head.

Nice whiff of tangy and sweet molasses with hints of roasted chocolate.

This is a medium bodied, somewhat complex yet drinkable brown ale. The flavors are bittersweet chocolate, molasses and roasted coffee with a hint of toffee in the aftertaste. The zesty carbonation and mild hop profile keep this one refreshing with each sip.

Not my top brown ale but I will certainly purchase it again.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - chestnut brown color with tan head

Smell - caramel, toffee, toasted nuts

Taste - toffee, caramel, toasted nuts

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, medium carbonation, toffee sweetness upfront, slight bitterness on the back end, flavors linger for a bit

Overall - a well done brown ale, good balance with the flavors here. Give it a try.

Price Point - $10.99/6 pk 12 oz cans

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Photo of Chaz
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark, cola brown in color, topped with an off white head and minimal lacing.

Not much going on in the nose: slightly-oxidized, but it's a basic malty-sweet aroma, and par for the course for the style.

Sweetish and lightly-tangy (in a good way... ) on the first sip. Nice, gentle carbonation. Toffee and very light chocolate notes...

Lighter bodied and very easy drinking. Stronger than the average :easy-going" beer, but probably pretty good with some lightly-spiced ("hot") cuisine. A bit too strong for a session-style beer, but, y'know us Americans...

Altogether not a bad interpretation for the style, and with a nice heft. Worth a try, but might not be worth seeking out.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Nutty, toffee, espresso, complex yet drinkable. Reminds me of Dukes Cold Nose, but with more complexity. Overall a satisfying brew from Cigar City, would drink again.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid coffee tasting beer from a kick-ass brewery. I'm not personally a coffee drinker and I don't always like beers that have this kind of profile, but this isn't too strong. It's deep brown, but the smell and the taste don't overpower.

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Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

On sight, Cigar City Brewing Maduro pours a bright mahogany that’s relatively clear with a tannish head. The head dissipates relatively quickly, but the brew gives off a deep scent of caramel, toffee, nuts, and brown sugar with a hint of spice. The scent is deep, complex, and adds notes of woodsy elements, molasses, espresso, and cigar wrapper. Being able to draw something off the top isn’t a stretch, but it is wonderful in it’s complexity. On the palate, it starts out a little light, and maintains a slightly thin body. The flavors are balanced between nutty flavors and the more sugary malt notes, like brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. There’s an underlying bitterness that’s vaguely coffee inspired. On the end it finishes quickly with just touches of caramel and cigar wrapper.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

November 7, 2014

12 oz can, snifter

A – Very dark brown with a minor dark red hue. Minimal head, what little there is does not retain. Head is a bit off-white to tan.

S – Medium-roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Sweet vanilla, light brown sugar. Some mild herbal bitterness, hop aroma.

T – Dark, slightly bitter roasted malts, more of a milk chocolate sweetness. Mild vanilla. Very mild earthy or herbal hops.

M – Carbonation is low to moderate-low, somewhat thin body, leaning towards iced coffee with cream. Fairly dry in the middle but a juicy, bitter finish.

O – A milder brown ale punctuated with roasty coffee, it kind of ends up as an in-betweener. I like it, but not that excited by it. Still, a good brown ale.

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Photo of GregJ
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger off white head that slowly dissipated. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Tastes as it smells but with some smoky flavor and maybe some oak. Much maltier than I would expect from your average brown. Medium/light body with smooth mouth feel. Taste of dark chocolate lingers on the palate. Probably one of the best browns I have tried.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice toasty, burnt nose—even a bit smokey—with coordinated notes in the flavor-profile: light molasses, with valences of raisin and rum-spice, along with sticky Hungarian oak-barrel, rich vanilla, and even soft cigar notes. Really nice mouthfeel, without tons of carbonation, but great buoyancy and balance nonetheless; indeed, it's very medium-bodied, and surprisingly clean, with nice bite from what bubbles there are, which keeps this deep brown from ever seeming cloying. Solid turbidity, nice maroon inflections in the dark, lacquered wood-brown color of the beer. Well-executed and super-balanced brown ale.

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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 Kokopelli
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from a can medium brown with a small head that dissipates quickly with little lacing. I'd like to try a draft nitro version of this one. The aroma gives a hint of mocha and is very pleasing. The taste is , to me, what an English brown ale should be. It combines nuttiness with traces of coffee and chocolate with a low hop presence. Very drinkable

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Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a one finger part beige, part caramel head.
Aroma with notes of smoked and roasted malts, creamy chocolate and home made coffee.
Delicious flavor with notes of cocoa, nuts, spices and cinnamon.
Dry aftertaste with its lingering residual notes.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Very nice American Brown Ale with perfect execution. Mellow but still flavorful. Can't go wrong with nuts and cinnamon.
Ap.3,75 Ar.3,75 Sab.4,25 Sens.4 Cj.4

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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 SteveB24
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

The beer pours a dark shade of, but surprisingly clear brown. quarter inch of head that pours immediately dissipates. Aroma is quite mild, consisting of mild instant coffee and hints of caramel.
Taste is a complex blend of subtle flavor. The dominant notes are coffee, toffee, and hints of chocolate, but the flavors are not strong. The hop presence is enough to tone down any sweetness that might have been there, but does not create bitterness.
Overall this is an interesting beer, a light, approachable take on a style that is usually a lot less palatable, i'm not sure how often i'll buy it but i'm glad it's out there.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronzey brown colour, quite a few floaties in my glass. Head is enormous, but lovely. Bit too big, but good.

Smells like coffee upfront but it gives way to strong grainy-sweet: smells like a grain bag, touch of caramel, carob and a wet wool note. Crystal grain, mostly. Not bad.

Taste is more roasty. Has a nice dark caramel upfront that develops peppery espresso roast, then more chocolatey on the back, slight hint of vegemite but nice bittersweet cocoa finish. Quite simple, but very pleasant, subtle drinking.

Bit sizzly and dry. Could use a lot more body.

A bit hit and miss, but the taste (most important) is nice and smooth and well-balanced. That's what counts.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Maduro Brown Ale. Hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate and espresso are all on display in this complex, but approachable brown ale. A great 'food beer', Maduro pairs equally well with sweet chocolate based desserts as it does with roasted meat." Brewed in the style of an English Brown Ale.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 61º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick crispy chocolate cream head over a deep burgundy brown body with ample carbonation. Retention is average at best, lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Aroma is sweet, roasty and creamy altogether. Medium roasted brown malts, creamy molasses, caramel and toffee build a complex, moist and sweet body. Hints of chocolate, dark roasted coffee linger in the back. Nutty, sweet malt character. Potency is medium-high. 4.25

(Taste) Upfront, sweet molasses malts, a pinch of smoke, some mild earthy sweetness for a deep, complex malt body. The finish is accentuated by an earthy hop blend with a subdued bitterness. This has quite an enjoyable and complex flavor for a Brown Ale. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly chewy, roasty. Carbonation generates a smooth silkiness for a complimentary mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style and medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is low. 3.75

(Overall) One of Cigar City's finest year round offerings, with just about everything a Brown Ale could offer. Great flavor, balance and drinkability makes Maduro a return beverage for anybody who can get their hands on a can or two. Most certainly worth a try for those who haven't found a winner Brown Ale. 4

Cigar City Brewing's
Maduro Brown Ale
4.1/5.00

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Photo of HazardousBrewer
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with very little carbonation. The smell is of faint chocolate with a hint of coffee. The taste is really where this beer shines and makes up for the lack of smell. Strong chocolate and toffee notes with a hint of coffee on the back end.

This is a thin beer which I would not expect from a brown but I'm not real familiar with the style so that may be the norm for an English Brown.

I've had this beer several times and if I find it available I jump at the chance to buy it.

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Photo of Jonada
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Canned 6/5/2014. Served in a tumbler

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with 1 finger of a soapy light tan head that dissipates quickly. Body is dark with small amounts of light visible around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, toffee, bready malt, nuts, slight coffee as well.

Taste: Sweet malt, chocolate, slight roastiness, earth and very mild coffee presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and medium levels of fine carbonation. Semi sweet finish.

Overall: Really nice malty brown ale. Tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with minimal head. The nose features moderate roasted malts, light coffee notes, and some creamy oatmeal character. The taste mild up front with increasingly strong roasted barley as it passes the palate. Chocolate and oatmeal present with mild hop bitterness towards the end. Moderate to high carbonation with lightish body. Overall, good flavors, just a bit on the mild side in terms of flavor.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,660 ratings.
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