Maduro Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Maduro Brown AleMaduro 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:
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

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Ratings: 2,820 |  Reviews: 759
Photo of SFLpunk
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to dimenhetfield for this as a bonus!

Pours a super dense, almost opaque brown with very little light penetration and some thin cappuccino-colored head that falls quickly. Nose is of wet black soil, finely ground coffee, moist grains (like a mash), and a little whisper of white smoke.

Palate is chewy but bright with a note of acidity that makes me think this bottle might have a slight infection (it's not unpleasant, though). Thin body with low carbonation. Flavors of old coffee, tanned leather, whole tobacco leaves, and some of the traditional roasted malts flavors that you see in brown ales. Nice crisp finish.

This is not a classic brown ale...which means I like it. Great flavor and not overly roasted on the malt. I wonder if it's the oatmeal that chills it out a bit without sacrificing color or flavor. Unfortunate about the infection though. Mouthfeel score suffers because of it. Oh well, what can you do? (CCB, send me another bottle please?)

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy chestnut hue with two one finger of sudsy khaki head.

Smell -- moderate roasted malt, coffee beans, nuttiness, gentle chocolate, kiss of brown sugar. Overall, rides the toasted/roasted fence.

Taste -- Roast malt, toasted nuts, baker's chocoate, coffee with cream, stuff. Finish holds some gentle earthy hops. Lingering flavors of nutty roasted malt and coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Truthfully, I kind of expected more body from the oatmeal, but still not bad.

Drinkability -- Solid. Robust and quite drinkable. A must-try if you love the style.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky brown color with a thin beige head that did manage to leave a decent amount of lacing behind.

S - smokey, caramel malt with hints of chocolate and coffee beans.

T - everything in the smell comes through in a wonderful blend of flavor, very good tasting beer.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

D - very drinkable and at 5.5% abv, a few would be easy to do.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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 drtth
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is an opaque brown color that allows little or no light through. The 1/8" beige head that does leave some scattered lacing when sipping the beer. (I'm sure that if I'd poured this one myself it would have had a nice nicer head on it.)

Smell: The aroma includes brown bread, caramel, toffee, and some chocolate.

Taste: The flavors are toasted brown bread, caramel, chocolate and coffee in a wonderfully complex combination that reminds me of walking into a room sized cigar humidor. How does it get this tobacco character? Is it my imagination because of the brewery name? I don't think so, but....

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and quite smooth and creamy with light but persistent carbonation. The medium long finish dances through a complex interplay of various flavors as things slowly fade from the scene.

Drinkability: This one is very drinkable indeed. I finished it easily and could quite easily have had a second with no trouble. I will definitely return to this brown ale. It demonstrates the complexity which the style is capable of in ways that few others manage.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extra in a trade with Maddogg. I was pretty excited about the other extras he tossed in, and just kinda shoved this one in the fridge, thinking "hey, I need a beer, this will be a new one, cool"

Into a tulip, slightly chilled. Pours a beautiful brown, muddy and opaque. Wafting tobacco, coffee, roasty yummy good without the bittering char of most roast. A slight white head covers the edges of the glass, clinging on for dear life. Taste is outstanding. I cannot say I have ever like an American Brown Ale(on of the least sexy of all styles) so damned much.

Damn, I'm glad he sent me two of them, this is just great.

Cigar City, you are in the winners seat.

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Photo of klikger
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Goose Island IPA tulip - thanks frankenbrew!

A - Dark brown with some red, large off-white head which shrinks over time, modest lacing

S - Coffee, bananas, almonds, toffee

T - Roasted malts, coffee --> caramel, molasses, bananas --> oatmeal, toasted almonds, and a hint of cocoa --> finish is rich, nutty, and malty, with just the right amount of sweetness

M - Good carbonation, not too thick, but certainly bready. All in all, fits the style well.

D - Low ABV, but a little sweet for me to session.

Overall, this is a delicious brown ale - easily one of the best everyday ones which I've tried.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep brown with an admirable khaki head that has good retention and leaves some spotty lace.

S-Roasted malt, a bit woody and nutty, hints of coffee and a slightly sweet bready scent.

T-Rich malt, a touches of chocolate and coffee, a slightly nutty flavor that the nose hinted at and a bitter hop bite at the back.

M-Crisp yet still somehow slightly creamy, medium body.

D-Goes down very easy and invites you to have another.

Another good offering from the fine folks at CCB.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Maduro pours an intensely cloudy deep brown. There's just a faint hint of lighter brown highlights tracing the edge of the glass. To say the light tan colored cap is able to gather itself to two fingers in height would be stretching the truth, and there's barely any lacing left behind to speak of. Nose is solid, predominantly , with some nuttiness showing up as well and a hint of fruity esters. Those esters get lost on my palate though, and I can't find much of anything in the flavor outside the one two punch of biscuits and toasted nuts. It's not bad, but I find myself wishing there was just a little more to it (especially after finding some fruits in the aroma). Body is appropriately mild for a brown ale of this size, with that added bit of smoothness I expect to find in a beer that features oats. The understated carbonation plays up to that as well, resulting in a pretty silky mouthfeel. Maduro is a solidly executed beer, and one I definitely wouldn't mind drinking in the future, but it doesn't make me feel the need to seek it out again.

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Photo of CASK1
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium brown with significant haze. Good creamy head fades quickly to a thin layer of foam that lasts fairly well.

S: Rich, chocolatey, roasty. Darker malt character than most brown ales, almost stout-like. Very low Earthy hop aroma. Little fruitiness.

T: Similar to smell. Rich and roasty. Again, darker malt character than many brown ales, almost like a stout. Bitterness is subdued, but enough to balance the rich malt.

MF: Medium-full bodied, with average carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

D: Excellent as a nightcap on a cool evening. I wouldn't want to pound a bunch of these, but very drinkable in the right setting.

A rather extravagant brown ale.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of micromaniac129
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ale is a nice brown color with a small foam cap. It fades to just a wispy veil.
Sweet smelling maltiness over a desent hop bill.
Tastes of sweet breads to start followed by coffee and espresso flavors ending with a hint of chocolate. Desent hop taste that doesn't interfer with the malts. Hops are there just for the bittering aspect I think.
Silky smooth and nicly balanced beer. Full bodied.
I think it lacks a bit on the appearance side, it needs a bit more foamy action.
Otherwise good, real good.
Drink well my friends.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured hazy red-brown with a one finger off white to light tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, oatmeal, and caramel. The flavor was of roasted malt, oatmeal, slight caramel, and a very light nutty note. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a nice brew without a doubt. To be honest there isn't really a whole lot missing on this one. Had a decent aroma and a very nicely balanced and tasty flavor. This one is a definite must try given the chance.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice dark reddish brown color. Just a bit of light, cream colored head. The bubbles actively rise to the top of the glass.

The aroma on this one is prominent. Lots of brown sugar aroma. Great sweet malt presence. Perfect for fall.

The taste starts out sweet and follows with a nice hop finish. Although I feel that the hops are a bit much on the finish for the style, it by no means ruins it; it's just different than what I'm used to.

Really nice carbonation on this one, kind of sharp. I think it aids in bringing out the aroma. Nice creamy finish as well.

Very enjoyable; would definitely recommend to lovers of brown ales. This one is top notch.

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Photo of m1ked
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer to have with some friends at the corner market.

A- Pours a ruddy dark brown with some cloudy garnet edges. Gives off a nice large bubbled 1.5" tan head that swells, then ebbs to a thin tan cap with a couple of large bubbles popping here and there. I really noticed the slight cloudy appearance to the parts that are not totally void of color.

S- There's a rich slight sweetness in the front that is quickly replaced with some light woody, coffee bitter notes. That slight sweetness weaves throughout, like candied raisins (do those even exist) or something. Bottom line, it smells delicious.

T- Smooth creamy milk chocolate notes have a slight edge over some of the bitter coffee notes, but the balance is really noticeable between the two. there are some sweet raisiny hints in there too Once again, delicious.

M- Like the flavors, smooth & creamy. There is almost a silkiness to it. The carbonation is present, appreciated, and not distracting at all. This is listed in BA as an Oatmeal brown, but I do not see anything on the packaging stating as such, but it does have the creamy mouthfeel of oatmeal for sure.

D- I really think that this is the best brown ale I have had to date. Looks great, smells great, taste & feels delicious. I could easily drink several of these (I haven't yet). I feel that this style is a classic style, but I never get really "wowed" by any. This one does.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep mahogany in color and slightly hazy, Maduro displays a creamy head and plenty of lacing.

S: The bouquet is timid, but suggests caramel, brown sugar, and toffee.

T: Slightly sweet and tart, displaying notes of molasses, caramel, and almonds. Very enjoyable.

M: Clean and crisp with a medium body. Carbonation just barely makes an appearance.

D: This is a great representation of the style, avoiding the usual pitfalls that American micro's fall prey to: under attenuation and excessive sweetness being the first ones that come to mind. I really enjoy this brown ale, and will return to it again.

On a side note, BA has this listed as an oatmeal brown ale, when the label explicitly states that it is an all malt ale. The word oatmeal doesn't make any appearance on the label. Where did this come from?

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Photo of drewba
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice khaki two finger head and is a brownish ruby color.

S - Heavy roasted malt, tobacco, cocoa and a bit of alcohol.

T - Right away, everything in the aroma is there - the beautiful roasty malts are front and center providing a little bit of smoke flavor and a touch of sweet. I'm missing the oatmeal, but there is a meaty-ness to Maduro, I'm wondering if the oatmeal is the culprit. It's rounded out with a nice, subtle bitter as the hops show up.

M - Medium bodied, creamy goodness. Carbonation is spot on (yay small bubbles!). Highly satisfying.

D - Absolutely a sustainable drinker - I could see this being a fantastic red meat-paired beer. The bottle also indicates this would be great with a cigar, something I should try.

Maduro reminded me a lot of New Holland Cabin Fever - one of my all time favorite browns. A++ will drink again.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eager to try this on tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA. Listed as "Madura IPA."

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep brown, bordering on purple-ish, with deep crimson highlights. Almost no head, just a collar & dusting across the surface (may have been the pour).

Smells of moderate caramel, nutty, subtle coffee-like roastiness, even brownies (not fresh & warm, more like the store-bought kind).

Mildly chocolate taste up front, with caramel & roast flavors coming in, finishing with a restrained hop kick & bitterness. Nice roasted malt aftertaste, a little chalky but good. Some fruit flavors emerge, very subtly as it warms.

Medium-bodied, enough bite to keep it from just laying there. A little more snap in the finish, afterfeel is roasty bitter but not astringent.

Overall good, flavorful. Nicely balanced, an easy drinker.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a cigar city pint.

Brown body with no head except for a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Uh-oh.

Smells of oats and nut like brown malt. A touch of cocoa nibs as well.

Tastes of smokey brown oats, some nuttiness, and a touch of cocoa nibs. Maybe even a little coffee. In a weird way it actually does remind me of a maduro cigar. A nice smokiness lingers.

The carbonation is really low. Body is ok, needs some carbonation to hold it up.

So yeah, this bottle did have some carbonation issues. Not to say it didn't have carbonation... it just needed more. The looks and mouthfeel definitely suffered. Howeer, the rest was quite enjoyable. I'd love to see an imperial version of this, because I think it might go nicely with a cigar.

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Photo of Portertime
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

We just got Cigar City at my store and I have heard lots of good things about this one. Pours a dark chocolate brown with a massive tan head that sits on top of the beer like a crown. Smell is rich and inviting with hints of dark chocolate and hazelnut. The taste is divine with a silky smooth almost zero carbonation flavor blast. This is more of a porter than a nut brown. Layers and layers of velvety malt wash over the tonuge. What a brew!

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Photo of garuda
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby with a one finger thick, dense tan head that recedes quickly to a thin layer on top. Minimal lacing.

S - Toasted/roasted malt with an underlying sweetness

T - Nice roasted malt character, a little nutty with some dark roast coffee and grain-husk in the finish.

M - Light side of a medium body, medium carbonation, but a little rough across the palate, and a little messy on the finish.

D - Good overall, but I like brown ales to be much smoother across the palate. Nothing about the Maduro really stands to me.

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Photo of atsprings
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a deep, crisp brown with a thin, quickly diminishing off white head. Aroma is a nice amount of dark malts, bitter cocoa, brown sugar and burnt caramel, quite fragrant! The taste is a nice smooth blend of burnt toast, caramel, cocoa and leather. The beer is quite light and crisp, with smooth but mild carbonation. I must say, this is quite possibly one of the best brown ales I've ever had!

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Photo of pwoods
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Blazer06 for this great extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a pretty deep brown with big ruby edges in the light. Moderate head on the pour with only a bit of retention. Decent lacing.

S: Nice malty brown ale aromas. Caramel, toffee, a bit of nuttiness, along with a bit of the oatmeal in the back. Almost like oatmeal cookies with a hint of sweetness in the beer.

T/M: Light caramel with more of a toffee flavor. Some coffee is in the back and it dries things out a bit.... maybe from the oats? Not as much sweetness in the flavor but still a hint of the oats. Nice mouthfeel from the oats, but it doesn't over do it.

D: Pretty damn drinkable. The oats don't add too much to the body so it still remains a brown ale.

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Photo of Axic10
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown with two fingers of khaki colored foam that settles down to a thin layer after a minute or so.

Smell: Nice roasted nutty aroma, caramel and coffee/roasted-burnt malt.

Taste: Strong roasted malt, coffee and nutty. Some caramel and biscuit malt comes through. A very tasty Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and very very smooth.

Drinkability: A very smooth and tasty beer. I've had this on draft before and often over look it. Since it's now available in 6 packs, I see myself buying this on a more regular basis.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From DeCicco's. Had it on 10.2.10

Pours deep dark brown with some nice creamy light tan foam. Decent lace with some good retention.

Plenty of nuttiness and very subtly roasted malt in the nose. Some more toastier notes in the taste, some more darker malt flavor with a very slight bitter edginess balancing with malty, tiny cocoa powderish sweetness, seems like it lost a bit of carb from the growler but still a huge creamy milky mouthfeel for a beer of this abv. Nice beer with some solid flavors but drinks a bit heavier than it should. Filling.

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Maduro Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,820 ratings