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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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coasters in Melbourne. Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head that leaves good lacing.

Taste is chocolate malts with a little toffee sweetness, not too much though. This has a nice complex flavor for a brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium, nice and smooth.

A beautiful brown ale that makes a good session beer with its low ABV

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. Very dark brown,with whisp of head. only average mouthfeel is felt, maybe it is a tad over. Suitably carbonated. Cedar there too. A little toast,and chocolate malts. Good for its style, but of curse CC blows you away with their unique brews.

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Photo of Domingo
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on my recent trip to Tampa. Bottles are sold out all over the place, so we stopped by the brewery itself to get some.
Arrives a deep brown color - not quite as dark as a stout, but definitely dark for a brown.
Served a bit cool, but as it warms you pick out roasted nuts, milk chocolate, and an earthy note that I can't quite identify.
Almonds and hazelnuts hit the palate up-front with the chocolate following suit, but never getting too sweet. The earthy note from the nose seems to be a combination of toasty malts and hops that leave the palate clean.
Texture is creamy and thick, which really coats, but again finishes clean.
Probably not a session beer (not sure why - but it seems like a good stand-alone), but this is a pretty amazing brown. Bold and flavorful without being too sweet or too thin.
A definite benchmark for the style.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, yet transparent brown with a very nice slightly tan head that has good staying power and sticky lacing. Wonderful aroma that is slightly roasty and nutty. Quite sweet with brown sugar, caramel, toffee and fresh baked cookie notes. The roasted nuttiness is a bit more evident in the taste. The roastyness is the first thing that is hitting my tongue, though it quickly subsides and the sweet toffee and brown sugar notes mingle together with a little bit of herbal hop character and a touch of smokiness. This beer is on the heavier side of medium bodied with a nice smooth (no doubt the oats) finish that is drier than I expected. I am not generally a huge brown ale fan, but this is delicious and very drinkable. I bought the growler on a whim and it turned out quite well.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap, at the CCB

A - Deep translucent brown, nice tan head, sticky lace.

S - There is basically a dried tobacco smell over simple brown ale, with a slightly nutty aroma as well.

T - The taste is suggestive of unsweetened carob powder, and a slight smokiness, like licking a maduro blunt wrapper. I really tend to like the alternate versions of this beer a lot more than I do the base flavor. Thankfully, there are seemingly dozens of alternate maduro browns by CCB.

M - Medium to thin, bone dry finish, not quite astringent, but not 'wet' at all.

D - I can always drink it, but I never prefer to. I have seldom filled my growler with it. It isn't bad, but Cigar City does so many other things that I am more into.

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Photo of azorie
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: creamy white 3/4 inch head on top of a cola like brown in color

S: smokey, oatmeal with tangy hops in the mose, with some sugar like malt, very nice.

T: creamy sweet oatmeal malt, with a nice hop bite, with some hints of oak and smoked barrel flavors.

M: quite thick but not heavy, smooth and quit easy on you

d: easy to drink these easy a session beer low alcohol wise

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Photo of dgb3
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler, courtesy of gtreid, poured into a SN Perfect Pint Glass. Thanks Grant!

A: A glass of cola in which about a quarter of the ice has melted. Very little off white head.

S: Slight bit of hops.Toasty and nutty. Very mild aroma that is getting more pronounced as the sample warms

T: Finishes with nutty chocolate and something that reminds me of the last bit of coffee from a French press. A little muddy. I like my coffee muddy.

M: Very slick. I imagine with the carbonation it had when fresh, this would be just right. My sample is a hair flat

D: Great. Brown ales don't tend to be my style, but I could see myself having a few of these when I'm not jonsing for the hops. There is a bit of acridity in the finish that keeps this from being perfect.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 12/7/09.

A - Clear deep hazelnut brown body with dark amber highlights and a one-finger creamy tan cap of foam that laced up beautifully like cake icing.

S - Initial aroma offers a hint of roasted malt and coffee with a pinch of vanilla and nutty malt. There's plenty of sweet caramel malt underneath, as well as subtle chocolate notes. The coffee character really pushed its way to the forefront as the liquid warmed up.

T - Malt flavor is comprised of flaked oats, sweet caramel and a hint of grains. A vanilla sweetness gives way to slight roasted malt notes with a flavorful coffee character and a hint of chocolate. A nutty malt character also persists throughout. Finishes with slight earthy, herbal bitter notes. Overall, Maduro offers a very complex flavor profile for a brown ale.

M - The initial smooth, creamy texture eventually builds into a moderate bristly sensation on the palate. Finishes with a hint of astringency and subtle hop bite on the tongue.

D - Easily one of the best brown ales I've had to date. Cigar City has burst on the scene and has been mixing things up quite and bit, which is always a pleasure to see. Great stuff!

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Mellow Mushroom - Brandon. Poured a clear dark brown color with an aqverage creamy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt, nuts and hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth slick texture and soft carbonation. Solid balanced toasted oats sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Good complex brew

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Photo of Lunch
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap (12/20/09) into a shaker pint glass at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a nice mahogany brown with a coffee colored one finger head that receded to just a film leaving nice lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma of coffee, dark malt, and a nice nuttiness.

T: Coffee hits the palate first followed by a creamy nuttiness and some semi-sweet dark malt.

M: Medium-bodied with a slight slick creaminess and stylistic carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and quite refreshing with a fairly complex flavor profile for the style. The 5.5% abv is not detectable in the slightest.

Overall this is a very sessionable beer that is a nice take on the American Brown Ale. My first Cigar City beer and certainly a brewery I look forward to sampling in the future. Recommended.

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Photo of capra12
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo at Rattle n Hum from notes taken that day.

Appearance: Deep maple brown with little head.

Smell: Smokey, oak and caramel.

Taste: This is much like the nose. Opens with a smoked mood as subtle profiles of caramel emerge in the middle and continue into the finish leaving a neutral palate and slightly hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied withe minimal carbonation and slightly dry finish but silky smooth from open to the finish.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and recommend this to someone who enjoys a solid brown ale with hints of caramel in the middle.

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Photo of philbe311
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capone's...

A - Two fingers worth of fluffy and rocky tan head... Moderate retention settles to leave a full inviting lace... Deep dark chestnut brown color... Slightly translucent... Moderate carbonation... Looks very very rich...

S - Slightly sweet... Nutty... Caramel... Brown sugar... Sweet breads... Hints of chocolate... Fairly subdued but rather effective...

T - The palette follows closely to the nose... Bready malts... Caramel... Light brown sugar... A vague nuttiness... The faintest hint of chocolate...

M - Terrific balance... Medium bodied... Sturdy... Light carbonation... Quite satisfying...

D - Enjoyable sip after sip... Quite quaffable... Sessionable given it's 5.5% ABV... A terrific all around Brown Ale that I would welcome the oppurtunity to drink again in the future...

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Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale was served to me in a Cigar City snifter and appeared brown with a tan head. The aroma is nice, mostly malty. The flavor is quite nice, this is one of the better brown ales that I can recall having, malt is up front with chocolate and coffee notes. There are enough hops to balance this nicely, but they don't assert themselves too much. Quite nice, recommended.

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Photo of boldcity2008
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Was served in shaker 16 oz pint glass, I assume the head was wiped off. color was a dark amber/caramel. Looks like a brown ale.

S: Nice hoppy notes, as it warmed it I could detect chocolate, sweet malt overtones.

T: Very tasty. First taste I get a burnt chocolate malt on the front end. Nice hoppy Balance, to the sweetness of the malt.

M: not big on carbonation. medium body, no alcohol burn.

D: easy to drink, smooth, nice hop bite. I had a few more.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brass Rail in a tumbler glass.

A: The brown ale is appropriately dark, a thick ale that looks like syrup in my glass (color-wise, not consistency-wise). As a result, it is predictably opaque. A white to off-white head leaves no lace behind.

S: The nose has nut and toffee aromas aplenty, full and warming, without any apparent hop bitterness. Smells like a brown ale.

T: The brown ale is led its maltier factions, resulting in a warming flavor of nuts, toffee and roasted grains. While it comes close, the ale doesn't quite push into porter territory (seems like it might want to, though). The finish heads a chocolate and toffee flavor to linger.

M: The ale is pretty thick (see my porter comment above) but it remains rather light on the palate. Carbonation helps.

D: Maduro is a decent brown ale, one that I'd try again without hesitation. It wasn't, though, mind-blowing in any way.

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Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


Pours brown with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of strongly toasted malt, milk chocolate, toffee, and hints of tobacco.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Rich toasted malt flavors up front are joined quickly by mild amounts of toffee and trace amounts of milk chocolate. Midway through the sip hints of tobacco enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this remains one of the better brown ales I remember having. Well worth a shot if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of DIM
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear, dark brown color with some ruby highlights. It was served to me with a one inch off white cap.

s: I got some nutty caramel, roasty coffee, and a little floral bitterness.

t: More here than the smell would suggest. Sweet elements of caramel with a little vanilla and chocolate. There was also roasted, floral coffe bitterness and some a nutty twang at the finish.

m: Long lasting, fizzy carbonation and nice, lingering nutty finish.

d: Really a nice brown overall. I emptied my glass pretty quickly.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in the home bar.

Maybe it's just the kegerator, but every pour is a massive, billowing tan head that takes considerable time to lower to a film. Deep brown with orange on the edges; plenty of lacing.

Aromas of sweet toffee and walnuts - very dessert like for a brown ale.

Flavor is fantastic. Salted peanuts take center stage, with a supporting cast of molasses, fresh 12 grain bread, and smokey (cigar-like?) roasted maltiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty rich, with an overall smoothness that helps this be an incredibly drinkable and enjoyable Brown Ale.

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Photo of Nickls
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes - have sampled this from growler as well)

A - Pours with a lightly tan head with decent retention; deep, dark coppery brown with some ruby shimmers

S - Lightly roasted and sweetish malts; some bittersweet chocolate notes; pretty tame but nice

T - Bittersweet flavors at first; rounded out by some woodiness and a little bit of sweetness; fairly rich and a little peaty

M - Soft carbonation; a little sticky; medium overall

D - Hugely drinkable, and this would be one helluva tasty session brew for me. Balanced, but pretty interesting.

Really great stuff, and one of the more interesting in the style range that I've sample.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Mahogany brown color with a head that drops quickly to an archipelago; curtains of lace, however

Smell: Brown bread,caramel, nuts, chocolate and fruity hop elements

Taste: Brown bread and caramel up front with a growing fruity character becoming apparent by mid-palate; chocolate, vanilla, oats and nuts expand in the finish but the hoppy element remains prominent

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somwhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Now here is a brown that has tremendous character and balance; first class

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cigar City- Maduro

A- Solid chestnut brown with a small tan head. Light lacing along the top of the glass.
S- Light hints of molasses, chocolate, oats, and caramel malt.
T- Light touch of oats, chestnuts, and molasses up front with a good chocolate malt body and a mild nutty oaty finish.
M- Thin throughout, but mildly sweet, creamy, and smooth.

Overall- Good blend of flavors but just a bit light. Even my wife, who took a sip, said so.
Kick this 1 up a notch and it'll be phenomenal.

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Photo of Katahdin
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice interpretation of a traditional American Brown Ale. The Oatmeal flavor add sa bit of chewiness to it and gives the beer a nice stick to the ribs type taste. I found it a plesant beer to sip on a cool fall evening. It is filling but not in a bloating type way. An enjoyable experience.

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Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Capone's...
Appears a dark brown chestnut with a small white capthat dloly fades. Scattered bits are left around the glass.
Smell is of toasted malt, cocoa, toffee, and fresh bread.
Taste is of fresh espresso, cocoa, roasted nuts, and toffee.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly tart finish.

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

A-Deep, dark, reddish brown with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Dark roasted coffee, chocolate, dark malts and lighter notes of toffee, earth, spiciness and roasted nuts. Nicely aromatic.

T-Rich, roasted malt, chocolate and roasted nuts. Bit of floral hoppiness and underlying coffee bitterness and light tobacco smokiness. Finishes dry.

M-Medium bodied beer. Full of roasted flavours and lingering bitterness.

D-Wow...full and rich, yet so smooth. This one goes down WAY too easy. Very tasty for "just a brown ale". Nicely done.

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Photo of Gmann
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chocolate brown color with some honey highlights, tight tan head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a light roasted malt; charred wet wood, smoke, and roastd meat. The aroma is not strong but is very nice. Wow, big big roasted chestnut flavor with a toasted malt backbone. Some nice tobacco flavor as well. Damn, this is like NYC during the winter with the roasted chestnut vendors. There is a nice toasted malt, brown sugar, light honey, grape, lemon and metal; basically a good base for the chestnut flavors. A moderate body with fizzy carbonation, this is coupled with a tobacco like malt which adds a nice earthy quality. This is one tasty ass brown ale. Cigar City makes a mean brown ale. This is a hearty brown ale that won't back down.

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Maduro Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,778 ratings