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 jsanford
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into my New Belgium globe.

A - Deep, dark brown with a creamy khaki tan head. Nice.

S - Rich roasted nuts, cocoa powder, vanilla.

T - Follows the nose nicely. Sweet roasted malts, nuts, cocoa.
Maybe a bit of smoke.

M - Smooth and creamy with a medium body. Medium carbonation, zero ABV.

D - Wow! I could drink this all day every day! One of the smoothest beers I've ever had, my growler went way too fast. Easily the best Brown Ale I've ever had, great job Cigar City!

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Photo of portia99
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler received in trade with blitzstyle. Thanks a ton for this one Blaine! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with some mahogony highlights when held to the light. A thick finger of creamy tan foam forms on top of the beer. Head has good staying power and leaves some creamy lacing on the glass.

S - I'm getting coffee up front with a good nuttiness, dark roasted malts and chocolate. Some lightly grassy hops and a hint of caramel.

T - Sweet and dark roasty malts, a sugary sweetness with black coffee, rich with dark chocolate, green/grassy hops. A light caramelly flavor and mild nuttniness blend in nicely. Very good brown ale. A bitterness that seems just about right - a bit sharp, lingering on the finish and balancing out the initial sweetness on the tongue.

M - Rich and creamy. Initially feels a little bit on the thin side (perhaps the only negative I can find in this beer). Carbonation feels a bit on the low side but this combined with the oatmeal gives this brown ale a super creaminess and incredible smoothness. The silky smoothness more than makes up for the thinnish body with an overall excellent feel.

D - This has an amazing drinkability to it...goes down so easily. The smooth and silky feel, creamy carbonation and rich malty flavors really set this brown ale apart from the masses. Definitely one of the best I've had. Good thing this growler is only 32oz...I think it might be difficult not to put down a lot more of this one.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is even better than I remember it being a few days ago...

Poured into my Cigar City snifter....

A very dark brown appearance topped by a khaki head and lots of globby lacing...

Wonderful aromas of chocolate, sweet malts, vanilla, some tinges of dark fruit and an earthy woodiness that I find wonderful... I find myself swirling and smelling this one quite often in between sips...

Chocolate and vanilla maltiness mingle with the earthiness I mentioned above and have me gulping this one down... Its as smooth as silk and absolutely a delight to drink... A world class brown ale for sure...

Amazing beer... Probably a good thing I can't get this on a regular basis or else my wife would nix my beer habit....

Awesome job Cigar City!!!

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler filled with nitro into a pint glass. Awwww yeah, this is gonna be awesome.

A- pours a nice dark brown with a 2 finger mocha colored head. Laces beautifully, head is nice and puffy. I love the color so much!

S- hints of nuttiness, with some roasted malts and maybe some cinnamon. A little subdued, but very nice regardless.

T- roasted malts, nuttiness, a hint of molasses. Getting a lot of smokiness too...this is amazing. Best tasting brown ale I've run into.

M- feel is good. Nice thickness to it, with a decent bit of carbonation. Some browns can be too thin, but this one has a good body to it.

D- very enjoyable brown ale. The oatmeal adds a real nice depth to it that I've never really gotten off of a brown ale. I want more, dammit.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler filled at the brewery 2 days ago -- also had a few pints at the brewery.

a - pours deep dark brown with a two-finger mocha head, good retention and lacing, fairly hazy

s - big roasty and nutty malt aroma mixed with floral, slightly citrusy hops

t - balanced up front with intense nutty and citrus flavors, midpalate has some caramel mixed in with the hop resins, finish is slightly dry but well balanced, some nuttiness and hop bitterness lingers on the palate, very light caramel, alcohol not noticeable at all

m - medium-bodied, even from the growler, on the higher side of carbonation, well balanced finish, not much alcohol warming

d - incredibly drinkable, well balanced, complex and interesting, easy on the palate, the whole package

The only ABA I've had that compares to this is Bender, which I think is very similar. Very well done, CCB!

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Photo of adkirkish
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft @ the lodge, boca raton

A: Roasted malt dominates the flavor profile of this beer. I couldn't pull any hop bitterness out. While not overpowering, it's a great blend of roasted and toasted malts.

A: Pours Dark brown with a 1/4 in creamy, very light tan head, great lacing.

F: Just as in the Aroma, tons of roasted malt flavor, no hop presence, indicative of style. Finishes sligtly dry and bitter.

M: Great body on this beer, creamy and full bodied, w/ good carbonation.

O: One of the best brown ales I've ever had. Great mouthfeel, creamy and smooth, the roasted malt character on this beer is definitely a bench mark for others to shoot for.

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Photo of dewalt
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hadn't heard of Tampa's Cigar City Beer before I tasted this pint. I can't understand why. This brown ale pours a dark mahogany, nearly opaque, with a thick tan head. It smells of bread and cocoa, and tastes like oats, vanilla, and rich roasty malt. Earthy and surprisingly rich, and very drinkable.

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Photo of boss302
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale, draft

A Big tan head at first pour. Beer is a deep brown, opaque, not clear. Head falls but remains with the beer to the end. 

S Rich nutty aroma. Smells of dark chocolate.

T Roasted malt flavor.  A little bitterness from dark malts, but not unexpccted based on the color an aroma. Appropriately hopped for a brown ale. There is a lingering nuttiness in the aftertaste. This beer helps me understand why people feel so passionate about Brown Ales.  

M Medium-heavy body.  Nice full flavor.  A litle astringency in the end. 

O A very good Brown. Brown ale is not my personal favorite, but I could drink several of these. Quite good, definitely recommend. 

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color, with hints of ruby and a nice firm white head. Aromas of cocoa powder, roasted nuts and caramel malt. Flavors of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and nuts. Had quite a bit of this one late last year, and after hearing so much about Cigar City, found myself less than impressed. A good solid brown ale, but nothing more.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 aepb1
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark Brown with 2 fingers of a light brown/cream colored head and a bit of lacing with good retention of the head.

S- Sweet malt and caramel

T- Malt, coffee fore taste, a bit of hops giving it a dryness but not overpowering and a coffee/bit of a woody aftertaste.

M- Nice and crisp from the hops. Very balanced carbonation, with a dry finish.

D- American Brown Ales are not my first choice but I wanted to give this a shot being a local brew. I realize this is not a typical American Brown Ale but I really enjoyed it!

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a mahogany brown color with ruby highlights, and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma with a nutty quality, chocolate, something sweet, and malt.

T: Had that nutty quality, toffee, chocolate, and malt. One of the better American Brown Ales you'll find.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Extremely drinkable. Very easy to like.

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Photo of MURF0320
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap Stubbie's Gainesville, FL
Pours dark brown with one finger of head that fades and leaves little lacing throughout.
Smells sweet...caramel and chocolate.
Taste starts off sweet with caramel malts. Notes of coffee hit me first with a mild licorice flavor. Bready malts and chocolate follow, with coffee flavor being left on the palate. Just a hint of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is nice with a balanced medium body and mild carbonation that make it very smooth.
Smoothness made for great drinkability.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz CCB growler. Thanks again to Mike 2.

Mahogany color, about as dark brown as it can get away with, and a creamy, light brown head.

The nose has a little roasted nuttiness and mocha. It has kind of a rocky road vibe. Very nice. Rich.

The taste is of nutty dark chocolate, almond, subtle roast, just enough to be a nuance and not the main event. As it warms caramel and earthy hops interact. The finish isn't sweet, but has sort of a nutty mocha cheesecake fade. It's hearty, rich, and probably the most satisying brown ale I've had in my four years or so of beer exploration. Well done. A brown ale to drink or contemplate. Would try it again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many, many times. Just now reviewing it though.

A- dark brown with a 1" off white head. Decent retention with some streaky lacing left behind.

A- roasted malts, tobacco, toffee, a hint of vanilla and chocolate as well.

T- pretty yummy. Starts off with the roasted malts. It has a caramel taste to it. The hops are present but not bitter. There is a hazelnut presence as well as a touch of vanilla.

M- medium in body with a nice level of carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

D- really good I could drink a lot. However, I prefer the espresso maduro.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good-looking cola shade of brown with a sparse beige head. I love browns that are dark, but still transparent. Will overlook the lack of head given the seal on the growler was poor.

S: Vanilla and caramel malt. Smells like it will be sweet. Also has a bit of earthy and nutty character.

T: Not nearly as sweet as expected and more chocolate and roast flavors than your typical brown. The caramel malt is a little more understated while the hop bitterness is quite prominent. The bitter and roasted flavors combine for a flavor similar to the skin on a hazelnut.

M: Body is medium to heavy for the style and a little sticky. The effects of the oats are well apparent.

As a fan of the brown ales, I really liked this take on the style. Pretty robust relative to its peers, as is to be expected from Cigar City. Hopefully this will be bottled at some point.

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

A: A dark brown, see-through but hazy and murky. Very little head as it was served to me.

S: Roasted coffee dominates. The appropriate brown ale malts, and something nutty I can't precisely put my finger on.

T/M: Sweet. Dark malts dominate, with some coffee, the same nutty flavor from the smell, and baker's chocolate. Very smooth, which I presume is from the oatmeal. Earthy, maybe a little grassy. Fairly thin. The carbonation's medium but lazy.

D: I'd be interested to try some more variations on this one. Right now it's not quite doing it for me, but I can see how it would be a good base. I'd give it another try if I were in a brown mood, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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

C. Clear
H. Dark Brown with a SEXXXY Brown Head
N. Very little odor at all

**Comments taken from my blog**

Once again not the first time having this beer, but first time having it to review. This is Cerveza Chica's favorite Brown Ale, and I can see where she is coming from. This is a very drinkable brown, that is smooth and light bodied. It has a bit of a nutty taste to it, but nothing over powering to it. I personally had a hint of alcohol burn at the very end of the taste, but nothing that was crazy. I personally can not wait to try the Vanilla Maduro which I was able to snag a growler of. Overall solid beer!

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Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap last weekend at Capone's.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a 1 finger white crown. Shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Lots of roast malt, some caramel, hints of chocolate and toffee, slight hop bitterness that comes off like coffee.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin in body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

A bit boring but a good base for "special treatments"

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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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Maduro Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,847 ratings