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 DaveHS
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Opens with a hiss and a burst of gunsmoke, before it rises and spills all over the table. Pours chocolate brown with 4 inches of frothy tan head. Reduces slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

S-Chocolate milk mix, rich, earthy cigar tobacco, nutty malts.

T/M-Dissapointingly weak and thin. Very little flavor. For how much head this had, there is practically no carbonation. Drainpour.

D-I have a feeling this is a bad bottle, judging by the other reviews here.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem pured into standard pint.

A- Dark "strong iced-tea" color that is brown with a amber red tinge. Medium head fades quickly to thin layer.

S- Dark creamy ale. Sweet with a touch of oats. Not very strong scent, but very good.

T- Bitter hops are evident, as is oats and caramel. Not quite as rich as a like, but very good. Earthy qualities.

M- Very nice creamy mouthfeel. Hovers in the mouth, although it does not quite beg for another sip like a high-quality brew does.

D- Very high due to the somewhat weak flavor. This would be a good "starter" beer into craft brewing since it is not real strong or offensive.

With a name like maduro, I was expecting dark rich chocolate and coffee notes like that of a maduro cigar. Its a tad gimmicky that it doesn't really have much of that in it at all. In fine cigars, maduro typically indicates a stronger flavor too.

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Photo of ninaturner
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark chestnut brown color. Little to no head.

Aroma: Nutty, caramel, and almost like a molasses and perhaps a hint of toffee.

Taste: Dark, caramel, very nutty taste. I imagine this as the beer form of a cigar. Great taste overall.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel. Not too light and not too thick. Just right for a brown ale.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable. Not something I'd usually drink and found myself wanting more. Would go great with a light dessert.

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Photo of Naugled
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice appearance, crystal clear dark chestnut brown color. But there is not much head to it.

Good aroma, light roasty and nutty notes.

Flavor is good but not exceptional. It is smooth and some what full feeling, but thin on flavor.

A very drinkable brown but not exceptionally noteworthy.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 12/1/10. On tap at Al's of Hampden.

Served in a pint, appears a hazed brown color with some ruby coloration and lighter brown around the edges. A dark creamy tan head forms across the top and doesn't retain all that well.

The smell of dark malt with sweet toffee suggestions emits from the glass. Some floral hops fill out the back of the nose.

Taste includes dark malt with sugary molasses and toffee flavors that are lightly smokey and modestly bitter with herbal and earthy hops. A slight fruity alcohol flavor is present that warms the back of the throat. Roasty flavors linger with a nice contrast to the hops. There is a lingering flavor almost like cigar wrapper and ash that is left inside the mouth.

Medium bodied with a light level of carbonation. This is quite a smooth, drinkable brown with a broad array of flavors. A little more bitter than your typical example of the style but I'm not complaining.

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Photo of mjsheehan08
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes I made on my iPhone after a long night at work. Not super extensive, but it's all I got:

Lots of taste from this brown ale. Got notes of cinnamon,coffee, molasses, in nose. Taste follows nose, bring out the cinnamon, coffe and molasses. In the finish, a hint of bubblegum pops upĀ 

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Photo of lnashsig
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my buddy Brett in FL for sending. We cant get this in TX, and it drives me crazy.

A: Chocolate Brown pour into a dogfish head tulip glass. About 1.5 fingers of head tht quickly dissapated with a little tan lacing

S: Brown sugar, oats, caramel, tobacco, and a hint of nuttiness. I definetely thought of brown sugar oatmeal

T: This has some nice complexity- the oatmeal caries through, it has some really nice caramel nutiness, and just a little bit of musty flavor. Its obvious and impressive that the brewer had in mind a great beer to pair with a great cigar- the tobacco flavors get your palate reved up for a stogie.

M: Nice thickness to this one- medium bodied and consistent all the way down.

D: Highly drinkable, sessionable brown solid ale. Another great creation from the good folks at CCB.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blind beer #5 as part of Blind BIF #3 thanks to mtunnell.

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

pours a murky bud color with an off-white bubbly head that dissipates quickly.

First things to hit the nose are maple, coffee and molasses. Definitely some hints of roasted nuts. As it warms, there is some spice that I can't place...nutmeg? allspice?

The first taste really reminds me of something; I feel like I've definitely had this beer before. Just a light coffee and burnt caramel flavor, followed by a dry roasted nut finish. Possibly a little cinnamon.

Carbonation is light and small, and this is a medium-bodied beer. Definitely some butter/oil finishing on the tongue, but I really enjoy this in the beer.

Overall, insanely drinkable. I feel like I could put this away in seconds since it goes down so easy and leaves such a great little light caramel aftertaste.

Overall, seems like a lightly spiced brown ale and it reminds me of something like Dick's Double Diamond or GD Hibernation.

Time for the reveal...Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale

Wow, definitely have had this beer and love it. I never picked up on the spiciness before, so loved tasting this blind. The beer got better in mind.

To rate to style:


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Photo of robwestcott
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to zimmerbloke for this one.

poured cold from the bottle a murky reddish brown to a dogfish head shaped pint glass with a tan head leaving nice retention.

slightly acidic aroma of dark cherries, followed by nuts and dark sugars as the beer warms a bit.

nice sweet, dark brown, nutty, smoked almonds, coffee and brown sugar.

thicker than the average brown, medium bodied, light carbonation.

drinkable - yep. very.

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Photo of Chaney
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as an extra from Pittsky. Thanks Jesse!

A: Poured a nice healthy, textbook brown color, with about 1.5 finger head that VERY quickly melded into clumps of bubble formations.

S: Brown sugar, oats, caramel, and a hint of nuttiness. It was almost like some sort of breakfast pancake or waffle topping.

T: Not nearly as candy-like on the taste though. Very subdued actually. However, I appreciated the lack of in-your-face brown sugar and it was very smooth indeed. This was a light to medium bodied brew.

M: I was able to take fairly large gulps without wincing and the carbonation was spot on for the style. The lacing was minimal to nill.

D: Highly drinkable for sure, however, this was sort of a let-down. I could have used some smokiness to the flavor just to add some pizzazz. Still, this was solid.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Dark brown with a light brown head that provided some lacing, not much but was there.

S= It smells a little "earthy" you can smell some dark fruits in the beer.

T= Taste a little like the nose a little "earthy" to me and can taste some dark fruits not much but they are there.

M= TO me very smooth.

D= Very low ABV very drinkable not my favorite by Cigar City but a very decent brown ale.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My God I thought I was in a cigar shop, not picking this brew but picking which edition of this particular brew it is to review on this site! I'm sure that there are as many brews to pick as cigars in the Cigar City but best I can do is read the bottle and then guess. Anyways this is a raved Cigar City that I spotted, so lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a great waft of roasted malts and chocolate and.... No I'm done.... I have had it before and sipped it, now as I rate it, for a brown ale, who beats it?

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep mahogany brown with a small 1/2 finger greyish-brown head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with semisweet chocolate, coffee and a faint hint of pineapple from the hops and just a touch of mustiness.

Taste: Roasted malt and dark bread up front followed by caramel, nuts and grains in the middle then a nice hoppy bite at the finish. Aftertaste is burnt toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could knock back a few of these without any trouble.

Overall: This is an excellent American Brown Ale. I'm yet to be disappointed with Cigar City. This is one of the best brown ales I've had. It's typically not one of my favorite styles, but I'll be buying more of this soon.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted some sevral times during a CC demo during petition signing @ TW in Jax for the Tasting Room support ~10/2010.

Appearance is a very dark brown in color with fluffly head and cap.
Smells and tastes as a full bodied brown ale, roasty/toasty malts with some nut hints and some coffee notes.
Mouthfeel is has some extra creamy texture, maybe from the oatmeal?
Enjoyable brown for sure, more on the full body and coffee related style.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$8.99/six pack at Ward's in Gainesville.

A: deep copper color with thin but decent head, nice lacing
S: medium to strong roasted malt, some chocolate undertones
T: well-made beer, roasted malt up front with good hop bitter balance in the finish, I was expecting it to be thinner but it held its own with the average ABV
M: roasted malt and creamy texture
D: easy drinking, very drinkable and, although a bit higher for the style, could easily be a session beer

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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gift from Matt, thanks. Beer is brown and mostly clear with a thin off white head of tiny bubbles that leaves very little lacing on the sides of my Bruery tulip. Carbonation low.

Aroma is strong and a mixture of tobacco, nuts, and roast, interesting.

Beer is medium in body and completely fills the palate. The flavors are strong and forward. Nutty, smoky (but not like a rauch), very flavorful tobacco. Beer has a nice mildly bitter but not distracting finish, very drinkable. I would have more of this for sure.

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Photo of thetomG
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice reddish tint to this brown ale. Thin layer of tan head that leaves some sticky lacing around the glass.

Aroma is somewhat mild - some light hints of baking chocolate and coffee on top of the malty aspect. Flavor is more interesting and robust, but is primarily just more of what you get on the nose (not that this is a bad thing by any means).

It might be a just a tad too light for my ideal brew, but overall the mouthfeel is great.

Glad I got to try this one and am already looking forward to my next one - easily one of the best brown ales I've had.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A remarkable surprise and an excellent beer for cooler weather - it's like a holiday baking session in a bottle.

Pours deep brown with a sticky off white head. The aroma is earthy and spicy with a lot of cinnamon. The flavor is rich and complex, earthy and spicy and herbal, with cinnamon and sage and rosemary and wood. There's even some lovely gingerbread. The mouthfeel is prickly with a rich malt burn down the throat.

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Photo of srhoadsy
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent brew by the guys in Tampa. Start to finish this beer is a treat. Even with a gentle pour it has a slowly building light brown head. Medium carbonation with excellent mouthfeel. Aroma is of caramel, coffee and malt with a slight earthy/floral background. Taste is very malty, bready with a strong hint of coffee. This beer has a fair amount of alcohol flavor and effect for a 5.5 ABV brew, it warms the throat and chest better than many of the so called winter warmers I've tried. Color is a very dark brown with a tint of amber. Any darker and maltier this could be classified as a stout or porter. This beer is also very affordable, as far as craft beers go. All around a very nice beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery brown color with cap of khaki colored head. Scent has a slight charachter of spicy rye before the carmel malts and earthy hops come through. Taste begins with an earthy, muddy flavor, again note of spicy rye, the carmel malts are nice and bready and not too sweet. Fuller side of medium bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel with some eathyness to it. A ver nicely done American brown.

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Photo of beerman207
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks again to Bamadog for the hookup here. Not usually a fan of a Brown Ale but based on my first swig of this, I have a feeling this may change.

A: Dark brown with no real head to speak of

S: Peanut, malt, chocolate, hazlenut, very nutty

T: Chocolate, peanut, some smoke?, wow - this is a brown ale?

M: Easy to drink, Medium carbonation

D: No doubt -this is the best brown ale I've ever had. Great brew from CC

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Photo of sweethome
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from bottle on family trip to The Mouse - purchased at Knightly Beverage on OBT.

Pour is a rich brown color, hazy, unfiltered look. Light tan head. Nose of carmel malts, brown sugar.

Nice big, flavorful entry. Rich carmel malts explode on the palate. Complex maltiness. The Maduro name fits - it is rich, full and worthy of a good cigar. Backing of roast malts, chocolate, roast, and a hint of wood or leather.

The hops seem to add a spicy note.

Well done. Perhaps the best and most complex brown ale I have had in five years+.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-thick dark creamy brown. thin light tan head

S-hardly a scent at all. i'm getting some molasses though. it just smells weak to me. but i have to add, the smell comes out the more you drink it.

T-well at least the taste is stronger. it hits with a thick taste of molasses. it fades in to a good coffee taste that is unfortunately accompanied by a bitter tanginess.

M-medium to light carbonation and slightly creamy

D-well it does go down easily and its not a pain to drink but i'm not going to be ordering another one any time soon

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Photo of whisperjet
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Dark chocolate brown, light amber towards the bottom. A finger of cream colored head that sticks pretty lacy.

s: Large doses of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. A hint of alcohol. Very nice roasted malt that gives the nose a pleasant thickness.

t: Very rich malty flavor with nice alcohol twinge. Chocolaty and sugary with a bitter bite from the coffee.

m: Nicely carbonated to bring out the flavor. Rich and full bodied, coats the mouth well.

d: overall a really nice beer. I think I chose a sub-par bottle because I have had this brew before and was really wowed by it. But, either way it still has a really nice drinkability.

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Photo of 3FaveryRogue
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to kButler for this "extra" in our in-person trade @ D-Day. Glad I had a can of Daisy Cutter to toss his way for this. Been dying to crack this one open.

By style:

[L] Maduro pours a rich brown color into glass. Caramel towards bottom of glass. It appears to be non-clear, with ruby edges, and a gorgeous tan/brown top. Even the slightest swirl kicks up a good amount of foam. Laces the glass well.

[S] Beautiful nose of nuts, oats, caramel, chocolate, creamed coffee. Solid brown aroma. No stale notes either, as I'm not sure how old this is. At least a month in the fridge before this.

[T] Damn delicious beer. Upfront taste of caramel and some malty sweetness. Mid body presents chocolate, coffee and oatmeal, before more oats and coffee on finish. Roasty linger. Hits just about all you could expect for a brown.

[F] Feels pretty watery, but for the amount of flavor packed into such a light bodied beer, I can't complain. Carbonation is perfect. Finishes only a slight bitter.

[D] This beer is the definition of drinkability in the ABA category. Not sugary, nor hoppy. Not boring. Not boozy. Not a palate killer. Not filling. Easy going, and flavorful enough to keep you interested in the nuances over a few bottles. Not sure how this is packaged, but a 6 pack + wouldn't be out of the question. In the same market, this would probably be up there with BBB.

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Maduro Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 2,930 ratings