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 LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/05/2009. Sample from a growler at PPRBSG09. Pours brown with a small head. Aroma of roasted malt and sweet malt. Flavor of light coffee, roasted malt, with a sweet finish. Actually it's a pretty decent brown ale but overall not anything special.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into my Short's Imperial Pint Glass.

A: Clear auburn color, with two full fingers of slightly tannish head. When it receeds, it leaves nice sticky rings of lace.

A: Nice roasty nutty aroma, with a touch of chocolate and coffee. Big bready and chocolaty malts, and some subtle earthy hops.

T: Very nice. Nuts, chocolate, bread, and maybe a slight hint of dried currant. The earthiness is just great in this beer. Finishes smooth.

M: Light to medium body, just a great amount of carbonation. A little tingle at the back of the throat.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is again just superb, with the ABV at 5.5%, I have no problem finishing the 32 oz. growler, and will probably want more. I like the Espresso aged better, but this regular Maduro, IMHO, is better than both the vanilla and coaco versions. Does CCB make a bad beer?? Skal!

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

Big thanks to grub for sharing this growler! Did the regular, espresso, and vanilla side by side.

Pours a clear dark orange/brown, some reddish hints, thin light tan head forms, settles down to a thick ring, good lacing, looks nice. Smell is good, sweet and nutty, some caramel, big biscuity malt profile, brown sugar, light raisin, earthy, touch of roast and lightly fruity. Taste is similar, fruit at first, caramel and honey sweetness, nuts, light grapefruit hoppiness, touch of tropical fruit, earthy, very malty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, super smooth and drinkable. This is a pretty good brown ale, very malty and enjoyable. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap 6/25/09 at Coasters Pub in Melbourne, FL.

This is the third Cigar City beer I've had; the first two being Jai Alai IPA and Bolita Double Brown Ale. Both of which are impressive brews.

This one pours with a translucent mahogany body and a finger's worth of khacki-colored foam that does a decent enough job of clinging to the side of the glass.

Smell is roasty, caramelly with a touch of fruitiness. I'm guessing this beer will have some personality to it.

Oh, yeah, very nice. Well-rounded taste. A bit sweet up front that moves into some balancing bitterness and then ends with a coffee-like finish. I don't think I'd want to mess with this flavor. If all American Browns were this flavorful and well rounded it would be a more popular style. Really nice full mouthfeel on this one, too. This is a solid beer and well worth trying out.

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Photo of ahatcher78
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap 6/20/09 at the New World Brewery in Ybor City, Tampa. Served in a Cigar City Pint glass. Gotta get one of those!

Pours a nice light brown with some amber highlights. Around a fingers worth of head leaving some pretty descent lacing on the glass.

Smells of some nice caramel malts,nuts, and a bit of chocolate. A nice hop hint somewhere in the background.

Tastes of caramel, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. Again a hint of hops just to balance things out.

Nice smooth mouth feel with good carbonation. Maybe a bit thin for my taste.

Drinkability is off the charts. I could kick back with this all day. Very solid brown possibly the best I've had.

Highly recommended

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came as an extra from mcdiddypop, thanks for the chance to try this one. By the way, this mini growler might be the coolest looking bottle of beer I have run in to in quite a long time. Anyway, a rigorous pour produces a lovely dark rosewood colored beer, with large, ample white heading. It almost looked black when I poured, but was proven wrong when placing it under the light. Smell is light and delicate, but opens op more as it warms. Chocolate, caramel, smoke, wood, coffee and oatmeal all end up on the table. Taste has exactly the same elements, with the oatmeal and wood characters coming through the most. The mouthfeel is truly extraordinary. The dark malts along with the oatmeal characters meld perfectly. Hop presence is barely there, but that did not bother me. This is about as smooth a beer as you are going to get. I recommend sipping this one, but I must admit that it is a challenge considering how damn good it is. Right here is another reason why Cigar City are slowly but surely becoming my new favorite brewery. Seriously, get some of their offerings. It is one decision I promise you will not regret. Cheers

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sorry but this is an absolutly wonderful beer. This was my first taste of Cigar City, and I assure you I will be going back for many, many more. Growler was served chilled and poured into a pint glass.

What a wonderful rich pour. Deep dark brown in color with a wonderful tan head on top. Very nice robust look to it, almost a cedar hue to it. The aroma was a big suprise. Rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it. Really huge brown ale here. Smooth, mellow carbonation, rich, creamy profile with each sip having to be savored time, and time again. Lots of rich caramel malts wash across the tongue with the very first sip, and so it begins as the smooth, mellow cocoa notes start to come together and mixed with a light, earthy bitter hoppiness, this was by far the richest taste I could have imagined in a brown ale.

Overall blown away would not be a fair description, more like simply mind numbingly good. I cannot wait to dive into the rest of the lineup!

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Photo of bhalter8
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this while in Tampa, but also brought back a growler. I am forced due to work to stay in, but this growler must be drank, so I am going to do it! Pours a deep dark brown with a thin tan head. A lovely aroma of caramel malt, with hints of chocolate, and nice splash of hops. CCB does an excellent job combining a number of aromas and tastes in their beers, this is no exception. A blend of that sweet malt, both caramel and chocolate comes through in the taste, and just enough hop bitterness at the end to balance the flavor. A much fuller body than many brown ales, in fact, I have not been a big brown ale fan, but this brings a lot more to the table. A bit dense, which I like, but a very enjoyable beer. I wonder if I will ever not like a CCB brew...

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

Had this on tap at Vine and Barley in Port St. Lucie. Dark brown with a nice fluffy head that leaves little lace on the glass. Smell is roasted nuts with hints of vanilla and also a bit of oak. This has a bit of hop bitterness with a creamy smooth taste to it. Overall this is a fine offering and one of the best browns that I have enjoyed.

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Photo of gford217
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of tpd975 shared at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark mahogany with a small off-white head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is really big on this one with tons of caramel malts and nuts. There is a faint hop aroma in the nose and also a good bit of tobacco and chocolate. Big aroma for the style.

The taste follows the aroma with the dominant caramel malt sweetness with lots earthy notes, nuts and tobacco especially come out. Again, only a faint hint of hops leading a fairly dry finish.

The mouthfeel is really smooth with help from the oatmeal and is on the fuller side of things as the style goes. Good carbonation.

This is one of the biggest brown ales I've tasted and the flavor profile is very robust compared to others in the style. I really liked this one.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Underground Bluz in Orlando. Pours a dark brown color with a thin light tan color head. The aroma is sweet malt and hints of chocolate and a touch of hops. The taste starts of very smooth and malty with a good dose of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, the oatmeal helps smooth this one out. Overall, a very tasty Brown that I would definitely purchase again. Great stuff!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sebletitje for this one.

Pours a clear but fairly dark ruby hued brown. Thin yellowish tan head. Flavor is slightly sweet and slightly earthy with chalky cocoa tones. It's nutty and earthy. Feel has a decent carbonation and fairly thicker bodied liquid. I wouldn't call this the most interesting brown ale ever, but it still is pretty nice.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured in to a tulip glass at the lost kangaroo

pours a dark brown with some ruby coming through ( i got no head from the bartender)

great sweet smell. reminds me of optimator.

big full flavor tastes woody, malty and finishes pretty dry

great beer for my first cigar city beer. easy drinking but very complex.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16 oz pint at Redlight Redlight here in Orlando.

Pours a very nice golden brown color. It almost looks like maple syrup. A good 2 finger tan head tops the beer, not much in the way of lacing however.

Smell is Chocolate, slight oat smoothness, and that quite inviting maple syrup that was hinted at by the color. There is a very mild hop aroma as well.

Taste is maple syrup, oats, loads of chocolate, and just a hint of brown sugar. A mild hop flavor rounds this one out quite nicely.

Overall, the beer goes down like how I would expect a brown ale should. Not too strong, not anything to scoff at either. At 5.5% Abv (from what I understand) this is definitely one of my new favorites. Not only that, but it's local, which makes it even better!

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours rich ruby brown with a soft creamy head that sticks all over the side of the glass.

Aroma is roasted malts, cedar wood, perhaps a bit of dark chocolate.

Taste is woodsy and malty. Very robust.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink.

Drinkability is fantastic.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, just a hint of light shining through the bottom of the glass. The beer was served to me with about a finger of tan head that floated on top of the drink for quite a while and provided excellent lacing.

Smell is sweet, malty and delicious. I can't wait to take the first sip of this one.

Taste is great. Has the smoothness of a brown ale, a little bit of the oatmeal sweetness and a very nice finish.

The oatmeal really mellows this brew out, nicely carbonated.

Very drinkable brown ale. I followed up the first one with two more.

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Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice deep nutty brown hue. Nice tall cream colored head that rises and holds pretty good retention. Slight lace noted.

S: Nice sweet aromas waft from the glass. Lots of sweet malt, notes of brown sugar and gooey toffee. Subtle notes of maple.

T: Solid brown ale. Nice sweet malt base. Gooey nutty toffee with a nice blast of darkened brown sugar. Hints of maple, and a nice dose of hops in the finish. Not the most extreme of CCB offering but its not supposed to be.

M: Medium in body wonderful carbonation on draft. Oatmeal makes it very smooth almost slick.

D: Damn drinkable with tons of flavor packed into 5.5 ABV. I pounded it all day during the Ybor beer fest.

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Photo of Tettonka
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this poured for me at the brewery while still in the fermentor. Was an awesome experience especially to have it taste so wonderful even at 68 degrees. Its natural carbonation tickles the nose with a slight biscuity aroma. Color was that of a dark candy orange. Palate was very malty with I will be damned a peanut aftertaste. Cant wait to try it when its ready to be served.

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Maduro Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,793 ratings