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 gbiello
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit darker than most brown ales. Looks closer to a porter. Rich malty aroma with strong molasses notes. Flavor is definitely weaker than than the nose promises. A little thin in taste and mouth-feel.

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Photo of Gemini6
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JDoHo
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikecd234
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amb3do
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 4/3/2018. Pours slightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, milk chocolate, cocoa, toffee, brown sugar, toasted oats, nuttiness, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, milk chocolate, cocoa, toffee, brown sugar, toasted oats, nuttiness, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, milk chocolate, cocoa, toffee, brown sugar, toasted oats, nuttiness, dark/brown bread, light coffee/smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 5.5%. Overall this is a delicious English brown ale! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the minimally bitter/drying finish. Very rich with a nice sized body for the modest ABV. Very well rounded brown ale malt complexity; with restrained fruity yeast and mild earthy hop balance. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of leantom
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. It's very hard to make a brown ale that makes me go "WOW", but this one was pretty close. Here goes:

A: Best thing about the beer. Pours a relatively clear brown with a massive head. Also leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Good, but somewhat of a home-brew quality. Can smell chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Again, good, but nothing overwhelming.

T: Follows the nose. Lots of brown sugar sweetness and caramel. Faint hints of tobacco and earthy soil. Good.

F: Good. Nice and crisp.

O: A good beer. Would have again.

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Photo of stucat
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gorgeous clear dark ruby-brown body with a fizzy light tan head. The nose has both milk and dark chocolate, caramel, tobacco (possibly just its name's effect on me...), coffee. Good mix of bitter and sweet. The flavor is derivative of this combination, but still offers good rich flavors. It's firmly more sweet than bitter, which is fine by me. The body is medium, the carbonation a bit too enthusiastic.
Mmmm, i love browns and their rich, moody flavors without the heaviness of a porter or stout. This one offered exactly that, with an extra touch of sweetness to make it extra-palatable. Goes well with cigars, too.

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Photo of mkh012
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with no head.

Nose and taste are coffee, roasted malt, and nuttiness. Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Easy drinking.

Overall, a solid coffee brown ale. Nothing crazy but good. Mouthfeel could be fuller.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 2/13/18; drank 4/4/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; frothy lace.

Acorn, cream & faint citrus notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Brown sugar, cream & faint citrus flavors.

Spicy & hoppy; not what I'm looking for in a brown ale. Drinkable but not one I'll ever drink again.

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Photo of Djburger56
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bendukes86
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maduro seems to have a lot to live up to, and if it's appearance is any indication of how good it is, we're off to a great start. The clean and deep espresso brown body flaunts shimmers of crimson and hazelnut, and wears a proud crown of lightly tanned foam. Once settled, it forms into a crescent moon over half the surface, with mounds scattered across. Sadly, it doesn't leave one spec on the side of my glass.

As advertised, notes of coffee and toffee emerge through the liquid below. More importantly for me, a wonderful element of toasted unspecified nuts, and light traces of chocolate are first and foremost. It finishes with light bursts of vanilla, and hints of an iron/metallic aroma.

One sip, and I'm convinced. This is delicious. Again dominated by roasted nuts. Walnut more specifically this time, but salted and drizzled with caramel and chocolate then toasted in the oven. Only the faintest hint of that metallic aroma comes through in the flavor, but seems more to me as if it's taken form of peanut skins, and a light roast coffee is present from beginning to end.

Smooth and creamy doesn't often describe a brown ale, but it does for Maduro. Balanced, perhaps a tad sweet but plays well off the roasted character. A decent amount of medium carbonation helps both it's creamy start and bubbly and slightly dry finish.

Maduro is one of the finest brown ales I have ever had, and I'll stand by that claim. Bold, complex, and delicious enough to savor, yet I know I wouldn't have a hard time killing off quite a few in one outing. Wonderful brew. Cheers.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste; chocolate, malts brown sugar, nutty, semi sweet toasted coffee/toffee notes. cocoa and roasted malt nose. Brown hue, mostly clear, tan head with delicate lace. Medium body. Paired well with wings. 20 IBUs

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4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale

A: A vestige of styles unfortunately largely passed by, one of the last brown ales in a major brewery's year-round lineup, Maduro, pours a very dark brown, slightly darker than cola, though it is perfectly clear (where one can see through its depths). A sandy head towers forth on a mild pour, though it is not the densest stacking of bubbles around; retention is excellent, and lacing also impresses, though there is still room for improvement there. The color is just a bit too dark for the style. 3.75/5

A: Classic brown ale aromas are amped up a little in Maduro. Nuttiness (hazelnut and walnut, plus some more assorted varieties), chocolate, and cocoa lead the way. Cola nut, coffee with cream and sugar (oats, probably), and some earthiness follow up, but hopping appears to be quite low. Caramel, toffee, Bit-O-Honey, and roasted sugars round the profile out. Cigar City does not stray far from the classic English-style with this stand-by, but it does seem to be a little higher in coffee and chocolate sweetness than is standard. 4/5

T: Nuttiness is still the primary and most appropriate descriptor, and it is even more dominant here than in the aroma, which is actually more in line with the style guidelines. Walnut, peanut, and hazelnut are most obvious, but carob, cacao, almond, and cola are all present (in raw nut form, not in their more familiar processed form). Bit-O-Honey and caramel are dimished in comparison to the nose, and toffee is nowhere to be found. Light roast Central American coffee with ample cream and sugar is there if one looks. Breadiness and a bit of fruity English yeast (berries?) finish things up nicely along with the barest hint of earthy hops. Again, fairly on point for the style, but more caramel and toffee would help in that vein. 4/5

M: Though Maduro has little in the way of hop flavor, the balancing of the bittering hops is obvious in just how dry it is on the palate and how quickly that dryness takes hold. Do not misunderstand: there is not much bitterness, either, but the beer itself just finishes very dryly. Until that point, there is a lovely silkiness. Viscosity is in the mild-moderate range with slight creaminess from the oats, and carbonation is soft and on the low end. Alcohol is completely hidden. Cigar City has mouthfeel nailed down on most of their beers, and Maduro is no exception. 4.75/5

O: As mentioned in the Appearance section, brown ales have largely fallen out of fashion as of late, especially English ones not named, "Newcastle," filled with colorings and flavorings. This is a real shame, as they are not boring in the slightest as their reputation suggests and could likely reach a wide audience given the chance. This, along with Irish red ales, bitters, milds, schwarzbiers, and the noble Maerzen are excellent transitional beers for those seasonal drinkers out there: brown ales accompany winter into spring and fall into winter better than most styles, though they are generally light enough to be enjoyed at any time. It is nice to see this still in Cigar City's year-round stable, and it is more than deserving. It does not tread any new ground and is not a perfect entry into the style, but it is a tasty beer that is now, ironically, different than most other beers on any American shelf. Pair with glassjaw's resurgence, "Material Control," which, though somewhat better than this beer, is still (thankfully) plugging away at that now-outdated style of post-hardcore that they helped make famous. 3.75/5

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Seidel mug. Canned February 19th, 2018.

L: Deep dark brown, half finger beige head fades quickly.

S: Coffee, chocolate and toffee. Semi-sweet aroma. Nice.

T: Flavor is sharp coffee which mellows into chocolate and a nutty toffee. Nice.

F: Crisp, Medium bodied, lingering toffee.

O: Pretty good Brown.

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

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thang is solid like your morning business after a night of too much Del Taco. Deep dark hue like I'm looking into the heart of my baby mama soul, with lush, rich chocolate and coffee in the aroma that makes a playa scream for daze.Taste is like the devil himself brewed this beverage in all his fiendish ways. It's almost too rich, it's almost too lush, but nah, I got this. And handle this Raul does well and good!


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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cigar City Brewing Co. "Maduro Brown Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED 11/06/17 CHEERS 27 1-4 8871" and sampled on 03/02/18
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well this is not my first Maduro Brown Ale, I've had it on tap at the brewery,and many other times while in Tampa, FL. However my review seems to be missing so here goes... very dark mahogany brown body with orange-brown highlights and a ruby sheen when held to the light. Full head of densely creamy tan foam. The aroma suggests medium and dark caramel, soft milk chocolate, and some darker chocolate. That pretty much follows in the flavor although there's also some nuttiness and a bit of toffee. It's also much more chocolatey than the aroma suggests it might be. It's backed by a moderate bitterness and it's sweetish but not "sweet". Some underlying yeasty fruitiness comes out as it warms a bit with perhaps some apple and light pear, and some grassy and gently leafy hops appear in the finish. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and gently crisp then smooth with a moderate carbonation level. Overall it's quite nice.

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

Photo of jgarvis
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maduro Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,844 ratings