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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
616
Ratings:
1,984
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
20.81%
 
 
Wants:
170
Gots:
282
For Trade:
7
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Reviews: 616 | Ratings: 1,984
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From DeCicco's. Had it on 10.2.10

Pours deep dark brown with some nice creamy light tan foam. Decent lace with some good retention.

Plenty of nuttiness and very subtly roasted malt in the nose. Some more toastier notes in the taste, some more darker malt flavor with a very slight bitter edginess balancing with malty, tiny cocoa powderish sweetness, seems like it lost a bit of carb from the growler but still a huge creamy milky mouthfeel for a beer of this abv. Nice beer with some solid flavors but drinks a bit heavier than it should. Filling.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle

Pours a rich mahogany brown with a medium tan head with good lacing an retention.

Aroma is OK with dark fruits predominating. There is a pungent roastiness as well.

Taste is where this beer excels. Not as sweet as some browns, with a subtle sourness in the midtaste that morphs into a hoppy, smoky bitterness. The smoke flavor hangs in there in the finish. If you like smoky brews, and I do, this is a very fine brown. But it seems to me more in the style of a very smooth dry stout.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little sticky.

Very drinkable. The bitter smoky finish adds an intriguing quality to this brown. I was surprised to find this brew in a attractively priced six-pack. I will be keep in these in the fridge for as long as they are available.

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Photo of 7ways
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- I literally turned the bottle upside down and the coffee creme head rose to less than a centimeter. The head gives way to a super oily coating. Nice rusty brown color and fair lace.

S- Bitter chocolate, light smoke, very little hops, and wet dog. Not very intense or complex, but still pretty nice.

T- Smooth bitterness, the hops come off as coffee-like in that respect. Faded chocolate and butterscotch, nuts on the front and dare I say tobacco on the finish.

M- Not even a little impressed here, really detracts from the experience. Lack of head = lack of body. Very thin, just enough bubbles to get away with calling it carbonated. Over attenuation?

D- Despite the average marks, sessionability is high if I'm not in a gourmet mood.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass, this brown ale pours a dark brown with little redish orange highlights. The two inch head has no problem leaving some nice lacing.

S: The nose contains hints of nut, oatmeal, chocolate. Surprisingly this brew is dominate chocolate with nut highlights.

T: Finally, a brown ale that isn't watered down, is complex, and overall is rich and satisfying. Chocolate dominate, with hazel nut highlights backed up by toffee and some oatmeal.

MF: Mouthfeel is a little light, but is smooth and what to be expected of a brown.

D: Drink is excellent. This is the right beer at the right ABV.

Overall, I first tried this brew about a month ago at a brewfest. Maduro is tied with Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale as my absolute favorite brown. Seriously, this brew almost takes the cake.

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Photo of babaracas
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish dark brown with a dense two fingers of cream colored foam, fades to a thin layer leaving blobs of lace behind. Smell: mild roast, nutty, bakers chocolate, hopping is earthy and orange citrus. Taste: high cocoa chocolate with nuts, fades to toffee and mild roast, earthy, big oat presence in the finish. Medium bodied, drying finish with a bonus oatmeally coating. CCB held back on the abv for once but not on the big flavors.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly clear brown with a tan head and leaving some lacing.

Smell of brown malt, some citrus hop presence , roasted coffee, some biscuit and caramel.

Taste very similar to the aroma, Coffee flavors off the bat mixed with brown roasted malts, some light caramel and a bit of dry burnt oatmeal flavor. This is a very good brown, the oatmeal lends a porter esque quality that I like and I usually do not like oatmeal porters. Nice and smooth, easy to drink and light carbonation. This is a great beer at 5.5% with a medium to light mouthfeel and I would drink it regularly if I could get it in bottles. Very fresh tasting as well out of the growler, looking forward to more brown ales soon with the fall upon us.

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Photo of Thur123
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a reddish brown with a very slight amount of white/tan head. The carbonation seems sparse, almost nonexistent. The smell is light and creamy, from the oatmeal I imagine. There is also a smell of roasted bread crust through the malt blend.

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The flavor is much bolder than the smell. The body is smooth and soft with a sweet and toasty malt blend of multigrain bread and chocolate. Something like a mild jam flavor comes in towards the end as well. Over all this is a very tasty and drinkable brown ale that only benefits from its oatmeal IMO. The oatmeal and malt linger on the tongue. I wish this was kegged and more available in GA.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. Dark brown, near black, very porter like.

Roasted coffee predominates, with cocoa as well as a rich roastiness.

Rich roastiness, like fresh coffee, giving me the impression that CCB roasts very close to brewing, intensifying the flavors. The roasty complexity is ridiculously good, especially for a Brown Ale. A slight note of fruits through the finish.

Medium-high carbonation and a very nice and enjoyable drinkability. If it became more available in Jacksonville, would become a nice standard for a sessionable.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brown looks a lot like a porter in the glass, a very dark cocoa brown in the body and a reddish brown around the edges with a nice creamy tan head that leaves thick oily lacing in it's wake.

The aroma runs the gamut from dark toasted malts, cocoa, dark caramel and fresh brewed coffee.

The flavor has a deep rich toasted brown malt, somewhat dark roasted in character as well. Muted bitter chocolate, with a streak of sweet milk chocolate, runs through the flavor with a caramel coffee tone as well. Earthy somwhat spicey hops come through in the end with a somewhat dry and nicely bitter finish. Warming brings out unexpected complexity and new flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and creamy and moderately carbonated.

An excellent brown ale, unique in character with it's deep roasty character.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this from DeCicco's recently. I love most CCB beers, so I've been looking out for this one. Consumed out of my Maudite tulip.

A- Dark dark brown, one of the darker brown ales I've seen. Pretty much can't see through it. Light tan/khahki head, several fingers worth with good lacing.

S- Smells nutty, with a slight smokiness to it. I get a little malt coming through too, and a little metally touch.

T- Nice and creamy brown ale. Very nuty and malty. Not terribly complex, but good.

M- Again, smooth and creamy but nothing crazy. Nice malty aftertaste, but a little uninteresting.

D-Good and balanced. An easy drinking beer, good for a session beer.

A good brown ale from CCB. I could see how this could be a good base for many of their more complex Maduro's, but this one is a little basic. A decent beer, but not something I'd seek out necessarily.

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Photo of rmolledo
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very Dark and Hazy Reddish Brown with a small tan head and great lacing.

S: Sweet Dark Roasty and chocolaty grains. some hops.

T: Dark Tootsie Roll like Chocolate character along with dark fruits and sweet maduro-esque cigar qualities. subtle hop and oat flavors.

MF: The slick oatmeal goodness hits right away. Nice and creamy. moderate carbonation. Sweet finish.

D: A great brown ale. Not as wonderful as their Cubano Espresso Maduro Oatmeal Brown, but still great. So glad this is in bottles now.

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Photo of treyrab
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Going out of state is great because you get to try breweries that never make it to your homestate. Prime example was going to NYC to have some Cigar City that doesn't distribute to Western PA. First beer of the night at Rattle n Hum.

A: Poured cold into a nice big glass stein. I was surprised at how dark this was. Very, very brown with a nice, extremely creamy tan head. The head lasts quite a while and laces nicely (most likely from the oats).

S: Very roasty. But the roast is coupled by a nice sweetness or brown sugar and marshmallows. Some great chocolate and cocoa as well (both bitter and sweet).

T: All of the flavors in the scent come through in taste. The beer is nice and bitter for a brown ale from the roast, but is also sweet and creamy. The two attributes blend together gracefully for a fantastic brown ale. Creamy, roasty, sweet. Top notch.

Overall, this is one of the better brown ales I have had. It does not lack in flavor, and was clean as a whistle.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Decicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours quite dark brown, cant see through it, medium mocha head, goes to a tiny bubble film , collar and ample larger bits of lace. Complex nose featuring some smoke, chocolate, and roasted malts. Full flavor brown, flavors mimic the nose, nice and roasty, with plenty of chocolate and nutty goodness. Super smooth on the tongue. High quality brown, fresh tasting and well worth trying. More quality brew from CCB, keep em' coming to the NY area!

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark creamy Brown color.

S- Oatmeal and caramel notes.

T- Oatmeal and caramel and chocolate notes all around.

M- Very creamy and smooth like the milk mash left over from eating a bowl of oatmeal.

D- This is my first Cigar City. Pretty tasty. Need more. Try some.

Cheers..

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge brown ale fan, but this was quite nice. Pours a nice dark brown with a thin head that settles to a ring. Smells of tobacco and earth, and roasted peppers. These aromas work unusually well with the dry maltiness of a brown ale. More earthy and tobacco notes in the taste, but here they are mild and combine with a creaminess that tempers everything and provides some balance. A bit light in the mouth, but the lively flavors compensate for this. Quite interesting and nicely drinkable. A great brewery!

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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler. Courtesy of McDiddyPop on BA. Pours a nice brown color with the slightest tinge of red to it. Great foamy tan head. The aroma is great with notes of dark malt, subtle sweetness, cocoa, and some nutty smell I can't put my finger on. The taste follows the aroma as in the first flavor is the roasted malt balanced with some sweetness. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy lighter brown color with a tan creamy bubbly head.

S-lots of ashy aromas, notes of espresso and milk chocolate with a touch of toffee underneath.

T-the taste is a little water, milk chocolate, notes of coffee, light herbal tea leaf presence in the back.

M-thin, smooth, and creamy, moderate carbonation.

D-good flavors that work well together, soft feel, a little thin. decent beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Canal St in Reading.

Pours a clear, dark amber brown with a large frothy tan head that has weak retention and leaves a few streaks of dry lacing. Aroma is dominated by dry oatty and nutty notes with very little sweetness or malt presence. Flavor is a slightly more interesting blend of a rich caramel malty body with strong smooth nuttiness. Mouthfeel is very thick, smooth and chewy like an oatmeal stout with strong, fine carbonation. Finish is dry and oatty with a slight bittersweet pinch. A nice brown but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of bierguru
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown color with a tan head that hangs with the beer pretty well

S - strong smell of oats and maybe some carmel

T - oatmeal taste is very promounced slight nutty flavor and sweetness from carmel

M - mild carbonation foam taste from the head

D - rich and flaovr kind of sweet but a very good drinkable beer

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of my sample lineup at the brewery. Wish I could have stayed longer...

Poured a dark chestnut, with a thin tan head. Looks a great deal like a porter.

Nose is smoky, with notes of chocolate and caramel.

Like a mild stout, this brew encorporates the usual suspects of chocolate, roasted coffee beans and caramel, with a promintent roasted malt character. A good hoppy bitterness to the finish.

Medium-bodied, perhaps on the thinner side. Really reminds me of a mild porter, quite easy to drink. Like a thinner-bodied stout.

A great American brown ale, a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass, nice deep brown color. decent head with decent lacing. all and all pretty good.

nose is pretty earthy with some chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, caramel. pretty nice.

taste has a big coffee/dark chocolate flavor throughout touch of sweetness in the end. , somewhat creamy as well. not at all acrid. a slight amount of bitterness rounds out this beer. probably the best american brown ale i've ever had.

mouthfeel is medium bodied but has a nice creaminess from the oats. it's really easy to drink, probably the best session beer i've ever had.

best american brown i've ever had, it's worth seeking out for sure. flavorful, sessionable, overall a joy to drink.

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Photo of Amalak
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had at d.b.a. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- It has a nice reddish brown color. Deep. It hasa nice head that leaves a good amount of lacing.
S- Nice mix of caramel and fruitiness.
T- It's very carbonated and has a very nice sourish aftertaste. Bubbly and nutty. I would say that this is a prototype oatmeal ale.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Quite pleased to have had a healthy UK pint of this at Prohibition Taproom in Philly.

Dark and dirty, topped with dense, creamy, off-tan head.

Bitter, roasted, dark coffee thing going on with the aroma - all fairly potent and nicely balanced. It didn't have to beg to be drunk.

Exceptional flavor profile. Strong bitter up front and in charge, but also an awesome rich cocoa/milk chocolate foundation. Decadent.

Had the feel of a robust porter with a tiny shot of chocolate milk/Irish cream. I maybe would've toned down the bitter just a hair. Love the fact that the ABV is low and almost undetectable. Easily could've downed a handful in one sitting, and probably should've.

Great brew. But, boys, you must change some things about that website. Like, all of it.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At Tria in Philadelphia. Poured reddish brown into a pint glass, with one finger of beige head, and good lacing. Very sweet sugary aroma, not allowing me to discern much individually; simply very sweet brown sugar. Luckily the flavor was more robust and varied, with brown sugar, cinnamon, dark chocolate, and roast malt all coming through. Thick, non-carbonated mouthfeel, with only a slight hint of spritz. A little too thick to session, but a tasty brown ale nonetheless.

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Photo of jsanford
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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