Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

BA SCORE
88
very good
719 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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:
719
Ratings:
2,670
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.91%
 
 
Wants:
184
Gots:
504
For Trade:
21
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 719 | Ratings: 2,670
Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Pours a brownish-mahogany with a slightly hazy clarity. A quarter inch, cream-colored, bubbly head disperses into a thin skim and a sudsy mass. Nose is malty, spicy and slightly medicinal - there's also perhaps a trace of burnt sugar and anise. Taste expresses dried dark fruit (figs/prunes), oatmeal cookie and anise. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation that falls just short of crisp and a slightly dry finish. All and all, a decent, nuanced brown with quite a bit of flavor, particularly given the relatively low abv.

 570 characters

Photo of Franz4
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle w/o freshness info obtained through a long journey of a friend of a friend last week. Thanks to all the anonymous beer mules out there!

A- pours dark brown with a ruby tint to it. Head is a thin cap of beige bubbles.

S- Bready with very subtle notes of chocolate and oats

T- Grainy bread, oatmeal flavor is dominant, aftertaste is more dark chocolate and nougat. A hint of smokiness makes the marketing on the bottle appear to be true, this probably would go great with a cigar.

M- Thin and light going down, but it hangs around on the tongue for some time.

D- Very drinkable and a nice brew. My first from CC, and it didn't disappoint. Pleasant enough to be a great all-round brew.

 700 characters

Photo of uustal
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a light brown head. A little lacking for the style. Roasted coffee in the nose. Also hints of chocolate. Big roasted flavor. The coffee stands out. A little chocolate sweetness, a hint of nuttiness and oats round out the flavor. This was is all about the roastyness, but a very flavorful brown ale.

 322 characters

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

Thanks to Haver for this.
Pours out an ice tea color to darker amber unfiltered with a full finger of slightly brown suds.
Smell is coffee and smoked nuts. Mild charred malts and sugar caramel are up front.
Taste is sweet caramel and raisin with a smokey coffee coming in at the end.
Mouthfeel is just a bit sticky but the bitterness hangs around just enough for the next drink invite.
Drinkability is great. Too bad this is a one time thing.

 442 characters

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maduro Brown Ale has a translucent, brown colored body with ruby highlights. The tan head is huge and creamy looking, it fairly floats of top of the beer as it lays down lacing and showcases excellent retention.

The aroma is rich and malty, with a hint of both hops and nuttiness.

When I open a brown ale, I'm looking for a malt fix, and Maduro supplies that. Caramel and toffee along with a dark bread lead off, revealing both depth and richness. Next an earthy hop flavors comes through, but just a little bit. Some nutty flavors are underneath. For the most part this one is all malt, and I liked that.

Full bodied for the style, fairly creamy.

I like this one a lot. I think it is the best beer that I have tried from Cigar City at this point.

 751 characters

Photo of weatherdog
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. botle poured into a 3 Floyds tulip shaped pint glass

It pours a cola colored brown with a 2 fingered bubbly tan head. Retention is medium with no lacing and a small layer of bubbles after everything settles down.

A medium roast of coffee is present in the nose, some back end sweetness. The nose is very inviting but the roast level is boarding on over the top for a brown ale.

The taste follows through with the coffee but not with as force. I'm getting just a little bit of oxidized malt character too which knocks it down a notch. A touch of bitterness balances the malt perfectly. A really nice brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium with some slickness from the oats. Carbonation is medium low. Drinkability is decent but the fullness prevents it from being higher. Overall a great coffee forward brown ale.

 815 characters

Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent brown ale with an incredibly creamy feel. It's a slightly reddish shade of brown with a creamy light tan head. The liquid appears thick and murky. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. For a 5.5% abv beer, Maduro has a very rich, full feel. The aroma is maple syrup, walnuts, earth, caramel and a hint of lime. The beer is relatively sweet with a lightly bitter roast finish. This seems a bit like a cross between a brown ale and a porter with that roasty note, but it's a delicious beer and a pleasure to drink.

 538 characters

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

In a Cigar City snifter the beer was a dark brown color with some red highlights. It had a thin tan head.
Caramel/roasted malt aroma. Earthy, a bit reminiscent of tobacco.
Nice taste. Caramel, a bit of milk chocolate, that earthy tobacco hint. Late herbal hops.
A nice rich beer.
Very drinkable.

 295 characters

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A one finger light brown cream bubbles head. Body is a good dark brown with some cloudy character. Head manages to fall slowly while keeping the head together. Nice color of brown going to a simple cherry red also.

Bouquet is a malty roast but also some small cream. Slight heat and a dryness to some extent also. Some earthen dirt/soil smells as well.

Interesting taste. Sweet moves to a mild sour astringecy taste and milk creamer more like sweetened condensed milk. A slight bit of pricklyness on the tongue but not a sense of gas carbonation. Husky dry quality taste with milk cream like sensation, kind of interesting.

Pretty solid good brew all around.

 705 characters

Photo of WrathsU
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been on a CCB binge lately and grabbing everything I can try and have yet to be disappointed. Out of the ones I have tried this is my least favorite so far but it is still purty good.

A - Pours a nice dark brown that reminds me of a deep mahogany wood. The head retention is nice and lasts for a minute or so, not much lacing but I don't find that problematic.

S - It smells very earthy and grainy. Think Shipyard Export smelly. I find it appealing myself.

T - The taste is similar to the smell. I can taste a bit of caramel on the tip of my tongue and grains around the rest of my mouth. Not much bitterness or hops taste to me.

M - Being a 5.5% beer it doesn't pack a huge punch but it's there. It feels good.

D - I could drink these with ease but there are better session beers out there.

 803 characters

Photo of argock
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a stemmed glass wine goblet. No freshness date. Single purchased at Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL) for $2.29.

A: Woody brown with short cap of off-white head and a few lace formations down the glass.

S: A very malty, lightly sour grain aroma, mild bittersweet chocolate, and herbal, earthy hops.

T: Very malty with stronger chocolate notes in the flavor and earthy hoppiness which is medium strength. Finish is lightly sour, right on target for the style.

M: Smooth with medium carbonation and light dryness in the finish.

D: A really nice representation of the style, solid and drinkable, but not a wavemaker.

 650 characters

Photo of Dubbercody
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz bottle at Knightly Spirits on my Disney vacation.

Poured into the closest thing to a beer glass the resort had. Nice brown color that has a nice tan effervescent head that quickly dissipated back into the beer. Some roast in nose picked up, but I think my sniffer is shot after a day at the park. Mouthfeel is effervescent and the taste is nutty with a chocolate bitter kick. Aftertaste of keeps up the nice bitter chocolate and has a lasting flavor. Nice beer, glad I didn't pass it by.

Excellent after the park drink I must say.

 551 characters

Photo of mwilbur
2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From tasting notes from 1/24/11 (picked it up on vacation in Tampa). Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a medium brown with faint tan head. As expected for style.
S: Roasted and caramel malt, hint of smoke (and tobacco?). The smoke is more like cigarette smoke than wood smoke.
T: Sharp woody malt, bitter smoke. Not too good here.
M: Bland with bitterness. Bleh.
D: I enjoy this style and this is not good. I have been both wowed and disappointed by CCB...I am disappointed again. To be honest, couldn't even finish the 12 oz. You need a good cigar with this one...to overpower it and make it palatable.

 620 characters

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

I've had this on bottle and on-tap, at the brewery and elsewhere.

A - Deep dark brown with a thick dark tan head. Hold it up to the light and it glows with a deep red. Beautiful.

S - Amazing. Strong roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and surprisingly some hops. There is also a tiny bit of booze in there. This is one of the best aspects of this beer. It is fantastic.

T - Just like the smell and very smooth. The bitterness is perfect and the roasted flavor fills your entire mouth. Its like eating a thick piece of dark chocolate.

M - Thick and creamy. The oatmeal is at work here. This brew has a very full body. The chocolate milk of beers.

D - I could drink this all day, and it goes good with just about any food. As far as I'm concerned, this is the best session-able dark beer out there (that I have had so far).

Drink this beer. On tap, bottle, growler, whatever. Its worth it. This beer is amazing.

 913 characters

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

Deep brown with red highlights. Tan head that looked good. Overall, nice looking beer.

Aroma is malty, with chocolate, carame, and raisins in there. Not a lot going on with hop aroma.

Most of the flavor action here is in the malt bill and it's nice and complex. Just enough hop bitterness for a little balance. Nice, extremely smooth drinking beer.

Smooth on the tongue. Full bodied but not heavy. One of the better regular strength beers I've had in a while.

 462 characters

Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a buddy back from FL. Thx Jim!

Beautiful beer, witha light tan head that pops up and sticks. Smells of chocalte and sweet brown malts. Taste is sweet with just a tiny bit of balancing bitter. Would like a little more bitterness. Overall very enjoyable!

 265 characters

Photo of claspada
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of toasted malts and milk chocolate. Light hops are in the background but quite faint. Getting a decent amount of vanilla in there as well. Quite inviting...

The tastes are malty, toasted and smooth. Slightly bready, chocolaty with some more vanilla and sweet toffee notes. The oatmeal really helps/adds a smooth full texture to this perfectly balanced brown ale.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a light effervescence. A nicely balanced dark chocolate with roasted malt aftertaste pleasantly lingers. A really well-rounded brew.

Overall this is the best sessionable brown ale on the planet in my opinion. Definitely highly recommended and worth seeking out.

 680 characters

Photo of Reaper16
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip

Pours, well, pretty brown. It looks like the color of buckeyes, as in the mascot for THE Ohio State University. Reddish in the very center of the body. A nice finger and a half of beige head forms, but the lacing is pretty inadequate.

I'm struck immediately by how much fruit is in the nose. It isn't the dominant aroma or anything, but there is a not-insignificant fruitiness. It's coming from two elements: a bit of plum & apple from the yeast and some tropical citrus from the lupulin. Those hops don't really assert themselves outside of the citrus. The majority of the beer smells familiarly in Brown Ale territory. Toasted bread crusts, a dusting of cocoa powder, pumpernickel bread. I want to say there's some faint tobacco here too, but that could just be the name of the beer name & brewery name playing tricks on me.

Very bready on the palate. The oats are certainly there. There are just enough dark fruit esters to make this a really interesting food play. Ghosts of Cocoa Puffs (that I can write that phrase with complete sincerity is so awesome). The finish is EXACTLY like the the taste of toasted English muffins w/ peanut butter (a breakfast item I'm damn familiar with). This is nice stuff; it's hard to get me to say that about Brown Ales.

Oh, yeah. Maduro brings the kind of mouthfeel that only flaked oats can deliver. The mouthfeel is up into robust porter territory; creamy & thick. Soft carbonation, though perhaps too fizzy. As far as drinkability is concerned, this is a winner. The ABV% is only 5.5 (for this much flavor!) and the beer can go strong throughout a meal and into some desserts and even into the post-dessert cigar.

Admittedly, I'm not much of a Brown Ale guy. I've enjoyed more Brown Ales in the past six months than I ever have, so perhaps I'm coming around on the style (or, more likely, the Brown Ales from Terrapin, Good People, Sierra Nevada and Surly are just way better than the average beer of the style). Add this offering from Cigar City to that list. Unique, tasty; Cigar City is impressing me so far.

 2,091 characters

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Pours a very deep brown with two fingers of light mocha coloured head. Retention and lacing are both good. The scent is a veritable bouquet of rich, roasty malts, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, nuts, and earthy hops. A great smelling brown ale. The taste is also very good - it almost has more in common with a porter than a brown ale tastewise. The roasty malts and semi-sweet chocolates come in first, then a hint of the coffee flavors come in along with the earthy hops. It's really a great tasting beer.

The mouthfeel does feel a little thin for the taste - that's probably what separates it from a porter, however. The slightly thinner taste also works well for Cigar City's gimmick of adding extra things to this formula. It's incredibly drinkable for the amount of flavor packed in here. It's just a great beer by a great brewery, and highly recommended.

 906 characters

Photo of Schreibeers
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a nice healthy head. Beer is redish, brown color. Great looking brown ale.

S: Strongest part of this beer, smells of roasted malts, almost as if you are there in the brew house, really balanced as well with some light caramel notes, mild hoppiness, and sweetness

T: After the smell, a slight disappointment, but still good. The maltiness, sweetness, and slight bitterness all greet you at first, but the beer falls a little thin in the middle. Comes back through stronger in the end as it warms, but lacks that solid back bone I look for in a brown ale.

M: Feels a little light. Good for drinking several, but I want a little more substance if I am going to only have one.

D: Very good. There is enough happening to keep me interested, but lacks the complexity needed to make this a really great brew.

I will pick this up again as it is a solid beer that I see going very well with some food.

 911 characters

Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks DmanGTR

A: Bottle foamed out a little bit when I opened it. It is a murky red brown in the glass with fluffy tan head that dissipates to a thin layer.

S: Malty with a bread and syrup thing going on. A touch of raisons and flour. Nice.

T: A beautiful blend of roasted grains and bready goodness. Malty with a touch of dark chocolate, and a slight fruitiness in the finish. Very well put together.

M: Light to medium in body, carbonation is a touch high. There is a creaminess to this that I really enjoy.

D: This is a beer that would break people who are guinness only drinkers.. Malty, and a little dry, wonderful flavor, and easy drinking.

 655 characters

Photo of leakyfaucet12
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- dark dark brown. The head is white with quite a bit of lacing down the glass.

s- really really faint. I can smell just hints of coffee.

t- I really enjoy the bread flavor of this beer you can taste the oatmeal coming through. there are malts and a little hopps. Some coffe bitterness too.

m-Tons of carbonation and a full body thats like silk.

This is my first Cigar city and I can see why they are such a great brewery. I cant wait to try more.

 452 characters

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

Had this on tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room.

A - Pours dark cocoa brown, translucent with a warm highlight and a thin khaki head.

S - Earthy nutty flavor, oatmeal, cocoa, and a little bit of dark chocolate with hops lingering in there as well.

T - Sweet, chocolate syrup to cocoa, with a little oatmeal and brown sugary malts.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation.

 380 characters

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with an inch of tan head. Moderate carbonation evident and lots of sediment in the glass.

s - Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, light bready malts, and like nuts. Maybe some light wood/oak and vanill as well. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet fruit, wood, and light vanilla. Wood comes out more in the taste than smell.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy body.

d - An easy drinking, pretty good brown ale. I enjoyed the smell a lot and it had a nice feel to it. Would have again.

 637 characters

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

3.5 A: Looks like a clear dark brown in the mug. One and a half fingers of creamy tan head with average retention and a bit of lacing.

4.5 S: This one smells great! Musky nuttiness (if that makes sense) is powerful with coffee undertones, oatmeal, a bit woody, and at times chalky cocoa. Apparently this pairs well with cigars and I can see why based on the nose. It has the musky, earthy smell of a cigar shop. Not overly complex, but really nice.

4.0 T: Taste is good, but not quite as good as the nose. Again, there's a musky nuttiness, pithy earthiness, raw cocoa, oatmeal, and some coffee. Hops don't do much here aside from a touch of earth. Low bitterness and for the most part dry.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit chalky, could be a bit creamier, but otherwise smooth.

4.0 D: I do like me some brown ales and this was a good one. I'd have this again anytime...maybe next time with a nice cigar!

 960 characters

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,670 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe