Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal 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:
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

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Reviews: 717 | Ratings: 2,649
Photo of unclejimbay
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +4.1%
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 +9.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +13.5%
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 +10.7%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 -17.3%
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 +12.2%
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 +12.4%
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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Photo of ScottyC
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

App. - Pours black (amber in direct light). Has a thin head. 3.5/5

Aroma - Woody and roasty. Earthy and almost tobacco-like smell. Rich and dense. Very nice. 4.5/5

Taste - Follows the aroma well. Woody and rich. A tad smoky. Roasty. Big on malty flavors. Minimal hop flavor except for a little earthiness. I can see why they say this accompanies a cigar. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel - Smooth almost has a chewiness. Exceptional. 5/5

Drinkability - Tastiness keeps it going down! 4.5/5

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murky brown. Maybe a bit more ruby. Light tan colored heading. Disaptes very quickly to a thin covering.

Smell is mostly roasted malts a touch of cinnamon perhaps? and a decent cedar aroma. Very earthy.

Taste is amazing. Same roasted goodness as in the nose.Chocolate,coffee and a spicey kick. Finishes with a beautiful oak.

Mouth is medium bodied with great carbonation. Tremendous creamy texture and nice lingering chocolate-oakiness.

Another score from Cigar City.

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

I received a couple of these in a recent trade with sorelenator, and am quite pleased with this offering. I'm not a huge fan of brown ales, but this one is quite exceptional. Review is from notes taken on 11/19/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown color; starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger, creamy, light tan head with solid retention that slowly fades to a thin, but very uneven, cap; body is dark, but mostly clear and it does show some light coming through and allows one to see some moderately strong carbonation; plenty of spots and swaths of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Smell is full of malt, with a nutty earthiness to it; bit o a slight burnt roastiness to it as well; a slight bit of chocolate or cocoa sneaks in there as it continues to warm.

Taste: Plenty of the nuttiness mentioned in the nose that is reminiscent of walnuts; slight burnt roast as well lies underneath; a sweetness that is a little earthy and very "natural" is left behind too; a slight cocoa/chocolate flavor starts to sneak in as it continues to warm in the glass.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium in weight; carbonation is spot on -- very present but not remotely sharp; a thin, sticky and moist coating is left all over the roof of the mouth; overall, it's a very smooth drinking beer.

Drinkability: This is a very easy drinking beer -- nice smells and flavors and a body that isn't really going to weigh anyone down; a very moderate ABV of 5.5% makes it easy to get through as well; not something that I think I'd want on a warm day, but flavors are fitting for cooler weather.

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

on-tap, Rattle & Hum NYC

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a shaker pint, deep mahogany body, light tan lace

smell: oatmeal cookies, milk chocolate, caramel, bready, some dark fruits

taste: I couldn't pass up an opportunity at my first Cigar City beer, in NY no less. The oatmeal/chocolate flavors complimented the brown ale base nicely. Creamy caramel, tobacco, toffee, dark bread and light roasted malts. Nice.

mouthfeel: creamy medium body

drinkability: good

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

Pours a dark deep brown/scarlett hue into a snifter.

A semi vigorous pour leaves a 1 inch light sand colored pillowy fine bubble head. Head has some good retention, not obnoxiously so that lets you get down to business after admiring it and smelling what it has to offer.

Smell is like a bowl of oats mixed with light brown sugar and chocolate covered raisins.

Taste starts out with sweet malt and oats then moves into a darker stage with tobacco and coffee notes with a lingering coffee bitterness. Not too shabby.

The mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it, it's also a bit silky but ever so slightly watery, and I'm nitpicking overall, well done and highly drinkable.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - pourded a nice deep rich (cigar-like ;) brown with a nice white head that didn't hang around long, but left crater sized bubbles on the surface of my wide snifter.

S - Cinnamon oatmeal jumps out, but overall, the smell is kind of dull and watery.

T - WOW. Now that's a GOOD beer. like my favorite rich flavored and balanced brown ale mixed with an oatmeal stout. thick and rich and oaty while still having a brown ale flavor.

M/D - nice and thick and rich and filling. cooling with a touch or bitterness. perhaps a little too filling. the oatmeal really helps out the flavor, but makes it a bit thick to have as a session beer.

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

Pours opaque brown with a creamy/foamy 3/4 inch tan head that lasts a minute plus and is so thick you can run your finger through it; leaves very good lacing that trailed walls of foam along the glass as it went down.

Smells of nut, sweet malt, caramel, roasted coffee, and light hops. Really nice robust aroma, smells inviting and like a coffee drink.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, caramel, roasted coffee, nut, vanilla, cocoa, oats, brown sugar and light hops. Rich, roasted malts and sweet caramel flavors like syrup dominate this flavor, and it's very tasty. Nice complex roasted malt and nut flavor, that finishes with a slightly bitter hop taste that lingers with a nutty aftertaste. Very nice flavor overall, it's a very tasty crisp beer and a nice tasty experience.

Very light and crisp, with light carbonation and a champagne-like mouthfeel that is smooth and creamy. Will seek this out again as there is no hint of the alcohol and the flavor gets better as it warms. A very good beer!

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of nutty and roasted malts in the nose along with some notes of hops.
T: The taste is mainly dominated by flavors of roasted malts with some hints of coffee beans. A mild amount of bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pint on tap at kraftwork.

A- comes my way with a perfect finger and a half of tan head that rises above the glass and holds nicely till I take my first sip. Good job bartendress. Head settles after the first sip and leaves a thin tan skin on top and s few spots of cascading lace. The body is a murky dark brown with a slight orange brown glow at the edges, but it is kinda dark in here.

S- opens up surprisingly fruity with an underlying roast and a bit of a sweet creamy hit. A toasted nuttiness creeeps up with some warming and really rounds things out.

T- again this start out with some fruity esters that bring to mind a bit of cherry and then rolls into a clear creamy oatmeal hit and finishes with a deep roasted malt finish. Beautiful progression of flavor. Some brunt brown sugar and dark bread swim in and out at times. Long slow roasty finish.

M- a bit above medium in body and a solid small bubbled yet very bright carb.

D- this shit is the bomb. Paired amazingly with the city's best char board in my opinion. Low abv and chock a block with layer upon layer of flavor. Well done cc.

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Photo of tigg924
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, leather brown in color, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, fruit, oat, and nut

Taste: toasted malt, oat, leather, and tobacco

Mouthfeel: dry, semi-sweet, moderate-light carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: One of the most leathery and earthy brews I have had in some time. Different from others I have had in this style. I could do two or three max. A good, not excellent beer that makes me want to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to dimenhetfield for this as a bonus!

Pours a super dense, almost opaque brown with very little light penetration and some thin cappuccino-colored head that falls quickly. Nose is of wet black soil, finely ground coffee, moist grains (like a mash), and a little whisper of white smoke.

Palate is chewy but bright with a note of acidity that makes me think this bottle might have a slight infection (it's not unpleasant, though). Thin body with low carbonation. Flavors of old coffee, tanned leather, whole tobacco leaves, and some of the traditional roasted malts flavors that you see in brown ales. Nice crisp finish.

This is not a classic brown ale...which means I like it. Great flavor and not overly roasted on the malt. I wonder if it's the oatmeal that chills it out a bit without sacrificing color or flavor. Unfortunate about the infection though. Mouthfeel score suffers because of it. Oh well, what can you do? (CCB, send me another bottle please?)

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy chestnut hue with two one finger of sudsy khaki head.

Smell -- moderate roasted malt, coffee beans, nuttiness, gentle chocolate, kiss of brown sugar. Overall, rides the toasted/roasted fence.

Taste -- Roast malt, toasted nuts, baker's chocoate, coffee with cream, stuff. Finish holds some gentle earthy hops. Lingering flavors of nutty roasted malt and coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Truthfully, I kind of expected more body from the oatmeal, but still not bad.

Drinkability -- Solid. Robust and quite drinkable. A must-try if you love the style.

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky brown color with a thin beige head that did manage to leave a decent amount of lacing behind.

S - smokey, caramel malt with hints of chocolate and coffee beans.

T - everything in the smell comes through in a wonderful blend of flavor, very good tasting beer.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

D - very drinkable and at 5.5% abv, a few would be easy to do.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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