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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

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009

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Photo of boldcity2008
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Was served in shaker 16 oz pint glass, I assume the head was wiped off. color was a dark amber/caramel. Looks like a brown ale.

S: Nice hoppy notes, as it warmed it I could detect chocolate, sweet malt overtones.

T: Very tasty. First taste I get a burnt chocolate malt on the front end. Nice hoppy Balance, to the sweetness of the malt.

M: not big on carbonation. medium body, no alcohol burn.

D: easy to drink, smooth, nice hop bite. I had a few more.

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

Served on-tap at the Brass Rail in a tumbler glass.

A: The brown ale is appropriately dark, a thick ale that looks like syrup in my glass (color-wise, not consistency-wise). As a result, it is predictably opaque. A white to off-white head leaves no lace behind.

S: The nose has nut and toffee aromas aplenty, full and warming, without any apparent hop bitterness. Smells like a brown ale.

T: The brown ale is led its maltier factions, resulting in a warming flavor of nuts, toffee and roasted grains. While it comes close, the ale doesn't quite push into porter territory (seems like it might want to, though). The finish heads a chocolate and toffee flavor to linger.

M: The ale is pretty thick (see my porter comment above) but it remains rather light on the palate. Carbonation helps.

D: Maduro is a decent brown ale, one that I'd try again without hesitation. It wasn't, though, mind-blowing in any way.

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Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


Pours brown with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of strongly toasted malt, milk chocolate, toffee, and hints of tobacco.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Rich toasted malt flavors up front are joined quickly by mild amounts of toffee and trace amounts of milk chocolate. Midway through the sip hints of tobacco enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this remains one of the better brown ales I remember having. Well worth a shot if you can get your hands on it.

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

a: This was a clear, dark brown color with some ruby highlights. It was served to me with a one inch off white cap.

s: I got some nutty caramel, roasty coffee, and a little floral bitterness.

t: More here than the smell would suggest. Sweet elements of caramel with a little vanilla and chocolate. There was also roasted, floral coffe bitterness and some a nutty twang at the finish.

m: Long lasting, fizzy carbonation and nice, lingering nutty finish.

d: Really a nice brown overall. I emptied my glass pretty quickly.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in the home bar.

Maybe it's just the kegerator, but every pour is a massive, billowing tan head that takes considerable time to lower to a film. Deep brown with orange on the edges; plenty of lacing.

Aromas of sweet toffee and walnuts - very dessert like for a brown ale.

Flavor is fantastic. Salted peanuts take center stage, with a supporting cast of molasses, fresh 12 grain bread, and smokey (cigar-like?) roasted maltiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty rich, with an overall smoothness that helps this be an incredibly drinkable and enjoyable Brown Ale.

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

(From notes - have sampled this from growler as well)

A - Pours with a lightly tan head with decent retention; deep, dark coppery brown with some ruby shimmers

S - Lightly roasted and sweetish malts; some bittersweet chocolate notes; pretty tame but nice

T - Bittersweet flavors at first; rounded out by some woodiness and a little bit of sweetness; fairly rich and a little peaty

M - Soft carbonation; a little sticky; medium overall

D - Hugely drinkable, and this would be one helluva tasty session brew for me. Balanced, but pretty interesting.

Really great stuff, and one of the more interesting in the style range that I've sample.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Mahogany brown color with a head that drops quickly to an archipelago; curtains of lace, however

Smell: Brown bread,caramel, nuts, chocolate and fruity hop elements

Taste: Brown bread and caramel up front with a growing fruity character becoming apparent by mid-palate; chocolate, vanilla, oats and nuts expand in the finish but the hoppy element remains prominent

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somwhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Now here is a brown that has tremendous character and balance; first class

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cigar City- Maduro

A- Solid chestnut brown with a small tan head. Light lacing along the top of the glass.
S- Light hints of molasses, chocolate, oats, and caramel malt.
T- Light touch of oats, chestnuts, and molasses up front with a good chocolate malt body and a mild nutty oaty finish.
M- Thin throughout, but mildly sweet, creamy, and smooth.

Overall- Good blend of flavors but just a bit light. Even my wife, who took a sip, said so.
Kick this 1 up a notch and it'll be phenomenal.

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Photo of Katahdin
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice interpretation of a traditional American Brown Ale. The Oatmeal flavor add sa bit of chewiness to it and gives the beer a nice stick to the ribs type taste. I found it a plesant beer to sip on a cool fall evening. It is filling but not in a bloating type way. An enjoyable experience.

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Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Capone's...
Appears a dark brown chestnut with a small white capthat dloly fades. Scattered bits are left around the glass.
Smell is of toasted malt, cocoa, toffee, and fresh bread.
Taste is of fresh espresso, cocoa, roasted nuts, and toffee.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly tart finish.

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

A-Deep, dark, reddish brown with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Dark roasted coffee, chocolate, dark malts and lighter notes of toffee, earth, spiciness and roasted nuts. Nicely aromatic.

T-Rich, roasted malt, chocolate and roasted nuts. Bit of floral hoppiness and underlying coffee bitterness and light tobacco smokiness. Finishes dry.

M-Medium bodied beer. Full of roasted flavours and lingering bitterness.

D-Wow...full and rich, yet so smooth. This one goes down WAY too easy. Very tasty for "just a brown ale". Nicely done.

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Photo of Gmann
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chocolate brown color with some honey highlights, tight tan head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a light roasted malt; charred wet wood, smoke, and roastd meat. The aroma is not strong but is very nice. Wow, big big roasted chestnut flavor with a toasted malt backbone. Some nice tobacco flavor as well. Damn, this is like NYC during the winter with the roasted chestnut vendors. There is a nice toasted malt, brown sugar, light honey, grape, lemon and metal; basically a good base for the chestnut flavors. A moderate body with fizzy carbonation, this is coupled with a tobacco like malt which adds a nice earthy quality. This is one tasty ass brown ale. Cigar City makes a mean brown ale. This is a hearty brown ale that won't back down.

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Photo of gory4d
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather chalky brown with a high tan head that fades quickly, leaving a cap. The smell is black tea leaves, persimmon, some malt, dead leaves. The taste is brown sugar, roasted grains, maybe some dark grapes, a long bitter finish -- all in all, very robust and complex. It's highly carbonated, coats the mouth nicely, very pleasant on the tongue. I couldn't drink this quickly, but it'd be easy to drink a lot of it. Very nice.

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Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Cigar City shared at a BA tasting thanks to mfielden.

A - Mostly clear amber-brown color with a tan head.

S - Aroma is nutty and malty with some smoke. Caramel and chocolate both present.

T - Caramel/roasted malt, peat smoke, coffee, nuts, and a hint of cocoa.

M - Smooth on the palate with medium body.

D - Fairly high for the style.

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel, earthy malts and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of round malts, soft cocoa and a short lived nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the smoother side of the style.

Overall a very tasty brown ale.

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Photo of infestaxion
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From my notes. Had it at The Brass Tap in Tampa.

A - Dark reddish brown with a light tan head that has good retention and leaves a great lacing.

S - I'm not getting much. A slight bit of malt.

T - Very nutty. Sweet, dark malt. Very nice oatmeal presence. Very good for the style although I prefer the bigger beers.

M - Thinner than I like but, again, it's good for the style.

D - Very easy to drink.

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

This is one of my beers of choice when I can find it on tap. Since I never remember to write anything down here goes the growler version.

The beer pours a dark, yet transparent golden brown with a creamy, yet short-lived head. Lacing is nice, though.

The smell has wonderful rich malty aromas with a hind of dark chocolate.

The taste is rather complex with chocolate, coffee, and toffee coming out.

The flavors come together with the carbonaion nicely. Neither overpowers the other.

I have consumed multiple pints of this brew in a sitting. Very nice, my favorite from the staple offerings of Cigar City.

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

A - Dark brown body with one finger of persistent, light brown head that leaves good lace on the glass.

S - Strong, malty aroma with notes of dark caramel, chocolate and a bit of smoke. Almost porter like.

T - Lots of dry, malty character up front with caramel and nutty toffee. It gets toasty towards the finish with some coffee/ mocha flavors and a hint of smoke.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A very nice and unusually toasty brown ale. The malt is rich and the roasted notes add a lot of interest. It finishes quite dry and this helps highlight the darker malt character without ever becoming astringent.

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

side-by-side tasting between the regular maduro, espresso aged maduro, and vanilla aged maduro. all three provided by tpd975. thanks greg!

32oz growler. sampled july 1/09.

pours deep red, nearly brown really, and crystal clear. a medium sized semi-dense pale tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving tons of lace behind.

aroma is good. lightly toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. a bit nutty. slightly earthy.

taste is good. it echoes the aroma to start, but with a bit of light tropical fruit too. light caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium-light carbonation level.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. nice depth. if this were local i could easily drink it all the time.

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

Pours a translucent mahogany brown with a one finger cream head that falls to a nice ring which leaves sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell is rich semi-dark chocolate and a slightly sweet bread.

Taste is dead on with the smell. Somewhat bitter chocolate (sweeter than what you would get in a stout). Really, it tastes like devils food cookies.

Medium body with active carbonation and a fairly clean finish.

Very easy to drink.

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Photo of younger35
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received a growler of this from McDiddyPop. I'm excited to try this as it'll be my first brew from Cigar City. I love this little 32oz growlers as they are WAY easier to drink than the full half gallon. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a crimson brownish orange with excellent clarity and almost no head. Not sure if it's from the growler or it's just how this beer is carbonated. Obviously no cap remains but a thin collar and a surprisingly small amount of random lacing sticks about... All be damned...
Smell- A nice lightly sweet twang of some caramelly English malts and light hazelnut. Not the nuttiest brown I've ever sniffed but it's there. The nice light toast lets you know from the start that this is a Brown Ale. The smallest of citrus bites cuts in at some point letting you know that the hops are indeed present.
Taste- Not the most potent brown I've tasted but very VERY solid all around. Lightly toasty with a surprising little kick of some earthy hop. Dry roasted peanuts and/or peanut brittle add that obvious nuttiness. I maybe get a pinch of cocoa but the chocolate isn't obvious nor is it strong. Finishes nutty and slightly dry with a very pleasant smoky linger.
Mouthfeel- Very light and smooth as the oats are noticeable in the smoothness of the brew but I think the beer needs a bit more body for them to really become noticeable.
Drinkability- I had no problem putting down this growler as the drinkability of this beer if literally off the charts. The beer isn't a flavor bomb so you can drink and drink and drink and drink and just enjoy the shit out of it. Can't wait to try more beers from this brewery as this is a terrific start.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pefect Brown ale!

appearance: deep dark brown color

smell: mild hops, slight coffee, nice tabbco aroma

taste: beautiful, mild bitterness, rich flavor, coffee notes and a huge helping of tobacco flavor. seems to be an ingreidient.

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: I could have a nice session with these and it would pair well with food/dinner

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
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 +9.9%
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 +4.8%
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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