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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Reviews: 720 | Ratings: 2,670
Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Murky dark brown and not much light seeps through. There's a fingernail of light brown head around the rim and covering about a third of the middle. The aroma is light with caramel and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is more chocolate notes with some caramel at the back of the palate. The body is smooth and silky.

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Photo of justinp444
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter this beer has a dark brown body with a thin off white head. Smells of brown sugar, sweet biscuit-y malt, molasses, and a faint nuttiness. Taste of biscuit, chocolate, sweet malt, tobacco, light notes of coffee, a bit dry on the end with a nice moderate mouth feel at the beginning. Crisp, refreshing and easy drinking. It does taste somewhere in between a Porter and a brown ale though, which is why it's scored as it is, I personally think it's fantastic.

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Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown with ruby highlights and a low wispy head. Low aroma of sweetish toffee malt. Wonderfully delicate flavor of biscuity malt, a little grainy, some subtle background notes of root beer and leather, faint hints of molasses. Moderate mouthfeel, perfect English style carbonation. Very well made beer showcasing talent in producing a beer that's very flavorful without having to be over the top.

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Photo of FreshEsh
2.47/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Agree with others, almost has a porter taste. What I mostly dislike is there is some sort of medicine taste to it. Finishes too sweet for me, and too light on body... Not a good combo. Picked up a 6 pack cans, drank strait from the can and poured in a glass, either way, won't look for this brown again.

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

12 fl oz. can, with canned on date FEB 25 2015 printed on the bottom. My first beer from Cigar City Brewing, gifted to me from my homies at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a dark cola brown color, but appears a dark ruby in the glass when held to the light. Three big fluffy fingers of khaki tan head with good staying power. Looks good for what it is.

S - The aroma is pretty good, especially for a 5.50% abv brown ale. Big notes of chocolate / cake / fudge, roasted brown malts, and an earthy nuttiness.

T - The taste is the same, very chocolatey & fudgey, with clear and apparent notes of espresso / coffee / roast.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Medium-bodied, and easy-drinking, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a nice example of the style, and a nice first offering to me from Cigar City Brewing. I definitely look forward to more.

Cigar City Maduro -----4/5.

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Photo of shiznit7
2.61/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

One of the very few beers that I've passionately disliked. Everything else I've had from Cigar City has been top notch, but Maduro tasted like a mix between wet dog and stale cardboard... I hope it is just a bad batch. My dad and my uncle agree with me on this one.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, canned on 04/07/15, served in a Libby globe porter glass.

Appearance: Bright dark brown/ruby red/dk amber when held up to the light. Thin white ring at the edge and no foam across the top. No lacing.

Smell: Burnt sugar, a tiny bit of smoke, roasted malts.

Taste: Reminds me more of a porter than an English brown ale. Nice roasted malts with good flavors of chocolate and brown sugar / malt sweetness to back it up. Finish is mildly bitter, with none of the metallic twang to sometimes get with an English brown. There is a tiny bit of leafy tobacco to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and highly carbonated. Prickly on the tongue. Not right for the style. There is some thickness and mild stickiness though under the high carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Nice color, good taste, but not an English brown ale. Reminds me more of an American porter, but too over carbonated. One is enough - I'm not interested in another.

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Photo of sjones5045
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In Tampa 4/16/15

Blackish brown Color with nice sweet aroma. Not bad. Kind of a heavy brown ale but pretty good. A bit on the sweeter side but not enough to be a dessert beer. Like it but don't love it.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Basic Brown Ale. Roasted malts, a touch of caramel. Easy drinking but one dimensional, and could use a little more presence in the mouthfeel, or better yet a little humidor touch. Can makes it easy to bring on a boat, to the beach/swimming pool.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown, nearly black, color with a moderate tan cream head. It eventually disapated and leaves nothing by way of lacing.
Nice sweet aroma of brown sugar, nuts, mild coffee and medium roasted malts.
Taste aligns with flavor. Smooth medium roast, nutty, some chocolate. There is an increasingly subtle berry like tartness evident in the finish as well as a mild earthy hops bitterness.
Very smooth, soft and well balanced. Medium bodied and easy to drink.
A very good brown ale.

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Photo of Stezz420
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/tan and black look with a good head that lasts a bit.

Nice coffee/toffee and chocolate smell.

Tastes pretty similar to the smell. Pretty enjoyable very similar to Guinness, but better.

Good carbonation and drinks very easily.

Overall when I tried this with some coworkers everyone liked it. Easy to turn people into craft beer drinkers with this one. Too bad its only available in Florida!

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Photo of drwatson32
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The fact I can see it as an excuse for the next few weeks of a sudden it was the best of the day before I get a follow back on my way home from work to be the first half of the year and I don't think that I have to go back and I don't

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Photo of Rutkiller
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great brown ale with hints of chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel and roastiness. Gets better as it warms. Nice lingering one finger, creamy head. Feels semi-thick in the mouth.

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Photo of TBCE
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a finger width head. Head quickly dissipates. Smell is a very nice expresso, coffee, and cocoa. Taste is also nice, but flavors of expresso and chocolate are less pronounced. Finish is smooth with a lot of carbonation and hints of nuttiness. One of the better brown ales I have experienced.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany with a nice small, but lasting, off-white head.
Smell of sweet toasted malt, espresso, (not that) dark chocolate, fresh cigar, caramel, faint toffee, brown sugar. Not too hop forward, so it seems rather "English".
Taste has caramel and a bit of white raisin in the front, faint fresh fig, with a nice toasted bready feel building up. A tiny bit of molasses, some baking chocolate. Tends to become dusty, but there's a nice subtle zestiness that keeps it fresh, mixing it up with cocoa powder and some mildly roasted coffee bean. Faint cinnamon, touch of vanilla too. Finishes with some earthy hop, with a dry leaf/tobacco feel, but not disturbing, like in some English ales.
Aftertaste has that cigar note, some toast, some cocoa nibs, faint coffee. Medium body and carbonation, kinda refreshing.
An awesome, more traditional brown ale, but still with some perfectly tweaked.. twists. Awesome stuff as usual from Cigar City.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown with a nice tan head. A little thin in my opinion, but then I like chewy beers. A little heavy on the carbonation too, but then that might be another way of saying I like heavy, chewy beers. Definite coffee, caramel, and malt, with maybe some raisins or prunes in the background. Another one in the "plus" column for Cigar City!

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Photo of TheHammer
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with a nice thumb of head that sadly didn't stick around, nor did it lace. The body is a deep, thick chestnut brown with slight hints of red oak colour.

Smell: Has a musty dry malt smell accented by some mild roast coffee notes. Warming helps the case on this one quite a bit. Everything here is good, just wish there was more of it.

Taste: Pretty much the same as it smells, only with a lot more kick. The beer starts with a restrained dry malt that turns to dark chocolate and coffee notes with a slight smokiness to the experience and ending with a mild earth hit in the background to more coffee.

Mouthfeel: A nice coffee aftertaste that while dry works well. The transistioning is good and the carbonation is solid up until the very end of the beer. Nothing that clobbers you on this one, but at the same token perpetually interesting.

Drinkability: A little bit on the heavier end of medium bodied, but still very good. I wouldn't say in quenches your thirst, nor would I say it is a beer for all times, but it knows what it is, and does it right.

Final Thoughts: The drier aspects of this beer, really lend it towards fish or moist rich chocolate deserts. I think the picture on this beer really speaks volumes to what it is. I would want to drink it at the same that I would want to have a cigar, typically in the twilight hours after dinner, or during a hot day by the pool. I've been so far pleased with everything Cigar City has offered.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brilliant chestnut under a 2” off white foam cap that descends to a thick film. Smell: Light roast malt, chocolate aroma, dark fruit. Taste: Plum with traces of chocolate for support and hints of sour. Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of The-Beav
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

one of my new favorites, super coffee overload, no bitterness outside of the minor minor minor bit from the coffee. easy drinking, light feal and light carbonation, uncomplicated, a great overall ale

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look: awesome dark brown color

smell: slightly tanic lots of roast

taste: rich roasty flavor of dark malts

feel: mouth coating feel that keeps the flavor in your mouth for awhile

Overall: great brown ale

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Photo of YeahRightt
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a snifter glass.

Thick head that dissipated quickly. Chocolate and coffee on the nose. Malty coffee taste builds into sweet chocolate and ends with a dry malty flavor much like newcastle. Mouthfeel seemed thin for the style and flavor, which was disappointing. Overall, an above average brown ale that would do good for sipping with dessert/ice cream. Good, not great.

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Photo of marieli
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can. Pours dark brown, touch of mahogany; tan head doesn't last long at all. Smell is chocolate and toffee. Taste is chocolate, some sweetness but not too much, no coffee but there is something darker and roasted. Smooth and very good texture. Not sure what brown ale is supposed to taste like ideally, but this is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark muddy brown with a light tan head.

Smells of chocolate, oats, and roasted malt.

Taste is chocolate up front with a burnt caramel middle, roasted malt with a touch of herbal hop bitterness. Mouth feel is largely a malt bomb with a lively carbonation. .

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into Styrofoam hotel coffee cup. Clear deep brown with thin tan head. Aroma is toasted malts, nuts, dark fruits, coffee, brown bread, and toffee. Taste is light malt sweetness including caramel, toasted bread, nuts, and a new chocolate note. Some roasted malt, espresso, and tobacco bitterness. Medium body, great mouth-filling creamy texture, moderate carbonation, and a drying roasty finish.

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Photo of barfootbandit
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer many times always delicious. Pours dark like a stout and smells chocolatey. Lots of chocolate flavors along with vanilla, oatmeal, and toffee.

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