Maduro Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Maduro Brown AleMaduro 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:
Formerly Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale

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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Ratings: 2,844 |  Reviews: 767
Photo of alltakn
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of KimenTshom
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of 57md
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Light brown with an orange hue to it. There was some retention to the one finger of beige head and it left a bit of lacing on the glass. There is some light cider to the nose, which is a bit odd for this style. The upfront taste is bready, but surprisingly thin, especially in the finish. This was my first Cigar City offering; I have heard positive things about this brewery, but this beer left me a bit disappointed.

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Photo of RyanGoodman
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first CC beer, I was excited. Typical dark brown color. Nothing out of the ordinary in the nose. The taste, however, brought a spice reminiscent of a ?spruce tree? Very interesting. More carbonation than I thought. Mouthfeel was average.

For my first CC beer I was not disappointed, but not overly impressed. I look forward to my next one.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky copper tinged brown with minimal head.

Aroma has heavy caramel malt with some extra sweetness from molassesnes. Hope this isn't a sugar bomb.

Thankfully it's a bit more balanced in the flavor. Still starts out with some sweet caramel, but near the end of the palate a little bit of bitter roast bites through to help the balance. Don't pick up much oatmeal in this at all.

A touch thin for an ale this sweet with medium-low carbonation levels.

Eh it's ok. Definitely tastes better than the smell, but very malt forward with little oatmeal character. Probably won't go back to this one.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty decent beer , had heard a lot of good things about cigar city but this beer certainly isn't mind blowing or anything..

Nice dark color with some light showing thru..

Was expecting a nut brown type ale but this is basically a oatmeal porter or watery stout ..

Decent and drinkable but there are several other beers with this type flavor I would look for before this one again..

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Photo of CRP4
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jammies
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- something off right away. Tons of foam. Overflows the bottle before I even have time to pour. Pours a deep chocolate brown

S- smells sweet and light. Typical nutmeg and brown ale odors

T - nutty with hints of malt

M- a little bit malty. Just a bit of coarseness on the finish

O- just an average brown ale in my opinion, nothing special here.

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Photo of Chaz
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark, cola brown in color, topped with an off white head and minimal lacing.

Not much going on in the nose: slightly-oxidized, but it's a basic malty-sweet aroma, and par for the course for the style.

Sweetish and lightly-tangy (in a good way... ) on the first sip. Nice, gentle carbonation. Toffee and very light chocolate notes...

Lighter bodied and very easy drinking. Stronger than the average :easy-going" beer, but probably pretty good with some lightly-spiced ("hot") cuisine. A bit too strong for a session-style beer, but, y'know us Americans...

Altogether not a bad interpretation for the style, and with a nice heft. Worth a try, but might not be worth seeking out.

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Photo of Beer4B
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a 3 floyds pint glass, sharred with a fellow BA.

A- Pours a ½ finger off white head that dissipates to nothing, some bubbles on the side of the glass, no apparent lacing, not the most attractive beer.
S- The smell is very mellow, oats come out, dark malts, smells a bit watered down.
T- Interesting tasting beer, big oat characteristics come out, dark malts, bready notes, sweet bitterness?
M- Medium/light mouth feel, decent carbonation, clean finish.
O- Easy drinkability, not a lot going on, glad to try it once, would not go out of my way to buy it.

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Photo of Tim725
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mrnobody
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a reddish brown with two and a half fingers of thick khaki head; decent retention and some sticky lacing.

S: The smell is not overly strong: a bit of chocolate and something a little off I can't put my finger on, a faint sourness.

T: This is fairly malty as I'd expect but with a dry, tobacco-like finish, suitable of the name.

M: Medium body and fairly creamy with moderate carbonation.

D: I guess it's good for the style but not my favourite.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring this beer causes a small head to form with a white color. Very slight aroma of tobacco and beer. Dark brown murky color. A light drinking beer with a tingly effervescene in the mouth. The beer's flavor is not bitter but tastes like toasted whole wheat bread. The toasty taste is evident hours after drinking.

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Photo of tekn0ph1sh
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a crystal pilsner glass.

A Deep Reddish Brown. 1/2 inch light tan head. Quickly dissipates. Nice lacing. Bubbling in the center of glass.

S Hops. Spicy. Slightly Salty. Smoky, Earthy and slightly sour.

T/M Spicy. Hoppy finish. Has a thin mouth feel that sparkles on the tongue. Its not overly bitter or sweet. It has a pretty smooth forward taste with a slightly bitter finish.

Overall: Its ok. Its not something I would go out of my way to buy again but overall its a decent brown ale. It might be hype because I have had 4 people tell me that I have to try this brewer and its amazingly good. So maybe my expectations were a bit high.

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Photo of Aiptasia
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Served at about 55 degrees f.

A: Pours quickly and easily without much of a head. What head there is, is simply a fizzle of sea foam.

S: Smells of wet earth and dirty tobacco. Don't detect any special fruityness or hops on the nose.

T: Meh. Underwhelmed. The flavor is like wet leather crossed with tobacco. The middle is wet horseblanket with very little hops presence. Definite nuttyness hits the back.

M: Softly carbonated, starts and finishes wet on the tongue. Not crisp, more of a coating beer that would do better paired with a meal than consumed solo.

O: It's a funky example of a brown. I could picture drinking this while chewing on a cohiba cigar. I caught no banana esters or diacetyl apple on my bottles. No signs of infection.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at the Cigar City tasting room in Tampa.

A: Brown with a good amount of light coming in on the edges. Topped with a light tan head.

S: Smell was very faint, bet there are are some roasty notes in there.

T: Pretty nondescript. Very drinkable and smooth but nothing very special to be found tastewise. Just a very solid beer. Some roast in the back. Dark bread.

Overall a good solid beer, but could have used a bit more in the taste dept.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cigar City Maduro pours a medium brown with some lighter orange brown edges. The head is light tan color, with average retention and some lacing.

Its nose has mostly sweet caramel notes, with a faint roasty background.

The taste starts off with the sweet flavors of caramel, which turns into lighter fruity hop notes on the mid palate. The finish is slightly odd, but gives a more roasty and coffee character.

Its mouthfeel is medium, and lacks a lot of carbonation.

Overall, this beer is very sessionable. However this comes at a price, it seems to lack any real malty pop. This would not be my first suggestion from Cigar City's line of beers.

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Photo of brewerang
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The tan head disappears very quickly after the pour with minimal lacing. Color is a deep reddish-brown. The flavor is dominated by chocolate and caramel malts. The carbonation was too high for my liking, especially for this style of beer. I wanted to smoothly savor the roastyness of this beer, but the carbonation level interfered with this. Not a bad brew, but not a great one either.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DocRoc
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The Brass Tap, Panama City Beach

Appearance - Very dark brown thin beige head
Smell - Smoky
Taste - mild smoky flavor, coffee and coco taste, like a good draw from my favorite maduro cigar
Mouth Feel - Surprisingly light mouth feel
Overall - Paired well with Burger

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a cigar city pint.

Brown body with no head except for a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Uh-oh.

Smells of oats and nut like brown malt. A touch of cocoa nibs as well.

Tastes of smokey brown oats, some nuttiness, and a touch of cocoa nibs. Maybe even a little coffee. In a weird way it actually does remind me of a maduro cigar. A nice smokiness lingers.

The carbonation is really low. Body is ok, needs some carbonation to hold it up.

So yeah, this bottle did have some carbonation issues. Not to say it didn't have carbonation... it just needed more. The looks and mouthfeel definitely suffered. Howeer, the rest was quite enjoyable. I'd love to see an imperial version of this, because I think it might go nicely with a cigar.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Teen-o
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Maduro Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,844 ratings