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

Picked this one up at random; had never had anything from Cigar City before. What a pleasant surprise! From a 12 oz bottle into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), it pours a rich reddish brown color with lots of carbonation. Even a careful pour yields a towering head of brownish-tan foam which sticks around well into the glass. Impressive nose with notes of oak and vanilla right up front. Very sweet and slightly medicinal with hints of dark fruit. A bit of "cherry lambic" on the nose. In the mouth, more oaky vanilla and raisins or plums along with woody malt. Very complex flavor--totally BLOWS AWAY my expectations for a "brown ale." Finishes on a slightly sweet malty note. Mouth is watery but somewhat chewy; steadily precipitating carbonation also keeps things crisp. Drinkability is very good; though there are big vanilla/oak/sweet malt flavors, the whole of it is subtle enough to enjoy several of these, and the 5.5% ABV is appreciated.

Overall: OK, I was seriously taken off guard by this one. I spotted a Brooklyn Brown, which I enjoy but which has become oddly hard to find in my neck of the woods. Maduro is NOTHING like Brooklyn Brown or a "traditional" brown (much less English). It's closer to Dogfish Head's Palo Santo Marron take on the "American" brown, except sans the 12% ABV. Delicious, drinkable, and at the 8.99/sixer price I found it at, a definite new go-to brew for me.

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

pours a moderately deep brown, some reddish highlights when held to the light, and good clarity. Tan head is creamy, exhibits better than decent retention, and leaves some lace in its wake. Nice looking beer.

smells toasty, slight cocoa powder and richer chocolate. background caramel and a darker sort of toffee, mild yeast notes. Nice, moderately rich, clean. Light alcohol aroma as it warms and what seems to be a light herbal/flowery hop aroma. Enticing.

Sweet malt up front, then toasty and increasingly roasted until a dry roasty flavor finishes and lasts into the aftertaste. No hop flavor, but the smooth hop bitterness manages to seem a bit spicy. Moderate depth of flavor and easy-drinking, increased by the dry finish. Not too sweet or rich, but far from thin.

no astringency and generally pleasant across the palate, moderately high carb for style but nothing too crazy. This bottled example lacks the ridiculous smooth body of the version I had on tap a week or two ago, but is still a very solid beer nonetheless. Little to no alcohol warmth.

great stuff I'd revisit any day. Thanks Wayne!

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Photo of adam42381
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep mahogany brown with a small 1/2 finger greyish-brown head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with semisweet chocolate, coffee and a faint hint of pineapple from the hops and just a touch of mustiness.

Taste: Roasted malt and dark bread up front followed by caramel, nuts and grains in the middle then a nice hoppy bite at the finish. Aftertaste is burnt toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could knock back a few of these without any trouble.

Overall: This is an excellent American Brown Ale. I'm yet to be disappointed with Cigar City. This is one of the best brown ales I've had. It's typically not one of my favorite styles, but I'll be buying more of this soon.

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

We just got Cigar City at my store and I have heard lots of good things about this one. Pours a dark chocolate brown with a massive tan head that sits on top of the beer like a crown. Smell is rich and inviting with hints of dark chocolate and hazelnut. The taste is divine with a silky smooth almost zero carbonation flavor blast. This is more of a porter than a nut brown. Layers and layers of velvety malt wash over the tonuge. What a brew!

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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 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 merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to mntlover for this gem of a bottle. Pours a clear brown body with a large beige head. Good retention with some patchy lacing.

Aroma opens with a surprising assault of minty and pine hops. Nutty chocolate, caramel, and oatmeal quickly climb aboard to remind me this is an American brown ale.

Mouthfeel has the trademark silkiness of oatmeal, with a medium body and carbonation.

Taste has leafy and minty hops which play off malty notes of caramel and chocolate in an entertaining ballet. A pleasant nutty malt character provides the stage. Finishes clean and even.

One of the best brown ales I've ever sampled. Very complex and playful on the senses.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro-tap into a Tequesta Brewing Company pint glass.

Color: Dark brown with an amber hue when the light tries to shine through.

Taste: Slightly bitter with nice chocolate malts and a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Slightlt coarse on the the tongue with a light dry finish.

Overall: my first nitro-tap brew and it was great. Maduro is a delicious complex brew. Cigar city never disappoints and they just keep them coming! Cheers!

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

Deep brown color with a finger of tight tan head.

Smells like chocolate malt, sour note, rich malt and candy.

Sublime taste of cream, nutty, hint of bitter, milky, ends sweet. Balanced flavors, exactly where they should be.

Smooth texture, medium body, low carbonation, super smooth.

Wow. A real treat to drink. Only great things about this beer.

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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 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.

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

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is an opaque brown color that allows little or no light through. The 1/8" beige head that does leave some scattered lacing when sipping the beer. (I'm sure that if I'd poured this one myself it would have had a nice nicer head on it.)

Smell: The aroma includes brown bread, caramel, toffee, and some chocolate.

Taste: The flavors are toasted brown bread, caramel, chocolate and coffee in a wonderfully complex combination that reminds me of walking into a room sized cigar humidor. How does it get this tobacco character? Is it my imagination because of the brewery name? I don't think so, but....

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and quite smooth and creamy with light but persistent carbonation. The medium long finish dances through a complex interplay of various flavors as things slowly fade from the scene.

Drinkability: This one is very drinkable indeed. I finished it easily and could quite easily have had a second with no trouble. I will definitely return to this brown ale. It demonstrates the complexity which the style is capable of in ways that few others manage.

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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 Pourharddrinkslow
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Dark brown with a nice tan head. Becomes see through when held to light and with all the bubbles, seems to sparkle.

Smell - Malts, toffee, caramel.

Taste - Starts off as a typical nutty, malty brown ale. After those initial flavors though, some unique qualities come to light. I get a lot of vanilla and caramel that give this a sweet, yet smooth taste. The only bitterness is on the tail end and seems to be produced by the malts.

Feel - Very smooth and silky, but has a bit of an edge due to the carbonation.

Overall - A top tier brown ale.

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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.

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

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Nutmeg brown in color with amber hues on the edges of the glass. Good clarity. Poured with a decent off-white head that reduced to a wispy cap and decent lacings on the glass. Sweet roasted malt and floral hop aromas with a hint of nuts. The hop aroma is subdued enough to allow the roasted malt to shine through. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Roasted malt and toffee flavors in the beginning. Floral hop bitterness shows through the middle along with a hint of lightly roasted coffee. Finishes with a bit of roasted malt flavor and a more pronounced bitter hop character. Nice flavor complexity for a usually predictable style.

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

I'm not a huge brown ale fan, but this was quite nice. Pours a nice dark brown with a thin head that settles to a ring. Smells of tobacco and earth, and roasted peppers. These aromas work unusually well with the dry maltiness of a brown ale. More earthy and tobacco notes in the taste, but here they are mild and combine with a creaminess that tempers everything and provides some balance. A bit light in the mouth, but the lively flavors compensate for this. Quite interesting and nicely drinkable. A great brewery!

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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 Tilley4
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is even better than I remember it being a few days ago...

Poured into my Cigar City snifter....

A very dark brown appearance topped by a khaki head and lots of globby lacing...

Wonderful aromas of chocolate, sweet malts, vanilla, some tinges of dark fruit and an earthy woodiness that I find wonderful... I find myself swirling and smelling this one quite often in between sips...

Chocolate and vanilla maltiness mingle with the earthiness I mentioned above and have me gulping this one down... Its as smooth as silk and absolutely a delight to drink... A world class brown ale for sure...

Amazing beer... Probably a good thing I can't get this on a regular basis or else my wife would nix my beer habit....

Awesome job Cigar City!!!

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

Theres a reason this brewery is one of the most hyped ever in Florida. Simply put, the state of Florida had never has a craft brewery as focused on detail as these guys.

This is their brown ale which is probably the most available of their entire line in the northeastern US. I'm glad I bought a bunch as it reminds me of just how good a nice American brown ale can be.

The color and head are a little lighter than the maduro shade. Reminds me more of an EMS wrapper in color. The head isnt too impressive but it leaves nice lacing on the freshly rinsed glass which is a definite plus.

The taste does seem to have some nice tobacco, oatmeal,brown sugar elements and nothing is too sweet or sticky.

Its a very well executed brown ale and I'd like to do a little taste test with this, Avery's Elies, & Smutty's brown dog. This one could very well be the best of the lot.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coasters in Melbourne. Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head that leaves good lacing.

Taste is chocolate malts with a little toffee sweetness, not too much though. This has a nice complex flavor for a brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium, nice and smooth.

A beautiful brown ale that makes a good session beer with its low ABV

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Photo of brownbeer
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz CCB growler. Thanks again to Mike 2.

Mahogany color, about as dark brown as it can get away with, and a creamy, light brown head.

The nose has a little roasted nuttiness and mocha. It has kind of a rocky road vibe. Very nice. Rich.

The taste is of nutty dark chocolate, almond, subtle roast, just enough to be a nuance and not the main event. As it warms caramel and earthy hops interact. The finish isn't sweet, but has sort of a nutty mocha cheesecake fade. It's hearty, rich, and probably the most satisying brown ale I've had in my four years or so of beer exploration. Well done. A brown ale to drink or contemplate. Would try it again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Holds a nice thin off-white foamy head. Pours very mellow too. Brew is nice deep red color with lots of brown and black. Medium body.

S - Lots of almonds and pecans. Nice chocolate and roasty malt too. Some light orange and lemon.

T - Very light, about what a brown should be... Lots of nuts and smooth light chocolate. Delicious.

M - Perfect!

O - Another wonderful brew from CCB... I wish they distributed to Colorado...

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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