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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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Photo of Microbrewtaster
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: When poured it it is a dark brown color, when held up to the light it appears a dark cherry color. When poured into a half liter glass there was little head which was a brown color, and dissipated quickly.

S: Caramelized Brown sugar

T: Cocoa is the first hint that i tasted, brown suigar, slightly earthy at the end and a mild after taste of cocoa.

M: creamy clean and crisp.

O: I enjoyed this beer it is an easy sit down beer great for the holiday season.

Serving type: 500ml Glass

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color, with hints of ruby and a nice firm white head. Aromas of cocoa powder, roasted nuts and caramel malt. Flavors of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and nuts. Had quite a bit of this one late last year, and after hearing so much about Cigar City, found myself less than impressed. A good solid brown ale, but nothing more.

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Photo of Adrianized
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a medium dark brown and leaves a small ring of a tan head.

On the nose I get musky wood, figs, lots of malt, and maybe a bit of raisins.

Upfront I get roasted malt, nuts,  and maybe a touch of coffee.  There's a wet leather and cigar smoke thing going on.  Actually, the cigar tobacco is big here. Finishes with a slight cocoa bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium light with carbonation.

Overall, this is good for a musky kind of brown.  I keep getting cigar in it, quite the coincidence considering the brewer.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a can poured into your standard draft pint.

A: creamy white 3/4 inch head on top of a cola like brown in color

S: smokey, oatmeal with tangy hops in the nose, with some sugar like malt, very nice.

T: sweet oatmeal malt, with a nice mild hop bite (25 IBU) and some hints of oak and smoked barrel flavors.

M: creamy but not heavy, smooth, but quits easy on you

d: easy to drink, while @ 5.5% ABV its on the higher end of ABV's for the style.

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Photo of Rutager
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another big thank you to Coldsnack for this treat from Florida!

Appearance. Pours a deep and hazy amber-brown with almost a finger of khaki head.

Smell. Sweet caramel malts, coffee and vanilla with a little bit of sweet chocolate and molasses.

Taste. Sweet caramel malts again, a little coffee and cherry, roasted nuts and a bit of vanilla.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall. For a style that isn't my fav, this is a pretty decent beer. Could see myself easily putting back a bunch of these around the campfire.

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Photo of Gavage
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a brown color with some reddish highlights. 1/2: head falls slowly.

Smell: light aroma as some caramel and bread tones rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, toffee, brown sugar, a bit of bread, and some slight roasted tones round it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness from start to finish.

Overall: an easy to drink beer. A few can be had in a session.

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Photo of jhartley
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into an over-sized wine glass. Canned on 05/22/2013.
Beautiful soap bubble 1 finger light brown head, dissipates quickly never to return. Nice deep brown body.
Aromas of coffee, nuttiness and roasted malts. Some dark fruit aromas too.
A nutty chocolate taste which seems to leave a little pepper on the tip of the tongue on the finish.
A very light body, a little thin, but very tasty.
One of the tastiest beers, sweet but not cloyingly. Definitely one I would seek out again.
Can't wait for CCB to open up their distribution outside of Florida.

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Photo of KajII
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a hazy dark brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown creamy head that lasted a very long time, finally reducing to a thin cap and a medium collar which in turn did produce some good sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted cereal malt and a leathery yeast with notes of milk chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, molasses and a bit of oats.

The taste was extremely malty and a tad sweet with hints of caramel and molasses early on, and then became rather creamy and a little bitter with notes of chocolate and coffee towards the end. The flavor hung on for a good long duration letting an espresso mocha taste settle in wonderfully on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a light creamy robust texture and a mild to medium carbonation.

Overall a brew that is an exquisite representation of this style, with the oats giving it a nice smooth, creamy feel and a great drinkability. Most definitely one of the best Brown Ale's I have tasted to date...

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Photo of KYGunner
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice rich brown coloring yielded a loosely knit head that had built well but deleted away.

The aroma holds some maple syrup, Graham cracker, roasted barley with a finish of floral hops. The aroma has a good strong character.

The flavor holds more barley, light toast, even lighter chocolate and some bready malt. The flavor was a tinge weak with a wateriness that pushed into the feel. The moderate carbonation adds a smooth feel but the wateriness detracts a bit.

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Photo of nataku00
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark brown, with some haze visible throughout, and almost three fingers of light brown/tan creamy head. Head also contains several large bubbles and started dissipating slowly, leaving a lot of nice lacing as left a good size collar along the edge of the beer of creamy foam and a patch of large bubbles in the middle.

Nose is lactic acid surprisingly, some dark fruit, toasted malt, baked bread, and chocolate. From the aroma, it's almost like this beer is slightly soured like a wild ale. Really interesting.

Perhaps this is infected, but the taste is dominated by lactic acid and makes this beer taste like a lighter Flanders oude bruin. Sour cherry, lightly toasted malt, rye bread like spice, red wine astringency. I'm not sure if this was intended to be a sour, but it drinks like an average one. One note tartness.

Light bodied and very carbonated with prickly bubbles, another possible sign of infection. I do have another bottle that I received in a separate trade as an extra so I'll have to see how that one tastes.

Not quite what I was expecting, but it wasn't terrible, just didn't taste like an American brown ale.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly murky deep brown with muddy garnet highlights when held to light. Large frothy beige head wont allow this pour to happen in one round. Smell is earthy and tart, not really what I was expecting. Hints of caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate lie deep beneath the surface. Tart dark fruit in the nose is a little odd. Taste is caramel malty with a dark fruity tartness that seems out of place in a brown ale. Hints of chocolate and toffee in the flavor as well. Medium to thin body with a high level of carbonation and a slick oily mouthfeel. I believe this bottle was on its way to infected before I opened it. Looking at some of the reviews this seems to be a recurring issue. As is its an OK beer with a weird tartness for the style, but if this sat in my cellar I'm sure it would have become and oud bruin or sorts. Should I ever get another I will re-rate.

A generous soul provided me with a replacement bottle, apparently there was a bad batch of this beer that I am told was distributed mainly in the Jacksonville area.
Pours a solid dark brown with faint reddish highlights when held to light. Smallish off white head dissipates quickly to a cap. Smell is kind of fruity with dark pitted fruit and a hint of alcohol. Slight earthy aroma and hints of chocolate round out the nose nicely. Taste is fruity and caramel with hints of chocolate and ethanol. Slightly dry finish with a lingering fruity ethanol taste. Medium body ans level of carbonation with a somewhat watery mouthfeel. This sample was certainly better than the infected version, but its still an unremarkable beer. My score will reflect this bottle.

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Photo of Bennettrox
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks once again to Dolfan84

A - Nice dark brown almond hue. Solid one finger head

S - Nuts and molasses. Also a very sweet taste to this, almost candy like.

T - Very rich and sweet malts. More nut flavor, but for some reason the sugar sweetness is dominating my palate. A little tobacco shows its head as well.

M - A little on the thinner side than I like for brown ales. Medium carbonation.

O - I typically really enjoy brown ales. This one was good, but it was a little to sweet for my liking. A one and done for me.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger off-white semi-fine head that dissipates rather quickly into a thin film surrounded by a frothy ring. Beer is a clear dark mahogany. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate stick. A pretty beer and the deep color is rather alluring.

S: Nose is quiet subtle overall. Bit of nuttiness, cane and brown sugar, and hints of cinnamon spice. Also some bittersweet caramel notes. Spot on for the style. Nothing out of the ordinary either good or bad.

T: Opens big malt and nutty presence. Caramel and slightly sour and sweet toffee. Actually a bit of mint nuttiness towards the middle lightens the body. Caramel and stale coca-cola towards the end. Finish is muted spicy cinnamon sticks that have been robbed of their heat. Aftertaste is walnut shells and caramel.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and bubbly going down. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers. Again, solid but nothing that stands out.

O: A very good beer for its style that's solid in every aspect of the word. However, as I've said again and again in this review, nothing really stands out for me here. A great beer that's highly drinkable and/or sessionable but nothing I'd go out of my way to try. Interesting because this offering seems perfectly suited to take on the barrel characteristics of whatever it is aged in. A teaser, if you will, from CCB.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark copper color with a fine-bubbled tan head. Nice collar and lacing.

Nose is surprisingly fruity - pineapple and mango. Brown bread, scorched caramel and dark malt aromas are subtle yet substantial - pretty nice.

Taste is a nice blend of yeasted bread and caramel nut maltiness. Mouthfeel though, is what gets me excited about this beer - creamy texture and the carbonation is pinpoint fine. I think there are a few brown ales I would rather have than this...malt in general seems a bit lacking and the yeast runs too rampant. While still good, I was a bit disappointed in this one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Appears to be a bit of sediment in the bottle so it must be over 3 months old. Color is a hazy dark brown and a half inch of opaque colored head. Sticky lacing.

S - Smells of slightly nutty, mostly brown malts, and some hops

T - Taste pretty good for a brown ale. Mostly brown malts and hops with a touch of nutty almost flavor and the finish is kind of bitter even for it being old.

M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall I am kind of stunned this has such great reviews. I have never been a huge fan of brown ales so maybe it is that good but it seems very similar to Voodoo's brown ale with a low ABV.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown colored brown beer with a creamy finger of head that left some decent lace. Also, the head was a tannish color.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee with brown sugar and a little bit of roasted goodness there. Smells solid and appropriate for the style.

T - Brown sugar, caramel, little bit of oats that don't sour too much. It has a nice mildly roasted character but this is definitely a brown ale and it tastes like a good one.

M - Creamy, moderate carbonation, fairly filled out medium body.

O - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit for what it was. I find a good brown ale to be a nice experience, although not necessarily a world class one. I'd say this fit the bill and would drink it again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft, served in a shaker pint glass. Appears dark brown in color, no head. Nutty sweet aroma. Taste is well balanced, easy drinking. Fuller mouthfeel

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Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First I've seen of Cigar City in my corner of VT. This is only available at one location and that's a health food store.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a thin head. Not as brown as I hoped it would be but it's close as it is.

Caramel, toffee and a touch of cocoa are apparent in the nose of this ale. It certainly does more complex than a standard brown ale.

Tastes like a porter with the mouthfeel of a brown ale. Sweet and toasty with a very nice roasted coffee/cocoa note in the middle. Caramel. Toffee. It doesn't lay anything on too thick.

Lots of balance and interplay between flavors. The mouthfeel is sort of thin though.

Very tasty and well worth what I paid for the 6 pack.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronzey brown colour, quite a few floaties in my glass. Head is enormous, but lovely. Bit too big, but good.

Smells like coffee upfront but it gives way to strong grainy-sweet: smells like a grain bag, touch of caramel, carob and a wet wool note. Crystal grain, mostly. Not bad.

Taste is more roasty. Has a nice dark caramel upfront that develops peppery espresso roast, then more chocolatey on the back, slight hint of vegemite but nice bittersweet cocoa finish. Quite simple, but very pleasant, subtle drinking.

Bit sizzly and dry. Could use a lot more body.

A bit hit and miss, but the taste (most important) is nice and smooth and well-balanced. That's what counts.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Dark brown with a light brown head that provided some lacing, not much but was there.

S= It smells a little "earthy" you can smell some dark fruits in the beer.

T= Taste a little like the nose a little "earthy" to me and can taste some dark fruits not much but they are there.

M= TO me very smooth.

D= Very low ABV very drinkable not my favorite by Cigar City but a very decent brown ale.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown body, tan head dissipates quickly to a film and ring. Not much lacing.

Smells of roast nuts, coffee, and toffee.

Tastes nutty, with hints of coffee and toffee. Not too hoppy with a little hop bitterness in the quite dry finish that complements the other flavors.

Light in body and carbonation, quickly goes flat.

A good tasting brown beer with a nutty flavor, nicely hopped, and fairly low ABV. Decent beer for drinking and enjoying with food, but not highly remarkable.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bring brought me this one from his side of the pond. That's not a typo. Cheers man! Enjoyed this one while bewing up my next hop monster, which is still in the fermenter.

From a can into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with decent retention. Chestnut brown with slightly lower levels of carbonation. Head fades to a splotchy wisp. A ring remains and leaves some small dots of lacing falling down the glass.

SMELL: Dark malts with dark bread notes, some cocoa powder and espresso. Touches of toffee in there and some oats play a role as well. Nice, but not quite as impressive as the flavor.

TASTE: More oats here for sure, with dark, bready malts and cocoa powder up front. Some caramel and toffee sweetness in the middle into the swallow, then a medium but persistent finish of dark bread, cocoa powder, some bitter espresso and touches of roastiness. Quite nice.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Not quite as creamy as hoped, but goes down fine and finishes dry on the palate.

OVERALL: Nice beer for sure. I can see why it's a popular regular offering. It could be a touch creamier perhaps, especially for an oatmeal ale, but this is a flavorful and enjoyable brew. Love me some CCB. Cheers bring!

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Photo of mrchrisray
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

dark, cloudy, and some floaters. light carbonation, small head, hardly any retention, and okay lacing and looks like dirty tea.

smoky, roasted dark chocolate, no hop smells for this palate, and some toffee espresso..barely.

chocolate at first, roasted malts, i don;t taste as much coffee as i smell.

kinda flat, easy to drink, smooth going down, and unsweetened baking chocolate aftertaste.

overall, good beer for the style, feels like its been open for an hour but only 10 mins. good but not amazing.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Poured into a RR pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, redish brown color. It's not totally dark (you can see through it). Very thin tan head that disappears very quickly. OK carbonation with little lacing, which was surprising.

S: I got the roasted malty notes right off the bat. Woody. Caramel and chocolate are there but faint. Smells like a weak stout.

T: Deep roasted malt base here. Rich flavors for a brown ale. Deep. Get some of the chocolate that I smelled, but nothing overpowering. Crisp clean finish.

M: Like a watery stout. Coats the mouth a little bit. Clean finish that lingers a little.

O: I really have liked the two Cigar City brews I have tried now (Jai Alai as well). Both are extremely well crafted and deep brews. You can tell they put a lot of time and effort into the brewing process. This is a very drinkable brown ale. Not my favorite style, but one that can be overlooked. I would definitely sample again if the time arose.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maduro pours out a dark, cloudy, but not completely opaque beer. It's topped with a light mocha brown head which leaves decent lacing.

The beer gives off a fresh aroma of freshly baked sugar cookies, molasses, brown sugar, and slight honey-like notes.

Flavor of this beer is full, and the first thing I pick up is gingerbread. Light floral notes mid palate and a sort of sweeter finish bring some of that brown sugar/molasses flavor out from the aroma. Bitterness is present, and higher than expected for a brown ale, yet the malt still is king of the carnival.

It's a bit chalky in texture, but not necessarily dry. Carbonation is plentiful, and supports the full body of this beer very well.

It's surprisingly drinkable for what I get out of it in taste and feel. It seems like the alcohol should be higher, but it's good as is.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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