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: 719 | Ratings: 2,660
Photo of rka758
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into wine glass.
$3 at Connecticut Wine and Liquors in DC

A: Pours a deep brown with little to no head.
S: Biscuit malts and a bit of liquid smoke.
T: Sweetness, Chocolate and Smoke.
M: Smooth.
D: Very drinkable and enjoyable.

This is my first time tasting a CC beer and I enjoy it quite a bit.

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

Bottle scored in Washington DC hand-carried back to The Big, split with neighborhood beer buddy.

A bit less than a full finger of medium brown head, over dark brown nearly opaque body, needed to hold up closely to light to see several streams of small rising bubbles. Nose is fairly complex, some light roasted floor malt, tobacco (!), caramel and floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, easy drinking personified. Mouthfeel is medium, light effervescence. Not bad, I need a Cubano sandwich to fully enjoy this. Would be interested in trying the more complex versions of this base beer.

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Photo of BSiegs
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color, ruby around the edges when held to light. Ample off white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma is nice, with plenty of malt, dark roast, chocolate, hint of spiciness and nuttiness. Taste follows closely, roast is a bit subtle on taste. The body is medium-light with moderate-high carbonation. A solid brown ale.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a deep ruby brown with a light tan half finger head. Sub-par retention, leaving an island of microbubbles in the middle of the glass, and a ring around the edge. Spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Chocolate and sugary sweetness; almost cola like. Touches of coffee.

Taste - Follows the nose. Powdered chocolate and sugared malt sweetness; more toffee than caramel. Moderate roasted nut character in the finish, with faint traces of mocha nipping well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy, then finishes bone dry.

Overall - This is a really good brown. A little too dry for my taste, but the flavor is great. I suppose that comes with the territory of an EBA, though. In any event, it kicks the tail out of Newcastle.

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Photo of Acforster2
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can dated June 18, 2015. Consumed on July 28, 2015. Appearance is dark brown with tan head and is nearly opaque. Smell is very subdued. Beer smells a little nutty. Taste and mouthfeel are outstanding. Drinkability is dangerously high. Highly recommended like most cigar city beers. Cheers.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a stemmed tulip glass
Received as a trade extra from cparles (Thanks!)

A: A dark brown with a reddish hue; 1 -2- fingers of tan head settling fast to a thick collar leaving no lacing.

S: Wow, a really nice nose though I am having a hard time describing it. Lots of sweet malt and some kind of spice. There is a big toffee-like richness floating around.

T: A deep, rich flavor of espresso and toffee, roasted malts and chocolate. The addition of bittering hops dry out the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation but it feels a bit thin.

O: A pleasant overall brown; it has an interesting nose and is sweet but not overly.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a red hue and a large but fizzy head that fizzles out rapidly.

Coffee, caramel, and chocolate on the nose with some roasted nuts.

Roasted nuts and coffee come first in flavor, with raisin and chocolate following. Sweet tipped cigar notes make for a slightly smokey finish.

Maduro is a bit thin, carbonated, and sweet, but refreshing for a brown, yet almost dark and roasty enough to be a porter.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, cloudy chestnut brown with reddish-copper highlights. There's 3 fingers of fluffy, khaki-colored head that dissipates slowly revealing good lacing.

N: Caramelized brown sugar, notes of milk chocolate and perhaps a hint of molasses.

T: Roasted barley, brown sugar, notes of molasses and scorched cocoa upfront. Mid-palette brings in doughy bread, toasted grains and maybe some sour dough. Finishes with dough, molasses and earth.

M: Light-medium bodied, somewhat silky, creamy, clean and dry.

O: Very subtle, easy drinking and sessionable. Darker malts are showcased very well highlighting brown sugar, molasses, cocoa and earth. A solid Brown Ale.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep coffee brown, with a two-finger head, medium grayish brown. Good lacing, and good head retention. Quite appealing.

Smell is weak. I can barely pull anything out of it. I do get some sweetness and fullness, but no real strong smells. Hint of hops late. Kinda smells like a brown ale, but the scent is strangely diluted.

Taste is much better than the smell. Good complexity, with some sweet dark malts, a great oaty fullness, and a surge of cocoa late.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. It’s smooth, creamy, soft, and full yet light. Medium-low carbonation, just right for the beer. The feel is the highlight for me.

This is a good, straightforward brown ale, but it gets a great boost from the oats. Reminds me of Surly Bender, though its flavor doesn’t rise to that level of complexity. It definitely improves as it warms up, with the mouthfeel coming into its own, and some of the more subtle flavors coming out. I like it.

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Photo of Kendo
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is dark brown with a half-finger light-brown head that settles very quickly.

S: Modestly sweet malt dominates - toffee, caramel malt and a touch of brown sugar.

T: Follows the nose - sweet caramel malt, touch of cinnamon and toffee. Some fruity sweetness.

M: Light in heft, thinnish in feel. Carbonation is fairly active and fizzy.

O: Good. Doesn't blow me away - a bit too thin in feel.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with little to no head. Smells sweet like toffee. Taste is very similar to the smell, toffee, a little bit of chocolate, and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is medium with little carbonation. A very good brown ale.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Thank you to shan8454 for this brew in trade!

Appearance: Brown in color with about one finger of a biege head.

Smell: Nutty, with fruity banana like smell, sort of like a hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth, medium bodied. Nutty up front that gives way quickly to a coffee flavor, which I was not expecting.

Overall: One of the better brown ales I have had. And it smelled like a hefeweizen and drank like a stout.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with deep notes of caramel and light toffee notes. Taste is also a nice mix between some deep caramelized malt with balanced sweetness level and some light toffee notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Very well brewed and balanced and malt profile is quite exquisite. Very well done for style I don’t particularly care for.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with small head

S: bread, roast

T: roasted malts dominate, dry, only a small hint of hop bitterness

M: medium, appropriate for style

D: a well balanced, relaxed beer, keeping with the style it is not overwhelming, just a smooth drinkable beer

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

Nice appearance, crystal clear dark chestnut brown color. But there is not much head to it.

Good aroma, light roasty and nutty notes.

Flavor is good but not exceptional. It is smooth and some what full feeling, but thin on flavor.

A very drinkable brown but not exceptionally noteworthy.

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

Another CC beer thanks to scottyshades. Thanks Scott.

A: Pours a redish brown but appears darker brown when held to light mostly due to cloudyness. Little to no head. Not much lacing.

S: Malts, oatmeal, hints of citrus, some sweet caramel like notes finish.

T: First off this is a very well balanced beer. The malt and oatmeal hits first. The aftertaste leaves a very mild caramel sweetness that permeates quite nicely. Alcohol is not very present. After several sips I'm starting to pick up that citrus I was smelling. A very tasty beer.

M: Viscous at first, but dissipates quickly. Carbonation provides just enough tingle helping to spread the beautiful sweetness mentioned above.

D: Despite the richness of this beer, it feels much lighter. It tastes great and has an abv under 6. This is a beer that will work well paired with a good dinner and I would be just as comfortable with it on a nice sunny afternoon. This beer is very drinkable.

Overall I love this beer. One of the best brown ales I've ever had. I will certainly be seeking it out again. Thanks again Scotty!

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Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5


Bottle received as an extra in a trade with swellbrewer, thanks! Poured into a snifter.

A: Somewhere between sienna and russet. Nice color and good clarity when held to light. The creamy head is one inch and beige.

S: Toasted malt with a little biscuit and a light roast. Notes of orange and earth. There's a faint nutty quality that goes well with the biscuit. This gives the impression of balance. A little chocolate and caramel as well. Great aroma.

T: The flavor doesn't quite match the aroma. It possesses an upper low level of bitterness with hops imparting citrus in the form of orange. Malt is toasted biscuit with a little caramel and nuttiness. The beer is very smooth and well balanced.

M: This is medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, and almost chewy. Reall nice.

Overall: A good American Brown Ale from Cigar City. Recommended.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a dark brown with ruby highlights. A creamy one finger of khaki head sits on top

S- typical brown ale smells. Caramel malt, brown sugar, a hing of tobacco, but I also pick up on the oatmeal on the nose.

T- has a twang that really resembles a dominican connecticut broadleaf cigar. It almost comes off as sour, but not quite. (I believe this is the oatmeal influence on the taste) There's also the typical caramel, brown sugar flavors as well. Mid-sip the flavor die off. I have to ding it a little for that.

M- The oatmeal certainly lends to a creamier than normal brown ale, and really helps the finish not to dry too much. Light carbonation.

Certainly doesn't rank above my favs (Smutty Old Brown Dog, Sixpoint Brownstone) but it's a better than normal brown ale with a interesting twist (the oatmeal)

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with an inch of tan head. Moderate carbonation evident and lots of sediment in the glass.

s - Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, light bready malts, and like nuts. Maybe some light wood/oak and vanill as well. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet fruit, wood, and light vanilla. Wood comes out more in the taste than smell.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy body.

d - An easy drinking, pretty good brown ale. I enjoyed the smell a lot and it had a nice feel to it. Would have again.

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Photo of TriGuy20
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ravenous Pig in Winter Park Florida.

A: Copper brown with light tan head and a little lace on the side of the glass.

S: Oatmeal/ light coffee/ chocolate/ toffee/ Malt

T: The oatmeal and bitter chocolate come through nicely on the palate with a nice malt finish

MF: Nice medium body mouth feel with a very balanced texture.

D: Very easy to drink, it would not be a problem to have a multi beer session.

Very pleasant beer. Nothing earth shattering, just a well made beer that is fun to drink.

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Photo of leakyfaucet12
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- dark dark brown. The head is white with quite a bit of lacing down the glass.

s- really really faint. I can smell just hints of coffee.

t- I really enjoy the bread flavor of this beer you can taste the oatmeal coming through. there are malts and a little hopps. Some coffe bitterness too.

m-Tons of carbonation and a full body thats like silk.

This is my first Cigar city and I can see why they are such a great brewery. I cant wait to try more.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing in a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is really nice. Chocolate and coffee are the main smells that I get.

Taste follows the nose. Really nice coffee flavor that reminds me of a good cup of coffee. With all the malts, it has a real nice sweetness that I really like, just it is hard to enjoy with the weather being so warm.

Mouthfeel is really smooth. Not a lot of carbonation. I could really use a little more bubbles.

Overall, a really nice beer. Would be a great beer to have when your enjoying a nice smoked brisket or something similar or when the weather is a little cooler.

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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 axeman9182
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Maduro pours an intensely cloudy deep brown. There's just a faint hint of lighter brown highlights tracing the edge of the glass. To say the light tan colored cap is able to gather itself to two fingers in height would be stretching the truth, and there's barely any lacing left behind to speak of. Nose is solid, predominantly , with some nuttiness showing up as well and a hint of fruity esters. Those esters get lost on my palate though, and I can't find much of anything in the flavor outside the one two punch of biscuits and toasted nuts. It's not bad, but I find myself wishing there was just a little more to it (especially after finding some fruits in the aroma). Body is appropriately mild for a brown ale of this size, with that added bit of smoothness I expect to find in a beer that features oats. The understated carbonation plays up to that as well, resulting in a pretty silky mouthfeel. Maduro is a solidly executed beer, and one I definitely wouldn't mind drinking in the future, but it doesn't make me feel the need to seek it out again.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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