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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Vanilla | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by tpd975 on 05-28-2009

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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 327
Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours a darker brown with a finger of off white head that fades fast
A: typical brown ale aroma, roasty/nutty, with some vanilla. Smells a little bitter but the vanilla balances it with sweetness
T: not a fan of this one. The vanilla saves the day but still a light brown ale at heart
F: it is rather creamy and smooth, easy drinking too

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Photo of TH28
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. 8/23/16 can date. Appearance: Deep brown, nearly opaque, with some ruby hints of clarity under light. Moderate khaki head. Aroma: Toasted, nutty malt with a strong vanilla bean. Very nice. Taste: Rich toasty malt sweetness with some nutty, almost toffee character, with a moderate creamy vanilla bean character from start to finish. Sorry end the roasty edge of the malt with a low perceived bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a distinct creaminess and low carbonation. Velvety. Finish: Warm toasted and light roast maltiness with a creamy vanilla lingers after the swallow. Overall: Remarkably smooth, creamy, balanced beer. The vanilla smoothed any edges on the toasty, roasted malt, producing a smooth experience throughout. Great take on an already great Brown Ale

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Photo of FBarber
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. Very similar to the Maduro Brown Ale, but with the addition of vanilla beans. Vanilla is noticeable on the nose and gives the flavor a real depth and slight sweetness that is lovely. Feel is spot on for the style. Overall Maduro is one of the best brown ales out there - the vanilla is only an improvement.

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a chance to go on a brewery tour at Cigar City with my girlfriend, it was a ton of fun and we got to try quite a few beers. This was by far the highlight though. I am a vanilla freak, and this was so tasty to me, I got a second sample. My girlfriend is not a fan of beer, she was only there because she knew I wanted to do it, and this caught her so off guard she immediately said we have to buy this to take it home. So that's what we did, got a growler of it and split it when we got back into town. I generally like stouts and porters more than brown ales, and sure this doesn't have the thickness I love of those two styles of brews but the taste was so good I didn't even care. I wish they bottled/canned this, it would be a regular in my fridge!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On nitro. Disappointed that I didn't get as great of a flavor as Maduro and not much vanilla. The mouthfeel of the base beer is so awesome, I think nitro hurt it. Not sure why vanilla was lacking

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, yet very dark brown with a little reddish color and khaki colored head. Vanilla, roast, and some raw cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy. Finishes with vanilla and a chocolate linger.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lowry Parcade in Tampa, FL.

This pours a slightly murky brown color, with a small white head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like creamy vanilla, caramel, and toasted bread.

This is a simple beer for vanilla delivery, with a great creamy vanilla flavor, silky caramel, and toasty bread. It's simple but it works. There's a slight smokiness.

This is medium bodied, with a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Another great beer from CCB.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer here. I don't love brown ales, but I felt like this one was done really well. Tons of vanilla on the nose and upfront on the tongue with a nice bittersweet finish.

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Photo of seedyone
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Cigar City struts it's stuff here. These folks Know their stuff. Nicely balanced across all points in flavor. Smooth & rounded in the aroma & texture departments. Keeping within the spirit of not putting too fine a point on things, I'll resist nit picking & simply declare that this something worth trying, if you never have or simply ordering outright.

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Photo of richj1970
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at local shop.

A: Murky dark brown with one finger light tan head that settled quickly. Little to no lacing.

S: Rich vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel.

T: Reminds me of cinnamon and brown sugar pop tart. Subtle sweetness and lots of vanilla.

M: Full bodied and lightly carbonated.

O: Excellent twist on a brown ale. Very well done.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at Basil Pizza.
Dark brown, opaque.
Smells like vanilla milkshake.
It tastes delightful! Loads of vanilla, but not artificial at all. The brownness is hidden under luscious sweet malt. Mild carbonation. Rich and deep and endlessly drinkable, if it weren't so thick.
Maybe the best brown ale I've ever had the pleasure to brush lips with. The highest recommendation.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

64oz growler filled poured into small hotel glass. Drank same day as pour. Pours dark brown, murky, with a light tan head. Smells sweet, and creamy. Vanilla is kind of overwhelming, but full smooth malts round it out. Very pleasant mouthfeel with great carbonation. Clean after taste, kind of sweet like cream soda. Very good offering, but I prefer the original.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 32 oz growler (plastic, sorry) into a pint glass, dark brown with a short white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: much like Maduro with vanilla notable, nutty, caramel, tobacco, vanilla, sweet, delicious

T: much like Maduro with the excellent flavor of vanilla, sweet malt and vanilla up front, finish is dry hops mixed with sweet vanilla, the balance is perfect

M: medium bodied, light carbonation, chewy

O: excellent brown ale true to style with added flavors that enhance well

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Photo of cjgiant
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Pours a little darker than expected, deep brown, almost Porter-esque. Head is light tan, small bubbles, but coating the entire surface. There is some lacing, as well.
Nose is mostly influenced by the vanilla, but I also get a coconut hint that quite likely is the combination of an dark, oily nut scent with the vanilla.

Taste when cold seems a bit one-dimensional vanilla with a bit of astringency. However, getting the beer to a more proper temperature opens up the nutty flavor a to me. These resemble the nose: oily nut, maybe hazelnut, in taste and feel as well. Vanilla is still present, adding a sweetness and maybe a hint of spice bite (or is something else causing that?). The ending is earthy, root-based bitterness. In some sips there's still a hint of nut.

Overall, fine flavor profile, but it seemed to wash over the tongue fairly quickly, giving a thinner feel than I like, especially combined with the oily aftertaste. Otherwise, this in an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Brackh
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a quick fading head. Sweet vanilla smell. Medium feel, just a bit watery. Pleasant vanilla taste along with what you already liked about regular Maduro. The vanilla improves the beer. Great beer.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: very dark brown. Full tan head on the pour. No lacing to speak of.
smell: much better nose imo than Maduro. Maduro's solid brown nose plus the vanilla plus...some other subtle nut like hints.
taste: same as the nose. Definitely a level up from the base beer. A pleasant brown with some honest to god vanilla, no artificial stuff here.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Backyard Ale House in Scranton, PA. Looks like a regular brown, but smell is pure vanilla, as is the taste. The vanilla adds a wonderful layer to an already great beer. Another winner from Cigar City!

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Photo of Zach136
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Appearance: Deep brown with ruby hues. Solid head lacing.

Aroma: Complex vanilla character reminiscent of chocolate and raisons over a toasty malt base.

Flavor: Light nutty characters, with some earthy hop, and a finish of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, silky with some appropriate hard water bitterness that doesn't linger too much.

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Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The vanilla in the nose and flavor profile is substantial.

This is an oddity for me in two ways:

1) I don’t tend to be a huge fan of vanilla in my beer, yet I found the vanilla notes to be right on target with this one.

2) I was NOT a big fan of the regular Maduro and found this version to be a much better offering all-around (beyond the infusion of vanilla).

Like the original Maduro, I'm still not giving this offering high "true to style" grades. However, it does get a high grade in "tasty."

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

the vanilla adds a real nice touch to this already exceptional brown ale, and to have it from the nitro tap was awesome. cool little taphouse in stuart, florida called the crafted keg. its so creamy looking, darker than i remember it from the can, and holding its luxurious milky head leaving rings at every sip in the pint glass. it smells vanilla heavy, but not artificial at all, but some of the roast seems tamed by the sweetness it brings. the flavor holds true to that, and while the vanilla brings an awesome new flavor wrinkle, some of what made the original base beer special is lost to it just a bit. still, its a great base beer for vanilla, and i think the dosage is appropriate, except the sweetness that it brings lingers on the palate, maybe aided by the nitro feel less aggressive bubbles to wash the mouth clean. fuller bodied like a porter more than a brown ale as we know them. its not a negative, it just limits how much of this is desirable to drink, couple of pints tops for me, where regular maduro i was good for a sixer no problem. cool tweak, less nutty, more sweet, equally delicious.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On nitro tap at the House of Brews in Jensen Beach.
A – Nice brown pour with a two finger slight off white head.
S – Vanilla and lots of it with a whipped cream aroma – think Redi Whip. Very light roasted malt.
T – Touch of roasted malt and coffee flavor up front. Has a milk chocolate mixed with dark. Nice, stromg vanilla at the end. Tasty brew.
M – Lightly carbonated. Light to medium bodied. Creamy on the palate. Leaves behind that vanilla as well.
O – Easy drinker and I mean easy. This goes down smoothly and tastes wonderful. I had three of these down in a blink of the eye.

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Photo of NickTinyRace
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Never would have thought a vanilla beer would be good, but this beer proved me wrong. It had a perfect balance of vanilla that was not overpowering. I would drink this again If I had the chance.

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Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a surprising ale. Coming from Florida, I would have never expected this craft beer to come out the way it has. It is smooth tasting and you can even get the vanilla taste without it being overwhelming. Goes down nice and no weird after taste.

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Photo of EFitzsimmons
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had it on Nitro at Nona Tap Room in Orlando and I felt that on Nitro it had a much better feel and finish, but it is certainly a good beer either way.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On nitro at Vine and Barley Palm City. Served in a nonic pint.

Appearance - Creamy off white head. Deep brown body.

Smell - Buckets of vanilla. Some chocolate. More vanilla.

Taste - Vanilla im various expressions. Never abates. Hop presence comes out here. Deep caramel malts and some chocolate. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. Medium heavy.

Overall - Too much vanilla for me.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Vanilla from Cigar City Brewing
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