Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Vanilla
Cigar City Brewing

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - VanillaMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Vanilla
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English Brown Ale
4.13 | pDev: 8.47%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - VanillaMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Vanilla
Notes: Being the first beer we had ever brewed, Maduro English-style Brown Ale is truly Cigar City Brewing’s classic recipe. The classics, however, need occasional reconsideration. What better way to update our own classic than with the addition of Madagascar vanilla to add a marshmallow-like sweetness, a fuller body and a touch of burnt sugar to Maduro’s complex chocolate and toffee malt character. Remaking a classic has never tasted better.

IBU: 25
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Photo of jmdrpi
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft

Dark brown in color, creamy off white colored head. a mild aroma of vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate. Slightly sweet. nitro mouthfeel fits the beer pretty well.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Deep brown color with a hint of ruby and a light tan head. Smell is mostly coffee and roasty up front and followed by a sweet, cream, vanilla aroma. Seems pretty balanced. The taste is similar, with coffee up front followed by sweet vanilla flavors as it mellows and finishes. The mouthfeel might be the most interesting part of this beer. For lack of a better term it's "fluffy" and creamy but not thick or syrupy like a stout. Highly carbonated.

Suggested food pairing: Pulled pork

If you like this beer then you should also try: Sumatra Mountain Brown

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely have it again) Both coffee and vanilla flavors are noticeable and complement one another instead of competing or muddling the beer. Maybe not a beer I'd drink a lot of, but it was interesting, well executed and worth a try.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A vast improvement over the standard Maduro - Cigar City knows how to take things to the next level, which they do very well with this. Some amazing things happening here, considering it's a brown ale.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to jhartley for this can!

A - Deep burgundy brown colored pour with a thick, soapy tan lacing, no carbonation.

S - Perfect balance of vanilla and earthy with graininess and some chocolate.

T - Vanilla, earthy graininess, moderate milk chocolate, and a mild milk chocolate bitterness on the back end.

M - Medium body.

O - Brown ales are not on my radar at all but this one is worth trying.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Masonz223
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Smell: vanilla milk chocolate medium roast coffee
Taste: really light flavored upfront hints of sweet vanilla middle of the mouth light roasted coffee dark chocolate in the finish toasted malts and a mild milk chocolate sweetness creep in.
Feel: light medium body slightly waterd down soft mouthfeel
Overall: light on the nose and the flavor would be a nice beer to substitute for a cup of coffee in the morning.

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Photo of TH28
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Mateo2699
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a dark brown hue, off white colored head with nice retention. Sweet vanilla and caramel initially with the aroma, hints of roasted malt and coffee. Following the nose well, getting hints of vanilla but not as noticeable like the aroma. Big roasty brown ale malts and chocolate. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel that's medium bodied. Definitely better than the regular brown ale Maduro, nice variant.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I just had this on tap at brass tap not sure how it's retired
This is dark rich and creamy
Great brew if it's retired they should bring it back and can it

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Photo of FBarber
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +12.8%
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 -13.8%
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 +2.9%
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 +4.6%
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 -3.1%
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 MJSFS
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: clear brown body with a thick creamy tan head S: typical brown ale. No hints of vanilla. T: malty brown ale with hints of vanilla M: nitro makes this a smooth creamy ale O: very enjoyable brown ale. The vanilla and nitro make it slightly sweet and very creamy.

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Photo of Slack
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium brown with very little head and minor lacing.

Vanilla is overwhelmingly dominate on the nose. Malt and black coffee are also present.

Taste is similar to the nose with malty semisweet vanilla mixed with coffee and minor bitterness.

Mouthful is medium to light with medium carbonation. Finish is mildly dry and sweet.

Reminiscent of a desert beer although not as sweet or vanilla forward as crème brulee but nonetheless a great beer.

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Photo of seedyone
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Seanem44
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at smokeybones. I was a little disappointed. The taste was... Off. Not what I expect from CCB, so ill re-review if I can ever get some again. It was just flat, watery and though the vanilla was present, it was overshadowed by a bitter taste non existent on regular Maduro.

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Photo of richj1970
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +6.8%
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 -15.5%
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 Kurmaraja
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clean nitro appearance though the head isn't as prominent as I expected. Nutty coffee and vanilla aroma. Sweetness on the palate with the roasted brown notes taking to the background. Creamy feel but a finish the is a touch watery. The best beer during my recent visit to the brewery.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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 frozyn
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On the phone, so abbreviated review.

Nice dark brown color with a thick cream head on tap. Vanilla scent comes out clear, malty sweetness supports it very well. The same can be said for the taste: vanilla shines, but doesn't dominate, and allows the malt to come through nicely. Feel is good, not heavy nor light. Really great offering, great to have on tap.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Vanilla from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 457 ratings