Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Vanilla | Cigar City Brewing

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
91
outstanding
67 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by tpd975 on 05-28-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
311
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
18.93%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 311
Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler from tpd975, thanks again for our first trade Greg, poured into an oversized wine glass side by side with the cacao and espresso version, shared with Ben, Bob, and Danny last night, color is a medium to dark brown, one inch soapy off white head, some retention and lacing, aroma consists of
sweet vanilla, almost creamer in a coffee-like, roasted malts, brown sugar, caramel, and light molasses, starts off with sweeter caramel than the other two versions, vanilla domiantes the middle with almost a root beer or cream soda feel, pretty bubbly and sweet rounded, the finish has more vanilla mixed with nuts and caramel, it never gets overly sweet which is nice, instead it enhances what is already there is the brown ale and provides a creamier overall feel, slightly sweet, roasted, and malty mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation and especially for a growler, taste lingers quite well without being overbearing, could have drank a lot of this, very smooth and light feeling, good drinkability for any kind of beer containing chocolate or vanilla, would drink again, worth trying

 1,115 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of mctizzz
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of sculls65
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of deebo
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of amstokesdb9
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppySeb
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Kickbacks in Jacksonville.

A - essentially opaque with mahogany highlights. Has a thin bubbly tan head.

S - Sweet aroma with a clear but not too strong vanilla note; hint of milk chocolate.

T - Largely follows the aroma, but the vanilla is too dominant and the beer is too sweet. Roasted malt and oatmeal are detectable.

M - Near medium body but too thin for style. Would also be better with a slight increase in carbonation.

O - Disappointing: I prefer the regular Madura.

 492 characters

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap.

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of vanilla bean first and foremost, with good amounts of toasted and chocolate malt aromas backing it up. As it warms the vanilla aroma fades a bit and hints of tobacco enter into things.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, although the supporting cast members are a bit more intense. Toasted and lightly roasted chocolate malt flavors kick things off and are joined almsot immediately by smooth vanilla flavors. Midway through the sip the vanilla subsides a bit and hints of milk chocolate and tobacco make an appearance then carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass and could have another.

Overall I'm not so sure I don't like this better without the addition of vanilla beans, however that's not to say the addition isn't interesting. Worth a shot.

 1,028 characters

Photo of goast8127
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of johnyb
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. Raters at my table were not so oy-yoy-yoy about the vanilla, but I appreciated the vanill's edge and smoothness,a rising above the chocolate and making it a decent drinker, owing to it being more on the sweeter side.Very dark with a whisp of a head, suitably carbonated.

 326 characters

Photo of cjgator3
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of StephRai
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of let8it8grow
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of maseww22
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in the brewery when I picked up a growler to send to Koopa. I just now found my notes.

Pours a nice dark brown with a frothy, big head. Very creamy appearance.

Not too much going on in the nose. I would have liked some vanilla, but it smells a bit more like a muted Maduro.

Thankfully the taste isn't hiding like the nose. This tastes a lot like the regular Maduro, but the vanilla smooths over some of the coffee notes already present.

Very creamy in the mouth. Nice feel all around.

This is a great beer, but I would have preferred a more vanilla forward beer.

 574 characters

Photo of joshwith
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler via trade thanks to Sebletitje. Glad to try another brown ale from the brewery that IMO does the style best. Yes, I'm drinking the CCB Kool-aid. These guys are good, and MOST of the hype is warranted.

Pours cloudy chestnut brown with a thick, creamy light yellow-beige head that lasts. Good lacing.

Aroma is nice and sweet. Lots of vanilla, along with sweet caramel, wood, and nuts.

Flavor is fairly sweet and very complex. Caramel and toffee malt notes, chestnut and other nuts, LOADS of vanilla, wood (was this -bal aged?), chocolate, and molasses. Crazy stuff.

Palate is exceedingly smooth and creamy, with medium-full body. Really sticks with you.

It's almost unfair to classify this as a brown ale, but if you do, it's great for the style. Drinkable and really enjoyable overall.

 797 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Vanilla from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe