Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Mocha Cubano
Cigar City Brewing

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English Brown Ale
4.17 | pDev: 10.55%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 25 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Ratman197
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Doodler ( thanks Scott) poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of carmel, coffee, earthiness and light cocoa. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, cocoa and light carmel with a smooth lingering coffee finish.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.24/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in 5-oz tasting glass

A: little head, dark brown, good carbonation, ok lacing
S: roasted barley, like a chocolate bock; persists
T: chocolate-bock-like biter but sweetish; vanilla and roasted grains are very strong

It's an unusual brown ale but, IMO, to close to the other beer I've had, the Cubano, and not a good direction in which to take this style. To each their own.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap @ Al's of Hampdem (Enola, PA) on 6/15/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber, with a thin head of burnt tan foam. This retains with some rich bunching, with some thin wisps in the center, leaving behind a cascade of creamy foam that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is rich with coffee and roast, possessing just the right amount of burnt acrid character to it. I'm getting some softer notes of sweet vanilla and cocoa haning on the edges, while a touch of green floral hops and light herbal accents weaves in and out as well.

Much more sweetness comes out in the taste, with some chocolate character and a touch of vanilla adding some sweet creaminess to the proceedings. That espresso and roast shore up the back of the profile though, mixing with some earthy hops to spread a dirty bitterness across the back of the palate. The taste seems a bit more balanced here but it lacking the aggressiveness of the coffee that present in the aroma. Dry roasty finish on this, with some lingering earth and green citrus hanging around. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being sharper up front but then spreading out and getting creamier as you near the swallow. The oats keep this flowing nice and easy across the palate.

This was was pretty good but seemed to lack more of the coffee richness that I was looking for in the taste. Aroma, feel, and drinkibility were all quite good however. Decent effort here from Cigar City.

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Photo of thain709
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A brown body with nice ruby highlights around the edges...a kinda small, creamy, light brown head was present...nice lacing

S - This is a great smelling beer...loads of roasted coffee and espresso beans...milk chocolate is lingering as well

T - The taste is just a bit off from the aroma...the coffee flavor is definitely present from start to finish...a sweetness is added as coffee with a touch of cream...there is a more roasted flavor present on the palate...the finish is bittersweet being highlighted by the roasted coffee beans and milk chocolate flavor

M - Medium bodied...creamy from the nitro...a great, long-lasting flavor

D - This is not for people who don't like coffee...a great coffee presence throughout the entire beer...the body never gets too heavy and only being 5.5% it's highly drinkable...I'm happy Cigar City is available in PA now

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

Appearance: Dispenses a dark brown body with a modestly-sized, dark beige head.

Smell: Roasty, toasty dark malts with notes of cocoa powder, fresh-from-the-oven nuts, dark caramel. Thin hints of espresso and blended pipe tobacco.

Taste: All of the dark brown maltiness you'd expect, particularly if you've had any of their other brown ales. Sweetish tastes of cocoa-coated, oven-roasted nuts and caramel paired with a subtler hint of espresso beans. Small touch of dark fruitiness. Slight tobacco accents. A bit more of the coffee character comes through on the finish, as the tastes and body slacken to allow it to come across a bit more clearly.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well-balanced and fairly tasty. Cigar City is really bucking the old adage "if you've had one brown ale you've had'm all!"

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, Mike.

Clear brown with a thin tan head with decent retention, there's no real lacing. The nose is a full frontal assault of coffee, vanilla, hazelnut and a little caramel, there's no room for subtlety here. The palate is a carbon copy of the nose, opening with a moderate espresso character followed by hazelnut and vanilla. Did they use hazelnut coffee for this beer? There's a touch of caramel as well, this beer finishes dry with a little espresso bitterness. Solid stuff, enjoyable but not something I'd describe as well-crafted.

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Photo of brentk56
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I presume this beer is a/k/a Cubano Espresso Maduro

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark brown color but displays no head and leaves no lace

Smell: Sweet coffee with a hint of cream

Taste: Loads of coffee flavor up front with a developing chicory bitterness that arrives by mid-palate; the bitterness fades after the swallow and leads to a pure coffee finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the best coffee by proxy beers I have tasted; really fine

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Photo of thryn
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Take a great base beer and add espresso beans? Oh hell yes.

This growler's been sitting for way too long, but having had this (from a previous fill) a couple months ago, I can say it was not flat and had a decent head retention (tan head, medium reddish-brown body) and moderate carbonation level. So look and feel are based on what it was like fresh.

Smell and taste really haven't suffered for the amount of time this growler has been sitting. Plenty of roasty coffee and smooth malt, with a faint chocolatey scent. A bit more chocolate on the palate. Very well balanced.

Definitely not for people who don't like coffee, as that is a prominent characteristic of this brew, but if you do (and do I ever), seek this one out.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

128 oz growler purchased at Cigar City Brewery, in Tampa, FL.

A- Pours a nice mahogany brown. Just what a brown ale should look like. A big frothy tan head permanantly sits atop my beer and leaves great lacing.
S- Coffee, coffee, and a little bit more coffee when it's done. If you're a coffee/espresso fan, then this will be right up your alley.
T- Surprise, surprise: Coffee. Amazingly it doesn't overpower the beer but compliments it rather nicely. In addition I get some toasted malts and bittersweet chocolate.
M - Medium body, good carbonation. Not sure what else to say.
D- Considering my buddy and I killed the entire 128 oz growler by ourselves (and we still wanted more) speaks volumes for just how good/drinkable this beer is.

Overall - A superb coffee beer for anyone who loves a good coffee beer. I found this version much better than the cedar aged "humidor series", and would love if they bottled it, as sadly I only had one growler...

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Photo of Shaw
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a growler I bought two days ago at the brewery:

It's a very dark brown (coffee-colored, even) with a big foamy, sticky head.

It has a great aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate.

The taste is all about the Cuban espresso beans, but not in a heavy-handed way. But I can't taste anything other than tasty espresso coffee with a mild malt sweetness.

The body is creamy and light.

Overall this is a great beer for coffee lovers. I can't say I would recommend it for someone who doesn't like coffee.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another gem I was able to score from the ever present CCB lineup. This one I was really looking forward to. Alas the leaky CCB top strikes again though! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/18/2009.
Appearance 3.5 - The pour was lacking I have to admit. No head, no bubbles, flat. Nice light brown color with a clear translucence to it.
Aroma 4 - Lots of tobacco, cocoa, and hints of molasses. Nice big malts in here as well, Warming brings out hints of vanilla and caramel as well as a slight herbal note to it.
Taste 4 - Very clean flavor. Vanilla and cocoa leading a roasty, tobacco flavor. Nicely done here. Vanilla and molasses come though mid palate, nothing too heavy though, rather nicely put together. Nice clean finish with a hint of bitter at the end,
Feel 3 - Suffered from being flat, biggest issue here, but was a little thin, again being flat I am sure contributed to this. Getting another one would help and is a priority for me.
Drinkability 4 - Easily session able with modest abv and nice warm flavors. Had the carbonation been up I would have pounded it. Still a very solid offering I would have no issue at all with repeating.
Overall - Very solid. If they could just get the cap issue straight this would be fantastic. I love everything that comes out of this and I am sure this would be no exception, need to get the full effect.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love being a local. I noticed on the website that this beer was available this week and decided to drive down and pick up a few growlers. I cracked the growlers and shared a few pints with the family.

Upon pouring it looked no different from the Maduro, a nice dark amber color. The smell was that of Cuban coffee. For anyone that hasn't had the pleasure of Cuban coffee it is a very strong brew. Lots of roasting and lots of coffee flavor.

The taste was exceptional. The care taken with this brew is astonishing. The coffee itsn't there simply to mask the beer. It takes center stage, but the beer isn't just hiding in the background.

The feel of the beer is a little surprising. With the strong Cuban coffee flavor you would expect grittiness. Not the case.

There is something to be said about drinkability. For as heavy and aromatic as this beer is I found it quite drinkable. I could easily drink a few pints and not bat an eyelash. Just don't switch beer as you probably won't taste it without a pallet cleanser.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery after a day of bottling Bolita. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Very similer to the other treatments of Maduro. Clear, deep, reddish brown with one and a half fingers of cream colored head that leaves tons of thick lace.

A: I get the big cacoa first followed by a subdued espresso. Subdued compared to the espresso aged Maduro, but still quite prevelent. Roasted nutty malts and earthy hops round out the nose.

T: Wow, just a great mix of cacoa and espresso. The cuban beans add just a fantastic coffee flavor to the richness of the cocoa.

M: Light to Medium body and a perfect amout of carbonation.

D and overall impression: Just like the other Maduros, the drinkability is throug the roof, I could drink this all afternoon. Overall, I still think I like the plain espresso treatment a little better, but not by much, this one is top notch. Thanks go out again to Joey and Wayne for yet another great brew. Skal.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at CCB

A: Pours a nice light brown hue with a small cream colored head. Nice retention and some lace.

S: Nice aromas from this one. Light toasted malt with a big blast of coffee and milk chocolate.

T: Nice flavors as well. Wonderful roasted malt. Lots of coffee with subtle chocolate and cream. Hints of caramel lay beneath.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Good Carbonation.

D: Pretty good. Tasty but not my favorite of this round of treatments.

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Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Mocha Cubano from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 25 ratings