Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale
Cigar City Brewing

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown AleOatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale
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English Brown Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #3,312
4.11 | pDev: 9.49%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown AleOatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale
Notes: The genesis of the beer you're holding in your hand was pretty simple. We asked ourselves, "What if a beer tasted like an oatmeal raisin cookie?" The answer to our rhetorical question was to add raisins, lactose and cinnamon to Maduro, our English-style Brown Ale, a beer that showcases flavors of caramel, toffee and chocolate. The combination of the base beer and the additional ingredients resulted in a beer that tastes like it was baked in Grandma's oven.

25 IBU
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Photo of just1cho
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 12oz can*

Poured a dark coca-cola brown with a khaki colored half-finger thick head. Had very little amount of rocky bubbles on the head and had very little head retention.

This REALLY does smell like an oatmeal raisin cookie. The brown sugar aroma coupled with nutty almonds and notes of raisins really make this smell like a satisfyingly sweet oatmeal raisin cookie. Despite this, I also found that there was a large presence of cinnamon--so much in fact that I felt a more appropriate name for this would have been Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. I also picked up on more of its subtle aromas such as medium roast coffee, the sweetness of the malts, and a bit of milk chocolate. But these aromas were easily overwhelmed with the oatmeal raisin cookie and cinnamon that they were really faint.

The taste follows the nose, not really presenting me with a lot of surprises. There was an oatmeal raisin cookie taste upfront: brown sugar, almonds, and raisins, which developed into cinnamon and subtle milk chocolate. This then ends with a slight coffee-like earthy bitterness from the hops.

This was pretty medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. There was no lingering aftertaste and was smooth and silky.

Really solid and drink-able overall, the tastes and aromas were definitely interesting and flavorful but they weren't as bold as I would have liked it. This is definitely a really good brown ale, and I would undoubtedly drink this again.

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Photo of Captain69
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer seven months ago, when some friends brought a growler back for me, and it was a 5 over all - it was so good I kept searching it at a store found it and let my beer friends try- everyone thought it was great

Put some away for later- Covid 19 hit I brought it back out - still a good 4.5 beer - but some beers don't age good

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Photo of KRug
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 2/14/20

Pours a deep brown with 1.5 fingers of tan head that fades slowly, no lacing

Smells of rich dark malts, roast, cinnamon, toffee, and dark fruits, raisins of course. Damn near perfect in its' simplicity and it practically invites you to try it

The taste is more of the same, but that whole oatmeal raisin vibe really comes out and is backed up by the malt. There's a wonderful chocolate type note on the back end of the sip which lends a mild roasty bitterness that helps this from getting too sweet. This is wonderfully spiced

Superrrrr easy drinking with help from the lactose, I could barely put it down for ling enough to review it! Light medium bodied and very creamy with high carbonation, almost like it's on nitro but still boldly flavorful

Damn, I definitely just found one of my new favorites, and I never really thought I'd say that about a brown ale. It's incredible how authentic this is to an oatmeal raisin cookie, but doesn't go over the top at all. Absolutely getting way more of this

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden brown color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of oatmeal, raisin and chocolate notes. Sweet chocolate, raisin and some oatmeal taste. Very much like a cookie.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, the third highest rated English Brown on BA, that's quite the illustrious distinction, CCB. Well, they also have the top spot locked down with Maduro (which I assume this is at least partially based on, considering the back of the can mentions a "base brown ale"), so that's not too surprising, I suppose.

The pour here is a fairly dark brown hue with mahogany undertones when held up to light, as well as some slight ruby in there as well. Overall, it's surprisingly deep; a few SRM higher than I expected, I think, honestly. The head is a medium-khaki and builds up to a solid two fingers before settling down with a half-finger of consistent foam. A bit of sudsy yet consistent lace shows up here as well. Nice surface coverage here, as well. Overall, a quite-good looking brown.

The nose is definitely more of a brown ale in the traditional style than any kind of adjunct-laden "dessert-ified" version of Maduro or anything, so if your concern was that this would deviate too strongly from the original brown ale style, consider those specific fears allayed. Sure, I pick up some of the light baking spice along with some dark fruit undertones and esters, but it really does not seem like they went too hard or leaned too much on those aspects whatsoever. The main thrust of the scent here is chocolate and toffee with some light molasses, brown sugar, brown bread, and a touch of nuttiness pushing through. Overall, quite nice.

Again, I was a little afraid the raisin element would blindside me on the palate, but it's very much a backing note to the concerto of intense chocolatey depth going on here. The lactose does slightly affect the mouthfeel, almost pushing this into a kind of "lighter-bodied oatmeal stout"-ish category going by feel alone. The nuttiness and palate-brightening spice of cinnamon does a good job here providing some levity from the intense maltiness. I will say that this drinks slightly stronger than its professed 5.5% ABV, but it's not really problematic, just a note. A light touch of earthy hops and a bolstering grassiness combined with the characterful nature of the yeast lends a slightly-fruity and semi-dry element to the finish of this beer. Enjoyable enough but probably not an everyday drinker. I appreciate it for what it is, though, and think it's definitely something worth checking out.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned on 1/13/20. Opened 2/8/20.
1 finger sand colored head, retains well at 1/4". Dark brown ale with good clarity against the light. No lacing but it could be my glass.
Lightly roasted and nutty malt. Subtle wafts of dark fruit and cinnamon spice.
Semi-sweet chocolate, raisin fruit sweetness, lightly spiced with cinnamon...tastes like a cookie.
Thinner side of medium bodied, some heft here would be good. Carbonation is fine. Slightly long and sweet finish...probably no way around that in a cookie beer.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. Dark brown with a white head. Smells of cinnamon, vanilla and oatmeal. Flavor follows the smell with a slight hint of raisins. It smells and tastes like the cookie it represents.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - dark brown not much head
Smell - lots of cinnamon and some raisins
Taste - taste like a cinnamon raisin cookie
Feel - medium body light carb
Overall - like how it says but not what I want

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Photo of bobv
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can packaged 12/09/19.
Moderate pour yields a one inch tan head over a near black body with some lacing. Nose as advertised. Oatmeal, raisin, and cinnamon. Taste mirrors nose closely with dark malts and chocolate adding to the mix. Nice feel and overall, a more than solid brown ale from Tampa.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown so deep it appears to be black until held to the light. Shine a bright light into it and it looks almost burgundy. The pour produces a weak 2 fingers of frothy, shortlived, mocha head that leaves only a few whisps and motes of lace. Aroma is roasted malts: toasted raisin bread, chocolate, toffee, dried plums, bready fruit cake, cinnamon, honey and dry earthy hints. Taste is heavy roast, cakey bread, graham cracker with heavier cinnamon, honey and other spice followed by dark chocolate, dark fruit, faint alcohol and smoke. Fronted by roast, sweet cakey breadiness and chocolate the spices and heavy graham cracker come in at mid-sip and intensify into the finish. From there all rapidly diminishes into a short-lived dark malt and spicy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to low moderate carbonation and a spicy prickliness that could be mistaken for carbonation bite; lively with crawling spice and tongue coating creaminess. Although Brown Ale and Stouts are entirely different animals this brew is similar in aroma and flavor to, but thinner and not nearly as good as, Burnt Hickory's Big Shanty Graham Cracker stout. Of course this comment is entirely subjective.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-Brewed with raisin, cinnamon, and lactose.

A: A lovely one inch plus, creamy textured walnut shell toned head sits atop a dark hazelnut brown pour. Long thin lashes reach mostly around the vessel. Lots of gentle, slow rising carbonation micro-carbonation bubbles are released in a steady, mesmerizing fashion.

S: Coffee and chocolate are the prime on the opening nose. Slight hints of dried raisins, sugar cookies and cinnamon dusting add highlights. Some licorice and dark sweet plums round out with an solid intensity factor.

T: Rich vanilla coffee and sweet raisin cookie for flavor. Bold and flavorful, cinnamon cookies, sweet dark fruit of plums. Raisiny crystal malts and apple brown-betty sweetness is balanced by an earthy brown ale bitterness of warm toasted cocoa-almond.

M: Full mouthful, creamy, thick and chewy, just like the cookie. Small carbonation texture, spicy cinnamon warmth on the inner cheeks.

O: Big and bold flavor of vanilla coffee and sweet raisin cookie makes for the perfect breakfast drink. Chewy mouthful, spicy cinnamon, nice innovation and use to style makes a strong and bold first impression with a continued enjoyment to finish. Outstanding per style.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

To date, this is the blackest beer I have ever put my eyes on, and the rest was pretty good too...

I have had some black beers before - schwarzbiers and the like, but this beats them all - even in the light, the highlights to this brew are black, amazing. The smell was boozy, yet the drink was only at 5% ABV, another interesting experience with this. The feel was lightly carbonated, crisp, and became full-bodied as it warmed. Now, as far as the taste is concerned, this ain't no dessert beer like the title of the brew implies. Instead, the beer was mostly solid, light on the oatmeal and even lighter on the raisins - but still, good. Overall, a great beer to share and one to look out for as far as brown ales are concerned.

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Photo of Lampro
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cinnamon and prunes are notable on the nose. The beer itself is sweet/caramel-y, malty, and heavy. There is a distinct "spiced" flavor profile (cinnamon) and low bitterness. I had this beer solo, but I think it would be best with rich, savory foods.

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Photo of lastmango
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shaker pint tap poured dark chocolate brown with a two finger tan head that left light lacing. Aroma of light cinnamon and dark fruit. Taste of toasted malt, vanilla, brown sugar with hints of raisin and milk chocolate. Nice smooth medium body and carbonation with a bit of silkiness. CC could tone down the sweetness a tad. If I am drinking brown ales, I normally have a couple. I am not sure I would want more than one of these at a time.

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Photo of officerbill
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep, dark brown with a wide dark tan head that gradually dissolves to a lacing.
S: malty, dark bread, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger bread, oatmeal
T: oatmeal cookie (not so much raisin) under a very good dark ale. Toasted oats, ginger bread, cinnamon, brown sugar for thru cookie. Roasted malt, dark bread, very slight hops. A little bit of residual bitterness that's overshadowed by the sweetness of they cookie.
F: full and smooth, mild-moderate carbonation once the head dissolves. A mouthful that goes down smoothly.
O: A very good beer. The oatmeal cookie compliments the dark ale. Cigar City wisely downplayed the “cookie” sugar to allow the malt sweeteners to come through and kept it from becoming a sugar bomb.
This is an excellent choice for breakfast or dessert (with a bowl of good vanilla ice cream) when you don't want the heaviness of a flavored stout.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown body, almost completely opaque, with a light tan head that persists and mild line lacing.

S - Quiet nose of bread malts, strong cinnamon and a hint of vanilla.

T - Follows the nose, with a big hit of oatmeal, cinnamon and sweetness, not much raisin, quick fading to a mild acidity in the finish.

M - Clean quiet open, mild dry close.

O - Hits the notes to establish the name. Very cookie-like, but never cloying or heavy by the subtle sweetness. Tasty.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mahogany brown with a tan head, the cinnamon and raisin aromas are readily apparent on the nose. It literally smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie.

The taste hits the oatmeal raisin cookie notes, too, and there are some vanilla and milk chocolate notes as well. This is truly a delight to drink.

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Photo of Nuttin_but_the_best_Clark
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Unlike a lot of beers which claim to deliver sweet shop or bakery favorites in a liquid version, this one does what it says it will. It tastes like an oatmeal cookie. While the raisins are a bit debatable ... this is as pleasing a dessert beer as I think I've had in a while.

The beer's best attributes are also its downfall. It's way too sweet and cookie-like for you to want to drink more than one or two. While it's a perfect after dinner beer in lieu of dessert, this is not something you'd want to drink consistently throughout the night.

Its pretty light in terms of mouthfeel ... it drinks almost like a cola. There's a decent amount of carbonation and a head which can make it difficult to pour. The smell is that of cookies and the sweetness hits you with the first sip.

Overall, this is a good novelty beer which can be served after dinner at a party to great compliments. However I wouldn't bring a six pack of this to watch a football game with my buddies nor did I catch a buzz off one can like I do with a strong double IPA. You'd have to pay me to drink more than one of these in a row.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep brown - almost black with mahogany highlights around the edges with a tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a tan cap and no real lacing to speak of
S - Notes of cinnamon, chocolate, raisins, cookie dough - the smell isn't very strong, but all the notes are there
T - Follows the nose: cinnamon up front and throughout along with notes of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, sugary cookie dough, brown sugar, oats, raisins
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - somewhat creamy
O - Tastes exactly as it should and therefore is a pretty amazing brown ale - subtle in it's flavor notes, but they're all there.

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Photo of Lucular
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer smells and tastes exactly like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Wow. Cinnamon, oats, sweet raisin and a hint of brown sugar. Usually beers like this don't actually taste like what they claim to be, but Cigar City nailed it with this one. Impressive.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz can on June 18, 2019. Canned 03/28/19. Look is dark brown with a tan head. Smell and taste is cinnamon. Feel is medium in body.

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Photo of hman43
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours dark brown with a tan head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: The aromas have raisin, cinnamon, a bit of nuts and oats. The aromas are a bit sweet with sugar. Vanilla is low in the background. There are hints of floral well in the background.

Taste: The cinnamon is the most prominent. There are nutty and raisin flavors in close support with doughy notes and floral notes in the background. It has hints of vanilla.

Feel: It has a medium body with mild bitterness.

Overall, if an oatmeal cookie was a beer, this would be it. The floral and midl bitterness makes this very easy drinking.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger pale tan head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. Deep brown color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light cinnamon nose, flavor is bready cinnamon, no raisins, some sweetness. Canned Mar 21, 2019. $2.39 for a 12 oz can from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

This one pours a golden brown color, with a small white head, and a lot of lacing.

This does evoke the actual cookie while still smelling like a beer - there's cinnamon and spice, oats, caramel, breadiness, and dark fruit/raisins.

This is really quite good - it's got a wonderful creamy flavor, and a restrained and subtle spice character - not too much cinnamon and spice - just enough. There's slight vanilla, some chocolate, lots of caramel and sweet cookie-like breadiness.

This is creamy, and fairly light bodied, drinks like a liquid cookie, etc.

This is a nice example of a pastry beer that evokes the dessert in question without slapping you upside the head with the theme.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter brown color. 1 finger off white head. Slightly frothy, but the retention isn't the best.
The nose smells a lot like Maduro. I also get some lactose in the aroma.
Taste - Ok, this beer is quite cinnamon forward, and it lingers throughout. The lactose plays in in the middle. Some sweetness, and I do get a hint of raisin.
The body is what I'd expect from the style, and ABV. Nothing wrong with it at all.
This beer is aptly named - it does taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 633 ratings