Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown AleOatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown AleOatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"O. R. C." pours brown in color with an aroma reminiscent of oatmeal raisin cookies (of course). Mild cinnamon and vanilla notes upfront in the flavor with emerging raisin notes. Lingering spices in the finish with hints of toasted bread.

25 IBU

Added by tpd975 on 10-01-2009

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#3,648
Reviews:
187
Ratings:
498
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
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Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with minimal light penetration. There's a fingernail of brown on top. The aroma is of oatmeal with a hint of fig. I'm tasting oatmeal, caramel, and light malt along with some sweet lactose. The mouth is light and smooth from the lactose.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is exactly as advertised smells of oatmeal cookie and taste is a bit better and more rounded with oatmeal, chocolate, vanilla lactose, dough bread and just a hint of raisin and cinnamon. Very smooth and good finish. I would recommend this great experimental brew!

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

Fresh at the brewery

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 4/10/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cream, raisin, toasted oats, biscuit dough, and brown bread/crust; with light notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toffee, molasses, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts, lactose, raisins, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cream, raisin, toasted oats, biscuit dough, and brown bread/crust; with light notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toffee, molasses, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy bitterness and cinnamon spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cream, raisin, toasted oats, biscuit dough, brown bread/crust, light cocoa/coffee, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, lactose, raisins, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 5.5%. Overall this is an amazing spiced English brown ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, lactose, raisins, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; insanely smooth and easy to drink with the minimally bitter/spicy/drying finish. Very rich/well rounded malt complexity and balanced raisin/spice/lactose flavors; with restrained fruity English yeast and mild earthy hops against sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Branlott42
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheGent
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I’ll keep this one short and simple because this beer is straightforward. The nose smells like a freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookie. Baked oatmeal cookie dough, cinnamon and some raisin. These characteristics come through on the palate as well, but the beer is not overly sweet and drinks like a beer that resembles a cookie. It does not drink like a cookie.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to jhartley for this can. Canned on date is 4-10-18.

A - Dark brown / raisin colored pour with nice clarity and thick off white lacing and foamy head.

S - Light roasted malt aroma with cookie crust, spice, and raisins.

T - Some cinnamon and spice, roasted chocolate, cookie crust, raisins, vanilla, and closes with a lingering chocolate spice finish. Very balanced finish overall.

M - Big medium body that's borderline full, nice viscous texture

O - Not a fan of Brown Ales (at all) but really enjoying this beer.

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Photo of Roberto11232
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BonnieTWM
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was so good! Pours opaque blackest brown in the glass with about an inch of head that settles quickly into a nice cap. Strong aromas of cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, and baking spices in general hit the nose with some chocolatey malt. Medium to full body, with flavors of dark raisin, cinnamon, and toasty dark malt. Sweet, smooth finish. Pair with -what else? - fresh baked cookies or churros.

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

Photo of torbin
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass. 3rd or 4th time having this offering.

Pours damn near black. Its a brown ale for sure but its not smuttynose old brown dog. Much darker

Only bad part of this beer. No scent whatsoever

Tastes just like an oatmeal raisin cookie with a thinner mouthfeel. The sugar really comes through as does the raisins. Even though this isnt billed as a dessert beer this is in the upper echelons with the southern tier blackwater series types of the world.

Mouthfeel is thin and taste lingers for a few seconds

Overall this is excellent. Cigar city makes some solid brews and this is one of their best. Highly recommended

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Greenville SC.
Black-brown body with a fine tan head.
Feel: Near full body but a bit too fizzy and light.
Oatmeal raisin cookies with hops -- this works better than you might think, especially if you like both of these.

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Photo of Xxambersky89
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can, pours very dark brown like a Coke (looks exactly like a Coke) with a 1 finger beige colored head that was full of bubbles, dissipating slowly and leaving decent foamy lacing. The bubbles even raced up the brew like a Coke.

Can says it's a brown ale brewed with raisins, cinnamon and lactose, but it does smell like an oatmeal raisin cookie. I get some cinnamon, bread crust, toffee and piney spices in addition to the oatmeal raisin cookie aroma.

Taste resembles an oatmeal raisin cookie, but seems almost fake and gimmicky. I like the cinnamon and syrup flavors, and the malts and caramel accents make it seam oaty, but there is something artificial tasting that makes it seem off. I salute Cigar City for the creativity and a solid attempt, but it's overall too sweet so I doubt I'd have it again.

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

Photo of Tony210
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from the can so I gave it a 4. I smell vanilla on tip if a typical brown ale. Nice flavor, definitely taste the rasin as well as cinnamon. Light bodied. Overall a fun brown ale, glad I only bought a single.

6/28/18
12 oz can dated 4/16/18
3.75 rating

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am to head over to Jeff Lebo's www.cansmartbeercans.com House of CANs tomorrow for an interview for an upcoming doCANmentary & so I am trying to review some additional CANs tonight for The CANQuest (tm) that I CAN take along for his CANlection.

From the CAN: "The addition of raisins, cinnamon and milk sugar to our full-bodied and chocolatey Brown Ale base created a unique beer that tastes exactly like it was pulled out of Grandma's oven."

It strikes me as rather interesting that the approved pic is for a bottle, but they have made the CANversion. I was beginning to feel fatigued so following the Crack! of the vent, I went with a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. No other effort was needed on my part as it quickly formed just better than two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with excellent retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with cola highlights visible at the edges. Nose was redolent with cinnamon and underlain with a milky sweetness that put me in mind of Chai Tea or horchata. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, about par for the course. The taste was quite pleasant, very evocative of oatmeal cookies with cinnamon, but the raisins were less prevalent than I would have preferred. It really reminded me of my standard breakfast of cinnamon raisin oatmeal, but I just felt like the raisin flavor could have been a bit more assertive. It is a nit-picky point, though. Finish was semi-sweet, which was surprising since the addition of spices (cinnamon) usually results in a dryness. This was a very pleasant drink, although one would probably be enough. YMMV.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm really excited for this. Have wanted to try it for a while now. Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. Here we go. Pours out a cola color brown and forms in the glass to be rather dark brown with some lighter highlights. No crown really forms, just an outer ring of light tan. The smell is heavy of oats. Then come notes of a sweetness like lactose and some chocolately notes. Not really detecting any cinnamon or raisins. And now for the taste. It brings the heavy oat presence just like the nose and has a slight spice from the cinnamon. The chocolate is in there too and the raisins might be there just in the form of some slight dark fruit notes but not really prominent enough to form a "raisin" identification. The mouthfeel stays wet on your lips while finishing dry. Very slight cinnamon kick is there and I love how the oatmeal feel stays around to linger in the mouth. Overall, this was a solid brown ale that I'm happy I got to try. I do wish there was more raisin and cinnamon to actually bring in the nature of this beer. They are in there just not as anticipated. I would still happily drink another.

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Photo of bigdog3838
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black in color with a small tan head.

S: Light maple and fig aroma, with a touch of vanilla.

T: Dark malts with a nice bready flavor, and hints of vanilla, raison, and maple syrup.

M: Medium in body with a nice smoothness. Carbonation is medium.

O: Overall nice, but not amazing.

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Photo of woodchip
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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