Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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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

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#4,374
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
583
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
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Reviews: 216 | Ratings: 583
Reviews by Nuttin_but_the_best_Clark:
Photo of Nuttin_but_the_best_Clark
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
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 FriedSlug
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly see through brown beer with a tan head that fades and leaves no lacing. The aroma is oatmeal raisin cookie all day with tons of raisin, cinnamon and vanilla with a little coffee/chocolate. The taste lightly sweet with a decent amount of raisins that are accented with vanilla and cinnamon. This is a great beer.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Ghost cookies!

Pale tan to a khaki colored head, of a solid three fingers, and a good forming cascading action into the glass. Quite dark, almost looking more Oatmeal stout in character than brown, with a nearly black and opaque body. Quite a nice looking brew.

Aroma is just gang busters on the money. Smells exactly like an oatmeal raisin cookie. More touches of winter warmer like spices on the nose, but with a good cherry to raisin fruit quality. Touches a little chewy roast and touches of vanilla as well. Real impressive smelling brew.

Impression just keeps getting better. Definitely feeling on the palate more brown ale than oatmeal, but touches both with some impressive other character. Creamy but milky almost lactose sensing body and flavors. Spicy winter warmer like qualities and chewy malt mixing in with raisins and cinnamon. Finishes creamy vanilla with a cookie softness, and a light malt richness somewhere between porter and creamy English yeast qualities.

Ah ha, definitely lactose added, making for a real rich and crafted brewing pleasure. They hit it real nicely on this one.

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Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of danpam1024
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of tone77
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a damn near black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is truth in advertising, oatmeal cookies. Taste is of cinnamon, raisins, some oatmeal, just a hint of sweetness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It’s pretty easy here, guys, but this one delivers like The Mailman in the clutch. Maybe a 3, maybe driving down the lane, but ORC delivers like your local postal agent during any damn storm. I know that’s kind of redundant, but this beer hits you over the head so hard it kind of turns you into a dummy. And tonight, this night, a dummy to oatmeal raisin Cookie is what I want to be

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into stemmed glass with a quick forming, frothy light tan head above a bright brown beer. Great lacing and retention in this two week old growler.

Aroma is both fruiter and nuttier than the original Maduro Brown is. A dash of spice and some chocolate rounds out a solid brown ale nose. Flavor picks up some cinnamon that accentuates a dry finish. A nutty and slightly chocolatey malt base backs up a sweet mid palate with a grape like flavor coming from the raisins. Full bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. The exotic ingredients seem to be added with a very gentle hand, as this doesn't taste over the top at all. The flavors of cookies are all there, but it doesn't come together to actually taste like the cookie. Still a nice treat with some freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies.

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Photo of SDean82
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate to deep brown color with a tan head and some pretty good lacing. Body is slightly cloudy. Nose brings toasted malt and oats with some slight fruit, brown sugar, and spice. Taste is nice with fruit and slightly sweet malt combining nicely. Feel is great with a nice body and subtle spice. Drinks quite well and was a nice treat.

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Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Ristaccia
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CampusCrew
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark brown with a loaded head and good retention. Had it poured in a trios pistoles tulip.

smell: nice cinnamon, dark malts

taste: sweetness was balanced and a had a smooth rich flavor. oatmeal raisin cookie was sublte.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: my least favorite of the trio of maduros, but still fantastic beer.

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Photo of Beer_Nye
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 7ways
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally available in bottles.

Very dark brown with a solid creme head that settles to a coating. There is pretty intense lace sticking to the top of the glass.

It smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie. That's it. They nailed it.

I think this tastes damn near exactly like said cookie, I don't see how a few others don't pick up on it. Granted, it seemed more intense when I had it on tap a while ago, but that's probably just batch variation. I'm initially struck by general mild bitterness that slowly gives way to the cinnamon, raisins, and vanilla in the center. Some chocolate in there too.The finish is mostly cookie dough and more mild bitterness. This is not too sweet, which I consider a great achievement.

The body is firm, well carbonated, and better than the base beer.
Maybe it goes without saying, but drinking this beer too cold really messes up the mouthfeel and flavor.

So happy to see a beer with flavors this big clock in at only 5.5%. I've sat at a bar and ordered 3-4 in a night.

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Photo of phishbone23
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smudged stamp, canned 02/26/18?

Appearance - Pours dark cola brown with a light tan, half finger width head. Sub-par retention results in a mostly barren surface with a thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. A few small spots here and there make up the lacing.

Smell - Chocolatey aroma, brown sugary sweetness. Hint of spice. Mild roast.

Taste - Wow, much better than the nose would indicate. Chocolate hits first before big waves of raisin and cinnamon crash the party. Oatmeal develops near the finish along with some mild roast. Aftertaste really does have a fresh baked oatmeal raisin cookie flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with fair, tingly carbonation. Slick drinker with a slightly dry finish. Some creaminess would do it some good.

Overall - They nailed it, from a flavor standpoint. A bit thin and soda-like in texture; some creaminess would take this to another level.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a Ora et Labora taster.

A: Body is pitch black with a beige head.
S: Aroma is very big on raisins and vanilla.
T: Taste starts with huge sweetness incoming from raisins, then a hint of vanilla and in the end a big cookie flavour powered by a lactose touch. Very nice indeed.
M: Body is medium low. Carbonation is spot on. Alcohol is unnoticed. Sweetness is high.
O: This is something I wouldn't expect from Cigar City but it's cool and delicious.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to TCGoalie for bringing this bottle back from Tampa.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie pours a fairly deep woody brown color and is surprisingly crystal clear. The head is parchment in color and has quite nice staying power. The lace is mediocre but still makes some pretty designs on the sides of glass.

The aroma is nice and sweet with a healthy dose of raisin and cinnamon blended with bready malt and brown sugar. So far the name is right on since this does smell like an oatmeal raisin cookie in beer form.

The taste is amazingly similar to the aroma with a good amount of sweetness that helps carry the raisin, brown sugar and cinnamon. The cinnamon comes through a bit more in the flavor and feels prickly on my palate. The subtle oatmeal character is also a bit more apparent in the flavor as is the actual brown ale flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium and silky smooth with an easy finish. The finish deposits equal parts sweet and spicy on my tongue.

Oatmeal cookie beers are my all time favorite dessert type beers and this one was quite tasty. It could have used a little bit less cinnamon for my taste, but they did a great job of giving it a nice cookie flavor without going over the top. If I was going to be drinking a few brown ales from Cigar City, I think I would just opt for regular old Maduro brown ale though.

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Photo of MADPolo
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GatorLCA
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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