Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown AleOatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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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Photo of readbaron
1.96/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - dark brown and super frothy. Lots of billowy tan foam. Uh-oh.

S - initially raisins and cinnamon hit the nostrils, but that's quickly tainted by vinegar.

T - Sour vinegar with a malty, cinnamon, raisin finish. Not a tasty blend.

M - Not too shabby, rich, thick, medium bodied and overcarbonated.

O - I can see the potential to like this one. Just wish my two bottles weren't infected.

I hope cigar city gets their QC issues fixed. Flat Zhukov, infected maduro & now infected raisin cookie. At least Hunahpu lives up to the hype.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Growler brought up to share by Spider889.

Immediately it is apparent that this beer is going to be on the thin side. Its a clear, thin pour, mostly falling in shades of reds and browns. Same goes for the beer as it settles in the glass, clear reds and browns with a decently dark core. There's nearly no head.

Wet dog aromas are very strong, especially on glancing whiffs. There is, however, plenty of vanilla and some good cookie dough aromas. There is hardly any raisin.

My nose is playing tricks on me again. This time its making me actually taste the wet dog aroma. There is a little bit of faint cocoa and vanilla with a sweet cookie dough middle. Some coconut as it warms. The back end has more light cocoa.

It feels as thin as it looks. Its watery, dry and hardly carbonated.

This isn't a disgusting beer, but I was unable to find any signs of raisin, and the overall beer seems to have some flaws. Its more of a curiosity than an actual solid beer.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

**Note my review is from a Cask**

I have had this beer normally on tap and it is simply a 5.0/5.0

Had this beer on Cask at the Hunahpu's release and it fell flat on its face. There was little to no flavor of the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie like what was there on "normal" tap.

If you get a chance to have this on tap DO NOT MISS OUT. Cask, well see what else is available first

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Photo of russwbeck
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear brown from the bottle, but rests in the glass a deep brown with a bubbly brown head. The retention is phenomenal and the head laces down the side of the glass very nicely. Bubbles raise from the bottom of the glass for a long time.

S: The smell seems to be a bit sour (uh-oh). Reminding me of a Flounders Oud Bruin honestly. Perhaps that's what happens when my nose is presented with a smell I can't say I've ever experienced in a beer before.

T: The taste is really comprised of...an oatmeal raisin cookie mixed with a brown ale. I get the raisins especially, with a roastiness I'll attribute to the malts and oatmeal characteristics. Cinnamon and vanilla are definitely there as well. This reminds me of a winter warmer. A really weird aftertaste lingers on the palate well into the aftertaste.

MF: Light with plenty of carbonation

O: This beer is...weird. I don't really like Oatmeal Raisin cookies, so I'm not surprised I don't like this. But, the flavor just seems too strange to fit with beer.

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Photo of billab914
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle gushed over upon opening. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured a dark, caramel brown color with a thick and frothy tan head to it. Pretty good head retention with a little lacing.

The aroma has a pretty big raisin flavor coming out. I get some brown sugar sweetness to it as well as a fruity, tart, cherry like flavor to it. The cherry, fruitiness gives off just a bit of a funk to it, which I wasn't expecting but didn't dislike. It's almost if they added some tart cherries to the cookies, which actually sounds delicious.

The taste has a lot of sweetness to it right off the bat. I get brown sugar mixing with the raisins up front. I also get a good dose of spices, including cinnamon coming through towards the finish. Just a hint of the fruity, cherry tartness comes through, much less than the aroma. I get some oats lingering in the finish as well. Very flavorful and interesting beer, but overall it just wasn't that drinkable or outstanding.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style and carbonation is high. I liked the thicker mouthfeel, but the carbonation didn't fit for me. Overall it was an interesting beer, but a not very drinkable one. It felt pretty sweet overall, which i guess should be expected given the name. The spices in the finish were a little overpowering and the tart, fruity flavors didn't fit either. Again, an interesting beer but not one I'd want to drink very often.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Growler poured into an Ommegang flute on 7/19/11

Shared by Spider889

Dull plum, grape juice color, hints of rust and crimson. 1/4th inch head thins quickly to a collar; such is retention. Some lace, but not much.

This is more bizarre than my 10 year class reunion. Sure does smell like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Spiced bread, too and a hint of brown sugar. Oatmeal is dusty on the peripheries. Smells nice.

Tastes pretty much like the aroma suggests - cookie all the way. Juicy upfront with bits of raisins. This melds into a more robust middle and finish. Grainy, bready and solid on oatmeal. Some spiciness on the finish with subtle cinnamon notes.

Thin feel upfront stay pretty consistent throughout, perhaps gaining a bit of heft on the back half. Frisky enough carbonation. The feel has a fine coating layer.

Overall impression: perhaps it's a bit kitschy but Cigar City has done pretty well at emulating a cookie in a beer. It's easy to drink. I wouldn't want it all the time but I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of corby112
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown color with lighter chestnut brown edges when held to a light source and a half finger light yellowish beige color head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring . Sporadic spots of lacing.

Slightly spicy dark fruit aroma with hints of dark fruit, roasted caramel malt, toffee and subtle spice. Hints of toffee, subtle coffee, caramel and chocolate malt . Slight alcohol. Slightly chewy medium body with hints of caramel malt, toffee, slight dark fruit and alcohol.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer looks great, huge tan head that just won't give up on top of a dark garnett liquid that the light seems to constantly want to pass through.

S: First things first, the biggest and more overwhelming smell is one I got last night while enjoying a Maduro Brown, soap. With the Maduro Brown that was almost all I got, but with this one you can definitely pick up the cinnamon and vanilla, maybe even raisins with a slight bit of malt. Everything though is being overtaken by a distinct soapy smell.

*Don't say its my glass, I know its not.

T: It doesn't taste like soap, phew. Oddly tart is the first thing that jumps out at me. I'm getting a lot of cinnamon and vanilla, especially from the frothy head. I suppose its the raisins that are giving off the tartness, but its definitely there and very surprising for a brown ale. Not much bitterness in the finish, malt backbone just kind of hangs out and slowly fades away. Somehow though I'm not able to tie this together as an oatmeal cookie. It seems a sweet toasted flavor, pretty much the opposite of the tartness.

M: Super creamy, this one really feels great for the style. Good medium carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this one, but not so much for it being labeled as an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. The soapy nose is off putting and the surprisingly tart taste destroys any chance of resembling an oatmeal raisin cookie. Its a pretty unique and drinkable beer, the marketing 'gimmick' is really hurting it though.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes

A - dark cloudy brown body, with a small tan head that fades quickly to a film and medium ring.

S - Smells kinda like feces. Bitter, perhaps from spices?

T - Tastes just like an oatmeal raisin cookie, pretty much, with a good amount of added cinnamon. It's weird, but I guess it's what they were going for.

M - a medium body, not too thin, not too thick.

D - not really something I want to drink, but it's interesting and ok. Average, for sure.

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Photo of johnbjaeger
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have known oatmeal raisin cookies. I like oatmeal raisin cookies. You, Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, are no oatmeal raisin cookie.

That said, you had me fooled right until I tasted you. I actually think we could have been really good friends had I never actually put you in my mouth.

My problem with you, if you haven't already figured it out, is that you are like so many cups of tea I've met in my life. Full of whispered promises and soft caresses. A nibble on my ear and a hand on my knee. Once we get down to it, you never actually deliver on those sweet little lies. You disappoint me. You make me uneasy that we entered into this relationship in the first place. Ultimately, my life was better before we met.

Anyway, this beer looks pretty good, a deep and beautiful reddish brown. This beer smells positively freaking divine - full of spice and oats and raisins. I mean, I was practically huffing this like glue. It tastes like a decent brown ale filled with raisins, though, and nothing terribly more fulfilling than that. Another whiff. Another taste. Another disappointment.

On second thought, I may get another bottle just to spend a quiet night alone inhaling it.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 32oz growler to Bruges glass at a small gathering of NoVA BA's on 9/4/11
*From notes

-- Big up's to UMCaner74 for supplying me with this growler. Cheers, Dave! --

A: Purplish-brownish-red. A tiny .25 finger head (thanks, CCB growler!) and next to no lacing.

S: Earthy oats. Hints of condensed prune juice and sun dried raisins.

T: Pretty low key, surprisingly. Instead of being a massively sweet cookie bomb of a beer, it's simply a brown ale with a decent amount of dried fruit and a slightly odd twang of rust on the finish.

M: Undercarbonated (yet again, I'll credit this to CCB's growler) and a bit thin.

O: CCB's Oatmeal Raisin Cookie wasn't quite what I'd hoped for, yet it was a pretty reasonable attempt at a unique, boutique beer. I would very much like to have this again from a properly carbonated tap, and not immediately following a generous pour of Isabelle Proximus.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown color with bronze tones on the edges when held to the light. Has a nice size bubbly brown carbonated head of about one and a half fingers. Head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Smells is very light. All I smell is spices and a little malt sweetness.

Taste is roasty malt and spices and the oatmeal flavor. The finish actually tastes a little burnt. I can taste some of the raisin but for the most part I cant taste past the burnt taste.

Mouthfeel is light with a nice carb feel to it. No alcohol in this one? I couldn't detect it at all.

Overall its a one try for me. I can't get past the burnt malty taste. Mouthfeel is great and smell could have been more complex.

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Photo of jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

this was a strange one for me - i was only able to try this one bottle and i have thought it might have been infected

pours muddy dark amber brown with a huge huge head (my first thought of infection) that left lacing all down the glass

smells of some apples(#2) but could be raisins - get some brown sugar and oatmeal

taste - has lots of roasted malt and chocolate which surprised me - cinnamon and other flavors that reminded me of xmas - those same raisins/apples that seem a bit off

mouthfeel - was lacking - the body thin and was flat?? even after that huge head - maybe that was why it was flat

drinkability - i dont think i would want another right after this one but i do what to try this one again some time down the road

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Cigar City taproom. The beer was a very dark copper color, completely clear but dark, with a thin tan head. I get a lot of spice in the aroma, it gives the overall smell of an oatmeal cookie. Cinnamon and malt, but more cinnamon than anything else.

It tastes slightly bitter, I suspect due to spice more than anything else. Kind of thin, at least thinner than I'd expected. Not really my thing, kind of in the "pumpkin ale" category.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good, lasting head with abundant chunky lace. The color is ruby, brown color. A small amount light passes.

Smells as advertised: reminds me of Quaker oats raisin and cinnimon oatmeal. Strong aroma of these. Appealing in a cookie sort of way.

Tastes more like a conventional brown ale until the swallow, where the cookie aspect leaps forward. Solid body with higher than average carbonation. The aftertaste also has a touch of spicy hop bitterness.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish brown. a good amount of offwhite head. Smells a bit off... Some tart funkiness and off smells that may be coming from the raisin? hard to place...
Tastes... like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Spices and oatmeal of present on the front... raisins underneath some nice brown sugary sweetness and a lot of cinnamon. Can detect some slight vanilla but until I realized it was added I barely noticed under all the other flavours. The mouthfeel is a bit off.. carbonation is high and doesn't do the beer justice. Overall... solid and unique but not great

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Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Pours a brownish-mahogany with a half inch creamy head that dissipates into a sudsy skim with clumps and clusters of ringlets and bubbles. Some specks of lacing adhered to the walls of the glass during the tasting. Nose expresses big cinnamon aromas, followed by raisins, all eventually yielding to the total cookie experience. Taste follows nose, but much more muted. Some brown sugar also comes out in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a slightly watery consistency and a finish that falls just short of dry. Decent, but overall flavor and mouthfeel are a little lackluster.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a little cloudy, dark brown with orange highlights. Decent head, tan in hue that drops to a film and holds.
Smell is smoky malt, light hops with very light raisin and spice notes, maybe some brown sugar.
Taste is malt, spice (cinnamon & ?) , light hops, brown sugar and raisins.
Medium body though a touch watery with a light effervescence. Good flavor but could use a the bit more of the idea on the label.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GallowsTgeif for the badass extra!

Poured feom a 12oz bottle into a snifter

This pours a light honey brown and settles a very dark brown with dark ruby highlights. 3 fingers of greyish white head sits and leaves chunks of lacing around the glass.

To my surprise, with a big whiff the nose is actually smelling like a cinnamon raisin cookie. A little cinnamon up front and some dark fruit following. A bit faint but very interesting.

The taste too resembles a raisin cookie but is also a bit muddled underneath a ton of carbonation. There is a sweet malty taste after the carbonation subsides which is pretty tasty.

The mouthfeel is a medium/light-feel that is a bit overcarbonated. This doesnt have the same smoothness as regular Maduro what-so-ever.

Overall, interesting brew but one's enough for me! Pretty glad I got to try this one because it really Is quite unique!

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Photo of Tripphop
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice frothy head, consistent small bubbles. Color is a reddish brown, light shines through easily but glows with the reddish hue. The nose is very faint but cinnamon and a light grain note are present. The flavor is light and drinkable, good balance, and very much tastes like an oatmeal raisin cookie. The finish lingers with the sugary oatmeal flavor but a slightly astringent undertone. Overall this is very drinkable and light, an imperial version would be cool.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy brown raisin color.

Cinnamon, oats, caramel, raisin.

Cigar City did it again, this is oatmeal cookie, in beer form, straight up. Again, it's a little scary to ponder whether this is possible with natural ingredients, but if it is done in that respect, then more power to them. Although, as seems to be a theme when they do these novelty beers, it's a bit thin.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

This beer pours a deep brown with a lighter brown mahogany edging. Decent light tan head that was retained for a few minutes. Minor lacing. This beer does smell like cookies, mostly hot raisins, cinnamon and vanilla. There is a nice roastiness to the flavour along with what I smelled in the nose. The raisins come through as well as the other spices, mainly cinammon, nutmeg and vanilla. Mouth was a touch over carbonated in my opinion, medium. Overall an interesting beer and I liked the concept. The cookie recipe wasn't played up and was a nice mix of spices and smells.

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Photo of larsenju
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for the extra!

A-Dark brown with some amber notes around the edges, medium light tan head with ok retention and pretty decent lacing.

S-Cinnamon, some light esters, a little chocolate, and some light vanilla with just a touch of roast hiding back there somewhere.

T-Raisins and cinnamon up front smoothing out with some vanilla and bread like malt. Moving back I started to get a little bitter chocolate and some almost banana like ester. Finishing I started to get more of the chocolate and the raisin came back along with a very light coffee quality.

M-Medium to light body with just a little prickly carbonation.

D-The esters were a little strange, I am trying to decide if they are actually esters or something from the other ingredients. The cinnamon really takes over the aroma, which works well for this concept, but I would still like to see a bit more balance.

Its kind of a novelty, but it works. I couldn't help but smile while drinking, but I don't know that it is something I would chase after. If it were available in the area I would probably pick it up for non beer drinkers. I have also had Maduro Brown and that is the superior beer for sure.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler into in a tulip glass. Thanks go to Jw347 for this in a recent trade.

Pours a clear deep garnet, with a finger of frothy mocha colored head. This retains with some nice richness about it on the edges, throwing up a robust cascade of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet and smooth in the nose, with notes of oats, dark fruit, sugary bread, and a touch of zesty spicing. Just a bit of floral hop activity sits in the background as well.

The sweetness in the taste is lightly toasted and bready sugars but still pretty smooth overall. Lightly dark fruit (although this isn't overly identifiable as raisin to me) and some gentle spiciness are present as well. Some light earthy bitterness leaves some dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium feeling, with a light creamy sharpness that combines with the oats in the body to keep this silky and easy feeling on the palate.

This was decent. Well balanced and creamy with an easy drinking body on it. I definitely got some of the flavors that they were shooting for but I'm not sure if the whole package really came together for me like it was intended though. OK but I've had better variations on the Maduro Brown.

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Photo of brian44556
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a trade with Sendsilk, thanks bud.

Poured 12oz bottle into a Stone RIS Tulip.

Pours a dark raisin color with a light tan head. The head bubbled off quickly, but the rush of carbonation bubbles from the bottom kept a small part afloat for a good while. The beer also left a great ring of lacing around the glass. The beer smelled almost identical to an oatmeal raisin cookie. Not sure if the name clouded my judgment, but the smell was right on point to a fresh out of the oven oatmeal raisin cookie. Also faint smells of vanilla and ginger. The taste was very sweet, reminded me of an oatmeal cookie with a vanilla icing with cinnamon sprinkled on top. The biggest let down of the beer was the thin body. That held this back from being a top tier beer in my opinion. Overall another great offering from Cigar City. Glad I had a chance to try and look forward to trying more Cigar City beers in the future.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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