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 The_Snow_Bird
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a light caramel colored head on top. Has a little sweet smell almost to the likes of a cookie. Taste is a little watered down but has a brown sugar hint. Better as it warms up.

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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 BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forgot to rate this. Pour number 50,000 or something at Hunahpu Day 2013. Poured a dark brown with a small head. Aroma of cinnamon, nuts, and, you guessed it, oatmeal. Flavor is heavy on the cinnamon oatmeal flavor, with a hint of raisins in the background. Pretty easy drinking, with a medium mouthfeel at most (maybe even light for the style). Medium carbonation. Cool beer, but I start wondering if this is just made with artificial flavoring. Certainly tastes like they say it will though.

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Photo of JayEvans813
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer poured on tap at Cigar city brewery. Smells and tastes like an oatmeal cookie. Absolutely delicious and would recommend to anyone.

A- pours dark brown with very little head. Slight purple hazes

s- smells of an oatmeal cookie, sweet aroma

T- bitterness of brown ale meets sweetness of oatmeal and raisin. Delicious.

M- goes down easy with bready follow through

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Photo of jeonseh
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Brown with purple accents and a small foam head on the sides

S - Smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie with a slight metallic tinge. There is lots of big raisin and prune

T - Cinnamon with a bready aspect as well as brown sugar and raisin. Light astringent brown ale in the finish. Definitely tastes like a cinnamon laden oatmeal cookie

M - Light body with low carbonation. Light spice and slight astringency in the finish

O - Solid beer that tastes just like an oatmeal cookie. It has a slight bite to it from the brown ale

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Photo of iadler
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff? from bringing this to a recent tasting. From notes.

A- Pours a translucent reddish brown with a thin head that dissipates fast. No lacing left behind.

S- ...And this smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Cookie batter, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, raw oats and roasted malt.

T- ...And this tastes just like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Lots of freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies with notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and roasted malt.

M- Medium carbonation and body.

O- I wasn't sure how much I was going to like this beer. I'm a fan of oatmeal raisin cookies, but was skeptical that this was going to remotely taste like one. Fortunately, Cigar City knocked it out of the park. Very reminiscent of an oatmeal raisin cookie without being overly sweet or artificial tasting. A fun beer to try and one I would certainly be happy to have again.

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Photo of AltBock
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cigar City on April 19. They served it to me in a Cigar City American pint glass.

CCB isn't the most lighted bar out there, but I could tell that this beer poured a dark reddish brown with some burgundy highlights at the bottom. On top was a 1/4 of an inch dirty white head of foam. It was one of those colors where it wasn't white and it wasn't tan either. Great retention that left behind a long lasting large foamy circle of rings and a spot or two of lace.

It honestly smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie. No joke! Not a fresh baked cookie. More like a 12 hour old cookie smell. Up front was the strong scent of vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Behind the spices was the was the oats and the raisins. It was a very spicy aroma. If you close your eyes, you might think its a cookie in a glass.

Did it taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie? Yes! It was a very spicy cookie, but it actually tasted a little like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Not a fresh cookie. Like the aroma, it tasted like a 12+ hour cookie. Also like the aroma, it was the spices that kicked it off. It started off with the taste of vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Directly behind that was a drop of molasses, oats, and sweet raisins. A great sweet tasting beer.

This was a light to medium bodied beer with a good level of carbonation and a vanilla cookie aftertaste. The vanilla, cinnamon, and sweet raisins will linger and nothing else.

It sounds like a cheap novelty beer to increase sales, but it doesn't taste like one. This is a great sweet tasting beer. It smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie, tastes like an oatmeal raisin cookie, but its not an oatmeal raisin cookie. It's hard to put down and very easy to buy another pint.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear mahogany brown with almost no head. The nose is a subtle oatmeal cookie sweetness with a touch of cinnamon/nutmeg spice, vanilla extract/marshmallow, and raisins. The taste is a relatively sweet, but not cloying, followed by an exact oatmeal raisin cookie taste. The mouthfeel is a mild-medium bodied, flat, with a lingering brown sugar sweetness. This definitely lives up to its name, but needs a bit more carbonation and body.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to ColdSnack, poured in to Huna snifter. Thanks mang!

A - ORC pours an opaque brown with plenty of carbony fizz and a nice light head that dissipates after settling

S - sugar cookie, oatmeal, cinnamon, a hint of vanilla, maybe a pinch of brown sugar too

T - this tastes like oatmeal cookie batter; there are cinnamon, raisin, and sugar/spice notes too, with just that subtle hint of vanilla

M - for having so many flavors present, this beer is really easy drinking; there's no cloying sweetness, mild carbonation, and a smooth drink ability to it that belies all the sweet-based flavors

O - ORC is a really good brown ale with all the right flavors of an oatmeal raisin cookie. Exceptionally drinkable and tasty as can be.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler thanks to Matt. Poured into a Hunaphu snifter.

Pour: Murky brown with two fingers of tan foamy head. Solid lacing, and the head hangs around in a ring for most of the glass.

Smell: Woah, big cinnamon, raisins, and brown sugar up front. A definite uncooked oatmeal aspect. This smells incredible. Really opens up and becomes like oatmeal raisin cookie batter as it warms.

Taste: First sip, same as the nose. Amazing how much this tastes just like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Big, clean cinnamon, some nutmeg, and dark sweet raisins. Lots of brown sugar, and the same raw oat breadyness. Some typical brown ale aspects creep in with a dry caramel and light roast. Finishes with a lightly sticky raisin and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Really ridiculously drinkable. Rather dry on the finish, which makes this beer very drinkable. Never even close to too sweet.

Overall: This brown ale is something special. Well done Cigar City, and thank you Matt!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by drivendrink a while ago. Thanks Devin! Review from notes.

I could never forget this one. The beer is brown with minimal head. Both the aroma and flavor are oatmeal cookies all the way. Cinnamon, brown sugar, cookie dough, sweet malt. Delectable and delicious. Shockingly reminiscent of a real, genuine oatmeal raisin cookie - the name doesn't lie. A bit of a one trick pony, however. This becomes cloying quickly. A small sample is perfect.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BX Beer Depot’s CCB Tap Takeover

Light and delicate flavor profile. Slight sweetness along with artificial raisin and oatmeal. Malt lends a cookie-like flavor as well. Low carbonation and a light velvety mouthfeel. Great novelty, just wish it had a little more body to it.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at Cigar City Tampa FL for 5$

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a small size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, raisins, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate/caramel, and some raisins. It ends with a raisin/malt aftertaste.

Overall - It really does smell like an oatmeal raisin cookie.. unfortunately the taste isn't great. It's more of a novelty beer and not something you'd want to drink a whole lot of. Worth trying once for sure.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown, with a one-finger creamy white head. Minimal visible carbonation.

S: Brown roasted malts, raisins, spices. Just a little cardboard as it warms.

T: Sweet raisins, cinnamon, roasty malts. Finishes with a dark fruit sweetness and spices.

M: Lighter mouthfeel, a decent amount of carbonation sensation. Minimal alcohol presence.

O: A good and enjoyable brew, but nothing that I'd actively seek out.

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Photo of brystmar
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barcade. Been wanting this forever!

Boring looking pour: brown body, minimal head and lace. Bready aroma with some hints of oatmeal. Nothing to write home about, though.

Taste is disappointing, especially given my expectations. Cinnamon and raisins come out more as it warns; tastes more like a cookie the longer I wait. Bready but not raisin-y enough. More breadyness and raisins would elicit a higher score from this reviewer.

Good, but not worth trading for.

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Photo of Spider889
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Filled 32oz growler at the brewery, great price ($7 with the glass).

Looks like it has a brown ale base alright. Nice rocky head with decent clarity.

The aroma is spot on for what the name purports. The cinnamon is very potent though. The raisin aroma is freaking awesome, not sure if they managed this with malt alone or if adjuncts played a role in this. Brown sugar sweetness.

Cinnamon is also big in the taste, nice oaty raisin flavors going on as well. Again, I found this to be essentially spot on for what the beer is trying to accomplish.

Much thinner body than I'd have guessed (or would prefer). Medium carbonation.

Overall this was very well done despite the miniscule body.

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

I was lucky enough to get a 32 ounce growler in secret halloween 2011. The pour is reddish brown with a beutiful white head, lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet, figs, raisins. The beer is definitely sweet, raisins, figs, the beer has a lingering sweetness to it. It has a medium body, good carbonation. A nice take on a brown ale, enjoyable.

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Photo of BeardofSteele
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

CCB growler poured into a CCB pint glass. Filled on 09/23/11

A: Pours dark brown with a creamy white head that disappears fairly quickly, leaving a thing ring around the outside of the glass.

S: The nose of this beer is raisin dominate with hints of cinnamon, chocolate and nuts. Pretty much like you'd want oatmeal raisin cookies to smell like.

T: Follows the nose nicely. This beer is quite full-flavored without being super sweet -- especially for a cookie-themed brew. You can taste each part: raisins, oatmeal, cinnamon and hint of chocolate.

M: I'd like for this one to be a little less carbonated. Doesn't really mess with the flavor profile, but it may be a personal preference more than anything else.

O: A really nice brown ale, and unique too. CCB is really good at these Maduro variants, and this one may be the best. Definitely worth trying any time you get the chance.

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Photo of Heatwave33
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at CCB into a Cigar City Pint.

Color: deep brown with minimal light shining thru.

Smell: Sweet notes and raisins.

Taste: Sweet with an oatmeal note. Reminded me of an iced oatmeal raisin cookie I used to eat as a kid. Sweet and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Slightly coarse and dry on the palate.

Overall: Very different and very good. I really enjoyed this brew but I wouldn't be able to drink two back to back. Cheers!

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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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brown with red and orange hues.

S: as advertised, oatmeal raisin is strong here

T: oatmeal raisin from start to finish. Flavor notes include chocolate, nut, vanilla and cinnamon.

M: light to medium body. moderate carbonation

Overall: This was a good one to try. A little too much oatmeal raisin for my tastes.

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Photo of vande
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantasy Football Draft Beer #1

Deep, mohagony brown with a nice khaki colored foam. Definitely smell the maduro brown base...some of the brown sugars, bit raisiny, some cookie crust notes... Never would have guessed, but the label tells all! Tastes just like an oatmeal cookie. Damn! Light, somewhat creamy tasting...just can't get the cookie impression off my mind. Very enjoyable!!

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Photo of olimpia84
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark brown appearance that doesn't let anything through; finger thick nice looking tanned head and excellent lacing. Very nice smell giving hints of chocolate, oatmeal, cookies, roasted malts and a bit of vanilla that cordially invite you to sip and try the beer. The taste is a very good reflection of the smell: dark chocolate, cookie, slight vanilla aftertaste, oatmeal; very smooth and rich and leaves you wanting to drink even more. I couldn't find any cinnamon in the smell nor the taste even though it's advertised to have such features. Carbonation is just right and doesn't interfere with the tasting.

Overall, this is an excellent beer that had me wanting more. I'm not a big fan of the darker beers like this brown Ale but I must say I was very impressed and wouldn't mind giving this beer another go at all. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to sendsilk for a couple growlers. Out of my CL Tulip.

A- A cola colored brown ale. Lots of little bubbles, but just a light tannish foamy head. The beer appears pretty watery, and is fairly translucent.

S-I get a lot of oatmeal and caramel smell. Some dark fruit and some cinnamon. Very nice.

T- Tastes like your average brown ale initially, which then takes a giant leap. The flavor transitions to flavors of oatmeal, cinnamon, and dark fruit/raisins. It really does tastes like an oatmeal ra0sin cookie. I gave several people a sample blind, and all instantly said it tasted like cookies.

M- To be honest, it was a little light. The carbonation was fine, but the initial mouthfeel was slightly off. Almost a little bitter.

O- This beer is definitely worth a try. They really hit the mark with the oatmeal raisin cookie name, as the aftertaste is spot on. Very nice, would love to see some more bottles of this.


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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Imperial Milk Porter release at the brewery. Served in a pint glass.

A - Deep mahogany body with a small cream head and nice lacing. Typical brown ale appearance.

S - Wow, vanilla. Strong vanilla flavor with some cinnamon and caramel. Smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie.

T - Strong vanilla, cinnamon, and, amazingly, oatmeal. Slight malt flavor, but mostly vanilla. Not too sweet, which is surprising. Tastes exactly like an oatmeal raisin cookie.

M - Medium-low carbonation and medium bodied. Finishes dry, which is a bit off-putting.

O - Drink it for what it is. It tastes like a cookie, not like beer. Hardly beer, but awesome for what it is.

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