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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#2,328
Reviews:
182
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486
pDev:
9.71%
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Ratings: 486 |  Reviews: 182
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum Yummy,though on the sweet(sugar and lots of malt) and spicy side: cinammon, this kicked early.
The chocolate malt, raisiny taste was in the background. Dark with a whisp of head, appropriately carbonated. Cute, but I could not drink pints of this.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 jaydoc
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a typical looking brown ale. The smell of the beer definitely smelled like an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie... I'm not sure how they do it but that's how it smells. The taste of the beer doesn't have a whole lot going on beer wise but again it's got a subtle cinnamon flavor in there with the raisin sweetness. The feel of the beer is medium bodied. Overall it's a very nice beer.

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and almost appears to be opaque because no light shines through near the edges of the glass. It poured with a finger high dark tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oatmeal raisin cookies are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but there are additional hints of cinnamon spices. There are just enough underlying hops and spices to mask any traces of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a very good job at both smelling and tasting like an oatmeal raisin cookie. I liked how there were just enough hops and spices to mask the sweetness without taking away from the cookie aromas and flavors.

Serving type: can

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Maduro Oatmeal-Raison brew turns out very drinkable and sessionable even with the bold fruit and bready flavors.

The pour delivers a deep crimson/ruby/brown color with good clarity and only a modest haze. A great (not good) creme forms on the beer and holds firm in sticky and gluey fashion. Lots of lacing left behind. This is one sexy looking brew.

Deep aromas of stone fruits, fruit cake, chocolate and toast fill the nose and all but promise a full and robust taste. A light woodsy/vinous/grape note persists that only makes the complexity more inviting.

Flavors of the raison/fig/date mix garner attention early on and continue to dominate the beer throughout. But intermittenly, we get notes of walnuts, bread crusts and toast, chocolates/cocoa, and a woodsy/vinous/tannin character that makes the flavor very rich and varying.

Creamy early, the beer weakens quickly (maybe too quickly) to a drinkable (maybe thin) feeling beer. The vinous characater turns lighly powdery and astringent and looses its texture just after mid palate. Unfortunately this gives the beer a lifeless feel way too soon in the session.

Definately a great fruit-forward beer but the body just can't hold up which hurts the overall drinking experience. Think of this beer as a raison-forward English Mild Ale.

Thanks RomaniIteDomum!

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Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber/brown color with red hue. There is a finger and a half of tan head that goes away to leave a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Smells like a cookie. Sweet malt with hints of dark fruit and brown sugar. There are some spices in there as well, cinnamon.

Taste: There is a mildly sweet bready malt. I'm then picking up some dark fruit and cinnamon. After the cookie like flavor, there is a nice bitterness that rounds things out well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the higher side. The finish is mildly dry.

Overall: This is a nice brown ale with a twist. A nice take on a desert beer and I would love to have another in the future.

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Photo of brentk56
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cola brown color but no cap and, as a result, no lace

Smell: As the name would suggest, this smells like oatmeal raisin cookies; also some brown bread elements

Taste: Oatmeal raisin cookie flavors up front, followed by a brown bread finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very unusual, to say the least and gets high marks for creativity; I love oatmeal raisin cookies and love this beer

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear dark chestnut body with a crimson cast beneath a short head of creamy tan foam. The head retention is good, and it leaves average lacing about the glass.

Aroma: Malty and gently toasty with a distinct note of dark caramel and almost burnt sugar. Ginger bread cookies. Dark fruit... plum/prune. Brown sugar. A hint of vanilla.

Taste: It's really hard to separate the aroma from the actual flavor one this one. The nose gives me spice (mainly cinnamon) and raisin, but the flavor is giving me more dark sugar. Overall, raisins and spice are the first to appear on the palate. As it warms a bit, the oatmeal comes out (Is this even made with oatmeal? It doesn't matter, the flavor of oatmeal seems to appear). It finishes with a quick dollop of golden syrup on the front of the tongue, dark skinned fruit from end to end, and drying 'oatmeal' in the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body with a dextrinous edge. Standard carbonation level.

Drinkability: Never before has a beer nailed the flavor of an oatmeal raisin cookie so completely. It is, at the very least, an amazing holiday beer - but it's also a surprisingly drinkable spiced ale. Worth seeking out!!!

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Photo of vfgccp
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well off my meds finally, after the knee surgery I was on the perks for a while and couldn't drink. Finally back off the meds, and for my first beer back I figured this was a good beer to get back on. One I've been searching for for a while, and a huge thanks to jstilwell for it.

Pours a larger fizzy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, with pot marks and a bit of lacing, over very dark brown coke molasses colored beer.

Nose comes right on with oatmeal raisin cookie aroma, light cinnamon, some oatmeal, brown sugar, brown malts, light sweet malts, light caramel, light roast, hint of vanilla, some crystal malts, some light candied raisins and raisin like fruit, a light nutty malt, an almost like jelly fruit, and just a hint of a dry farmhouse like yeast.

Taste comes with darker malts, plenty of crystal malts, caramel, toasted malts, nice brown caramel malt flavors. Some fruit as well, light fig jelly like, hints of candied raisins and just plain raisin, and a nice cinnamon flavor, a light dry yeast like rustic farmhouse funk that may be the beginning of an infection but not sure. Some light vanilla, hint of butterscotch like oatmeal cookie flavor. A slight juicy raisin like fruit flavor. It comes on fairly dry at first and gets very dry on the finish, with a little sticky syrupy finish, with some more brown malts and brown sugar, as well as caramel, raisin, cinnamon, and a bit of bitterness late on the finish. The cinnamon comes through even more as the finish goes.

Mouth is med bodied, quite a bit of carbonation, a little sticky and syrupy.

Overall pretty good, not as amazing as I was hoping but it could be because of the beginnings of an infection or age but not sure, the nose was great, but the dry light yeast and fruit like taste takes a bit from the taste but otherwise nice, and maybe slightly over carbonated.

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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 paulish
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 zestar
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of smithj4
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
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 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 smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
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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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 486 ratings