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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Reviews: 144 | Ratings: 348
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 urwithdave
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Pours dark brown with a finger of cream colored head. Decent retention with little lacing left.

S- Cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate. It really smells like a oatmeal raisan cookie.

T- Just like the nose.... big cinnamon spice followed by hints of vanilla, chocolate, and raisins. My wife tried it and I asked her what it tasted like before she even knew what it was...she said a oatmeal cookie! They really got this one right!

M- Light in body with a low carbonation level. It finishes rather sweet, but we are drinking a oatmeal raisn cookie....I'd hope it didnt finish any other way.

D- Drinks really easy, but I wouldn't be able to have to many due to the sweetness. Not bad for a couple pints though!

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Photo of Domingo
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the new Cigar City tasting room. This was a fresh keg just tapped about an hour earlier.
Arrives the expected deep brown color of the other maduro brown ales, however this one looks to be a hair lighter and because of the added ingredients it's cloudier.
The profile is different than I expected. I was expecting either a "candy beer" or one that had a fancy name, but was just another brown ale. It was neither. You can't mistake the distinct flavor of oatmeal raisin cookies right away, but it isn't overly sweet. It has a malty brown ale flavor with chocolate notes up front, but the middle adds the cinnamon and raisin flavors that carry over to the finish. The finish carries a potent cookie flavor, but it's not sweet or overbearing.
Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, but at only 5.5% ABV that's not really a problem.
Definitely not a session beer, but for a dessert or a slightly sweet treat, this is great.
One of the more unique offerings I've had to date, and another winner from CCB in Tampa.

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

Had this on tap at CCB, poured into a CCB snifter. Poured a dark brown color with little head. Smell is big cinnamon, raisin and bread pretty much exactly like the cookie. Tasted alot of cinnamon and raisins. Very nicely carbonated, a little thin tasting. Over all a good tasting couldnt drink alot of it, but it was fun to try.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has this fine draft at the CCB tasting room. Poured into a pint glass. The appearance on this beer has that brown hue to it, with minimal head that leaves a slight lace the glass. Smell is of cinnamon, fresh baked cookies, nutmeg, vanilla, the smell from this beer is out of this world. Taste is dead on with the smell, it litteraly tastes like a cinnamon cookie in a liquid form, very refreshing and smooth with a nice overall coffee raison type finish. This was amazing offering from CCB and one I hope they release in bottle form.

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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 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 ktrillionaire
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a review of the cask-treatment. The normal version of this brew gets an 'A' from me.

A - It pours an interesting, murky toffee-brown, with very little head.

S - The normal version of this brew is so aromatic, this one is really not as good on the nose.

T - The taste, as compared with the normal version, is as muddy as the appearance. That said, this is still a good beer; the cask treatment just was not a positive enhancement in this case.

M - A bit flat, as cask tends to be, but it doesn't jive well with the flavors.

D - I will still drink this over 97% of the beer in the world, but it is a lesser brew in CCBs canon.

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Photo of brentk56
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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 ahalloin
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to DRINKNDRIVE for bringing this beer to a tasting and splitting the petite Floridian growler with us. Gotta change those laws Florida!

With a name like Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, I am wondering if this will be on par with the likes of ST Creme Brulee in attempting to mimic a food taste for the beer?

Poured from a growler. Dark caramel color, clear for the most part with a nice off-tan head. For a brown ale, looks good.

Smell is very strong and pleasing. I get big raisin notes with oatmeal, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. My nose may be deceiving me now with inference from all those other ingredients, but I swear somebody is making a fresh batch of cookies! Pretty incredible actually! 5s don't come easy for me in this category.

The taste brings to mind a freshly baked, sweet oatmeal raisin cookie. Very nice. The only concern I have is that the flavor is somewhat thin for me. For brown ales, I like a thick flavor that seems less watery.

This complaint could be more a product of the lack of excitement in the mouthfeel. Thin and somewhat watery. When I think cookies, I think chewy. Give me a chewy mouthfeel for chewy cookie flavor!

Drinkability is very good, but maybe the beer is too sweet to session. Very interesting but the novelty would get old if I had more than one.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Who else but the man tpd975 to hook me up with yet another CCB brew. Thank you sir!

32 oz. flip top growler poured into a snifter. Shared with naproxen :)

Pours a deep dark brown with a one finger light khaki colored head. Bits and pieces of stick cling to the side of the glass, but not much. Aroma is sweet with cinnamon, nuts, and some brown sugar. Some chocolate malts and a touch of earth underneath the sweetness in the nose as well. Not really what I was expecting in the aroma, but the Maduro is definitely there. Taste, ok...that's what I'm talkin' bout. Oatmeal, sweet sugar, vanilla, and raisins (and I mean straight up raisins). The taste of this beer so accurately represents the name, I love it. What I love most about this? It's not overly sweet which is actually what I had anticipated going into this beer. Light to medium body with a slick carbonation. A bit watery in the feel, but not terribly so. I like this beer a lot, although I'm a big Oatmeal Cookie fan so I might be slightly biased. Big ups to CCB for not making this insanely sweet and surprisingly drinkable. Thanks to my boy Greg for hooking me up again...keep 'em comin brotha!!!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name of this beer confused me until I drank it, yep oatmeal raisin cookie it is.

Poured from the growler (cute little 32 ounce growler) into a becher. Beer is brownish / red and clear. Forms an off white head (really big) that falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

Aroma is complicated and I smelled this beer for several minutes before tasting, bare with me. Slightly lactic at first, some raisin, slight spice, nutmeg or allspice, perhaps slight cinnamon.

The flavor is quite "spicy" if you consider cinnamon spice. Brown sugar is in there as well. Medium body, lots of flavor in the late palate to aftertaste range. Lots of spice comes up late. Overall its a really strong tasting beer. The strength follows through on the aftertaste as well.

This beer definitely tastes like a cookie. For sure. And overall I found it enjoyable but I'm not sure i would try it again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark brown body with some golden-orange edges and topped with a layer of thin, off-white froth.

Smell: Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle! It does indeed smell like oatmeal raisin cookies.

Taste: Sweet-tasting chocolate morsels stirred up with dark brown sugar, toasted rolled oats, a liberal dose of spices, hints of roast, and a box raisins with that bonnet-wearing chick on the front. Does a fantastic job of mimicking the flavor of oatmeal raisin cookies.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very satisfying, enjoyable beer; another in a series of hits from Cigar City. This is one for the books!

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Photo of McDiddyPop
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was definitely looking forward to cracking this one open. It should be noted that there was some leakage, and there was a loss of carbonation as a result.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Maduro pours a dark reddish brown color. Good clarity. Not much in the way of a head, but again this is probably because of the leakage. What little foam there is left a tiny bit of scattered lacing.

Wow. This really smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Nice sweet vanilla balanced out by some spicy cinnamon and raisins come through in the end. If I really think hard I still get some earthy chocolate from the base beer.

Tastes just like it smells. Nice vanilla and raisiny sweetness with mild cinnamon at the back of the tongue. And again like the smell I get the earthy finish from the Maduro.

Mouthfeel is thin. More carbonation would certainly enhance its drinkability as well. I would like another shot at this so I can get the full experience. All in all, a great twist on an already solid beer.

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

Growler, poured into my Cigar City tulip.

A: Again, very similer to the other Maduros. Dark, dark, brown with a reddish hue. The pour produced a nickel of off white head that receeds quickly and dosen't leave much lace.

A: Sweet chocolate with a little toasted malt. I get hints of caramel, vanilla, dark fruit and cinnimon. Very faint detection of some hops, but not much.

T: Man, very sweet. It really does taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Chocolate, vanilla, and cinnimon up front, with the raisin at the back. It finishes slightly dry and again very sweet.

M: Light to Medium body, lighter carbonation levels than the other Maduros. Smooth.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is lower due to the sweetness, but I won't have a problem finishing the 32 oz. growler. Overall, a very interesting take on the Maduro. Probably my least favorite of the treatments, but still very good. Skal.

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Photo of thryn
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown that lets a fair bit of light through. On tap there was a bit of beige head -- out of the growler there is no much, but some off-white swirls adorn the top of the beer.

Smells cinnamony and raisiny! Go figure. I love the base beer, and the raisins add a bit of sweetness in the nose. The cinnamon and oatmeal play off one another nicely.

Shines on the palate. Spicy, cinnamon notes up front, the malty beer come through in the middle, nicely balanced, and then it finishes with the raisin sweetness and a bit more cinnamon.

A smidge thin, though the carbonation's good. Silky feel from the oatmeal.

For a beer that tastes like a cookie, this one keeps the sweetness nicely in check. I only wish the weather was a little cooler for this one.

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

Surprisingly this beer actually looks a little like an oatmeal cookie. The thick icing-colored head gives way to the marbled head of an oatmeal cookie.

In the nose it smells like a freaking cookie. Lots of cinnamon.

The cinnamon comes out up front with the taste of the base beer in the finish. Tastes like an oatmeal cookie.

Creamy in the mouth, nice carbonation.

Very drinkable with a session-friendly ABV. Nice.

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Photo of tpd975
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big cheers to Doug for putting this one together for the brass tap event.

A: Pours an amberish brown, more red than brown which is somewhat suprising as regular maduro pours pretty brown. Nice tall head that shows good retention and leggy lace.

S: Wonder aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, and cinnamon.

T: The nice malty nutty maduro is there right from the start. Real vanilla and cinnamon push through in the middle. A raisin sweetness can be picked up in the finish along with more cinnamon.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Smooth drinking beer.

D: Not the most drinkable due to the sweetness. One tasty treat though that I hope to see again.

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