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

Pours a mahogany brown with a two-finger light tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, raisons and a hint of maduro wrapper I find in all of Cigar City's brown ales. Flavor is oatmeal raison cookie spot on. A bit heavier on the spices than the sweetness. Cinnamon, nutmeg and raisons primarily. Finishes with the sweetness. Hints of vanilla which bring the cookie flavor all the way around.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark red/deep brown color that is very clear. has a nice 1-finger head that doesn't least too long but the lacing is good.

S - It is a little faint when it's cold but as it warms up the raisin aroma comes through nicely with a hint of sweetness and then the spice of the cinnamon comes into play shortly after, complimenting nicely. The oats can be detected in the aroma but much more so in the taste...

T - Again, a little faint when it's super cold but as it warms up the raisin and cinnamon are the first two flavors to hit the palate. The cinnamon is spicy but not too bitter and is smoothed out by the candied sugar-like sweetness from the raisins. The oatmeal makes the beer a little "chewy" and lends a softness/bready flavor. The aftertaste is just like the cookie, enough said.

M - Medium body with just enough carbonation. Finishes very sweet on the palate but the cinnamon and oatmeal are the most obvious. Lots of fun to drink, hard to imagine this beer could taste like a cookie. Great conversation starter and something fun to pour into friends' glasses.

O - After trying a lot of CCB's non-traditional offerings this one has to be one of my favorites. Mainly because there is no other beer out there like it and the quality that is is made to. Perfect flavors make this an any time of day/year beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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 rel
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tasted this last night at the Blue Piano in Miami, FL.
Great spot to try Cigar City brews. They try and have 3 of their brews rotating on tap. A little pricey at $8 , but worth it.

It poured thinly for a dark beer, like most brown ales, but had surprisingly nice lacing. Deep copper and light chocolate tones.

At first the smell of oatmeal cookies with cinnamon/raisin comes through, really gets you excited for the beer. On the backside you can smell the mellow malt and dark fruits.

BAM! Taste was out of this world. True to its smell. I've never had a beer that tastes so much like what it aimed out to do, outside the more traditional elements of beer. It does a brown ale justice, nutty, hints of chocalte, but just adds a whole other layer of flavor exceptionally. Definitely a must for fans of nutty and/or "flavored" beers.

Only downside; although american brown ales tend to have a light-medium body, I would have liked something a little thicker to compliment the flavor you'd expect from a cookie.

But it's awesome, I like!

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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 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 hoptualBrew
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Bar Louie last night for $6, yeah - won't be drinking off that tap again until happy hour rolls around.

Big pint glass, is dark brown with a little khaki head - wishing the bar tender woulda poured it a little more aggresively.

Smell is faint but can definitely pick up the oat grain & sweet sugary chocolate raisin & dark fruit notes.

Taste pretty much like an oatmeal raisin chocolate cookie but with a thinner mouthfeel than I expected. It works though, any thicker would be too heavy for all the sweetness in here.

Solid brown ale, different yet solid.

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Photo of armock
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sendsilk for hooking up a mini growler of this in a trade.

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt some dark fruit I'm not getting moms cookies here

T - Tastes more like a cookie now I'm getting the sweet sugary oatmeal and raisin flavors that its named for

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation

O - I was a little worried at first I wasn't impressed with the smell at all but thankfully the taste saved it this stuff really is like drinking an oatmeal raisin cookie this is a good tasting beer that's worth picking up if you ever see it

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at The Blue Piano in Miami, FL

A--Poured a warm brown, nut color with a 2" foamy heady that was a little bit off-white-to-tan. Lot of light came through.

S--In the simplest terms--it smells like mom's kitchen. Warm oatmeal raisin cookies. There are notes of vanilla, raisins, oatmeal, and sugar. This smells exactly like its name suggests.

T--YUM! This follows the nose fantastically. The raisins are easy to detect. Then comes a slight nut taste. Then a wave of vanilla and oatmeal.

M--It has a slight watery feel. The smell led me to believe it would have a thick mouth feel, but it was lighter than what I believed.

O--I'm not a brown ale fan, but this is one of the best beers I have ever had. The smell and taste of this beer brings back so many memories of childhood that it is hard not to love this.

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

A- Deep brow color with a nice sticky off white head with nice lacing on the glass.

S- Oh wow. Smells like a fresh baked cookie....Vanilla, cinnamon, raisins and roasty malt sweetness.

T- Just like the nose, awesome just like a cookie from moms kitchen. Lots of cinnamon and vanilla up front with the raisins finishing it out. Nice finish to it, not as dry in the finish as the bottles from what i remember. Great flavor profile with a precise execution.

M- Nice carbonation on the palate with a low to medium body that is slippery with a great finish.

O- Obsessed with this beer, cant get enough of it. Wish they could distribute to CA, i would spend every last penny on this brewery.

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

A: Pours a nice dark brown with hints of ruby around the edges when held to light. A small khaki-colored head rises but doesn't last for long. Minimal lacing left behind.

S: Typical malty, nutty, bready brown ale smell is present, but it is accompanied by oatmeal raisin cookie qualities. Raisin, fig, and maybe some cherries are present, along with cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg. It doesn't smell as much like a cookie as I thought it might, and am actually pleased that it doesn't. I love oatmeal raisin cookies, but was hoping for a little more complexity (and beer) than the name implies.

T: Slightly roasted malt, oatmeal, and nuttiness up front, with cinnamon, brown sugar, and the dark fruit taking backstage. Finishes with a contradictory sweetness (as the fruit and brown sugar linger) and slight hoppiness. Really tasty.

M: Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with a moderate level of carbonation that seems slightly prickly. Still smooth and creamy overall. Very, very slight bitter/drying finish.

D: Brown ales aren't my favorite, but this one is pretty darn good. The one bottle I had went down way too easily, and I could put down several more if they were available. Next time I come across these, there won't be any left on the self. It's just a fun, tasty, easy drinking beer.

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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 GarthDanielson
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. Served in a pint glass, the beer has the same body and color of Maduro Brown. A deep, dark brown color with ruby highlights and a light, thin, foamy head. Smells like an oatmeal creme pie, which made this fat kid very happy! My poor pregnant wife hates me right now. Slight cinnamon aroma, too, and the smell is amazing! The taste is great! The flavor has a baked sugary sweetness, cinnamon spicing, and creamy undertones. Wow! All of this while remaining light bodied. Brown-sugar sweet aftertaste, with a quick, clean finish. Delicious! Would make a wicked milkshake!

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

On tap at Hawthornes, served in a large wine glass. This brew appears a clear amber brown color with 2 fingers of thick, creamy tan head. Absolutely awesome, lasting retention to the cap. Once it slowly starts to fade it leaves thick patches of lacework on the glass.

The smell of this brew is herbal to medicinal hops with a touch of minerals. Once that initial aroma fades it leaves lots of sweet fruity alcohol notes reminiscent of raisins. There is a light note of sulfur included. Across the back is a smooth vanilla-like sweetness that increases in characternas the brew warms.

The taste is again mineral filled with spiced flavors of cinnamon and fruity raisin-like flavors. There is some chocolate malt inclusion. Sweet yet very well balanced with herbal hops and a spiced aspect that leaves some depth of flavor lingering in the aftertaste. At times this brew reminds of of the spiced inclusion typically found in pumpkin ales.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The abv is hidden perfectly in this brew. Quite drinkable with a pleasant contrast of flavors. I didn't quite pick up on the oat quality I was anticipating in this brew but the spiced and raisin flavors were quite fitting of the name. Certainly worth a try, Cigar City continues to impress me.

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Photo of mfunk9786
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Capone's during Philly Beer Week. My wife actually ordered this and I got to take sips and sniffs, wishing ever so desperately that I'd decided to get it, and knowing that my driving would be fatally impaired if I decided to order one more beer. Sigh, life.

This beer looks like any other Maduro, but it's not. The aroma is that of cinnamon, oats, and large grains of sugar - and boy oh boy is the best yet to come. I know this kind of sentiment is tossed around a lot on BA - but I have never drank anything that is closer to a liquified dessert than this. It absolutely captures the taste and the mouthfeel of an oatmeal raisin cookie without any of the crumbs. Big molasses sweetness, cinnamon, raisin, grain - this, to me, is the perfect example of what a brown ale can aspire to be. Bravo, Cigar City. This is the Maduro to try.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at hawthornes in philly

Pours a fairly clear dark brown color with some auburn hues, faint head with little retention and lacing.

Wow - this literally smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Oats, raisins, spice, doughy malt and vanilla.

Decent malt bill throughout the flavor profile, fairly roasted with dough and cookie notes. Vanilla, raisin, and oats all mix together with spice to create a decent cookie vibe. Pretty interesting throughout, a bit sweet but still fairly balanced, and finishes with some lingering cookie flavors.

Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly thin but still coating on the tongue. This is a little unusual but delivers exactly what's advertised.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark raisin brown with burgundy highlights around the edges and a frothy beige cap that diminished slightly but flared up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Oatmeal, molasses, raisins, sweet cookie dough malt and brown sugar all combine to create a pleasant oatmeal cookie aroma.

T - Wow! This tastes like a liquid cookie. Molasses, toffee, chocolate and brown sugar are all apparent in the initial flavor. Finishes with a hint of bitterness, most likely from the addition of the molasses.

M - Medium bodied with a slight syrupy texture that is perhaps a tad thin overall. Finish is sweet with a hint of earthy bitterness on the palate.

D - Mission accomplished, I'd say. This is a liquid cookie. Seriously.

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Photo of MufflnMan
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the CCB tasting room. Clear brown with a thin off white head.

Smells like dessert... very inviting. Dominated by oatmeal and sweet malt, maybe some cinnamon.

Tastes like liquid oatmeal raisin cookie! Well balanced so that it's not cloyingly sweet though. The oatmeal and raisins are up front with a hint of bitterness at the end. Little bit of vanilla in there as well.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin. The taste and smell make you want that chewy oatmeal texture in every sip.

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Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Karmeliet tulip glass. Forms a sizable fizzy light tan head that quickly reduces to an 1/8" of relatively stable foam sitting on top of the beer. Beer itself is a odd sort of dark grayish brown.

S: Smell is dominated by spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, with a little brown sugar and a faint bit of vanilla.

T: Mildly sweet malt on the front end fades to the strong, but fleeting, flavor of cinnamon. Some light vanilla. Finishes with a light, but lingering, sugary raisiny sweetness. Not quite an oatmeal raisin cookie, but not bad either.

M: Much thinner than I was expecting. On the lighter side of medium in weight and fairly aggressively carbonated.

O: A nice novelty beer. Enjoyed it for what it was, but just couldn't see drinking more than one of these.

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Photo of deathcharms
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle - 5/19/11 (Thanks to BastionShaw)

Pours a very deep burgundy brown with a bit of head from the start but the head dies off almost instantly. When held up to the light it is barely visible to see through, but it is not like its motor oil Stout relative. Smells at first like it has a dark cherry and a slight vanilla bean flavor infused into it, and then a cinnamon warmness follows. Taking deeper inhales it almost smells like an apple pie with tons of cinnamon infused into it. Admittedly Brown Ales never muster much a smile from my face because they all seem rather bland to me, but this one is surprisingly tasty. Taste is a very nutty brown ale with just a touch of some dark stone fruits. The cinnamon and raisin contributions are very light to the taste and play really nicely into the overall flavor of the beer. With more and more sips you realize there is a nice tingling in your throat I think partly to the subtle carbonation but also from the cinnamon. Cigar City really set the bar with this Brown Ale, to make it interesting to the palate(in a rather boring field) but to also balance the spice profile and not make it a bomb of cinnamon. The mouthfeel is light due to the not over robust carbonation and as mentioned before the nice light play from the spice added to the beer. Overall I like this beer for the style and wish more Brown Ales tasted as good as this one, I wouldn't pass on them as much then!

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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 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 steve8robin
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. I love most of the CCB brews. Haven't tried this yet, but the name sounds delicious. 12oz bottle...

A: A nice deep murky ruby color with a 1 inch tan head that fades quickly to a lace atop the brew. Good.

S: I smell some sweet sugary malt upfront with some bready, raisin scents in the middle. Hints of cinnamon and oatmeal on the backend. Decent.

T: Smells of some oatmeal and raisin upfront. Some breadiness in the middle and mild bitter hop on the backend. Mild watery malts hidden in the back. Good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A bitter finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. Tastes a lot like Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, but doesn't so much smell like it. If you like those flavors, then definitely try.

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

Reviewed on 4.17.11

Appearance- Pours a deep dark brown with a dark brown-tan head. Head is bubbly, but fades fast.

Smell- Oats, raisins, and some fruit.

Taste- Tastes just like the name, Oatmeal, raisins, cookie dough.

Drinkability- Smooth, and silky.

Overall- A great way to finish the night. It was like dessert in a glass.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
4.06 out of 5 based on 348 ratings.
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