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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408
pDev:
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Ratings: 408 |  Reviews: 154
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of alalvarez75
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -5.3%
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 -5.1%
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 -16.5%
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 -3.1%
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 -4.1%
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 -1%
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 -5.6%
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.

-GFunk

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one tap at Engine Co 15 in Jacksonville Beach. Served in a standard pint, the beer is a dark, dark brown with a sticky tan head
It has a nose of guess what, oatmeal cookies, a hint of cinnamon, all spice and roasted malts.

The taste tracks the smell. Spices, oats and malts. I like it as a dessert type beer. Not a session beer but tasty.

The mouth has just the right amount of thickness.

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Photo of uustal
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +0.2%
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 -2.7%
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 +4.6%
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 -20.8%
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 -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Growler brought up to share by Spider889.

Appearance
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.

Aroma
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.

Taste
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.

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

Overall
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 -6.8%
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 -6.1%
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 +11.9%
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 -23.5%
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 +7%
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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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 408 ratings
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