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 MufflnMan
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -9%
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 -1.7%
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 -12.6%
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 -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 steve8robin
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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 +7.3%
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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Photo of AdamBear
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with possibly a cherry tint to it. thin white head

S-smells like oatmeal and raisins. a bit nutty as well. fairly faint.

T-tastes like an oatmeal raisin cookie! the taste is so strong and flavorful! i love this! in and out, the flavors stay. there is even a hint of chocolate chips in there as well. this taste is a work of brewing genius. there is nothing wrong here.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-tastes stay through the entire glass. for a brown ale, this is just amazing and unique. everyone needs to get some of this!

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Photo of Bennettrox
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Dolfan84 for this - I knew if it tasted half as good as the name lead me to believe then I would be in for a treat!

A - Deep dark brown. Hints of a ruby color hit the glass in the bottom. Half a finger head that presents itself in the perfect off-white contrast to the body.

S - Oh goodness, is grandma in the kitchen cooking? Smells just as the name implies. Strong oatmeal, chocolate, bready, and a hint of cinnamon and raisin.

T - Just like the smell. More bread/oatmeal flavors with chocolate and the raisin/cinnamon coming in at the end. Also a little nutty taste. This baby gets better as it warms up.

M - Medium/light body. Perfect carbonation - I could drink two growlers of this in one sitting, no problem. The lower ABV makes this all the better.

O - Really enjoyed this one. I found myself tasting an oatmeal cookie minutes after finishing this. The taste really lingers and that's a great thing. Would seek this out again - one of the better brown ales I've had.

Thanks again Dolfan84!

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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 UMNbeerhunter
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown color with bronze tones on the edges when held to the light. Has a nice size bubbly brown carbonated head of about one and a half fingers. Head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Smells is very light. All I smell is spices and a little malt sweetness.

Taste is roasty malt and spices and the oatmeal flavor. The finish actually tastes a little burnt. I can taste some of the raisin but for the most part I cant taste past the burnt taste.

Mouthfeel is light with a nice carb feel to it. No alcohol in this one? I couldn't detect it at all.

Overall its a one try for me. I can't get past the burnt malty taste. Mouthfeel is great and smell could have been more complex.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

This beer pours a deep brown with a lighter brown mahogany edging. Decent light tan head that was retained for a few minutes. Minor lacing. This beer does smell like cookies, mostly hot raisins, cinnamon and vanilla. There is a nice roastiness to the flavour along with what I smelled in the nose. The raisins come through as well as the other spices, mainly cinammon, nutmeg and vanilla. Mouth was a touch over carbonated in my opinion, medium. Overall an interesting beer and I liked the concept. The cookie recipe wasn't played up and was a nice mix of spices and smells.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into stemmed glass with a quick forming, frothy light tan head above a bright brown beer. Great lacing and retention in this two week old growler.

Aroma is both fruiter and nuttier than the original Maduro Brown is. A dash of spice and some chocolate rounds out a solid brown ale nose. Flavor picks up some cinnamon that accentuates a dry finish. A nutty and slightly chocolatey malt base backs up a sweet mid palate with a grape like flavor coming from the raisins. Full bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. The exotic ingredients seem to be added with a very gentle hand, as this doesn't taste over the top at all. The flavors of cookies are all there, but it doesn't come together to actually taste like the cookie. Still a nice treat with some freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies.

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Photo of brian44556
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a trade with Sendsilk, thanks bud.

Poured 12oz bottle into a Stone RIS Tulip.

Pours a dark raisin color with a light tan head. The head bubbled off quickly, but the rush of carbonation bubbles from the bottom kept a small part afloat for a good while. The beer also left a great ring of lacing around the glass. The beer smelled almost identical to an oatmeal raisin cookie. Not sure if the name clouded my judgment, but the smell was right on point to a fresh out of the oven oatmeal raisin cookie. Also faint smells of vanilla and ginger. The taste was very sweet, reminded me of an oatmeal cookie with a vanilla icing with cinnamon sprinkled on top. The biggest let down of the beer was the thin body. That held this back from being a top tier beer in my opinion. Overall another great offering from Cigar City. Glad I had a chance to try and look forward to trying more Cigar City beers in the future.

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Photo of kk73
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for the bottle.

A - Pours a chestnut brown with a two finger off white head, with decent head retention. Some spotty lacing.

S - Not much in the nose. Mostly nutty and some sweet brown sugar.

T - Opens up roasty and nutty. Then the oatmeal, brown sugar and raisins make a brief appearance midway. Very nice and subtle and I wish it stuck around thru the finish. Very little alcohol detection.

M - Very smooth and a touch creamy. Light to medium in body, high carbonation.

D - Not bad for a brown ale, had no trouble finishing the bottle. If you ever get the chance at least give it a try. But a pretty solid beer by Cigar City.

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

Enjoyed during my long weekend in Tampa. I had the chance to meet some great people and try some new and some amazing new things. Had a lot of fun, but glad to be home. Enjoyed on 4/11/2011.

Have had this on one other occasion and loved it but the chance to try it on tap was a whole different experience. Pours a nice soft hazelnut brown with a small off white head that caps the top rather nicely. Smoothing out around the edges it leaves some nice rings of lacing in its wake. Aroma is deep spices, hints of cinnamon, raisins and dark fruits, notes of bready malts and a sugary cookie dough like backing. Flavor is a nice malt bomb that sits on the palate with great ease. So much smoother then you would think with a light feel and a rich creamy, roasted nut like finish, this one literally tastes just like the name.

Overall one of the great offerings from CCB. Loved the chance to try this one on tap.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz. growler from Decicco's Ardsley. Packed on date of 4/16/11. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a fluffy, 2 finger light mocha head with good retention. Beer is a clear, dark purple-mahogany. Lacing is patchy, stringy, and spotty with good cling. A very nice looking brown ale.

S: Nose is nutty. Notes of brown sugar, cinnamon spice, and a slight oatmeal tarness are detectable. Sweet and enticing but faint overall. Nothing to really stir the senses.

T: Opens nutty and with hints of brown sugar. Oatmeal raisin flavor hits full force right afterwards though. Cinnamon, brown sugar, and purple grapes erupt from nowhere. Fruitiness fades quickly leaving the cinnamon spice and brown sugar lingering at the end. Finish is remarkably clean with just a touch of cinnamon bark bitterness. Slightly grainy brown sugar aftertaste. A deliciously novel beer.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Prickly, light, and lively in the mouth and goes down rather smooth and slightly warming. Finish is clean with a briefly lingering aftertaste. Hugely light and quaffable.

O: While I'm not a big fan of CCB's philosophy of "make 4 or 5 average beers and age them in 20 different ways", Oatmeal Raisin Cookie stands as a real winner. Very drinkable and easy to appreciate, this one's worth seeking out.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler from Decicco's into a pint glass twice.

Maduro brown with some off red spots in the center. I like how this one pours out, alot of bubbles, a cascading swirl into a nice semi dense inch of dark tan foam that leaves some stick.

Smell is all oatmeal with those roasted malt and a heaping of cinnamon. With alot of oatmeal stout's I find the oat presence in the nose to be completely lacking, this one stands out a bunch. Oats from the farm and cinnamon prevail.

Taste is pretty much summed up above but I gotta say cinnamon is big, yet not overstated, oatmeal is just that, oatmeal, the big roasted malt presence in regular maduro is somewhat muted under everything else. Sweet.

Feel is just at about medium, a little under, smooth though and sweet. It's carbed up nice, but goes down like a champ. I could drink alot of this and I wish they would send some of this to Philly.

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Photo of sitarist
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich brown with two fingers of frothy tan head. The head slowly falls to a cap that leaves spots of lacing.

It smells like I just opened a pack of "Raisins & Spice" Instant Oatmeal. It smells nice, like someone is baking cookies.

Mmmmm...liquid cookies!

Medium to full bodied. It fizzes gently, tickling my taste buds.

I have to admit, I thought this beer was going to suck...It doesn't though! It has a wonderful aroma, its flavors are subtle & never become cloying, it has great body, its easy to drink....I could go on saying nice things, but I cant think of anything bad to say.

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

Thrown in as an extra by thedominator...gracias...really wanted to try.

A-Medium brown color...good thick head that stayed around for a bit.

S-Lot of oatmeal..cinnamon..sweet smells...sugar...molases..brown sugar...good spice...it smells...well, like an oatmeal cookie...nuts huh?

T-Taste follows suit with smell...and label. I drank this and thought...they really hit a homerun here...it tastes like a good oatmeal cookie but that is not doing the beer justice...just b/c something tastes like what the bottle claims is not an indicator that it is good...this works...quite well...I contrast this to things like Short's Key Lime Pie...which I know has high ratings from others but just misses the mark for me...I get the Key Lime aspect but it does not mesh...this meshes. You get the balance of the oatmeal cookie flavors...the oatmeal, fruit, spices and it goes perfect w/ a great quality brown ale.

M-very good...medium to medium high carbonation...quite smooth on the palate...creamy character.

D-high. I only had a bottle b/c that is all that I had available...had I more bottles...i would have drank more. Looking forward to getting some more of this.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cyrusthepup for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, very nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some nice vanilla notes, toffee, slight spice note. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, with some raisin/oatmeal notes, slightly spiced. Medium Body, nice dry/bitter finish. A very tasty brew.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another great gift from a BIF. Thanks!

A- Body is a translucent medium brown hue. Pours with a massive 3 finger plus foamy khaki colored head-great retention at 1-2 fingers and small traces of lacing are left down the glass.

S- Nose is pretty much what this beer claims to be. A ton of oatmeal comes through and is the dominant character-this is mixed with a good dose of brown sugar and some raisin as well.

T- Flavor is not as powerful as the nose. Initially the oatmeal comes through the most as well as a hint of roasted malt bitterness. Brown sugar and a hint of raisin make an appearance for the finish which has a lot of oatmeal and the slightest touch of roasted malt.

M- Fantastic. The oatmeal really comes through and makes the consistency full, thick, smooth, and creamy. Carbonation is medium.

D- Overall this is a good, interesting brew. Almost somewhat of a novelty brew. But the nose is fantastic-and the mouthfeel is exceptional. Another great brew overall by CCB.

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Photo of Zraly
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a garnet brown with a two-finer tan head. Head is rocky and retains nicely. Pretty lacing.

First note is grape followed by cinnamon and nutmeg. At the same time, it also reminds me of a young wine at first. There is something mildly floral lingering about in the top notes. Very perfume-like and really interesting considering the is sessionable brown ale.

Smooth drinking. Creamy, grape and spice flavors match up to the top notes. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee. At one point it reminds me of a drinkable raisinet. Sweet but balanced. A touch of dryness in the finish keeps things from cloying and becoming overbearing. At 5.5% alcohol, I could chug these all night.

It's interesting how the raisins add the dimension of grape without become too heady or too high alcohol. Really interesting.

Would go great with some good chocolate and, of course, cookies!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured a deep red-brown with a one finger very light tan head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raisins, graham cracker, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, oatmeal, raisins, and milk chococlate. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was nothing short of excellent. I really don't know how CCB keeps doing this with the Maduro, but version I have had has been excellent. Definitely a great flavor and aroma going on in this one. An absolute must try for any beer lover or the curious.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

After pouring out an infected bottle of the regular Maduro Brown, I was worried that this guy would be a problem too, but fortunately it was all good.

This beer smells and tastes amazingly like an oatmeal raisin cookie. This was obvious from the first scent, with big raisin notes and detectable spices--I'm not sure if I would've identified the spice as cinnamon if I didn't already know it was in there, but it's definitely a yummy cookie type of spice. The flavor follows suit--the beer's name is a good enough characterization of the flavor, as oatmeal and raisin and spicy cookie flavors run wild from the first sip. I really did not expect such an accurate reproduction of cookie flavor, it's damn impressive.

The one thing missing here, really, is the brown ale. It tastes more like cookies than it does like a brown ale. Once I started thinking about the beer base, it seemed a little thin and watery, lacking the lovely rich flavors of my favorite brown ales. I wish I had a good bottle of the the regular Maduro Brown for comparison, but unfortunately my (obviously infected) bottle of that one tasted more like an Oud Bruin than an American brown ale.

My numerical ratings for this beer are maybe slightly inflated given its flaws, but honestly I'm just so impressed with the cookie aspects of this beer than I don't much mind that the beer aspects are a bit lacking. I already want to have another of these.


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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 501 ratings