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 Beerisheaven
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as part of a killer package from mhl060. Thanks Matt for your generous box of goodness.

A - When I had this in the tasting room, I though I remember this being a different color (more copper or amber like). The bottle pour was a dark brown with a bubbly head that tames itself pretty quickly.

S - A really enticing brew, featuring a delightful mix of cinn, nutmeg, and other "cookie" related spices. Smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie, who would have thunk that?

T - Follows the nose and is really a nice treat. The cinn, nutmeg, and other spices all play well. There is a bit of a peppery taste, probably coming from the cinn that gives it just enough bite to otherwise detract from the sweetness.

M - Not much going on here; a little thin but it is fine for the brown ale style.

D - I am not sure how many of these you could drink but for one it is a delightful beer. A little sweet and spicey so for me it is one glass and then time to move on. Still, for what they wanted to capture here, I really enjoyed it and think (overall) that it is a great effort.

On to March 12th!

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Photo of sendsilk
4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

Heard a lot about this beer from friends but have been hesitant to try it as it seemed a bit much to expect a beer to taste like Oatmeal raisin cookies.

I know I am serving the beer too cold as I had put it in the fridge 6 hours ago and meant to take it out about 1/2 hour ago. So it has about a 1/4" head with light lacing that dissipates relatively quickly. Took 1 quick sip and decided to wait a while to let it warm.

Wow, what a difference. Smell is not overbearing but distinctly there. I can smell cinnamon, raisin, outmeal and a distinct sweetness. Reminds me of smelling Cinnabon at the mall.

It's fairly well carbonated but thinner in mouthfeel than I expected..but WHAT a taste. Truly like an Oatmeal raisin cookie! Cinnamon, raisin and I swear I can taste the ICING on the top of the cookie. I bought a 4 pack of these and it certainly won't be my last!

The real kicker for me is that distinct icing taste that seems to coat the underlying cookie. What a great brew!

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a standard 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish tints. Head was massive off white to light brown.

S - Well like it's name has a very similar smell to what else..oatmeal cookie raisin cookies! Has a touch of sweet in the smell maybe vanilla.

T - Raisins and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) are the first thing I noticed. Pronounced taste like the smell. Has just the slightest touch of bitterness but it balances very well with the sweetness. Nice faint chocolate taste is where the sweetness comes from. I thought the taste got better and better as it warmed up.

M - Nicely carbonated. Medium bodied. Creamy and refreshing.

D - Yes. This makes a good session though it's ABV may fall slightly above the norm. Excellent.

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Photo of GarrettM99
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Color is a deep rich dark brown, as mentioned it almost looks like cola. It had a thick long lasting foamy head.

S- That of a cinnamon raisin oatmeal cookie. What more can I say??? Fresh out of the oven? Either way it was like delicious smelling.

T- The taste is very raisiny, but not overpowering as some might hint at. The cinnamon hit me towards the end and once my pallet picked up on both is was quite harmonious. Clearly a nice roasted flavor and of course a malty oatmeal taste.

M- Medium bodied. I feel that it was too carbonated.

Over all, it was a great beer from a small local brewery and I will be trying more as soon as they restock.

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Photo of johnbjaeger
3.39/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have known oatmeal raisin cookies. I like oatmeal raisin cookies. You, Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, are no oatmeal raisin cookie.

That said, you had me fooled right until I tasted you. I actually think we could have been really good friends had I never actually put you in my mouth.

My problem with you, if you haven't already figured it out, is that you are like so many cups of tea I've met in my life. Full of whispered promises and soft caresses. A nibble on my ear and a hand on my knee. Once we get down to it, you never actually deliver on those sweet little lies. You disappoint me. You make me uneasy that we entered into this relationship in the first place. Ultimately, my life was better before we met.

Anyway, this beer looks pretty good, a deep and beautiful reddish brown. This beer smells positively freaking divine - full of spice and oats and raisins. I mean, I was practically huffing this like glue. It tastes like a decent brown ale filled with raisins, though, and nothing terribly more fulfilling than that. Another whiff. Another taste. Another disappointment.

On second thought, I may get another bottle just to spend a quiet night alone inhaling it.

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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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Photo of HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Procured from GBX in Greenville.

A - Pours deep dark brown with faint cola-brown highlights and a mild, tightly foamed dark khaki head.

S - Heavy cinnamon, raisin aroma, with a little alcohol, aroma is not unlike a rum-sauce bread pudding.

T - Taste is, well, intensely raisiny, almost like biting into a pile of raisin peels, with a cinnamon twist essence and some dark brown sugary malt. A little unbalanced and overwhelming, which it not totally surprising given the them of the beer. There's a brown sugary, oatmeal flavor here not unlike the aroma from a pack of Quaker instant oatmeal.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation.

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Photo of timtim
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

woah. it's actually hard to review this beer, seeing as pretty much all of the reviews are just rearranged ways of saying that this one smells and tastes just like an oatmeal raisin cookie. it really does. dark mahogany with a big, frothy, tan head that holds well and leaves lots of lace. nose is a heavy-handed dose of oats, followed by vanilla, light brown sugar, and a nice roasty-raisin scent that blends really, really well. taste is all of the above with some nuttiness, earthy maduro roast cigar city signature and slight hop bitterness which seems to send the flavors all over the palate. medium-full body and tons of flavor for such a low abv beer. finish is a little hot (although that could just be the vanilla playing tricks on me...), and mouthfeel gets just a touch sticky. fun to drink, but wouldn't want this regularly. maybe good with ice cream sundae? great creative effort from cigar city.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Cigar City pint glass:

A: Pours a dark, ruby brown with a 1" light brown head. The thick head slowly subsides into a small cap after a few minutes and leaves little strings of splotchy webbing all around the glass.

S: Semi-sweet notes of roasted malts are the first to come out in the nose. Quickly following is actually an aroma very similar to an oatmeal raisin cookie (imagine that?). You can certainly pick up on undertones predominated by raisin with light notes of vanilla and cinnamon beneath the roasty characteristic of the aroma.

T: A roasty (and slightly smokey), smooth oatmeal malt profile all the way down blended quite well with nuances of sundried raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, and toffee. It doesn't take much to pick up on the vanilla which well compliments the roasted malts. The cinnamon lingers with a smokey aftertaste in the finish which almost lends to the taste of a fresh baked cookie. All around a well blended, flavorful, and definitely unique brew that achieves exactly what the brewers had in mind when they named it.

M: Impeccably smooth from the oatmeal, medium bodied, and well carbonated. Leaves a sweet, coating taste on the palate which strangely makes me want to reach for a glass of milk...

D: You can easily finish off the glass without second thought in my opinion. A very unique rendition of the traditional brown ale that is remarkably smooth and flavorful. However, I can see some being off-put by the sweet nature of the beer and it does sit quite heavy in the stomach and on the palate (I couldn't see having more than two or three).

All around, the Maduro Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale is more than worth a try. In my opinion, it achieves quite well the exact characteristic of which the name describes while still remaining a solid beer and not feeling exclusively gimmicky.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

Pours a very dark amber brown with a 1-2 finger creamy tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Smells a lot like fresh baked oatmeal raisin cookies. Typical brown ale aroma paired with cinnamon and raisins.

Taste: Up front is a blast of what tastes like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Cinnamon and raisins are obvious flavors throughout. There is a bit of hoppy bitterness near the finish to go along with toasted malt. Aftertaste is a nice mixture of cinnamon, hops and malt. Very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could knock back a few of these without any trouble.

Overall: This is an excellent twist on the traditional American Brown Ale. This is one of my favorites from Cigar City and I'm glad they decided to bottle it. I'll be going back for more assuming they keep bottling it.

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Photo of claspada
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of raisin, oatmeal, cinnamon and sweet vanilla. So spot on for an oatmeal raisin cookie it it stupid.

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 and a nice light dryness. Perfectly carbonated.

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 the cost it took to ship this (along with 11 750's of Cigar City from city)

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a little cloudy, dark brown with orange highlights. Decent head, tan in hue that drops to a film and holds.
Smell is smoky malt, light hops with very light raisin and spice notes, maybe some brown sugar.
Taste is malt, spice (cinnamon & ?) , light hops, brown sugar and raisins.
Medium body though a touch watery with a light effervescence. Good flavor but could use a the bit more of the idea on the label.

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Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this cool 32oz. medicine bottle on 12/26/10.

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 bernardus1212
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a CCB snifter.

Pours a beautiful shade of brown with some purple shades to it. Tan head came and went quickly.

Smell was weet raisin, oatmeal, cinnamon vanilla

The name says it all. Its a liquid oatmeal raisin cookie. Tremendous ale. I almost wanted a glass a milk to chase it with. This barrel aged would be out of control.

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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 aubuc1
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip pint glass on Christmas day.

Pours a clear dark brown with a nice thick fluffy beige head.

Smell is roasty, sweet rasisiny, oatmealy. Exactly what the title describes.

Taste is a hearty whole grain oatmeal raisin cookie. This tastes like it smells, and is right on.

Mouthfeel is good, but this is a very drinkable beer. Kudos to cigar city for bottling this.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this one at Cigar City Brewery on a trip to Florida. Must stop if you are in the Tampa area...

A - Poures dark brown with a one finger tan head. Nice head retention, and a decent amount of lacing sticks to the glass. Nice...

S - Cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar, and maybe a little cookie dough. This one smells pretty sweet...

T - Wow, the taste is pretty much dead on an oatmeal raisin cookie with hints of chocolate and roasted malts sprinkled in. Tasty...

M - Medium bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel, and a decent amount of carbonation...

D - If you are in the mood for something a little sweeter, or are just a fan of oatmeal raisin cookies, as I am, then this beer is for you. Could easily see myself putting a few of these back if they were available in my area. Hoping I will get a chance to try one of these again...


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Photo of babaracas
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear deep garnet with creamy one finger cream-colored head, settles to a quarter inch and leaves a few rings of lace along the way. Smell: it does a pretty good job mimicking an oatmeal raisin cookie... brown sugar, cinnamon, raisin, milk chocolate, whiff of heavily creamered coffee. Taste: oatmeal raisin chocolate cookie... raisin, dark chocolate, cinnamon and a little vanilla, bitterness from earthy hops + a little roasty astringency, sticky oat characteristics in the finish. Very tasty. Has dessert beer characteristics but enough restraint to have a few before switching.
Dec '10.

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Photo of 7ways
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally available in bottles.

Very dark brown with a solid creme head that settles to a coating. There is pretty intense lace sticking to the top of the glass.

It smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie. That's it. They nailed it.

I think this tastes damn near exactly like said cookie, I don't see how a few others don't pick up on it. Granted, it seemed more intense when I had it on tap a while ago, but that's probably just batch variation. I'm initially struck by general mild bitterness that slowly gives way to the cinnamon, raisins, and vanilla in the center. Some chocolate in there too.The finish is mostly cookie dough and more mild bitterness. This is not too sweet, which I consider a great achievement.

The body is firm, well carbonated, and better than the base beer.
Maybe it goes without saying, but drinking this beer too cold really messes up the mouthfeel and flavor.

So happy to see a beer with flavors this big clock in at only 5.5%. I've sat at a bar and ordered 3-4 in a night.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler into in a tulip glass. Thanks go to Jw347 for this in a recent trade.

Pours a clear deep garnet, with a finger of frothy mocha colored head. This retains with some nice richness about it on the edges, throwing up a robust cascade of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet and smooth in the nose, with notes of oats, dark fruit, sugary bread, and a touch of zesty spicing. Just a bit of floral hop activity sits in the background as well.

The sweetness in the taste is lightly toasted and bready sugars but still pretty smooth overall. Lightly dark fruit (although this isn't overly identifiable as raisin to me) and some gentle spiciness are present as well. Some light earthy bitterness leaves some dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium feeling, with a light creamy sharpness that combines with the oats in the body to keep this silky and easy feeling on the palate.

This was decent. Well balanced and creamy with an easy drinking body on it. I definitely got some of the flavors that they were shooting for but I'm not sure if the whole package really came together for me like it was intended though. OK but I've had better variations on the Maduro Brown.

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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 dstc
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, brown color with a beautiful, thick and foamy tan head. Head falls slow to a minimal one. Thin lace.

Roasted malt aroma with heavy spices. Smells a bit like an oatmeal raisin cookie (go figure). Heavy on the clove.

Nice flavor. Same quality as the regular brown ale, roasted malts with a bitter quality. Nice spiced flavor. Brown sugar, cinnamon and clove. Nice.

Medium bodied and somewhat chewy.

Nice. I like the spice. Works well as a pumpkin substitute.

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

Nice deep brown colored pour. Decent tan foamy head. Aroma is mild but pleasant. Mostly just some faint roasty notes. Flavor is more interesting. Some cinnamon, hints of raisin, and a nice light mouthfeel.VERY drinkable.

I would definitely drink this again if given the chance.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark brown with a loaded head and good retention. Had it poured in a trios pistoles tulip.

smell: nice cinnamon, dark malts

taste: sweetness was balanced and a had a smooth rich flavor. oatmeal raisin cookie was sublte.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: my least favorite of the trio of maduros, but still fantastic beer.

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Photo of adkirkish
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a Dark amber / Brown with an inch of creamy light tan head. Appropriate clarity for style. Great head retention.

A: Sweet, oatmeal, roasted malt, light chocolate, cinnamon and raisin. No hop aromatics. Great aroma for style.

F: Sweet upfront w/ tastes of cinnamon and bready malts. (like cookie dough) along with a light tinge of raisin. Mid is sweet bready malts and finishes with a medium burnt toasty finish. No hop flavor perceived in the taste.

M: medium bodied with a light watery mouthfeel...medium carbonation w/ some light creaminess as well. No alcohol warmth.

O: One of if not the best brown ales that I've tasted. Great spicy aromatics and flavor : with cinnamon and raisin make this beer an easy drinking treat. Recommendations to increase the mouthfeel of the beer. The watery mouthfeel is a little bit of a let down. Otherwise a great recipe!!

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 454 ratings