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

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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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Photo of AdamBear
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +10.1%
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 +1.5%
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 -14.8%
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 -10.1%
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 +4.7%
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 -8.9%
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 -7.4%
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 +8.9%
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 -6.7%
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 +3.9%
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 -6.4%
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 +8.9%
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 +3.4%
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 -3.2%
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 +4.2%
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 +4.7%
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 -3.7%
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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Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer looks great, huge tan head that just won't give up on top of a dark garnett liquid that the light seems to constantly want to pass through.

S: First things first, the biggest and more overwhelming smell is one I got last night while enjoying a Maduro Brown, soap. With the Maduro Brown that was almost all I got, but with this one you can definitely pick up the cinnamon and vanilla, maybe even raisins with a slight bit of malt. Everything though is being overtaken by a distinct soapy smell.

*Don't say its my glass, I know its not.

T: It doesn't taste like soap, phew. Oddly tart is the first thing that jumps out at me. I'm getting a lot of cinnamon and vanilla, especially from the frothy head. I suppose its the raisins that are giving off the tartness, but its definitely there and very surprising for a brown ale. Not much bitterness in the finish, malt backbone just kind of hangs out and slowly fades away. Somehow though I'm not able to tie this together as an oatmeal cookie. It seems a sweet toasted flavor, pretty much the opposite of the tartness.

M: Super creamy, this one really feels great for the style. Good medium carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this one, but not so much for it being labeled as an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. The soapy nose is off putting and the surprisingly tart taste destroys any chance of resembling an oatmeal raisin cookie. Its a pretty unique and drinkable beer, the marketing 'gimmick' is really hurting it though.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes

A - dark cloudy brown body, with a small tan head that fades quickly to a film and medium ring.

S - Smells kinda like feces. Bitter, perhaps from spices?

T - Tastes just like an oatmeal raisin cookie, pretty much, with a good amount of added cinnamon. It's weird, but I guess it's what they were going for.

M - a medium body, not too thin, not too thick.

D - not really something I want to drink, but it's interesting and ok. Average, for sure.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish brown. a good amount of offwhite head. Smells a bit off... Some tart funkiness and off smells that may be coming from the raisin? hard to place...
Tastes... like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Spices and oatmeal of present on the front... raisins underneath some nice brown sugary sweetness and a lot of cinnamon. Can detect some slight vanilla but until I realized it was added I barely noticed under all the other flavours. The mouthfeel is a bit off.. carbonation is high and doesn't do the beer justice. Overall... solid and unique but not great

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired this in a recent trade with fogdog. Thanks Kevin!

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pour netted about an inch of khaki foam, which displayed excellent retention and lacing over the course of the session. Crystal clear, brown body glows orange when back-lit. Looks great for a brown ale!

Smell: Oats, semisweet chocolate, raisins, cinnamon, molasses, and light floral esters. Crazy! All in all, it's lightly roasty, chocolaty, and a bit jammy.

Taste: Cinnamon, oats, raisins, cocoa, and a touch of cola. JustinA1 tasted metal, and thought it might represent oxidation. Maybe I interpreted that as cola? I don't know. Either way, this tastes just like oatmeal raisin cookies! Finishes lightly roasty, with raisins and oats still peaking through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, malty, and fairly clean. The carbonation is a bit coarser than I'd prefer, but all in all no complaints.

Drinkability: Certainly a novelty beer, but a damn good one. I had no problem polishing this one off, and it was a fun ride.

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Photo of BennyL1
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with GallowsThief, thanks Rich! Another offering from Cigar City, poured into a NB globe.

A - Beer pours a nice and deep chestnut color with some slight hues of ruby. About two fingers worth of brown foamy head bubbles to the top. Impeccable lacing kicks the grade up a bit higher then average.

S - A lot of brown sugar and caramel notes up front. A bit of molasses and toasted malt in there as well. Definitely a good amount of the raisin/dark fruit aroma to round it all out. Overall it actually does smell like a freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookie. Very impressed.

T - What a great tasting brown ale. Caramel up front leading way to a nice dark fruit character. Some brown sugar in there too. Really liking the oat aspect of this brew as well. Very slight touch of bitterness a the end.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. My only gripe would be that it seems a tad watery. No big deal though, doesn't really detract from the brew at all.

D - Great brown ale that I could drink on multiple occasions. If you have the opportunity to give it a shot I would recommend it.

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Photo of mistakebythelake
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz extra thanks to HeadyHops81. Served in my Great Lakes Tulip.

Poured a 2 finger foamy head that dissipated quickly with tiny bubbles. A nice mahogany brown with a little red tint to the color. Smelled of sweet cinnamon, candied malts, brown sugar and a little bit of spice and dark fruits. Tasted of brown sugar, somewhat of a oatmeal rasin cookie as well. Picked up on cinnamon on the back palate and a little bit of smokiness as well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this beer, its drinkability and tastiness! I wish CCB distributed up here with some of their funky styles.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
4.06 out of 5 based on 353 ratings.
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