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Maduro Brown Ale aged on whole vanilla beans

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2710) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Growler from the brewery. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of roasted grain, coffee and vanilla beans. The vanilla bean becomes more dominant as it warms. Taste is roasted grain and smooth vanilla bean with hints of chocolate. I find the vanilla to be much more complimentary to the taste of the brown ale. I know others preferred the espresso version of this, but I found this subtle and delicious and my favorite of the two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9730) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Growler… Cloudy brown ale with a small, fat-bubbled, off-white head. Nutty, vanilla, chocolaty nose. Full-bodied and creamy with gentle carbonation. Full-flavored with lots of vanilla, chocolate and toasted nuts. Well-balanced. Sweet, but adequately bittered. Crisp, vanilla finish. I love vanilla beans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2009
I enjoyed a couple growlers of this, thanks to Cheeseman for picking them up. Pours brown with just a whispy white head. Carbonation seems a little lower on this. Aroma is strong vanilla. Pure vanilla beans. Nice. Flavor is similar to the original Maduro Brown. Lots of roast and nuttiness. The vanilla only hits in the finish. This is good, but I prefer the espresso version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5192) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2009 Courtesy of nothernbrews

Growler: The aroma consists of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted nuts. It pours a transparent mahogany with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a very thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with chocolate and lots of vanilla that builds into the finish. The finish also has roasted nuts and a hint of caramel. Light bodied with minimal carbonation and a thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2565) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Growler courtesy GodofThunder. Ruby color with a light head. Touch of vanilla in the nose with a touch of woodiness and tobacco makes it come across almost like a dipped cigar. But the strong vanilla flavor comes across like vanilla creme soda mixed with brown ale, not crazy about it, but vanilla isn’t my favorite. Easy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2009
thanks to the cheeseman for bring this one back from tampa! Vanilla with heavy caramel aroma, sweet cafe au lait aromas. Pours brown with no head. Definitely sweeter than the normal Maduro, strong vanilla flavors with thick caramel malts, light coffee flavors with a slightly nutty finish. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2009 Growler from the brewery, just hours old. The pour yields a dark, chestnut colored body that glows translucent at the edges. A small, tight head of khaki colored foam leaves wet, jagged lines and micro-spots of lacing behind on the glass. The nose is sweeter than the other versions of Maduro that I have tried, the vanilla lending a sort of "root beer" like feel to the underlying caramel and cocoa malt, with subtle hints of brown sugar glazed nuts. Flavors follow suit, considerably less roasty than the other versions, sweet from the vanilla and dark caramel. The chocolate component also seems to be subdued, overpowered by notes of toasted marshmallow, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Just a hint of roasted coffee hits the back of the throat. Medium bodied and smooth, the perceived sweetness makes this one just a shade less sessionable than it’s brethren, but it still feels nice on the tongue. Another very solid brown ale from CCB, though this is probably my least favorite version of Maduro.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2009
On tap at a CCB event at Brass Tap (Tampa, FL). Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Aroma is sweet and malty with lots of vanilla and notes of chocolate, roast, brown sugar, nuts and caramel. Flavor is also sweet and malty with notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, wood, molasses, caramel and some hints of brown sugar and nuts. Medium body with a pleasing malty finish. A really easy drinking beer that would be great all night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2009
On tap @ The Brass Tap: Pours an amber brown with an off-white head that is mostly lasting. Vanilla is very evident in the roasty aroma and flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate malts. Has a medium body and creamy texture that is smooth and sweet in the finish. I prefer the normal Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale. However, this is a nice twist on a very good recipe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Tap. Pours a slightly hazy brown with amber highlights. Vanilla is huge in the nose with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste is chocolate, light roasted malt, coffee, and just a hint of vanilla in the finish. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness. Very good but if Cigar City combined the Vanilla Maduro and Espresso Maduro it would be a match made in heaven.

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