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Maduro Brown Ale aged on whole vanilla beans

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Growler from CCB. Pours a dark brown color with a khaki hue and a small, foamy tan colored head. Some spots of lacing are left behind in the glass. The aroma shows the caramel and chocolate malt base with hints of toasted nuts, marshmellows, and vanilla bean. Pretty sweet smelling. The flavor follows suit with the caramel and chocolate coming through and then quickly followed by the vanilla beans and marshmellows. The vanilla really changes the complexion and quells the roasty elements of the other versions. I really like the flavor the vanilla beans add to this beer. Medium body and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation with the vanilla sweetness left behind. This is another really solid brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4842) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Growler sample at Muckfest 2009 Day 2. Pours a clear amber/light brown with a thin tan head. Malty aroma with caramel and a ton of vanilla. Lots of vanilla flavor up front with a semi-tart caramel finish. A lot more like the espresso version than the cacao version in terms of subtlety (as in there is none). Not bad, but thereís no question that the espresso is my favorite of the bunch (having not tasted the cedar aged).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Thanks to daknole for shipping a grower to me and a Huge thanks to elnadeau for helping recarbonate after the shipping company caused some leakage. reddish brown pour, vanilla in the nose and flavor, although the flavor was like the vanilla in a cream soda, rather than a more natural vanilla, it was a tasty beer. I didnít get the smoothness on the palate that oatmeal usually adds. All in all, a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Growler from the brewery. Iím actually sampling this before the regular Maduro. Pours a deep brownish-amber color with a thin tan creamy head. Aroma shows toasty malt, caramel, vanilla and brown sugar. Flavors are subtle traces of chocolate, toasty caramel and almond, and of course lots of vanilla but itís not overly done and works well with the base. Thereís a nice dose of balancing bitter hops that finishes this off nicely. Perhaps not quite as exciting as with some other Cigar City beers but this is a Brown Ale, and a very good one at that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4807) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2009
growler thanks to daknole. deep brown with a cream head. nose is creamy vanilla and caramel. great on the palate with a smooth vanilla that only gets better on every sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (3783) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Growler courtesy of mar. Clear ruby appearance. Light aroma. Hints of dark malts but I am at a loss for the vanilla. Oh, there it is. Taste is HUGE vanilla. Lucky Charms in a bottle. Great taste that is sweet and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmschefke (566) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2009
32oz growler thanks to hopscotch. Pours a nice amber brown with thin off-white head, larger bubbles move to a ring around the side, decent lacing. Aroma is very strong of vanillla, maybe a bit overboard, caramel, almonds, and decent malt. Flavor is absolutely dominated by vanilla and in my opinion just doesnít lend that well to this brew. Drinkable and enjoyable, just not my combination for a nice brown.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9042) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Tap at Cigar City. Brown pour. Aroma is nutty and full of vanilla and caramel malt. Flavor is very nice. The vanilla melds well with the caramel malt and nutiness of the beer. So smooth and nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5898) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2009 Growler thanks to ibrew2or3, you are the man Dave! Opened with a large pop, and pours a deep brown/amber color with a medium beige, almost orange head. The aroma is very nice; coffee, rich caramel, lots of malts and light vanilla. The flavor is very easygoing and tasty; lots of toasted malts, light toasted almonds, lots of vanilla, but in now way does the vanilla compete with the other flavors. A easy beer to drink 30 ounces of. Tasty and nice. My first from Cigar City, hopefully one of many.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Growler from the brewery: Pours a transparent dark amber mahogany with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel malts, some nutty notes and a touch of vanilla. Body starts with pretty good fullness and some mild dark caramel sweetness drying out revealing some earthy hoppy bitterness and vanilla flavor before a bittersweet toasty nutty finish. A pretty good brown ale.

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