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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Maduro Brown Ale aged on whole vanilla beans


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2009
growler thanks to mar. i think my ratings on this were a little harsh. i remember it being better than my rating reflects. dont ask me why. poured a ruby color with an off white head and some spotted lacing. aroma of caramel, toasted grains, vanilla, and a nutty character. flavor followed the nose very well with the addition of some nice bittering. palate had a pleasant dryness to it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2010
Name: Maduro Brown, Vanilla
Date: June 26, 2009
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear brown, scant head
Aroma: sweet vanilla and chocolate aroma
Flavor: sweet chocolate and vanilla flavor, vanilla adds a lot of sweetness and complements the chocolate, light balancing bitterness

Name: Maduro Brown, Vanilla
Date: June 11, 2010
Mode: growler
Source: tasting
another good batch,

Name: Maduro Brown, Vanilla
Date: August 03, 2010
Mode: growler
Source: brewery
Aroma: sweet chocolate and vanilla aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, just a touch of vanilla sweetness leaves it mostly dry

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+ /4

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11233) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2009
@dmacs UFC100 Gathering 1QT growler/hipothicary jarĖpours a thin light tan head and deep red color. Aroma is vanilla, sweet medium malt-toffee, earthy. Taste is vanilla, sweet medium malt-toffee, earthy/spice hops bite.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2009 32oz growler shared by kp at the Brick Store, tasted side-by-side with the Espresso Maduro. Pours a deep, clear copper brown with a short-lived bubbly tan head that recedes to a small ring leaving very little lacing. The aroma is much sweeter than the original Maduro and the vanilla really shines through in tandem with the underlying caramel malts. The hops are less prevalent than in the original as well, but the signature tobacco aroma can still be detected in the nose. The taste is close to the aroma and starts out very sweet with the vanilla, caramel and chocolate carrying the front of the taste. There is a toasted malt backbone that shows through in the middle, though the sweetness has overrun it a bit and the finish is slightly dry with the tobacco and some nuts coming out. The mouthfeel is very smooth with low carbonation, probably due to the growler. Itís fairly full bodied. This is another solid offering from CCB though I probably prefer the original Maduro to this one. Itís definitely sweeter and less roasty, but this coffee-lover prefers the espresso version in the head-to-head as well.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (947) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Growler from sebletitje. Thanks! Poured cleark dark brown with a nice white head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, chocolate, wood, nuts. Taste is vanilla, sweet malt, nut, light wood, light citrus hop. Finish is dry and lightly bitter. Very well done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Poured a clear amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, caramel malts, nuts., toast, toffee, and wood. Taste of vanilla, caramel malts, nuts, a bit of citrus, and a dry finish.

3.7
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5011) - 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).

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1717) - 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.


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