Ernesto987 (4548) - Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
little head, dark brown [our, nutty rich flavor with a good hoppy bitter bite to it. I like it a lot, naturally a fan of brown ales, colored girls, and all other brown awesome stuff. Keep it up cigar city another winner!
LokiLovelace (14) - Piscataway, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The bottle only says "Maduro Brown Ale" and mentions nothing about Oatmeal so Iím a tad confused. Taste and everything is very solid for a brown ale, with a nice mild roasty quality coming through. If it is supposed to be an oatmeal then the boddy does seem a wee bit lacking, not that Iíd expect a stoutís body even with oatmeal, but the body does seem a bit light. Drinkable and tasty, go for it!
Chad9976 (1386) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Dark brown, mostly opaque but hazy ruby red if held up to the light. Forms a small, dark tan, foamy head which leaves minor lacing on the glass.
Smell: Mild caramel, toffee and roasted barley notes. Smells sweet.
Taste: Up front itís quite sweet - almost soda-like. Hints of caramel and toffee, but overall closer to a cola. The middle is mildly bitter and the finish delivers a strong taste of roasted barley. There is a noticeable iced coffee presence here. The finish is mostly clean with a slight coffee-like flavor, but it is very subtle. Overall, the palate is pleasing, but seems to be a little more mild than it should be.
Mouthfeel: Quite thin, totally tepid and borderline watery texture. Why is this so light bodied?
Drinkability: Very drinkable beer as the palate is flavorful but not intense and the thin mouthfeel leads to a very smooth finish and mostly clean aftertaste. The 5.5% ABV seems about right, if not even a little high, but definitely a session-like brew.
Overall, one of the best American brown ales Iíve ever had. I think with a tweak or two it could be even better but is definitely very good as is.
bth122 (1334) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slight hazy brown color. Nice head that that lingers. Aroma of caramel malts and cedar, and nuts along with some slight candy sugar. Taste is liter bitterness with a tad of sweetness. Med body, creamy texture. I can see where a cigar would be good with this (like the desc says). A pretty good brown ale.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Cheeseman. Pours a clear reddish brown with a smallish head. Great aroma of rich pipe tobacco, toasted nuts, and caramel. Sweet and bready, with a bitter chocolate ending.
zizzybalubba (1604) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle (unknown source other than my sister brought it back from Tampa). Dark brown, cola-like pour. Aroma of nutty roasted malt and light floral hops. The flavor is a nice chocolatey roasted malt with a nearly equal amount of hazelnut and finishes with light floral hops. Sessionable and just about as good as a brown ale gets.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, no date from Whole Foods Bowery--at least this time age isnít quite as crucial--thanks for the old Jai Alai! Date your damn bottles. Deep ruby mahogany when held up to light with a creamy one finger beige head, good retention. Nutty malts up front (mainly thinking hazelnuts) followed by some lightly sweet dark caramel notes, light earthy hops and a little tobacco. Flavor follows suit, nutty malts dominating. Not much sweetness throughout the flavor, the finish is dry and roasty (lightly burnt) with some dirty bitterness peaking at a 3. Slight metallic notes also in there. Low carbonation with a smooth light to medium body. Pretty solid and tasty, though I prefer Bender despite the = rating--perhaps Iíll have to rerate Bender.
DiarmaidBHK (3688) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has faint hints of coffee on the nose. Pours a dark brown that could be confused for black in low light. Silky mouthfeel almost akin to pudding. Lots of roasted maltiness on the tongue. Very nice.
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from PA. Pours a hazy brown/reddish mahogany color with a creamy tan head. Great spicy aroma. Nice medium body with a silky smooth mouth feel, not quite like a super slick/oily stout but very smooth; really enjoyable! Malty notes upfront are balanced by spices in the mid palate which give way to a slightly bitter dry finish. Slight hints of chocolate are balanced with the spicy notes and slightly bitter finish. Not your typical brown ale, but really well done and quite enjoyable. Overall: (A)
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz from Alís beer store in Dupont Circle area DC. Pours a warm reddish-brown hue with little to no foam head. Aroma is malt, sugar, nuts and oats. Taste is smooth, mild, and oaty. Tastes a lot like a traditional oatmeal stout. Nice beer.