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Thursday, February 21 2013

Maduro Brown Ale
(Cigar City Brewing Company)

After reviewing Cigar City's Jai Alai IPA, the brewery's nod to the humble hop, we've decided to crack open a can of Maduro, their malt-laden brown ale. The name Maduro comes from the Spanish and as a reference to cigars it means strong and dark. The can design features a cigar wrapper and the brewery's trademark cigar band.

From the Cigar City site:

"Maduro is a Northern English-style brown ale with some American affectations. Maduro is higher in alcohol than the common English brown ale and features flaked oats in the malt bill which imparts a silky body and works to mesh the roasted, toasted and chocolate components together in Maduro's complex malt profile. The end result is a remarkably full-flavored yet approachable and sessionable brown ale that pairs well with mild to medium cigars."

Here we go...


Pour - dark, rich, and inviting. A deep shade of brown with almost an inch of coffee-colored head on top. 

Aroma - heavenly heaps of dark roasted malt, espresso, and cocoa. There are faint hints of vanilla, some nuttiness, and caramel/toffee. If you're a fan of aromatic malty brews than this should please your olfactory glands.

Taste -  that first sip is a combination of bitter coffee and an immediate wave of malty sweetness, dark chocolate, coffee with milk and sugar, and hazelnut. Super smooth on the palate with a rich, creamy, sweet finish. 


Overall - an extremely well put together brown ale. Sometimes this style can be lost in the shuffle but such a solid example such as this one is not to be missed. A great beer for those who love darker beers or those needing to mix things up after a prolonged obsession with all things hoppy. 


Note - in the coming months Cigar City will be canning five additional beers and will also be giving their Maduro Brown Ale cans a new look. 


The new Maduro Brown Ale can is on the right

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Maduro Brown Ale
Style: English Brown Ale
Brewery: Cigar City Brewing Company
Tampa, Florida  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 14
Date: February 21st, 2013

Posted by Russ

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Labels: Brown Ales