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.
Posted by Russ
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