The Maduro Brown Ale was canned and tests incredibly fresh; the dark brown pour provides some hint of the flavor profile that is to come. The initial sip will provide imbibers with hints of coffee and chocolate with an overall smooth mouth feel; the small amount of carbonation that is present here provides additional complexity to the Maduro. Nutty and caramel hints break through at certain points during the experience, while the flavor of the Maduro Brown quickly dissipates. The 5.5% ABV of the Brown Ale provides just a little bit of bite to make this beer a flavor experience.
When compared to the English brown ale style, I feel that the Maduro is much more smooth and silky than the more bitter and prune-heavy English style. The oatmeal allows this beer to be substantially different than other efforts on the market while possessing a familiarity which will ensure that individuals can keep coming back to the beer.
Simply put, this is the best brown ale that we have had a chance to review. I would even contend that fans of red ales, porters, and even stouts will be able to appreciate what Cigar City has done with their Maduro Brown Ale. The Cigar City Brewing website contains information about the Maduro along with the rest of the CCB line; check it out today.
Maduro Brown Ale / Cigar City Brewing / 5.5% ABV / http://www.cigarcitybrewing.com/