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Friday, February 5, 2010

Cigar City - Maduro (Vanilla Aged)

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale (Vanilla Aged)
Cigar City Brewing Company

3924 West Spruce Street
Tampa, FL USA

Brain Damage Quotient = 5.5 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0  (On Tap) 

Postmortem Brew Review
Deep brown color.
Roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla aromas.
Tight tan head with lacing that evenly coats the glass.
Subdued vanilla mixing with the toffee and chocolate flavors.
Fair amount of carbonation.
Medium to heavy bodied. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy 
A young brewery here in the bay area of Florida with a sense of tradition to the long heritage of Florida brewing.  Visit their website for a glimpse into the gallery of photos that takes you on a tour of by-gone breweries, in and around the Tampa area.  Hostess Caitlin, of Mr. Beery's, explained the characteristics of this vanilla aged ale, with ease. She was able to describe it to a "T".

As for this brown ale - you have heard me say before that browns are spot on or terribly miss the mark - well, BULLS-EYE!  The additional incorporation of vanilla is a wonderful addition to the chocolate and toffee tones going through this malted pint.  It is the first place I have come across the Cigar City tap offerings and it's surely a hit.  At 5.5% ABV it's easy to session this and pair with a fine cigar of your choice.

Tampa was long renown for its cigar production.  I ask you, what goes better with a cigar than a brown ale such as this beauty.  Right in my back yard...I must pay them a visit, soon.

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