I love oatmeal raisin cookies. Most people think I’m weird when I say that, especially since I don’t really like raisins or eat them in anything besides those cookies. But, oatmeal raisin cookies are certainly my guilty pleasure so when I saw that Cigar City Brewing came out with an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie flavored beer, I knew I had to try it.
Cigar City adds raisins, vanilla and cinnamon to their original Maduro Brown Ale to create this delicious concoction that they describe as “beer that tastes like it was baked in Grandma’s oven.” I’d have to agree.
It’s a dark brown pour, similar to the original Maduro with an off-white head. At first smell, you’ve got cookie – with sweet scents of vanilla and cinnamon. The taste itself is much more subtle, as it’s not an overly sweet beer. You can tell the base is Maduro, with toasted oats, almost nutty flavor, but the cookie aspect leaves lingering spice notes of cinnamon.
It became a fast favorite when I first tried it at the brewery a few years ago, and now that they sell in cans at Total Wine, this is certainly going to become a staple in my fridge.