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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

480 Ratings
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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 117
Gots: 125 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A old ale with american hop varietals that has a complex citrus and caramelized toffee aroma and underlying notes of chocolate.

(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008)
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Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark for an old ale; black and just shy of opaque. Head is frothy an mocha colored, with great retention.

S: American PNW hops are there, but not much else...

T: Quite sweet, with a definite emphasis on the malty side of things. Caramel, vanilla, and custard are well presented, with little of the hops that have been promised by the nose. My only complaint is that the brew is a tad too sweet. Don't get me wrong, I love my Old Ales to be malt forward. I just feel that this particular example could benefit from a higher degree of attenuation.

M: Full bodied, velvety, and a touch sticky.

D: Overall, this is a solid brew from one of my favorite breweries. Again, a touch too sweet, but delicious nonetheless. Definitely worth a shot.

Avagadro, Jan 10, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ricksrealm, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.
The color of Coca Cola. Small tan head with a tiny bit of lace.
Wonderful aroma. Caramel, chocolate. Floral hops. A bit of peppery spice.
The taste began as caramel and quickly deepened to toffee. A little bit of chocolate. Dark fruit/raisins. Late piney hops.
Incredibly complex. I enjoyed just rolling this around in my mouth.
Eminently drinkable.

lordofthewiens, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

warnerry, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a murky dark amber with a medium creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee malts with some grapefruits and some spicy piney resiny hops.

The flavor is some sweet caramel, nuts, and fruits with some spices (rye?) and resiny piney hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting, fairly complex beer. It was a little on the sweet side for me, but I liked it. Thanks Solan!

Beaver13, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of mverity
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

mverity, May 16, 2013
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

iemailjack, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +3.6%

megamass, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mntlover for sharing this big bottle at our recent tasting. Pours a deep brown mahogany body, just about opaque. Medium sized light brown head is incredibly creamy and sheets the snifter with delicate lacing.

Smells like a classic English barleywine, with waves of malty caramel and toffee. A solid dark fruit presence is also apparent, mostly figs and dates.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, just about full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Taste is definitely malt driven, with chewy toffee and caramel up front. A faint hint of chocolate adds to the profile. Dates and figs add a pleasant dark fruit dimension. Black pepper and rye notes are underneath. Alcohol is well hidden for the most part save for a peppery warming effect.

Very nicely done. Nice to know that some folks in the Sunshine State know how to brew this style.

merlin48, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, $10.99/DeCiccos in Ardsley, NY/no freshness/vintage info. Pours murky dark brown, with some small chunks floating around and bubbles continuing to rise to the top, the head is medium khaki,thick and frothy, leaving ample, good looking sheeting and webs of lite lace. Ginger snap cookies, holiday spicing, smoky brandy and chocolate in the nose. Brown sugar, cinnimon buns, brandy, booze soaked fruits, tasty, bold brew. Also picking up some woody smoke, and dark chocolate. Sweetness, somewhat balanced by citric hops on the back end. Comlex and heady brew, nice night capper or would be lights out with a chocolate dessert. Nice creation from the impressive brewers from Tampa's Cigar city.

Billolick, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, brown sugar and molasses. The aroma is very sweet smelling, but there is also a little bit of alcohol mixed in - although the beer doesn't smell boozy.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of brown sugar and molasses, along with some toffee and chocolate malt. The alcohol is also present in the aroma, but it is not as apparent as you would expect from a 10 percent ABV Old Ale.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012-2013 Vintage
750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a completely opaque deep deep dark reddish brown color, mahghony, a thick creamy light tan yellowish head with a good 1/2 inch or so of retention, thick sticky lacing. Looks nice.

Smells pretty rich and sweet, all about the malt and the dark fruits. Plums, raisins, dates. A bit of an olive juice component is in there. A bit of alcohol comes in as it warms.

Thick and sweet, all about the malt. Lots of them same dark fruits, a nice nutty flavor, rum soaked and candied dark fruits, maybe even a hint of wood. A bit of hop bitterness in the finish, but it doesn't stand up against the big sweet malts and is quickly overtaken.

Almost syrupy sweet, a fine carbonation, heavy bodied.

One of the better straight up old ales I've had. This in any kind of barrel would most likely be amazing. I've yet to have a bad beer from CCB.

dogfishandi, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of boatshoes
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received this bottle as an extra for my third trade with Bucwild. Thanks again for a great trade David!

Appearance- Pours a darkish shade of amber/topaz out of the bottle with about two fingers of slightly orange-ish head. Decent head retention with it ultimately dying back to a thin sheeting across the top of the beer. Some very mild lacing as well.

Smell- A sweet smelling nose but delightful all the same. Toffee, caramel malts, and Turkish Delight. Really smells of these sweet candies, with perhaps the slightest detectable whiff of hops underneath.

Taste- Big on notes of toffee and caramel. Perhaps some candied nuts/roasted almond flavors coming through as well, and dare I say maybe even a little bit of maple syrup? I don't get much in the way of hops here though. Very nice flavor profile all the same.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice and substantial with enough carbonation to keep this sweet beer moving. Drinkability wasn't top notch however given how sweet this beer was. Really a sipper.

Overall, I remain consistently impressed with Cigar City beers. I liked this one a lot despite its sweetness, and it makes a very nice dessert beer.

boatshoes, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of MrBryson
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

MrBryson, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Cynic-ale, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011-2012 Vintage

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours this brew pours a murky mahogany brown with a tasty looking cream colored head. The head is huge and impressive, leaving some nice lacing.

S: The nose smells great, it just lacks some certain complexity. Dark bruised fruits that fermented into a sweet concoction of beer. Some spice, brown sugar and cinnamon. This beer does open up....give it time.

T: The flavor is like candy sugar beer. Toasted grain mixed with plumbs. Nice spice notes on the back of the pallet, maybe cinnamon. Hops are also evident on the finish.

MF: The mouthfeel is very thick, full, and satisfying. Maybe a little too sweet on the teeth.

Overall, this beer is a great beer to enjoy and share. I've been avoiding this brew for a few seasons now, but I'm glad I picked it up!

TKEbeerman, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

~25ml portion of a 2013/14 bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Bottled on date: 8 Nov. 2013.

Pours a murky dark brown, leaving hardly a trace of sediment in the bottle.

Aroma: sweet and roasted grains, alcohol esters, cooked peaches and other fruits.
Flavor: sweet, bordering on too sweet, with plenty of soft and dark fruits, some alcohol esters, dark bread, chocolate, fruity hops, and hints of toffee and brown sugar.

O: Distinct, complex and interesting. Would likely benefit from some further aging.

chinchill, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malts with good amounts of sugar-coated prune and sugar-coated dried fig aromas. Also present are indistinct spices and very light hints of sourdough bread.

Tastes good. Caramel malt flavors with hints of toastiness kick things off and are joined quickly by indistinct spices. Midway through the sip hints of ripe pears and dried plum flavors enter into things. The fruit flavors are pushed aside by earthy hops that carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this beer but like almost every other CCB beverage I've had it's unique. Worth a shot.

glid02, Jul 28, 2010
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

tugg407, Jan 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Beer21, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

johnyb, Jan 29, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +9.8%

Zhillsgator, Sep 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

seavercm, Jan 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +3.6%

whatname, Dec 16, 2013
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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.