Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by sirdrinkwell:
3.25/5 rDev -15.8%
Prologue: I am reviewing the 2011-2012 version of this brew, which claims 11% ABV% as opposed to the 10% listed per Beeradvocate.
A-pours a murky, muddy, brown maple syrup into my Cigar City snifter with an aggressive creamy tan head that quickly rose to a couple inches. The head recedes slowly, leaving a nice sheen of lacing.
S-Super sugary sweet, molasses and fermented dried plum /apricot.
T-A sugar bomb overwhelms pretty much everything else going on here, but aside from this there is a yeasty breadiness, some spice, and the tiniest hint of hops crying out to be noticed
M-Thick, chewy, and sloppy.
O-I wish I had cellared this, because something is just not quite right as I work my way through this bottle. Not horrible by a long shot, but as I finish this thing I feel like I ought to go brush my teeth 3 or 5 times to ensure that I don't wake up tomorrow with a mouth full of cavities. Way too sweet right now. The smell leads one to think this could be brilliant, and I hope this brew will mellow with time.
12-23-2011 07:13:17 | More by sirdrinkwell
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4.7/5 rDev +21.8%
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.
02-10-2011 13:59:00 | More by lordofthewiens
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
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!
02-10-2011 06:08:40 | More by Beaver13
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
07-25-2011 14:36:22 | More by merlin48
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
02-19-2010 05:04:32 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
12-15-2010 04:27:18 | More by Mora2000
4.21/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
04-16-2013 20:15:31 | More by dogfishandi
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
04-21-2010 02:58:54 | More by boatshoes
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
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!
12-16-2011 01:28:23 | More by TKEbeerman
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
~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.
04-08-2014 00:00:04 | More by chinchill
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
07-28-2010 01:12:44 | More by glid02
3.1/5 rDev -19.7%
Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this back from Florida.
When I cracked the top on this foam came billowing out of the top of the bottle. It poured a dark brown with a quarter inch of loose, foamy brown head that had decent retention. The nose heavy dark fruit with some notes of barley and candy. The flavor is bready, heavy barley malt up front followed by caramel and dark fruit and finishes with an overwhelming candy sugar sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a little syrupy but smooth and lightly carbonated.
I really wanted to like this beer. It seemed like all the right elements were there but they didn't all mesh. This one loses a lot of points because of how sweet it was. I had a hard time finishing a glass of it let alone the entire bottle. I'm glad I shared it. This is just way too sweet and candy-like for me to want again.
01-07-2012 16:17:37 | More by tdm168
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
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