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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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very good

477 Ratings
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 115
Gots: 124 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from a 750 mL botltle into an oversized wine glass. Shared this 2010 bottle with my pops on Christmas. Thanks to hoppy99 for sending me this bottle oh so long ago.

Appearance: There is an enthusiastic 'pop' as I open the bottle, and a lot of dark tan foam flows out of the bottle even with a gentle pour, rising and nearly overflowing the glass. When it settles down, the head is fairly frothy and leaves thick lace down the glass. The beer itself is a dark chocolate brown with a slightly lighter edge.

Smell: Caramel and toffee control the mostly sweet aroma. Toasted bread, raisins, plums, figs, and a general spiciness provide support.

Taste: The flavor is cloyingly sweet throughout the entire sip. The label says "caramelized toffee," and that seems to be an accurate description of the first flavor across my lips. A bit of milk chocolate adds to a chewy bread malt. Rum raisin, sugary plums, sweet figs and dates all add to a very sweet flavor. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of all spice are somewhat ensconced behind the thick, chewy, sweetness. The finish has a bit of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and syrupy sweet throughout the glass. At first, the carbonation bubbles and fizzes unpleasantly, but this subsides as I let it warm. A bit of spice creates a tingle on the tongue. The alcohol, although not noticeable in the flavor, accentuates this effect and creates a light bourbon-like burn in the back of my throat. Full bodied and full carbonation.

Overall: This beer fresh is supposed to have some spicy pine and citrus hops, which might give it a little zip and cut through the sweetness. With a year on it, though, it is a bit too sweet for me.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 26, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured into a tulip.

Dark ruby, blood red color. Almond color head thats pretty thick and creamy. Clings to the glass nicely.

Aroma nutty, and toffee like. A touch of pine but not a ton. A small amount of chocolate also.

Taste is the same. Lots of roasted nuttiness, chocolate and brown sugar.

This is a full bodied old ale for sure. Thick and almost syrupy.

An ok sipper. Nothing i would seek out again.

BigMike, Mar 30, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Just brought this back from a trip to Tampa.
A: Pours a muddy dark brown with 1/2 inch light tan head that quickly recedes.
S: Nice banana, clove, yeast, grainy hop, caramel malt, toffee, dark dried fruit (e.g. raisin), and a hint of spice. A lot going on here...very nice.
T: All those wonderful aromas unfortunately just got condensed and muddled here. A bit multi-personality disordered. Rye, caramelized toffee, pine hop, and hint of fruit.
M: Medium body (light for ABV). Smooth at first with a dry and bitter finish. Mild sticky-sweet feel. Not a pleasant aftertaste on this one.
D: The aroma is tremendous, unfortunately the rest of the beer is not. I'm not sure I'd recommend this one. I suppose it's worth a try, but don't get too excited. This is my first CCB beer and so far I am underwhelmed. They tried to do too much on this one.

mwilbur, Feb 07, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very murky mahogany color with a finger of creamy off white head. The head sticks around nicely and coats the glass.

Smell: Sweet and malty up front with a lot of dark fruit. Definitely some hops here as well, I'm getting some citrus peel.

Taste: There is a lot of malt sweetness here too, but the hops show up more than they did in the nose. Dark fruit and a hint of molasses join the citrus peel bitterness. The favors don't integrate seamlessly, but I'm enjoying everything. The finish is bitter with a lingering malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy with thick, creamy carbonation and a finish that's just a touch dry.

Overall: I'm not sure I loved the combination of favors, but I enjoyed the beer enough. The bitter and sweet clashed a bit in my opinion.

oline73, Dec 25, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

This was a 2010 bottle that I managed to land in a trade (thanks Mark).

APPEARANCE: Murky chocolate-brown color with a khaki colored head that stood over a finger tall and pretty much remained until the last drop. Good head retention with decent lacing.

AROMA: Huge malty sweetness, brown sugar, burnt caramel, vanilla, and cinnamon rolls.

TASTE: You're immediately hit with an in-your-face malty sweetness. Caramel flavor along with a slight bitterness reminiscent of burnt sugar. Very little in the way of hop bitterness though. The candy-like flavor intensifies as this beer warms making for an almost cloyingly sweet finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied with a thick and syrupy feel. Carbonation is moderate to high (especially for the style).

MOREY'S BOTTOM LINE: While very grateful that I had a chance to try this, I found it to be overly sweet. Sweet can be good, but this was just a bit much. Maybe this would have been better when it was fresh? It's probably safe to assume that 2 years in the basement made this even sweeter than it originally was.

Morey, Apr 22, 2012
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.