Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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518 Ratings
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 127
Gots: 152 | FT: 11
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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Photo of phishinNYC
1/5  rDev -74.1%

Photo of GoldenChild
1/5  rDev -74.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Let me start by saying that any beer that i drain pour gets the lowest score possible.

Received as a extra in a trade.

I love Old Ales/Barley wines so i was excited to try this one.

Pour was fine nice amber look nice two finger off white head.

Smell like syrup super sweet no hops of any kind detected.

Taste like took a big mouth full of malt extract. If you took a barley wine poured it in a glass and mixed in 4 table spoons of sugar you would end up with this beer.

I drank one glass and had to drain pour the rest.

Photo of McAndrew
1.25/5  rDev -67.6%

Photo of brez8791
1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

Photo of mportnoy
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of BrettD
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of dcs1548
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of mulder1010
2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ML poured into a Lost Abbey Tulip

Thanks to Sendsilk for this want

A-- Poured a dark brown, burnt toffee, almost black. Really strange orange brown head. Great retention and lacing to this. Very spotty on the glass and stayed at near a one finger head. Attractive looking beer.

S-- Toffee, bread, chocolate, brandy, and tons of sugar. Very bread like sweet before changing into the other flavors. Sugar really dominates though.

T-- Sickly sweet. Barley wine like in a lot of areas and also a bit winter warmer like as well. decent enough blend. Lots of citrus, toffee, chocolate, and more brandy. Once again very, very sweet though.

M-- Rich and thick. Lots of body to this. Big feel, light on carbonation. More like a barley wine in the feel as the toffee, chocolate, and brandy hold up ok but the sweetness is just very full on here.

O-- Was hard to finish due to sweetness and even shared we did not want more. Spot on in a lot of areas except on how sweet it was. Big negatives on sweetness.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of JPortillo
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of M1A2
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of Centennial
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of thegerm87
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of beagle75
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Murky dark brown color with over one finger of burnished golden foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Rich, molasses-tinged shoyu that features a smoky, peaty edge. Additional layers of umami yield some bacony biscuits. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very sweet, fairly smoky, and acidic. Candy qualities are reinforced by assertive brown sugar that does not quite aspire to the complexity of toffee. There is also a bitter thread present that yields jaw-locking medicinal astringency. Roasty but refined grain begins a drying trend in a middle that is far more tolerable than the beginning, once the astringency passes. Hops are spicy, found to be in clove-like collusion with the dark malt. This spiciness persists into the finish, where dark candy still dominates and a whiff of bitter chocolate is occasionally detected. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, syrupy and astringent on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This strong ale aspires to be like an old ale or English-style barleywine, but is found to be poor and mostly unpalatable regardless of style. Flavors are generally disjunct and unrefined; more specifically, the sweetness is offensive and the astringency is foundation-shaking. Like other strong ales this must be slowly sipped, but the less the sipper considers its qualities the better in this case.

Photo of Adub7450
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of MinorThreat
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of bernardus1212
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The style says old ale, but its definitely a barley wine.

Poured a 750ml into a Bernardus chalice. Dense brown A little hazy. White head that hung in there for a little bit.

Smell was very dense sweet aromas. Brown sugar, maple a little boozy as well.

Taste was nutty with a sweet dessert wine texture. Too early to drink perhaps. I would recommend a little cellar time(6 months - 2 years)

Overall last years was better for some reason. Too sweet for me and lacked balance.

Photo of Duff27
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Huge tan head on a brown body, very lively looking beer. Very nice head retention and lacing.

S- "Dried apricots" citrus.

T- Woo! Sweet! I think a few of our eyes watered. Sugary citrus, apricot, toffee. Flavors linger and leave the mouth watering. "Cloying"

M- Syrup on the front end, fizzy carbonation on the tail end. Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel.

D/O- Well that's different. Ridiculously sweet. I'd buy the bottle if someone finished the whole thing by themselves. Worth a try but wouldn't go out of my way for again.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

thanks to chefbergo for the chance to try this Olde Ale. Thanks Shawn!

reviewed from notes taken 7/29/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark brown bodied beer with big light brown head.

Smell: This is very fruity and malty. One demensional.

Taste: Woah. This thing is way too sweet. lots of candied sugar and fruity malts. Almost reminds me of a scottish ale that fermented too long. Its a bit boozey too.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Super stick and a little overcarbonated.

Overall: Did not enjoy this beer, but I am not sure this is true to the olde ale style either. Aviod this beer!

Photo of Sarlacc83
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle courtesy of claspada. Thanks!

A: Brown with a tint of plum. Lasting creme head. Nice legs.

N: Loads of pineapple, mango, caramel, and biscuit. This is very hoppy and it is quite delectable.

T: Very syrupy and tropical. Maple syrup, brown sugar, pineapple and some earth/pine. There’s an unpleasant astringency, nearly tannic, that doesn’t meld with the sugary nature.

M: Lighter side of medium and lots of alcohol.

O: Solventy after it warms. I am not impressed and am considering dumping the remains of my glass. Not the worst thing I’ve ever had... I guess.

Photo of BigBlacke
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is a dark murky brown with red hues and a half inch white head. Smells of sweet brown sugar and maybe some molasses. You can also definitely smell the booze. Taste for me was just too sweet. Very sugary and tart with a nice boozey background. Creamy mouthfeel, but for me the sweetness was just too much. I cant really describe the type of sweetness that well. I do like some sweet beers like Creme Brulee, but this one just had an awkward sweetness to it. My least favorite brew from Cigar City as of yet.

Photo of speter
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split 2011/2012 bottle. Label states 11% ABV.

A: Pours a deep opaque brown with a three-finger tan head with ruddy specks.

S: Brown sugar infused with citrusy hops.

T: Very malty and in spite of the hop aroma, there is little hop bitterness, which leads to an unbalanced beer. I debated whether to drink this now or lay it down (I picked up the last bottle at the store in Florida, and Cigar City doesn't distribute here). Since the description indicates a American hop-forward recipe, I opted for more immediate gratification. I suspect it would have been better to wait.

M: Mildly warm with a massive amount of carbonation.

O: Over the top sweetness with little else going on. I hope that with some time, it would develop dark fruit overtones.

Photo of vfgccp
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ridiculously over carbonated. The bottle emptied half of itself out on opening, and even after it settled down foam towered over the glass when it was poured.

A - Murky ice tea brown. Light tan head dominates the glass leaving a striking amount of lace.

S - Plum, coriander, molasses, rich milk chocolate, clove, and a hint of cinnamon.

T - Holy crap this is way too sweet. Strong booze with a syrupy sweet profile of dark dried fruits, chocolate ganache, simple syrup, vanilla, and cream. Cherry, pomegranate, chocolate, and creme brûlée finish.

M - Thick and syrupy.

O - Possibly the sweetest beer I've ever consumed. Way out of balance.

Photo of tugg407
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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