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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

477 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 116
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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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade, but it was so long ago I forget who sent it, but thanks I'm looking forward to this. I'm guessing it is about a year old or so give or take a month or two.

Well fall is upon us where I'm at and the days are starting to get cold and crisp but still sunny so I thought I would pop something with a name like this one to ring in the colder weather.

A- Ruby red with more brown tones very sexy looking. The head was three fingers but has settles to a great frothy cappuccino looking head.

S- Smells like an American Barley wine, with a nose of hops coming though strong. Very boozy, burnt sugar, caramel, vanilla, and a cherry tobacco.

T- The taste is bready, nutty almost like a brown ale, but there is a coffee toffee taste. Slight dark fruit taste and candy taste. Not too bad.

M- Light body with a slick oily feel on the palate. The carbination is very light and creamy.

D- Easy to drink, tasty.

Wetpaperbag, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Holland
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown with gigantic brown head. Opened this at cellar temp and it gushed a bit. Tons of foamy head is left.

S: dark fruits like raisin, a bit of brown sugar, sharp spice or bitterness, and malt.

T: first is the spice, then sweet malt, caramel, and dark fruits. Very good and complex. Quite sweet.

M: carbonation is fine once is stopped gushing out of the bottle. Body is medium-heavy and very nice and smooth feeling, even with the carbonation.

O: very nice beer to have on a cold evening. It was around $10, but I can't remember how much exactly for the 750 ml. Not bad.

Holland, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warmer Winter Winter Warmer, courtesy of afausser, split and shared at the January C'ville gathering. Poured in to a snifter.

Appearance: A deeply hazed amber, capped by one finger of moderately tanned head with very good retention for an old ale, particularly one of this abv%. The lacing is similarly impressive, huge, with extended swaths and eruptions littering the sides of the snifter. The surface dusting is firm, uniform, and continuous. A very nice looking brew.

Aroma: Almost a cross between an old ale and a winter warmer. That is, it's winter warmer-esque - spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger) and heavily malty (dark brown sugar, a very bready, wholesome underpinning) - but also old ale-esque, with lots of fruity notes. Cherries are large, huge even, as are raisins, nuts, and dates. The aroms is complex, bold, large, but also very sweet, estery, and subtle.

Taste: Huge spice, huge fruit, and huge malts. Caramel, moderate toffee, and even butterscotch present themselves freely, under a sea of cherries, grapes, raisins, and figs. A faint hop note can't hide the overwhelming enjoyable sweetness of this one, though the spices - mostly nutmeg, though some cinnamon - do a fine job of just that, as does a slight kiss of booze. The spices may be a little too bold, even - despite being authentic, they're intensely extreme.

Mouthfeel: Thicker, not quite creamy, with well-distributed, soft carbonation. It does a far job of not thrusting the spices too far down your throat, particularly as it warms.

Drinkability: I'm not sure what to make of this one. I like it, but something's not quite jiving well with me about it. It's not that it's not pungent or flavorful, which is a problem I have with some winter warmers - this one's strong and pungent in all aspects. But it's ... disjointed. There are a lot of powerful, strong notes that don't seem to meld together, really. That being said, it's not really a huge knock (represented by my scores) - perhaps with a little big of age on it, this would be a world class old ale.

CrellMoset, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 Edition (says it's a winter warmer) -- Pours a hazy red with orange edges, two finger cream colored head, left a thin layer and thick lacing. Smell: brown sugar, soft banana, fig, piney hops, a little spicy. Taste: a bit roasted and astringent upfront, giving way to sweet caramel, fig, and banana. Hops provide some balance towards the end of the sip: spicy, citrus peel. Finishes dry and chocolaty. Full bodied, creamy and rich feel. Alcohol is well hidden, but it's rich enough to be a sipper. 1/12/2010. (Rating: 4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4)

2010 Edition (says it's an English Barleywine) -- Cap came off too easily, thought it might gush. Pours an opaque red-tinted dark brown with billowing tan head that very slowly settles to a quarter inch and leaves big swaths of lace on the glass. caramelized sugar, buttered toasted dark bread, dark fruit - fig/plum, light dusting of pine. Taste: cloying...wow, hard to taste anything but sweet. Fig, brown sugar, candied lemon, a little nutty, some pine hopping in the finish. Plus some HFCS?! It's really far too sweet. Full bodied, syrupy into creamy carb. Some alcohol in the throat. Could have been great, but just unpleasantly sweet. 6/17/2011. (Rating: 4.5/4/2.5/4/3)

2011 Edition. Now it's an Old Ale / English Barleywine + citric hopping. A nearly opaque clouded orange / red tinted medium brown with billowing tan head. Very slowly settles to a quarter inch with thick lacing down the glass. Smell: loads of caramel, dates, and a little raisin. Soft and sweet tropical fruit, mild pineapple and candied citrus, resinous, leafy note. Taste: seriously sweet and syrupy upfront but with loads of hop flavor and bitterness. As with 2010 still overly sweet, but this year’s balances out much more. Upfront a blast of brown sugar, non-maple syrup, orange and pineapple juice. Mint and anise notes mid sip. Orange citrus and a little tropical fruit softness throughout. Syrupy upfront but with enough carbonation to push it to creamy. Much better than 2010, but still too sweet. Bottled 11/7/2011, drank 12/3/2011. 11% (Rating: 4.0 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 4.0 / 3.0).

babaracas, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've past this one up the past couple of holiday seasons, but not this year...

A - In perfectly uniform four fingers worth of tightly packed khaki colored head that is comprised of big chunky bubbles and is both slightly rocky and slightly creamy... Impressive retention... Audibly fizzy... The color is a mix of aubergine and deep ruby red but is completely translucent... Some very rapid paced carbonation bubbles rise deep within under very close examination... A bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... This is an exceptional looking brew...

S - The nose is rather subdued, but still quite complex and inviting... The hops are muted but are still at the forefront... They take on a mix of piney and woody characteristics... Very subtle notes of cinnamon and brown sugar... Some leathery notes as well...

T - This one is a doozy on the palette... Lots going on here... Loads of dark fruits... The hops are quite pungent and pack a pretty good punch... Lots of unique flavors fade in and out... Molasses... Brown sugar... Raisins... Cinnamon... Nutmeg... Woody notes... Earthy notes... Some caramel and toffee... A bit of booziness... Perhaps a wee bit cloying...

M - Medium to full bodied... Quite heavy on the tongue... Lightly carbonated... Thick and syrupy... Rather rich... A touch of lushness...

D - A definite sipper... Lots of complexity in every facet... A wonderful holiday seasonal... Definitely has a warming effect on the drinker... If the overall sweetness was dialed down just a notch, this could be an exceptional world class beer...

philbe311, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into chalice glass. Pours cloudy burnt orange with an average tan, orange tinted, head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is dominated by caramel, toffee, maple, and more caramel, with a touch of vanilla, and a lightly burnt note as well. The flavor is a bit more of the bitter burnt note dominated by caramel, toffee, maple, and that same touch of vanilla. The body is full with average carbonation and a long caramel and lightly bitter finish. Overall, a pretty good winter warmer and glad to have tried this one out.

CuriousMonk, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a slightly hazy copper brown color with a fluffy tan head.

S-boozy acetone up front, notes of cinnamon, peppery spice, notes of twangy spice, brown malt, touch of caramel and toffee, light herbal hop finish.

T-caramel and toffee up front, burnt brown sugar, notes of spices, touch of pepper, citrus and herbal hop presence light in the back. a little boozy and hot in the finish.

M-very smooth and creamy on the palate, syrupy texture with a good full body and a nice carbonation.

D-a little hot but a nice complexity to it, well balanced and big bold flavors. Lose the booze and it would have been pretty solid.

cpetrone84, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of ryanonline
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep dark amber and brown, with reddish hues. very thin head with a bit of a rocky nature.

hops and sugars. hops and sugars all over the nose. very piney hops with some interesting character, lots of citrus in the background.

taste is the same but WAAAYYY more malty than i would have expected. also a lot of resiny hops in the taste.

syrupy mouthfeel with a very heavy body and some sharp and foamy carbonation.

interesting beer, different from most winter beers, however still very delicious.

ryanonline, Nov 25, 2011
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 Rhettroactive
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Portsmouth glass on 3/10/12
*From notes

Vintage 2010

A: A dumbass pour yields a four+ finger head that takes forever to fade. As it settles, it's a dark, unfiltered cider color.

S: Sweet cornbread and a bit of toasted malt.

T: Much better then I could have hoped for. It's sweet and malty. Really delicious, all things considered. As it warms, the flavors meld beautifully, as the malts and a touch of raisin come to the surface. Still a bit hot to boot.

M: Perfect for cold(er) weather. Thick and creamy - this would certainly keep me warm on a cold winter's night.

O: What a great little beer. CCB's Warmer Winter was the surprise hit of the night. One I look forward to returning to in the future, and if this ever hits a bourbon barrel, the line forms behind me.

Rhettroactive, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

kfsv034 sent me this as an extra in our Hunahpu's trade. Thanks, man! I really enjoyed this, and it was quite well-received at the tasting this past weekend.

Ruby red with a dense off-white head with great retention and nice lacing, this is one good-looking beer, especially for an old ale. The nose is great! Caramel, brown sugar and plenty hoppy with earthy hops. Quite sweet, there's some spice too, with nutmeg and some alcohol. The palate opens big and sweet with honey, caramel, toffee and an earthy bitterness, leafy and petrichor-like. Full in body with low carbonation, this is solid. Finishing sweet with flavors of toffee and a leafy hop character, I find the sweetness very pleasant; it's far from cloying. Spice is present, lingering on the finish. Great body, I'd drink this again.

DefenCorps, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick single finger off white head with excellent retention and lacing on a cloudy, deep amber copper body. Very nice dark fruit aroma with fig, molasses, plum and raisin with hints of caramel. Flavor follows nicely with more fig, plum, raisin and apple for dark fruit, candy sugar, caramel, candied citrus and more hitch borders on being a little too sweet. Medium body which is smooth and oily with moderate carbonation. Very flavorful, a little too sweet though but the booze are definitely well hidden. A very well crafted brew.

kylehay2004, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of baconbourbon
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber with a sizable head, but not a ton of lacing.
Smell: Complex notes of malt and a hint of leather. Nice.
Taste: Like candy.
Mouthfeel: Smooth but quite carbonated.
Overall: A nice old ale/barley wine style beer. I was pleased with the malt and citrus hop fusion.

baconbourbon, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up from CCB in Tampa.

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with cordovan highlights and a nice sized khaki head that settles into a globby film atop the beer.

S - Candy, brown sugar, malt, raisins, spices, citrus.

T - Dark toffee, raisins, chocolate, malt. Very syrupy sweet which plays well off of the citrusy hop and alcohol aftertaste.

M - Very silky smooth, creamy, with a little bit of carbonation tickling the roof of my mouth as I take a slug.

HeyItsChili, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of mntlover
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby brown with a big frothy tan head that falls all so slowly and laces very well.

Aroma is big on toffee malts lots of free floating brown sugars and good supply of dark fruits.

Taste is wow lots of sugary malts with big toffee notes. Dark fruit notes lots of figs upfront. Lots of caramel and toffee notes almost to the point of cloying but not quite.

Mouthfeel is big nice body smooth and creamy with level carbonation.

Overall very nice big sugary malty brew with lots of dark fruit notes. Very enjoyable.

mntlover, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery that my girlfriend picked up on the road.

Pours a deep brown with some ruby notes and a huge tan head that does not go away. Really impressive first impression.

Smells of booze, plum, raisin, biscuity bread, date/fig, caramel sweetness. Complex, dark aroma.

Up front caramel, bready sweetness that instantly mixes with grapefruit, American style hops, that fades into a cherry-like middle and ends on a sweet and boozy finish. Some vanilla and oak-like character comes through. Interesting and tasty, but I am not too into the way the grapefruit character is interacting with the big malty body.

Heavy body, sweet, but avoids being cloying.

This is a nice beer for the winter, heavy and sweet, but I find the American hops clash too much with the malt profile to make it amazing. Still, damned fine and worth a purchase.

TenHornsProud, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of StArnoldFest2010
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is for the November 2011 11% offering.
Pours thick dark brown with light to medium carbonation that dissapears quickly.
Nose is very pleasant with nutmeg, plum, and molasses.
Taste is heavy with molasses, earthy fruits, and spices. Also a warm boozy but not offending aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was very thick and chewy. I had to slowly sip on the snifter and that was enough for me. A bit sweet for my palate, but worth trying once for sure.

StArnoldFest2010, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of zimmerbloke
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Blind Bomber BIF (Thanks to Hophead101!):

A: Pours a dark caramel color, completely opaque. Huge, decadent foamy head the color of roasted marshmallows slowly fades to a sticky lacing. Significant sediment. Looks somewhat imposing.

S: Some oxidation, but mostly sweet malt, dark fruit sugars and some faint, faded hop aromas. Fairly muted nose.

T: Starts out mostly sweet malts, some oxidation and finishes bitter. As the beer warms, it really opens up... earthy malt flavors , some raisins and a bit of booze all meld together very well. Quite rich, all in all, and definitely a sipping beer. Very enjoyable.

M: Low carbonation, thick, almost sticky sweetness... very slow drinking beer, but nice. Fits the flavor profile quite well.

D: High, but for the extent of about one bottle.

I've had this one once before, a while back. Glad to see it held up as well blind. Really an enjoyable beer to sip slowly and enjoy over an hour of taking it easy during the cooler months.

zimmerbloke, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I absolutely love CCB. Have almost tried their entire regular lineup as well as some of the limited released. Here's one I have not tried. Love barleywines, so I hop they did this one well. 750ml bottle...

A: A very dark brew with slight red highlights around the edges. A humongous 3 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace to a lace atop the brew. Very good.

S: I get a nice caramel sugary hop upfront with almost a maple scent blended in. Some sweet dark fruits and faint chocolate notes in the middle followed by some nice toffee on the backend. This smells like a malty monster with a great hop balance. Very good.

T: Whoa, a huge sweet brew! Super SWEET! I get a very sweet toffee / caramel upfront with a almost cherry fruit taste in the middle and faint raisin and chocolate cocoa notes on the backend. The lack of hop balance and over sweetness has brought this one down a notch. Good, but not great.

M: Full body with a great carbonation. Has a very sweet finish. Good.

D: The alcohol is nowhere to be found which is surprising, but this is because the sweetness kills any other flavors. Good.

All in all, this is a good brew. If you do not like SWEET beers, then avoid this. This is probably the sweetest beer I have ever had! Kind of like the candy of the beer world. If you need hops in your brew, do not bother with this one, super sweet malts bury any other flavors. Good, but not great.

steve8robin, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an over-sized wine glass. Vintage bottle November 2011 served December 26, 2012.

Appearance: A cloudy mahogany not exactly opaque but very dark....head was definitely thick a notch over a finger's length settling real slow coming off an orange tinted light tan color.

Smell: Strong everything, picking it apart is the hard part. You smell

Taste: Dare I say it complex, sweet malty I can quite honestly say very good. Has notes of burnt caramel, the strong alcohol taste would be either an advantage or disadvantage. I like it but too much of it seems just a bit overwhelming.

Mouth: It's good, the problem is that it disappears just a little too quickly. Malts are so rich it might make up for it. Medium and gets better as you take a few more sips.

Overall: Very good beer, I am tempted into buying another just for kicks. No F that I want to buy more because it really good. I have been growing a huge liking to Old Ales and this one has joined the list. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. 2010 edition.

Pours black, with a couple fingers or so of rich and dark hued mocha head. This retains with a robust near finger, leaving back soapy swathes of thick patchy lace. The aroma is deep, with notes of cocoa, molasses, brown, sugar, green citrus, and some spice and sweetness from the alcohol. This is nice.

The taste mostly mirrors the nose, with a rich and sticky blend of chocolate, caramel, darker molasses, brown sugar, while a green citric bitterness adds to the complexity here. The finish is a bit dry and roasty, with a touch of lingering sugars, bitterness, and sweet and spicy alcohol. The mouthfeel is full bodied and prickly feeling up front, but this quickly gives way to a thick warm chewiness that matches up nicely with those flavors. Alcohol is nicely concealed for the most part, with the extra sweetness and spice this provides to the profiles being most welcome.

This one was a real surprise to me, as I was expecting a straight up traditional Winter Warmer and was greeted by more of an Old Ale/Barleywine hybrid with some extra Winter Warmer character thrown in for good measure. It’s no wonder that they opt to often go into the barrel with this one. It’s definitely got some presence to it and a favorable one at that.

Kegatron, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to ShadesOfGray for this great beer. Cheers!

2009 Vintage

Appearance - Pours into my Russian River Tulip with a rustic red hue. About two fingers of tan/mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipate quickly, coating the sides of the glass in a thin film

Smell - A heavy candied nose. Immediately reminds me of a Barleywine. Dark fruits such as plums and raisins, slight fading hops, burnt sugar, a hint of alcohol, and vanilla. A perfect beer for this chilly night I am enjoying on my deck.

Taste - Spot on to the nose, however, one huge difference is that I taste coffee and a nuttiness that was not present in the initial aroma of the nose. While this is a heavy sweet beer, the hops are still making an appearance which allows it to be offset. Burnt sugar is prevalent midway through, also slight grapefruit rind. The beer finishes with some spices, a piney flavor, and toffee. There is noticeable alcohol warmth, however, I do not taste it.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, thick and creamy, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - A sipper, and even with a year on it I get quite a bit of warming as I drink it...honestly more warming than I can remember from many beers in this ABV range. However, that just psychologically is warming me up as I sit outside, and honestly does not take away from its drinkability, because as previously mentioned, I do not taste any immediate alcohol when sipping this beer. An enjoyable beer for sure.

SpdKilz, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of kbm
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm in Florida and it's about 40 degrees out. It's 75 degrees at home. If there was ever a time for a winter warmer in Florida, it's now.

Appearance: opaque dark brown with tan hues. Moderate almond head with moderate to low retention. Good lacing.

Smell: At first blush it's all fruit: apple slices, slight banana, raisins and figs. Spices include cinnamon and clove. Tinge of alcohol in my nose. It's a wonderful smelling beer.

Taste: as the carbonation wears out the bitter versions of the smells listed out above come out which give way to heavy roasted (even burnt) malts. The alcohol is quite warming. The back end taste is a sweet bitterness on sides of the tongue almost like burnt sugar. It's good.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to soft carbonation with relatively high viscosity.

Drinkability: It's definitely a sipper, which exactly what I look for in a winter warmer.

This beer is hitting all the right notes on a balmy Florida evening.

kbm, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to corby112 for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a dark melty/muddled caramel brown. Two fingers of creamy dark khaki colored foam sits on top and leaves a lot of lacey sheets in its' wake.

S: Delicious aromas of caramel apples, pine, lemon, toffee, molassas, spruce/juniper, rye, and of course, bitter dark chocolate.

T: Pan seared molassas, roasted nuts, freshly squeezed pine bough, dark chocolate, lemon, grapefruit, and brown sugar. Friggin' delicious!

M: Silky smooth and quite sweet, but with a hint of hoppy dryness at the finish. Balanced!

D: This is a dangerous beer! The alcohol is extremely well hidden, to the point that Heather asked me three times what the abv was, and shook her head each time after I told her.

GbVDave, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep ruby color with some lighter amber highlight's.Very thick creamy heading. Leaves a mess of ringage all the way down the glass.

Smell is heavy in caramel malt. Some citrusy notes as well and a touching of hoppy goodness detected.

Taste is very thick and chewy of caramel mostly. A smooth chocolatiness takes over for a quick touchdown. Then a woody - rummy like taste kicks in and stays for the remainder of the show.

Mouth is silky smooth,Full bodied with amazing texture and feel. Great carbonation that foas up immediatley on the palate.

Drink is good. A bit chewy may make this a non-sessionable brew but a damn good taster and a perfect beer for these low ass temprature's we've been having.

TheFightfan1, Jan 02, 2010
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.