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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

470 Ratings
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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 114
Gots: 119 | FT: 6
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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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-01-2011 05:00:57 | More by rab53
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meerkat2

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-29-2011 16:15:20 | More by meerkat2
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-29-2011 02:57:25 | More by brandoman63
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hmf05

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark brownish color with a one finger creamy head. Looks fantastic in the glass. Aroma is pleasant dark fruits, spice, caramel, and slight smokiness. Not a very aromatic smell, but nice. Taste mirrors the smell. I get a nice malty sweetness up front. Tons of dark fruits and spice hitting the palate. Finishes with slight hops that leaves a semi-dry finish. I can detect a slight booziness, but nothing off-putting (especially for an 11% brew). Overall, a great winter warmer/old ale. Although this is a pretty sweet ale, there is enough hop bitterness that keeps this from being too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 18:59:27 | More by hmf05
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011/12 edition, 25oz bottle into snifter. Sampled in the high 40's to high 50's.

Pours with a surprisingly massive, 3F of rocky tan head over a very deep amber to brown body.

Aromas lead with lots of molasses, some mint and other herbal qualities, Dr. Pepper, and licorice root.

Rich and thick on the palate, with flavors that include molasses, mint, orange peel, caramel, and light pine hop bite that struggles to make it through the malt brick.

Mouthfeel is chewy and sticky, and about what you should expect in the style.

Overall, a pretty nice 'holiday' style of old ale which is favorably spiced. Thick and festive.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 01:25:59 | More by BeerImmediately
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mozim

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-25-2011 21:32:11 | More by mozim
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 19:52:15 | More by TenHornsProud
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-25-2011 16:54:24 | More by deapokid
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ryanonline

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 04:04:43 | More by ryanonline
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Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

11-22-2011 18:47:53 | More by ygtbsm94
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Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-21-2011 16:18:59 | More by bob727
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-20-2011 06:13:12 | More by djrn2
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating on the bottle! It has a newer label than the picture taken however.

A= Bottle cap comes off with a LOUD hiss and a ton of smoke. The pour brings together a huge head on it that fills most of my glass and holds some steady retention and decent lacing. The head is an off white color almost a tan. The beer itself is a deep brown color that I can just barely see through when I hold it to the light.

S= The smell is an interesting bread and dark fruit component. It sort of smells like some sort of nuts or seeds. It smells like a can of cashews or peanuts or something. Really different smell that I haven't had before. I never really get anything "usual" from CC however. I don't smell any hops in it. There is a bit of a toffee component but not any of the chocolate described on the bottle or the hops.

T= The taste is extremely sweet. There is again a sort of nutty character to it that is completely unique and a unique sort of burnt caramel character to it. The chocolate still is nowhere to be found and the hops are missing as well. Maybe this is an older bottle. The dark fruits I found in the nose are amplified. Dates and prunes take over the major taste component.

M= Much to high on the carbonation. The hiss and power from the bottle along with the head leads me to believe this is perhaps a fluke bottle or it was overcabonated in order to keep some of the carbonation during aging? Hell I dunno.

O= A tasty treat indeed. This is for sure a beer that could be held onto for a very very long time if desired. Tons of complex character that is unique to this beer and a great beer for potential aging. The carbonation is a bit of an issue and it is a little overly sweet for me but the english barleywine style I find is usually a bit too sweet. The larger format bottle will make this a challenge to finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 04:03:40 | More by jjanega08
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drumrboy22

Colorado

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-17-2011 23:17:59 | More by drumrboy22
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-16-2011 01:44:49 | More by Photekut
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 23:02:29 | More by HopStoopid120
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xpdrinker

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 18:55:11 | More by xpdrinker
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setexascustoms

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-15-2011 16:20:22 | More by setexascustoms
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IpeeA

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 03:42:32 | More by IpeeA
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 01:44:34 | More by orangesol
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-14-2011 22:24:30 | More by Neffbeer
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SourNotes

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2011 16:21:40 | More by SourNotes
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hdelavega

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.
Pours a rich murky reddish brown, with a tiny white head that diminished quickly.
Sweet nose, caramel, caramelized sugar. I also get a little sweet fruit.
Lots of sweet flavors. Where to start... Brown sugar. Caramel, plum, a slight burnt malty roastyness, there is defiantly a bit of an alcohol burn. There is a lot going on. Maybe I need work on the style, but I'd dare to call it a little unbalanced.
Mouthfeel is real silky and sticky. Pretty big body, medium carbonation. Nice warming finish.
A good beer. I had it this time last year and had a heard time finishing it but i have come a long way since then. Let's see how it tastes next year.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 23:14:42 | More by hdelavega
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StArnoldFest2010

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 18:22:25 | More by StArnoldFest2010
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this at the Total Wine right up the road from Cigar City.

A: Extremely dark brown.... it looked like carbonated prune juice even, and with a slight orange-white head that stuck around for a while.

S: Much more fruit and candy sugar than some of the evergreen frankincense bombs that a lot of winter warmers tend to be.

T: Just like the nose, only even more intense. Sure, I got some licorice, but mostly plums, figs, and melted mallow creme candy.

M: Sticky sweet.... OMG! That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it certainly hurts the drinkability. Additionally, while I didn't get any booze, there certainly was a lot of sugar lingering on the palate.

O: While this was really good and impeccably well-crafted, I prefer Anchor's offerings in 09' 10' way more than this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 19:55:51 | More by Chaney
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