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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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87
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
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3.54/5  rDev -8.3%

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to sportstsar for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, candied fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite rich and boozy.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

Reviewed from notes. Last year's vintage, which I picked up at Capone's.

Poured into a snifter. Color is a moderate caramel color. Single-finger white head recedes somewhat quickly but leaves a few legs and a bit of lace. The nose is really fruity, with large amounts of raisins, figs, and stone fruits. Good dose of caramel and booze as well. The taste focuses on fruit and alcohol, with a bit of malty sweetness. Feel is a bit boozy, but melds well with the flavors. A nice sipper.

Thorpe429, Nov 08, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a two finger high dense beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of citrus in the nose. As the beer warms up, these become stronger and toffee also becomes very apparent.
T: The overall taste is rather sweet and has flavors of toffee along with notes of chocolate and hints of citrusy hops. The combination of toffee and chocolate make the taste resemble a Tootsie Roll.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: The citrusy aromas are quite unusual and interesting for the style. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste, although the amount of sweetness is what will make you need to sip this beer.

metter98, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Decadent sweetness and layer upon layer of bold complexities gives this larger-than-life beer an allure that will talk any hop-head to the malty side of the fence.

Ok, sometimes the grass is greener on the other side, if for only a beer or two- the ale pours with a viscous but creamy pour. As the lavish mahogany-hued ale slowly settles into the glass, a slow rise of ultra-dense foam eventually caps the beer in what looks like creamy meringue. Hazy and rusty beneath, the ale is redish-brown and nearly opaque. Its foam stance is persistent and sticky with lace while the beer trails.

Rich aromas of toffee, maple and molasses evoke mouthwatering stimulation while a savory toasted caramel character gives something a bit more robust. Heavily bready, the deserts of coffee and rum cakes seem to rise from the malty matrix. Seemingly spiced like rum as well, light cinnamon, allspice and clove seem to rise from the sting of alcohol and wraps around its dark fruit esters seamlessly.

As as that savory malt sweetness greets the early palate, its that coffee cake richness that clings to the taste buds. Hearty molasses, toffee and maple seems slightly buttery, heavily caramelized and very bready. Dark and dried fruits resemble plumb, raisin, cherry, apple and prune in somewhat fruitcake-like fashion. Sometimes coating the mouth like heavy whipping cream, the spicy alcohols slice right through all that richness with that same spiced rum character that the nose relied upon.

Heavy and dense, the beer's chewy mouthfeel lays a thick coat upon the mouth with a slow and lumbering finish. Its utter creamy texture is slow to separate its creamy carbonation and leads to a bready-sweet mouthfeel even deep into finish. Spicy warmth is the ale's only balance as the ale trails with dark rum once again.

Warmer Winter is the epitome of cold weather beer- it's hearty, rich, and most importantly- potent! ...and stacked inside a 22oz bottle, a warm up is on the way!

BEERchitect, Jan 29, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +24.4%

Having had a couple different treatments of this one I was eagerly anticipating having the original. I decided it would be a good one to try on Easter as I had a good number to split it with me. Served chilled and poured into a 6 ounce tasting glass, this one was consumed on 04/04/2010.

The pour was a nice dark amber color with a small white head that rose up to about a half an inch but settled down nicely. Good lacing around the outside of the glass kept things going strong for me as it coated the inside thoroughly. The first aroma to hit the nose is a soft fruity one. Hints of pears, honey, notes of caramel and toffee. Very light, airy and complex and it seemed that the more it warmed the sweeter and fresher it seemed to become. Lots of fruits of various kinds coming out here now, very nicely done. The first sip was heaven on earth for me. I was seriously in awe of this one. Rich toffee and caramel, butterscotch undertones are all pinned against ripe fruits, mango and light citrus, hints of pear and apple. Enormous palate profile here as each sip seemed to bring something else to the table for me, not even knowing what was to come next I push on and it seems to just coat the tongue with each following note. Sublime. Smooth, even feel, medium in body with a touch of punch to it that brings it to the front. Again, ridiculously solid approach here. ABV very well hidden as I was able to simply go forward unimpeded.

Overall one of the best things I have had from CCB hands down. This was beyond a winner for me and I am thrilled to have another bottle to go back to. Hard to say if it will get better, as it was darn near perfect now. I must try in my opinion if you are big on the style.

mikesgroove, Apr 08, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

kjkinsey, Jun 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

ygtbsm94, Nov 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

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
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Pours out a near-opaque, chestnut brown body with a thinnish, sudsy, beige-colored head.

Smell: Softly sweet-scented aroma of dark malts smelling of chocolate powder, dark caramel, and dark breads along with notable notes of dried dark fruitiness. Vibrant hop character peering through the malts, coming across with hints of grapefruit peel, lemon, white pine, and zesty spruce tips.

Taste: A malty start tasting of caramel, cocoa, and sticky clumps of brown sugar. Modest amount of sweetness throughout. Toss in a goodly-sized handful of raisins marinated in dark rum. WWWW sports a surprising snap of hop bitterness, along with tastes of pine and citric citrus fruits and spice-coated spruce. Slight alcohol warmth as you near the finish featuring some dry malt hints and a concluding zip of earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Beyond some slight alcohol warmth here and there, this one goes down fairly gently. A pleasant, enjoyable brew for the winter months be it in the snowy north or sun-soaked south.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 01, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Ordered a bottle of this a few years ago when I took my mom out for her birthday to the Bethlehem Speakeasy. The beer poured out as what appeared to be a very nice looking red color. I was having a hard time telling since it was so dark in there. The head was thin and a little creamy looking. The smell of the beer was a little spicy and to me was very inviting. The taste of the beer was very nice, spices colliding with some sweet malts that create a nice warming effect. The mouthfeel had a really nice thickness to it, very creamy. Overall I really enjoyed this Winter Warmer, I'd love to try it again one day.

Knapp85, Aug 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

A - This Old Ale poured out a clear bronze hue with a one-finger, tan head that left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty, bready and sweet. A mild fruit aroma, too.

T - This is a rich, malty beer with sweet caramel and boozy flavors. A nice bitter bite balances out the sweet and maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

D - This is a very good Ole Ale. Thanks to given2flybrewing for sharing this one, too.

zeff80, Dec 16, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

AHH HAAA! The tables have turned on Cigar City's "WARMER Winter Winter Warmer" - it's not warm in Tampa right now! When a cold spell hits and the nighttime temperature in Tampa drops to 32 F, it goes down just fine!!! Sitting outside by the pool beneath the night time sky with a snifter of WWWW it's freakishly cold!

A: Despite the fact that I started with a very visible layer of sedimented yeast at the bottom of the bottle, I've got a surprisingly clear dark mahogany body in front of me (only in the last two pours was the sediment disturbed). Held up to the light it displays a brilliant crimson glow, not unlike Rudolph's nose! The creamy, two-finger thick head atop it is a dark tan; and it leaves some very beautiful sheets of broken, craggy lace as it goes.

S: In the nose it's sweet and syrupy with a bit of a perfumey quality, quite possibly from the alcohol. It's floral and fruity (red berries) with a touch of what I'd liken to the edge of an almost-burnt gingerbread cookie (a little bit of burnt sugar, a little bit of burnt cookie dough).

T: The flavor is sweet, raisin-like, sugary, floral, bready, caramelsih, toasty, malty, and even oatmeal-like. It's rich, intense, and complex. With each sip, layers of residual sugar are left to slowly erode from the palate, leaving behind brown sugar, fruit, and eventually bitterness and molasses. And it constantly changes. At first it's very sugary, but then as the alcohol works its way through, it displays more fruity and softly spicy notes. There's raisin, plum and red berries, but I even find some cherry in it. A solid bitterness emerges from beneath to bring it down in the end.

M: In the mouth it's decidedly full bodied and dextrinous. I'm not sure what the carbonation level is, (as whatever is in it is certainly well-contained by the dextrinous body) but it comes across as creamy and smooth.

D: Drinkability once again comes down to how much did you like it? And how much would you like to have another if you could? It's a pretty solid beer, and it's fairly strong to boot, but more importantly, it's very sweet. I drank two 10 oz glasses and my palate was overwhelmed with flavor. I'd certainly have another though, and it's unique enough that I'd say it's certainly worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Dec 25, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

A - One and a half fingers of medium-tan foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body with some ruby highlights. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Thick, rich brown malt aromas of toffee, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. Strong pine and citrus hop aromas as well with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange.

T - Lots of dark, toffee malt up front along with burnt caramel and some fruity notes of plum and black cherries. The sugary character increases in complexity towards the middle with notes of brown sugar, rum, and molasses that blend with citrus and pine hop flavors to create a velvety balance of dark malt and hops. Finishes with some nice orange hop notes and moderate bitterness balancing dark caramel malts, chocolate, some roast. Lingering flavors of burnt sugar and pine hops with light tobacco and smoke.

M - Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, but balanced finish.

D - This is a well made beer that thoroughly succeeds in its role as a winter warmer. The malt character is excellent, it compares well to the best English and American examples of the style with a complex blend of dark sugar and roasted/caramel malts. The hops balance well and the strong fruity character is an unusual twist on what I would normally expect in this sort of beer. The fruit character works, especially in the aroma, nevertheless I can't help but think that a more traditional pine or earthy hop character might have made for a more balanced and subtle flavor profile. I enjoyed this beer and I would be really interested to see how one would mellow and age for next year.

nickfl, Dec 26, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

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
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

Thanks to jw347 for sending me a bottle of this one. A hoppy old ale, eh? Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam - has excellent retention for a 10% old ale, and eventually settles to a thick cap. Hazy, dark red-brown color that glows when held to the light and reveals a few bubbles as well.

S - Earthy, spicy rye dominates, but as the brew warms notes of orange zest and cocoa emerge. It also gets a bit piny and shows a touch of solvent alcohol character. Probably the least compelling part of the brew - doesn't really "pop" or explode from the glass. I actually got foam on my nose trying to pull more flavors from it.

T - The taste is a little bit of an improvement, with orange citrus, chocolate, multi-grain toast, and markedly better-hidden alcohol. The hop bitterness is quite high and persists well into the aftertaste; it's probably a bit too extreme and unbalanced for this style, but it's not totally unpleasant nor unwelcome.

M - Medium-full body is definitely a plus, but the carbonation is a little higher than I'd expect from an old ale. Otherwise it's quite solid, with a nice chewy and creamy texture. Not overly hot either.

D - This isn't my favorite Cigar City brew - I'm not sure the high hop bitterness meshes well with the traditional old ale flavors, and things end up seeming muddled rather than complex. I'm curious if this was better fresh, when the citrus was more present - I can imagine it creating a sort of Terry's Chocolate Orange vibe. Definitely not your typical old ale, and glad I split it three ways as 750ml would have been way too much.

MasterSki, Mar 06, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev -8%

I split this three ways with my brother and JC -enjoyed from a mug chilled and allowed to gradually warm.

The color is very murky orange-ish brown with a thick cream cap that holds and lasts, not very attractive although it fits the style. The smell is fragrant with floral and citrus and some mild toffee notes with leather and slight woody herbal notes from the hops with nice sweet malt and light fruit from the yeast, hardly any alcohol. The feel is thick, viscous and sweet unrelenting really with a mild bitterness and mellow spice with slight hint of alcohol near cellar temp.

The flavor is nice with some citrus from the hops and slight caramel body with a gentle creamines from the yeast with hint of spice and toffee as mentioned in the descriptors from the label. The flavor gets a little more earthy and woody as it goes on and the alcohol comes forward, rich and almost meaty with a hint of raisin. The drinkability is good for an 11% beer, not sure I would rush to get this again, but if available I wouldn't hesitate. I think it is a solid brew and like that it doesn't show its strength all that much.

Slatetank, Mar 06, 2012
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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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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.

Mora2000, Dec 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mendvicdog, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

From 3/27 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one finger of white head. Nice froth.

s - Has a sticky sweet smell. Some caramel and dark fruits, as well as malts.

t - Tastes of dark fruits and sweet malts. Little bit of caramel.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Thought this was pretty good. Nice sweet caramel and malt smell or taste. Would try again.

mdfb79, Mar 30, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev +1%

A steady pour seems to be doing pretty well so I step it up with some aggression and I end up with two-fingers of beer and four fingers of froth in my Lost Abbey Teku glass including a couple fingers above the rim that quickly ended up in my mouth lest I end up with a mess. The foam tastes like hop caramel candy; very sweet, lots of bright citrus with a bitter back note and a strong, caramelized sweetness. The foam has some real thickness and heft to it, it almost feels chewy. The head is dense, creamy textured with a pale amber tinged, tan color and it leaves a thick layer of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated brown color with some amber notes to it, but it certainly is trying to approach black; when held up to the light the beer shows a deep, concentrated ruby-brown hue that is quite brilliantly clear. The aroma smells of massively sweet malt notes up front that are backed by fruity, citrus laden hop notes. The hops contributes aromas of candied tangelo zest, syrup soaked lychee, candied pine needles, and even bright, ruby-red grapefruit notes as well as something that makes me think of amped up orange candies. Behind the hop notes are aromas of toasted whole grain, a touch of austere roast character (this is quite subtle, but if you really dig it tries to balance some of the sticky sweet notes from the front), wholesome brown bread notes, some spicy grain notes (sort of like rye in some ways). Really the best descriptor for the nose is that it smells like citrus zest that has been preserved in caramelized sugar

Wow, down-right viscous and thick, the beer literally sits down on my palate and doesn’t want to go down my throat; almost as if my mind thinks I need to be chewing this before I swallow it. This is one of the thickest beers I have had in quite some time. The sweetness is laden with citrus and tropical fruit notes that linger long after a sip. There is perhaps a hint of bitterness (that is likely quite substantial) that is mostly hidden by the viscous sweetness and candied hop-fruit character; perhaps there is a touch of dark, almost roasted, grain astringency in the finish, but again it is just dominated by the sweetness. Some toasted malt, brown bread like grain character and a host of Maillard browning flavors help to add some complexity to the sweet, cloying, brown sugar laden, molasses like and candied hop notes that are the most dominant parts of this beer. The sweetness is certainly the most pronounced character of this beer, but the hops certainly give this a run for the money; this beer is definitely hugely hoppy, just not enough to actually balance out the sweetness. The hops contribute flavors of candied pine needles, tropical lychee notes, candied tangelo / kumquat / Curacao / grapefruit zests and concentrated orange-tangelo juice (almost sweet enough to be like a frozen concentrate). As the beer warms up a bit, the alcohol becomes a bit more noticeable and so does a spicy, toasted grain and crystal malt character.

I just ate some pastry cream my wife is making (it is nice to be married to a one-time pastry chef) and while this has now tempered the sweetness a little bit in this beer, it is still a damn sweet beer; the hop-fruit notes become a bit more dominant.

This beer is sweet and chewy enough that it makes me, someone that doesn’t really care about such things, think that this thing must have a million calories in it. Interestingly enough, while this beer is a lot darker and a lot sweeter, I see the similarity in flavor profile between this beer and Lil’ Warmer Double IPA that was made from the second runnings of this beer. For drinking fresh and enjoying the hops, I would seriously like to see the sweetness toned down in this beer; as it is though, it will likely age quite interestingly for a long time (assuming it doesn’t turn into a bottle bomb from all the available residual sugar). I had been forewarned about the excessive sweetness so was ready for it, additionally I was in the mood for something sweet tonight and this has certainly fit the bill; I could actually see myself really not enjoying this beer if I hadn’t known beforehand about the ample sweetness, but as it is, I am quite enjoying this beer. I would likely enjoy it even more though if the sweetness was tamed down considerably.

Gueuzedude, Jun 10, 2011
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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.