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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 126
Gots: 152 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

A old ale with american hop varietals that has a complex citrus and caramelized toffee aroma and underlying notes of chocolate.
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Corsedonk snifter. Pours a deep caramel color at first, finishing as a darker brown with caramel colored edging. Huge initial ten head, frothy, and lacing is sticky and plentiful. Head dissipates slowly to a nice creamy surface of bubbles.

Aroma is typical Old Ale. Bitter after-tones, sweet fruit up front, roasted malts. A very inviting and strong aroma.

Flavor...wow. Very sweet, raisins, cherries...huge roasted malts and booze. Caramel flavors as well. Very sweet and creamy mouthful. Nice complexity and low-er carbonation. Very tasty beer!

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3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark brown body with garnet highlights, sticky tan head that stays around awhile, and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Nose is very sweet with notes of caramel, malts, candy sugar, dark fruits, & overripe berries.

T: Again, the upfront flavor was very sweet. The taste was of raisins, candy sugar, caramel, hint of molasses, and slight spices. ABV is hidden well, and not noticable hop bitterness.

M: Full body, smooth texture, medium carbonation.

D: Although I liked this beer, it was extremely sweet and hard to finish. I had a 750ml bottle and between my husband and I, we had a difficult time drinking it because of the overly sweetness. I think if we had it with dessert or split it between 4 people it would have been less of a problem.

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3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark for an old ale; black and just shy of opaque. Head is frothy an mocha colored, with great retention.

S: American PNW hops are there, but not much else...

T: Quite sweet, with a definite emphasis on the malty side of things. Caramel, vanilla, and custard are well presented, with little of the hops that have been promised by the nose. My only complaint is that the brew is a tad too sweet. Don't get me wrong, I love my Old Ales to be malt forward. I just feel that this particular example could benefit from a higher degree of attenuation.

M: Full bodied, velvety, and a touch sticky.

D: Overall, this is a solid brew from one of my favorite breweries. Again, a touch too sweet, but delicious nonetheless. Definitely worth a shot.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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A- Pours a deep reddish, cola brown with a little bit of light let in around the edges. On the pour, a huge three fingers worth of head that sticks around forever and leaves great lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Big, sweet malts, toffee and some nice dark fruits. There seems to be fig, dates, some chocolate and a little bit of booze.

T- Malts, sweet chocolate, cocoa. There is also some toffee, caramel and a sweet creaminess to it. The alcohol barely is even present.

M- Medium to fuller bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. This one just feels good going down and it doesn't hurt that it tastes pretty darn good as well. There is a little warmth on the back of the throat from the alcohol.

D- I am very impressed with this beer. Pretty complex but a nice balance to it as well. Great flavors and good mouthfeel makes this brew a winner.

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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery

A- Dark body with ruby-hued edges, tan creamy head

S- Sweet dark fruits (cherry?) quite inviting

T- Sweet... sweet...! Cloying sweetness. Syrupy sweetness soda. Candy, raising, caramel, decent hiding of the abv. My girlfriend liked this one a great deal

M- Full-bodied and smooth

D- I enjoyed this one quite a bit but it was even warm for me as a winter warmer here in florida... My girl liked it, I'm gonna age it a bit and see what develops

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip
2011/2012 edition

A: A very dark caramel almost brown color. A huge head driven by the somewhat excessive carbonation. The initial gentle pour led to a 5-6 finger head that took forever to drop, when it did it left a large amount of lace behind.

S: A hoppy sharpness along with a huge amount of brown sugar sweetness.

T: Loads of caramel malts and brown sugar backed up with a lot of citrus-y american hops. As it warms, there is a fruitiness that I can't determine, is it yeast driven or malt driven, I suspect that it is a combination of the two. Lots of dark fruits coated in sugar along with candied orange and grapefruit. Surprisingly, there is no sign of the 11% alcohol, no heat at all.

M: Rich, creamy mouthfeel somewhat balanced by a ton of (too much?) carbonation. Very tongue coating from the combination of oily hops and a lot of low attenuation of malts.

O: I thought I was going to nurse on the whole bottle in one sitting, basically take a couple of hours and enjoy the bottle, but it is way too heavy and cloying. Half the bottle is plenty. A very good beer, I am glad I tried it, but I am not sure I would buy the next iteration. I would like a little more attenuation and a little less carbonation. It is just a little too rich/sweet, but it is a great sipping/desert beer.

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4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)Stopped by the brewery while on vacation, but was unable to do any tastings on site. Apparently they are still waiting on some municipal red tape before they are able to serve on site. Had to settle for a bottle of this from a nearby Whole Foods rather than the growler of Jai Alai I was hoping for. Poured a deep copper/orange. Has a sweet caramel malt aroma that gives way to citrusy hops. Quite a bit of sweetness up front in the form of burnt toffee/caramel. The hops comes on at the back, which is a bit odd to me...not bad, just different. Completely agree with the other reviewers on the well hidden alcohol characteristic.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
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