Warmer Winter Winter Warmer | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

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.

Added by cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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Reviews: 206 | Ratings: 595
Photo of farrago
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge head even with a semi-passive pour, up over three fingers of deep tan foam accompanied by larger bubbles of varied sizes, extremely slow to dissipate, strong webbing of lace left behind all over the glass sides. As a result, you have to wait some time to even get the scents able to show, then golden raisin, fig, milk chocolate, these contrasted nicely by white pepper, crushed clove, dried hay, pine cone, suggestion of white citrus, most compelling is not so much the role call of scents but the constant interplay among them. Full-bodied, bottom heavy and once it gets into your mouth only moves when prodded. Apricot, red cherry, raisin, fig, pear fruit spiced up by nutmeg, clove, allspice and a touch of cumin, cola nut and vanilla bean present and accounted for. The brown sugar element has a somewhat caramelized, cooked quality to it. Plenty of downy fluff in the carbonation, lacks the muscles to lift things up into the air. Very subtle grassiness at the end soaks up some of the extra sugar. No arrow left unused in its quiver when all is said and done.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i first tried this brew last week and really liked it - i picked up this second bomber to enjoy it again - pours a caramel / hazel translucent brown into my dfh snifter with a thin 1/2 finger head -
the slight head became a thin ring around the sides of the glass -
lacing is minimally spotty - smell is pleasantly sweet toffee and malt, alcohol and hops - love the taste - initial hop bite yields to a nicely swweeeet malt and well balanced candy-like finish -
mouthfeel is slick with a little stickiness - drinkability is very good but one bomber will do me just fine -10% abv is very well hidden, yet warms the body and mind - as a good winter warmer should - real good stuff.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy less than cola brown with a nice big head that fades fairly quickly leaving a reasonable amount of lacing behind 4.25). The smell is a crazy intense balance of hops and sweet malt chocolate caramel...totally love'n it. The mouth feel is medium full bodied lightly carbonated yet tangy of alcohol and creamy smooth. Full flavored, the hoppy balanced sweetness lightly smokey caramel taste lingers nicely. The 10% ABV is a welcomed benny. A real easy drinker. Go for it!

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Photo of aubuc1
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured in to a snifter.

Pours a hazy brown/ ruby with a thick steady off white.

Smell is a piney, biscuity, and fruity.

Taste is a big, lively, creamy, ripe fruit, and bitter sweet.

Mouthfeel is pretty sticky, creamy delight.

The beer is warming, but the booze does not overpower.

A beautiful beer.

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Photo of mikey711
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark caramel almost brown color, slightly see through with a fluffy tan head that holds well and leaves nice lacing

S: caramel chocolate, toffee,. All sweet smelling

T: Very sweet caramel and brown sugar to start followed by a slightly bitter chocolate and roasted note. As it warms more of the roastiness comes out and less of the sweetness

M: Nice full body, no heat, creamy

D: One glass is enough and this one is best shared

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of off white, creamy, very long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. One of the best-looking Old Ales I've ever seen.

S: A subtle, underplayed aroma of malt, hops, toffee and some other sweets.

T: Tasted of toffee, a little chocolate, malt, and a bit of hops. Well-balanced and flavorful. Even the ABV% isn't too overpowering.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable Old Ale.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Deep, dark, caramel brown color. The pour creates a thick head that leaves lines of lace.

Smell: Caramel, figs, and dried fruit. Very sweet. I get a nice citrus hop aroma as well

Taste: Again, sweet malts dominate. The caramel and sweet fruit shine, but the hops bring a nice balance. It finishes very boozy. Almost like a caramel IPA

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Average carbonation, medium body.

Drinkabilty: after hearing not so good things about this. I really enjoyed the sweet/hop combo this brew has to offer.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of afausser
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up at Knightly Spirits on a trip to Orlando.

A: Pours a woody, deep brown with about two fingers of fluffy vanilla head, which sticks around pretty nicely. There's a bit of sticky, webbed lacing as well.

S: Raisins, earth, and heavy wood dominate the nose. There's a bit of lemon and grapefruit citrus and maybe also slight orange peel, as well as a little bit of cream. As it warms, becomes more caramel-like, and presents more hops.

T: Sweet, slightly syrupy and saccharine, slight toffee and plenty of malts, yet a ton of bitter hops and a bit of pine also.

M: creamy and a little spicy. More hot than I'd like--this is decent but there is still much to be improved upon.

D: not particularly so. I'm honestly having a bit of trouble getting through it. An interesting introduction to Cigar City.

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Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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).

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Photo of ffejherb
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle on 1/10/10. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a cloudy reddish brown, almost plum-colored body with a creamy beige/light tan cap that held on pretty well and deposited some thick lace around the snifter.

S - Initial aroma is quite spicy and peppery with light cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Malt character is quite caramely with toffee notes and a light cocoa/chocolate presence. A brown sugar sweetness permeates. The aroma is rounded out by slight alcohol notes and a hint of pine.

T - Warm and spicy with chocolates and thick caramel and toffee attributes with a subtle brown sugar sweetness. Sweetness gives way to a more spicy character in the middle, with mild peppery notes and some piney hops paired with a moderate alcohol warmth. Finishes with a healthy dose of earthy, herbal hop bitterness.

M - Full bodied with a very creamy texture and subtle carbonation. Finishes with quite a bit of bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D - This is definitely a sipper of a winter warmer. The alcohol is pretty potent here, but there is plenty of other flavors and aromas happening to keep it from becoming too heavy-handed. I found this to be a bit on the spicy side, although it was still enjoyable.

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Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After a snifter of this on tap at the Tasting Room, we retired to split a bomber of this old ale back at the beach. A very young old ale indeed.

This is either a dark, deep muddy red, or a deep, dark reddish brown. Either way it's opaque & quite thick-looking. Smell is piney hops, sweet candy, & a twig of alcohol.

Warmer Winter Winter Warmer has the pedal pushed down on the sweet malts & caramel that come shooting out of the gate. These slide into a boozy aftertaste that gets it on nicely with the hops to create a hot, weirdly bitter & floral aftertaste.

A very good beer, & a tummy warmer, so definitely hit the spot on the this one. When the temp has been stuck in the 40s for days in Florida, this is something to pick up & enjoy.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A capped 750ml bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for $10. Poured into my tumbler. The ale appears a dark chestnut color with about a finger or so of ecru foam. Nose and flavors consist of caramel, semisweet chocolate, raisins, mild pine, citrus, figs, dates. Medium to full bodied and amply carbonated. Surprisingly, not much alcohol heat here. Quite drinkable, kept me wanting another pour. Wish I had one to age.

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Photo of kbm
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Yimosan
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint bottle served onto my tulip glass.

A: Dark brown, almost cola-like. Two inch beige head at pour, but dissipated after about a minute and a half. The lacing on my glass was nice and sticky.

S: Chocolate, coffee, malt, and dark fruits, accompanied by faint hops.

T: Initially this beer is malty and chocolaty, then a slight hoppy kick rounds the middle palate nicely...I was pleasantly surprised, even though I had read about it.

M: Silky, creamy long lasting goodness.

D: Easy drinking in my opinion, especially since this is right along my favorite flavor profile; However at 10%, this becomes a treat and not a session brew...for sure.

Epilogue: This is my favorite Cigar City offering so far and considering how cold it is in Brandon right now, this hits the proverbial spot perfectly.

PS. I say, honey turn the heater off, we're drinking this tonight!

Salud!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite simply, if you see it, buy two or three, at least.

A - Perfect deep mahogany with a small, foamy head and, dare I say, sexy lacing.

S - Old musty wood, caramelly and biscuity maltiness, spicy hop and a buttery cognac smoothness.

T - This is the most delicious Old Ale. A real malt-bomb. I can't wait to taste it after a decent cellaring period. The alcohol is warming but well hidden, the hops are very pungent and exquisitely dry, like a fine champagne, the finish is rich and dark and suggests dried fruits, brown sugar, molasses, and slight oak mustiness.

M - Nice creamy carbonation that totally enhances the flavor of this exceptionally delicious and refined beverage.

D - Exceptional. A most exquisite, delicious sipper. To drink this is an honor, and a privilege.

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Photo of Shaw
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Got the penultimate bottle at Total Wine & More last week. This is one of the coldest nights this winter here in Florida (40s) so I thought it would be a perfect time to drink this beer.

Pours almost black, letting just a hint of light through, with a sticky foamy tan head.

I know this isn't a Humidor Series beer, but this smells of cigar cedar as well as hops.

The taste is rich and complex. Dried fruit flavors combine with earthy notes, even flavors that remind me of perfume. The high alcohol level is completely hidden: I don't notice the alcohol at all.

The body is just fantastic: full, creamy and smooth. It can't get any better.

Overall this is a good beer. The fruity and perfume flavors are just a bit too strong for me, though.

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Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany/chestnut brown color that is completely opaque with dark caramel hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy hops up front in the nose with hints of dry pine needle and citrus peel. Lots of rich caramel and chocolate malt with a slight roasted character. I'm also picking up some estery dark fruit notes, namely grape, raisin, plum and fig. This blends particularly well with the citrus hop and subtle chocolate notes.

Very hop forward medium body with a lot of earthy dry pine and citrus notes. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit mostly. This flavor and dry mouthfeel lingers pretty much throughout but is countered mid-palate by a sweet malt profile with hints of caramel, toffee and subtle chocolate. Slightly vinous with hints of dark fruit, mostly grape, plum and raisin. Very complex but a bit unbalanced with possibly to prominent of a dry piny hop character. This will probably open up nicely as it ages and the hops fade, allowing the other flavors to shine through. The high ABV is excellently masked, making this a very quafable beer that is a refreshingly unique take on the style.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer of 2010 and its also my very first Cigar City beer.

750 ml bottle poured into a Stone IRS Tulip

A-Pours a dark caramel brown with a beautiful one inch head that hung around for a while and left tremendous lacing. This is a great looking beer.

S-Somewhat Belgian with dark fruit and spice. A nice sweet, malty aroma too. Very aromatic. Smells great.

T-Similar to the nose. Prominent dark fruits, some spice, toffee, sweet malt with a somewhat bitter hop bite at the finish. Its a party in my mouth.

M-Full bodied and surprisingly creamy. I think the carb level is perfect. Not too much, not too little.

D-This is a very drinkable beer and at 10% that can be a little dangerous. I could easily have more than one of these in a night.

I really picked a great beer to be my first one of 2010. When I bought this, I hoped it would be worth the 10 bucks I spent on it and it really was. I'll be picking up some more of these for sure if I can find them.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, first beer of the new year. 750 ml. bottle poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Deep, dark, caramel brown color. The pour creates a thick two fingers of sand head that leaves sheets of lace.

A: Caramel, figs, and dried fruit. Very sweet. I get a nice hop aroma as well, maybe Simcoe?

T: Again, sweet malts dominate. The caramel and sweet fruit shine, but the hops bring a nice balance. It finishes very boozy.

M: Creamy and smooth. Average carbonation, heavy body.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is only just above average. The booziness of the brew limits it emensely. Cigar City has done better jobs of hiding the strength of their brews in the past. Overall, pretty solid for the style. Definately a sipper, and one for a cool night. Skal.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of Anthony1
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had a sample at a christmas party

pouted into a little tasting glass. pours thick brown with a mocha tan head. nice and roasted aroma, toffee, caramel, chocolate. bit of sweetness. several citrus notes in the smell, and very sweet in taste. thick beer with medium carb.

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Photo of ugaterrapin
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Left about two fingers of light tan head. Has a sweet malt smell. There is a slight roasted character to the aroma with hints of toffee. There is a noticeable alcohol character on the front end which is not surprising at 10% but it mellows as the sip progresses. Has a nice rich sweetness that is on the heavier side but not in a bad way. The roasted malt character is even slighter in the taste as it is overpowered by the sweetness. This one is hard for me to pinpoint the flavors in the sweet character, but overall this a very enjoyable beer. Nice to try a Winter Warmer that is different than others.

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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.