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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

480 Ratings
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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 117
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

jbear68, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

TasteTester, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

SpillyBeers, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL botltle into an oversized wine glass. Shared this 2010 bottle with my pops on Christmas. Thanks to hoppy99 for sending me this bottle oh so long ago.

Appearance: There is an enthusiastic 'pop' as I open the bottle, and a lot of dark tan foam flows out of the bottle even with a gentle pour, rising and nearly overflowing the glass. When it settles down, the head is fairly frothy and leaves thick lace down the glass. The beer itself is a dark chocolate brown with a slightly lighter edge.

Smell: Caramel and toffee control the mostly sweet aroma. Toasted bread, raisins, plums, figs, and a general spiciness provide support.

Taste: The flavor is cloyingly sweet throughout the entire sip. The label says "caramelized toffee," and that seems to be an accurate description of the first flavor across my lips. A bit of milk chocolate adds to a chewy bread malt. Rum raisin, sugary plums, sweet figs and dates all add to a very sweet flavor. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of all spice are somewhat ensconced behind the thick, chewy, sweetness. The finish has a bit of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and syrupy sweet throughout the glass. At first, the carbonation bubbles and fizzes unpleasantly, but this subsides as I let it warm. A bit of spice creates a tingle on the tongue. The alcohol, although not noticeable in the flavor, accentuates this effect and creates a light bourbon-like burn in the back of my throat. Full bodied and full carbonation.

Overall: This beer fresh is supposed to have some spicy pine and citrus hops, which might give it a little zip and cut through the sweetness. With a year on it, though, it is a bit too sweet for me.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +3.6%

thebouch01, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of phishinNYC
1/5  rDev -74.1%

phishinNYC, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of stxSS07
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip. No vintage date, but has 10%ABV listed.

A- Huge explosion off the cap...surprised it stayed on this long. Pours a deep brown opaque color. Huge amount of head on the (gentile) pour. Has a khaki colored, tight bubbled head. Leaves some nice lacing though. Looks really nice, but I'm worried about the huge head.

S- Holy hell this is one sweet beer. Smells like double-sugar coated and candied fruits. Maybe something like a peach and apple mixture? Almost like fresh apple juice mixed with fresh brewed tea. I get a bit of grassy hops in there as well. Strange smell, but slightly enticing.

T- Wow this is insanely sweet. Again, up front this tastes like fresh brewed tea with a ton of honey and sugar dumped in. Towards the finish there is still a ton of (literal) sugary sweetness mixed in with some apple, plum, and raisin. Finishes with a bit of a chocolate roasted malt character. Borderline cloyingly sweet (and I love Dark Lord), but really different. I think I dig it.

M- Really high carbonation with a medium body that leaves a sticky film on everything it touches. Bit of warming alcohol as well.

O- Easily the one of the strangest beers I've had on my short BA adventure. After about 15 minutes of sipping, I think I found the flavor profile. Tastes like a Ricola natural cough drop...good thing I like those.

stxSS07, Dec 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

DrBier, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

OddNotion, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes from stout tasting.

A- cloudy amber, bright dark yellow head

S- very sweet, apricots, guava, citrus, brown sugar.

T- crazy sweet! Citrus (apricots, guava) candy sugar.

M- full body, creamy and syrupy.

O- cloyingly sweet, too sweet.

kawilliams81, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Prologue: I am reviewing the 2011-2012 version of this brew, which claims 11% ABV% as opposed to the 10% listed per Beeradvocate.

A-pours a murky, muddy, brown maple syrup into my Cigar City snifter with an aggressive creamy tan head that quickly rose to a couple inches. The head recedes slowly, leaving a nice sheen of lacing.

S-Super sugary sweet, molasses and fermented dried plum /apricot.

T-A sugar bomb overwhelms pretty much everything else going on here, but aside from this there is a yeasty breadiness, some spice, and the tiniest hint of hops crying out to be noticed

M-Thick, chewy, and sloppy.

O-I wish I had cellared this, because something is just not quite right as I work my way through this bottle. Not horrible by a long shot, but as I finish this thing I feel like I ought to go brush my teeth 3 or 5 times to ensure that I don't wake up tomorrow with a mouth full of cavities. Way too sweet right now. The smell leads one to think this could be brilliant, and I hope this brew will mellow with time.

Salud!

sirdrinkwell, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a mahogany/chestnut with ruby red highlights. Cloudy, opaque with a moderate carbonation stream. 3 fingers of creamy tan head dissipate slowly. Nice think layer of lacing.

N: Caramel, toffee, banana, candy sugar, molasses, tobacco and some hints of citrus and fruit esters.

T: Molasses, figs, dates, banana and toffee upfront. Mid-palette brings huge caramel, bread, red grapes and more sweet dark fruits. Finishes sweet with tobacco, ripe apricot, banana, molasses, hints of leather, earthy hops and residual candy sugars that linger forever.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy, soft, semi-chewy and sticky.

O: A big sticky sweet sipper perfect for winter. Very rich, ripe dark fruit notes and molasses with hints of lighter fruits. 11% abv not detected. Very complex.

justintcoons, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dense chestnut toned brown with a thick beige head that slowly fades into a rocky cap. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of of massive malt, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, prunes, cocoa, rum cake, and citrusy orange rind.
Taste...yowza. Wasn't expecting that. Dense sugar bomb like a buttercream rum candy followed with an extra shot of rum and an orange wedge chaser. Yes. Alcohol. Heat. Hop juice.
Mouthfeel is syrupy, juicy, chewy, sticky, resinous, thick, and very warming.
Yikes. Let this one sit a year or five. It has massive potential but is way to young.

weeare138, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

UncleE, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

THECPJ, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Duff27
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Huge tan head on a brown body, very lively looking beer. Very nice head retention and lacing.

S- "Dried apricots" citrus.

T- Woo! Sweet! I think a few of our eyes watered. Sugary citrus, apricot, toffee. Flavors linger and leave the mouth watering. "Cloying"

M- Syrup on the front end, fizzy carbonation on the tail end. Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel.

D/O- Well that's different. Ridiculously sweet. I'd buy the bottle if someone finished the whole thing by themselves. Worth a try but wouldn't go out of my way for again.

Duff27, Dec 18, 2011
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
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

cosmo4u, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

PthPndr, Dec 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

klipper, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jspriest, Dec 16, 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
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Alpar, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.