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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

491 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 122
Gots: 139 | FT: 11
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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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
Photo of UncleE
4/5  rDev +3.6%

UncleE, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
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
Photo of cosmo4u
4/5  rDev +3.6%

cosmo4u, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

klipper, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
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
Photo of Alpar
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Alpar, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of photomike
5/5  rDev +29.5%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of wchris21
4/5  rDev +3.6%

wchris21, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of cmrillo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

cmrillo, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of willseph
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011-12 Version

Pours a big, foamy head over a mud-colored body. Head recedes a bit is pretty nonexistent after the first few sips. The nose is dominated by booze and chocolate with subtle undertones of rosemary and some other spices that I couldn't put my thumb on. Taste follows the smell, initially booze again on the front with a spicy chocolate backbone. Subtle hints of toffee and heavy cream are more prevalent as the beer warms. It's quite fizzy on the front of your tongue but finishes pretty clean. Overall, a good introduction to old ales for me. I think I'll cellar my other bottle for a while to see if the boozy nose and taste diminish a bit.

willseph, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jlb502, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +3.6%

bsuedekum, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of CGMLS3
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

CGMLS3, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of bespin15
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

bespin15, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev +3.6%

nickhiller, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +3.6%

uturn, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of baconbourbon
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber with a sizable head, but not a ton of lacing.
Smell: Complex notes of malt and a hint of leather. Nice.
Taste: Like candy.
Mouthfeel: Smooth but quite carbonated.
Overall: A nice old ale/barley wine style beer. I was pleased with the malt and citrus hop fusion.

baconbourbon, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

meerkat2, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.