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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of brewandbbq
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours dark mahogany with a dense head of beige. Plenty of torn sheets of lacing and a solid skim coat for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with bakers chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, and coffee grounds. An underlying red fruit note comes forward as the brew warms.

Almost full bodied with a tacky, sticky mouthfeel. Stout-like and a bit viscous.

Roasted barley, dark chocolate, espresso, and caramel start the palate. Brownie batter, jam-smeared fudge, and some citrus notes follow through.

Finishes with lingering roast, chocolate, and a hint of warmth.

Pretty robust and tasty for an Old Ale. I could see how this would be a good base beer for barrel aging, but as it is it lacks vineousity.
This being my first taste of a CCB brew, I'm kind of scratching my head regarding all the hub-bub though.

brewandbbq, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep ruddy amber with a finger of creamy eggnog head. Moderate lacing, coats the glass well.

Smell -- Bread pudding, brown sugar, prune, rum raisin, and pithy hops.

Taste -- Sweet up front with dark fruits, prune, rum raisin, and cocoa. Some significant hop character akin to an American Barleywine like spearmint and pithy citrus; bitterness is pronounced. A mild berry tartness rounds out some of the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied with moderate prickly carbonation. A little chewy. Mild alcohol warmth in the throat.

Drinkability -- Quite good. A little too hop-forward for my tastes, but it's very drinkable and interesting enough for me to stay engaged. While I may not bend over backwards for a second bottle I'm glad I had the first.

yeahnatenelson, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - poured a beautiful deep caramel color from the bottle into an oversized snifter. there was a nice frothy cream colored head that eventually disappeared into a yeasty swamp. looks like something that would warm you on a cold day and i can't wait for my first sip.

s - as soon as i popped the bottle sweet soft dark grapes and berries filled the air. when i took my nose to the glass it was way more syrupy and thick smelling. kind of like a DFH heavier beers but a bit tamer. alc is heavy in there. but it did fill the room with a sweet berry-ish aroma...my wife noticed it and asked 'what smells so good?'

t - how to describe the flavor...pepper and alcohol. a touch minty even. a really well named beer. this is the flavor i think of for warming your soul on a cold winter's day. could use a touch of something else in there to round out the flavor but not sure what.

m/d - a bit thick leaves a cooling alcohol tingle. could definitely use some taming. cigar city makes some great brews and their beefed up old ale is ok, probably won't grab this one again.

cosmicevan, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean6989 for bringing this to our tasting.

A - Carmel color, hazy, no light comes through. Big head on it that left alittle bit of lace.

S - A lot of dark fruit in this as well as some bitter/roasty malts and some brown sugar.

T - This tastes a lot like a wannabe barley wine to me, which made some people like it more, but me less. A slight sweet candy taste that ends up being kind of sour and rotten on the end.

M - Nice body and carbonation, it's fine.

D - This isn't horrible, but not great. I think it's decent as far as a winter warmer goes, but wouldn't seek this out.

AgentZero, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Sean I believe for our last tasting...Pours a watery medium brown, light tan head ok retention, light lacing...The aroma is pretty decent, not a huge winter/spice beer fan so I was expecting the worse. Their is some winter spice notes of nutmeg and such but it doesn't attack my senses. Light hops on the back...The taste is lightly spiced as well, lots of barleywine characteristics. The feel is nice, and easy to drink.

If your not a huge spice beer fan this is a good beer for you as it introduces you to the style or gives you just enough spice to get the style but not so much you can't drink a good amount. Mild recommendation.

jrallen34, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of dragonWhale
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have been very excited to try this one, thought I was aging it longer. Twas not the case. Anytime you brew a weekend like this one, though, you gotta get a little silly.
Deep, dark blood honey red, with a pillowy cushion atop best to lay my mustaches upon. Sweet malty breath wafts into my soul, secrets of plums and dates, dark cherries, some light nutmeg aroma, and wisps of hop vapors.
She drinks beautifully, sweet with complex sugars assisting in the enjoyment, I'm not sure if she's enjoying me more than I her. We smile at each other, share a laugh. Muted hops form the heart. Such levity for such a serious beer.
Extremely drinkable, carbonation is perfect and lusty.

dragonWhale, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Head retention is beautiful on this one. Silky smooth and creamy, just off white. The beer poured a dark brown that isn't letting much light through. Has some red and orange highlights, but this beer is definitely dark.

S: The amount of sweet aromas here is overwhelming. Apples, pears, pineapple, figs and plums. Not just the dark fruit I was expecting. Great malt character, some nice spice. Good hop aroma as well, some bready yeast.

T: Almost exactly what the nose was, but lackluster. A bit of oxidation. Strong dark fruits and some bitter hops. Caramel is light, a little boozy. Far shot from style it seems here.

M: Drinks like a fresh old ale, if that makes any sense. Carbonation is crisp but not overpowering. Body is big enough, its a bit sticky.

D: This one is giving me a bit of trouble, was hoping it would be more of a malt bomb but it came forward with some hops. For me an old ale is like drinking caramel syrup. It has a certain viscosity that I want, and this beer just doesn't have that. A bit too crisp.

kiddynamite920, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of zimmerbloke
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Blind Bomber BIF (Thanks to Hophead101!):

A: Pours a dark caramel color, completely opaque. Huge, decadent foamy head the color of roasted marshmallows slowly fades to a sticky lacing. Significant sediment. Looks somewhat imposing.

S: Some oxidation, but mostly sweet malt, dark fruit sugars and some faint, faded hop aromas. Fairly muted nose.

T: Starts out mostly sweet malts, some oxidation and finishes bitter. As the beer warms, it really opens up... earthy malt flavors , some raisins and a bit of booze all meld together very well. Quite rich, all in all, and definitely a sipping beer. Very enjoyable.

M: Low carbonation, thick, almost sticky sweetness... very slow drinking beer, but nice. Fits the flavor profile quite well.

D: High, but for the extent of about one bottle.

I've had this one once before, a while back. Glad to see it held up as well blind. Really an enjoyable beer to sip slowly and enjoy over an hour of taking it easy during the cooler months.

zimmerbloke, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade, but it was so long ago I forget who sent it, but thanks I'm looking forward to this. I'm guessing it is about a year old or so give or take a month or two.

Well fall is upon us where I'm at and the days are starting to get cold and crisp but still sunny so I thought I would pop something with a name like this one to ring in the colder weather.

A- Ruby red with more brown tones very sexy looking. The head was three fingers but has settles to a great frothy cappuccino looking head.

S- Smells like an American Barley wine, with a nose of hops coming though strong. Very boozy, burnt sugar, caramel, vanilla, and a cherry tobacco.

T- The taste is bready, nutty almost like a brown ale, but there is a coffee toffee taste. Slight dark fruit taste and candy taste. Not too bad.

M- Light body with a slick oily feel on the palate. The carbination is very light and creamy.

D- Easy to drink, tasty.

Wetpaperbag, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a clear dark amber color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malts with good amounts of sugar-coated prune and sugar-coated dried fig aromas. Also present are indistinct spices and very light hints of sourdough bread.

Tastes good. Caramel malt flavors with hints of toastiness kick things off and are joined quickly by indistinct spices. Midway through the sip hints of ripe pears and dried plum flavors enter into things. The fruit flavors are pushed aside by earthy hops that carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this beer but like almost every other CCB beverage I've had it's unique. Worth a shot.

glid02, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


An extra received in a trade with Dstructo, thanks! Snifter. The beer appears burnt umber with a frothy two finger beige head. Retention is good and lacing is scattered.

The aroma is of candied and brown sugar, plums, toffee, dates, pine, grapefruit, and a lot of orange. Notes of caramel waft from my glass as the beer warms. Smells great.

Bitter grapefruit mingles with sweet caramel and brown sugar. The hop bitterness offsets the rich profile, making it sweet without being overbearing. Wow, this is pretty damn good. My preconceived notions were far off. The beer finishes with dates, spices, sweet caramel, pine, and moderately bitter grapefruit and orange. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with a perfect level of carbonation. This is a great Old Ale.

HopHead84, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of levifunk
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - dark reddish brown pour with tan head.

s - fruit, citrus, and rock candy.

t - same as nose. some hops, but not over powering.

m - medium to heavy body. good carbonation

overall - very enjoyable and drinkable beer. I look forward to having one with some age on it.

levifunk, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of garbercury
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into St Bernardus chalice on a cool summer night, guess it will have to suffice...

A--Nice deep ruby amber hue with some hints of lacing. Good carbonation out of the bottle.

S--spicy and peppery to be sure. Some floral notes to this one.

T--Nice flavor, some hops to it but not overwhelming. Caramel and cinnamon are the two most distinct flavors I get out of this brew. Some of the other classic winter brew flavors are there also, orange and coriander.

M--Very smooth and silky brew, great mouthfeel.

D--Well, not sure I would sit down and drink a bunch of this, you definitely can taste the burn in this one. Not the Hunahpu I was hoping to try first, but a nice introduction to Cigar City. Recommended.

garbercury, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a slightly hazy copper brown color with a fluffy tan head.

S-boozy acetone up front, notes of cinnamon, peppery spice, notes of twangy spice, brown malt, touch of caramel and toffee, light herbal hop finish.

T-caramel and toffee up front, burnt brown sugar, notes of spices, touch of pepper, citrus and herbal hop presence light in the back. a little boozy and hot in the finish.

M-very smooth and creamy on the palate, syrupy texture with a good full body and a nice carbonation.

D-a little hot but a nice complexity to it, well balanced and big bold flavors. Lose the booze and it would have been pretty solid.

cpetrone84, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep, dark, mahogany color, with a big, rocky ecru colored head. Aromas of cocoa, caramel and spicy, earthy hops. On the palate, malt dominates, in a very good way, with brown sugar, raisins and caramel, accented nicely by zesty, citrusy hops. An excellent old ale, and something to look forward to for those forced to endure Florida's winters.

emmasdad, May 20, 2010
Photo of stimulus
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle.

A: It pours a hazy brown, frothy, leaving lacing along the glass.

S: This old ale smells of chocolate, alcohol, toffee.

T: Chocolate and toffee dominate the palate, and the alcohol is nearly nonexistant.

M: Feels very smooth and carbonation is perfect.

D: This brew doesn't taste like 10%. It won't be too hard to finish the bottle.

stimulus, May 20, 2010
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bomber, poured into a tulip; shared with a friend at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn

Sits a deep, dark reddish brown while on the table, but when held up to the light, it is a rich, clear mahogany. Really pretty color. The tan head was amazingly sturdy and took forever to melt. Spider web lacing all over the glass.

Caramel, toffee and brown sugar hit me off the bat. Soft fruits are quickly in tow. Pears, apples and sweet cherries. Light citrus and pine are buried under this wonderful aroma.

The toffee and caramel are the major players here. Vinous fruit, pears and apples along with pine needles and citrus from the hops. This is extremely complex. Bittersweet dark chocolate, raisins and figs add a good amount of heft to the flavor profile.

Full body, lush and smooth. Tremendous. This is full and robust with a silky smooth finish of sweet fruits and toffee. The 10% is barely noticeable, extremely well-hidden.

I really enjoyed this beer, I just wish I had the whole bottle to myself. The flavor profile was just delicious.

ColForbinBC, May 17, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut brown in color-good sized head that fades though their is still an ongoing 1/8" left the whole way down. Nice lacing. Nice, heavy and malty aroma-slight brett notes. Dried fruits and vanilla. Caramel and sweet, sticky malt goodness upfront flavorwise. Very toffee like. Some hop bitterness. Again the dried fruit. Has a definate nuttiness to it as well. Very, and I mean very, slight alcohol tinge. Very solid and full mouthfeel-borders on creamy. Really a solid beer all around. Almost too easy to drink. Worth laying some down as well I would think.

lackenhauser, May 14, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a BIF from DosBeerigos. Can't wait to try it:

I poured this into my Duvel tulip and noticed the chestnut/mahogany colored body and light tan head. It seems much darker than I expected... until I realized it was an old ale. Then it seems to fit better. The head rose to slightly less than 2 fingers and has very nice retention. The lacing is spotty like the fur on a cheetah--- but I don't mean that in a bad way-- it is all over, little spots that don't connect but hold their location very well.

I smell some pine hops and cocoa... Some sweet toffee and caramel malts and some kind of tropical fruit? I can't place it though. Smells pretty good, if not a little out of place.

I taste more cocoa than I smell... And the finish has just a little piney bitterness that really works well here. The sweet malts act as the bridge to connect the flavors quite effectively. The malts really act as the star here though with some dry graininess mixed into the sweetness and a slight hint of toasted bread... Very enjoyable... but where's the alcohol? I really don't notice any... and I'm not used to that froma winter warmer! (although I do suppose that this is brewed for winters in warmer climates, so I won't hold it against the scoring).

Body seems just a little light for the style. Not bad, and it actually helps with the drinkability. I am going to finish this 750ML with great ease! I couldn't sit and drink these all night at a bar--- this would be better enjoyed on a brisk spring night with a bonfire and a snifter. Or maybe sitting in front of the fireplace re-reading "Look Homeward Angel." This actually could replace a lot of red wine in terms of when to drink it.

Added noted-- as it warms... so does the alcohol sensation. My chest and stomach are now nicely toasty and feeling good!

AleWatcher, May 03, 2010
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gtreid for this extra.

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours ½ finger of beige head that fades down fast to a thinner layer. Good retention from then. Low level of splattered lace. Color is a hazed caramel copper brown.

Aroma: Sweet and malty. Caramel and toffee. Some citrus fruit. Orange shows through nicely. Some pine hop bite. A bit of sweet sugary spice flavors. Some chocolate. A pretty decent old ale.

Taste: Big malt bomb. Lots of caramel and toffee flavors with some chocolate notes. This one is boozy which I expect from an old. Some dark dried fruit notes. Plums and raisins with some molasses. Fairly rich. The orange citrus fruit shows through a bit, but is masked more by the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little crisp, and relatively refreshing. A decent amount of carbonation with a fuller bodied. Ends sweet, malty, and warm.

Overall, a decent old ale. Better than others but, I still think HotD makes their old ale near the top of the style. CCB made a nice offering with this one. I am happy I got a chance to try it. Fairly drinkable.

mothman, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a present from kbm months ago. It's pretty chilly tonight (by SoCal standards), and my window from now till November for cold weather is short, so I better do it now. On to the beer:

Dark leather brown color. The head is creamy, and it leaves a healthy amount of creamy lacing sticking to the glass. It's hoppy in the aroma. Moderately, juicy, tropical hops. To keep things honest, toffee crisp is provided by the malt. There is some amount of solvent alcohol hitting the nose.

Hops and malt, hops and malt. And a little bit of alcohol. It's a lot like the aroma: toffee crisp and juicy tropical type of hops. The feel is outstanding for a cold night. in fact, even for a big beer, it is luxurious. It is thick, smooth, and coats your palate. But don't drink it too fast (not that you can).

Tired of imperial stouts for cold weather? Well, try out WWWW.

DoubleJ, Apr 22, 2010
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.