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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 128
Gots: 158 | FT: 13
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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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Ratings: 556 | Reviews: 205
Photo of beagle75
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Murky dark brown color with over one finger of burnished golden foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Rich, molasses-tinged shoyu that features a smoky, peaty edge. Additional layers of umami yield some bacony biscuits. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very sweet, fairly smoky, and acidic. Candy qualities are reinforced by assertive brown sugar that does not quite aspire to the complexity of toffee. There is also a bitter thread present that yields jaw-locking medicinal astringency. Roasty but refined grain begins a drying trend in a middle that is far more tolerable than the beginning, once the astringency passes. Hops are spicy, found to be in clove-like collusion with the dark malt. This spiciness persists into the finish, where dark candy still dominates and a whiff of bitter chocolate is occasionally detected. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, syrupy and astringent on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This strong ale aspires to be like an old ale or English-style barleywine, but is found to be poor and mostly unpalatable regardless of style. Flavors are generally disjunct and unrefined; more specifically, the sweetness is offensive and the astringency is foundation-shaking. Like other strong ales this must be slowly sipped, but the less the sipper considers its qualities the better in this case.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage poured into a Cigar City snifter on 5/22/11.

Pours a deep dark brown with tons of light brown fluffy head, that takes a few minutes to dissipate, leaving moderate lacing on the glass. Nice pour, a little much head; I had to pour, wait, then pour again. Head Color is excellent and lacing is very pretty as well.

Smells of tons of caramel and roasted malts. Lots of sweet sugar and a little bit of fruit as well. I like the smell, well balanced, and doesn't change at all with warming.

Taste is, HOT DAMN thats sweet. Very tasty brew. Tons of caramel, toffee, some fruit and chocolate on the back end. This is really complex and with so many tastes it keeps you coming back for more.

Mouth feel is medium to heavy in weight. Resin keeps raisin and chocolate tastes on the pallate which is quite enjoyable.

Overall this is a very tasty brew and drinkability is between moderate and high. It takes a hit for the higher ABV and it is a little excessively sweet but this really is a great beer and I would like to score a couple more bottles to age and see how it turns out.

Photo of bierguru
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -
deep dark redish purple no visual carbonation along with a thick tan head that stay throughout

S -
An over whelming smell of grape but through the grape you can smell brown sugar and dark fruit

T -
huge grape right up front followed some very malty sugary notes some dark fruits on the back end of the swallow this is the same point you get some hints of the booze and hops

M -
the body is fairly thick and sticky kind of leaves the mouth a moist dry

O -
a lot a lot of flavors here and is much better as the beer warms up however with all these flavors it is not over whelming

Photo of PorterLambic
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man, I've got to learn to pour better. Nearly a full pint glass of foam results from my weak efforts. After several anticipitory moments pass, the dark tan head recedes to reveal a deeply garnet red liquid below. Great lacing too.
Smell has a balanced hop/malt note upfront followed by whiskey, vanilla, dark fruits and grape.
Taste, after 30 minutes of warming, malty, sweet like light brown sugar, spiced rum, lighter hops than before, raisins, figs, wheat. Great balance.
Delectably smooth, fabulously rich, full-bodied, very light effervescence. The sweetness really makes this a great dessert replacement. The smooth malt aftertaste is awesome. This is a seriously world class beer. A phenomenal brew.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to McDiddyPop for this CCB goody.

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.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= Dark Amber in color, The head is a lighter brown, Nice lacing.

S= Dark Fruits, carmel, toffee notes.

T= Wow really sweet, You really need to take your time with this one, You get the dark fruits up fron and then comes the carmel and toffee malts.

M= Right amount of carbonation, Full bodied.

D= Pretty sweet for my liking, I would really want to split a bottle and just sip it.

Photo of aepb1
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

Photo of BrewCrew2010
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.

Photo of steve8robin
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I absolutely love CCB. Have almost tried their entire regular lineup as well as some of the limited released. Here's one I have not tried. Love barleywines, so I hop they did this one well. 750ml bottle...

A: A very dark brew with slight red highlights around the edges. A humongous 3 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace to a lace atop the brew. Very good.

S: I get a nice caramel sugary hop upfront with almost a maple scent blended in. Some sweet dark fruits and faint chocolate notes in the middle followed by some nice toffee on the backend. This smells like a malty monster with a great hop balance. Very good.

T: Whoa, a huge sweet brew! Super SWEET! I get a very sweet toffee / caramel upfront with a almost cherry fruit taste in the middle and faint raisin and chocolate cocoa notes on the backend. The lack of hop balance and over sweetness has brought this one down a notch. Good, but not great.

M: Full body with a great carbonation. Has a very sweet finish. Good.

D: The alcohol is nowhere to be found which is surprising, but this is because the sweetness kills any other flavors. Good.

All in all, this is a good brew. If you do not like SWEET beers, then avoid this. This is probably the sweetest beer I have ever had! Kind of like the candy of the beer world. If you need hops in your brew, do not bother with this one, super sweet malts bury any other flavors. Good, but not great.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.
The color of Coca Cola. Small tan head with a tiny bit of lace.
Wonderful aroma. Caramel, chocolate. Floral hops. A bit of peppery spice.
The taste began as caramel and quickly deepened to toffee. A little bit of chocolate. Dark fruit/raisins. Late piney hops.
Incredibly complex. I enjoyed just rolling this around in my mouth.
Eminently drinkable.

Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a murky dark amber with a medium creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee malts with some grapefruits and some spicy piney resiny hops.

The flavor is some sweet caramel, nuts, and fruits with some spices (rye?) and resiny piney hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting, fairly complex beer. It was a little on the sweet side for me, but I liked it. Thanks Solan!

Photo of adam42381
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (purchased at CCB on 1/9/11) into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a 2 finger creamy tan head with small bubbles floating on top. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Floral hops, cocoa, roasted malt and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: The flavor is extremely complex and well balanced. The main flavors I'm finding are sweet dried fruits up front followed by molasses and brown sugar in the middle and ending with just a touch of hoppy bitterness at the finish. The aftertaste is a mix of bitter and syrupy sweetness. The alcohol doesn't come through in the flavor, but you feel it warming up in your chest on the way down. This is one of the best tasting beers I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Very thick and creamy. Goes down quite smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. Obviously this is a sipper, but I'm not wanting to stop after my 8 ounce pour. This could easily sneak up on you because it's hard to put the glass down.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. There is really nothing negative I can say about Warmer Winter Winter Warmer. Perfect for a cold evening (or a 77 degree afternoon like today in southwest Florida). If you see it, try it. It's that good. Once again, Cigar City does not disappoint.

Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warmer Winter Winter Warmer poured from the bottle creates a humongous creamy head of foam that will easily take over the enitre glass and overflow before you've even poured a third of a glass. The beer itself is deep mahogany clear at first and more cloudy as you pour. The foamy head persists practically forever with lacing that pretty much coats the entire glass.

The aroma has just a touch of alcohol but is mostly sweet malt with a touch of raisin.

This is one malt forward beer and the dark malts are sweet up front tasting of raisins, plums, licorice and more... raisins! Very sweet with only a modicum of bitterness on the very end of the finish. Alcohol is practically invisible but noted as a flavor profile with the dark malts rather than a warming though there is just a touch of alcohol warming on the finish as well. As it warms the alcohol character develops a bit more of a presence.

The mouthfeel is very full bodied and densely creamy with low carbonation.

The more you drink of this beer the easier it becomes to drink though I think it might be a bit hard for me to have more than one glass in a sitting. I imagine the well hidden alcohol will sneak up on you in a hurry if you let it! With the sweetness it won't appeal to everyones palate but as a seasonal holiday beer it works perfectly.

Photo of codewarrior
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capped 750mL, poured into a Snifter

chcfan sent this bottle my way, an old favorite of mine. Poured it with a few friends, and it become an old favorite of theirs too.

L: Deep, deep brown and thick as hell, even when held to light. Beautiful big, foamy head with phenomenal retention. Looks wonderful.

S: Massively malt forward, caramel and rich. Lots of fruit behind as the caramel falls off ... candied apple and overripe berries.

T: Huge malt profile right up front, fades into a big cloying fruitiness. Really really palatable for how epic it is. Lingers in the finish with a rich, velvet sweetness for a while ... slight iron in the back.

F: Thick, thick and thicker. Velvety-smooth and wonderfully carbonated.

D: Easy-drinking for how massive it is.

Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at a September Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a light brown amberish color with a fluffy tan head. Fruity with rich caramel and brown sugar, plenty of sweet raisins and toffee. Also some vanilla and hoppy notes. Pretty full-bodied and satisfying.

Photo of claspada
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage, around a year of age on this beer.

The aromas of sweet dark caramel malts is overwhelming. Lots of dark fruitiness; mainly figs and plums. Great malt character, coupled with some nice spice. Extremely light subtle hop aroma as well as well as some bready yeast. Wowzers...

The taste is equally as amazing. Dark caramel malt flavors with hints of brown sugar, some toastiness is joined quickly by indistinct spiciness (possibly hop or yeast created). Midway through the sip hints of ripe figs, dates and dried plum flavors.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation. Finishes dry despite the thickness which is perfect because it prevents it from becoming cloying, which it teeters on.

Overall this is a great beer; it's full bodied, lush and smooth. Tremendous. It's full and robust with a silky smooth finish of sweet fruits and toffee. The 10% is barely noticeable, extremely well-hidden. Shout-out to Lueken's Liquors online beer store for having all these high quality Cigar City beers available to ship to the Northeast!

Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Served in a CCB snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that has nice retention and lacing. Looks beautiful in the glass.

S- The aroma is a lot of malt sweetness, caramel, toffee, a touch of chocolate, spices and some hops as well. There's a lot going on in the nose, very nice aroma!

T- The taste is a lot of sweetness up front from the malt, caramel, toffee and some bitterness in the finish from the hops along with some warmth from the alcohol. If I could change one thing I would lower the sweetness a bit and up the bitterness from the hops to help balance out the sweetness. Still, a very tasty brew.

M- The mouthfeel is perfect in this brew. It is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, another awesome brew from CCB that is great to enjoy on the few cold nights we get in Florida. Highly recommended.

Photo of Avagadro
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.

Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


I pulled the cap off this large bottle and was greeted with a very loud pop and the ale even started to foam up the neck so i grabbed my glass quickly for the pour. I used my DFH snifter and poured straight on and was left with a huge four finger thick light tan head that hung around for a long time. As I hold the glass up to the light it appears a dark plum color with some brown and red highlights. There is no haze of yeast chunks floating around and viscosity seems to be rather thick.


Very sharp prickly warming alcohol hit your right off the start. Loads of rum, figs, plums, and brown sugar surround your nostrils. There are some earthy hops in the front mossy and dirt like. In the finish chocolate and slight roast with candi sugar.


Very sweet right off the start, loads of raisins, and dark sugars, Very little hop flavors poking through the chewy sweetness. Slightly tangy finish with a nice thick mouthfeel, nutty and creamy. Very good for a barleywine but glad I split a bottle becuase it does become a little overwhelming after awhile.

Photo of HeyItsChili
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.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to ShadesOfGray for this great beer. Cheers!

2009 Vintage

Appearance - Pours into my Russian River Tulip with a rustic red hue. About two fingers of tan/mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipate quickly, coating the sides of the glass in a thin film

Smell - A heavy candied nose. Immediately reminds me of a Barleywine. Dark fruits such as plums and raisins, slight fading hops, burnt sugar, a hint of alcohol, and vanilla. A perfect beer for this chilly night I am enjoying on my deck.

Taste - Spot on to the nose, however, one huge difference is that I taste coffee and a nuttiness that was not present in the initial aroma of the nose. While this is a heavy sweet beer, the hops are still making an appearance which allows it to be offset. Burnt sugar is prevalent midway through, also slight grapefruit rind. The beer finishes with some spices, a piney flavor, and toffee. There is noticeable alcohol warmth, however, I do not taste it.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, thick and creamy, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - A sipper, and even with a year on it I get quite a bit of warming as I drink it...honestly more warming than I can remember from many beers in this ABV range. However, that just psychologically is warming me up as I sit outside, and honestly does not take away from its drinkability, because as previously mentioned, I do not taste any immediate alcohol when sipping this beer. An enjoyable beer for sure.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a big brew and a mean winter warmer. I was expecting something lighter, but this is roughly a sweeter barley wine. Pour is a lightish brown with a tan head. Aroma speaks of a stout, lots of chocolate and cream, cocoa; nice alcohol scent. taste starts out a bit like an imperial stout but goes a bit sweeter like a milk stout or some Belgian RIS's. Has some bitterness, making this more of a strong ale, but with some hints of an English barley wine. Very complex brew, and a really pleasant mix to the usual winter styles.

Photo of fear025
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma:Delicious huge sweet malt aroma. Cotton candy. Dark fruits. Alcohol.

Appearance:Tawny red in color. Thick head with great retention. Amazing lacing.

Taste:Huge malt flavor from the foretaste thru the aftertaste. Lots of caramel in the foretaste, and a little molasses. Just a little metallic copper in the aftertaste. A pleasant lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Very thick body. Creamy. A little hot alcohol, but not as much as I was expecting. A little hop astringency. Good carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a hugely drinkable winter warmer, very thick and rich, amazing sweet flavors. Great as a dessert beer.

Photo of Vec2267
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown murky in color, small head lingers with nice lacing
S: sweet, fruit/raisins, spices, wood, no alcohol
T: brown sugar and spice, very sweet with a balance of spice and slight hop bitterness, complex, very smooth, the alcohol peeks through
M: very full, syrupy, not heavily carbonated but a swirl quickly brings the head back
D: the sweetness starts to overwhelm by the end of the bottle, but the taste is so complex that it stays interesting, smooth but interesting

One of my favorite styles and I like big beers, this beer definitely delivers.

Photo of bernardus1212
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The style says old ale, but its definitely a barley wine.

Poured a 750ml into a Bernardus chalice. Dense brown A little hazy. White head that hung in there for a little bit.

Smell was very dense sweet aromas. Brown sugar, maple a little boozy as well.

Taste was nutty with a sweet dessert wine texture. Too early to drink perhaps. I would recommend a little cellar time(6 months - 2 years)

Overall last years was better for some reason. Too sweet for me and lacked balance.

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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
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