Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing
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4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
01-17-2010 02:37:33 | More by CampusCrew
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
01-16-2010 18:58:42 | More by GbVDave
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
01-14-2010 15:55:23 | More by afausser
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
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).
01-12-2010 05:01:53 | More by babaracas
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
01-11-2010 14:13:08 | More by ffejherb
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
01-11-2010 01:59:50 | More by maximum12
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
01-11-2010 00:56:31 | More by CrellMoset
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
01-06-2010 04:58:33 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
01-06-2010 03:13:58 | More by kbm
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
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!
01-05-2010 23:44:27 | More by Yimosan
4.72/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
01-03-2010 04:18:55 | More by ktrillionaire
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
01-03-2010 03:57:05 | More by Shaw
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
01-02-2010 08:45:56 | More by corby112
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
01-02-2010 01:25:36 | More by TheFightfan1
4.5/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
01-02-2010 00:09:10 | More by Lerxst
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
01-01-2010 21:50:33 | More by Gtreid
4.35/5 rDev +12.7%
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!
12-31-2009 18:17:53 | More by ShadesOfGray
3.9/5 rDev +1%
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.
12-31-2009 01:34:55 | More by Anthony1
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
12-28-2009 22:33:02 | More by ugaterrapin
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
A - One and a half fingers of medium-tan foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body with some ruby highlights. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.
S - Thick, rich brown malt aromas of toffee, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. Strong pine and citrus hop aromas as well with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange.
T - Lots of dark, toffee malt up front along with burnt caramel and some fruity notes of plum and black cherries. The sugary character increases in complexity towards the middle with notes of brown sugar, rum, and molasses that blend with citrus and pine hop flavors to create a velvety balance of dark malt and hops. Finishes with some nice orange hop notes and moderate bitterness balancing dark caramel malts, chocolate, some roast. Lingering flavors of burnt sugar and pine hops with light tobacco and smoke.
M - Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, but balanced finish.
D - This is a well made beer that thoroughly succeeds in its role as a winter warmer. The malt character is excellent, it compares well to the best English and American examples of the style with a complex blend of dark sugar and roasted/caramel malts. The hops balance well and the strong fruity character is an unusual twist on what I would normally expect in this sort of beer. The fruit character works, especially in the aroma, nevertheless I can't help but think that a more traditional pine or earthy hop character might have made for a more balanced and subtle flavor profile. I enjoyed this beer and I would be really interested to see how one would mellow and age for next year.
12-26-2009 05:37:52 | More by nickfl
4.5/5 rDev +16.6%
A: Pours a rich mahogany color that creates a nice, tightly knit head that retains pretty well and leaves some lacing. Not quite as dark as I thought, but still really beautiful.
S: The first thing I get is a cheese note (bleu cheese almost), lots of residual sugar, a spicy alcohol note that REALLY adds some awesome character. Dark fruits, banana!, some citrus notes, and an underlying hop profile that is subtle but awesome!
T: Much sweeter than I thought. Caramel, toffee!!, banana, molasses, and much more profound hop profile than the nose. Dark fruits, chocolate, and just deliciousness
MF/D: Big body, lingering sweetness, malty residual sugar finish
(1) this is a desert or after dinner beer for sure, or possibly with some sharp cheese
(2) this beer IS available in South Florida- south of Orlando (Total Wine Boca, BX Beer Depot are the stores that I know have this)
12-25-2009 20:39:08 | More by scottyshades
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
(From notes)Stopped by the brewery while on vacation, but was unable to do any tastings on site. Apparently they are still waiting on some municipal red tape before they are able to serve on site. Had to settle for a bottle of this from a nearby Whole Foods rather than the growler of Jai Alai I was hoping for. Poured a deep copper/orange. Has a sweet caramel malt aroma that gives way to citrusy hops. Quite a bit of sweetness up front in the form of burnt toffee/caramel. The hops comes on at the back, which is a bit odd to me...not bad, just different. Completely agree with the other reviewers on the well hidden alcohol characteristic.
12-22-2009 20:32:54 | More by alkemy
4.55/5 rDev +17.9%
Shared a bottle with drink1121
A - poured a burnt auburn with a reddish hue, full 1.5 finger head the appearance overall was very good.
S - At first following the pour i smelled candy malt and piney hops as the beer settled the smell became more of a belgium candy malt smell.
T - Wow this is my first old ale and i certainly wasn't disappointed. Huge candy malts up front that melted into carmel and burnt candy and finally a faint piney hop bitterness at the end.
M - not thin and not syrupy overall very good
D - the ABV is definitely masked well, this beer is so good i could certainly get myself into trouble without even knowing it.
12-13-2009 04:53:34 | More by kfsv034
4.65/5 rDev +20.5%
Bottle provided to me by kfsv034.
A-Poured this into a Duvel tulip glass. Wonderful, fluffy head with good retention and great lacing. "India summer" from a Crayola box.I docked .5 for some sediment from the bottle conditioning.
S- I smell a little hotness from the high alcohol initially. Then I get some candied sugar smeel, similiar to that of a Belgian with some dark dried fruits. Good carmel malts with light hops come in on the back-end.
T- Dark dried fruits, like the taste with some hops bitterness. I get some pipe tobacco aftertaste.
M- Creamy and full. VERY smooth.
D- Ringing in @ 10% I could have a few of these from a pure drinkability standpoint. Great beer.
12-13-2009 04:42:18 | More by drink1121
4.3/5 rDev +11.4%
A: a nice brown hue with a creamy head. Nice retention and excellent lace.
S: Wonderful sweet malt aromas with notes of caramel and brown sugar. The hops are there as well, very piney with some sharp citric notes.
T: Wonderful mix of malt and hops. Very much toffee like up front. Sweet with a nice touch of roast. The back end is very hoppy. Nice blend of pine and citrus.
M: Rather full in body, smooth, tasty, damn drinkable. Nice hopped up Old Ale.
D: Rather good. This is one I will buy quite a few bottles of.
12-09-2009 12:50:50 | More by tpd975
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.