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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

481 Ratings
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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 117
Gots: 126 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

djeyez, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011/2012 bottling

Pours with a huge ruby/tan head into my Bruery tulip. This raisin colored beauty takes a while to fade down and leaves just spots and touches of lacing hanging onto the glass. Amazing legs that stick like honey to the sides of the glass and drip away slowly. Killer carbonation for an Old Ale.
Rum soaked raisins, brown sugar, molasses, toffee and caramel, dried cherries, little hints of orange zest, all spice, star anise, cinnimon and fruit cake. If I didn't want to sip this so badly, I could keep my nose deep inside this glass all night. This is sooo rich and delicious. Little hints of mint, basil and pine.
Exactly like the nose tells you. This is Grandma's Rum Raisin Fruit cake in a glass. Brown sugar, molasses cookies, Dried cherries covered in caramel and dipped in milk chocolate and zested with fresh blood orange rind. This is a BIG beer, and it's damn near perfection for the style. It's so rich, sweet, and unbelievably delicious. I wish I had some Oatmeal Raisin cookies right about now.
It has a nice touch of tingle on the tongue, but that could just be the 11%abv. Not completely oily, but really coats the tongue nicely. This is an Old Ale/English Barleywine at it's finest. Great caramel feel with a subtle citrus/spice zing.
I need more of this!!! This was a perfect bottle to open on this winter night. Amazing in every aspect.

Thickfreakness, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jkball01, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of Nolen12
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Nolen12, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Stugotzo, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

TheBeerAlmanac, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decadent sweetness and layer upon layer of bold complexities gives this larger-than-life beer an allure that will talk any hop-head to the malty side of the fence.

Ok, sometimes the grass is greener on the other side, if for only a beer or two- the ale pours with a viscous but creamy pour. As the lavish mahogany-hued ale slowly settles into the glass, a slow rise of ultra-dense foam eventually caps the beer in what looks like creamy meringue. Hazy and rusty beneath, the ale is redish-brown and nearly opaque. Its foam stance is persistent and sticky with lace while the beer trails.

Rich aromas of toffee, maple and molasses evoke mouthwatering stimulation while a savory toasted caramel character gives something a bit more robust. Heavily bready, the deserts of coffee and rum cakes seem to rise from the malty matrix. Seemingly spiced like rum as well, light cinnamon, allspice and clove seem to rise from the sting of alcohol and wraps around its dark fruit esters seamlessly.

As as that savory malt sweetness greets the early palate, its that coffee cake richness that clings to the taste buds. Hearty molasses, toffee and maple seems slightly buttery, heavily caramelized and very bready. Dark and dried fruits resemble plumb, raisin, cherry, apple and prune in somewhat fruitcake-like fashion. Sometimes coating the mouth like heavy whipping cream, the spicy alcohols slice right through all that richness with that same spiced rum character that the nose relied upon.

Heavy and dense, the beer's chewy mouthfeel lays a thick coat upon the mouth with a slow and lumbering finish. Its utter creamy texture is slow to separate its creamy carbonation and leads to a bready-sweet mouthfeel even deep into finish. Spicy warmth is the ale's only balance as the ale trails with dark rum once again.

Warmer Winter is the epitome of cold weather beer- it's hearty, rich, and most importantly- potent! ...and stacked inside a 22oz bottle, a warm up is on the way!

BEERchitect, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a very rich color of chocolate brown with a thin layer of tight knit foam. The nose was strong with barley malt and sweet chocolate with a underpinning of dried fruit. The flavor was a barley bomb with huge amounts of dry yet sweet barley malts. The sweetness eased into chocolate with a soft prune finish. The feel was slick and full with almost no carbonation. Very good barley wine, maybe not BCBW but really good.

KYGunner, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Agentveba, Jan 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

calcnerd, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Florida for Christmas. From notes.

A - Copper colour with a tight beige two finger head. Bright. Mild carbonation, spotty lace, film retention.

S - Dark fruit, lot's of hops, leather, nice barleywine-esque quality.

T - Dark fruit, rich malt and a wallop of hops, alcohol, citrus.

M - Nice carbonation, full body, bitter finish.

O/D - This was pretty solid. Nearly a barleywine and very pleasant. Complex and enjoyable while being way too easy to drink. Hops weren't too harsh in the profile and the malt complexity was nice. No complaints here.

tbeckett, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Jas45678, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

mattreitz49, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Bartos
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bartos, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

seavercm, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Monstro, Jan 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Danimal25, Jan 04, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 release.

Deep dark ruby with a coarse mount of fluffy beige head. Looks like a delicious sipper.

Caramelly malt with toffee sugar, raisin, hints of oxidized apple, and punchy booze. Notes of milk chocolate and dried fruit.

Sweet caramel malt with big mallow and toffee flavors. Very sweet, almost cloying. Rich grain and evolving flavors. Date, raisin, and milk chocolate. The body of the beer is just shy of syrupy. A little carbonation leftover causing some sizzle. Trailing behind all the beastly malts and high gravity is a tinge of citrusy hops. Very nice.

Tasty old ale with a sweet caramelly bent. Recommended.

thecheapies, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Docrock, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

cwguy5, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

BRClemons, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

iL0VEbeer, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to sportstsar for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, candied fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite rich and boozy.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

JMBSH, Dec 26, 2013
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.