Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 565
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 129
Gots: 160 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011/12 edition, 25oz bottle into snifter. Sampled in the high 40's to high 50's.

Pours with a surprisingly massive, 3F of rocky tan head over a very deep amber to brown body.

Aromas lead with lots of molasses, some mint and other herbal qualities, Dr. Pepper, and licorice root.

Rich and thick on the palate, with flavors that include molasses, mint, orange peel, caramel, and light pine hop bite that struggles to make it through the malt brick.

Mouthfeel is chewy and sticky, and about what you should expect in the style.

Overall, a pretty nice 'holiday' style of old ale which is favorably spiced. Thick and festive. (631 characters)

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery that my girlfriend picked up on the road.

Pours a deep brown with some ruby notes and a huge tan head that does not go away. Really impressive first impression.

Smells of booze, plum, raisin, biscuity bread, date/fig, caramel sweetness. Complex, dark aroma.

Up front caramel, bready sweetness that instantly mixes with grapefruit, American style hops, that fades into a cherry-like middle and ends on a sweet and boozy finish. Some vanilla and oak-like character comes through. Interesting and tasty, but I am not too into the way the grapefruit character is interacting with the big malty body.

Heavy body, sweet, but avoids being cloying.

This is a nice beer for the winter, heavy and sweet, but I find the American hops clash too much with the malt profile to make it amazing. Still, damned fine and worth a purchase. (850 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep dark amber and brown, with reddish hues. very thin head with a bit of a rocky nature.

hops and sugars. hops and sugars all over the nose. very piney hops with some interesting character, lots of citrus in the background.

taste is the same but WAAAYYY more malty than i would have expected. also a lot of resiny hops in the taste.

syrupy mouthfeel with a very heavy body and some sharp and foamy carbonation.

interesting beer, different from most winter beers, however still very delicious. (498 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating on the bottle! It has a newer label than the picture taken however.

A= Bottle cap comes off with a LOUD hiss and a ton of smoke. The pour brings together a huge head on it that fills most of my glass and holds some steady retention and decent lacing. The head is an off white color almost a tan. The beer itself is a deep brown color that I can just barely see through when I hold it to the light.

S= The smell is an interesting bread and dark fruit component. It sort of smells like some sort of nuts or seeds. It smells like a can of cashews or peanuts or something. Really different smell that I haven't had before. I never really get anything "usual" from CC however. I don't smell any hops in it. There is a bit of a toffee component but not any of the chocolate described on the bottle or the hops.

T= The taste is extremely sweet. There is again a sort of nutty character to it that is completely unique and a unique sort of burnt caramel character to it. The chocolate still is nowhere to be found and the hops are missing as well. Maybe this is an older bottle. The dark fruits I found in the nose are amplified. Dates and prunes take over the major taste component.

M= Much to high on the carbonation. The hiss and power from the bottle along with the head leads me to believe this is perhaps a fluke bottle or it was overcabonated in order to keep some of the carbonation during aging? Hell I dunno.

O= A tasty treat indeed. This is for sure a beer that could be held onto for a very very long time if desired. Tons of complex character that is unique to this beer and a great beer for potential aging. The carbonation is a bit of an issue and it is a little overly sweet for me but the english barleywine style I find is usually a bit too sweet. The larger format bottle will make this a challenge to finish. (1,845 characters)

Photo of hdelavega
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.
Pours a rich murky reddish brown, with a tiny white head that diminished quickly.
Sweet nose, caramel, caramelized sugar. I also get a little sweet fruit.
Lots of sweet flavors. Where to start... Brown sugar. Caramel, plum, a slight burnt malty roastyness, there is defiantly a bit of an alcohol burn. There is a lot going on. Maybe I need work on the style, but I'd dare to call it a little unbalanced.
Mouthfeel is real silky and sticky. Pretty big body, medium carbonation. Nice warming finish.
A good beer. I had it this time last year and had a heard time finishing it but i have come a long way since then. Let's see how it tastes next year. (672 characters)

Photo of StArnoldFest2010
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is for the November 2011 11% offering.
Pours thick dark brown with light to medium carbonation that dissapears quickly.
Nose is very pleasant with nutmeg, plum, and molasses.
Taste is heavy with molasses, earthy fruits, and spices. Also a warm boozy but not offending aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was very thick and chewy. I had to slowly sip on the snifter and that was enough for me. A bit sweet for my palate, but worth trying once for sure. (444 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this at the Total Wine right up the road from Cigar City.

A: Extremely dark brown.... it looked like carbonated prune juice even, and with a slight orange-white head that stuck around for a while.

S: Much more fruit and candy sugar than some of the evergreen frankincense bombs that a lot of winter warmers tend to be.

T: Just like the nose, only even more intense. Sure, I got some licorice, but mostly plums, figs, and melted mallow creme candy.

M: Sticky sweet.... OMG! That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it certainly hurts the drinkability. Additionally, while I didn't get any booze, there certainly was a lot of sugar lingering on the palate.

O: While this was really good and impeccably well-crafted, I prefer Anchor's offerings in 09' 10' way more than this one. (790 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon.

The beer is russet brown, with an inch of tan head that leaves plenty of lacing on the tulip glass. The aroma brings toffee, malt, alcohol. Nice flavor, and not what I expected from a winter warmer. The beer is sweet and thick, with only a minimal contribution from the spices, which is a refreshing change of pace, as many brews of this ilk are overly spiced. Really sweet, and best in small quantities. A tasty brew, I would certainly have this again, though a small sampling is plenty. Nursing a snifter of this on a cold winter day would be nice. (592 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
2.49/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ML poured into a Lost Abbey Tulip

Thanks to Sendsilk for this want

A-- Poured a dark brown, burnt toffee, almost black. Really strange orange brown head. Great retention and lacing to this. Very spotty on the glass and stayed at near a one finger head. Attractive looking beer.

S-- Toffee, bread, chocolate, brandy, and tons of sugar. Very bread like sweet before changing into the other flavors. Sugar really dominates though.

T-- Sickly sweet. Barley wine like in a lot of areas and also a bit winter warmer like as well. decent enough blend. Lots of citrus, toffee, chocolate, and more brandy. Once again very, very sweet though.

M-- Rich and thick. Lots of body to this. Big feel, light on carbonation. More like a barley wine in the feel as the toffee, chocolate, and brandy hold up ok but the sweetness is just very full on here.

O-- Was hard to finish due to sweetness and even shared we did not want more. Spot on in a lot of areas except on how sweet it was. Big negatives on sweetness. (1,009 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. 2010 edition.

Pours black, with a couple fingers or so of rich and dark hued mocha head. This retains with a robust near finger, leaving back soapy swathes of thick patchy lace. The aroma is deep, with notes of cocoa, molasses, brown, sugar, green citrus, and some spice and sweetness from the alcohol. This is nice.

The taste mostly mirrors the nose, with a rich and sticky blend of chocolate, caramel, darker molasses, brown sugar, while a green citric bitterness adds to the complexity here. The finish is a bit dry and roasty, with a touch of lingering sugars, bitterness, and sweet and spicy alcohol. The mouthfeel is full bodied and prickly feeling up front, but this quickly gives way to a thick warm chewiness that matches up nicely with those flavors. Alcohol is nicely concealed for the most part, with the extra sweetness and spice this provides to the profiles being most welcome.

This one was a real surprise to me, as I was expecting a straight up traditional Winter Warmer and was greeted by more of an Old Ale/Barleywine hybrid with some extra Winter Warmer character thrown in for good measure. It’s no wonder that they opt to often go into the barrel with this one. It’s definitely got some presence to it and a favorable one at that. (1,307 characters)

Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark brown with two fingers of tan colored head that sticks around

S: Plenty of toffee, caramel, dark fruit like raisins and figs, lots of creamy sweetness, and a nice grassy hop suggestion

T: Lots of creamy sweetness from the toffee and caramel at first, a slight hint of raisins and other dark fruit in the middle, and a soft undertone of a coffee/roast dry, bitter finish. A hint of grassy hops in the end as well.

O: Excellent winter warmer. Honestly this one tastes like a great barleywine. Will definitely buy again. (539 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a bottle of this a few years ago when I took my mom out for her birthday to the Bethlehem Speakeasy. The beer poured out as what appeared to be a very nice looking red color. I was having a hard time telling since it was so dark in there. The head was thin and a little creamy looking. The smell of the beer was a little spicy and to me was very inviting. The taste of the beer was very nice, spices colliding with some sweet malts that create a nice warming effect. The mouthfeel had a really nice thickness to it, very creamy. Overall I really enjoyed this Winter Warmer, I'd love to try it again one day. (615 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mntlover for sharing this big bottle at our recent tasting. Pours a deep brown mahogany body, just about opaque. Medium sized light brown head is incredibly creamy and sheets the snifter with delicate lacing.

Smells like a classic English barleywine, with waves of malty caramel and toffee. A solid dark fruit presence is also apparent, mostly figs and dates.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, just about full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Taste is definitely malt driven, with chewy toffee and caramel up front. A faint hint of chocolate adds to the profile. Dates and figs add a pleasant dark fruit dimension. Black pepper and rye notes are underneath. Alcohol is well hidden for the most part save for a peppery warming effect.

Very nicely done. Nice to know that some folks in the Sunshine State know how to brew this style. (839 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mikesgroove sent me this bottle. Thanks Mike.

CCB Warmer Winter Winter Warmer has a deep brown body and a very tall, light brown head. The head is quite substantial also, with the consistency of sea foam. It doesn't seem to back down at all, with great retention. The few strands of lacing that stay behind are quite thick. Another thing I noticed was that pouring this beer felt more like pouring some kind of oil and not beer. It kind of sounded like it too. I'm guessing this is going to a full bodied one.

The aroma is mostly toffee, with hints of spice and hints of dark fruits. Maybe a bit of chocolate also. Smells a little bit like some sort of holiday cake.

Loads of caramel and toffee take off right in the beginning. Thick, rich, sweet, this is a malt bomb. It's a good malt bomb. Layers upon layers of malt, with the aforementioned caramel and toffee, along with chocolate. The spiciness that I noticed in the aroma is not due to added spices, but mostly malted rye, that adds a seedy, rye bread quality to the flavor. Toffee is probably the most pronounced flavor, followed by the other malts in about equal doses. The hops are noticeable, but they definitely play a supporting role. Hints of pine and light citrus that bring a low bitterness. There might be a touch of dark fruit lurking in the background, but it is minimal. A little bit of warmth from alcohol comes through also; I can feel it in the back of my throat. Warmer Winter Winter Warmer's huge malt profile definitely makes it a very sweet beer; open it expecting lots of malt and sweetness.

I can't remember the last time I poured a beer and though to myself, “this beer is going to be thick.” Maybe it never happened before, but it did happen tonight. The body is huge and chewy, viscous, full, about what I expect from a bottle of motor oil. The carbonation is surprisingly high for how big the body is, although still not high relative to other beers, that have normal viscosity. Overall, I love this type of feel for a malt bomb.

Winter warmers seldom excite me, but huge malt bombs that aren't too boozy are quite a treat. The more I think about it, however, this beer is probably more of an English Barleywine than a Winter Warmer, because its ABV is so high. Whatever it is, I might get my hands on it again in the future. (2,316 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL capped bottle. no date, but i purchased during the Winter of 2009/2010, and aged about a year and a half.

appears deep brown hue with amber highlights. 1/2' thick cream colored head. rich sweet aroma of heavy malt, a bit boozy, complex.

taste is similar. as it warms up the flavors expand. big on malt and spice. medium body, but sticky. low carbonation.

overall, the age did it good (396 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: poured a dark brown in color with reddish highlights but a thin yellow cap sitting on the top and no head leaving a zero amount of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I was able to sniff out lots of sweetness which consisted with dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, molasses, and a little booze.

T: The taste was really sweet upfront with the caramel, molasses, and dark fruits leading the way but had a touch of brown sugar. There was however slight hop character on the back end and a little booze as well.

M: the brew was full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, slight hoppy, boozy, and sticky finish.

D: honestly was not an easy drinking brew and was a definite sipper. I could not take a gulp even if I tried to. Pretty decent beer though all around. (804 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A steady pour seems to be doing pretty well so I step it up with some aggression and I end up with two-fingers of beer and four fingers of froth in my Lost Abbey Teku glass including a couple fingers above the rim that quickly ended up in my mouth lest I end up with a mess. The foam tastes like hop caramel candy; very sweet, lots of bright citrus with a bitter back note and a strong, caramelized sweetness. The foam has some real thickness and heft to it, it almost feels chewy. The head is dense, creamy textured with a pale amber tinged, tan color and it leaves a thick layer of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated brown color with some amber notes to it, but it certainly is trying to approach black; when held up to the light the beer shows a deep, concentrated ruby-brown hue that is quite brilliantly clear. The aroma smells of massively sweet malt notes up front that are backed by fruity, citrus laden hop notes. The hops contributes aromas of candied tangelo zest, syrup soaked lychee, candied pine needles, and even bright, ruby-red grapefruit notes as well as something that makes me think of amped up orange candies. Behind the hop notes are aromas of toasted whole grain, a touch of austere roast character (this is quite subtle, but if you really dig it tries to balance some of the sticky sweet notes from the front), wholesome brown bread notes, some spicy grain notes (sort of like rye in some ways). Really the best descriptor for the nose is that it smells like citrus zest that has been preserved in caramelized sugar

Wow, down-right viscous and thick, the beer literally sits down on my palate and doesn’t want to go down my throat; almost as if my mind thinks I need to be chewing this before I swallow it. This is one of the thickest beers I have had in quite some time. The sweetness is laden with citrus and tropical fruit notes that linger long after a sip. There is perhaps a hint of bitterness (that is likely quite substantial) that is mostly hidden by the viscous sweetness and candied hop-fruit character; perhaps there is a touch of dark, almost roasted, grain astringency in the finish, but again it is just dominated by the sweetness. Some toasted malt, brown bread like grain character and a host of Maillard browning flavors help to add some complexity to the sweet, cloying, brown sugar laden, molasses like and candied hop notes that are the most dominant parts of this beer. The sweetness is certainly the most pronounced character of this beer, but the hops certainly give this a run for the money; this beer is definitely hugely hoppy, just not enough to actually balance out the sweetness. The hops contribute flavors of candied pine needles, tropical lychee notes, candied tangelo / kumquat / Curacao / grapefruit zests and concentrated orange-tangelo juice (almost sweet enough to be like a frozen concentrate). As the beer warms up a bit, the alcohol becomes a bit more noticeable and so does a spicy, toasted grain and crystal malt character.

I just ate some pastry cream my wife is making (it is nice to be married to a one-time pastry chef) and while this has now tempered the sweetness a little bit in this beer, it is still a damn sweet beer; the hop-fruit notes become a bit more dominant.

This beer is sweet and chewy enough that it makes me, someone that doesn’t really care about such things, think that this thing must have a million calories in it. Interestingly enough, while this beer is a lot darker and a lot sweeter, I see the similarity in flavor profile between this beer and Lil’ Warmer Double IPA that was made from the second runnings of this beer. For drinking fresh and enjoying the hops, I would seriously like to see the sweetness toned down in this beer; as it is though, it will likely age quite interestingly for a long time (assuming it doesn’t turn into a bottle bomb from all the available residual sugar). I had been forewarned about the excessive sweetness so was ready for it, additionally I was in the mood for something sweet tonight and this has certainly fit the bill; I could actually see myself really not enjoying this beer if I hadn’t known beforehand about the ample sweetness, but as it is, I am quite enjoying this beer. I would likely enjoy it even more though if the sweetness was tamed down considerably. (4,337 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes
Thanks Urbancaver for sharing

A - Dark but clear brown body, big tan head.

S - raisins, cinnamon, some other elements are difficult to place, but its pretty good.

T - Sweet raisins, toasted/burnt malts. Kind of odd.

M - SMooth, very present, medium body

O (D) - When I was drinking this, I was told it was a barleywine. I though this was a bizarre barleywine. Now that I'm told it's a winter warmer, it makes more sense. Seems to be a decent beer. (463 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque dark brown with a HUGE bubbly light tan head. Tons of lacing, and pretty much all clear.

S - Has a very distinct sweet aroma to it from Belgian candi sugar. Zero hop presence, and a slightly sweet malt aroma as well.

T - Pretty much follows the exact suit to the smell. Huge candied sugar flavor which pretty much dominates all other flavors. Again, no hop presence is detected. Not very many spices tasted either.

M - Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. The ABV is slightly present. Leaves a very sweet aftertaste which is a little much IMO.

Overall it's not a bad winter warmer, but definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum. Other than that it definitely lives up to its title. (720 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty brown maroon With a decent amount of off-white head. Smells super raisin heavy. Tns and tons of sweet malts and sharp raisin. Tastes sweet but overpowering. Can definitely taste the booziness on this one. Wow. Well carbonated and certainly tasty but a bit much for my taste (288 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-dark thick brown, not quite black, has a very very large tan head. actually, be careful when you pour this one...there's a lot of head and it doesn't settle quickly. Its a relief though after having many flat beers lately. i much rather see too much head than no head at all. It has really good lacing.

S-its a faint scent, but what i can smell does smell interesting. there's some vanilla, some caramel, some toffee. mostly it just smells really malty though. there's also a good presence of chocolate in here. as the head settles, the aroma becomes stronger and stronger.

T-comes in with a strong taste of straight cocoa bean and toffee. it hits the tongue very dark and very very sweet. its very sweet, almost syrupy sweet. the sweetness lasts and is near over bearing. The after-taste is strong of toffee. I've never actually had a beer that tasted more like a heath bar. the flavor of toffee is undeniable by anyone. there is a slight bitterness toward the end as well.

M-syrupy medium carbonation with a syrupy finish

O-for a long time, on this site it was considered an English barley wine. now i see it categorized as a winter warmer. the bottle labels it as an English barley wine, so i'm just gonna review this as an english ale. to me, its too sweet to be a good winter warmer or barley wine. its just way too sweet. it makes this not too drinkable. i feel it wouldn't be bad with a dessert, shared among friends. finishing off a bottle by yourself might not be fun. i think might be best as a marinade. (1,521 characters)

Photo of beagle75
2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
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. (1,413 characters)

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of bierguru
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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 (592 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
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. (707 characters)

Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.