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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

540 Ratings
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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 126
Gots: 153 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Portsmouth glass on 3/10/12
*From notes

Vintage 2010

A: A dumbass pour yields a four+ finger head that takes forever to fade. As it settles, it's a dark, unfiltered cider color.

S: Sweet cornbread and a bit of toasted malt.

T: Much better then I could have hoped for. It's sweet and malty. Really delicious, all things considered. As it warms, the flavors meld beautifully, as the malts and a touch of raisin come to the surface. Still a bit hot to boot.

M: Perfect for cold(er) weather. Thick and creamy - this would certainly keep me warm on a cold winter's night.

O: What a great little beer. CCB's Warmer Winter was the surprise hit of the night. One I look forward to returning to in the future, and if this ever hits a bourbon barrel, the line forms behind me.

Photo of pkalix
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received this bottle as an extra for my third trade with Bucwild. Thanks again for a great trade David!

Appearance- Pours a darkish shade of amber/topaz out of the bottle with about two fingers of slightly orange-ish head. Decent head retention with it ultimately dying back to a thin sheeting across the top of the beer. Some very mild lacing as well.

Smell- A sweet smelling nose but delightful all the same. Toffee, caramel malts, and Turkish Delight. Really smells of these sweet candies, with perhaps the slightest detectable whiff of hops underneath.

Taste- Big on notes of toffee and caramel. Perhaps some candied nuts/roasted almond flavors coming through as well, and dare I say maybe even a little bit of maple syrup? I don't get much in the way of hops here though. Very nice flavor profile all the same.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice and substantial with enough carbonation to keep this sweet beer moving. Drinkability wasn't top notch however given how sweet this beer was. Really a sipper.

Overall, I remain consistently impressed with Cigar City beers. I liked this one a lot despite its sweetness, and it makes a very nice dessert beer.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler.

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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.