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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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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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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says NOV 2011.

A- Pours a solid brown color with a full two-finger tan head that bears good retention time before becoming a 1/2 inch head. Thick webs of lacing.

S- Smells strong and sweet with a heavy malt aroma. Notes of caramel, spices, dark fruit and anise. Some hop aromas hint more toward a barleywine.

T- Powerful snap of toasty, candied malts with a fair amount of hops and booze to back it up. Overall, a decent balance with rich overtones of dark fruit and spice. Mild licorice flavor is also present. Big notes of raisin and figs.

M- Creamy and smooth with some punch from the high carbonation. Medium-heavy body.

O- Could use a little more aging but I think I plucked it at an appropriate time since I'm celebrating Christmas in June!

Photo of scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Notes:

(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)

Photo of DaTimBennett
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C. Cloudy
H. The color of beet juice, like a blood reddish color
N. Sweet and malty! Smells like the wine from The Fermentation's wedding.

**Note** Not a fan of dark ales. **Note**
That being said HOLY JESUS THIS IS A GOOD BEER. This makes me want to go out side and streak....btw do you think KFC is still open!?!?! This beer has an akward nose to it sort-a malty but then an odd sweet almost like citrus. This is a true winter in Florida. Even better Cigar City just increased their capacity in Tampa and will be able to share more of this wonderful seasonal beer to the rest of the state. Grab it now....its really good. Its weird chocolatey in the front, middle is citrus-y good-ness, and then SMACK have some coffee! I look forward to more Cigar City's! GREAT JOB!!!

Photo of factoide
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Lerxst
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of arelymrt
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at whole foods in norristown pa
750 ml bottle to duvel sifter
Amber clear
amroma is american hops and carmel.
Taste wow it is awesome. first sips carmel with citrus bittness. then after more exoploring then is some rye notes and chocalte notes. as it warms up it does get a bit boozy but enjoyable. high recommended.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour - caramel colored pour with some reddish-orange highlights when held to the light. The head on this is pretty thin and wispy but what can you expect from a beer that weighs in at 10%.

Aroma - stewed apples, brown sugar, sweet dark malts, a little boozy with a nice little nip of citrusy hops. This reminds me of a barleywine quite a bit, especially with the pronounced hop aroma.

Taste - wow. This is brewed with chocolate rye malt and you do get some of the spiciness from that along with a good dose of dark malty sweetness that is reminiscent of a Tootsie roll or cocoa powder. I also get dark fruit flavors like raisins and prunes as well as a citrusy flavor from the hops. The carbonation levels for this beer are perfect. Its not syrupy or cloyingly sweet whatsoever and the carbonation really helps this beer be extremely easy to drink even at 10%.

Overall - Tons of flavor and a lot of complexity make this beer a nice one to sip and enjoy at the end of the day. It has some nice spiciness as well as a great hop finish that keeps your nose in the glass practically. Great stuff from Cigar City. Cheers guys!

Would I buy more of it? - yes and yes. Apparently they have a version of this in their "Humidor Series" as well. I really want to get me some of that!

Photo of WillBA
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

High gravity, not as dark as most winter warmers I've had, not boozy at all and well balanced.

Photo of rpstevens
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass. The beer pours a hazy, murky amber-to-brown. When held to the light there is a generous amount of orange around the edges. There is a one finger foamy white head that quickly fades to a tight cap but leaves a surprising amount of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is very inviting. Caramel, toffee, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla and a generous amount of sweet citrus notes that add complexity and balance. The nose is complex and well balanced, but very delicate. Each note is well represented but not overpowering.

The smell matches the nose, hints of caramel, toffee, vanilla and honey introduce the flavors and lead into the sweet milk chocolate notes. The dry fresh citrus notes come in right as the flavor profile starts to border on too sweet, offering a juicy mandarin orange and some light lemon peel that balance all the sweetness and dry out the palate. The finish is another hint of caramel and some alcohol sweetness.

The beer is more carbonated than expected, which is a pleasant surprise, it is a little light bodied for an old ale. The beer is very well balanced and has a nice dry finish. This beer is complex, well balanced, and the 10% abv is very well hidden. I will have no problem drinking the entire bottle, and I will definitely seek this beer out in the future as well as all the barrel aged versions.

Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of One2Remeber
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, mocha head that doesn't stay around for long. Body is cloudy as could be, murky brown color, slightly red hue. Not familiar with Old Ales but this looks like a barleywine to me.

S: Sweet caramel malt aroma turns to toasted, nutty, bready notes before an acrid alcohol smell comes out. Some toffee notes. Smells like a malt bomb. Candy liquorice aroma is also there.

T: Trying to swish around on pallet, hard to pick up with all the flavors going on. I taste all I got in the aroma just blended together into a candy sweet, bready, toffee taste. Finishes with a sugary bubble gum like taste. However there is no strong alcohol taste, not even the slightest.

M: A slight bitterness comes and goes fast. After a couple sips the beer is so heavy it has a numbing effect on the pallet. A bubbly sensation hits the middle of my tongue.

O: I see how it is a Winter beer but it does not get cold enough for me in Florida to see an ideal drinking experience. I could make this an everyday beer up in Michigan though in the freezing cold and heavy snow. Very easy to drink and it will definitely warm you up:)

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

Served into St Bernardus chalice on a cool summer night, guess it will have to suffice...

A--Nice deep ruby amber hue with some hints of lacing. Good carbonation out of the bottle.

S--spicy and peppery to be sure. Some floral notes to this one.

T--Nice flavor, some hops to it but not overwhelming. Caramel and cinnamon are the two most distinct flavors I get out of this brew. Some of the other classic winter brew flavors are there also, orange and coriander.

M--Very smooth and silky brew, great mouthfeel.

D--Well, not sure I would sit down and drink a bunch of this, you definitely can taste the burn in this one. Not the Hunahpu I was hoping to try first, but a nice introduction to Cigar City. Recommended.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut brown in color-good sized head that fades though their is still an ongoing 1/8" left the whole way down. Nice lacing. Nice, heavy and malty aroma-slight brett notes. Dried fruits and vanilla. Caramel and sweet, sticky malt goodness upfront flavorwise. Very toffee like. Some hop bitterness. Again the dried fruit. Has a definate nuttiness to it as well. Very, and I mean very, slight alcohol tinge. Very solid and full mouthfeel-borders on creamy. Really a solid beer all around. Almost too easy to drink. Worth laying some down as well I would think.

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