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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

475 Ratings
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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 114
Gots: 123 | 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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DaTimBennett

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-26-2013 02:52:20 | More by DaTimBennett
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basili1250

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-24-2014 19:45:12 | More by basili1250
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blklabel

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-18-2013 01:18:05 | More by blklabel
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WckdVbz

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-24-2014 01:07:17 | More by WckdVbz
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DosBeerigos

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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!!!

02-24-2010 20:11:14 | More by DosBeerigos
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Lerxst

Florida

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
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phishbone23

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-25-2013 15:03:18 | More by phishbone23
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scott2269

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-05-2012 05:22:30 | More by scott2269
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-25-2011 16:54:24 | More by deapokid
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FroggieMercury

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-13-2013 17:10:07 | More by FroggieMercury
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Alpar

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-15-2011 03:12:45 | More by Alpar
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BigPapiBrewingCo

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

02-11-2010 20:21:44 | More by BigPapiBrewingCo
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%

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!

02-03-2010 01:48:58 | More by indiapaleale
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

04-20-2010 02:04:21 | More by rpstevens
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Krakistophales

California

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

08-12-2011 05:28:18 | More by Krakistophales
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nickfl

Florida

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
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One2Remeber

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +14%

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:)

01-10-2012 04:02:28 | More by One2Remeber
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Vec2267

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

12-31-2010 21:24:03 | More by Vec2267
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garbercury

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

07-02-2010 01:42:16 | More by garbercury
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

05-14-2010 00:47:36 | More by lackenhauser
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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
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jjayjaye

New York

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

Pours a cloudy less than cola brown with a nice big head that fades fairly quickly leaving a reasonable amount of lacing behind 4.25). The smell is a crazy intense balance of hops and sweet malt chocolate caramel...totally love'n it. The mouth feel is medium full bodied lightly carbonated yet tangy of alcohol and creamy smooth. Full flavored, the hoppy balanced sweetness lightly smokey caramel taste lingers nicely. The 10% ABV is a welcomed benny. A real easy drinker. Go for it!

01-21-2010 23:45:08 | More by jjayjaye
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hmf05

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a beautiful dark brownish color with a one finger creamy head. Looks fantastic in the glass. Aroma is pleasant dark fruits, spice, caramel, and slight smokiness. Not a very aromatic smell, but nice. Taste mirrors the smell. I get a nice malty sweetness up front. Tons of dark fruits and spice hitting the palate. Finishes with slight hops that leaves a semi-dry finish. I can detect a slight booziness, but nothing off-putting (especially for an 11% brew). Overall, a great winter warmer/old ale. Although this is a pretty sweet ale, there is enough hop bitterness that keeps this from being too sweet.

11-28-2011 18:59:27 | More by hmf05
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Beautiful looking mildly aggressive pour leads to a nice hazy and murky mahogany color with a nice copper hue on the edges. The head is huge with 2 inches of billowing dense cream colored foam. Brew looks delicious.

Already from the pour I could pick up on some of the resinous and slightly citrus hops. Upon close inspection there is some nice caramel malt sweetness up front with some nice toffee. There is some fruity sweetness in there as well with some nice pear and apple. There is some tropical fruit notes in there as well with some papaya and some mango mixed in with some nice toffee and butterscotch.

Flavor is very interesting and complex. Starts off with some fruity sweetness that is very nice and not too overwhelming. There are some apple and pear notes as well as some mango. Then there is some nice caramel and toffee notes in there. Underlying this sweetness is an interesting and delicious citrus background that give s the beer an interesting dimension. There is also some nice slight boozy heat but nothing too intense. The blend between the sweetness and malt notes and the slight underlying hops is very interesting and complex. Very well crafted and creative take on the Old Ale style. Very nice smooth fell with some slight oily notes but also a nice hop dryness on the back end. Nice and medium-full bodied.

This brew is delicious. Very nice balance of malt sweetness with the hop notes. This beer is creative and well crafted. Nice touch on a classic style.

01-17-2012 22:57:40 | More by JoEBoBpr
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

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
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.