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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

473 Ratings
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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 114
Gots: 122 | 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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JoeBloe

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i first tried this brew last week and really liked it - i picked up this second bomber to enjoy it again - pours a caramel / hazel translucent brown into my dfh snifter with a thin 1/2 finger head -
the slight head became a thin ring around the sides of the glass -
lacing is minimally spotty - smell is pleasantly sweet toffee and malt, alcohol and hops - love the taste - initial hop bite yields to a nicely swweeeet malt and well balanced candy-like finish -
mouthfeel is slick with a little stickiness - drinkability is very good but one bomber will do me just fine -10% abv is very well hidden, yet warms the body and mind - as a good winter warmer should - real good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 13:53:07 | More by JoeBloe
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Last year's vintage, which I picked up at Capone's.

Poured into a snifter. Color is a moderate caramel color. Single-finger white head recedes somewhat quickly but leaves a few legs and a bit of lace. The nose is really fruity, with large amounts of raisins, figs, and stone fruits. Good dose of caramel and booze as well. The taste focuses on fruit and alcohol, with a bit of malty sweetness. Feel is a bit boozy, but melds well with the flavors. A nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 23:12:09 | More by Thorpe429
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ugaterrapin

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Left about two fingers of light tan head. Has a sweet malt smell. There is a slight roasted character to the aroma with hints of toffee. There is a noticeable alcohol character on the front end which is not surprising at 10% but it mellows as the sip progresses. Has a nice rich sweetness that is on the heavier side but not in a bad way. The roasted malt character is even slighter in the taste as it is overpowered by the sweetness. This one is hard for me to pinpoint the flavors in the sweet character, but overall this a very enjoyable beer. Nice to try a Winter Warmer that is different than others.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 22:33:02 | More by ugaterrapin
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 05:20:07 | More by jmdrpi
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Rbald42 for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Enjoying this brew on my 55th Birthday.

Poured into a chalice a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy light tan head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some slight citrus/pine notes, chocolate/toffee. The taste is malty, sweet, slight citrus/pine notes in the finish, nice touch of chocolate/toffee. Medium body, at 10% ABV it's hidden pretty well. Very Drinkable, another very nice brew from CC.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 20:28:32 | More by Wasatch
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Yimosan

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint bottle served onto my tulip glass.

A: Dark brown, almost cola-like. Two inch beige head at pour, but dissipated after about a minute and a half. The lacing on my glass was nice and sticky.

S: Chocolate, coffee, malt, and dark fruits, accompanied by faint hops.

T: Initially this beer is malty and chocolaty, then a slight hoppy kick rounds the middle palate nicely...I was pleasantly surprised, even though I had read about it.

M: Silky, creamy long lasting goodness.

D: Easy drinking in my opinion, especially since this is right along my favorite flavor profile; However at 10%, this becomes a treat and not a session brew...for sure.

Epilogue: This is my favorite Cigar City offering so far and considering how cold it is in Brandon right now, this hits the proverbial spot perfectly.

PS. I say, honey turn the heater off, we're drinking this tonight!

Salud!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 23:44:27 | More by Yimosan
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle was 2010, poured into a snifter. It pours a deep copper, slight white head. The aroma is sweeet and boozey. Lots of dark fruit notes. Taste like it smells. The dark fruit flavors really shine. It has a bit of an alcohol burn on the finish. The carbonation is moderate, very smooth. I loved it, can not wait to try my 2011 bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 17:33:06 | More by bonkers
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A capped 750ml bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for $10. Poured into my tumbler. The ale appears a dark chestnut color with about a finger or so of ecru foam. Nose and flavors consist of caramel, semisweet chocolate, raisins, mild pine, citrus, figs, dates. Medium to full bodied and amply carbonated. Surprisingly, not much alcohol heat here. Quite drinkable, kept me wanting another pour. Wish I had one to age.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 04:58:33 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

I pulled the cap off this large bottle and was greeted with a very loud pop and the ale even started to foam up the neck so i grabbed my glass quickly for the pour. I used my DFH snifter and poured straight on and was left with a huge four finger thick light tan head that hung around for a long time. As I hold the glass up to the light it appears a dark plum color with some brown and red highlights. There is no haze of yeast chunks floating around and viscosity seems to be rather thick.

Smell:

Very sharp prickly warming alcohol hit your right off the start. Loads of rum, figs, plums, and brown sugar surround your nostrils. There are some earthy hops in the front mossy and dirt like. In the finish chocolate and slight roast with candi sugar.

Appearance:

Very sweet right off the start, loads of raisins, and dark sugars, Very little hop flavors poking through the chewy sweetness. Slightly tangy finish with a nice thick mouthfeel, nutty and creamy. Very good for a barleywine but glad I split a bottle becuase it does become a little overwhelming after awhile.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 13:20:19 | More by Bmoyer0301
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codewarrior

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capped 750mL, poured into a Snifter

chcfan sent this bottle my way, an old favorite of mine. Poured it with a few friends, and it become an old favorite of theirs too.

L: Deep, deep brown and thick as hell, even when held to light. Beautiful big, foamy head with phenomenal retention. Looks wonderful.

S: Massively malt forward, caramel and rich. Lots of fruit behind as the caramel falls off ... candied apple and overripe berries.

T: Huge malt profile right up front, fades into a big cloying fruitiness. Really really palatable for how epic it is. Lingers in the finish with a rich, velvet sweetness for a while ... slight iron in the back.

F: Thick, thick and thicker. Velvety-smooth and wonderfully carbonated.

D: Easy-drinking for how massive it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 15:03:16 | More by codewarrior
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of off white, creamy, very long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. One of the best-looking Old Ales I've ever seen.

S: A subtle, underplayed aroma of malt, hops, toffee and some other sweets.

T: Tasted of toffee, a little chocolate, malt, and a bit of hops. Well-balanced and flavorful. Even the ABV% isn't too overpowering.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable Old Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 13:22:32 | More by avalon07
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tpd975

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a nice brown hue with a creamy head. Nice retention and excellent lace.

S: Wonderful sweet malt aromas with notes of caramel and brown sugar. The hops are there as well, very piney with some sharp citric notes.

T: Wonderful mix of malt and hops. Very much toffee like up front. Sweet with a nice touch of roast. The back end is very hoppy. Nice blend of pine and citrus.

M: Rather full in body, smooth, tasty, damn drinkable. Nice hopped up Old Ale.

D: Rather good. This is one I will buy quite a few bottles of.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 12:50:50 | More by tpd975
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

AHH HAAA! The tables have turned on Cigar City's "WARMER Winter Winter Warmer" - it's not warm in Tampa right now! When a cold spell hits and the nighttime temperature in Tampa drops to 32 F, it goes down just fine!!! Sitting outside by the pool beneath the night time sky with a snifter of WWWW it's freakishly cold!

A: Despite the fact that I started with a very visible layer of sedimented yeast at the bottom of the bottle, I've got a surprisingly clear dark mahogany body in front of me (only in the last two pours was the sediment disturbed). Held up to the light it displays a brilliant crimson glow, not unlike Rudolph's nose! The creamy, two-finger thick head atop it is a dark tan; and it leaves some very beautiful sheets of broken, craggy lace as it goes.

S: In the nose it's sweet and syrupy with a bit of a perfumey quality, quite possibly from the alcohol. It's floral and fruity (red berries) with a touch of what I'd liken to the edge of an almost-burnt gingerbread cookie (a little bit of burnt sugar, a little bit of burnt cookie dough).

T: The flavor is sweet, raisin-like, sugary, floral, bready, caramelsih, toasty, malty, and even oatmeal-like. It's rich, intense, and complex. With each sip, layers of residual sugar are left to slowly erode from the palate, leaving behind brown sugar, fruit, and eventually bitterness and molasses. And it constantly changes. At first it's very sugary, but then as the alcohol works its way through, it displays more fruity and softly spicy notes. There's raisin, plum and red berries, but I even find some cherry in it. A solid bitterness emerges from beneath to bring it down in the end.

M: In the mouth it's decidedly full bodied and dextrinous. I'm not sure what the carbonation level is, (as whatever is in it is certainly well-contained by the dextrinous body) but it comes across as creamy and smooth.

D: Drinkability once again comes down to how much did you like it? And how much would you like to have another if you could? It's a pretty solid beer, and it's fairly strong to boot, but more importantly, it's very sweet. I drank two 10 oz glasses and my palate was overwhelmed with flavor. I'd certainly have another though, and it's unique enough that I'd say it's certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 00:46:30 | More by NeroFiddled
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my favorite I had from the tap at the brewery. It poured a deep brown, almost black with a two finger head, descent retention, and nice lacing.

The aroma was lightly spiced with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla with dark fruit hints of raisin and plum. Some hints of chocolate.

Chocolate, raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, honey and other complex malty flavors. Loads of dark fruit and plum. Spice hints peek through.

Warming, medium bodied, slightly creamy, smooth

Delicious treat!

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 05:29:49 | More by JayS2629
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 23:07:23 | More by Hojaminbag
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 18:29:36 | More by tbeckett
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cold winter day deserves a Winter warmer!

Very carbonated, almost too much. Muddy, murky brown, like a barleywine (basically like the label says). Very thick and frothy head. Off-white.

Very sweet smelling, plums, dried fruits, and brown sugar. Hints of dried grains, and hop bitterness.

Very complex, sweet and dry at the same time. Its almost bordering on too sweet, like a Dubbel. Sweetened dark cherries, hints of oranges. For its stature, it sits light, and feels like cherry syrup. a dry woody oak is felt upon exhale. I can see why this isnt a winter warmer anymore. i might categorize it more as a barleywine, but were just speaking semantics now.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 17:10:33 | More by VncentLIFE
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seavercm

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-18-2014 03:44:46 | More by seavercm
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mscudder

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-27-2014 04:00:01 | More by mscudder
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-11-2014 19:10:10 | More by BuckTuckian
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cdmillard

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-08-2013 13:35:47 | More by cdmillard
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cwguy5

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-03-2014 18:14:20 | More by cwguy5
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bespin15

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-08-2011 16:37:53 | More by bespin15
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cosmonick

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-15-2013 16:24:59 | More by cosmonick
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-25-2014 22:32:56 | More by calcnerd
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.