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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

472 Ratings
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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 114
Gots: 121 | 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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ManLoveBeer

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-11-2013 18:49:42 | More by ManLoveBeer
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KVNBGRY

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-22-2013 02:16:58 | More by KVNBGRY
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Tone2467

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-14-2014 15:47:35 | More by Tone2467
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

~25ml portion of a 2013/14 bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Bottled on date: 8 Nov. 2013.

Pours a murky dark brown, leaving hardly a trace of sediment in the bottle.

Aroma: sweet and roasted grains, alcohol esters, cooked peaches and other fruits.
Flavor: sweet, bordering on too sweet, with plenty of soft and dark fruits, some alcohol esters, dark bread, chocolate, fruity hops, and hints of toffee and brown sugar.

O: Distinct, complex and interesting. Would likely benefit from some further aging.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 00:00:04 | More by chinchill
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 20:12:16 | More by ColdPoncho
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Sean I believe for our last tasting...Pours a watery medium brown, light tan head ok retention, light lacing...The aroma is pretty decent, not a huge winter/spice beer fan so I was expecting the worse. Their is some winter spice notes of nutmeg and such but it doesn't attack my senses. Light hops on the back...The taste is lightly spiced as well, lots of barleywine characteristics. The feel is nice, and easy to drink.

If your not a huge spice beer fan this is a good beer for you as it introduces you to the style or gives you just enough spice to get the style but not so much you can't drink a good amount. Mild recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:52:31 | More by jrallen34
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bum732

Lesotho

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Fresh green hops, some citrus, some rich toffee notes.

L: Dark brown, light tan carbonated head with good retention and lacing.

T: Mixture of citrus fruit with fruitcake like maltiness and breadiness. Lots of dried fruit with glazed apricots and rum raisin. Mostly fruit forward. Sticky toffee finish, quite sweet.

M: Medium high carbonation, medium full body.

Pretty good, fairly rich. Would've been easier to finish with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 23:09:16 | More by bum732
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shand

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. 2011 vintage.

This brew pours a muddy red-brown with a huge head that retains very well. The aroma is an interesting mix of toffeed caramel malts and fruits holding hands with a fairly strong hoppy aroma. The taste is syrupy sweet at first, with a really strong fruit offering. It doesn't stay like that for too long though, with a fairly strong hoppiness on the backend to help balance out the sweetness. It's still just a bit too sweet for me though. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and quite coating, it sticks around for a while. The drinkability is about average for such a big beer. Overall, this isn't really my favourite CCB beer, which is saying a lot for their quality, at this is still quite a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 00:20:40 | More by shand
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 04:03:37 | More by Huhzubendah
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Shaw

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Got the penultimate bottle at Total Wine & More last week. This is one of the coldest nights this winter here in Florida (40s) so I thought it would be a perfect time to drink this beer.

Pours almost black, letting just a hint of light through, with a sticky foamy tan head.

I know this isn't a Humidor Series beer, but this smells of cigar cedar as well as hops.

The taste is rich and complex. Dried fruit flavors combine with earthy notes, even flavors that remind me of perfume. The high alcohol level is completely hidden: I don't notice the alcohol at all.

The body is just fantastic: full, creamy and smooth. It can't get any better.

Overall this is a good beer. The fruity and perfume flavors are just a bit too strong for me, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 03:57:05 | More by Shaw
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wspscott

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip
2011/2012 edition

A: A very dark caramel almost brown color. A huge head driven by the somewhat excessive carbonation. The initial gentle pour led to a 5-6 finger head that took forever to drop, when it did it left a large amount of lace behind.

S: A hoppy sharpness along with a huge amount of brown sugar sweetness.

T: Loads of caramel malts and brown sugar backed up with a lot of citrus-y american hops. As it warms, there is a fruitiness that I can't determine, is it yeast driven or malt driven, I suspect that it is a combination of the two. Lots of dark fruits coated in sugar along with candied orange and grapefruit. Surprisingly, there is no sign of the 11% alcohol, no heat at all.

M: Rich, creamy mouthfeel somewhat balanced by a ton of (too much?) carbonation. Very tongue coating from the combination of oily hops and a lot of low attenuation of malts.

O: I thought I was going to nurse on the whole bottle in one sitting, basically take a couple of hours and enjoy the bottle, but it is way too heavy and cloying. Half the bottle is plenty. A very good beer, I am glad I tried it, but I am not sure I would buy the next iteration. I would like a little more attenuation and a little less carbonation. It is just a little too rich/sweet, but it is a great sipping/desert beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 01:49:05 | More by wspscott
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jw347 for sending me a bottle of this one. A hoppy old ale, eh? Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam - has excellent retention for a 10% old ale, and eventually settles to a thick cap. Hazy, dark red-brown color that glows when held to the light and reveals a few bubbles as well.

S - Earthy, spicy rye dominates, but as the brew warms notes of orange zest and cocoa emerge. It also gets a bit piny and shows a touch of solvent alcohol character. Probably the least compelling part of the brew - doesn't really "pop" or explode from the glass. I actually got foam on my nose trying to pull more flavors from it.

T - The taste is a little bit of an improvement, with orange citrus, chocolate, multi-grain toast, and markedly better-hidden alcohol. The hop bitterness is quite high and persists well into the aftertaste; it's probably a bit too extreme and unbalanced for this style, but it's not totally unpleasant nor unwelcome.

M - Medium-full body is definitely a plus, but the carbonation is a little higher than I'd expect from an old ale. Otherwise it's quite solid, with a nice chewy and creamy texture. Not overly hot either.

D - This isn't my favorite Cigar City brew - I'm not sure the high hop bitterness meshes well with the traditional old ale flavors, and things end up seeming muddled rather than complex. I'm curious if this was better fresh, when the citrus was more present - I can imagine it creating a sort of Terry's Chocolate Orange vibe. Definitely not your typical old ale, and glad I split it three ways as 750ml would have been way too much.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 19:22:05 | More by MasterSki
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 04:03:40 | More by jjanega08
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bierguru

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 04:11:29 | More by bierguru
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a dark amber, opaque, with 2 fingers of creme colored head causing lots of great lacing. smells of caramel, toffee, dark fruit notes (raisin, date). lots of sweet plum, raisin, dates in the flavor. sweet malty profile making it very sugary and heavy on the abv (though not notable). full body with low carbonation.. a nice warmth in the chest.

this is a pretty nice beer, but not overall that impressed. maybe some wood aged variants of this, or a bourbon barrel aged one could be more up my alley. a little too sweet, but it is definitely a nice dessert beer - as far as old ales go, it's a bit different for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:59:29 | More by facundoCNB
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Agold

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has a bit over a year on it. This beer pours with a big billowing head that recedes to about a cm, leaving some nice lacing. The liquid is a very dark molasses color and is pretty opaque. Aroma is big toffee and caramel with a bit of residual tropical fruityness, and dark fruit. The flavor is similar, but is verging on being too sweet. Caramel candy overtakes some of the toffee flavors. The tropical fruit comes through more clearly in the flavor along with the prune, dark fruit notes. As it warms, it takes on a bit of a Robitussin type taste, but not really in a bad way. Interesting. Mouthfeel is nice and full with pleasant carbonation. Not too hot, very nice and warming and very smooth as well. Very enjoyable beer and if some of the sweetness could be a bit less, and the toffee, a bit more, this would have been more enjoyable for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 06:37:37 | More by Agold
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scottfrie

California

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into NB snifter. Reviewed from notes. 2010 bottle I think.

A: Pours near black with just a stupid amount of billowing foamy tan head that took forever to fade into a very dense film. This is one over carbonated beast. Great head retention and lace though.
S: Sweet notes of candied fruits, raisins, caramel, booze, and more fruit – tropical fruit even. Very fruit forward.
T: Again, very sweet, but with tons of leather and tobacco that I wasn’t expecting. The fruit notes from the nose are right there followed by brown sugar, light milk chocolate, vinous flavors, some spices and some wood. The sweetness is almost cloying, and the aftertaste coats my mouth with tobacco flavors that lasts forever.
M: Very very carbonated but it’s soft at least. The mouthfeel is boozy but smooth and slick, and the body is thick and full.
O: Much sweeter than expected and very full and boozy. A great drink though, glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 03:31:32 | More by scottfrie
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty datk amber with creamy tall head. Aroma of candy apples and a bit of pine hops. Taste is sweet with malt, caramel, green apples. A definite puckering grapefruit hop presence that I was expecting. Thick and chewey mouthfeel. Extremely smooth. Bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. Very interesting brew that is definitely fitting for winter time.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 20:26:44 | More by BMMillsy
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Gmann

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a chestnut brown color with a huge pillowy tan head that left crazy sick lacing on the glass, big and chunky. The aroma is sweet; fermented raisins and fig, prunes, molasses and honey. Some piney and tropical fruit hops as well. The taste is of a big rich malt. Light roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee followed by the piney and tropical fruit hop characteristics. The rest of the flavor is rounded out with candied oranges, fig, and booze soaked prunes. The feel is big, heavy and chewy. Very sweet overall and sticky. A touch of bitterness pops through in the finish. Not a spicy winter warmer, but a sweet one. The Old Ale label seems to be spot on. Great body and nice boozy sweetness that you typically see in old ales. The brew could use an offset like some smokey/woody flavor or more of a roasted malt. Still very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 03:44:14 | More by Gmann
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Anthony1

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had a sample at a christmas party

pouted into a little tasting glass. pours thick brown with a mocha tan head. nice and roasted aroma, toffee, caramel, chocolate. bit of sweetness. several citrus notes in the smell, and very sweet in taste. thick beer with medium carb.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 01:34:55 | More by Anthony1
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 23:54:46 | More by Urbancaver
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willseph

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011-12 Version

Pours a big, foamy head over a mud-colored body. Head recedes a bit is pretty nonexistent after the first few sips. The nose is dominated by booze and chocolate with subtle undertones of rosemary and some other spices that I couldn't put my thumb on. Taste follows the smell, initially booze again on the front with a spicy chocolate backbone. Subtle hints of toffee and heavy cream are more prevalent as the beer warms. It's quite fizzy on the front of your tongue but finishes pretty clean. Overall, a good introduction to old ales for me. I think I'll cellar my other bottle for a while to see if the boozy nose and taste diminish a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 14:00:13 | More by willseph
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 15:00:33 | More by Gueuzedude
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cjgator3

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Served in a CCB snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that has nice retention and lacing. Looks beautiful in the glass.

S- The aroma is a lot of malt sweetness, caramel, toffee, a touch of chocolate, spices and some hops as well. There's a lot going on in the nose, very nice aroma!

T- The taste is a lot of sweetness up front from the malt, caramel, toffee and some bitterness in the finish from the hops along with some warmth from the alcohol. If I could change one thing I would lower the sweetness a bit and up the bitterness from the hops to help balance out the sweetness. Still, a very tasty brew.

M- The mouthfeel is perfect in this brew. It is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, another awesome brew from CCB that is great to enjoy on the few cold nights we get in Florida. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 04:09:42 | More by cjgator3
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mikey711

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark caramel almost brown color, slightly see through with a fluffy tan head that holds well and leaves nice lacing

S: caramel chocolate, toffee,. All sweet smelling

T: Very sweet caramel and brown sugar to start followed by a slightly bitter chocolate and roasted note. As it warms more of the roastiness comes out and less of the sweetness

M: Nice full body, no heat, creamy

D: One glass is enough and this one is best shared

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 23:11:44 | More by mikey711
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.