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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 565
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 7.07%
Wants: 130
Gots: 160 | FT: 12
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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 jjayjaye
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (483 characters)

Photo of Vec2267
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of garbercury
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of One2Remeber
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
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:) (1,118 characters)

Photo of rpstevens
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (1,402 characters)

Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (1,612 characters)

Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
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! (1,283 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear light reddish brown with a 3” lacy, rocky off-white foam cap. Slight legs. Smell: Roast, fruit, sherry. Taste: Plum, sherry, a hint of coffee with sweetness lingering into the finish. Citrus rind bitterness provides balance. Mouthfeel: Creamy, luscious, slightly above medium body and above medium carbonation. (330 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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! (805 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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) (893 characters)

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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!!! (772 characters)

Photo of Lerxst
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of kfsv034
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with drink1121

A - poured a burnt auburn with a reddish hue, full 1.5 finger head the appearance overall was very good.

S - At first following the pour i smelled candy malt and piney hops as the beer settled the smell became more of a belgium candy malt smell.

T - Wow this is my first old ale and i certainly wasn't disappointed. Huge candy malts up front that melted into carmel and burnt candy and finally a faint piney hop bitterness at the end.

M - not thin and not syrupy overall very good

D - the ABV is definitely masked well, this beer is so good i could certainly get myself into trouble without even knowing it. (643 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thick, cloudy dark mahogany brew with a goodly, stubborn oatmeal colored head and solid lacing. The aroma says brown bread and sweet pine hop and medicinal malt. Oatmeal chocolate nuances, thick and chewy and real high on the olfactory scale. Wow. Immediately followed by another, wow! The flavor just overwhelms the mouth with thick herbal hops and deep dark cereal grain, almost a barleywine deal. Just a lush mix of heavy malt and evergreen with a delicious tart hop bite. The body is full but not gagging, and tiny carbonation makes for a silky feel that caps off a near perfect winter brew. Cigar City maintains its incredible record of awesome brewing! (660 characters)

Photo of drink1121
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle provided to me by kfsv034.

A-Poured this into a Duvel tulip glass. Wonderful, fluffy head with good retention and great lacing. "India summer" from a Crayola box.I docked .5 for some sediment from the bottle conditioning.

S- I smell a little hotness from the high alcohol initially. Then I get some candied sugar smeel, similiar to that of a Belgian with some dark dried fruits. Good carmel malts with light hops come in on the back-end.

T- Dark dried fruits, like the taste with some hops bitterness. I get some pipe tobacco aftertaste.

M- Creamy and full. VERY smooth.

D- Ringing in @ 10% I could have a few of these from a pure drinkability standpoint. Great beer. (680 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.
The color of Coca Cola. Small tan head with a tiny bit of lace.
Wonderful aroma. Caramel, chocolate. Floral hops. A bit of peppery spice.
The taste began as caramel and quickly deepened to toffee. A little bit of chocolate. Dark fruit/raisins. Late piney hops.
Incredibly complex. I enjoyed just rolling this around in my mouth.
Eminently drinkable. (396 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle.

A: It pours a hazy brown, frothy, leaving lacing along the glass.

S: This old ale smells of chocolate, alcohol, toffee.

T: Chocolate and toffee dominate the palate, and the alcohol is nearly nonexistant.

M: Feels very smooth and carbonation is perfect.

D: This brew doesn't taste like 10%. It won't be too hard to finish the bottle. (355 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite simply, if you see it, buy two or three, at least.

A - Perfect deep mahogany with a small, foamy head and, dare I say, sexy lacing.

S - Old musty wood, caramelly and biscuity maltiness, spicy hop and a buttery cognac smoothness.

T - This is the most delicious Old Ale. A real malt-bomb. I can't wait to taste it after a decent cellaring period. The alcohol is warming but well hidden, the hops are very pungent and exquisitely dry, like a fine champagne, the finish is rich and dark and suggests dried fruits, brown sugar, molasses, and slight oak mustiness.

M - Nice creamy carbonation that totally enhances the flavor of this exceptionally delicious and refined beverage.

D - Exceptional. A most exquisite, delicious sipper. To drink this is an honor, and a privilege. (781 characters)

Photo of adam42381
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (purchased at CCB on 1/9/11) into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a 2 finger creamy tan head with small bubbles floating on top. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Floral hops, cocoa, roasted malt and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: The flavor is extremely complex and well balanced. The main flavors I'm finding are sweet dried fruits up front followed by molasses and brown sugar in the middle and ending with just a touch of hoppy bitterness at the finish. The aftertaste is a mix of bitter and syrupy sweetness. The alcohol doesn't come through in the flavor, but you feel it warming up in your chest on the way down. This is one of the best tasting beers I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Very thick and creamy. Goes down quite smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. Obviously this is a sipper, but I'm not wanting to stop after my 8 ounce pour. This could easily sneak up on you because it's hard to put the glass down.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. There is really nothing negative I can say about Warmer Winter Winter Warmer. Perfect for a cold evening (or a 77 degree afternoon like today in southwest Florida). If you see it, try it. It's that good. Once again, Cigar City does not disappoint. (1,309 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011/2012 bottling

Pours with a huge ruby/tan head into my Bruery tulip. This raisin colored beauty takes a while to fade down and leaves just spots and touches of lacing hanging onto the glass. Amazing legs that stick like honey to the sides of the glass and drip away slowly. Killer carbonation for an Old Ale.
Rum soaked raisins, brown sugar, molasses, toffee and caramel, dried cherries, little hints of orange zest, all spice, star anise, cinnimon and fruit cake. If I didn't want to sip this so badly, I could keep my nose deep inside this glass all night. This is sooo rich and delicious. Little hints of mint, basil and pine.
Exactly like the nose tells you. This is Grandma's Rum Raisin Fruit cake in a glass. Brown sugar, molasses cookies, Dried cherries covered in caramel and dipped in milk chocolate and zested with fresh blood orange rind. This is a BIG beer, and it's damn near perfection for the style. It's so rich, sweet, and unbelievably delicious. I wish I had some Oatmeal Raisin cookies right about now.
It has a nice touch of tingle on the tongue, but that could just be the 11%abv. Not completely oily, but really coats the tongue nicely. This is an Old Ale/English Barleywine at it's finest. Great caramel feel with a subtle citrus/spice zing.
I need more of this!!! This was a perfect bottle to open on this winter night. Amazing in every aspect. (1,375 characters)

Photo of fear025
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma:Delicious huge sweet malt aroma. Cotton candy. Dark fruits. Alcohol.

Appearance:Tawny red in color. Thick head with great retention. Amazing lacing.

Taste:Huge malt flavor from the foretaste thru the aftertaste. Lots of caramel in the foretaste, and a little molasses. Just a little metallic copper in the aftertaste. A pleasant lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Very thick body. Creamy. A little hot alcohol, but not as much as I was expecting. A little hop astringency. Good carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a hugely drinkable winter warmer, very thick and rich, amazing sweet flavors. Great as a dessert beer. (643 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having had a couple different treatments of this one I was eagerly anticipating having the original. I decided it would be a good one to try on Easter as I had a good number to split it with me. Served chilled and poured into a 6 ounce tasting glass, this one was consumed on 04/04/2010.

The pour was a nice dark amber color with a small white head that rose up to about a half an inch but settled down nicely. Good lacing around the outside of the glass kept things going strong for me as it coated the inside thoroughly. The first aroma to hit the nose is a soft fruity one. Hints of pears, honey, notes of caramel and toffee. Very light, airy and complex and it seemed that the more it warmed the sweeter and fresher it seemed to become. Lots of fruits of various kinds coming out here now, very nicely done. The first sip was heaven on earth for me. I was seriously in awe of this one. Rich toffee and caramel, butterscotch undertones are all pinned against ripe fruits, mango and light citrus, hints of pear and apple. Enormous palate profile here as each sip seemed to bring something else to the table for me, not even knowing what was to come next I push on and it seems to just coat the tongue with each following note. Sublime. Smooth, even feel, medium in body with a touch of punch to it that brings it to the front. Again, ridiculously solid approach here. ABV very well hidden as I was able to simply go forward unimpeded.

Overall one of the best things I have had from CCB hands down. This was beyond a winner for me and I am thrilled to have another bottle to go back to. Hard to say if it will get better, as it was darn near perfect now. I must try in my opinion if you are big on the style. (1,711 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man, I've got to learn to pour better. Nearly a full pint glass of foam results from my weak efforts. After several anticipitory moments pass, the dark tan head recedes to reveal a deeply garnet red liquid below. Great lacing too.
Smell has a balanced hop/malt note upfront followed by whiskey, vanilla, dark fruits and grape.
Taste, after 30 minutes of warming, malty, sweet like light brown sugar, spiced rum, lighter hops than before, raisins, figs, wheat. Great balance.
Delectably smooth, fabulously rich, full-bodied, very light effervescence. The sweetness really makes this a great dessert replacement. The smooth malt aftertaste is awesome. This is a seriously world class beer. A phenomenal brew. (707 characters)

Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.