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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

475 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

Thanks to cbutova for sharing this one, this was the most recent vintage and listed as 11%.

Pours a hazy dark red, big ol beige head sticks around quite well and leaves some lacing.

Straight up dark fruits in the scent, big red grape and raisins specifically. Good strength but a little average.

Taste is an improvement, more complexity. Lots of dark fruit, caramel and toffee. Pretty decent hop power; resin, citrus and some grapefruit noticeable, a little heavy-handed with the sweet malts though.

Good mouthfeel, very sweet but 11% is well-hidden, drinks smooth.

Not bad but a little forgettable... sweetness drags it down a bit which I've noticed often with Cigar City.

03-19-2012 13:15:48 | More by Chico1985
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

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!

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

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -20.2%

A-dark thick brown, not quite black, has a very very large tan head. actually, be careful when you pour this one...there's a lot of head and it doesn't settle quickly. Its a relief though after having many flat beers lately. i much rather see too much head than no head at all. It has really good lacing.

S-its a faint scent, but what i can smell does smell interesting. there's some vanilla, some caramel, some toffee. mostly it just smells really malty though. there's also a good presence of chocolate in here. as the head settles, the aroma becomes stronger and stronger.

T-comes in with a strong taste of straight cocoa bean and toffee. it hits the tongue very dark and very very sweet. its very sweet, almost syrupy sweet. the sweetness lasts and is near over bearing. The after-taste is strong of toffee. I've never actually had a beer that tasted more like a heath bar. the flavor of toffee is undeniable by anyone. there is a slight bitterness toward the end as well.

M-syrupy medium carbonation with a syrupy finish

O-for a long time, on this site it was considered an English barley wine. now i see it categorized as a winter warmer. the bottle labels it as an English barley wine, so i'm just gonna review this as an english ale. to me, its too sweet to be a good winter warmer or barley wine. its just way too sweet. it makes this not too drinkable. i feel it wouldn't be bad with a dessert, shared among friends. finishing off a bottle by yourself might not be fun. i think might be best as a marinade.

05-18-2011 04:34:41 | More by AdamBear
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-10-2013 19:55:47 | More by Arsenal0328
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-25-2011 21:50:09 | More by thebouch01
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Jas45678

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-22-2014 00:17:14 | More by Jas45678
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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-29-2011 19:02:24 | More by TasteTester
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -48.2%

03-27-2013 00:33:10 | More by mportnoy
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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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CGMLS3

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-09-2011 02:08:25 | More by CGMLS3
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-08-2013 00:20:16 | More by Hugonaut13
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masterofsparks

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

08-16-2014 14:02:48 | More by masterofsparks
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-01-2013 03:14:15 | More by FUwolfpacker
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DustinSWB

Florida

5/5  rDev +29.5%

03-20-2014 15:50:12 | More by DustinSWB
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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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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Cigar City Warmer Winter, bottle bought at New Beer in NYC for $11.75 plus tax. "Brewed for the 2011-2012 Florida Winter".

Appearance: I cracked open the bottle and it literally exploded on me. Loads and loads of foam coming out, unstoppable. I lost a good half beer there! Just for that, rating goes down...

But once it settles down it looks fine, like a Belgian dark ale with a huge fist of a head, outrageous carbonation and the darkest color this side of Africa. Beautiful, thick lacing as well and great retention. That head lasts forever!

Smell: Lotsa sweetness, brown sugar, honeycomb and the customary dark fruit (raisin, prune juice).

Taste: Sweetness and more sweetness! Geez... if you don't like sweet beers, forget about this. It is like a barleywine dipped in simple syrup, then rolled on brown sugar and finished with honey. Those "citrusy hops" they mention in the label, including Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus? They're barely there, overwhelmed by the sweetness. Only at the very end do they come through, as a stingy clover-like feel.

Mouthfeel: Full body and medium flavor. Huge carbonation of course, a bit too much indeed. Otherwise well balanced and quite pleasurable to drink. Not dry at all, which I appreciate.

Overall: The carbonation issue is annoying, and the extreme sweetness in the taste is slightly off-putting. Not a bad beer at all, though- it drinks remarkably well for being 11%.

02-03-2012 22:42:04 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from a 750 mL botltle into an oversized wine glass. Shared this 2010 bottle with my pops on Christmas. Thanks to hoppy99 for sending me this bottle oh so long ago.

Appearance: There is an enthusiastic 'pop' as I open the bottle, and a lot of dark tan foam flows out of the bottle even with a gentle pour, rising and nearly overflowing the glass. When it settles down, the head is fairly frothy and leaves thick lace down the glass. The beer itself is a dark chocolate brown with a slightly lighter edge.

Smell: Caramel and toffee control the mostly sweet aroma. Toasted bread, raisins, plums, figs, and a general spiciness provide support.

Taste: The flavor is cloyingly sweet throughout the entire sip. The label says "caramelized toffee," and that seems to be an accurate description of the first flavor across my lips. A bit of milk chocolate adds to a chewy bread malt. Rum raisin, sugary plums, sweet figs and dates all add to a very sweet flavor. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of all spice are somewhat ensconced behind the thick, chewy, sweetness. The finish has a bit of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and syrupy sweet throughout the glass. At first, the carbonation bubbles and fizzes unpleasantly, but this subsides as I let it warm. A bit of spice creates a tingle on the tongue. The alcohol, although not noticeable in the flavor, accentuates this effect and creates a light bourbon-like burn in the back of my throat. Full bodied and full carbonation.

Overall: This beer fresh is supposed to have some spicy pine and citrus hops, which might give it a little zip and cut through the sweetness. With a year on it, though, it is a bit too sweet for me.

12-26-2011 00:42:33 | More by KickInTheChalice
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jkball01

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-04-2014 04:39:39 | More by jkball01
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Wowcoolman

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

11-26-2012 21:48:00 | More by Wowcoolman
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roadhouse

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-14-2012 03:54:22 | More by roadhouse
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

11-06-2012 19:52:03 | More by skaboom420
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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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kell50

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-04-2012 04:35:45 | More by kell50
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-03-2014 07:00:28 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.