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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

470 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
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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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

Serving type: growler

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

5/5  rDev +29.5%

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

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-01-2013 03:14:15 | More by FUwolfpacker
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-08-2012 00:52:44 | More by zekeman17
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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jjayjaye

New York

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%.

Serving type: bottle

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

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Ohio

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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance of a viscous pour with a vigorous light tan head of tiny bubbles that left lacing all down the glass.

Smell of citrus, caramel, toffee and sweet malt.

Taste of sweet dark fruit. Plums, Apple, citrus, all very sweet. There is a lot of malt sweetness in this brew. Slightly unattenuated and barleywinelike with a thick viscous syrupy feeling to it. Sweet enough at 10 percent that you would think this one was stronger. There is a boozy presence as well as a very fresh taste to it and I really enjoyed it. Taste was similar to Brown Shuggah from Lagunitas. Plenty of caramelization / brown sugar to go around and a slick finish which I really enjoyed.
Definitely drinkable due to the fresh taste and light carbonation. I am sure time would not hurt this one as it is mostly sweet malt flavors and some spices which I cannot identify.

Serving type: bottle

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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.