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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

480 Ratings
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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 117
Gots: 125 | 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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Photo of Chico1985
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Chico1985, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 Edition (says it's a winter warmer) -- Pours a hazy red with orange edges, two finger cream colored head, left a thin layer and thick lacing. Smell: brown sugar, soft banana, fig, piney hops, a little spicy. Taste: a bit roasted and astringent upfront, giving way to sweet caramel, fig, and banana. Hops provide some balance towards the end of the sip: spicy, citrus peel. Finishes dry and chocolaty. Full bodied, creamy and rich feel. Alcohol is well hidden, but it's rich enough to be a sipper. 1/12/2010. (Rating: 4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4)

2010 Edition (says it's an English Barleywine) -- Cap came off too easily, thought it might gush. Pours an opaque red-tinted dark brown with billowing tan head that very slowly settles to a quarter inch and leaves big swaths of lace on the glass. caramelized sugar, buttered toasted dark bread, dark fruit - fig/plum, light dusting of pine. Taste: cloying...wow, hard to taste anything but sweet. Fig, brown sugar, candied lemon, a little nutty, some pine hopping in the finish. Plus some HFCS?! It's really far too sweet. Full bodied, syrupy into creamy carb. Some alcohol in the throat. Could have been great, but just unpleasantly sweet. 6/17/2011. (Rating: 4.5/4/2.5/4/3)

2011 Edition. Now it's an Old Ale / English Barleywine + citric hopping. A nearly opaque clouded orange / red tinted medium brown with billowing tan head. Very slowly settles to a quarter inch with thick lacing down the glass. Smell: loads of caramel, dates, and a little raisin. Soft and sweet tropical fruit, mild pineapple and candied citrus, resinous, leafy note. Taste: seriously sweet and syrupy upfront but with loads of hop flavor and bitterness. As with 2010 still overly sweet, but this year’s balances out much more. Upfront a blast of brown sugar, non-maple syrup, orange and pineapple juice. Mint and anise notes mid sip. Orange citrus and a little tropical fruit softness throughout. Syrupy upfront but with enough carbonation to push it to creamy. Much better than 2010, but still too sweet. Bottled 11/7/2011, drank 12/3/2011. 11% (Rating: 4.0 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 4.0 / 3.0).

babaracas, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of masterofsparks
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

masterofsparks, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

polishkaz, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep ruby color with some lighter amber highlight's.Very thick creamy heading. Leaves a mess of ringage all the way down the glass.

Smell is heavy in caramel malt. Some citrusy notes as well and a touching of hoppy goodness detected.

Taste is very thick and chewy of caramel mostly. A smooth chocolatiness takes over for a quick touchdown. Then a woody - rummy like taste kicks in and stays for the remainder of the show.

Mouth is silky smooth,Full bodied with amazing texture and feel. Great carbonation that foas up immediatley on the palate.

Drink is good. A bit chewy may make this a non-sessionable brew but a damn good taster and a perfect beer for these low ass temprature's we've been having.

TheFightfan1, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
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.

jjanega08, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Wowcoolman
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Wowcoolman, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of beagle75
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Murky dark brown color with over one finger of burnished golden foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Rich, molasses-tinged shoyu that features a smoky, peaty edge. Additional layers of umami yield some bacony biscuits. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very sweet, fairly smoky, and acidic. Candy qualities are reinforced by assertive brown sugar that does not quite aspire to the complexity of toffee. There is also a bitter thread present that yields jaw-locking medicinal astringency. Roasty but refined grain begins a drying trend in a middle that is far more tolerable than the beginning, once the astringency passes. Hops are spicy, found to be in clove-like collusion with the dark malt. This spiciness persists into the finish, where dark candy still dominates and a whiff of bitter chocolate is occasionally detected. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, syrupy and astringent on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This strong ale aspires to be like an old ale or English-style barleywine, but is found to be poor and mostly unpalatable regardless of style. Flavors are generally disjunct and unrefined; more specifically, the sweetness is offensive and the astringency is foundation-shaking. Like other strong ales this must be slowly sipped, but the less the sipper considers its qualities the better in this case.

beagle75, May 14, 2011
Photo of Hugonaut13
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Hugonaut13, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Arsenal0328
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Arsenal0328, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of JayS2629
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!

JayS2629, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

AdamBear, May 18, 2011
Photo of Jas45678
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Jas45678, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +3.6%

TasteTester, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +3.6%

thebouch01, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
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%.

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of skaboom420
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

skaboom420, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of indiapaleale
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!

indiapaleale, Feb 03, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

scott2269, Feb 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

CGMLS3, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of DustinSWB
5/5  rDev +29.5%

DustinSWB, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of phishbone23
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

phishbone23, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of kell50
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

kell50, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of jkball01
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jkball01, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of Bartos
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bartos, Jan 19, 2014
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.