Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing
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4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
Pours a dark mahogany/chestnut brown color that is completely opaque with dark caramel hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.
Earthy hops up front in the nose with hints of dry pine needle and citrus peel. Lots of rich caramel and chocolate malt with a slight roasted character. I'm also picking up some estery dark fruit notes, namely grape, raisin, plum and fig. This blends particularly well with the citrus hop and subtle chocolate notes.
Very hop forward medium body with a lot of earthy dry pine and citrus notes. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit mostly. This flavor and dry mouthfeel lingers pretty much throughout but is countered mid-palate by a sweet malt profile with hints of caramel, toffee and subtle chocolate. Slightly vinous with hints of dark fruit, mostly grape, plum and raisin. Very complex but a bit unbalanced with possibly to prominent of a dry piny hop character. This will probably open up nicely as it ages and the hops fade, allowing the other flavors to shine through. The high ABV is excellently masked, making this a very quafable beer that is a refreshingly unique take on the style.
01-02-2010 08:45:56 | More by corby112
3.65/5 rDev -5.4%
Appears a dense chestnut toned brown with a thick beige head that slowly fades into a rocky cap. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of of massive malt, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, prunes, cocoa, rum cake, and citrusy orange rind.
Taste...yowza. Wasn't expecting that. Dense sugar bomb like a buttercream rum candy followed with an extra shot of rum and an orange wedge chaser. Yes. Alcohol. Heat. Hop juice.
Mouthfeel is syrupy, juicy, chewy, sticky, resinous, thick, and very warming.
Yikes. Let this one sit a year or five. It has massive potential but is way to young.
12-22-2011 02:32:07 | More by weeare138
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
Large bottle, $10.99/DeCiccos in Ardsley, NY/no freshness/vintage info. Pours murky dark brown, with some small chunks floating around and bubbles continuing to rise to the top, the head is medium khaki,thick and frothy, leaving ample, good looking sheeting and webs of lite lace. Ginger snap cookies, holiday spicing, smoky brandy and chocolate in the nose. Brown sugar, cinnimon buns, brandy, booze soaked fruits, tasty, bold brew. Also picking up some woody smoke, and dark chocolate. Sweetness, somewhat balanced by citric hops on the back end. Comlex and heady brew, nice night capper or would be lights out with a chocolate dessert. Nice creation from the impressive brewers from Tampa's Cigar city.
02-19-2010 05:04:32 | More by Billolick
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
Got this as a present from kbm months ago. It's pretty chilly tonight (by SoCal standards), and my window from now till November for cold weather is short, so I better do it now. On to the beer:
Dark leather brown color. The head is creamy, and it leaves a healthy amount of creamy lacing sticking to the glass. It's hoppy in the aroma. Moderately, juicy, tropical hops. To keep things honest, toffee crisp is provided by the malt. There is some amount of solvent alcohol hitting the nose.
Hops and malt, hops and malt. And a little bit of alcohol. It's a lot like the aroma: toffee crisp and juicy tropical type of hops. The feel is outstanding for a cold night. in fact, even for a big beer, it is luxurious. It is thick, smooth, and coats your palate. But don't drink it too fast (not that you can).
Tired of imperial stouts for cold weather? Well, try out WWWW.
04-22-2010 05:57:43 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Thanks to Gtreid for this extra.
Poured into Bruery snifter.
Pours ½ finger of beige head that fades down fast to a thinner layer. Good retention from then. Low level of splattered lace. Color is a hazed caramel copper brown.
Aroma: Sweet and malty. Caramel and toffee. Some citrus fruit. Orange shows through nicely. Some pine hop bite. A bit of sweet sugary spice flavors. Some chocolate. A pretty decent old ale.
Taste: Big malt bomb. Lots of caramel and toffee flavors with some chocolate notes. This one is boozy which I expect from an old. Some dark dried fruit notes. Plums and raisins with some molasses. Fairly rich. The orange citrus fruit shows through a bit, but is masked more by the alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little crisp, and relatively refreshing. A decent amount of carbonation with a fuller bodied. Ends sweet, malty, and warm.
Overall, a decent old ale. Better than others but, I still think HotD makes their old ale near the top of the style. CCB made a nice offering with this one. I am happy I got a chance to try it. Fairly drinkable.
04-27-2010 03:41:11 | More by mothman
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
Thanks goes out to Rbald42 for this brew.
Enjoying this brew on my 55th Birthday.
Poured into a chalice a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy light tan head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some slight citrus/pine notes, chocolate/toffee. The taste is malty, sweet, slight citrus/pine notes in the finish, nice touch of chocolate/toffee. Medium body, at 10% ABV it's hidden pretty well. Very Drinkable, another very nice brew from CC.
04-20-2010 20:28:32 | More by Wasatch
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
09-26-2011 04:03:37 | More by Huhzubendah
3.1/5 rDev -19.7%
Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this back from Florida.
When I cracked the top on this foam came billowing out of the top of the bottle. It poured a dark brown with a quarter inch of loose, foamy brown head that had decent retention. The nose heavy dark fruit with some notes of barley and candy. The flavor is bready, heavy barley malt up front followed by caramel and dark fruit and finishes with an overwhelming candy sugar sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a little syrupy but smooth and lightly carbonated.
I really wanted to like this beer. It seemed like all the right elements were there but they didn't all mesh. This one loses a lot of points because of how sweet it was. I had a hard time finishing a glass of it let alone the entire bottle. I'm glad I shared it. This is just way too sweet and candy-like for me to want again.
01-07-2012 16:17:37 | More by tdm168
4/5 rDev +3.6%
750ml bottle poured into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a murky, dark caramel color with a frothy tan head covering the top of the beer and sticking to the edges of the glass.
The aroma has a big malty presence to it with caramel, toffee and some sweeter dark fruits leading the way. A good amount of hoppiness is noticeable in it as well with some resiny, citrus rind like qualities. Pretty appealing aroma overall.
The taste also shows a very nice balance of malty and hoppy. I get more of the caramel, toffee and dark fruit sweetness to it at first while the bitter, citrus rind like hoppiness lingers more into the finish.
The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very good beer all around. They really brought all the flavors together very well in it. Very flavorful and enjoyable to sip on this afternoon.
01-15-2012 21:33:38 | More by billab914
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
~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.
04-08-2014 00:00:04 | More by chinchill
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours a clear dark amber color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of lightly toasted malts with good amounts of sugar-coated prune and sugar-coated dried fig aromas. Also present are indistinct spices and very light hints of sourdough bread.
Tastes good. Caramel malt flavors with hints of toastiness kick things off and are joined quickly by indistinct spices. Midway through the sip hints of ripe pears and dried plum flavors enter into things. The fruit flavors are pushed aside by earthy hops that carry through to a mildly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.
Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this beer but like almost every other CCB beverage I've had it's unique. Worth a shot.
07-28-2010 01:12:44 | More by glid02
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
An extra received in a trade with Dstructo, thanks! Snifter. The beer appears burnt umber with a frothy two finger beige head. Retention is good and lacing is scattered.
The aroma is of candied and brown sugar, plums, toffee, dates, pine, grapefruit, and a lot of orange. Notes of caramel waft from my glass as the beer warms. Smells great.
Bitter grapefruit mingles with sweet caramel and brown sugar. The hop bitterness offsets the rich profile, making it sweet without being overbearing. Wow, this is pretty damn good. My preconceived notions were far off. The beer finishes with dates, spices, sweet caramel, pine, and moderately bitter grapefruit and orange. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with a perfect level of carbonation. This is a great Old Ale.
07-22-2010 03:08:08 | More by HopHead84
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
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