Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Cigar City Brewing
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3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
2010 bottle poured into my CBS snifter. Split four ways.
Appearance - Deep mahogany body with a gigantic head. My quarter of the bottle overflowed my glass, if that gives you an idea. My first worry was infection, but that fear was quickly allayed.
Smell - Metallic. A bit oxidized, perhaps? Toffee and a hint of hops. It's tough to pull other flavors through the tin foil aroma, though.
Taste - No metal in the taste, thankfully. Extremely sweet. Syrupy sweet. Caramel and toffee flavors first, followed by some earthy hops, but faint. A hint of some lighter fruit flavors, but also faint.
Mouthfeel - Thick and heavy. Too sweet. I could never drink a whole bottle. Decent carbonation, which serves to lighten it, but still a diabetes bomb.
Overall - Too sweet to be all that good. The flavors are there, but some more fermentation would do this some good. A drier, earthier, less-sweet version of this could be quite good.
01-03-2012 19:58:53 | More by Alieniloquium
District of Columbia
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
From 750mL bottle to Portsmouth glass on 3/10/12
A: A dumbass pour yields a four+ finger head that takes forever to fade. As it settles, it's a dark, unfiltered cider color.
S: Sweet cornbread and a bit of toasted malt.
T: Much better then I could have hoped for. It's sweet and malty. Really delicious, all things considered. As it warms, the flavors meld beautifully, as the malts and a touch of raisin come to the surface. Still a bit hot to boot.
M: Perfect for cold(er) weather. Thick and creamy - this would certainly keep me warm on a cold winter's night.
O: What a great little beer. CCB's Warmer Winter was the surprise hit of the night. One I look forward to returning to in the future, and if this ever hits a bourbon barrel, the line forms behind me.
03-19-2012 22:36:19 | More by Rhettroactive
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
Bottle provided by Sean I believe for our last tasting...Pours a watery medium brown, light tan head ok retention, light lacing...The aroma is pretty decent, not a huge winter/spice beer fan so I was expecting the worse. Their is some winter spice notes of nutmeg and such but it doesn't attack my senses. Light hops on the back...The taste is lightly spiced as well, lots of barleywine characteristics. The feel is nice, and easy to drink.
If your not a huge spice beer fan this is a good beer for you as it introduces you to the style or gives you just enough spice to get the style but not so much you can't drink a good amount. Mild recommendation.
10-31-2010 22:52:31 | More by jrallen34
4.3/5 rDev +11.4%
Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of off white, creamy, very long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. One of the best-looking Old Ales I've ever seen.
S: A subtle, underplayed aroma of malt, hops, toffee and some other sweets.
T: Tasted of toffee, a little chocolate, malt, and a bit of hops. Well-balanced and flavorful. Even the ABV% isn't too overpowering.
M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.
D: An extremely drinkable Old Ale.
01-17-2010 13:22:32 | More by avalon07
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
Thanks to Sean6989 for bringing this to our tasting.
A - Carmel color, hazy, no light comes through. Big head on it that left alittle bit of lace.
S - A lot of dark fruit in this as well as some bitter/roasty malts and some brown sugar.
T - This tastes a lot like a wannabe barley wine to me, which made some people like it more, but me less. A slight sweet candy taste that ends up being kind of sour and rotten on the end.
M - Nice body and carbonation, it's fine.
D - This isn't horrible, but not great. I think it's decent as far as a winter warmer goes, but wouldn't seek this out.
10-31-2010 23:34:42 | More by AgentZero
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
kfsv034 sent me this as an extra in our Hunahpu's trade. Thanks, man! I really enjoyed this, and it was quite well-received at the tasting this past weekend.
Ruby red with a dense off-white head with great retention and nice lacing, this is one good-looking beer, especially for an old ale. The nose is great! Caramel, brown sugar and plenty hoppy with earthy hops. Quite sweet, there's some spice too, with nutmeg and some alcohol. The palate opens big and sweet with honey, caramel, toffee and an earthy bitterness, leafy and petrichor-like. Full in body with low carbonation, this is solid. Finishing sweet with flavors of toffee and a leafy hop character, I find the sweetness very pleasant; it's far from cloying. Spice is present, lingering on the finish. Great body, I'd drink this again.
04-01-2010 13:52:18 | More by DefenCorps
2.98/5 rDev -22.8%
Ridiculously over carbonated. The bottle emptied half of itself out on opening, and even after it settled down foam towered over the glass when it was poured.
A - Murky ice tea brown. Light tan head dominates the glass leaving a striking amount of lace.
S - Plum, coriander, molasses, rich milk chocolate, clove, and a hint of cinnamon.
T - Holy crap this is way too sweet. Strong booze with a syrupy sweet profile of dark dried fruits, chocolate ganache, simple syrup, vanilla, and cream. Cherry, pomegranate, chocolate, and creme brûlée finish.
M - Thick and syrupy.
O - Possibly the sweetest beer I've ever consumed. Way out of balance.
08-19-2012 00:40:39 | More by vfgccp
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
2010 Vintage, around a year of age on this beer.
The aromas of sweet dark caramel malts is overwhelming. Lots of dark fruitiness; mainly figs and plums. Great malt character, coupled with some nice spice. Extremely light subtle hop aroma as well as well as some bready yeast. Wowzers...
The taste is equally as amazing. Dark caramel malt flavors with hints of brown sugar, some toastiness is joined quickly by indistinct spiciness (possibly hop or yeast created). Midway through the sip hints of ripe figs, dates and dried plum flavors.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation. Finishes dry despite the thickness which is perfect because it prevents it from becoming cloying, which it teeters on.
Overall this is a great beer; it's full bodied, lush and smooth. Tremendous. It's full and robust with a silky smooth finish of sweet fruits and toffee. The 10% is barely noticeable, extremely well-hidden. Shout-out to Lueken's Liquors online beer store for having all these high quality Cigar City beers available to ship to the Northeast!
01-13-2011 23:40:31 | More by claspada
2.85/5 rDev -26.2%
A- Huge tan head on a brown body, very lively looking beer. Very nice head retention and lacing.
S- "Dried apricots" citrus.
T- Woo! Sweet! I think a few of our eyes watered. Sugary citrus, apricot, toffee. Flavors linger and leave the mouth watering. "Cloying"
M- Syrup on the front end, fizzy carbonation on the tail end. Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel.
D/O- Well that's different. Ridiculously sweet. I'd buy the bottle if someone finished the whole thing by themselves. Worth a try but wouldn't go out of my way for again.
12-18-2011 03:21:22 | More by Duff27
3.7/5 rDev -4.1%
A: poured a dark brown in color with reddish highlights but a thin yellow cap sitting on the top and no head leaving a zero amount of lacing sticking to the glass.
S: I was able to sniff out lots of sweetness which consisted with dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, molasses, and a little booze.
T: The taste was really sweet upfront with the caramel, molasses, and dark fruits leading the way but had a touch of brown sugar. There was however slight hop character on the back end and a little booze as well.
M: the brew was full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, slight hoppy, boozy, and sticky finish.
D: honestly was not an easy drinking brew and was a definite sipper. I could not take a gulp even if I tried to. Pretty decent beer though all around.
06-11-2011 01:46:30 | More by Gobzilla
4.58/5 rDev +18.7%
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!
02-05-2012 03:36:09 | More by Durge
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
A- Served in a CCB snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that has nice retention and lacing. Looks beautiful in the glass.
S- The aroma is a lot of malt sweetness, caramel, toffee, a touch of chocolate, spices and some hops as well. There's a lot going on in the nose, very nice aroma!
T- The taste is a lot of sweetness up front from the malt, caramel, toffee and some bitterness in the finish from the hops along with some warmth from the alcohol. If I could change one thing I would lower the sweetness a bit and up the bitterness from the hops to help balance out the sweetness. Still, a very tasty brew.
M- The mouthfeel is perfect in this brew. It is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, another awesome brew from CCB that is great to enjoy on the few cold nights we get in Florida. Highly recommended.
01-13-2011 04:09:42 | More by cjgator3
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
Bottle from Florida for Christmas. From notes.
A - Copper colour with a tight beige two finger head. Bright. Mild carbonation, spotty lace, film retention.
S - Dark fruit, lot's of hops, leather, nice barleywine-esque quality.
T - Dark fruit, rich malt and a wallop of hops, alcohol, citrus.
M - Nice carbonation, full body, bitter finish.
O/D - This was pretty solid. Nearly a barleywine and very pleasant. Complex and enjoyable while being way too easy to drink. Hops weren't too harsh in the profile and the malt complexity was nice. No complaints here.
01-22-2014 18:29:36 | More by tbeckett
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Bottle shared at a September Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a light brown amberish color with a fluffy tan head. Fruity with rich caramel and brown sugar, plenty of sweet raisins and toffee. Also some vanilla and hoppy notes. Pretty full-bodied and satisfying.
01-17-2011 10:10:28 | More by illidurit
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
This bottle was a slight gusher. It poured a medium bodied dark brown with plum highlights and a creamy two finger beige head. The nose is very malty and a tad sweet. It's slightly bready with some toffee and cherry. The flavors are initially very sweet with plenty of cherry, biscuity malt, molasses, sorghum, toffee, and is has an earthy and yeasty finish. It drinks somewhere in between an old ale and aged barleywine. There is definitely a good amount of sugar. It drinks light and a little sticky. There isn't any alcohol presence at all. This is a nice beer to share but drinking an entire bottle by yourself would be a challenge. If you like barleywines this is definitely up your alley. I'm sure a barrel aged version would be phenomenal.
04-03-2012 02:23:04 | More by aasher
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
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