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Columbus Winter Warmer - Columbus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2007)
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Reviews by fluidmotion:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

fluidmotion, Dec 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

xdefeatsy, Dec 11, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Barley's pint. It's a clear reddish amber, with a quickly deflating 2 finger white head.

The aroma is quite toasty, heavy on nutmeg, with some cinnamon.

The taste is also toasty, strong with sweeter spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe some allspice and clove. It's quite try and roasty on the tongue, and then sweetens up and has a bit of a piny and phenolic tang on the finish.

It's nicely balanced, not too overloaded with spices, and is a drinkable sample of the style.

Osiris9588, Dec 02, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

jminch, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of McNealc31
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color of Columbus Brewing Winter Warmer is rather attractive. A rich caramel hue. But the aroma is what really draws you in. Loads of ginger and cinnamon. The white head thins out rapidly, but it sticks around all the way through with fantastic lacing.

Ginger and caramel are the biggest flavors here. The cinnamon adds just a late heat followed by a bite from the hops. Tastes a bit like a graham cracker, too.

Maybe not the top tier of winter beers, but I would have no problem doing this again

McNealc31, Jan 08, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a transparent, dark copper to red color. Very minimal head and virtually no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Pretty straight forward. It simply smells like a great mix of holiday spices. There's cinnamon, a little brown sugar, ginger, and some nutmeg. Malty and sweet smelling. Hops are unnoticeable.

Taste: About what you'd expect from the smell. Holiday spice flavors are robust and pretty well balanced. Cinnamon and nutmeg seem to the primary flavors. It is nice and malty. Again, I'm not picking up any hops at all.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is good. It's very smooth and drinkable. I could probably drink a few of these with no problem. It's quite a nice holiday beer. Definitely worth checking out.

prototypic, Dec 20, 2007
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark red, amber color with very thin head that leaves little lacing

S - Smells strongly of cinnamon and ginger, a very sweet smell

T - Follows the nose, with cinnamon and ginger standing out with a small amount of bitterness following

M - A fairly thick beer with below average amounts of carbonation, that finishes fairly clean

D - Something that goes down fairly easy, but a few would be the limit for me. Matched with the right food, it would be perfect.

zimm421, Jan 29, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

dparker7, Aug 26, 2014
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

apasternak, Jul 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

resistdefy, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, I think it's new since I haven't noticed it around town until this week. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a dark copper/red color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is nice and spicy, smells like cinnamon, ginger, and candy sugar, it has an overall malty aroma. The taste is the same as the aroma, I can't pick up anything additional in it (not that it's a bad thing). It also leaves a nice lingering sweey/spicy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium/full, it's not creamy but there's a richness to it. Drinkability is good too, it's easy to drink and it's smooth. Overall I think this is a pretty decent brew, hopefully CBC will decide to make this a permanent seasonal brew. I'd definitely pick up this again.

bluejacket74, Nov 11, 2007
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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz received in trade today from BA jdoncbus .. Big thanks for the cool extra.. I figured since winter is winding down, I had better jump on this brew. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Aggressive pour produced only about a 1" head .. but it still left nice spotty lacing.. Deep amber brew that appears very red when held to a light.

The bottle says this brew is spiced and the aroma does not lie... I almost never really appreciate very spicy brews.. but this one really works.. the nose reminds me of a very aromatic chai tea. As it warms up.. wow the ginger and earthy cinnamon really blossom... the smell has just enough sweetness to bring the spices together.

Flavor is identical to the nose ... but much more lingering ... the ginger is pronounced without being "hot" and the cinnamon adds depth and sweetness along with a tingling palate note. I don't know that I would categorize this as a winter warmer... more of a spiced brew... definitely reminds me of a slightly sweetened ice chai tea.

I am actually pretty impressed with this beer.. it walks the razor's edge of spiced beer and scores major points because it pushes the envelope while still making sure nothing is overdone.

Big thanks to jdoncbus .... John is a great trader and thanks to him my fridge has more midwest/east coast hoppy goodness variety than it probably ever has.

Edit: I also just noticed I am the first BA from outside Ohio to ever review this beer ... Thanks again.. I sorta feel privileged.

JohnGalt1, Feb 14, 2008
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge creamy head that quickly faded leaving some nice lace down the sides. Smell was hoppy with sweet caramel undertones and a slight smell of alcohol. The taste was extremely sweet. Almost tasted like candy. Dry hopped finish, but still very sweet. Overall this is very drinkable,

mikesgroove, Sep 25, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Reddish-amber color, with a good looking off-white head. Retention is decent. A few spots of lace adorn the glass.

Rich, malty nose. Elements of toffee combine with some spices. Cinnamon comes to mind, maybe some ginger and a hint of vanilla.
Malt up front gives some nice caramel and light toffee flavors. A bit of sweetness, some cinnamon and ginger. Earthy bitterness rounds things out. Spices are soft and blend well together.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. A pretty nice beer.

Bierguy5, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

vrbulldog22, Jun 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

huadog, Dec 17, 2011
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3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It is the color of weak iced tea with suspended sediment. It has some amber highlights. Maybe, an inch of off-white head.

S - I really have to search for much aroma. I get some faint caramel malt and cinnamon.

T - The taste does not have to be sought. At first I tasted ginger bread. Then I got molasses cookie. Good either way.

M - Medium with some chalkiness

O - When I didn't get much on the smell I figured this was an old winter warmer. The taste changed that notion. I enjoyed the cookie-like flavor. I want a molasses cookie now.

buschbeer, Mar 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

joshrosborne, Dec 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

cestlavie, Jan 05, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You can definitely get some great beers in Ohio and many of them more malt-oriented than the hop-bombs that everyone seems to lust after. Just up my alley. This winter ale (on Christmas Day!) poured a nice dark honey-brown with a decent 1 1/2 finger beige head that clung around for the duration. The aroma hinted at a malty berry and spices that did not present themselves in an overwhelming manner upon tasting. Some lemon-orange hints rounded out mild Christmas spice. A nice drinkable winter ale, less so a "warmer" per se, but very nice indeed.

selecter70, Jan 15, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ChrisPro, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

BlueWinged35, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a murky, hazy, burnt orange/auburn. Nice fluffy off-white head that sticks around and leaves really nice retention. First off, I'll say the aromas get better as this beer warms. There's alot of ginger going on. Lots of sweet caramel malts as well. It basically smells like combination of a gingerbread cookie and a carmel apple. Also some chocolate malts in the mix as well. The flavors match the nose. The spices are definitely there, but far from overwhelming. The cinnamon is pretty subtle, but does its thing. This one doesn't really have a strong bitterness to it. This one has a strong English influence to it. Flavors are really nice, but one note. Mouthfeel is wonderful, just like most Columbus beers. It's light, creamy, fluffy with the perfect amount of carbonation. It's a very smooth beer. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Once again, it changes for the better as it warms up. Nice brew.

I like this beer and it's just short of being something really special. It's pretty unique and stands out with all of the other cinnamon spiced beers brewed in Ohio. Not sure if it can go toe to toe with some of them, but it can definitely hang and is better than others. My only beef is that it becomes one note and lacks true depth. It's a good beer to enjoy on a rainy day.

BB1313, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

dusting871, Feb 18, 2012
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Columbus Winter Warmer from Columbus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.