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Columbus Winter Warmer - Columbus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2007

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the gift, Mihir.

A: The pour is a clear amber color with a short lived off-white head.

S: Certainly a lot of spices going on here. Mostly cinnamon, but perhaps some all-spice and clove is there, too. The more I smell it, the more it smells like apple pie. And in this case, that is not a bad thing.

T: It tastes like apple pie too. A big cinnamon flavor to go along with some mostly sweet but slightly tart apples. There's even a bit of a pie crust flavor from the malts.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation as well.

D: This was like drinking apple pie, and I quite liked it. Not as cloying or overly sweet as it sounds, either. Really nicely done, actually.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After yesterdays Columbus Brewing Experience I waited until this morning to crack this brew open. In short this beer is very nice. The beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a clear copper coloration. Active carbonation slowly bubbles to the top of my glass. The head is a thick biege and has pretty nice retention. Lacing streaks my glass as this beer rapidly disappears.

S- Nice cinammon, all spice and cloves combo combines with gingered carameled apple cider like aroma.

T- This is a nice malty treat. The spices are well done and dont overly dominate ginger, cloves, cinnamon combine to make a spiced apple flavor very malty.

M- Full bodied nicely carbonated not a hint of alcohol. No astringency from spices.

O- A very solid offering from Columbus Brewing. Looking forward to drinking some more of these.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: poured a reddish amber brown in color with yellow highlights when held up to the light and had a thin bubbly head leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: crazy aroma consisting of apple pie, cinnamon, graham cracker notes and pie crust. It did have different spice notes that I could quite put my finger on.

T: the taste actually had various grains flavors but still had the apple pie character with cinnamon, graham cracker accents and pie crust notes.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, spice, and apple pie finish.

D: very intresting winter warmer beer that reminded me of marie callender pie but in beer form; good dessert brew.

Photo of beesy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a standard pint glass

A pours a brilliant amber with a khaki colored one and a half finger head

S spices; cinnamon apparant, with a slight sweetness

T a nice mix of spice, sweetness, malt and hops. Cinnamon. One of the few winter warmers that is a nice balance without being too spicey or sweet.

M medium bodied. Just enough body to hold the spices without becoming cloyingly sweet or thick.

D moderate high. I really can enjoy several of these chilling in front of the fire.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle - No best by date visible.

Poured light brown w/amber hues , two finger head that descended into a thick creamy lace, decent carbonation .

Smell - Gingerbread cookies .

Taste - caramel, toasty malts, cinnamon and hint's of ginger.

Drinkability - This was extremely drinkable - well blended and balanced brew - The spices are evident in this warmer but they don't overpower you .

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ferric oxide orange infused with brick red, which is a lovely hue for a winter warmer. The pour produced two skinny fingers of golden beige colored foam that is both creamy and bubbly, melts in fine fashion, and graces the glass with assorted dots and spots of lace.

They certainly didn't go easy on the spices. Even without seeing 'ginger and cinnamon' on the label, both are easily identified; especially the latter. In that respect, Winter Warmer might give Great Lakes Christmas Ale a run for its cinnamon-soaked money.

This is tasty ale if you like relatively big (6.8% ABV), caramel-malted, generously spiced beer. It isn't quite as good as GLBC's masterpiece, but then I haven't had that one in quite a few winters now. A comparison tasting sounds like a great idea.

The flavor profile is akin to toasted brown bread covered with toasted pecans, tea leaves and generous sprinklings of cinnamon and ground ginger. Hop bitterness still exceeds malt sweetness, which is amazing since we're now (officially) into Spring. This is impressively well-crafted beer.

The mouthfeel is quality all the way. It's plenty big enough and has the smooth, rounded edges that makes drinking quickly or slowly equally satisfying. The carbonation is lively without being obnoxious about it.

Columbus IPA is still my favorite CBC offering, but this beautifully spiced brew is right up there with Pale Ale for second place. Actually, when it comes to Ohio's winter ales, one can't go wrong with Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs Of Christmas or Winter Warmer.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a beer exchange. Thanks Chris!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed amber color with a thin off-white head.

S - lots of winter spices, ginger bread is good.

T - ginger bread and cinnamon with just a hint of bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation, easy to drink.

O - a good example of the style.

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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub. The beer pours a slightly hazed dark amber color with a medium and foamy off-white head with fair retention. Half-rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy and malty. Medium-bodied, and actually a little thinner than having the word "Wamer" in the name of the beer warrants. Sweet giniger and cinnamon flavors over a nice malty base. Touches of hops are present as well. Alcohol is well-masked. The finish is sweet and spicy with a mildly bitter hops aftertaste that lingers for quite some time. Overall this is a pretty good seasonal from CBC.

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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 bottle sent to me via Ohio. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark cherry with 1.5 finger head. Solid head retention.

S: Winter spices, some ginger, and sweetness that I'm having difficulty placing. Sort of like a raspberry snow cone or something. Definitely smelled it before as a child, but having trouble recalling exactly the smell now.

T: The flavor delivers on the odd aroma I was talking about. Something of a raspberry sweetness that's very nice. Can't think of another beer that has this same flavor profile. Malt forward, big caramel notes spices and cinnamon.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation heavy, swirled it a bit to reduce it as I drank. Finishes with a creamy sweetness.

O: Very good winter warmer, usually not my favorite style. This however delivers and would probably be my favorite of this years style next to Anderson Valley.

Columbus Winter Warmer from Columbus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.