1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Columbus Winter Warmer - Columbus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Columbus Winter WarmerColumbus Winter Warmer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 102
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of apasternak
2/5  rDev -47.4%

apasternak, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful rust color that is extremely clear - not much head with extremely light lacing and below average carbonation. The dominate smell is a sweet cake like spice. First taste is light, sweet, with a cake like spice of ginger and cinnamon that dominates. It is followed by a light bitterness.

ATLbeerDog, May 11, 2008
Photo of Giantspace
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Giantspace, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of huadog
3/5  rDev -21.1%

huadog, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of pest
3/5  rDev -21.1%

pest, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of durwood64
3/5  rDev -21.1%

durwood64, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of rgille2
3/5  rDev -21.1%

rgille2, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a small, wispy, white head.

Smell: English-minded malts laid against a backdrop of strong notes of ginger, various spices, and tart-smelling fruits.

Taste: Sweet caramel maltiness is somewhat obscured but a jolt of tart fruitiness. Then the ginger, then the spices. Even a dash of table sugar. Not much in the way of hops beyond a very light bitterness. Tart finish with a lingering taste of sliced ginger.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Lose that questionable tartness and you just may have something here.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

sixerofelixir, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of muttyd
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper body with a thick off-white/tan head. Aroma is of clove, cinnamon, and (as others before me have already stated) apple pie. This beer smells pretty much exactly like apple pie. Flavor follows the nose - caramel malts mix with spice to give a pleasant graham cracker-crust apple pie. Finishes slightly sticky and sweet. Faint earthy hop flavor in the finish, but it is dominated by the spicy characters of this beer. Very drinkable and one of the most unique beers I've come across.

muttyd, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of Bogforce
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a pint glass

A: Small head that goes away quickly, Ruby brown color
S: Nothing to strong, some nuts
T: Some nuts definitely, finish is nuts too
M: Decent 6 pack if you can't gt Great Lakes

Not a bad winter warmer. I would definitely prefer acouple others over this one

Bogforce, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a muddy, murky brown/red with a one finger white head. Decent retention, some lacing.

S- Strong smell. I can smell this as its sitting on the table. Its really spicy. One word best describes it, "Christmas" Cinnamon, juniper, nutmeg.

T- Just as spicy as the nose. Malty with fairly big hits of cinnamon and nutmeg. It reminds one of gingerbread cookies.

M- Thinner side of medium bodied. Prickly carbonation. Finishes really clean.

D- Great drinkablity. Finishes really clean and smooth. Its a nice cozy beer for the holidays.

MbpBugeye, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of tchaos
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a BIF haul from russwbeck. I'm stunned he brought back beer from a school rival's location. Poured into a shaker pint -- hey, it's all I had on hand.

A -- hazy amber/ruby color with a two-finger head. Left moderate lacing during consumption.

S -- strong forward cinnamon, with ginger and sweet malt. As it warms, the spice definitely evokes a holiday pour.

T -- no lie...what you smell is what you get -- cinnamon, ginger, and sweet malt. Alcohol is almost indiscernible.

M -- medium body with fairly low carbonation

D -- Within style, strangely drinkable, but that's based almost entirely on your tolerance for cinnamon. Not surprisingly, it seems appropriate solely during the winter holidays. It continues to improve as it warms.

tchaos, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up a while ago at Ohio State, where I went to see my Nittany Lions blow a halftime lead and get stomped. Oh well, I came out of it with good beer.

A: Very dark brown pour, hazy. Small off white head with hardly any lacing or retention.

S: Smell is really heavy on the spices, cinnamon and gingerbread. Malty and unlike any beer I've ever smelt before.

T: Wow. Sometimes I get a taste in my mouth and I can't think of anything else. This is liquid Graham Crackers, cinnamon ones specifically. It starts off light, but the finish is all graham crackers.

MF: Medium bodied with a nice bite of carbonation.

D: Sort of weird to rate the drinkability on this one. While I can't taste any alcohol, what I am tasting is strange. Taking me a while to get through a 6 pack.

russwbeck, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of dparker7
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

dparker7, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of joshrosborne
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

joshrosborne, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ChrisPro, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Rasheedw30
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Rasheedw30, May 19, 2014
Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

TasteTester, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

BarrytheBear, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of mater
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mater, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of nrbw23
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark red, amber color with very thin cream colored head. Head leaves little lacing.

S- Smells strongly of cinnamon and ginger, and sweet malts.

T- This one follows the nose, with cinnamon and ginger standing out with a small amount of bitterness following. Reminded me a lot of Sam Adams winter lager.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation.

D- Nothing terrible but I'd much rather have their IPA.

nrbw23, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of bmoney
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

bmoney, Dec 30, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Columbus Winter Warmer from Columbus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.