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Columbus Winter Warmer - Columbus Brewing Company

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48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 107
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 107
Photo of DigitalNoir
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First review, so here we go. The beer pours a nice deep amber with about a 1" off white head. When held to the light the beer has a vibrant orangish redish color. Some lacing left in the glass.

The nose on this beer is definitely great. It has strong spice notes, especially of cinnamon, and ginger, with some bready aromas as well.

There is a slight tang of the ginger taste up front, as well as a cinnamon and other spices throughout. As said in other reviews, much like the taste of a gingerbread cookie.

The beer feels slightly heavy, but finishes clean. However, this beer is very very drinkable and could definitely be a session beer with the family over the holidays.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of BB1313
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +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,

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of nlmartin
4/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber shared by torino

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.

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Photo of beesy
4/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of genog
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a muted brown color with a thick and bubbly light brown head. Very good lacing that clings to the side of my glass. Smell is cinnamon and spice, with some gingerbread and nutmeg. Taste is sweet malt at first followed by a spicy cinnamon finish. Mouthfeeling is crisp, but a little watery too. Nice beer, I could have some more ;)

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Photo of siege06nd
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Copper orange with a half finger crisp white head. Limited retention and lacing.

S. Like cinnamon graham crackers. Tons of cinnamon, traces of ginger, sweet malt, and a touch of zesty hop. I actually love this.

T. Toasted biscuit, cinnamon, ginger. Nice.

M. All in balance. Nicely carbonated. Good.

O. A nice spice beer. Not a heavy hitter, but balanced and flavorful. Perfect for the season.

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Photo of Bonis
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is amber in color with a slight haze. Aroma is earthy with lots of nutmeg, biscuit and caramel malts, as well as a touch of fruity hops. The combination is reminiscent of apple pie. Outstanding aroma. This beer is spice forward in flavor with a nice dose of hops. It is NOT bitter, but the hop flavors seem to be accentuated by the spices. Finish is cinnamon spice and a rich pie crust maltiness. Really, this is more like apple pie than a winter warmer. I am really enjoying the flavor. The taste starts out with a decent sweetness on the tongue, but the finish is rather dry. Alcohol is there, but well hidden by spices and other rich flavors. The body is rather large for a 7% beer, but it is a fairly easy drink nonetheless. This might be the best winter warmer I've had. Definitely better than GL Xmas and probably better than 2XMAS, TBK Winter Warmer, and 12 Dogs as well.

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Photo of ddtprm
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer was poured into a Great Lakes Christmas Ale tulip glass. From the moment I popped the cap, you could smell the spices. The beer pours an orangey-rust color which is transparent...no haze and minimal lacing. The flavor is that of a spice cake. It's a bit sweet, but this will not prevent me from enjoying the rest of the sixer...just not more than 2 per sitting! Overall, a very good winter warmer.

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Photo of timmlimestone
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

cinnamon cinnamon cinnamon. Wow, it actually works to some extent. I am not one or warm ass beer, but II wonder how this would taste a little warmer. Good beer for the cold Columbus day I am having. a long walk not wasted on the streets of cowtown to come to CBC.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised to find this new offering from CBC at a local Giant Eagle, so I quickly bought a six-pack. Poured into a pint glass. It's a copper color with a small white head. Pretty good retention. Smells like a gingerbread cookie: cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg. Nice - not overpowering. Tastes much of the same: gingerbread, nice malty center, hint of nuts. Not too sweet. Slight bitter aftertaste. Light-bodied, with steady carbonation. Overall, a fine example of a winter warmer. Nice and balanced, very drinkable! Will definitely buy more of this one. Great work, CBC!

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Photo of OsuJohn
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- copper, clear. Head disappears quickly. There is little to no laceing.

S- ginger, cinnamon, other spices.

T- see above and add an overall maltyness

M- smooth, nothing exceptional, but it leaves you wanting more.

O- one of my favorite winter beers. I look forward to this every year.

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Photo of CTownDrinker
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

CBC winter Warmer
Appearance-Pours light initially and as it comes together turn beautiful light abler. Thick creamy head-

Smell –cloves fruity smell. Wonderful, Can almost taste it

Taste – complex citrus/spicy flavor, Nice Clean aftertaste, with hints of spice cake. Well balanced,

Mouth Creamy Full bodied Mouth feel, Smooth finish

Overall –Delightful, great winter warmer. Rare Balance in a Winter Warmer

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Photo of Spider889
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a Duvel tulip.

Pours very clear with a tall frothy cream colored head. The beer is a nice caramel color which appears to be a glowing honey/amber color when held to the light. Dark enough to prove its place as a winter warmer whilst not being so dark as to hide the brilliance of its color and clarity the way many recent warmers are doing.

As I drink nice mounds of rocky lace coat the edges of my glass, and the short cap of residual foam I am left with is still going strong 10 minutes later.

The aroma shows signs of cinnamon stick, birch bark, honey, and light but fresh raw ginger. This isn't the freshest of bottles which is a shame, because the last time I had this on draft I kept stealing my wife's glass of this just to smell it. A month or two old now, this still has a complex and fitting aroma, though perhaps minus the lovely punch that this beer has when extremely fresh.

The flavor is actually much better than I remembered it from last year. Rich gingerbread mingles with potent earthy hops and a nice spice kick at the end. Bitterness only checks the sweetness of the maris otter malt - allowing the range of spice additions to ride full-circle around the palate. The malt is very nice though and more forward than some warmers that try to showcase their ability to be a spice bomb. Toffee and baked dark bread round out this Columbus offering.

Very smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes a bit dry and has a bitter herbal hop aftertaste.

Overall this is one of the better Winter Warmers I have had this year. Given the availability of this compared to GLBC's Christmas Ale (and the price difference to boot) I might have to rethink my buying strategy next winter and stock my fridge with this instead!

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Immediate blast of cinnamon upon first taste. Nothing overpowering or overwhelming, it's just there. Very very subtle undertones of ginger, hardly noticeable. Pours a pretty copper color with small - medium head. Good amount of lacing remains. Finishes well. This is a very balanced and very enjoyable winter brew. Highly recommended!

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Columbus Winter Warmer from Columbus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.