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Columbus Winter Warmer - Columbus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

102 Ratings
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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)
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

t0rin0, Sep 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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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3/5  rDev -21.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Jan 21, 2011
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 superspak
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/31/2012. Pours hazy and cloudy reddish orange color with a 1 finger foamy off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a minimal ring of lace. No glass lacing, and some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, apple, cinnamon, gingerbread, and light floral. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spices notes; with moderate strength. Taste of caramel, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, gingerbread, clove, pepper, and light floral. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, apple, cinnamon, toast, gingerbread, and clove on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and robustness of malt and spice flavor; with a solid malt/spice balance and a fair amount of cloying sweetness/spice flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid winter warmer. Good robustness and solid balance of flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

superspak, Apr 14, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is hazy orange with a small, off white head. The aroma offers cinnamon, apples - smells like apple cobbler/pie. The flavor is heavily spiced, with cinnamon leading the way. Lacking balance. Best in small quantities. Like drinking sweet apple pie. Thin bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, tasty but one dimensional. Worth a try.

Huhzubendah, Jan 13, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +10%
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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3.95/5  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.

Dogbrick, Dec 19, 2007
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Gobzilla, Jan 20, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in trade with ogglethorp (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of stronger cinnamon, ginger (that got stronger as it warmed), caramel, and other spices. Tastes of cinnamon, ginger, berries, nuts, citrus, and caramel.

Notes from: 1/25/08

hopdog, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

PittBeerGirl, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

mcallister, Nov 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

duff247, Feb 25, 2013
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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
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3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jayli
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from Csmiley via Review This! BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 12/15

A: This beer pours a nice rich amber, mahogany color. Only a film sits on top of this beer and leaves some spotty wispy lacing.

S: Nose is of massive ginger, cinnamon, and caramel malts.

T: Taste is massive ginger at the forefront with some sugary sweetness that actually enhances the sharpness the ginger. Taste evens out through the middle with caramel malt and finishes with a cinnamon that lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation, rich body that is creamy and finishes pretty clean.

D: Interestingly brewed beer. Somewhat tasty, goes down easily, I couldn't sit with more than one of these however one at a time can be appreciated.

Jayli, Dec 17, 2009
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Columbus Winter Warmer from Columbus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.