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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 russwbeck
3.49/5  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.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A- Pours an amber color with a thick white foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Lots of malt sweetness and spices. A touch of alcohol and maybe some toasted bread.

T- Wow, right away I'm hit with the cinnamon and ginger. Very spicy and sweet with a toasted malt finish. The English malts provide a nice base but the spices definitely steal the show. Not much going on in the hop department. This is most definitely a spicy winter themed beer.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. The alcohol doesn't seem bothersome so I'd have to place this at around 6% ABV.

O- A very interesting brew that I could see picking up around the holidays and sharing with family/friends.

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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 ATLbeerDog
2.63/5  rDev -31%
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.

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Photo of nhindian
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter, courtesy of russwbeck. Thanks Russ!

A - Poured a dark brown, mahogany colored body with 1.5-fingers of khaki colored head. Body is muddy with a little carbonation stream. Almost no lacing at all.

S - Smells very sweet and malty with a very strong spice profile to it. Cinnamon and ginger come through strongly, as well as a slight woody characteristic as well.

T - Given the great nose, I was ready to expect some great things from the taste. However, what I got instead was somewhat bland. It's sweet and bready up front, but then nothing to note. That is, until the finish. The end and finish certainly make up for the lacking beginning. It is very spicy, but comes together to deliver a fantastic graham cracker taste full of brown sugar and cinnamon.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with good carbonation and a spicy finish.

D - Drinkability is moderate. The alcohol is well-masked, and the finish is excellent, the beginning and middle, or lack thereof, really hurt this beer for me. Very interesting though and if given the chance, I'd pick up another bottle.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fine deep amber with nice 1.5 finger, off white head, dissipates slowly and leaves a decent amount of lacing along the sides.

S - A lot of caramel and bready malt, but a deeper smell brings out notes of cinnamon, clove, and apple. A bit of an apple pie smell, really.

T - Good balance of malt, spice, and hop in this one. It's not a spice-bomb, but rather one that acknowledges the truer parts of the beer and uses the spice to complement it. Taste begins very heavy and matly, before fading into a light amount of spice, cinnamon and clove, and then finishing with a kick of piney hop. Very nice.

M - Thick mouthfeel, actually, good job embodying the "warming" part of a winter warmer.

Overall - I thought it was solid. Winter warmers tend to either present malt-heavy or spice-heavy, and while this certainly was on the malt-side of things, it did a good job integrating the spices nicely into the beer, and giving a polish of hops. Good beer.

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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 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 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 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 muttyd
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.62/5  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.

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Photo of selecter70
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of tchaos
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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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 Bogforce
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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

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