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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2007)
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Photo of Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Reddish-amber color, with a good looking off-white head. Retention is decent. A few spots of lace adorn the glass.

Rich, malty nose. Elements of toffee combine with some spices. Cinnamon comes to mind, maybe some ginger and a hint of vanilla.
Malt up front gives some nice caramel and light toffee flavors. A bit of sweetness, some cinnamon and ginger. Earthy bitterness rounds things out. Spices are soft and blend well together.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. A pretty nice beer.

Bierguy5, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 1/9/12

Rustic looking tobacco brown hue with a golden amber highlight at the stem. Three fingers worth of foam slowly settles to about 1/3rd inch layer. Rings of drippy lace.

The aroma is a treat. Sweet cinnamon bread, caramel, orange peel, toasty brown sugar and a subtle ginger spiciness. Ample malt notes are accented by overtones of piney hops. It also shies from smelling to sweet. Everything about the nose calls to mind winter and Christmas and such.

Winter Warmer tastes right in line with the aroma. Lots of toasted bread, dusty caramel undertones, dry cinnamon and ginger notes and earthy/piney hops. It's very dry, too.

Easily medium-full body, though I'm inclined to say it leans more toward the robust side. Moderate carbonation is checked by the body, though it provides a focused, prickly addition to the spices and hops. Finishes rather dry with residuals of the aforementioned toasted bread, hops and spice.

I started the bottle while still pretty cold. After it warms and opens up, I find it loses some of its distinctiveness; the aroma is most affected and the flavors start to blur. Thus, I much prefer it cold.

Ryan011235, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of david131
4/5  rDev +5.3%

david131, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of nlmartin
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.

nlmartin, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Spider889
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

Spider889, Jan 27, 2012
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 siege06nd
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

siege06nd, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of apasternak
2/5  rDev -47.4%

apasternak, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4/5  rDev +5.3%

gratefulbeerhead, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

TasteTester, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Tilley4
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with inebriatedjoker... Thanks, Mike!!

This beer reminded me quite a bit of a Wee Heavy with a few spices thrown in.... Deep and rich and malty with a definite finish of graham crackers as others have stated... Very rich almost earthy aromas of the sweet sticky caramel maltiness present... Feels quite thick and chewy.... Raisin-like fruitiness present as well... A good one for the holidays for sure... I liked this one...

Tilley4, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

BarrytheBear, Dec 17, 2012
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 cestlavie
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

cestlavie, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

BB1313, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of vrbulldog22
4/5  rDev +5.3%

vrbulldog22, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ChrisPro, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

projectflam86, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Giantspace
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Giantspace, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

sixerofelixir, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of xdefeatsy
5/5  rDev +31.6%

xdefeatsy, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of zimm421
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark red, amber color with very thin head that leaves little lacing

S - Smells strongly of cinnamon and ginger, a very sweet smell

T - Follows the nose, with cinnamon and ginger standing out with a small amount of bitterness following

M - A fairly thick beer with below average amounts of carbonation, that finishes fairly clean

D - Something that goes down fairly easy, but a few would be the limit for me. Matched with the right food, it would be perfect.

zimm421, Jan 29, 2010
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 jminch
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jminch, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of nhindian
3.53/5  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.

nhindian, Dec 22, 2010
Columbus Winter Warmer from Columbus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.