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Columbus Winter Warmer - Columbus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 23:00:37 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Bonis

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 05:26:10 | More by Bonis
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TasteTester

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-02-2012 03:43:43 | More by TasteTester
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fluidmotion

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-01-2012 15:26:50 | More by fluidmotion
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

11-28-2012 03:36:40 | More by Giantspace
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resistdefy

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-25-2012 01:38:00 | More by resistdefy
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jminch

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-17-2012 13:26:52 | More by jminch
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CoryJHarber

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-18-2012 18:48:37 | More by CoryJHarber
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-15-2012 23:21:10 | More by t0rin0
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Brutesling57

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-04-2012 18:24:44 | More by Brutesling57
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-04-2012 05:06:23 | More by vrbulldog22
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BaneyQ


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-13-2012 00:16:50 | More by BaneyQ
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dusting871

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-18-2012 19:31:56 | More by dusting871
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jharkins07

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-09-2012 19:36:12 | More by jharkins07
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Spider889

Ohio

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 20:19:53 | More by Spider889
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.1%

01-13-2012 23:00:36 | More by ygtbsm94
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 18:06:31 | More by Huhzubendah
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Ryan011235

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 07:08:40 | More by Ryan011235
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McNealc31

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 16:41:24 | More by McNealc31
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schoun

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-07-2012 14:03:15 | More by schoun
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-05-2012 18:50:54 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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crashdavisinoh

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-04-2012 15:24:06 | More by crashdavisinoh
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durwood64

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-31-2011 13:22:32 | More by durwood64
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beesy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 03:31:37 | More by beesy
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CTownDrinker

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:38:00 | More by CTownDrinker
Columbus Winter Warmer from Columbus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.