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Columbus Winter Warmer - Columbus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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 BarrytheBear
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

BarrytheBear, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Bonis
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Bonis, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

TasteTester, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of fluidmotion
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

fluidmotion, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Giantspace
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Giantspace, Nov 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

resistdefy, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of jminch
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

jminch, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of CoryJHarber
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

CoryJHarber, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.5%

t0rin0, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Brutesling57
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Brutesling57, Aug 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

vrbulldog22, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of BaneyQ
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BaneyQ, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of dusting871
4/5  rDev +5.5%

dusting871, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

jharkins07, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Spider889
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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
Photo of Ryan011235
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 McNealc31
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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

McNealc31, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

schoun, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

gratefulbeerhead, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of crashdavisinoh
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

crashdavisinoh, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of durwood64
3/5  rDev -20.8%

durwood64, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of beesy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

beesy, Dec 31, 2011
Columbus Winter Warmer from Columbus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.