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Columbus Winter Warmer - Columbus Brewing Company

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85
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of muttyd
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Gobzilla
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.

Photo of Tilley4
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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...

Photo of tchaos
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of russwbeck
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of Bogforce
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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

Photo of nhindian
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 .

Photo of Osiris9588
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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.

Photo of zimm421
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Jayli
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of timmlimestone
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of DigitalNoir
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of hopdog
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Photo of selecter70
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of ddtprm
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
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.

Columbus Winter Warmer from Columbus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.