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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A old ale with american hop varietals that has a complex citrus and caramelized toffee aroma and underlying notes of chocolate.

Added by cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,384
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
607
pDev:
12.63%
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 Edition (says it's a winter warmer) -- Pours a hazy red with orange edges, two finger cream colored head, left a thin layer and thick lacing. Smell: brown sugar, soft banana, fig, piney hops, a little spicy. Taste: a bit roasted and astringent upfront, giving way to sweet caramel, fig, and banana. Hops provide some balance towards the end of the sip: spicy, citrus peel. Finishes dry and chocolaty. Full bodied, creamy and rich feel. Alcohol is well hidden, but it's rich enough to be a sipper. 1/12/2010. (Rating: 4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4)

2010 Edition (says it's an English Barleywine) -- Cap came off too easily, thought it might gush. Pours an opaque red-tinted dark brown with billowing tan head that very slowly settles to a quarter inch and leaves big swaths of lace on the glass. caramelized sugar, buttered toasted dark bread, dark fruit - fig/plum, light dusting of pine. Taste: cloying...wow, hard to taste anything but sweet. Fig, brown sugar, candied lemon, a little nutty, some pine hopping in the finish. Plus some HFCS?! It's really far too sweet. Full bodied, syrupy into creamy carb. Some alcohol in the throat. Could have been great, but just unpleasantly sweet. 6/17/2011. (Rating: 4.5/4/2.5/4/3)

2011 Edition. Now it's an Old Ale / English Barleywine + citric hopping. A nearly opaque clouded orange / red tinted medium brown with billowing tan head. Very slowly settles to a quarter inch with thick lacing down the glass. Smell: loads of caramel, dates, and a little raisin. Soft and sweet tropical fruit, mild pineapple and candied citrus, resinous, leafy note. Taste: seriously sweet and syrupy upfront but with loads of hop flavor and bitterness. As with 2010 still overly sweet, but this year’s balances out much more. Upfront a blast of brown sugar, non-maple syrup, orange and pineapple juice. Mint and anise notes mid sip. Orange citrus and a little tropical fruit softness throughout. Syrupy upfront but with enough carbonation to push it to creamy. Much better than 2010, but still too sweet. Bottled 11/7/2011, drank 12/3/2011. 11% (Rating: 4.0 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 4.0 / 3.0).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this to my homie jeremy for bringing this one over last night. its a cool take on the style, to not have a spiced winter warmer i think is uncommon, but i dig it pretty hard. it has a year on it, and some definitely oxidation has occurred, but it flatters this beer pretty well i reckon. some sediment in the glass, hazy and thick dark brown caramel color with a tall white head, real lively looking for what it is. past the wet cardboard oxidation up front, it smells like an english barleywine. heavy sweet malts, toffee, dried cherries, and maybe plum, its quite fruity in the nose, and all of these hops they boast on the label seem to be lost over time. surprisingly it is quite hoppy in the flavor, perhaps just the nose was muted, its bitter on the finish, still sweet too, but layered and good. lots of cherry here, semi artificial at times, but it resolves before its over. yeasty too, which i also dig, high gravity english strain maybe, its hard to tell with the oxidation, and then plenty of booze to back it up. a cool take on the style and a beer that probably shouldnt be cellared much longer than a year. an awesome beer to kick off an awesome night of beer drinking.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Served in a CCB snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that has nice retention and lacing. Looks beautiful in the glass.

S- The aroma is a lot of malt sweetness, caramel, toffee, a touch of chocolate, spices and some hops as well. There's a lot going on in the nose, very nice aroma!

T- The taste is a lot of sweetness up front from the malt, caramel, toffee and some bitterness in the finish from the hops along with some warmth from the alcohol. If I could change one thing I would lower the sweetness a bit and up the bitterness from the hops to help balance out the sweetness. Still, a very tasty brew.

M- The mouthfeel is perfect in this brew. It is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, another awesome brew from CCB that is great to enjoy on the few cold nights we get in Florida. Highly recommended.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a two finger high dense beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of citrus in the nose. As the beer warms up, these become stronger and toffee also becomes very apparent.
T: The overall taste is rather sweet and has flavors of toffee along with notes of chocolate and hints of citrusy hops. The combination of toffee and chocolate make the taste resemble a Tootsie Roll.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: The citrusy aromas are quite unusual and interesting for the style. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste, although the amount of sweetness is what will make you need to sip this beer.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DIPAFAN
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thecheapies
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 release.

Deep dark ruby with a coarse mount of fluffy beige head. Looks like a delicious sipper.

Caramelly malt with toffee sugar, raisin, hints of oxidized apple, and punchy booze. Notes of milk chocolate and dried fruit.

Sweet caramel malt with big mallow and toffee flavors. Very sweet, almost cloying. Rich grain and evolving flavors. Date, raisin, and milk chocolate. The body of the beer is just shy of syrupy. A little carbonation leftover causing some sizzle. Trailing behind all the beastly malts and high gravity is a tinge of citrusy hops. Very nice.

Tasty old ale with a sweet caramelly bent. Recommended.

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Photo of HamFon
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this bottle at the Walk The Line On Barleywine competition - it had been brewed recently.

A: slightly hazy yellowish copper. Extreme large fluffy beige head of small bubbles persisted. Bottle was a slow gusher after beer had been poured - very slowly foaming over.

S: brown sugar, floral notes, toffee

T: big brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, floral, black pepper, toffee, woody, spicy

M: Lighter body than expected for the full malt character, very creamy and fizzy due to the high carbonation

O: A nice combination of malt and spices, but way overcarbonated, and with too much residual sweetness

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Photo of Pens1967
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NT99
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Avagadro
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark for an old ale; black and just shy of opaque. Head is frothy an mocha colored, with great retention.

S: American PNW hops are there, but not much else...

T: Quite sweet, with a definite emphasis on the malty side of things. Caramel, vanilla, and custard are well presented, with little of the hops that have been promised by the nose. My only complaint is that the brew is a tad too sweet. Don't get me wrong, I love my Old Ales to be malt forward. I just feel that this particular example could benefit from a higher degree of attenuation.

M: Full bodied, velvety, and a touch sticky.

D: Overall, this is a solid brew from one of my favorite breweries. Again, a touch too sweet, but delicious nonetheless. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look: A great caramel color. Definitely a prelude of things to come. The head was about one finger, that went down to a constant thin layer, that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: My first thought was olive. There was a clear olive smell, but then it transitioned into a smokey caramel. Maybe bits of coffee in there as well.

Taste: Again, like the smell, it was one thing, then moved onto another. At first I definitely tasted the citrus. After that, the citrus gave way to a very sweet caramel. Smokey caramel at that.

Feel: This to me, is a very sweet beer, so my initial reaction is to not keep it in my mouth very long. Carbonation is medium, and it has an overall thickness to it. I wasn't head over heels about the feel myself. It wasn't terrible, but just felt odd.

Overall: I'm not experienced in Old Ales, but this one will keep me trying others. It might be just a bit too sweet, but in moderation I don't think it'd be a problem with me. I loved the changing of smells and taste, I found that to be one of the fun moments of the beer.

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Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this at the Total Wine right up the road from Cigar City.

A: Extremely dark brown.... it looked like carbonated prune juice even, and with a slight orange-white head that stuck around for a while.

S: Much more fruit and candy sugar than some of the evergreen frankincense bombs that a lot of winter warmers tend to be.

T: Just like the nose, only even more intense. Sure, I got some licorice, but mostly plums, figs, and melted mallow creme candy.

M: Sticky sweet.... OMG! That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it certainly hurts the drinkability. Additionally, while I didn't get any booze, there certainly was a lot of sugar lingering on the palate.

O: While this was really good and impeccably well-crafted, I prefer Anchor's offerings in 09' 10' way more than this one.

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Photo of tjmiller718
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hornsup
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

2012-2013 bottle courtesy of a pal from Jacksonville area

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint at 50 degrees

A: Beautiful funky brownish orange with about a 1/2 inch head that dissipates quickly leaving only a nice resin around the edges

S: Like jamming your face in a jar of citrus fruits that have been soaked in sugar. Very sweet, slight oak, lots of toffee, and quite a bit of hops at the back end

T: Taste for me was very sweet up front but it quickly changed into a very fruity wood flavor. Very reminiscent of citrus barleywines such as a local favorite of mine, Blackfin from Beach Brewing. Has some grapefruit and a little chocolate in the middle as well...makes you forget there is even alcohol in the beer

M: Mouthfeel is chewy, oily and syrupy....almost too syrupy

O: I like this beer as I am a fan of Old Ales in general. The only complaint I would have is that its hard to finish a bomber alone, but with that said, I did so. Its very sweet and syrupy but the woody aspect and grapefruit notes make this beer sneak up on you if you arent careful. I enjoyed it, but definately couldnt drink it every night nor could I drink anything else after having this beer as it makes you have a sugar overload.

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3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikey711
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark caramel almost brown color, slightly see through with a fluffy tan head that holds well and leaves nice lacing

S: caramel chocolate, toffee,. All sweet smelling

T: Very sweet caramel and brown sugar to start followed by a slightly bitter chocolate and roasted note. As it warms more of the roastiness comes out and less of the sweetness

M: Nice full body, no heat, creamy

D: One glass is enough and this one is best shared

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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle via trade thanks to ben4321.

Pours slightly cloudy chestnut brown with a one-finger light beige head.

Aroma is pretty nice, lots of spices and caramel, chocolate, and citrus hops.

Flavor is really good and complex. Sweet caramel malt and toffee, chocolate, rye, and lots of spices. Piney and citrusy hops, along with orange peel. Even some wood, although this is not -bal aged.

Medium-full bodied and smooth with soft carbonation.

Decent drinkability. Overall a very unique and interesting winter warmer. Once again, Cigar City impresses.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another thanks to Lerxst!

Pours almost dark, almost black, brown with a frothy 2 finger light tan head that fades slowly but sticks around till the bottom of the bottle.

Pine and citrus hops are up front in the aroma followed by caramel and roasty malts. Toffee and maple syrup as well. Alcohol makes an appearance towards the end. Spices come out as it warms.

Sweet and sticky. Citrus hops with lots of syrupy malt sweetness. Honey, grapefruit, toffee, some coffee, dark fruits. The sweetness takes over towards the end.

Syrupy and sticky mouthfeel. Small carbonation bubbles. Finish is long and resiny.

The sweetness got to me in the end. Even with the significant hop presence, it became a bit cloying towards the bottom of the bottle.

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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance of a viscous pour with a vigorous light tan head of tiny bubbles that left lacing all down the glass.

Smell of citrus, caramel, toffee and sweet malt.

Taste of sweet dark fruit. Plums, Apple, citrus, all very sweet. There is a lot of malt sweetness in this brew. Slightly unattenuated and barleywinelike with a thick viscous syrupy feeling to it. Sweet enough at 10 percent that you would think this one was stronger. There is a boozy presence as well as a very fresh taste to it and I really enjoyed it. Taste was similar to Brown Shuggah from Lagunitas. Plenty of caramelization / brown sugar to go around and a slick finish which I really enjoyed.
Definitely drinkable due to the fresh taste and light carbonation. I am sure time would not hurt this one as it is mostly sweet malt flavors and some spices which I cannot identify.

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Photo of Chris-1911
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FreshHawk
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 607 ratings
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