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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 | website

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
Reviews:
206
Ratings:
599
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.72%
 
 
Wants:
128
Gots:
173
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to sportstsar for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, candied fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite rich and boozy.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick single finger off white head with excellent retention and lacing on a cloudy, deep amber copper body. Very nice dark fruit aroma with fig, molasses, plum and raisin with hints of caramel. Flavor follows nicely with more fig, plum, raisin and apple for dark fruit, candy sugar, caramel, candied citrus and more hitch borders on being a little too sweet. Medium body which is smooth and oily with moderate carbonation. Very flavorful, a little too sweet though but the booze are definitely well hidden. A very well crafted brew.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a bottle of this a few years ago when I took my mom out for her birthday to the Bethlehem Speakeasy. The beer poured out as what appeared to be a very nice looking red color. I was having a hard time telling since it was so dark in there. The head was thin and a little creamy looking. The smell of the beer was a little spicy and to me was very inviting. The taste of the beer was very nice, spices colliding with some sweet malts that create a nice warming effect. The mouthfeel had a really nice thickness to it, very creamy. Overall I really enjoyed this Winter Warmer, I'd love to try it again one day.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decadent sweetness and layer upon layer of bold complexities gives this larger-than-life beer an allure that will talk any hop-head to the malty side of the fence.

Ok, sometimes the grass is greener on the other side, if for only a beer or two- the ale pours with a viscous but creamy pour. As the lavish mahogany-hued ale slowly settles into the glass, a slow rise of ultra-dense foam eventually caps the beer in what looks like creamy meringue. Hazy and rusty beneath, the ale is redish-brown and nearly opaque. Its foam stance is persistent and sticky with lace while the beer trails.

Rich aromas of toffee, maple and molasses evoke mouthwatering stimulation while a savory toasted caramel character gives something a bit more robust. Heavily bready, the deserts of coffee and rum cakes seem to rise from the malty matrix. Seemingly spiced like rum as well, light cinnamon, allspice and clove seem to rise from the sting of alcohol and wraps around its dark fruit esters seamlessly.

As as that savory malt sweetness greets the early palate, its that coffee cake richness that clings to the taste buds. Hearty molasses, toffee and maple seems slightly buttery, heavily caramelized and very bready. Dark and dried fruits resemble plumb, raisin, cherry, apple and prune in somewhat fruitcake-like fashion. Sometimes coating the mouth like heavy whipping cream, the spicy alcohols slice right through all that richness with that same spiced rum character that the nose relied upon.

Heavy and dense, the beer's chewy mouthfeel lays a thick coat upon the mouth with a slow and lumbering finish. Its utter creamy texture is slow to separate its creamy carbonation and leads to a bready-sweet mouthfeel even deep into finish. Spicy warmth is the ale's only balance as the ale trails with dark rum once again.

Warmer Winter is the epitome of cold weather beer- it's hearty, rich, and most importantly- potent! ...and stacked inside a 22oz bottle, a warm up is on the way!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Last year's vintage, which I picked up at Capone's.

Poured into a snifter. Color is a moderate caramel color. Single-finger white head recedes somewhat quickly but leaves a few legs and a bit of lace. The nose is really fruity, with large amounts of raisins, figs, and stone fruits. Good dose of caramel and booze as well. The taste focuses on fruit and alcohol, with a bit of malty sweetness. Feel is a bit boozy, but melds well with the flavors. A nice sipper.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This Old Ale poured out a clear bronze hue with a one-finger, tan head that left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty, bready and sweet. A mild fruit aroma, too.

T - This is a rich, malty beer with sweet caramel and boozy flavors. A nice bitter bite balances out the sweet and maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

D - This is a very good Ole Ale. Thanks to given2flybrewing for sharing this one, too.

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Photo of oline73
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very murky mahogany color with a finger of creamy off white head. The head sticks around nicely and coats the glass.

Smell: Sweet and malty up front with a lot of dark fruit. Definitely some hops here as well, I'm getting some citrus peel.

Taste: There is a lot of malt sweetness here too, but the hops show up more than they did in the nose. Dark fruit and a hint of molasses join the citrus peel bitterness. The favors don't integrate seamlessly, but I'm enjoying everything. The finish is bitter with a lingering malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy with thick, creamy carbonation and a finish that's just a touch dry.

Overall: I'm not sure I loved the combination of favors, but I enjoyed the beer enough. The bitter and sweet clashed a bit in my opinion.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of medium-tan foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body with some ruby highlights. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Thick, rich brown malt aromas of toffee, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. Strong pine and citrus hop aromas as well with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange.

T - Lots of dark, toffee malt up front along with burnt caramel and some fruity notes of plum and black cherries. The sugary character increases in complexity towards the middle with notes of brown sugar, rum, and molasses that blend with citrus and pine hop flavors to create a velvety balance of dark malt and hops. Finishes with some nice orange hop notes and moderate bitterness balancing dark caramel malts, chocolate, some roast. Lingering flavors of burnt sugar and pine hops with light tobacco and smoke.

M - Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, but balanced finish.

D - This is a well made beer that thoroughly succeeds in its role as a winter warmer. The malt character is excellent, it compares well to the best English and American examples of the style with a complex blend of dark sugar and roasted/caramel malts. The hops balance well and the strong fruity character is an unusual twist on what I would normally expect in this sort of beer. The fruit character works, especially in the aroma, nevertheless I can't help but think that a more traditional pine or earthy hop character might have made for a more balanced and subtle flavor profile. I enjoyed this beer and I would be really interested to see how one would mellow and age for next year.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. 2010 edition.

Pours black, with a couple fingers or so of rich and dark hued mocha head. This retains with a robust near finger, leaving back soapy swathes of thick patchy lace. The aroma is deep, with notes of cocoa, molasses, brown, sugar, green citrus, and some spice and sweetness from the alcohol. This is nice.

The taste mostly mirrors the nose, with a rich and sticky blend of chocolate, caramel, darker molasses, brown sugar, while a green citric bitterness adds to the complexity here. The finish is a bit dry and roasty, with a touch of lingering sugars, bitterness, and sweet and spicy alcohol. The mouthfeel is full bodied and prickly feeling up front, but this quickly gives way to a thick warm chewiness that matches up nicely with those flavors. Alcohol is nicely concealed for the most part, with the extra sweetness and spice this provides to the profiles being most welcome.

This one was a real surprise to me, as I was expecting a straight up traditional Winter Warmer and was greeted by more of an Old Ale/Barleywine hybrid with some extra Winter Warmer character thrown in for good measure. It’s no wonder that they opt to often go into the barrel with this one. It’s definitely got some presence to it and a favorable one at that.

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

Appearance: Pours out a near-opaque, chestnut brown body with a thinnish, sudsy, beige-colored head.

Smell: Softly sweet-scented aroma of dark malts smelling of chocolate powder, dark caramel, and dark breads along with notable notes of dried dark fruitiness. Vibrant hop character peering through the malts, coming across with hints of grapefruit peel, lemon, white pine, and zesty spruce tips.

Taste: A malty start tasting of caramel, cocoa, and sticky clumps of brown sugar. Modest amount of sweetness throughout. Toss in a goodly-sized handful of raisins marinated in dark rum. WWWW sports a surprising snap of hop bitterness, along with tastes of pine and citric citrus fruits and spice-coated spruce. Slight alcohol warmth as you near the finish featuring some dry malt hints and a concluding zip of earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Beyond some slight alcohol warmth here and there, this one goes down fairly gently. A pleasant, enjoyable brew for the winter months be it in the snowy north or sun-soaked south.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

AHH HAAA! The tables have turned on Cigar City's "WARMER Winter Winter Warmer" - it's not warm in Tampa right now! When a cold spell hits and the nighttime temperature in Tampa drops to 32 F, it goes down just fine!!! Sitting outside by the pool beneath the night time sky with a snifter of WWWW it's freakishly cold!

A: Despite the fact that I started with a very visible layer of sedimented yeast at the bottom of the bottle, I've got a surprisingly clear dark mahogany body in front of me (only in the last two pours was the sediment disturbed). Held up to the light it displays a brilliant crimson glow, not unlike Rudolph's nose! The creamy, two-finger thick head atop it is a dark tan; and it leaves some very beautiful sheets of broken, craggy lace as it goes.

S: In the nose it's sweet and syrupy with a bit of a perfumey quality, quite possibly from the alcohol. It's floral and fruity (red berries) with a touch of what I'd liken to the edge of an almost-burnt gingerbread cookie (a little bit of burnt sugar, a little bit of burnt cookie dough).

T: The flavor is sweet, raisin-like, sugary, floral, bready, caramelsih, toasty, malty, and even oatmeal-like. It's rich, intense, and complex. With each sip, layers of residual sugar are left to slowly erode from the palate, leaving behind brown sugar, fruit, and eventually bitterness and molasses. And it constantly changes. At first it's very sugary, but then as the alcohol works its way through, it displays more fruity and softly spicy notes. There's raisin, plum and red berries, but I even find some cherry in it. A solid bitterness emerges from beneath to bring it down in the end.

M: In the mouth it's decidedly full bodied and dextrinous. I'm not sure what the carbonation level is, (as whatever is in it is certainly well-contained by the dextrinous body) but it comes across as creamy and smooth.

D: Drinkability once again comes down to how much did you like it? And how much would you like to have another if you could? It's a pretty solid beer, and it's fairly strong to boot, but more importantly, it's very sweet. I drank two 10 oz glasses and my palate was overwhelmed with flavor. I'd certainly have another though, and it's unique enough that I'd say it's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having had a couple different treatments of this one I was eagerly anticipating having the original. I decided it would be a good one to try on Easter as I had a good number to split it with me. Served chilled and poured into a 6 ounce tasting glass, this one was consumed on 04/04/2010.

The pour was a nice dark amber color with a small white head that rose up to about a half an inch but settled down nicely. Good lacing around the outside of the glass kept things going strong for me as it coated the inside thoroughly. The first aroma to hit the nose is a soft fruity one. Hints of pears, honey, notes of caramel and toffee. Very light, airy and complex and it seemed that the more it warmed the sweeter and fresher it seemed to become. Lots of fruits of various kinds coming out here now, very nicely done. The first sip was heaven on earth for me. I was seriously in awe of this one. Rich toffee and caramel, butterscotch undertones are all pinned against ripe fruits, mango and light citrus, hints of pear and apple. Enormous palate profile here as each sip seemed to bring something else to the table for me, not even knowing what was to come next I push on and it seems to just coat the tongue with each following note. Sublime. Smooth, even feel, medium in body with a touch of punch to it that brings it to the front. Again, ridiculously solid approach here. ABV very well hidden as I was able to simply go forward unimpeded.

Overall one of the best things I have had from CCB hands down. This was beyond a winner for me and I am thrilled to have another bottle to go back to. Hard to say if it will get better, as it was darn near perfect now. I must try in my opinion if you are big on the style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

~25ml portion of a 2013/14 bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Bottled on date: 8 Nov. 2013.

Pours a murky dark brown, leaving hardly a trace of sediment in the bottle.

Aroma: sweet and roasted grains, alcohol esters, cooked peaches and other fruits.
Flavor: sweet, bordering on too sweet, with plenty of soft and dark fruits, some alcohol esters, dark bread, chocolate, fruity hops, and hints of toffee and brown sugar.

O: Distinct, complex and interesting. Would likely benefit from some further aging.

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

Thanks to Gtreid for this extra.

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours ½ finger of beige head that fades down fast to a thinner layer. Good retention from then. Low level of splattered lace. Color is a hazed caramel copper brown.

Aroma: Sweet and malty. Caramel and toffee. Some citrus fruit. Orange shows through nicely. Some pine hop bite. A bit of sweet sugary spice flavors. Some chocolate. A pretty decent old ale.

Taste: Big malt bomb. Lots of caramel and toffee flavors with some chocolate notes. This one is boozy which I expect from an old. Some dark dried fruit notes. Plums and raisins with some molasses. Fairly rich. The orange citrus fruit shows through a bit, but is masked more by the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little crisp, and relatively refreshing. A decent amount of carbonation with a fuller bodied. Ends sweet, malty, and warm.

Overall, a decent old ale. Better than others but, I still think HotD makes their old ale near the top of the style. CCB made a nice offering with this one. I am happy I got a chance to try it. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I split this three ways with my brother and JC -enjoyed from a mug chilled and allowed to gradually warm.

The color is very murky orange-ish brown with a thick cream cap that holds and lasts, not very attractive although it fits the style. The smell is fragrant with floral and citrus and some mild toffee notes with leather and slight woody herbal notes from the hops with nice sweet malt and light fruit from the yeast, hardly any alcohol. The feel is thick, viscous and sweet unrelenting really with a mild bitterness and mellow spice with slight hint of alcohol near cellar temp.

The flavor is nice with some citrus from the hops and slight caramel body with a gentle creamines from the yeast with hint of spice and toffee as mentioned in the descriptors from the label. The flavor gets a little more earthy and woody as it goes on and the alcohol comes forward, rich and almost meaty with a hint of raisin. The drinkability is good for an 11% beer, not sure I would rush to get this again, but if available I wouldn't hesitate. I think it is a solid brew and like that it doesn't show its strength all that much.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a murky, dark caramel color with a frothy tan head covering the top of the beer and sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a big malty presence to it with caramel, toffee and some sweeter dark fruits leading the way. A good amount of hoppiness is noticeable in it as well with some resiny, citrus rind like qualities. Pretty appealing aroma overall.

The taste also shows a very nice balance of malty and hoppy. I get more of the caramel, toffee and dark fruit sweetness to it at first while the bitter, citrus rind like hoppiness lingers more into the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very good beer all around. They really brought all the flavors together very well in it. Very flavorful and enjoyable to sip on this afternoon.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/27 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one finger of white head. Nice froth.

s - Has a sticky sweet smell. Some caramel and dark fruits, as well as malts.

t - Tastes of dark fruits and sweet malts. Little bit of caramel.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Thought this was pretty good. Nice sweet caramel and malt smell or taste. Would try again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon.

The beer is russet brown, with an inch of tan head that leaves plenty of lacing on the tulip glass. The aroma brings toffee, malt, alcohol. Nice flavor, and not what I expected from a winter warmer. The beer is sweet and thick, with only a minimal contribution from the spices, which is a refreshing change of pace, as many brews of this ilk are overly spiced. Really sweet, and best in small quantities. A tasty brew, I would certainly have this again, though a small sampling is plenty. Nursing a snifter of this on a cold winter day would be nice.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage. 750ml bottle poured into a matching CCB snifter. The brew appears a dark mahogany color with ruby clarity and a khaki cap that fades leaving patchy lace.

Aroma is sweet with toffee, caramel, molasses and some toastiness. Raisony alcohol.

Taste is malty sweet like molasses, toffee, caramel and firm bitterness. A bit of burnt character and mild oxidation.

Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. More bitter than I was expecting but still a solid brew with some of its age starting to become noticeable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle poured into my CBS snifter. Split four ways.

Appearance - Deep mahogany body with a gigantic head. My quarter of the bottle overflowed my glass, if that gives you an idea. My first worry was infection, but that fear was quickly allayed.

Smell - Metallic. A bit oxidized, perhaps? Toffee and a hint of hops. It's tough to pull other flavors through the tin foil aroma, though.

Taste - No metal in the taste, thankfully. Extremely sweet. Syrupy sweet. Caramel and toffee flavors first, followed by some earthy hops, but faint. A hint of some lighter fruit flavors, but also faint.

Mouthfeel - Thick and heavy. Too sweet. I could never drink a whole bottle. Decent carbonation, which serves to lighten it, but still a diabetes bomb.

Overall - Too sweet to be all that good. The flavors are there, but some more fermentation would do this some good. A drier, earthier, less-sweet version of this could be quite good.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jw347 for sending me a bottle of this one. A hoppy old ale, eh? Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam - has excellent retention for a 10% old ale, and eventually settles to a thick cap. Hazy, dark red-brown color that glows when held to the light and reveals a few bubbles as well.

S - Earthy, spicy rye dominates, but as the brew warms notes of orange zest and cocoa emerge. It also gets a bit piny and shows a touch of solvent alcohol character. Probably the least compelling part of the brew - doesn't really "pop" or explode from the glass. I actually got foam on my nose trying to pull more flavors from it.

T - The taste is a little bit of an improvement, with orange citrus, chocolate, multi-grain toast, and markedly better-hidden alcohol. The hop bitterness is quite high and persists well into the aftertaste; it's probably a bit too extreme and unbalanced for this style, but it's not totally unpleasant nor unwelcome.

M - Medium-full body is definitely a plus, but the carbonation is a little higher than I'd expect from an old ale. Otherwise it's quite solid, with a nice chewy and creamy texture. Not overly hot either.

D - This isn't my favorite Cigar City brew - I'm not sure the high hop bitterness meshes well with the traditional old ale flavors, and things end up seeming muddled rather than complex. I'm curious if this was better fresh, when the citrus was more present - I can imagine it creating a sort of Terry's Chocolate Orange vibe. Definitely not your typical old ale, and glad I split it three ways as 750ml would have been way too much.

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Photo of tdm168
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this back from Florida.

When I cracked the top on this foam came billowing out of the top of the bottle. It poured a dark brown with a quarter inch of loose, foamy brown head that had decent retention. The nose heavy dark fruit with some notes of barley and candy. The flavor is bready, heavy barley malt up front followed by caramel and dark fruit and finishes with an overwhelming candy sugar sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a little syrupy but smooth and lightly carbonated.

I really wanted to like this beer. It seemed like all the right elements were there but they didn't all mesh. This one loses a lot of points because of how sweet it was. I had a hard time finishing a glass of it let alone the entire bottle. I'm glad I shared it. This is just way too sweet and candy-like for me to want again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, $10.99/DeCiccos in Ardsley, NY/no freshness/vintage info. Pours murky dark brown, with some small chunks floating around and bubbles continuing to rise to the top, the head is medium khaki,thick and frothy, leaving ample, good looking sheeting and webs of lite lace. Ginger snap cookies, holiday spicing, smoky brandy and chocolate in the nose. Brown sugar, cinnimon buns, brandy, booze soaked fruits, tasty, bold brew. Also picking up some woody smoke, and dark chocolate. Sweetness, somewhat balanced by citric hops on the back end. Comlex and heady brew, nice night capper or would be lights out with a chocolate dessert. Nice creation from the impressive brewers from Tampa's Cigar city.

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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
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