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
Ratings:
606
Reviews:
206
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.72%
 
 
Wants:
127
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174
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13
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cold winter day deserves a Winter warmer!

Very carbonated, almost too much. Muddy, murky brown, like a barleywine (basically like the label says). Very thick and frothy head. Off-white.

Very sweet smelling, plums, dried fruits, and brown sugar. Hints of dried grains, and hop bitterness.

Very complex, sweet and dry at the same time. Its almost bordering on too sweet, like a Dubbel. Sweetened dark cherries, hints of oranges. For its stature, it sits light, and feels like cherry syrup. a dry woody oak is felt upon exhale. I can see why this isnt a winter warmer anymore. i might categorize it more as a barleywine, but were just speaking semantics now.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, first beer of the new year. 750 ml. bottle poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Deep, dark, caramel brown color. The pour creates a thick two fingers of sand head that leaves sheets of lace.

A: Caramel, figs, and dried fruit. Very sweet. I get a nice hop aroma as well, maybe Simcoe?

T: Again, sweet malts dominate. The caramel and sweet fruit shine, but the hops bring a nice balance. It finishes very boozy.

M: Creamy and smooth. Average carbonation, heavy body.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is only just above average. The booziness of the brew limits it emensely. Cigar City has done better jobs of hiding the strength of their brews in the past. Overall, pretty solid for the style. Definately a sipper, and one for a cool night. Skal.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mulder1010
2.49/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ML poured into a Lost Abbey Tulip

Thanks to Sendsilk for this want

A-- Poured a dark brown, burnt toffee, almost black. Really strange orange brown head. Great retention and lacing to this. Very spotty on the glass and stayed at near a one finger head. Attractive looking beer.

S-- Toffee, bread, chocolate, brandy, and tons of sugar. Very bread like sweet before changing into the other flavors. Sugar really dominates though.

T-- Sickly sweet. Barley wine like in a lot of areas and also a bit winter warmer like as well. decent enough blend. Lots of citrus, toffee, chocolate, and more brandy. Once again very, very sweet though.

M-- Rich and thick. Lots of body to this. Big feel, light on carbonation. More like a barley wine in the feel as the toffee, chocolate, and brandy hold up ok but the sweetness is just very full on here.

O-- Was hard to finish due to sweetness and even shared we did not want more. Spot on in a lot of areas except on how sweet it was. Big negatives on sweetness.

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3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found this one in the cellar that I COMPLETELY forgot about, was quite a little surprise. Doesn't have a year on it, but I know I got it in a trade 4(ish) years ago.

750 ML bottle that was poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Coming out of the bottle it's sort of muddy puddle brown but collects in the glass and rises up to be dark brown/amber/red color with more red highlights along the sides. Particles floating around in there, they settle at the bottom after a while. Nice creamy kaki colored head with various sized but mostly small bubbles. Really nice in the lacing department. Overall a pretty good looking beer.

Smell is really good. Lots of citrus, and it runs deep. When cold it's definitely noticeable and gets stronger as it warms up. Lots of toffee, molasses, dark dehydrated fruit, and even some leather and tobacco. Bready, malty, hoppy, spicy, and a little earthy all in one.

Taste is on par with the smell, deep and complex. Citrus is strong while being both sweet and natural flavors. Slightly citrus bready and maybe even some marmalade. There's strong flavors of toffee, molasses, chocolate and I'd say even some maple. Still pretty hoppy after all these years which I'm most impressed by. Not sure what the combination is but there's the above mentioned citrus and some pine notes.

Mouthfeel is good. Has a strong, nice lingering flavor. As well carbonated as it is, it's incredible smooth. The flavors mesh together perfectly hitting both the sweet and bitter taste buds equally. Alcohol content is present to the tongue but for a 10% beer it's well masked by the other big flavors which is ok, I think this beer was intend to be a sipper. Nice drinkability, I like this one a lot. Really cellarable I've had it fresh and aged and both are awesome. Another impressive brew from Cigar City.

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich mahogany color that creates a nice, tightly knit head that retains pretty well and leaves some lacing. Not quite as dark as I thought, but still really beautiful.

S: The first thing I get is a cheese note (bleu cheese almost), lots of residual sugar, a spicy alcohol note that REALLY adds some awesome character. Dark fruits, banana!, some citrus notes, and an underlying hop profile that is subtle but awesome!

T: Much sweeter than I thought. Caramel, toffee!!, banana, molasses, and much more profound hop profile than the nose. Dark fruits, chocolate, and just deliciousness

MF/D: Big body, lingering sweetness, malty residual sugar finish

Notes:

(1) this is a desert or after dinner beer for sure, or possibly with some sharp cheese

(2) this beer IS available in South Florida- south of Orlando (Total Wine Boca, BX Beer Depot are the stores that I know have this)

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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes
Thanks Urbancaver for sharing

A - Dark but clear brown body, big tan head.

S - raisins, cinnamon, some other elements are difficult to place, but its pretty good.

T - Sweet raisins, toasted/burnt malts. Kind of odd.

M - SMooth, very present, medium body

O (D) - When I was drinking this, I was told it was a barleywine. I though this was a bizarre barleywine. Now that I'm told it's a winter warmer, it makes more sense. Seems to be a decent beer.

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque dark brown with a HUGE bubbly light tan head. Tons of lacing, and pretty much all clear.

S - Has a very distinct sweet aroma to it from Belgian candi sugar. Zero hop presence, and a slightly sweet malt aroma as well.

T - Pretty much follows the exact suit to the smell. Huge candied sugar flavor which pretty much dominates all other flavors. Again, no hop presence is detected. Not very many spices tasted either.

M - Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. The ABV is slightly present. Leaves a very sweet aftertaste which is a little much IMO.

Overall it's not a bad winter warmer, but definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum. Other than that it definitely lives up to its title.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage 750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with a few reddish highlights and a full two fingers of oatmeal-colored hand that dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Great!! Very aromatic!! Lots of toasted malt and dried fruit, such as raisins, prunes, plumbs, and figs. There’s quite a pronounced sweetness on the nose too, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla and cinnamon.

Taste: Spectacular!! Strong malt flavors up front, followed by tons of dried fruit, such as raisins, prunes, plumbs, and figs. Next comes some brown sugar and toffee-like sweetness, finished by some hops. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 11%, there is a significant amount of alcohol on the palate, which imparts a pleasant warmth.

Overall: Goddamn, this is a spectacular beer!! Awesome flavors of malt, fruit, and sweetness all wrapped up in an absolutely spectacular beer!!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 606 ratings.
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