Warmer Winter Winter Warmer | Cigar City Brewing

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606 Ratings
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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
Gots:
174
For Trade:
13
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Ratings: 606 |  Reviews: 206
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty datk amber with creamy tall head. Aroma of candy apples and a bit of pine hops. Taste is sweet with malt, caramel, green apples. A definite puckering grapefruit hop presence that I was expecting. Thick and chewey mouthfeel. Extremely smooth. Bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. Very interesting brew that is definitely fitting for winter time.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of hornsup
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Sarlacc83
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle courtesy of claspada. Thanks!

A: Brown with a tint of plum. Lasting creme head. Nice legs.

N: Loads of pineapple, mango, caramel, and biscuit. This is very hoppy and it is quite delectable.

T: Very syrupy and tropical. Maple syrup, brown sugar, pineapple and some earth/pine. There’s an unpleasant astringency, nearly tannic, that doesn’t meld with the sugary nature.

M: Lighter side of medium and lots of alcohol.

O: Solventy after it warms. I am not impressed and am considering dumping the remains of my glass. Not the worst thing I’ve ever had... I guess.

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml, 2010 vintage
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours a cloudy hazy amber with lots of off white head. Over carbed, like other aged CCB beers lately. Some lacing left on the glass.

S: Lots of spices. Sweet malts. Breadiness. Candied sugar and toffee. Oxidation.

T: Breadiness and sweet malts up front. Some old booziness.

M: Big medium.

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

Served in an over-sized wine glass. Vintage bottle November 2011 served December 26, 2012.

Appearance: A cloudy mahogany not exactly opaque but very dark....head was definitely thick a notch over a finger's length settling real slow coming off an orange tinted light tan color.

Smell: Strong everything, picking it apart is the hard part. You smell

Taste: Dare I say it complex, sweet malty I can quite honestly say very good. Has notes of burnt caramel, the strong alcohol taste would be either an advantage or disadvantage. I like it but too much of it seems just a bit overwhelming.

Mouth: It's good, the problem is that it disappears just a little too quickly. Malts are so rich it might make up for it. Medium and gets better as you take a few more sips.

Overall: Very good beer, I am tempted into buying another just for kicks. No F that I want to buy more because it really good. I have been growing a huge liking to Old Ales and this one has joined the list. Salud!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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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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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into chalice glass. Pours cloudy burnt orange with an average tan, orange tinted, head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is dominated by caramel, toffee, maple, and more caramel, with a touch of vanilla, and a lightly burnt note as well. The flavor is a bit more of the bitter burnt note dominated by caramel, toffee, maple, and that same touch of vanilla. The body is full with average carbonation and a long caramel and lightly bitter finish. Overall, a pretty good winter warmer and glad to have tried this one out.

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