Warmer Winter Winter Warmer | Cigar City Brewing

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3.88/5
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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
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#9,612
Reviews:
209
Ratings:
612
pDev:
12.63%
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Ratings: 612 |  Reviews: 209
Photo of philbe311
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've past this one up the past couple of holiday seasons, but not this year...

A - In perfectly uniform four fingers worth of tightly packed khaki colored head that is comprised of big chunky bubbles and is both slightly rocky and slightly creamy... Impressive retention... Audibly fizzy... The color is a mix of aubergine and deep ruby red but is completely translucent... Some very rapid paced carbonation bubbles rise deep within under very close examination... A bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... This is an exceptional looking brew...

S - The nose is rather subdued, but still quite complex and inviting... The hops are muted but are still at the forefront... They take on a mix of piney and woody characteristics... Very subtle notes of cinnamon and brown sugar... Some leathery notes as well...

T - This one is a doozy on the palette... Lots going on here... Loads of dark fruits... The hops are quite pungent and pack a pretty good punch... Lots of unique flavors fade in and out... Molasses... Brown sugar... Raisins... Cinnamon... Nutmeg... Woody notes... Earthy notes... Some caramel and toffee... A bit of booziness... Perhaps a wee bit cloying...

M - Medium to full bodied... Quite heavy on the tongue... Lightly carbonated... Thick and syrupy... Rather rich... A touch of lushness...

D - A definite sipper... Lots of complexity in every facet... A wonderful holiday seasonal... Definitely has a warming effect on the drinker... If the overall sweetness was dialed down just a notch, this could be an exceptional world class beer...

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Photo of cosmo4u
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011-2012 Vintage

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours this brew pours a murky mahogany brown with a tasty looking cream colored head. The head is huge and impressive, leaving some nice lacing.

S: The nose smells great, it just lacks some certain complexity. Dark bruised fruits that fermented into a sweet concoction of beer. Some spice, brown sugar and cinnamon. This beer does open up....give it time.

T: The flavor is like candy sugar beer. Toasted grain mixed with plumbs. Nice spice notes on the back of the pallet, maybe cinnamon. Hops are also evident on the finish.

MF: The mouthfeel is very thick, full, and satisfying. Maybe a little too sweet on the teeth.

Overall, this beer is a great beer to enjoy and share. I've been avoiding this brew for a few seasons now, but I'm glad I picked it up!

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of willseph
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011-12 Version

Pours a big, foamy head over a mud-colored body. Head recedes a bit is pretty nonexistent after the first few sips. The nose is dominated by booze and chocolate with subtle undertones of rosemary and some other spices that I couldn't put my thumb on. Taste follows the smell, initially booze again on the front with a spicy chocolate backbone. Subtle hints of toffee and heavy cream are more prevalent as the beer warms. It's quite fizzy on the front of your tongue but finishes pretty clean. Overall, a good introduction to old ales for me. I think I'll cellar my other bottle for a while to see if the boozy nose and taste diminish a bit.

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Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of baconbourbon
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber with a sizable head, but not a ton of lacing.
Smell: Complex notes of malt and a hint of leather. Nice.
Taste: Like candy.
Mouthfeel: Smooth but quite carbonated.
Overall: A nice old ale/barley wine style beer. I was pleased with the malt and citrus hop fusion.

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Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hmf05
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark brownish color with a one finger creamy head. Looks fantastic in the glass. Aroma is pleasant dark fruits, spice, caramel, and slight smokiness. Not a very aromatic smell, but nice. Taste mirrors the smell. I get a nice malty sweetness up front. Tons of dark fruits and spice hitting the palate. Finishes with slight hops that leaves a semi-dry finish. I can detect a slight booziness, but nothing off-putting (especially for an 11% brew). Overall, a great winter warmer/old ale. Although this is a pretty sweet ale, there is enough hop bitterness that keeps this from being too sweet.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011/12 edition, 25oz bottle into snifter. Sampled in the high 40's to high 50's.

Pours with a surprisingly massive, 3F of rocky tan head over a very deep amber to brown body.

Aromas lead with lots of molasses, some mint and other herbal qualities, Dr. Pepper, and licorice root.

Rich and thick on the palate, with flavors that include molasses, mint, orange peel, caramel, and light pine hop bite that struggles to make it through the malt brick.

Mouthfeel is chewy and sticky, and about what you should expect in the style.

Overall, a pretty nice 'holiday' style of old ale which is favorably spiced. Thick and festive.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery that my girlfriend picked up on the road.

Pours a deep brown with some ruby notes and a huge tan head that does not go away. Really impressive first impression.

Smells of booze, plum, raisin, biscuity bread, date/fig, caramel sweetness. Complex, dark aroma.

Up front caramel, bready sweetness that instantly mixes with grapefruit, American style hops, that fades into a cherry-like middle and ends on a sweet and boozy finish. Some vanilla and oak-like character comes through. Interesting and tasty, but I am not too into the way the grapefruit character is interacting with the big malty body.

Heavy body, sweet, but avoids being cloying.

This is a nice beer for the winter, heavy and sweet, but I find the American hops clash too much with the malt profile to make it amazing. Still, damned fine and worth a purchase.

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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 612 ratings