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
Gots:
174
For Trade:
13
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Photo of willseph
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of baconbourbon
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of hmf05
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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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3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
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 +1.8%

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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep dark amber and brown, with reddish hues. very thin head with a bit of a rocky nature.

hops and sugars. hops and sugars all over the nose. very piney hops with some interesting character, lots of citrus in the background.

taste is the same but WAAAYYY more malty than i would have expected. also a lot of resiny hops in the taste.

syrupy mouthfeel with a very heavy body and some sharp and foamy carbonation.

interesting beer, different from most winter beers, however still very delicious.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating on the bottle! It has a newer label than the picture taken however.

A= Bottle cap comes off with a LOUD hiss and a ton of smoke. The pour brings together a huge head on it that fills most of my glass and holds some steady retention and decent lacing. The head is an off white color almost a tan. The beer itself is a deep brown color that I can just barely see through when I hold it to the light.

S= The smell is an interesting bread and dark fruit component. It sort of smells like some sort of nuts or seeds. It smells like a can of cashews or peanuts or something. Really different smell that I haven't had before. I never really get anything "usual" from CC however. I don't smell any hops in it. There is a bit of a toffee component but not any of the chocolate described on the bottle or the hops.

T= The taste is extremely sweet. There is again a sort of nutty character to it that is completely unique and a unique sort of burnt caramel character to it. The chocolate still is nowhere to be found and the hops are missing as well. Maybe this is an older bottle. The dark fruits I found in the nose are amplified. Dates and prunes take over the major taste component.

M= Much to high on the carbonation. The hiss and power from the bottle along with the head leads me to believe this is perhaps a fluke bottle or it was overcabonated in order to keep some of the carbonation during aging? Hell I dunno.

O= A tasty treat indeed. This is for sure a beer that could be held onto for a very very long time if desired. Tons of complex character that is unique to this beer and a great beer for potential aging. The carbonation is a bit of an issue and it is a little overly sweet for me but the english barleywine style I find is usually a bit too sweet. The larger format bottle will make this a challenge to finish.

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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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