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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

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206
Ratings:
600
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
21.63%
 
 
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Photo of aepb1
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery

A- Dark body with ruby-hued edges, tan creamy head

S- Sweet dark fruits (cherry?) quite inviting

T- Sweet... sweet...! Cloying sweetness. Syrupy sweetness soda. Candy, raising, caramel, decent hiding of the abv. My girlfriend liked this one a great deal

M- Full-bodied and smooth

D- I enjoyed this one quite a bit but it was even warm for me as a winter warmer here in florida... My girl liked it, I'm gonna age it a bit and see what develops

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Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean6989 for bringing this to our tasting.

A - Carmel color, hazy, no light comes through. Big head on it that left alittle bit of lace.

S - A lot of dark fruit in this as well as some bitter/roasty malts and some brown sugar.

T - This tastes a lot like a wannabe barley wine to me, which made some people like it more, but me less. A slight sweet candy taste that ends up being kind of sour and rotten on the end.

M - Nice body and carbonation, it's fine.

D - This isn't horrible, but not great. I think it's decent as far as a winter warmer goes, but wouldn't seek this out.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by mfielden. Thanks, Mark.

A: Looks like an American Barleywine. Pours a very dark amber with ruby tint to it. Light beige head that is fairly thick and dense.

S: Citrus hops, toffee, chocolate.

T: Citrusy at first, leading me to think it's going to taste like an American Barleywine. But it gets progressive sweeter with caramel, toffee, nuts, chocolate, and brown sugar. A slight bite at the end (rye?).

M: It's chewy, a little syrupy. Some heat to this.

D: It's a decent old ale. I bet it will get better with time.

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Photo of mcallister
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Must say this is a great looking old ale. Deep mahagony with a 2 finger fluffy thick tan head, beautiful.

Brown sugar, molasses, date, pecan, alcohol, burnt toast, red berry, and more. Good depth.

Date currant, alcohol, fig, caramel, citric hops, offsetting rye? Very slight oxidation, which more would be better very elaborate hops, drying and a somewhat cloying sweetness. Look forward to trying this again in a year.

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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 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 maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After a snifter of this on tap at the Tasting Room, we retired to split a bomber of this old ale back at the beach. A very young old ale indeed.

This is either a dark, deep muddy red, or a deep, dark reddish brown. Either way it's opaque & quite thick-looking. Smell is piney hops, sweet candy, & a twig of alcohol.

Warmer Winter Winter Warmer has the pedal pushed down on the sweet malts & caramel that come shooting out of the gate. These slide into a boozy aftertaste that gets it on nicely with the hops to create a hot, weirdly bitter & floral aftertaste.

A very good beer, & a tummy warmer, so definitely hit the spot on the this one. When the temp has been stuck in the 40s for days in Florida, this is something to pick up & enjoy.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is served from a 750ml bottle into a Stella Artois snifter. Pours a rather ruddy, muddy, brownish red color. Not exactly pleasing to the eyes. There is a nice, huge and rocky caramel tinted colored head of great retention.

Fruity in aroma with pineapple, some banana, plums, raisins. Loads of caramel backbone in the aroma. Not much hop aroma.

Flavors are a bit muddled. Nothing seems to fit together well. More pineapple and mango in the flavor. Toffee, alcohol really swoops in on this one, slightly boozy. Not very cohesive; quite jumbled. I don't know how else to explain it except that things seems disjointed. Perhaps this one is too young.

Not a huge fan of this one. I like the full body and chewy mouthfeel, but nothing really stood out with this one.

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Photo of inlimbo77
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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Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, thanks to my cousin for the bottle.

A- Ruby red pour into a pint glass with a huge head. The cap is off-white and retains at a finger in size for the whole time. Tons of thick lacing in patches around the glass.

S- Sweet and hoppy aroma. Notes of sugar, pine, herbal tea, floral and caramel. Seems laid back.

T- Dark fruit like cherries and raisin with a lot of table sugar- like sweetness. Hops are moderate and high for an old ale. Herbal, floral, pine and citrus hints. Feels cloying at times.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with a sweet slick feel. Some alcohol warmth and bitterness but a lot of sweets. Medium carbonation level.

Cigar City just seems to brew really sweet beer like DFH. Good flavor but sweets take over.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - poured a beautiful deep caramel color from the bottle into an oversized snifter. there was a nice frothy cream colored head that eventually disappeared into a yeasty swamp. looks like something that would warm you on a cold day and i can't wait for my first sip.

s - as soon as i popped the bottle sweet soft dark grapes and berries filled the air. when i took my nose to the glass it was way more syrupy and thick smelling. kind of like a DFH heavier beers but a bit tamer. alc is heavy in there. but it did fill the room with a sweet berry-ish aroma...my wife noticed it and asked 'what smells so good?'

t - how to describe the flavor...pepper and alcohol. a touch minty even. a really well named beer. this is the flavor i think of for warming your soul on a cold winter's day. could use a touch of something else in there to round out the flavor but not sure what.

m/d - a bit thick leaves a cooling alcohol tingle. could definitely use some taming. cigar city makes some great brews and their beefed up old ale is ok, probably won't grab this one again.

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Photo of KillerJigger
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Couldnt taste any hopps. Was hoping for more from their description. But it was strong and had (warming) qualities. Very bready with strong alcohol. No head, wasnt expecting one. If the hopps came through i would be crazy happy.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to cbutova for sharing this one, this was the most recent vintage and listed as 11%.

Pours a hazy dark red, big ol beige head sticks around quite well and leaves some lacing.

Straight up dark fruits in the scent, big red grape and raisins specifically. Good strength but a little average.

Taste is an improvement, more complexity. Lots of dark fruit, caramel and toffee. Pretty decent hop power; resin, citrus and some grapefruit noticeable, a little heavy-handed with the sweet malts though.

Good mouthfeel, very sweet but 11% is well-hidden, drinks smooth.

Not bad but a little forgettable... sweetness drags it down a bit which I've noticed often with Cigar City.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark brown body with garnet highlights, sticky tan head that stays around awhile, and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Nose is very sweet with notes of caramel, malts, candy sugar, dark fruits, & overripe berries.

T: Again, the upfront flavor was very sweet. The taste was of raisins, candy sugar, caramel, hint of molasses, and slight spices. ABV is hidden well, and not noticable hop bitterness.

M: Full body, smooth texture, medium carbonation.

D: Although I liked this beer, it was extremely sweet and hard to finish. I had a 750ml bottle and between my husband and I, we had a difficult time drinking it because of the overly sweetness. I think if we had it with dessert or split it between 4 people it would have been less of a problem.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Prologue: I am reviewing the 2011-2012 version of this brew, which claims 11% ABV% as opposed to the 10% listed per Beeradvocate.

A-pours a murky, muddy, brown maple syrup into my Cigar City snifter with an aggressive creamy tan head that quickly rose to a couple inches. The head recedes slowly, leaving a nice sheen of lacing.

S-Super sugary sweet, molasses and fermented dried plum /apricot.

T-A sugar bomb overwhelms pretty much everything else going on here, but aside from this there is a yeasty breadiness, some spice, and the tiniest hint of hops crying out to be noticed

M-Thick, chewy, and sloppy.

O-I wish I had cellared this, because something is just not quite right as I work my way through this bottle. Not horrible by a long shot, but as I finish this thing I feel like I ought to go brush my teeth 3 or 5 times to ensure that I don't wake up tomorrow with a mouth full of cavities. Way too sweet right now. The smell leads one to think this could be brilliant, and I hope this brew will mellow with time.

Salud!

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found a few bombers of this at Decicco's, so I figured I'd give it a try. This is my first CCB beer as well, out of 750ml bottle.

A- Pours a deep reddish/brown, and is rather murky looking. Has a nice fluffy and light head that faded rather quickly.

S- Sweetish smell of brown sugar/malt/booze. I also catch a wiff of the spice and hops that are present.

T- Definetely tastes of carmel and fig, and finishes with a hoppy bitterness combined with a good balance of brown sugar taste.

M+D- The mouth on this beer is very nice. For 10% it is very palateable, and not too boozy.

While it is a solid beer, it really doesn't match well with my tastebuds. It is a nice complex beer, but the different flavors don't really blend too well together.
I actually drank half of it, and that Vacu-Vin'd the other half so I could taste it again. Tried it again the following night, and felt the same

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes from stout tasting.

A- cloudy amber, bright dark yellow head

S- very sweet, apricots, guava, citrus, brown sugar.

T- crazy sweet! Citrus (apricots, guava) candy sugar.

M- full body, creamy and syrupy.

O- cloyingly sweet, too sweet.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Special K for bringing this up from Tampa!

A: Deep dark copper color, intense off tan dense head that kept it through the entire glass, incredible
S: medium nose, roasted malt, caramel
T: deep dark roasted malt, sweeter but not cloying, slightly bitter finish - didn't taste pine/citrus as described
M: very thick in mouthfeel, not well-attenuated, definitely on the sweeter side
O: average, too sweet, almost like chocolate pudding in taste, needs considerable more bittering hops

This won't age well.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into snifter. Bottled in 2010.

Appearance: It has a dark, reddish brown color with tremendous off-white head.

Smell: Kind of a funky smell. Sweet at the same time. Fruity. Too funky though.

Taste: Awful sweet taste that overwhelms my palette. Caramel apples, caramel plums, toffee. Too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very thick. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: Definitely not my favorite old ale. Much better ones out there. This way too sweet for me.

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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 AdamBear
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-dark thick brown, not quite black, has a very very large tan head. actually, be careful when you pour this one...there's a lot of head and it doesn't settle quickly. Its a relief though after having many flat beers lately. i much rather see too much head than no head at all. It has really good lacing.

S-its a faint scent, but what i can smell does smell interesting. there's some vanilla, some caramel, some toffee. mostly it just smells really malty though. there's also a good presence of chocolate in here. as the head settles, the aroma becomes stronger and stronger.

T-comes in with a strong taste of straight cocoa bean and toffee. it hits the tongue very dark and very very sweet. its very sweet, almost syrupy sweet. the sweetness lasts and is near over bearing. The after-taste is strong of toffee. I've never actually had a beer that tasted more like a heath bar. the flavor of toffee is undeniable by anyone. there is a slight bitterness toward the end as well.

M-syrupy medium carbonation with a syrupy finish

O-for a long time, on this site it was considered an English barley wine. now i see it categorized as a winter warmer. the bottle labels it as an English barley wine, so i'm just gonna review this as an english ale. to me, its too sweet to be a good winter warmer or barley wine. its just way too sweet. it makes this not too drinkable. i feel it wouldn't be bad with a dessert, shared among friends. finishing off a bottle by yourself might not be fun. i think might be best as a marinade.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.07/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ridiculously over carbonated. The bottle emptied half of itself out on opening, and even after it settled down foam towered over the glass when it was poured.

A - Murky ice tea brown. Light tan head dominates the glass leaving a striking amount of lace.

S - Plum, coriander, molasses, rich milk chocolate, clove, and a hint of cinnamon.

T - Holy crap this is way too sweet. Strong booze with a syrupy sweet profile of dark dried fruits, chocolate ganache, simple syrup, vanilla, and cream. Cherry, pomegranate, chocolate, and creme brûlée finish.

M - Thick and syrupy.

O - Possibly the sweetest beer I've ever consumed. Way out of balance.

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Photo of speter
3.04/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split 2011/2012 bottle. Label states 11% ABV.

A: Pours a deep opaque brown with a three-finger tan head with ruddy specks.

S: Brown sugar infused with citrusy hops.

T: Very malty and in spite of the hop aroma, there is little hop bitterness, which leads to an unbalanced beer. I debated whether to drink this now or lay it down (I picked up the last bottle at the store in Florida, and Cigar City doesn't distribute here). Since the description indicates a American hop-forward recipe, I opted for more immediate gratification. I suspect it would have been better to wait.

M: Mildly warm with a massive amount of carbonation.

O: Over the top sweetness with little else going on. I hope that with some time, it would develop dark fruit overtones.

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Photo of BigBlacke
2.99/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is a dark murky brown with red hues and a half inch white head. Smells of sweet brown sugar and maybe some molasses. You can also definitely smell the booze. Taste for me was just too sweet. Very sugary and tart with a nice boozey background. Creamy mouthfeel, but for me the sweetness was just too much. I cant really describe the type of sweetness that well. I do like some sweet beers like Creme Brulee, but this one just had an awkward sweetness to it. My least favorite brew from Cigar City as of yet.

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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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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.
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