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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
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#8,418
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
607
pDev:
12.63%
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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of medium-tan foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body with some ruby highlights. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Thick, rich brown malt aromas of toffee, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. Strong pine and citrus hop aromas as well with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange.

T - Lots of dark, toffee malt up front along with burnt caramel and some fruity notes of plum and black cherries. The sugary character increases in complexity towards the middle with notes of brown sugar, rum, and molasses that blend with citrus and pine hop flavors to create a velvety balance of dark malt and hops. Finishes with some nice orange hop notes and moderate bitterness balancing dark caramel malts, chocolate, some roast. Lingering flavors of burnt sugar and pine hops with light tobacco and smoke.

M - Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet, but balanced finish.

D - This is a well made beer that thoroughly succeeds in its role as a winter warmer. The malt character is excellent, it compares well to the best English and American examples of the style with a complex blend of dark sugar and roasted/caramel malts. The hops balance well and the strong fruity character is an unusual twist on what I would normally expect in this sort of beer. The fruit character works, especially in the aroma, nevertheless I can't help but think that a more traditional pine or earthy hop character might have made for a more balanced and subtle flavor profile. I enjoyed this beer and I would be really interested to see how one would mellow and age for next year.

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, mocha head that doesn't stay around for long. Body is cloudy as could be, murky brown color, slightly red hue. Not familiar with Old Ales but this looks like a barleywine to me.

S: Sweet caramel malt aroma turns to toasted, nutty, bready notes before an acrid alcohol smell comes out. Some toffee notes. Smells like a malt bomb. Candy liquorice aroma is also there.

T: Trying to swish around on pallet, hard to pick up with all the flavors going on. I taste all I got in the aroma just blended together into a candy sweet, bready, toffee taste. Finishes with a sugary bubble gum like taste. However there is no strong alcohol taste, not even the slightest.

M: A slight bitterness comes and goes fast. After a couple sips the beer is so heavy it has a numbing effect on the pallet. A bubbly sensation hits the middle of my tongue.

O: I see how it is a Winter beer but it does not get cold enough for me in Florida to see an ideal drinking experience. I could make this an everyday beer up in Michigan though in the freezing cold and heavy snow. Very easy to drink and it will definitely warm you up:)

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Photo of Vec2267
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown murky in color, small head lingers with nice lacing
S: sweet, fruit/raisins, spices, wood, no alcohol
T: brown sugar and spice, very sweet with a balance of spice and slight hop bitterness, complex, very smooth, the alcohol peeks through
M: very full, syrupy, not heavily carbonated but a swirl quickly brings the head back
D: the sweetness starts to overwhelm by the end of the bottle, but the taste is so complex that it stays interesting, smooth but interesting

One of my favorite styles and I like big beers, this beer definitely delivers.

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Photo of garbercury
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into St Bernardus chalice on a cool summer night, guess it will have to suffice...

A--Nice deep ruby amber hue with some hints of lacing. Good carbonation out of the bottle.

S--spicy and peppery to be sure. Some floral notes to this one.

T--Nice flavor, some hops to it but not overwhelming. Caramel and cinnamon are the two most distinct flavors I get out of this brew. Some of the other classic winter brew flavors are there also, orange and coriander.

M--Very smooth and silky brew, great mouthfeel.

D--Well, not sure I would sit down and drink a bunch of this, you definitely can taste the burn in this one. Not the Hunahpu I was hoping to try first, but a nice introduction to Cigar City. Recommended.

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Photo of bcrossan
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice bourbon influence. Overall really sweet and good beer

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut brown in color-good sized head that fades though their is still an ongoing 1/8" left the whole way down. Nice lacing. Nice, heavy and malty aroma-slight brett notes. Dried fruits and vanilla. Caramel and sweet, sticky malt goodness upfront flavorwise. Very toffee like. Some hop bitterness. Again the dried fruit. Has a definate nuttiness to it as well. Very, and I mean very, slight alcohol tinge. Very solid and full mouthfeel-borders on creamy. Really a solid beer all around. Almost too easy to drink. Worth laying some down as well I would think.

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Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany/chestnut brown color that is completely opaque with dark caramel hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy hops up front in the nose with hints of dry pine needle and citrus peel. Lots of rich caramel and chocolate malt with a slight roasted character. I'm also picking up some estery dark fruit notes, namely grape, raisin, plum and fig. This blends particularly well with the citrus hop and subtle chocolate notes.

Very hop forward medium body with a lot of earthy dry pine and citrus notes. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit mostly. This flavor and dry mouthfeel lingers pretty much throughout but is countered mid-palate by a sweet malt profile with hints of caramel, toffee and subtle chocolate. Slightly vinous with hints of dark fruit, mostly grape, plum and raisin. Very complex but a bit unbalanced with possibly to prominent of a dry piny hop character. This will probably open up nicely as it ages and the hops fade, allowing the other flavors to shine through. The high ABV is excellently masked, making this a very quafable beer that is a refreshingly unique take on the style.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Beautiful looking mildly aggressive pour leads to a nice hazy and murky mahogany color with a nice copper hue on the edges. The head is huge with 2 inches of billowing dense cream colored foam. Brew looks delicious.

Already from the pour I could pick up on some of the resinous and slightly citrus hops. Upon close inspection there is some nice caramel malt sweetness up front with some nice toffee. There is some fruity sweetness in there as well with some nice pear and apple. There is some tropical fruit notes in there as well with some papaya and some mango mixed in with some nice toffee and butterscotch.

Flavor is very interesting and complex. Starts off with some fruity sweetness that is very nice and not too overwhelming. There are some apple and pear notes as well as some mango. Then there is some nice caramel and toffee notes in there. Underlying this sweetness is an interesting and delicious citrus background that give s the beer an interesting dimension. There is also some nice slight boozy heat but nothing too intense. The blend between the sweetness and malt notes and the slight underlying hops is very interesting and complex. Very well crafted and creative take on the Old Ale style. Very nice smooth fell with some slight oily notes but also a nice hop dryness on the back end. Nice and medium-full bodied.

This brew is delicious. Very nice balance of malt sweetness with the hop notes. This beer is creative and well crafted. Nice touch on a classic style.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Corsedonk snifter. Pours a deep caramel color at first, finishing as a darker brown with caramel colored edging. Huge initial ten head, frothy, and lacing is sticky and plentiful. Head dissipates slowly to a nice creamy surface of bubbles.

Aroma is typical Old Ale. Bitter after-tones, sweet fruit up front, roasted malts. A very inviting and strong aroma.

Flavor...wow. Very sweet, raisins, cherries...huge roasted malts and booze. Caramel flavors as well. Very sweet and creamy mouthful. Nice complexity and low-er carbonation. Very tasty beer!

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy less than cola brown with a nice big head that fades fairly quickly leaving a reasonable amount of lacing behind 4.25). The smell is a crazy intense balance of hops and sweet malt chocolate caramel...totally love'n it. The mouth feel is medium full bodied lightly carbonated yet tangy of alcohol and creamy smooth. Full flavored, the hoppy balanced sweetness lightly smokey caramel taste lingers nicely. The 10% ABV is a welcomed benny. A real easy drinker. Go for it!

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of off white, creamy, very long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. One of the best-looking Old Ales I've ever seen.

S: A subtle, underplayed aroma of malt, hops, toffee and some other sweets.

T: Tasted of toffee, a little chocolate, malt, and a bit of hops. Well-balanced and flavorful. Even the ABV% isn't too overpowering.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable Old Ale.

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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 Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Last year's vintage, which I picked up at Capone's.

Poured into a snifter. Color is a moderate caramel color. Single-finger white head recedes somewhat quickly but leaves a few legs and a bit of lace. The nose is really fruity, with large amounts of raisins, figs, and stone fruits. Good dose of caramel and booze as well. The taste focuses on fruit and alcohol, with a bit of malty sweetness. Feel is a bit boozy, but melds well with the flavors. A nice sipper.

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Photo of ugaterrapin
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Left about two fingers of light tan head. Has a sweet malt smell. There is a slight roasted character to the aroma with hints of toffee. There is a noticeable alcohol character on the front end which is not surprising at 10% but it mellows as the sip progresses. Has a nice rich sweetness that is on the heavier side but not in a bad way. The roasted malt character is even slighter in the taste as it is overpowered by the sweetness. This one is hard for me to pinpoint the flavors in the sweet character, but overall this a very enjoyable beer. Nice to try a Winter Warmer that is different than others.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL capped bottle. no date, but i purchased during the Winter of 2009/2010, and aged about a year and a half.

appears deep brown hue with amber highlights. 1/2' thick cream colored head. rich sweet aroma of heavy malt, a bit boozy, complex.

taste is similar. as it warms up the flavors expand. big on malt and spice. medium body, but sticky. low carbonation.

overall, the age did it good

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Photo of Yimosan
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint bottle served onto my tulip glass.

A: Dark brown, almost cola-like. Two inch beige head at pour, but dissipated after about a minute and a half. The lacing on my glass was nice and sticky.

S: Chocolate, coffee, malt, and dark fruits, accompanied by faint hops.

T: Initially this beer is malty and chocolaty, then a slight hoppy kick rounds the middle palate nicely...I was pleasantly surprised, even though I had read about it.

M: Silky, creamy long lasting goodness.

D: Easy drinking in my opinion, especially since this is right along my favorite flavor profile; However at 10%, this becomes a treat and not a session brew...for sure.

Epilogue: This is my favorite Cigar City offering so far and considering how cold it is in Brandon right now, this hits the proverbial spot perfectly.

PS. I say, honey turn the heater off, we're drinking this tonight!

Salud!

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

I pulled the cap off this large bottle and was greeted with a very loud pop and the ale even started to foam up the neck so i grabbed my glass quickly for the pour. I used my DFH snifter and poured straight on and was left with a huge four finger thick light tan head that hung around for a long time. As I hold the glass up to the light it appears a dark plum color with some brown and red highlights. There is no haze of yeast chunks floating around and viscosity seems to be rather thick.

Smell:

Very sharp prickly warming alcohol hit your right off the start. Loads of rum, figs, plums, and brown sugar surround your nostrils. There are some earthy hops in the front mossy and dirt like. In the finish chocolate and slight roast with candi sugar.

Appearance:

Very sweet right off the start, loads of raisins, and dark sugars, Very little hop flavors poking through the chewy sweetness. Slightly tangy finish with a nice thick mouthfeel, nutty and creamy. Very good for a barleywine but glad I split a bottle becuase it does become a little overwhelming after awhile.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

AHH HAAA! The tables have turned on Cigar City's "WARMER Winter Winter Warmer" - it's not warm in Tampa right now! When a cold spell hits and the nighttime temperature in Tampa drops to 32 F, it goes down just fine!!! Sitting outside by the pool beneath the night time sky with a snifter of WWWW it's freakishly cold!

A: Despite the fact that I started with a very visible layer of sedimented yeast at the bottom of the bottle, I've got a surprisingly clear dark mahogany body in front of me (only in the last two pours was the sediment disturbed). Held up to the light it displays a brilliant crimson glow, not unlike Rudolph's nose! The creamy, two-finger thick head atop it is a dark tan; and it leaves some very beautiful sheets of broken, craggy lace as it goes.

S: In the nose it's sweet and syrupy with a bit of a perfumey quality, quite possibly from the alcohol. It's floral and fruity (red berries) with a touch of what I'd liken to the edge of an almost-burnt gingerbread cookie (a little bit of burnt sugar, a little bit of burnt cookie dough).

T: The flavor is sweet, raisin-like, sugary, floral, bready, caramelsih, toasty, malty, and even oatmeal-like. It's rich, intense, and complex. With each sip, layers of residual sugar are left to slowly erode from the palate, leaving behind brown sugar, fruit, and eventually bitterness and molasses. And it constantly changes. At first it's very sugary, but then as the alcohol works its way through, it displays more fruity and softly spicy notes. There's raisin, plum and red berries, but I even find some cherry in it. A solid bitterness emerges from beneath to bring it down in the end.

M: In the mouth it's decidedly full bodied and dextrinous. I'm not sure what the carbonation level is, (as whatever is in it is certainly well-contained by the dextrinous body) but it comes across as creamy and smooth.

D: Drinkability once again comes down to how much did you like it? And how much would you like to have another if you could? It's a pretty solid beer, and it's fairly strong to boot, but more importantly, it's very sweet. I drank two 10 oz glasses and my palate was overwhelmed with flavor. I'd certainly have another though, and it's unique enough that I'd say it's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i first tried this brew last week and really liked it - i picked up this second bomber to enjoy it again - pours a caramel / hazel translucent brown into my dfh snifter with a thin 1/2 finger head -
the slight head became a thin ring around the sides of the glass -
lacing is minimally spotty - smell is pleasantly sweet toffee and malt, alcohol and hops - love the taste - initial hop bite yields to a nicely swweeeet malt and well balanced candy-like finish -
mouthfeel is slick with a little stickiness - drinkability is very good but one bomber will do me just fine -10% abv is very well hidden, yet warms the body and mind - as a good winter warmer should - real good stuff.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my favorite I had from the tap at the brewery. It poured a deep brown, almost black with a two finger head, descent retention, and nice lacing.

The aroma was lightly spiced with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla with dark fruit hints of raisin and plum. Some hints of chocolate.

Chocolate, raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, honey and other complex malty flavors. Loads of dark fruit and plum. Spice hints peek through.

Warming, medium bodied, slightly creamy, smooth

Delicious treat!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Rbald42 for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Enjoying this brew on my 55th Birthday.

Poured into a chalice a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy light tan head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some slight citrus/pine notes, chocolate/toffee. The taste is malty, sweet, slight citrus/pine notes in the finish, nice touch of chocolate/toffee. Medium body, at 10% ABV it's hidden pretty well. Very Drinkable, another very nice brew from CC.

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Photo of bonkers
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle was 2010, poured into a snifter. It pours a deep copper, slight white head. The aroma is sweeet and boozey. Lots of dark fruit notes. Taste like it smells. The dark fruit flavors really shine. It has a bit of an alcohol burn on the finish. The carbonation is moderate, very smooth. I loved it, can not wait to try my 2011 bottle.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A capped 750ml bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for $10. Poured into my tumbler. The ale appears a dark chestnut color with about a finger or so of ecru foam. Nose and flavors consist of caramel, semisweet chocolate, raisins, mild pine, citrus, figs, dates. Medium to full bodied and amply carbonated. Surprisingly, not much alcohol heat here. Quite drinkable, kept me wanting another pour. Wish I had one to age.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capped 750mL, poured into a Snifter

chcfan sent this bottle my way, an old favorite of mine. Poured it with a few friends, and it become an old favorite of theirs too.

L: Deep, deep brown and thick as hell, even when held to light. Beautiful big, foamy head with phenomenal retention. Looks wonderful.

S: Massively malt forward, caramel and rich. Lots of fruit behind as the caramel falls off ... candied apple and overripe berries.

T: Huge malt profile right up front, fades into a big cloying fruitiness. Really really palatable for how epic it is. Lingers in the finish with a rich, velvet sweetness for a while ... slight iron in the back.

F: Thick, thick and thicker. Velvety-smooth and wonderfully carbonated.

D: Easy-drinking for how massive it is.

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Photo of tpd975
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a nice brown hue with a creamy head. Nice retention and excellent lace.

S: Wonderful sweet malt aromas with notes of caramel and brown sugar. The hops are there as well, very piney with some sharp citric notes.

T: Wonderful mix of malt and hops. Very much toffee like up front. Sweet with a nice touch of roast. The back end is very hoppy. Nice blend of pine and citrus.

M: Rather full in body, smooth, tasty, damn drinkable. Nice hopped up Old Ale.

D: Rather good. This is one I will buy quite a few bottles of.

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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 607 ratings
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