Warmer Winter Winter Warmer | Cigar City Brewing

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Warmer Winter Winter WarmerWarmer Winter Winter Warmer

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to corby112 for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a dark melty/muddled caramel brown. Two fingers of creamy dark khaki colored foam sits on top and leaves a lot of lacey sheets in its' wake.

S: Delicious aromas of caramel apples, pine, lemon, toffee, molassas, spruce/juniper, rye, and of course, bitter dark chocolate.

T: Pan seared molassas, roasted nuts, freshly squeezed pine bough, dark chocolate, lemon, grapefruit, and brown sugar. Friggin' delicious!

M: Silky smooth and quite sweet, but with a hint of hoppy dryness at the finish. Balanced!

D: This is a dangerous beer! The alcohol is extremely well hidden, to the point that Heather asked me three times what the abv was, and shook her head each time after I told her.

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Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CRJMellor
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this at the Total Wine right up the road from Cigar City.

A: Extremely dark brown.... it looked like carbonated prune juice even, and with a slight orange-white head that stuck around for a while.

S: Much more fruit and candy sugar than some of the evergreen frankincense bombs that a lot of winter warmers tend to be.

T: Just like the nose, only even more intense. Sure, I got some licorice, but mostly plums, figs, and melted mallow creme candy.

M: Sticky sweet.... OMG! That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it certainly hurts the drinkability. Additionally, while I didn't get any booze, there certainly was a lot of sugar lingering on the palate.

O: While this was really good and impeccably well-crafted, I prefer Anchor's offerings in 09' 10' way more than this one.

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Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Pens1967
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BT_Bobandy
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emmasdad
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep, dark, mahogany color, with a big, rocky ecru colored head. Aromas of cocoa, caramel and spicy, earthy hops. On the palate, malt dominates, in a very good way, with brown sugar, raisins and caramel, accented nicely by zesty, citrusy hops. An excellent old ale, and something to look forward to for those forced to endure Florida's winters.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
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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Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours dark mahogany with a dense head of beige. Plenty of torn sheets of lacing and a solid skim coat for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with bakers chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, and coffee grounds. An underlying red fruit note comes forward as the brew warms.

Almost full bodied with a tacky, sticky mouthfeel. Stout-like and a bit viscous.

Roasted barley, dark chocolate, espresso, and caramel start the palate. Brownie batter, jam-smeared fudge, and some citrus notes follow through.

Finishes with lingering roast, chocolate, and a hint of warmth.

Pretty robust and tasty for an Old Ale. I could see how this would be a good base beer for barrel aging, but as it is it lacks vineousity.
This being my first taste of a CCB brew, I'm kind of scratching my head regarding all the hub-bub though.

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Photo of ScottP
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mikesgroove sent me this bottle. Thanks Mike.

CCB Warmer Winter Winter Warmer has a deep brown body and a very tall, light brown head. The head is quite substantial also, with the consistency of sea foam. It doesn't seem to back down at all, with great retention. The few strands of lacing that stay behind are quite thick. Another thing I noticed was that pouring this beer felt more like pouring some kind of oil and not beer. It kind of sounded like it too. I'm guessing this is going to a full bodied one.

The aroma is mostly toffee, with hints of spice and hints of dark fruits. Maybe a bit of chocolate also. Smells a little bit like some sort of holiday cake.

Loads of caramel and toffee take off right in the beginning. Thick, rich, sweet, this is a malt bomb. It's a good malt bomb. Layers upon layers of malt, with the aforementioned caramel and toffee, along with chocolate. The spiciness that I noticed in the aroma is not due to added spices, but mostly malted rye, that adds a seedy, rye bread quality to the flavor. Toffee is probably the most pronounced flavor, followed by the other malts in about equal doses. The hops are noticeable, but they definitely play a supporting role. Hints of pine and light citrus that bring a low bitterness. There might be a touch of dark fruit lurking in the background, but it is minimal. A little bit of warmth from alcohol comes through also; I can feel it in the back of my throat. Warmer Winter Winter Warmer's huge malt profile definitely makes it a very sweet beer; open it expecting lots of malt and sweetness.

I can't remember the last time I poured a beer and though to myself, “this beer is going to be thick.” Maybe it never happened before, but it did happen tonight. The body is huge and chewy, viscous, full, about what I expect from a bottle of motor oil. The carbonation is surprisingly high for how big the body is, although still not high relative to other beers, that have normal viscosity. Overall, I love this type of feel for a malt bomb.

Winter warmers seldom excite me, but huge malt bombs that aren't too boozy are quite a treat. The more I think about it, however, this beer is probably more of an English Barleywine than a Winter Warmer, because its ABV is so high. Whatever it is, I might get my hands on it again in the future.

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Photo of Prost76
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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 nickd717
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle via trade thanks to ben4321.

Pours slightly cloudy chestnut brown with a one-finger light beige head.

Aroma is pretty nice, lots of spices and caramel, chocolate, and citrus hops.

Flavor is really good and complex. Sweet caramel malt and toffee, chocolate, rye, and lots of spices. Piney and citrusy hops, along with orange peel. Even some wood, although this is not -bal aged.

Medium-full bodied and smooth with soft carbonation.

Decent drinkability. Overall a very unique and interesting winter warmer. Once again, Cigar City impresses.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brez8791
1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

Photo of herman77
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mersh
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 Edition (says it's a winter warmer) -- Pours a hazy red with orange edges, two finger cream colored head, left a thin layer and thick lacing. Smell: brown sugar, soft banana, fig, piney hops, a little spicy. Taste: a bit roasted and astringent upfront, giving way to sweet caramel, fig, and banana. Hops provide some balance towards the end of the sip: spicy, citrus peel. Finishes dry and chocolaty. Full bodied, creamy and rich feel. Alcohol is well hidden, but it's rich enough to be a sipper. 1/12/2010. (Rating: 4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4)

2010 Edition (says it's an English Barleywine) -- Cap came off too easily, thought it might gush. Pours an opaque red-tinted dark brown with billowing tan head that very slowly settles to a quarter inch and leaves big swaths of lace on the glass. caramelized sugar, buttered toasted dark bread, dark fruit - fig/plum, light dusting of pine. Taste: cloying...wow, hard to taste anything but sweet. Fig, brown sugar, candied lemon, a little nutty, some pine hopping in the finish. Plus some HFCS?! It's really far too sweet. Full bodied, syrupy into creamy carb. Some alcohol in the throat. Could have been great, but just unpleasantly sweet. 6/17/2011. (Rating: 4.5/4/2.5/4/3)

2011 Edition. Now it's an Old Ale / English Barleywine + citric hopping. A nearly opaque clouded orange / red tinted medium brown with billowing tan head. Very slowly settles to a quarter inch with thick lacing down the glass. Smell: loads of caramel, dates, and a little raisin. Soft and sweet tropical fruit, mild pineapple and candied citrus, resinous, leafy note. Taste: seriously sweet and syrupy upfront but with loads of hop flavor and bitterness. As with 2010 still overly sweet, but this year’s balances out much more. Upfront a blast of brown sugar, non-maple syrup, orange and pineapple juice. Mint and anise notes mid sip. Orange citrus and a little tropical fruit softness throughout. Syrupy upfront but with enough carbonation to push it to creamy. Much better than 2010, but still too sweet. Bottled 11/7/2011, drank 12/3/2011. 11% (Rating: 4.0 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 4.0 / 3.0).

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of grover37
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of taospowder
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 607 ratings.
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