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BEER INFO

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
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601
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.72%
 
 
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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 Gobzilla
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: poured a dark brown in color with reddish highlights but a thin yellow cap sitting on the top and no head leaving a zero amount of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I was able to sniff out lots of sweetness which consisted with dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, molasses, and a little booze.

T: The taste was really sweet upfront with the caramel, molasses, and dark fruits leading the way but had a touch of brown sugar. There was however slight hop character on the back end and a little booze as well.

M: the brew was full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, slight hoppy, boozy, and sticky finish.

D: honestly was not an easy drinking brew and was a definite sipper. I could not take a gulp even if I tried to. Pretty decent beer though all around.

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, red/brown color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight yeast, caramel malt, hops, hint of pine, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an Old Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, alcohol, hint of roasted malt, slight hops, caramel malt, and a hint of wood. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and decent complexity.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, brown sugar and molasses. The aroma is very sweet smelling, but there is also a little bit of alcohol mixed in - although the beer doesn't smell boozy.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of brown sugar and molasses, along with some toffee and chocolate malt. The alcohol is also present in the aroma, but it is not as apparent as you would expect from a 10 percent ABV Old Ale.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a present from kbm months ago. It's pretty chilly tonight (by SoCal standards), and my window from now till November for cold weather is short, so I better do it now. On to the beer:

Dark leather brown color. The head is creamy, and it leaves a healthy amount of creamy lacing sticking to the glass. It's hoppy in the aroma. Moderately, juicy, tropical hops. To keep things honest, toffee crisp is provided by the malt. There is some amount of solvent alcohol hitting the nose.

Hops and malt, hops and malt. And a little bit of alcohol. It's a lot like the aroma: toffee crisp and juicy tropical type of hops. The feel is outstanding for a cold night. in fact, even for a big beer, it is luxurious. It is thick, smooth, and coats your palate. But don't drink it too fast (not that you can).

Tired of imperial stouts for cold weather? Well, try out WWWW.

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Photo of Duff27
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Huge tan head on a brown body, very lively looking beer. Very nice head retention and lacing.

S- "Dried apricots" citrus.

T- Woo! Sweet! I think a few of our eyes watered. Sugary citrus, apricot, toffee. Flavors linger and leave the mouth watering. "Cloying"

M- Syrup on the front end, fizzy carbonation on the tail end. Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel.

D/O- Well that's different. Ridiculously sweet. I'd buy the bottle if someone finished the whole thing by themselves. Worth a try but wouldn't go out of my way for again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 aasher
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was a slight gusher. It poured a medium bodied dark brown with plum highlights and a creamy two finger beige head. The nose is very malty and a tad sweet. It's slightly bready with some toffee and cherry. The flavors are initially very sweet with plenty of cherry, biscuity malt, molasses, sorghum, toffee, and is has an earthy and yeasty finish. It drinks somewhere in between an old ale and aged barleywine. There is definitely a good amount of sugar. It drinks light and a little sticky. There isn't any alcohol presence at all. This is a nice beer to share but drinking an entire bottle by yourself would be a challenge. If you like barleywines this is definitely up your alley. I'm sure a barrel aged version would be phenomenal.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A steady pour seems to be doing pretty well so I step it up with some aggression and I end up with two-fingers of beer and four fingers of froth in my Lost Abbey Teku glass including a couple fingers above the rim that quickly ended up in my mouth lest I end up with a mess. The foam tastes like hop caramel candy; very sweet, lots of bright citrus with a bitter back note and a strong, caramelized sweetness. The foam has some real thickness and heft to it, it almost feels chewy. The head is dense, creamy textured with a pale amber tinged, tan color and it leaves a thick layer of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated brown color with some amber notes to it, but it certainly is trying to approach black; when held up to the light the beer shows a deep, concentrated ruby-brown hue that is quite brilliantly clear. The aroma smells of massively sweet malt notes up front that are backed by fruity, citrus laden hop notes. The hops contributes aromas of candied tangelo zest, syrup soaked lychee, candied pine needles, and even bright, ruby-red grapefruit notes as well as something that makes me think of amped up orange candies. Behind the hop notes are aromas of toasted whole grain, a touch of austere roast character (this is quite subtle, but if you really dig it tries to balance some of the sticky sweet notes from the front), wholesome brown bread notes, some spicy grain notes (sort of like rye in some ways). Really the best descriptor for the nose is that it smells like citrus zest that has been preserved in caramelized sugar

Wow, down-right viscous and thick, the beer literally sits down on my palate and doesn’t want to go down my throat; almost as if my mind thinks I need to be chewing this before I swallow it. This is one of the thickest beers I have had in quite some time. The sweetness is laden with citrus and tropical fruit notes that linger long after a sip. There is perhaps a hint of bitterness (that is likely quite substantial) that is mostly hidden by the viscous sweetness and candied hop-fruit character; perhaps there is a touch of dark, almost roasted, grain astringency in the finish, but again it is just dominated by the sweetness. Some toasted malt, brown bread like grain character and a host of Maillard browning flavors help to add some complexity to the sweet, cloying, brown sugar laden, molasses like and candied hop notes that are the most dominant parts of this beer. The sweetness is certainly the most pronounced character of this beer, but the hops certainly give this a run for the money; this beer is definitely hugely hoppy, just not enough to actually balance out the sweetness. The hops contribute flavors of candied pine needles, tropical lychee notes, candied tangelo / kumquat / Curacao / grapefruit zests and concentrated orange-tangelo juice (almost sweet enough to be like a frozen concentrate). As the beer warms up a bit, the alcohol becomes a bit more noticeable and so does a spicy, toasted grain and crystal malt character.

I just ate some pastry cream my wife is making (it is nice to be married to a one-time pastry chef) and while this has now tempered the sweetness a little bit in this beer, it is still a damn sweet beer; the hop-fruit notes become a bit more dominant.

This beer is sweet and chewy enough that it makes me, someone that doesn’t really care about such things, think that this thing must have a million calories in it. Interestingly enough, while this beer is a lot darker and a lot sweeter, I see the similarity in flavor profile between this beer and Lil’ Warmer Double IPA that was made from the second runnings of this beer. For drinking fresh and enjoying the hops, I would seriously like to see the sweetness toned down in this beer; as it is though, it will likely age quite interestingly for a long time (assuming it doesn’t turn into a bottle bomb from all the available residual sugar). I had been forewarned about the excessive sweetness so was ready for it, additionally I was in the mood for something sweet tonight and this has certainly fit the bill; I could actually see myself really not enjoying this beer if I hadn’t known beforehand about the ample sweetness, but as it is, I am quite enjoying this beer. I would likely enjoy it even more though if the sweetness was tamed down considerably.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7/21/2010

An extra received in a trade with Dstructo, thanks! Snifter. The beer appears burnt umber with a frothy two finger beige head. Retention is good and lacing is scattered.

The aroma is of candied and brown sugar, plums, toffee, dates, pine, grapefruit, and a lot of orange. Notes of caramel waft from my glass as the beer warms. Smells great.

Bitter grapefruit mingles with sweet caramel and brown sugar. The hop bitterness offsets the rich profile, making it sweet without being overbearing. Wow, this is pretty damn good. My preconceived notions were far off. The beer finishes with dates, spices, sweet caramel, pine, and moderately bitter grapefruit and orange. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with a perfect level of carbonation. This is a great Old Ale.

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Photo of weeare138
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dense chestnut toned brown with a thick beige head that slowly fades into a rocky cap. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of of massive malt, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, prunes, cocoa, rum cake, and citrusy orange rind.
Taste...yowza. Wasn't expecting that. Dense sugar bomb like a buttercream rum candy followed with an extra shot of rum and an orange wedge chaser. Yes. Alcohol. Heat. Hop juice.
Mouthfeel is syrupy, juicy, chewy, sticky, resinous, thick, and very warming.
Yikes. Let this one sit a year or five. It has massive potential but is way to young.

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Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Rhettroactive
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Portsmouth glass on 3/10/12
*From notes

Vintage 2010

A: A dumbass pour yields a four+ finger head that takes forever to fade. As it settles, it's a dark, unfiltered cider color.

S: Sweet cornbread and a bit of toasted malt.

T: Much better then I could have hoped for. It's sweet and malty. Really delicious, all things considered. As it warms, the flavors meld beautifully, as the malts and a touch of raisin come to the surface. Still a bit hot to boot.

M: Perfect for cold(er) weather. Thick and creamy - this would certainly keep me warm on a cold winter's night.

O: What a great little beer. CCB's Warmer Winter was the surprise hit of the night. One I look forward to returning to in the future, and if this ever hits a bourbon barrel, the line forms behind me.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Served in a CCB snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that has nice retention and lacing. Looks beautiful in the glass.

S- The aroma is a lot of malt sweetness, caramel, toffee, a touch of chocolate, spices and some hops as well. There's a lot going on in the nose, very nice aroma!

T- The taste is a lot of sweetness up front from the malt, caramel, toffee and some bitterness in the finish from the hops along with some warmth from the alcohol. If I could change one thing I would lower the sweetness a bit and up the bitterness from the hops to help balance out the sweetness. Still, a very tasty brew.

M- The mouthfeel is perfect in this brew. It is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, another awesome brew from CCB that is great to enjoy on the few cold nights we get in Florida. Highly recommended.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear light reddish brown with a 3” lacy, rocky off-white foam cap. Slight legs. Smell: Roast, fruit, sherry. Taste: Plum, sherry, a hint of coffee with sweetness lingering into the finish. Citrus rind bitterness provides balance. Mouthfeel: Creamy, luscious, slightly above medium body and above medium carbonation.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says NOV 2011.

A- Pours a solid brown color with a full two-finger tan head that bears good retention time before becoming a 1/2 inch head. Thick webs of lacing.

S- Smells strong and sweet with a heavy malt aroma. Notes of caramel, spices, dark fruit and anise. Some hop aromas hint more toward a barleywine.

T- Powerful snap of toasty, candied malts with a fair amount of hops and booze to back it up. Overall, a decent balance with rich overtones of dark fruit and spice. Mild licorice flavor is also present. Big notes of raisin and figs.

M- Creamy and smooth with some punch from the high carbonation. Medium-heavy body.

O- Could use a little more aging but I think I plucked it at an appropriate time since I'm celebrating Christmas in June!

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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 TX-Badger
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light brown, more dark copper color with off-white head. Dark fruits, caramel, biscuit, and toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some warmth and spice.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

thanks to chefbergo for the chance to try this Olde Ale. Thanks Shawn!

reviewed from notes taken 7/29/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark brown bodied beer with big light brown head.

Smell: This is very fruity and malty. One demensional.

Taste: Woah. This thing is way too sweet. lots of candied sugar and fruity malts. Almost reminds me of a scottish ale that fermented too long. Its a bit boozey too.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Super stick and a little overcarbonated.

Overall: Did not enjoy this beer, but I am not sure this is true to the olde ale style either. Aviod this beer!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

kfsv034 sent me this as an extra in our Hunahpu's trade. Thanks, man! I really enjoyed this, and it was quite well-received at the tasting this past weekend.

Ruby red with a dense off-white head with great retention and nice lacing, this is one good-looking beer, especially for an old ale. The nose is great! Caramel, brown sugar and plenty hoppy with earthy hops. Quite sweet, there's some spice too, with nutmeg and some alcohol. The palate opens big and sweet with honey, caramel, toffee and an earthy bitterness, leafy and petrichor-like. Full in body with low carbonation, this is solid. Finishing sweet with flavors of toffee and a leafy hop character, I find the sweetness very pleasant; it's far from cloying. Spice is present, lingering on the finish. Great body, I'd drink this again.

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

750mL champagne style bomber, poured into a tulip; shared with a friend at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn

Sits a deep, dark reddish brown while on the table, but when held up to the light, it is a rich, clear mahogany. Really pretty color. The tan head was amazingly sturdy and took forever to melt. Spider web lacing all over the glass.

Caramel, toffee and brown sugar hit me off the bat. Soft fruits are quickly in tow. Pears, apples and sweet cherries. Light citrus and pine are buried under this wonderful aroma.

The toffee and caramel are the major players here. Vinous fruit, pears and apples along with pine needles and citrus from the hops. This is extremely complex. Bittersweet dark chocolate, raisins and figs add a good amount of heft to the flavor profile.

Full body, lush and smooth. Tremendous. This is full and robust with a silky smooth finish of sweet fruits and toffee. The 10% is barely noticeable, extremely well-hidden.

I really enjoyed this beer, I just wish I had the whole bottle to myself. The flavor profile was just delicious.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Florida for Christmas. From notes.

A - Copper colour with a tight beige two finger head. Bright. Mild carbonation, spotty lace, film retention.

S - Dark fruit, lot's of hops, leather, nice barleywine-esque quality.

T - Dark fruit, rich malt and a wallop of hops, alcohol, citrus.

M - Nice carbonation, full body, bitter finish.

O/D - This was pretty solid. Nearly a barleywine and very pleasant. Complex and enjoyable while being way too easy to drink. Hops weren't too harsh in the profile and the malt complexity was nice. No complaints here.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Sean I believe for our last tasting...Pours a watery medium brown, light tan head ok retention, light lacing...The aroma is pretty decent, not a huge winter/spice beer fan so I was expecting the worse. Their is some winter spice notes of nutmeg and such but it doesn't attack my senses. Light hops on the back...The taste is lightly spiced as well, lots of barleywine characteristics. The feel is nice, and easy to drink.

If your not a huge spice beer fan this is a good beer for you as it introduces you to the style or gives you just enough spice to get the style but not so much you can't drink a good amount. Mild recommendation.

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Photo of claspada
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage, around a year of age on this beer.

The aromas of sweet dark caramel malts is overwhelming. Lots of dark fruitiness; mainly figs and plums. Great malt character, coupled with some nice spice. Extremely light subtle hop aroma as well as well as some bready yeast. Wowzers...

The taste is equally as amazing. Dark caramel malt flavors with hints of brown sugar, some toastiness is joined quickly by indistinct spiciness (possibly hop or yeast created). Midway through the sip hints of ripe figs, dates and dried plum flavors.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation. Finishes dry despite the thickness which is perfect because it prevents it from becoming cloying, which it teeters on.

Overall this is a great beer; it's full bodied, lush and smooth. Tremendous. It's full and robust with a silky smooth finish of sweet fruits and toffee. The 10% is barely noticeable, extremely well-hidden. Shout-out to Lueken's Liquors online beer store for having all these high quality Cigar City beers available to ship to the Northeast!

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
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