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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
Reviews:
206
Ratings:
601
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.72%
 
 
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128
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Reviews: 206 | Ratings: 601
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 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 glid02
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malts with good amounts of sugar-coated prune and sugar-coated dried fig aromas. Also present are indistinct spices and very light hints of sourdough bread.

Tastes good. Caramel malt flavors with hints of toastiness kick things off and are joined quickly by indistinct spices. Midway through the sip hints of ripe pears and dried plum flavors enter into things. The fruit flavors are pushed aside by earthy hops that carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this beer but like almost every other CCB beverage I've had it's unique. Worth a shot.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.
The color of Coca Cola. Small tan head with a tiny bit of lace.
Wonderful aroma. Caramel, chocolate. Floral hops. A bit of peppery spice.
The taste began as caramel and quickly deepened to toffee. A little bit of chocolate. Dark fruit/raisins. Late piney hops.
Incredibly complex. I enjoyed just rolling this around in my mouth.
Eminently drinkable.

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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 BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty datk amber with creamy tall head. Aroma of candy apples and a bit of pine hops. Taste is sweet with malt, caramel, green apples. A definite puckering grapefruit hop presence that I was expecting. Thick and chewey mouthfeel. Extremely smooth. Bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. Very interesting brew that is definitely fitting for winter time.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a slightly hazy copper brown color with a fluffy tan head.

S-boozy acetone up front, notes of cinnamon, peppery spice, notes of twangy spice, brown malt, touch of caramel and toffee, light herbal hop finish.

T-caramel and toffee up front, burnt brown sugar, notes of spices, touch of pepper, citrus and herbal hop presence light in the back. a little boozy and hot in the finish.

M-very smooth and creamy on the palate, syrupy texture with a good full body and a nice carbonation.

D-a little hot but a nice complexity to it, well balanced and big bold flavors. Lose the booze and it would have been pretty solid.

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Photo of Durge
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thick, cloudy dark mahogany brew with a goodly, stubborn oatmeal colored head and solid lacing. The aroma says brown bread and sweet pine hop and medicinal malt. Oatmeal chocolate nuances, thick and chewy and real high on the olfactory scale. Wow. Immediately followed by another, wow! The flavor just overwhelms the mouth with thick herbal hops and deep dark cereal grain, almost a barleywine deal. Just a lush mix of heavy malt and evergreen with a delicious tart hop bite. The body is full but not gagging, and tiny carbonation makes for a silky feel that caps off a near perfect winter brew. Cigar City maintains its incredible record of awesome brewing!

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Photo of scottfrie
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into NB snifter. Reviewed from notes. 2010 bottle I think.

A: Pours near black with just a stupid amount of billowing foamy tan head that took forever to fade into a very dense film. This is one over carbonated beast. Great head retention and lace though.
S: Sweet notes of candied fruits, raisins, caramel, booze, and more fruit – tropical fruit even. Very fruit forward.
T: Again, very sweet, but with tons of leather and tobacco that I wasn’t expecting. The fruit notes from the nose are right there followed by brown sugar, light milk chocolate, vinous flavors, some spices and some wood. The sweetness is almost cloying, and the aftertaste coats my mouth with tobacco flavors that lasts forever.
M: Very very carbonated but it’s soft at least. The mouthfeel is boozy but smooth and slick, and the body is thick and full.
O: Much sweeter than expected and very full and boozy. A great drink though, glad to have tried it.

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

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a chestnut brown color with a huge pillowy tan head that left crazy sick lacing on the glass, big and chunky. The aroma is sweet; fermented raisins and fig, prunes, molasses and honey. Some piney and tropical fruit hops as well. The taste is of a big rich malt. Light roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee followed by the piney and tropical fruit hop characteristics. The rest of the flavor is rounded out with candied oranges, fig, and booze soaked prunes. The feel is big, heavy and chewy. Very sweet overall and sticky. A touch of bitterness pops through in the finish. Not a spicy winter warmer, but a sweet one. The Old Ale label seems to be spot on. Great body and nice boozy sweetness that you typically see in old ales. The brew could use an offset like some smokey/woody flavor or more of a roasted malt. Still very good.

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

Bottle shared at a September Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a light brown amberish color with a fluffy tan head. Fruity with rich caramel and brown sugar, plenty of sweet raisins and toffee. Also some vanilla and hoppy notes. Pretty full-bodied and satisfying.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin ¼ inch light tan head forms. Quickly settles to a thin cap of foam. Slightly hazy, dull brown colored beer.

Aroma is deep and all malt...Caramel, dark fruits and a slight alcohol aroma. It's really a nice aroma and quite aggressive. This is going to sounds nuts, but the aroma reminds me of Aventinus Eisbock.

Figs, caramel, figs, caramel. A bit of a more hoppy finish than I had imagined. I think it comes in at the perfect moment to off set the abv and alcohol flavors. They are there but mellowed quite nicely. For 80% of the flavor experience this is very consistent, then it gets a bit hoppy towards the end. As it warms further, more fruity esters come to the forefront.

Medium bodied and smooth as silk. Slight warming effect from the elevated ABV.

Well this is certainly a slow sipper and one to be enjoyed over a long period of time. While I am enjoying this in Fort Lauderdale. It's cold and rainy out adding to the winter warmer experience. I remain shocked how deep and enjoyable the aroma is here.

Nice effort!!!

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Photo of Holland
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown with gigantic brown head. Opened this at cellar temp and it gushed a bit. Tons of foamy head is left.

S: dark fruits like raisin, a bit of brown sugar, sharp spice or bitterness, and malt.

T: first is the spice, then sweet malt, caramel, and dark fruits. Very good and complex. Quite sweet.

M: carbonation is fine once is stopped gushing out of the bottle. Body is medium-heavy and very nice and smooth feeling, even with the carbonation.

O: very nice beer to have on a cold evening. It was around $10, but I can't remember how much exactly for the 750 ml. Not bad.

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

This poured with a very rich color of chocolate brown with a thin layer of tight knit foam. The nose was strong with barley malt and sweet chocolate with a underpinning of dried fruit. The flavor was a barley bomb with huge amounts of dry yet sweet barley malts. The sweetness eased into chocolate with a soft prune finish. The feel was slick and full with almost no carbonation. Very good barley wine, maybe not BCBW but really good.

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Photo of Zach136
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep ruby, fairly clear, no head/lacing.

Aroma: Rich caramel/toffee, pretty boozy, piney hop character.

Flavor: Hot. Like I honestly would guess this was +12% blind. Big piney hops over a monster specialty malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Booze gives it a drying, warming sensation.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City Warmer Winter, bottle bought at New Beer in NYC for $11.75 plus tax. "Brewed for the 2011-2012 Florida Winter".

Appearance: I cracked open the bottle and it literally exploded on me. Loads and loads of foam coming out, unstoppable. I lost a good half beer there! Just for that, rating goes down...

But once it settles down it looks fine, like a Belgian dark ale with a huge fist of a head, outrageous carbonation and the darkest color this side of Africa. Beautiful, thick lacing as well and great retention. That head lasts forever!

Smell: Lotsa sweetness, brown sugar, honeycomb and the customary dark fruit (raisin, prune juice).

Taste: Sweetness and more sweetness! Geez... if you don't like sweet beers, forget about this. It is like a barleywine dipped in simple syrup, then rolled on brown sugar and finished with honey. Those "citrusy hops" they mention in the label, including Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus? They're barely there, overwhelmed by the sweetness. Only at the very end do they come through, as a stingy clover-like feel.

Mouthfeel: Full body and medium flavor. Huge carbonation of course, a bit too much indeed. Otherwise well balanced and quite pleasurable to drink. Not dry at all, which I appreciate.

Overall: The carbonation issue is annoying, and the extreme sweetness in the taste is slightly off-putting. Not a bad beer at all, though- it drinks remarkably well for being 11%.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-05-19 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque dark brown with a 2-finger light tan head and mild lacing. 4.5

S - Raisins, lots of caramel, alcohol, some spice.

T - Too much caramel flavor, raisin, plum, earthy spice, vanilla, coconut, alcohol. Finishes pretty sweet but thankfully a decent amount of hop bitterness attempts to assert itself.

M - Thick body, light carbonation. Treacly.

O - Too cloying for me. I like some aspects of this beer but can't get past the sweetness.

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Photo of tpd975
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of Morey
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a 2010 bottle that I managed to land in a trade (thanks Mark).

APPEARANCE: Murky chocolate-brown color with a khaki colored head that stood over a finger tall and pretty much remained until the last drop. Good head retention with decent lacing.

AROMA: Huge malty sweetness, brown sugar, burnt caramel, vanilla, and cinnamon rolls.

TASTE: You're immediately hit with an in-your-face malty sweetness. Caramel flavor along with a slight bitterness reminiscent of burnt sugar. Very little in the way of hop bitterness though. The candy-like flavor intensifies as this beer warms making for an almost cloyingly sweet finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied with a thick and syrupy feel. Carbonation is moderate to high (especially for the style).

MOREY'S BOTTOM LINE: While very grateful that I had a chance to try this, I found it to be overly sweet. Sweet can be good, but this was just a bit much. Maybe this would have been better when it was fresh? It's probably safe to assume that 2 years in the basement made this even sweeter than it originally was.

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

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a mahogany/chestnut with ruby red highlights. Cloudy, opaque with a moderate carbonation stream. 3 fingers of creamy tan head dissipate slowly. Nice think layer of lacing.

N: Caramel, toffee, banana, candy sugar, molasses, tobacco and some hints of citrus and fruit esters.

T: Molasses, figs, dates, banana and toffee upfront. Mid-palette brings huge caramel, bread, red grapes and more sweet dark fruits. Finishes sweet with tobacco, ripe apricot, banana, molasses, hints of leather, earthy hops and residual candy sugars that linger forever.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy, soft, semi-chewy and sticky.

O: A big sticky sweet sipper perfect for winter. Very rich, ripe dark fruit notes and molasses with hints of lighter fruits. 11% abv not detected. Very complex.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a murky dark amber with a medium creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee malts with some grapefruits and some spicy piney resiny hops.

The flavor is some sweet caramel, nuts, and fruits with some spices (rye?) and resiny piney hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting, fairly complex beer. It was a little on the sweet side for me, but I liked it. Thanks Solan!

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Photo of ffejherb
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle on 1/10/10. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a cloudy reddish brown, almost plum-colored body with a creamy beige/light tan cap that held on pretty well and deposited some thick lace around the snifter.

S - Initial aroma is quite spicy and peppery with light cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Malt character is quite caramely with toffee notes and a light cocoa/chocolate presence. A brown sugar sweetness permeates. The aroma is rounded out by slight alcohol notes and a hint of pine.

T - Warm and spicy with chocolates and thick caramel and toffee attributes with a subtle brown sugar sweetness. Sweetness gives way to a more spicy character in the middle, with mild peppery notes and some piney hops paired with a moderate alcohol warmth. Finishes with a healthy dose of earthy, herbal hop bitterness.

M - Full bodied with a very creamy texture and subtle carbonation. Finishes with quite a bit of bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D - This is definitely a sipper of a winter warmer. The alcohol is pretty potent here, but there is plenty of other flavors and aromas happening to keep it from becoming too heavy-handed. I found this to be a bit on the spicy side, although it was still enjoyable.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man, I've got to learn to pour better. Nearly a full pint glass of foam results from my weak efforts. After several anticipitory moments pass, the dark tan head recedes to reveal a deeply garnet red liquid below. Great lacing too.
Smell has a balanced hop/malt note upfront followed by whiskey, vanilla, dark fruits and grape.
Taste, after 30 minutes of warming, malty, sweet like light brown sugar, spiced rum, lighter hops than before, raisins, figs, wheat. Great balance.
Delectably smooth, fabulously rich, full-bodied, very light effervescence. The sweetness really makes this a great dessert replacement. The smooth malt aftertaste is awesome. This is a seriously world class beer. A phenomenal brew.

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Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mntlover for sharing this big bottle at our recent tasting. Pours a deep brown mahogany body, just about opaque. Medium sized light brown head is incredibly creamy and sheets the snifter with delicate lacing.

Smells like a classic English barleywine, with waves of malty caramel and toffee. A solid dark fruit presence is also apparent, mostly figs and dates.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, just about full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Taste is definitely malt driven, with chewy toffee and caramel up front. A faint hint of chocolate adds to the profile. Dates and figs add a pleasant dark fruit dimension. Black pepper and rye notes are underneath. Alcohol is well hidden for the most part save for a peppery warming effect.

Very nicely done. Nice to know that some folks in the Sunshine State know how to brew this style.

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Warmer Winter Winter Warmer from Cigar City Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 601 ratings.
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