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Cigar City Lil’ Warmer

Cigar City Lil’ Warmer
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Second runnings from Warmer Winter brewed with a new high alfa hop called El Dorado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2011
THANKS to Ibrew2or3-Tampa Weekly Gathering @OTH- bottle-pours a dissipating offwhite head and amber color. Aroma is sweet light/medium malt, medium fruit, citrus. Taste is spice/citrus rind hops, sweet light/medium malt, yeast. OK effervescence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Pours clear copper with gold edges and off white head. The aroma is full with grapefruit, tangelo, a mild level of lime, some spices, grapefruit flavored cotton candy, a bit of sourness, grainy malts and mild nuttiness too. The aroma seems pretty complex but mingles and blends together very well. The taste offers up malt sweetened grapefruit, tangelo, orange rind, a mild level of soured citrus and then spicy hoppiness to round things out. Yummy brew. Hard to believe this can come from second runnings. I can drink a lot of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12689) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
A dark amber ale with a thin lacing light moka head. In moutj, a nice caramel malt with treacle, grainy and nice. In mouth, a smooth sweet dark sugar with light plums, nice pinhey hops, oily mouthfeel, rich and smooth. On tap at brewery, Jan 5 2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9033) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2011
Growler partagé avec Ibrew2or3. Encore un des traitements qui me plaît plus que la version originale. Cuivre et mousse épaisse beige. Arôme de grains, cassis, malt caramel et sucre sirop. Fruité allant vers la pomme caramélisée. Au palais, cette version est un peu plus légère que sa grande sœur mais reste bien complexe. Sirop au palais laissant une fine pellicule collante aux lèvres.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5141) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours transparent amber copper with a white head. Nose is caramel, grassy pine, lots of citrus (hints of 110k batch 3, winter warmer, and hoppiness), and a great deal of malt. This flavor is crazy! 9% for a second running?! Flavor is a hoppy malty goodness. A barleywne for second runnning. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Filled Last night; Sampled January 2011
A vigorous pour into my CCB tulip produces a two-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a caramelized, amber color that when held up to the light shows a lightly hazed, red stained, copper color with gold around the edges. The aroma smells of fresh cut hay, huge biscuit like malt that has a caramelized base to it, plus there is a solid hop character that contributes a certain dank herbal quality to the middle of this brew that is a nice refresher from the dominant malt character that is found up front and in the long finish of the nose. The finish sees an almost astringent, dried grassy grain character as well as an ample pale cracker malt dryness dominating. As my nose gets used to this brew a citrusy hop character starts to become softly noticeable in the middle of the nose; and now that I have noticed it, the citrus character (tangelo zest and Curacao orange zest more than anything) subtly perfumes the nose from beginning to end. At times the malt character can remind me of butterscotch and maybe even a hint of vanilla some how. I am really digging the aroma on this brew, knowing that this is a second runnings beer it can seem a bit hay like at times, but at 9% abv I doubt this is because it was oversparged and considering that this character is actually enjoyable I am certainly not complaining either way.

Soft and creamy textured up front, the beer quickly picks up an ample hop character that is much more dominant than the aroma would have suggested. Flavors of orange zest, a touch of lychee and caramelized ruby red grapefruit zest mix with a caramelized grain character a butterscotch malt (and perhaps yeast influenced as well) character and a supporting chew malt sweetness. The beer does not seem overly sweet though as the hop character supplies lots of herbal, pine, a touch of menthol and supporting, though not overly aggressive, bitterness to temper the residual sweetness that this beer does have. At times the citrus hop character is quite dominant in this brew, which is a bit of a surprise given that the nose almost suggested that the malt would be the dominant note. The malt does play a significant supporting role though in the flavor with a solid biscuit malt character that is somewhat drying, some cracker like crispness towards the finish, as well as the previously mentioned caramelized notes that seem to more accentuate the hop character than anything. The flavor reminds me quite a bit of a Double IPA; the body is right there as well, though perhaps a touch viscous compared to my ideal, but it definitely doesn’t make me think of a rich Barley Wine.

For some reason I wasn’t really expecting much from this beer, but man I am really digging it. The flavor is surprisingly hoppy and superbly balanced between the chewy, complex malt and the competing hop complexity and it is weird that the malt character (specifically the dried hay and caramelized cracker notes) dominate the nose, but it is the hops that dominates the flavor profile. Actually the aroma is has more of a malt / hop balance (thought he malt is the winner), while the flavor is clearly dominated by the hop character. An experience that I wouldn’t mind having quite a bit of, I’ll definitely have to give these El Dorado hops a whirl as they seem like they would be a nice compliment to a lot of other American hops. As the beer really warms up some spicy alcohol heat becomes noticeable in the nose and actually the hop character can at times become the dominant note in the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Growler… This beer rocks!… Mostly clear amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The bouquet presents musky and grapefruity hops, vanilla, toasted pistachios and almonds, toffee and pale grains. Smells a bit like an American-style barleywine. Medium-bodied with tingly carbonation. Bittersweet, malty-rich, decadent flavor. Lengthy, bitter, drying finish. Thanks to TheCheeseMan for picking this up while in Tampa! I can’t believe this is a small beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jedinord (30) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Delicious. I love the hop character from the El Dorado. Different than anything I have had. Surprised at the high ABV. Can’t taste it, but I sure feel it...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Pours orange. Nose is pine hops, booze, grains. Flavor is bitter, boozy, warming alcohol, grainy. Good second running beer. Funny how high of an ABV it has for being 2nd runnings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Consumed on the first Friday of January, 2011 at the brewery. Translucent copper with a short but lasting eggshell head. alcohol and pitted fruit nose. Bitterness grows throughout. Interesting play by El Dorado hops. Gentle sweetness, thin body and a long finish. Enjoyed.

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