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Cigar City Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Apple Brandy Barrel-aged

Cigar City Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Apple Brandy Barrel-aged
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Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Huge thanks to Jim for sharing this half of growler type bottle he won at the Sexual Chocolate release. A-pours a dirty copper brown color with a little murky yellow head. S-lots of chocolate and toffee up front, brandy behind, caramel and slightly burnt brown sugar, hints of sour green apples with notes of booze. T-sour green apples up front, loads of chocolate, brown sugar and caramel, notes of brandy with some heat in the finish. M-seems to have lost some carbonation, syrupy texture up front that thins out in back but soft and smooth on the palate. D-a little boozy in the back, nice flavors and the apple brandy barrel imparts a nice balance to it, no wood though. lots of malty sweetness in it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2010
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Amber-red pour. The nose is intensely sweet. Lots of rich sweetness with a bit of honey and some sweet vineous character. A touch of candied sort of booziness and a touch of sugary sweetness. There is a little bit of spiciness as well. The sweetness gets a little bit cloying and comes across as a bit underattenuated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
draft at DLD ’10. pours murky amber brown, caramel port , fl sweet brown sugar apple brandy caramel. really smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Growler from the brewery. This one pours a hazy, dark reddish-brown color and topped by a small, tan head of foam that leaves minimal spots of lace behind. The aroma is very decadent and complex showing a nice blend of burnt caramel and toffee, cocoa, raisins, and toasted nuts. Hints of candied apple and vanilla come through from the barrel and some earthy hops offers a nice compliment. The flavor is also sweet and decadent showing huge caramelized apples up front followed by cocoa, dark fruit, and earthy hops on the back end. The barrel imparts the perfect amount of vanilla to compliment the other flavors. The outhfeel is medium to full bodied and smooth with light carbonation with a touch of alcohol warmth on the finish. Really great tasting brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (6380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
This one poured a darker red to brown color with a very small beige head. Aroma was caramel, some toffe, brown malt, and lots of brandy. Flavor was light smoked meats, medium roasted malts, caramel toffee, dark fruit, all drink in delectable brandy. By far my favorite CC brew ive had so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Draft. Dark brown pour with some white bubbles. Aroma is apple, some light cedar, brandy and etoh. Flavor is apple, cherry, brandy, some oak, and some alcohol bite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
On tap at DLD. Pours a cloudy chestnut brown color with a lasting one-finger cream-colored head. Sweet and malty on the aroma. Smells excellent. Caramel, toffee, spice, cocoa, oak, vanilla, and brandy. Damn the flavor on this one is incredible. The base beer really comes through, with some of the sweetness restrained. Caramel, toffee, winter spice, and vanilla. On top of that you get amazing barrel notes of oak and brandy, along with some candied fruits and earthiness. Just awesome. Very full-bodied, smooth, and creamy on the palate. Some considerable alcohol warmth. Just an amazing beer overall. One of the highlights of DLD, and that’s really saying something.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2010
Pours a dark auburn brown, a haze and dark deep brown appearance. A healthy tannish head that dies to a decent level, laces ok. Aromas are sweeter, caramel, toffee, biscuits, faint hazelnut and orange marmalade. Vanilla tannins, kiss of brandy spirit, not overly sweet though, the apple element plays well, providing a deep sweetness, wet oak, faint acidity. Hops are still a factor, florals and grapefruit linger. Initial is as expected, heavier than medium body, not thinned much. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, wet wood, spirit, a faint nuttiness. Hopping still there, this brew provides a sufficient bitterness on the backend, grapefruit and lemon, the sweetness lingers with vanilla and wet wood, a decent boozy spirit presence, light orange marmalade, light nuttiness. I was a big fan of this base beer, and this did not dissapppoint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2010
Thanks to someone for sharing their guest draft at DLD! Poured medium amber with a light cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweet vinous notes with toffee, dark fruit, and a fine barrel presence.. warm and welcoming. The flavor found warm caramel and toffee at the core with layers of vinous notes, vanilla, and peppery brandy around.. building warmth, but it kept enough sweetness around to balance it out. Heavier-bodied and warm on the palate.. well-balanced and a pleasure to drink!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
Guest beer at DLD 2010. Pours dark reddish brown with tan head. Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, dark malts, and the barrel. Flavor of toffee, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, dark malts, and some light booze. Finishes with some sweet dark fruit and the warmth from the barrel. Barrel adds a nice complexity and changed the beer quite a bit from what I remember. Really good stuff.

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