dinkle50 (1134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown pour with a single finger head. Aroma of sugar and a little toffee. Medium mouth. Taste is very sweet. Lots of sugar and a little alcohol. Nice bright citrus brings up the rear and balances things out. Really easy drinking for 10%. Lace present.
PartyFowle (629) - - MAY 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep purple-black. Not many bubbles are visible, though a thin khaki head does eventually arrive. Nose: Chocolate syrup, alcohol, figs, a touch of toast. Tangy prunes as well. The flavors are smoothly blended. So smoothly, in fact, that it’s kind of hard to pick out anything individually. As a whole, the brew’s a sweet, slightly roasty, very alcoholic blend. Some toffee, some caramel, some prunes. A splash of citrusy hops - mandarin oranges, berries. Toasted bread finish. An odd blend. Beautiful body, though. Creamy and medium-full with perfect, silky carbonation. A good drink for its alcohol content. I’m sure the barrel-aged versions are incredible.
rederic (3207) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, dark ruby-copper-mohagany color, with a thick tan head. Nice dried dark cherry, fruitcake, dark dried fruit, brown chocolate nose, with some pruney, raisiny, toffee, sugar pie crust, caramelized, biscuity, toasted, pale malt accents, and with a faint candied blood orange, pink grapefruit, orange Peel, brown sugar, faint Graham’s cracker, faint english pudding note in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a warmth very good dark dried fruit, plum juice, candied fruity peach, apricot, orange, tangerine peel, liquorish port wine, toasted, biscuity, caramel, pale, roasted malty, brandyish, honeyed, caramelized breadcrumb character, with some light earthy flowery citrus, leafy, grassy hop, light coffee, brown sugar, subtle panettone cake dough, dark bitter chocolate, subtle bran muffin, orange candyish lollipop, lemon marmalade flavours, leading towards a warming toffee, candied lemon, grapefruit peel, fruity port wine, brandy liquorish, dark bitter chocolate, coffeeish, sweet toasted, biscuity, caramel, bread, pale maltiness, light lingering citrus, leafy, grassy hop bitterness finish.
olr1984 (1324) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle 2014/2015 pours a dark brown with an off white head. kind of all over the map beer. sweet caramel malt and slight hop finish.
Chad9976 (1419) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I always wondered what a warm weather state like Florida would consider to be a “winter warmer” since it’s always warm there all the time. Cigar City’s “Warmer Winter” is apparently how they interpret the style down there. This is a classic American-style barleywine, and not an actual winter warmer despite the name. It definitely hits on all notes as a barleywine, which is probably why I enjoyed it.
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 11/5/14 and was sent to me from a friend in Florida (thanks, Matt!).
Appearance: Attractive shade of burgundy/mahogany color. Fairly clear with some haziness, slight carbonation is visible. Pours to a two-finger, eggshell, foamy head which retains and laces pretty well.
Smell: Classic barleywine aroma of dark malt, though plenty of American hop character is present, too (mostly citrus and flowers).
Taste: It’s not surprising that a big beer would start out with a big taste. Tons of malty sweetness is present right away, creating for a fruit basket of flavors: cherry, plum, and even some strawberry or blackberry notes (oddly enough). At the same time, there’s a noticeable bitterness. At first it’s dry, then it becomes dank and citrusy – akin to orange juice concentrate rather than orange or grapefruit juice straight up. Subtle confectionery notes can be found, as well. There’s definitely a vanilla character due to the alcohol presence. There’s absolutely no spice in the brew, though the hops offer some balance to the malt. It’s not especially bitter and hoppy for the style (if anything, it’s less bitter than most), but there is some citrus and floral character on the second half that complements the brew quite nicely. Overall, it’s tasty and satisfying, but not quite as amazing as I was expecting. I was hoping for intensity and complexity and what’s here is less than that, but much more than just “solid.”
Drinkability: This is one of those beers where the high gravity works for and against it simultaneously. On the one hand, this is a 12.65% ABV brew (according to Head Brewer Wayne Wambles who told me this) and it doesn’t have the dense weight or high heat you would associate with a borderline “extreme” brew. On the other hand, the mouthfeel does feel a tad thin and the fairly clean aftertaste actually seems to be a demerit. A beer of Cigar City Warmer Winter Winter Warmer’s caliber ought to be thick, sticky and cloying. That being said, I doubt anyone other than a complete and total lightweight is going to have any difficulty with this beer.
TXBadger (1918) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
DWestrick (474) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - friend brought from Tampa. Very nice Barley Wine - and easy to drink for 10%
boozedude (2185) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber brought over from Jeremy , poured into glass with hakes, and lamont, clear dark red/brown pour with white head, aroma is alsovhol ad fruit, some malts, sugar, really good shit,
Crichton99 (3) - - NOV 28, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Faint smell of Jai Alai. Initial hint of jai Alai in the taste followed by boozey sweet taste with hints of raisin and fig. Very nice.
suprchunk (2600) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour. Big tan head. Tons of lacing. Nutty malty aroma. Taste is malty. Nutty. Slight bitterness in the finish.