AndyReynolds (906) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bigmmartin. Aroma is sweet malts, hops, and some woodish hints. Very subtle notes of chocolate. Palate is thick and sticky. The flavor is really sweet, but bitter at the same time. I don’t know if I would consider this a barleywine or not, but it is alright.
suprchunk (2322) - 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.
sloshgator (456) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cigar City Warmer Winter Winter Warmer hits the mark as a strong winter brew. It is officially described as a mash up between traditional English-style barley wine and old ale. Faint aroma of carmelized raisins and dates rising off a very dark pour with a thick tan head. Taste is raisins, dates and toffee with maybe a hint of chocolate. The high ABV is masked well in the taste, but you will definitely feel it. Warmer Winter is not breaking any new ground, but definitely hits that winter strong beer style.
DocJitsu (1031) - Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear Amber color with no head. A thin caramel colored ring sits atop the beer. Faint date on the nose. Cottony mouthfeel. Moderately thick. Some alcohol heat is noted. Cereal, Amish bread, and crispy chocolate chip cookies. Some zinc too.
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"whoa nelly - this was a bit more intense than i thought it’d be. this english style barleywine/old ale manages a ridiculous level of complexity. toffee, caramel, citrus hops, rye spice, and a strong chocolate undercurrent, both in the nose and flavor. a wonderful sipper. if the sweetness in the flavor and the alcohol in the nose were toned down just a notch, this would be one of the very best."
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle. It pours a medium ruddy brown with a thin head. The nose is fresh baked spice bread and sweet caramel. Full bodied and warming. Toffee, spice bread, candied orange, and caramel on the tongue with a lingering spicy sweet finish. Tasty stuff.
AirForceHops (3436) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Phatdog1, thanks Craig. 2013 vintage. Dirty brown color with very little head. Aroma all notes of dark fruit. Dates, raisins, plums and figs.
Flavors is a blast of sugar and dark fruits. Raisins, dates and figs soaked in caramel and molasses. Cloying sweet. I think I need to go to the hospital to check my insulin levels. Just a sugar bomb! Maybe it would help with cellaring for a longer amount of time, not sure. Hard to drink.
AdamJackson (2802) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
MMM a barleywine in May! woohooo. Dark mahogany caramel appearance. Smells like copper pennies and depression. Sort of like walking into a hot topic in your 30s and wondering where you went wrong?
Taste is pretty redeeming. still a lot of metallic, rice crispy treats and cookie crisps. a touch of port barrel. oily and thick.
rxeight (1474) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks Sean. This one was a surprise. Lots of toffee and sweetness. Really good stuff
GreatDane1632 (511) - North Dakota, USA - APR 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 Rating from notes, drank 18 Dec 2011 -- poured out of the bottle into a pint glass. Probably the best Winter Warmer I have ever had. I need to make this an annual tradition.
chinchill (2056) - South Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
~25ml portion of a 2013/14 bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours a murky dark brown, leaving hardly a trace of sediment in the bottle.
Aroma: sweet and roasted grains, alcohol esters, cooked peaches and other fruits.
Flavor: sweet, bordering on too sweet, with plenty of soft and dark fruits, some alcohol esters, dark bread, and hints of toffee, chocolate and brown sugar.
O: Distinct, complex and interesting. ABV partly hidden.