Shot (404) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 From a bottle. Pours reddish amber with a thin head, but good lacing. Aromas of candy apple, cinnamon, plum and herbs. Flavors of dried fruit, spices, brown sugar, ginger and herbs. Little hop presence. Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. The bottle says this is an unpasteurized beer. Despite the muted hop presence, this is an interesting and enjoyable winter warmer. Finely crafted.
drsordr (2183) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour amber. Nose really interesting with candied ginger, spice, pepper, rosemary,and brown sugar. Taste a lot of the same flavors with additional sugar cookie and cinnamon. Bitter finish. Not my typical kind of beer, but interesting mix of big flavors.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from George. Rating #49. Cloudy dark amber pour with a beige head. Light spice with a good amount of hops in the aroma. More hops in the flavor with a little ginger in the finish, not bad. (2721)
superspak (4406) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/31/2012. Pours hazy and cloudy reddish orange color with a 1 finger foamy off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a minimal ring of lace. No glass lacing, and some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, apple, cinnamon, gingerbread, and light floral. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spices notes; with moderate strength. Taste of caramel, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, gingerbread, clove, pepper, and light floral. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, apple, cinnamon, toast, gingerbread, and clove on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and robustness of malt and spice flavor; with a solid malt/spice balance and a fair amount of cloying sweetness/spice flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid winter warmer. Good robustness and solid balance of flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.
markwise (5096) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thanks to goryshkewych for this one. Cheers, George. Pours a nice sunset orange yellow-color with an off-white head. Nose is malty, like an IPA, with sugar plums, and some orange peel, cinnamon, and a piney hoppiness. Flavor is an IPA meets a sugar plum Christmas beer. I get lots of sweet fruity notes with the malt and hops of an IPA/ or at least a more bitter beer. Light to medium in body and not really melding well.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle via trade from Cliff. Thanks Cliff! It pours a murky brown with a short lived tan head. The nose has notes of plastic and apple juice. The flavor has heavy plastic, fusels, and pine. This one is not good at all. Medium body with average carbonation. Burnt rubber and plastic. Blech.
nuplastikk (5682) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle scooped up in Columbus. Unfiltered orange-amber. Thin head, fades to an oily brim. Rather pleasant herbal tinged malty aroma, touch of cinnamon, amber malt. Kind of an odd one, very fruitcake. The ginger is certainly there, not bitter, but fruity. Not really one to recommend, but a decent enough beer.
Huhzubendah (3379) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.
The beer is hazy orange with a small, off white head. The aroma offers cinnamon, apples - smells like apple cobbler/pie. The flavor is heavily spiced, with cinnamon leading the way. Lacking balance. Best in small quantities. Like drinking sweet apple pie. Thin bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, tasty but one dimensional. Worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-13-2012
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Luke, this could be hit or miss for most people, if you love gingerbread and cinnamon with beer you’ll probably love this, sweet beer lovers this is good for you too, those looked for muted spice behind the scenes, not so much I thought it worked well
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color of Columbus Brewing Winter Warmer is rather attractive. A rich caramel hue. But the aroma is what really draws you in. Loads of ginger and cinnamon. The white head thins out rapidly, but it sticks around all the way through with fantastic lacing.
Ginger and caramel are the biggest flavors here. The cinnamon adds just a late heat followed by a bite from the hops. Tastes a bit like a graham cracker, too.
Maybe not the top tier of winter beers, but I would have no problem doing this again