ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of sharp spice, berries, figs and lime. Pours a sparkling copper. The mostly lasting stiff tight withe creamy/frothy head leaves fair lace. The start is malty tartness, there is a moderate acidty in the middle, the finish is heavy spiced citric bitterness. Tastes like a spiced APA. The light dry body is soft and feels astringent at the finish.
zimm421 (57) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a shaped pint. Appears a dark amber with decent off-white head. Nose is cinnamon and sweet malt. Taste is pretty sweet with cinnamon and a slight alcohol hint. Lovely taste. Very enjoyable on one of our first cold evenings.
jsquire (3309) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the CBC. From the recent ratings I must recommend getting this on tap. Deep reddish amber color with a thin off white head. Strong cinnamon spice and baked apple nose, almost like mulled cider. Very sweet beer with lots of apples, cinnamon, clove, pie crust, and a hint of alcohol warmth. The finish sits in the mouth like a warm apple dumpling a la mode. This is a very tastey spiced winter ale.
mcnealc31 (245) - 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
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at varsity club. NIce balance of spice and malt. Ginger not overdone as is in some. definitely drinkable as session, as it was not overbearing.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewpub. The beer pours a slightly hazed dark amber color with a medium and foamy off-white head with fair retention. Half-rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy and malty. Medium-bodied, and actually a little thinner than having the word "Wamer" in the name of the beer warrants. Sweet giniger and cinnamon flavors over a nice malty base. Touches of hops are present as well. Alcohol is well-masked. The finish is sweet and spicy with a mildly bitter hops aftertaste that lingers for quite some time. Overall this is a pretty good seasonal from CBC.
BabyJoe692 (109) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours a dark amber in color. Has aromas of Cinnamon and nutmeg. Full bodied, nice balanced flavor with a taste of spices in the finish.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a clear amber color with a short lived off-white head.
S: Certainly a lot of spices going on here. Mostly cinnamon, but perhaps some all-spice and clove is there, too. The more I smell it, the more it smells like apple pie. And in this case, that is not a bad thing.
T: It tastes like apple pie too. A big cinnamon flavor to go along with some mostly sweet but slightly tart apples. There’s even a bit of a pie crust flavor from the malts.
M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation as well.
D: This was like drinking apple pie, and I quite liked it. Not as cloying or overly sweet as it sounds, either. Really nicely done, actually.
jmikolich (1354) - 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
Shot (79) - Westerville, 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.