Tuesday, December 10, 2013
CBC Winter Warmer (4/10)
It pours a cloudy, slightly reddish brown with a finger-thick head that dissipates slowly.
The aroma is mildly hoppy and yeasty.
The flavor, unfortunately, is pretty much hop-forward with some malt. Ginger and cinnamon take a back seat, or maybe they’re riding in an entirely different car, it’s hard to say. Like most CBC beers, it tends to be over-hopped to me.
Beer Advocate definitely disagrees with me, giving Columbus Brewing Company Winter Warmer an 85 or “very good” rating. Rate Beer gets closer to my opinion, rating it a 52. For me, it gets a 4/10. That places it just a notch below a Budweiser or Coors, to put the rating in perspective.
CBC Winter Warmer is available on tap at a number of local establishments. I had this glass at The Winking Lizard on Bethel Road. The bottled version can be found at a number of craft beer retailers, such as Kenny Road Market.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Bitter and Dry
Spice Level: Very Low
Hops Level: Moderate
Dominant Flavors: Hops, Malt
IBU: Unknown, but probably in the 28-35 range
My Rating: 4/10