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Dark Woods - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 16.98%
Wants: 42
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of 8 different barrel aged beers, including but not limited to our Stout, Porter, and a few seasonal beers (on the dark side of things), a majority coming from french oak barrels previously holding red wine from Cisco's Nantucket Vineyard, adding oak character. This beer is unfiltered, so some sediment is normal. It has been inoculated with brettanomyces (a wild yeast). Rich and malty with a slight tartness and a mild, intentional, "farmhouse funk" provided by the wild yeast.

(Beer added by: soccerman7 on 01-22-2010)
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Reviews by nas5755:
Photo of nas5755
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review # 2, first batch(I think the only batch). A very polarizing beer, I tend to love Cisco and I think they age horribly. I enjoy this more fresh.

A-Dark base beer, with a tan head, more retention than I would expect with a wild ale.

S- Tart cherries, sour apples. Very strong, I could smell the cherries, apples and lactic acid from the first pop of the cork. Very enjoyable, upon further inspection, some of the dark roasted malts are present.

T-Tart, sour cherries, sour apples, roasted malt, char, pine which is an interesting spice and adds a contrast not normally seen in beers, more or less wild ales. I enjoyed it, it was not overpowering and had a slight turpentine like flavor that was interesting and added depth. Again, and odd flavor profile. I enjoy it and I understand why most would not.

M- lite carbonation, thin body from the bugs, yet it has a distinct creaminess.

O- a polarizing beer, one that I enjoy. This is one of, if not my favorite Woods Series beer(fresh Lady of the Woods is amazing). Very complex, very odd. Not for everyone as the flavor profile is very all over the place.

7/16/10
This is a very interesting and complex beer, it is like nothing I have ever had before and the flavor profile is throwing me for a loop.

A: A very dark base with a light brown head.

S: Funk with very light lemon notes.

T: Things get interesting here. I get some funk and sourness at the end of the palate, oak, tannins, bready malt with dried fruit, some ripe fruit, a little bit of cocoa . This beer is so incredibly complex and layered that it makes it hard to narrow down the different flavors and I love the fact that my brain is lost in the sensory pleasures of this beer.

M: Medium body for a blend of so many dark beers, I was expecting something much thicker it does have a surprising chewiness that is hidden(if that is even possible). The dryness and carbonation are both excellent.

D: Such a complex beer deserves to sipped and I am doing just that. I enjoy drinking this beer and would have another with no problems.
4.5 4.0 4.5 4.0 4.0 overall 4.25 a-

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very dark red color with a tan head. The aroma is tart cherries with some vanilla. The flavor is great. I get notes of chocolate, oak, tart cherries and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

This was tried side-by-side with the Cherry Woods. Most of those in attendance liked the Cherry Woods better, but I felt this was the better beer.

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Brodie - much obliged!

Pours a hazy brownish-amber color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark caramel malts with large amounts of tart cherries. Also present are hints of funk and even lighter hints of oak.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors kick things off and are overtaken almost immediately by mildly tart cherry flavors and moderate amounts of funk. Midway through the sip the sweetness of the malt flavors fades a bit and the cherry flavors and funk take over. Mild amounts of oak make an appearance before carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer slightly more than cherry woods as it had a bit more complexity however both are fine beers. Worth a shot.

Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tom's bottle, thanks for sharing. Dark coloured with a dark lacing. Complex aroma with a fruity edge. Taste like a shiraz wine, and also fruity, edgy, rum and coke, edge from the cranberries, other dark fruit. Brett in the secondary. Everything adds to the complex taste, yet smooth and drinkable. Aging gave it maturity.

Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to ShogoKawada for the chance to sample this. Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Rodenbach tulip/flute.

Bistre body with vague ruby highlights when held to a strong light. A small but persistent light khaki head enshrouds the liquid with a solid layer of foam. Thick yet delicate soapy lacing and substantial tears.

Hefty Brett. aromatics - sour, funky, and earthy. A bit of cocoa, sour cherries, and citrus as well. Vague roast notes too.

Potent "wild" notes, vinuous loam and freshly crushed Syrah grapes lead into the light roast coffee-esque mid-palate which contributes a touch of sweetness. Fairly dry, lightly fruity, and quite earthy finish. A bit of pink peppercorn and oak as well. Strange to have porter elements in a Wild Ale, but they serve as a nice contrast and lend depth to the Brett. and wine notes.

Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, lightly tannic mouthfeel.

Well balanced, though somewhat odd conglomeration of flavors in this concoction, but overall I think this is a successful wine-inspired autumnal ale. Worth a try.

Photo of Photekut
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Cnorrisl
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of nickd717
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle thanks to dabecassis (I think).

Pours darkest brown with a one-finger tan head that leaves a ring and some foam.

The aroma is big on cardamom and anise, with tart roastiness.

The flavor is a little strange, a bit overspiced. Big-time cardamom, licorice, and tamarind. Roast and slight sourness.

Medium-bodied with a spicy and only mildly acidic mouthfeel, with medium-high carbonation.

All right, but a little unbalanced. Once again, Cisco falls a bit short of the mark, but I liked this one better than Cherry Woods.

Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to LarryG for sending me this one in a past trade! Shared during a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, caramel, fruit, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, caramel, wood, fruit, and nutty. It had a light feel on the palate with a medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I have to say that this was one of the more disappointing brews from the series. Not really sure what they were shooting for here, but the sweet note definitely dominated this one unfortunately. Wish there was a little more sour and tart in this one to help out with the sweetness. Glad I got to share it with the rest of the series though.

Photo of 3leggeddub
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jsilva
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

received this a while back from Gsisk03.. Thanks Geof for the awesome trade!! Shared with the boys, reviewed from paper notes.

Pours with a pretty persistent dark tan head.. deep dark brown brew.

Aroma is oaky with minor funk and some tart cherries..

Flavor is pretty dried out... chalky sour cherry... roasty elements that seem out of place.. hints of cocoa.. just enough funk to let you know bugs are present... hard to describe spicy notes mid palate toward the finish.. a bit of cigar wrap..

Medium body with a nice carbonation.

Ehhh... Didn't really care for this one. Thanks though Geof for the chance.

3.5/3.5/3.5/4/3

Photo of largadeer
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, Dave.

Dark woody appearance. Highly carbonated with a lasting head.

The nose is odd - musty and funky, a little buttery, but also quite spicy and herbal, reminding me of cardamom and bay leaves. There's some acetic sourness beneath it all.

Palate is decent, herbal and spicy with cardamom/bay leaf, tamarind fruitiness; this tastes bizzarely like an Indian curry. The finish is very tannic and oaky, with light acetic sourness.

This isn't bad, but it's strange and muddled. I couldn't drink much of it.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 1/21/12

Appearance: Dark brown, nearly black - starts off with a big tan head, keeps a nearly half-inch cap for a long time - sticky lacing, too

Smell: Basically smells like a stout with Cisco Woods funk - slightly burnt malts, a little roasty, wood - some funk - slight barnyard, some sour, some weirdness that reminds me of Chap Stick

Taste: It's sour and stout-like, but not really a sour beer and not really a stout - malts are slightly burnt - not as burnt or roasted as the appearance would suggest - some chocolate malts, with some lighter malts that add depth - slightly sour, with some funk, acidic - somewhat works with the other flavors, although the malts kind of overpower the sourness - some oak, some dark fruit, a lot of hard to describe flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body, great carbonation, smooth, slightly sticky

Overall: Not bad, but not that great

There is a lot of stuff going on in this beer, and some of it is just weird. Sour with tons of acidity and somewhat burnt malts... It's strange and a bit messy.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark black, light pure white head. Looks like a nice porter. Decent lacing too.

S- Smells oaky and sour, with underlying notes of caramel and dark malt.

T- Smooth and funky with strong oak notes. Not terribly tart, but works quite well. Some creaminess from the base beer

M- Nice and light, with a good balance. Little vinous and oaky, but good.

D- It's easy to drink, and pretty smooth too. Not insane, but a good balanced beer for the style. Interesting, but not amazing.

Photo of Geuzedad
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jedwards
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draft at La Laiterie.

Pours dark brown with a tall (2-finger) but texturally thin head that quickly drops, some lacing sticks to the glass. Nose is tart brett funk and slight roast coffee. Taste is absolutely perfect -- berry tartness and chocolate on the front end fading to brett funk and rich cocoa/coffee on the back. Exactly what I want from a wild porter/stout -- funky roast without harsh tannic notes. Mouthfeel takes a hit, but is much better than most dark beers that have been infected -- good body, maybe a little thin, with aggressive and bubbly carbonation. Would love to get a bottle, if there was any guarantee it would age.

Been really impressed with Cisco's wild/barrel-aged offerings of late.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Arenbeer
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and caged bottle Into a Tulip Glass

A- Nice pop from the cork and plenty of smoke. Pours a really nice dark dark reddish brown that appears black with out any light next to it with a khaki off white head about 1 finger or so. Slow moving lacing on the side of the glass, pretty sticky.

S- Really strong sour yeast note up front from the Brett with a decent sweetness from the cherry's and maybe cranberries? or raspberries? If you dig deeper you get a slight oak and almost roasted note. Kinda surprised and happy about that, usually with oak aged beer you get swamped with the smell but this is nice and subtle. Interesting for sure.

T- Whoa not at all what i expected. Tons of roasted malts and what seems like an almost coffee and slight dark chocolate flavor in there.Some slight tart cherry and fruitiness but not much. Really hidden behind the more darker beer flavors. Once again not much oak but is definitely present. Maybe they could have aged it longer??? Plenty of brett and sourness though, the yeast is pretty strong on this one.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a really nice tart sourness that dries you out.

Overall this is a pretty decent brew. I've been wondering what a black style sour would be like so this hit the nail on the coffin for that.

SkÅL!

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says "black beer with a khaki head." It is correct. Thick blanket of retention drapes lace down my glass.

Unmistakable aroma of char grilled chicken that has been marinated in 1,000 islands dressing. I kid you not.

Tastes like Kingsford charcoal briquets, or at least what I think Kingsford charcoal briquets would taste like: a dry roast character mixed with a sweet twang. More sweet tang than roast.

I'm sure that some one better voiced in beer tasting lingo could create a more eloquent description but that's what I'm getting. I good grilling beer I guess.

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Dark Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.