Dark Woods - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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Reviews by tpd975:
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Big thanks to Sea Bass for this one.
A: Pours a cola brown with a small fizzy tan colored head. Light retention and mild spotty lace.
S: Aromas of rich dark fruit, black cherry, currant and hints of raspberry. Mild chocoalte tones with hints of leather and oak.
T: Oaky, nutty with mild chocolate. Sour without being real tart. Cranberry and dark cherry, hints of mild spice.
M: Medium in body, smooth,
D: Good a nice treat love these woods beers.
11-06-2010 16:41:37 | More by tpd975
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4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
08-04-2010 05:46:15 | More by Mora2000
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
09-28-2010 00:23:45 | More by glid02
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
02-20-2012 04:59:18 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
10-06-2010 02:03:25 | More by augustgarage
3.03/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
10-08-2010 23:49:38 | More by nickd717
3.55/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
03-30-2012 10:39:09 | More by thagr81us
3.45/5 rDev -7%
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.
10-15-2010 07:41:55 | More by JohnGalt1
3.05/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
10-11-2010 21:44:08 | More by largadeer
3.38/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
01-25-2012 02:52:10 | More by angrybabboon
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
02-09-2011 02:21:41 | More by Gfunk720
4.3/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
02-19-2010 02:03:25 | More by jedwards
3.8/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
01-09-2011 02:47:22 | More by Arenbeer
3.6/5 rDev -3%
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.
10-07-2011 10:32:04 | More by donkeyrunner
4.53/5 rDev +22.1%
Had it last night on tap at Three Penny Ale House
Served in a Tulip
A - Nice tan head though disappeared quickly. Has a dark brown wine color to it.
S - Intense smell. Dark fruit, wine, funk. There is so much going on in this.
T - Sour and funk are the first things that you notice. There's a wine character in the beer with a lot of dark fruit notes there along with an interesting chocolate malt character. A coffee note is in there too. The funk lingers pleasantly.
M - For a wild/sour this has one of the best feels I have had. Very smooth with a light dryness to it.
D - Simply outstanding. This was a true experience for me with an east coast wild. I lingered on it for nearly an hour. I hope that Cisco continues this route with their interesting releases.
01-22-2010 16:39:11 | More by soccerman7
Dark Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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