Dark Woods - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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3/5 rDev -19.1%
Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.
Appearance: Deep rich brown. Head is tan, smooth, and creamy. Leaves a decent cap on the beer throughout. Relatively clear, but holds a slight haze overall.
Smell: Faintly toasted. Citric bite. Deep cherry notes. Oak adds a nice counter to the sour. Earthy. Faintly sweet with a nutty finish. Almost bready, as in multigrain bready. Cocoa notes. Some roasted malts.
Taste: Where did the sour go? Nuts nad wood, but the malts run to cocoa and leather with a lingering sweetness. Sweet berry mixed with old wood and cocoa. Literally straddles the line between a stout and a barrel aged wild. Flavors meld after half a glass, but don't really get along.
Mouthfeel: Moderate. Carbonation is on the low side, especially for a Cisco Woods beer.
Overall: The most lackluster beer in the Cisco Woods series. Has a lot of potential on the nose, but the taste can't figure itself out. Stout and sour are present in equal measure, but refuse to work together.
01-27-2012 02:44:33 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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
3.6/5 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
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. I believe thanks go to AleLuvinRuskie for this one!
(A)- Pours a rather dark burgundy/burnt sienna color. Produced a great frothy tan head with surprisingly great retention and lace.
(S)- A fun combination of nutty oak, cherry fruits, vanilla, and a mildy funky tartness.
(T)- Exactly like the smell. A big butty oak and vanilla component. Heavier in the yeast department too. Bits of cinnamon and cocoa show up before finishing in a mild tartness.
(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Very mild tartness, but heavy in the nutty, oak, and yeast departments. Overall, fairly rich for the style, though not necessarily a weak point.
(D)- Overall, a solid wild ale; though more akin to a mildly sour porter. Richer, but enjoyable.
08-27-2011 18:26:03 | More by sweemzander
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
A - Dark brown beer with a moderate khaki head that had some decent retention and left some lace on the sides.
S - Interesting beer, definitely has a ton going on. Lots of wood, with vanilla, oak, wine, tiny bit of roast. There is a bit of chocolate and some nice tartness. Very complex, but the blend is good.
T - A little bit of yeast, some good sourness, wood, vanilla. There is a a bit of a roasted malt backbone complimented with vinegar and chocolate somehow. A little too malty and roasty for a wild, but it's a reall interesting and pretty good beer.
M - Fairly smooth, with some soft carbonation and something medium-full bodied.
O - Good beer, pretty different, seems to have components of just about everything I could think of in there. Worth trying.
08-19-2011 03:57:20 | More by AgentZero
Dark Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.