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Dark Woods - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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BA SCORE
84
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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 17.25%
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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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 59 | Display Reviews Only:
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-18-2012 17:06:42 | More by chrispoint
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-18-2012 05:49:01 | More by djrn2
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-31-2012 09:36:14 | More by ygtbsm94
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

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
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angrybabboon

New Hampshire

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
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stevefinny

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-20-2012 11:54:08 | More by stevefinny
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Faina

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-05-2012 03:38:19 | More by Faina
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-02-2012 22:17:50 | More by Gonzoillini
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OBIrish24

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-27-2011 01:04:33 | More by OBIrish24
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -19.1%

12-07-2011 03:04:38 | More by beerwolf77
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-29-2011 02:59:59 | More by brandoman63
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-24-2011 14:08:02 | More by PEIhop
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3leggeddub

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-23-2011 03:26:11 | More by 3leggeddub
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

11-19-2011 05:41:23 | More by DoctorB2B
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-18-2011 22:37:59 | More by JAHMUR
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-18-2011 21:52:28 | More by waiting4lunch
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-18-2011 00:17:24 | More by imperialking
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +34.8%

11-16-2011 00:42:05 | More by HopStoopid120
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

11-15-2011 22:28:30 | More by nmann08
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bauermj

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-15-2011 14:34:05 | More by bauermj
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-15-2011 00:33:03 | More by thebouch01
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BelgianDip

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-14-2011 20:36:20 | More by BelgianDip
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

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
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sweemzander

Illinois

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
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AgentZero

Illinois

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.