Full And By Rye - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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4.98/5 rDev +22.1%
I was packing up a bunch of beers in preparation for a move and noticed the cork on this one had a slight leak, so in the fridge it went.
First, let me say that I am shocked by how good this beer is. It has the perfect balance of flavors - the brett funk is at just the right level and the flavor is full of fruit, some slight bitterness, good sweet/sour balance - just perfect.
I truly wish I had a case of this beer - and I rarely feel that way. I am not kidding when I say I put this beer on par with the best sours worldwide.
Now, why isn't this beer more popular? If anyone reading this happens to have an extra - please let me know - I could probably find something in my modest celler to trade with you.
06-08-2012 01:19:21 | More by BenZ
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a 1/4" off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice pale and crystal malt scent along with a kick ass brett sourness. It appears to be a regular amber ale fermented with brett. The taste is great as well. It has an awesome sourness. It's dry and mouth puckering with shit loads of brett character. The caramel malts provide some depth, but the sour flavor dominates the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. These guys really know how to brew up some world class wild ales. This one is delicious.
03-03-2010 00:06:50 | More by WesWes
4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
I bought this bottle at Julio's earlier this year along with some other Cisco beers, decided to open it at a little tasting in the Columbus area this weekend.
First off, this bottle was a slow gusher, nothing explosive but the bubbles definitely wanted out. So the first couple of pours had very thick heads. The beer itself is a hazy orange-hued brown color, and the foam was a light tan color and poofy. It was hard for me to detect rye in the aroma, at least initially. Mostly I got Consecration-like dark wild ale aromas, cherry and funk, caramel malts and so on. But the longer it sat I could get a little bourbon in the nose, not exactly rye but more a sweet liqueur under the funk.
It tastes tart and sour, with a definitive acidic bite. Cherry is dominant for me, as is the brett, this actually was much better than I thought it would be. Lots of oak character, mildly vinous, excellent really.
Medium-thin body, and while it obviously had adequate carbonation (with the foaming from the bottle) it never seemed too bubbly. Recommended for sure.
09-25-2011 14:16:54 | More by TurdFurgison
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
750ml corked bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Thanks a ton, Tony!
A: Cloudy, brown body with a finger of frothy tan head. Ok retention and lace. Not bad.
S: Lovely, intense acetic sourness on top of some sweet caramel malt + spicy rye. Spectacular rye sour aroma.
T: Tingly sourness up front, with the richness and depth of the grain coming through more on the back end. Very acetic, bitingly tart finish. Delicious.
M: Very prickly, frothy medium body. A bit much.
O: I just can't believe this beer is only 5.5% - not because it tasted boozy in the least, but because it complemented its intense sourness with a truly profound malt backbone. How they got all that rich grain in there without much alcohol is beyond me, but color me impressed. This is definitely one of the best in the Woods series.
08-18-2011 02:18:11 | More by woosterbill
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
A: Pours a cloudy puke-brown; barely any head, light lacing
S: Tart sour oak, huge notes of brettanomyces; some rye plays around in the back of the nose
T: Starts off with strong tart brett/woody flavors, then develops delicious notes of whiskey in the background as it hits the middle of the tongue; finishes ridiculously smooth as it opens up and expands on the back of the palate to reveal more tart woody flavors
M: Medium viscosity, barely any carbonation; ridiculously smooth and buttery
O: One of the best sours I've ever had. It's not overwhelmingly tart, but it balances all of it's subtle flavors so well that no single flavor sticks out above the rest. Very much recommended
11-03-2011 21:08:53 | More by Jules11788
District of Columbia
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
Appearance: Very dark brown/amber with a great big head, no lacing
Smell: Nice light sourness, pronounced maltiness, figs and cherries
Taste Lightly sour with malts, toffee, french oak, figs, dates and cherries. Light vinegar and some balsamic vinegar. Nice subtle funkiness as well with a very faint brown sugar / molasses note on the very tail end. My only wish is that they left in in the barrel a bit longer.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium body, well carbonated. Well done on this front.
Drinkability: Not incredibly sour, low ABV, great mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I believe I have now tried all of their bottled wild ales; I'd put this one behind Monomy Kriek and Cherry woods but above cherry woods and dark woods. They are really doing some interesting things at Ciscso and came out of nowhere for me, it is great to see brewers like Cisco and Cascade moving the ball forward while the older vanguard (i.e. Russian River) sits still or perhaps even moves backwards.
12-28-2010 05:18:34 | More by craytonic
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Another bottle brought over by Beace at Jackie O's...Pours a medium brown with amber notes, a watery tan head, not much to look at....A really nice aroma of oak, bourbon, acid, rye, and sourness. Can't believe this combo would work but it does....The taste brings out a lot more oak, vanilla, bourbon, rye, not as much sour comes through. Really good and highly drinkable.
If you're looking for a barrel aged rye this is more of go to then a wild ale, although its sour, the sourness is more of an accent. Worth trying.
12-11-2010 00:39:52 | More by jrallen34
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a bright red/brown, crystal clear. The 1/2" of head I get in the glass disappears quickly and leaves nothing behind, in the glass or on it.
You can smell it from feet away. Tart, deep fruit, very little oak and only the subtlest hint of rye.
The taste was very nice, but not as balanced as I'd like. Very sour. A little barrel, some nice yeast on the back end. Very enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is very fizzy on the tongue but very smooth none the less and has almost no bite. A slight pucker factor though.
Overall the bottle developed a lot as it warmed. The barrel becomes more pronounced along with the rye and the yeast. and also gets a bit less sour, so maybe letting the bottle rest would be a good idea on the next Cisco bottles I open
05-18-2011 01:20:19 | More by benpopper
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
A – Mahogany body with a towering off-white head. Ok lace and retention.
S – Tangy oak, maple sap, and leather. Johnnie Walker booze note. Brown sugar.
T – Deliciously dry with a potent sourness that rolls through hay, tart cherry, and apple. Leathery, sour finish.
M – Crisp and clean with a medium body. Nice carbonation.
O – A clean, dry, delicious, and assertive sour.
12-13-2011 01:57:59 | More by vfgccp
4.08/5 rDev 0%
750mL bottle, cork and caged, listed at 6.6% on the label.
Pours a very dark reddish amber with a big, short-lived cream-colored head that leaves good lacing on the way down to a thin cap.
The aroma is tart fruit alongside oak, vanilla and plenty of whiskey. There is also a decent funky presence and some lactic sourness as well.
The flavor is even more tart with an initial lip-puckering sourness, lactic with some vinegar, paired with some tart cherries and other dark fruits. The finish is extremely dry and oaky with a bit of whiskey burn.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, very dry with a lot of earthy funk lingering with the whiskey on the palate.
Another nice effort in the Woods series from Cisco. The whiskey presence is well integrated and doesn't overpower the flavor.
11-08-2010 01:58:42 | More by gford217
4.08/5 rDev 0%
This beer pours a reddish brown color with a huge off White to light tan colored head. The smell is inviting sour and there is definitely a rye presence along with some whiskey notes. The flavor is tart with a good bit of flavor whiskey flavor from the barrel and again the rye flavor hangs on to show itself In the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly Puckering light bodied with high carbonation. Overall a great whiskey barrel aged sour I liked it better than bourbonic plague.
Another whiskey sour please
08-24-2011 11:27:27 | More by rowingbrewer
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
Well I'm just pleased to be drinking this. Pours hazy orangish red with a small white head which fades to a small ring and floaties. The aroma is nice, but not too strong. Vanilla, cranberry, cherry and oak, with faint wiffs of rye/whisky coming through. The flavor is nice with big flavors presented softly. Tart berries, oaky vanilla notes, faint rye in the background, tart, very very light sour horse notes. Very nice velvety creamy mouthfeel. A good beer that could have sat in the barrel another month or two.
11-15-2010 02:25:03 | More by pmlondrigan
Full And By Rye from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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