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Winter Woods - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Winter WoodsWinter Woods

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very good

77 Ratings
no score

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 16.45%
Wants: 15
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woosterbill on 01-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Flemish Braggot Smoke Spice Oak: Lambic critters, French oak barrels. Pinot Noir grapes. Mulling spices. 1000 lbs raw local honey. Cherrywood smoked malt.
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 38
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3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another "outlier" because I rate average beers a 3. This currently has a 3.77 rating which is 0.03 above the average for the database. So, apparently everyone agrees with me, but I have to write words to justify my rating.

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4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Bauer Wine & Spirits in Boston last time I was out there. Beer guy was great- pulled this beer from a personal box.

A: Cloudy red-brown. Hissed when opening the bottle, but very little head.

S: Oak, tart cherry, slight acetic sour notes along with tart fruit. Fair amount of brett funk after a year or more of aging. Some peppery smoke in the background.

T: Big sour up front takes a couple sips to get past. Smoky malt comes through without overwhelming. Tart stone fruit midpalate- cherries and plums. Some strawlike Brettish character. Slight brown sugar sweetness before a lingering oaky finish.

M: Puckering sourness fades into oaky tannins. Very light carbonation gives the beer just enough life to be palatable- would prefer a little more.

O: Not the best in the Woods series (I preferred Pechish, but haven't had the newest ones), but I liked this beer quite a bit. Expected more funk for a beer this long in the bottle, but what I got was more appropriate to the beer than my expectations. Sour and smoke is a hard combo to pull off, but this beer did a good job of it.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Wobblymailman

Appearance- Real thick reddish white/tan head over 4 fingers that slowely recedes. Nice retetion with little lacing. Beer is a reddish brown with little to no light showing through.

Smell- Tart fruit/cherry scent up front with a vingery cider overtone with a slight alcohol undertone.

Taste- A crisp cherry vingery creamy taste similar to the smell with a pleasant tart bitterness alot of a wine like dryness and flavor to it possibly from the french oak wine barrels its aged in.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light smooth cream like mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation

Overall- Similar to a few others I have tried it didnt really stand out but it didnt disappoint. A good sour I will be happy to try again.

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3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark reddish color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some oak and sour cherries notes also noticeable. Taste is close to most Flanders Red with some vinous notes with some oak and tart cherries with limited acidity level. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done and probably a good idea to add some honey to cut down on the acidity.

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3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a true pint, the beer is a vibrant, crystal clear, ruby coloring without a stitch of head. Aromas of fruit sweetness and tang, including cherry and raspberry, with some earthy notes and a wine-like quality. Flavors are more towards a Kriek, with bittersweet and rich cherry tartness. A sweet, somewhat floral aftertaste leads into a puckering, tart finish. Very interesting, and very flavorful. Tasty beer.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark rust brown with a tan head. The head falls into a thin halo after a minute and there is a touch of fine sediment. The nose is very pepperminty with a slightly tart funk. The taste loses the peppermint bite, but keep its tart funkiness and sweet malt base. The fruit profile is reminiscent of tart cherries and unripened plumb making this a refreshing winter sipper. The mouthfeel is sweet upfront, but finishes modestly dry and tart. Very little bite from the alcohol.
There's not too much to complain about with this brew and I'm a little dumbfounded as to why it's so poorly reviewed. Overall I think it'll hit your craving for a tart sour while keeping the rich malt base of a winter ale.

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Winter Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.