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Winter Woods - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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very good

74 Ratings
no score

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 15
Gots: 28 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: woosterbill on 01-12-2011)
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

dwarvenstout, Feb 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

cfrobrew, Feb 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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LiquorsInc, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of ThaFATkid
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

ThaFATkid, Dec 20, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

FullObs, Aug 20, 2012
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3.78/5  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.

GarthDanielson, Aug 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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mbs11, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

ThePorterSorter, Jun 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

SalMineo, Jun 01, 2012
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popery, May 04, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/28/12

Appearance: An interesting color, brown with shades of purple, orange around the edges - hazy, cloudy - bubbly off-white head, leaves little spots of lacing - eventually fades to nothing

Smell: So many things going on here - light fruits, oak, and some funk - lots of spices, with a ton of cinnamon - some typical Cisco Woods funk (reminds me of Chap Stick) - some dry sugar and some honey - some tartness - some pale and slightly caramel malts serve as a base

Taste: Perhaps even more complex than the aroma - not exactly a ton of depth, but a ton of different flavors here - slightly sour, tart, and a little juicy - light fruits with a touch of dark fruits - something akin to peaches, as well as some tart cherries and dark fruit skins (grapes?) - some sweetness, fruity and malty - some dry honey - decent malt base - French oak tastes more like straight-up oak to me, which is good

Mouthfeel: Medium to somewhat full body, sticky, adequately carbonated

Overall: Perhaps even more interesting than I expected

In general, Cisco Woods beers are great. This is no exception. Based on the beer's description, it's as if Cisco decided to just throw a bunch of ingredients into barrels to see what would happen. The result is a nice mix of sour, tart, honey, spices, and fruits.

angrybabboon, Apr 28, 2012
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Winter Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.