Winter Shredder - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 20.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerResearcher on 12-17-2011)
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +36.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of berkshire413
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly surprised with the amount of hops for a winter beer and being as dark and roasty as it is on the nose. Its a nice beer all around, not a ton of complexity although the mix of caramel in the malt and the bitterness in the hops does make for a nice combination it was just a little short on the complexity side.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.96/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Whole Foods on Houston St. in New York. I never had this before was expecting this to be a Wassail or something similar. This actually turned out to be the first Braggot that I ever had and it turned out to e quite enjoyable, even if it was something that I wasn't normally accustomed to. The spice wasn't as a big a factor but there was enough malt and booze here to warm me up nicely, even if this felt like an Autumnal beer!

The pour to this was good - with a ruddy hue and somewhat frothy head. Not a lot of lacing to be seen but what was there clung to the side of my pint glass after each sip. Nice aroma to this as caramel, chocolate, apples, and a bid of weed-like skunk combined for an appropriate smell. All of these could be found in the taste as well, with a hint of rye and grain accompanying those notes to give this beer a nice body. Very "wet" and not that spicy, there was a bit of walnut-like nuttiness that gave this come color without lingering in the aftertaste, as the hops endured more than anything else.

This was strong but never felt it until I made my way through the beer itself. The alcohol was well-hidden and what was noticeable went all with the apple and skunky hops and lack of overbearing spice. This almost reminded me of a Green Flash beer but this wasn't as hoppy, although the bitterness here was more present than I expected. Hopheads looking for a Winter Seasonal will enjoy this, as this packed enough of a punch to go with the nice range of flavors that meshed well together. Quite a nice surprise here!

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of MarkQ617
4.19/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the third Cisco offering I've reviewed, and it's one of my favorites. Basically everything I'd want from a winter. Perfect mix of smoke, spice, and cinnamon. More of a smokey nose to it. This is my first time trying a brag got, but if these are the qualities of the genre I'll definitely be searching for more. Brownish hue with a light brownish tan head. Loved it.

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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Great trail of lace, very dark mahogany hue. Earthy aromas; fallen apples, toasted grain, brown sugar, buckwheat honey, vague spicing, & warming esters. Lovely smoothness, creamy, hint of boozy alcohol, very toasty, mild caramel, earthy, dried hay, mild spicing, broth, treacle, semi-dry finish.

What a lovely winter seasonal we have here, well balanced and inviting.

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cisco Brewers Winter Shredder
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a chestnut brown with a khaki colored head on top that leave nice trails of sticky lace all over the sides of the glassware.

The nose is all over the place, with cinnamon and sweetness notes. There are some identifiable whiffs in here.

This beer has a strong malt backbone that is very slick and chewy. Flavors of brown sugar, chocolate cake and Big Red gum. Some sips have a sweet quality, think vanilla, honey or liquid sugar. Things become unbalanced on the finish with a severe grapefruit bitterness and some other off-flavors that don't seem to compliment the major malt characteristic of the beer.

Admittedly, I am not familiar with Braggots and this style. I wish I was, so I had something to compare to. You gotta respect the 8+% ABV, but my initial response is that I would likely pass on this one in the future.

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4.41/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours billowing tan head. Nice head retention and lacing. Aromas of caramel, pine , cinnamon and spice. Deep dark amber / garnet in color. Sweet roasted malt, nutmeg flavors with piney bitterness balance. Subtle spice lingers into a bitter and hoppy finish. All together well balanced and remarkable drinkable at 8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +44.4%

Winter Shredder from Cisco Brewers Inc.
76 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.