Captain Swain's Extra Stout - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a black body with mahogany hightlights when held to light. Head is 2 fingers and khaki colored. Lacing and head retention are pretty good.
Smell is big on roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and fresh baked brownies. There is abit of oxidation there, no hops, and for 8% surprisingly not much alcohol.
First taste is chalky semi sweet bakers chocolate. Roasted biscuit malts come and go throughout. Oxidation/soy sauce is in the after taste. Hops dont really come through. Beer drinks more like a 6%er, wouldnt have guessed it was 8,
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied. Head adds some texture. Carbonation levels are good. Finish is slightly chalky/dry.
Overall this beer was good but nothing extraordinary. It drinks easily, its been in my closet for at least a year so that may be the cause. I would drink this beer again but seeing as its from Massachusetts I wouldnt go out of my way to procure it, glad to receive it in a trade though.
09-25-2013 04:48:04 | More by angelmonster
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
No date that I can see, but this is one of my older bottles. Probably 3 years old.
A: Pours a nice black with a big, dense medium brown head. Head fades slowly with surprisingly excellent lacing and head retention.
S: Quite a bit of dark fruits and umami in the aroma. Hints of char.
T: Charry and chalky up front. A little bit of umami but not as much as the aroma. Dry, bitter, acrid char in the finish and the lingering aftertaste. Some super bitter baker's chocolate joins it as well.
M: Medium bodied, chalky and very dry.
O: Interesting FES. Lots of char and chocolate and SUPER dry. The aftertaste is practically like eating cocoa powder. One of the driest stouts I've ever had. Overall the flavors are decent but the dryness is kinda off-putting.
07-18-2013 04:39:45 | More by Dope
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown in color (almost black) with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dark tan head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of roasted and burnt dark malts with some light notes of anise and spruce-like hoppiness.
T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted and burnt malts with some heavily roasted coffee. That is followed by some lighter flavors of dark chocolate and anise along with a light note of hoppiness (spruce/pine). Light amounts of earthy hoppiness that lends to the already moderate bitterness which lingers for quite a while.
M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with light amounts of dryness in the finish.
O: This is an interesting though fairly big foreign/export stout which significant amounts of roast and char flavors/aromas. The hoppiness really starts to become more apparent as the beer warms up.
03-17-2013 00:04:21 | More by dbrauneis
3.89/5 rDev +0.3%
A: The beer is essentially jet black in color-only traces of red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high mocha covered head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of burnt and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it also has hints of licorice. All flavors linger through the finish. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and extremely dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and nice and dry, burnt and roasty.
03-16-2013 23:58:16 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
Builds a three-inch dark chestnut froth that leaves a creamy coating of lace on the inaugural use of my Cicso fisheye pint glass. The head slowly settles to a pancake batter consistency over a black beer. The cascading action was, as always, mesmerizing.
The aroma is dominated by espresso and dark chocolate, with crème de cocoa in the background. Warmth brings out pinesap and rum.
There is a strong coffee flavor which oscillates between sweet and bitter, while dark roasted chocolate is countered by rum and a sharp, bitter finish that mellows with time. Warms very well, bringing out mint, light acid, with molasses.
Warming alcohol mellows as this beer comes to room temperature. It has a medium body with a creamy texture and soft, prickly carbonation.
Captain Swain’s is good on its own, with deep conversation or a juicy ribeye.
11-25-2012 21:38:06 | More by SLeffler27
Captain Swain's Extra Stout from Cisco Brewers Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.