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Captain Swain's Extra Stout - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Captain Swain's Extra StoutCaptain Swain's Extra Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

210 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 18
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-21-2001)
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bukowski's Tavern in my 32 oz mug. Nearly pitch black with a deep tan and tiny bubbled head.

Smells sweet with soft roasted aromas, a bit of dark chocolate and coffee also with a trace of hop.

Full sturdy bodied, very malty with a great balance of sweetness and bitterness with an outstanding and complex palate. Sweetness is soft with coffeeish flavours, creamy in the mouth feel. Hop bitterness is ample and rides with the mellow but stern roasted grain. Earthy, charred wood and nutty yeast round out the semi sweet finish.

A first taste I though this might be a beer to have just one and go to something else, by the end of the glass I wanted to drink it all night.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2002 08:25:17 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Big 1 pint 9.4fl oz brown bottle. "Good fresh beer" is stated on the label, but there's no freshness date.

Appearance: Black as night with a huge, thick, rocky foam, creamy coffee coloured head.

Smell: Roasted malts, earth, smoke, faint caramel, light alcohol and oxidation notes.

Taste: Crisp upfront with a more than lively carbonation level. Big malt profile of intense roasted malts hit the palate, with charred, smoked, earth, faint caramel flavours and background sweetness. Hops are dually instense and follow with a sharp rind astringency. In between the malt and hops you can note some definte oxidation. Malt flavour and sweetness really fills out more as the beer warms to room temperature -- fruity and bready notes become pronounced. Body is medium. Mouthfeel is smooth, firm, semi-slick. Things dry up just a bit towards the end with roasted astringency and a lingering smoke flavour.

Notes: It's not very accessible at the time of this review, comes in big bottles and is $7 a pop. That said, you'd probably be spending your money well as this is a very decent stout with some rare characteristics for the market -- big time smoke flavours. Complex, unique and robust. I very much enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2001 21:41:17 | More by Todd
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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.

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Captain Swain's Extra Stout from Cisco Brewers Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.