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Captain Swain's Extra Stout - Cisco Brewers Inc.

Captain Swain's Extra StoutCaptain Swain's Extra Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

208 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 208
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%


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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Ratings: 208 | Reviews: 152 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by puboflyons:
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puboflyons

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4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration or bottling date listed. Sampled on February 6, 2012. It pours a deep, dark black with a khaki-brown head that fluffs up and lingers for an extended amount of time. The aroma is vibrant and complex with dark malts and dark fruit accompanied by a pungent earthy or pine hopped bitterness. The body is medium to bold. The taste begins with the malty character but is then broken up by a powerful hoppy bite that ends dry. This is unlike other stouts I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 23:35:50 | More by puboflyons
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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,

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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.

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S: Moderate aromas of roasted and burnt dark malts with some light notes of anise and spruce-like hoppiness.

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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.

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In a pint glass:

A: pitch black colored body and leaves a nice foamy one finger mocha colored head, it gently dies to concave lumpiness. Beautiful spotty spiderweb lacing is left.

S: smokey and roasty with the coffee up front, some really light vanilla enters in as the beer warms.

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Captain Swain's Extra Stout from Cisco Brewers Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.