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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

212 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 19
Gots: 7 | 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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5/5  rDev +28.9%

RBorsato, Mar 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ElGuapo
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thick black body covered in a nice covering of tan foam that eventually dies leaving the glass covered in sticky lace. This one did not have explosive foam like one or two other Cisco brews I have had. I just poured wonderfully. The aroma is nothing short of exceptional. It is loaded with sweet rich chocolate and coffee. There are some nutty notes in there as well, and my nose picks up molasses and a very delicate fruit aroma hidden in the backround. Wow, this is sure a great whiffer. Having had some Cisco brews before, I knew I could not just smell this one.

The carbonation was a little big on this one, even though it did not show in the pour. It left the first few swigs to be a bit bubbly, but no matter. The body is full and has a somewhat thick feel to it. After the carbonation died a bit, it was very smooth. The initial flavor is big sweet rich chocolate as if it were melted from a bar straight into my mouth. Coffee and roasty flavors enter next bringing with them a small hint of molasses. It starts to dry quickly, and some burnt flavors come into play. The aftertaste is loaded with coffee, but you still know that the chocolate is there. Alcohol is, well, invisible to my tongue. Maybe just a little taste here and there. I could drink this beer all day long. Its complexity is outstanding, and it will make almost any stout jealous. It is big, bold and excellent.

Cisco has wowed me again.

Special thanks to VENOM for this brew. This was the last of a deliteful Cisco sampler, and I enjoyed every one of 'em.

ElGuapo, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of Murph
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black enough to leave fingerprints on coal, this brew doesn't allow the slightest hints of light around its edges with a good brown head that sinks but leaves a nice lace. Huge chocolate aromas along with some nice roasted coffee in the background. Taste starts off extremely chocolatey with some subtle dark roasted coffee flavors tagging along all the way through. The brew finishes with a lingering bitter coffee taste that is a perfect ending. The brew is very creamy but not quite as chewy as I would like and a little too carbonated. This brew reamains very drinkable and is yet another big time winner from Cisco Brewers.

Murph, Aug 15, 2002
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to rlmartin for this extra! It is a good one...

A - It pours the deepest possible hue of brown with a modest cap of taupe froth set atop. As the glass is upended, rings of lace record the progress.

S - The nose is comprised of deeply roasted maltiness which yields impressions of cocoa and coffee grinds. There is an evergreen hoppiness that rounds out the nose, adding another dimension to the pleasurable acridity.

T - The flavor is exactly what is suggested by the aroma: deeply roasted malt, coffee, cocoa and evergreen hoppiness. As it airs out, sweet toffee and caramel notes augment the brash and pleasantly acrid flavor baseline. The pine-y and cedar-y hop is apparent on the finish. I really enjoy this one; it has the intangible 'Foreign Export-ness' expected of the style, but it is richer and more delectable than most.

M - Exceptionally rich and creamy feel, soft carbonation, perfectly enhancing.

D - Very well-done. Way more than I was expecting.

ktrillionaire, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of JasonA
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Having this pint at the Cisco Beer Pub at Boston Logan Airport.

So I asked this bottle be left out while I drink the IPA. Got a couple funny looks, but who likes drinking cold stout?

Dark oil black. Thick mocha head, very thick. Staying power, with ample sticky lacing. Impressive!

Smells roasty toasty nutty, im excited. Black patent

Wow, roasty, bitter, buscuit, nutty. Not a lot of malt flavor for the ABV, but might be other ingrediants overtaking.

Excessive for the style. Love the thickness, even thicker than guiness for the style.

Love it. If I wasnt going the malty barleywine route, Id head up this non RIS type stout.

JasonA, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Gatch
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly thin-bodied black with a monstrous, foamy, medium-brown head. Settles into craters of bubbly goodness.

S - Unusual hoppy for a stout with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and smoke.

T - Roasty, smoky malt dominate with a very pleasant bitter finish from the hops. There's some fruitiness to the finish as well. Awesome. Everything comes together to great a fine stout.

M - Smooth, delicious flavors, and well-balanced. Huge fan of this beer. First stout that I've poured with sediment at the bottom of the glass, as well. Incredibly easy and enjoyable to drink. I will definitely drink this again.

Gatch, Jan 02, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head exhibits good retention and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A rich, roasty aroma of dark chocolate and nutty malt with some vanilla and smoky, almost whiskey like notes.

T - Dark malt comes out first with notes of burnt sugar and black bread. Some coffee and dark chocolate character shows up in the middle and a hint of spicy hops peaks out as well. The beer gets dark and bitter in the finish with lots of espresso, bakers chocolate, and blackstrap molasses characteristics.

M - Medium-thick body, average carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Having never heard of this brewery before picking this beer up on a whim, I didn't necessarily expect much but I was blown away by the first sip. The aroma is absolutely spectacular and the flavor profile backs it up with a dark complexity that holds up well against the best of the style. Really nice and at less than $6 for a bomber it is a good value too. If I could get this at home I would buy a few to cellar as this beer seems like it would only improve with time.

nickfl, Dec 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Pours jet black with a one-finger brown head. Retention is good, and lacing consists of some thin sticky rings clinging to the glass as the beer is imbibed.

S: Burnt malts. Dark chocolate, burnt coffee, berries and plums, herbal hops. Maybe some vanilla and rum raisin?

T: Burnt malt taste up front. Burnt coffee, charred woody and smokey notes, and very distinct semi-sweet dark chocolate. Slightly spicy herbal hops with just a touch of pine. Hints of dark berries, cherries, and plums reside beneath all of this. Finishes dry with tastes of burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and a pronounced lingering smokey flavor.

M: Thick and silky. Just enough carbonation to keep things real. Slight astringency from the roasted malts.

D: Pretty drinkable for a big beer. Certainly no session stout, but no brawny RIS either.

Notes: Excellent. My personal favorite within its style as of right now. A big, bold beer. Very smokey, and even more so as it warms. This might be a little overwhelming to some, but it definitely tickled my fancy. Why don't more American breweries produce Foreign/Export stouts and Extra Stouts?

ryan1788a5, Dec 10, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

LostTraveler, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

swierczt, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
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.

puboflyons, Feb 06, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

We pour of this brew a deepest brown. There is a bubbly two finger mocha colored head that slowly creeps down. Thick lacing sticks to the glass as it does. A little carbonation is visible around the edges of the glass, but no light is allowed in to give any hints otherwise. The aroma is a nice mix of dry powdered chocolate, deep roasted malts, and fresh hops. The charred malts meet the taste buds up front. There is a dark, almost charcoal feel to them. These meld in the middle with bittersweet chocolate and piney hops, which balance nicely. The finish is a mouthful of well-balanced goodness. Here, there is a strong revival of the malts, which exude that stouty cocoa, coffee flavoring. The aftertaste is of the same, but subdued from the hops and ultimate cleanliness of the beer. The body is full, with low carbonation. The beer sips frothy and silky smooth, and is a bit chewy. The mouth is dried slightly from the roastedness and the chocolate, but is left satiated and happy. The abv is towards the higher end for a stout, but the beer miraculously disappears.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how well it fit the bill. It had a robust aroma and taste, and looked the part. Where it actually stood apart was in the feel, where it was overly smooth and soft drinking. This beer, with its name, label, and ridiculous thirteen malts, has a darkly ominous tone to which it does not disappoint.

TheBrewo, Dec 17, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness beer, but says "good fresh beer".
Pours a pretty opaque black color with a monumental dirty white head; great tracing. Tons of chocolate and coffee in the aroma along with requisite roasted malts, a touch of floral and citrus hops. Overall, its seems very creamy, as though this is an oatmeal or milk stout. On the palate, the roasted and black malts take force with some tough bitterness up front, good floral hops in the mid palate, and a nice roasty finish. A tad thin for an imperial, but labeled as an export stout, its quite nice. The coffee flavor really continues through making this a very drinkable stout for such a blustery cold day.

dreadnatty08, Feb 10, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black opaqueness with an astounding full almost annoyingly persistent brown , sticky amount of foam . Nice lacing .

Brown sugar and chocolate ,coffee notes ,malt . mmmmgood .

Taste of molasses , coffee , dark grains Chocolate malt and roasted barley plums and chocolate that melds seamlessly with the balanced bitterness for a nice long finish ,.Goes down easy with a not overdone carbonation . Alcohol hides well .
leaves a pleasant coating in the mouth . Oatmeal? Super stout .
I will buy this again .
This beer tastes eerily similar to my homebrewed stout .
B .

yeastpuppet, Apr 02, 2007
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4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of a 4-bottle sampler pack from Cisco that included a cd of some truly lame white-boy island groove music. You can almost picture the guys practicing all summer in their parents' vacation beach house with their faded college baseball caps on backwards. Ah, Nantucket! But I digress; on to the beer. Pitch black with lively head that recedes, almost completely. A couple big floating chunks of... yeast, perhaps? Exceptionally fruity aroma for a stout with some burnt brown sugar. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, and huge roasty malts start things off, with that fruity yeast providing an eloquent twist, letting you know this is no ordinary stout. Incorporates sweeter elements of an oatmeal stout with the figgy, raisiny elements of an imperial stout or robust porter. Finishes with an excellent balance of dryness (from the hops) and sweet fruitiness that is pretty wet, almost cloying, tempting you to go back for more. This is a pretty remarkable stout. It requires your undivided attention; sit back and appreciate the achievement of balancing the roastiness of the dark malts with the exciting fruitiness of the yeast.

Thrasher, Jan 28, 2003
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4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a huge bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a rich black with good carbonation. The head is thick mocha, 2 fingers billowy in texture and leaves some lace.

The smell is faint but good, rich roasted malt.

The taste is very good, a nice roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes. Really nice and smooth, semi sweet and really enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is excellent, this is a must try and savor brew.

Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Oct 05, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep garnet, a nice caramel head. Delicious aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt. An exceptionally rich flavor dominated by up-front roastiness, balanced by smooth, rich chocolate, vanilla, and nice fruity undertones, in line with the aroma. A strong roasty malt flavor throughout. A nice lingering hop finish is not overwhelmingly bitter, but combines nicely with the roastiness for a satisfying finish. Perfect in the mouth, moderately thick and pretty oily on the tongue with just the right little bit of carbonation.
Delicious! A bold, but amazingly drinkable stout.

MisterSH, Aug 26, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I once had a discussion with Michael Jackson regarding judging beers to style versus judging them hedonistically; and although he initially defended both sides of the issue, we concurred that it all comes down to "do you like the beer"? And, yes, I do.
It pours an almost black, exceptionally deep mahogany body beneath a short head of creamy dark tan foam that dies gently and leaves walls of spotty lace about the glass. They're transient at 8%abv, but that's OK, a new wall is built with each sip.
An acidic, dark malt greets you in the nose; followed by some sweeter notes of rich chocolate and a hint of burnt coffee as well as some spruce-like hoppiness. It's restrained, exceptionally fine-bubbled carbonation and light-medium body leaves it silky smooth across the palate. The flavor is bold without being overdone. Dark malt acidity greets you upfront (it's definitely not acetic or lactic, but it is somewhat tart), followed by some mild notes of bittersweet chocolate, and then some sweeter notes of creamy caramel. Restrained, but distinctly spruce-like hops appear immediately at the swallow; and help to usher in its dry and lingering earthy finish. It's quite enjoyable once it warms a bit and lends more breadth to its character. Certainly worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Dec 22, 2004
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick, firm tan head.

Big assertive fruity sweet dark chocolate nose with smokey tones - very complex nose and very appealing.

Mouthfeel is creamy and inviting with elegant carbonation.

Flavors are all big roasted grains with sweet black chocolate coffee that is long lasting and rich.

Finish is big bitter dark chocolate with light pine and bitter espresso. There is a smokey character in all aspects of this beer.

A really nice effort and well worth trying, if not regularly drinking.

GRG1313, Nov 20, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the pour, a tall dark and handsome beer this one, the head a majestic chocolate crown that is creamy in consistency with the lace a thick and sticky blanket upon the glass. Toasted grains dominate the coffee and chocolate like nose, that is also fresh, crisp and somewhat sweet nose, a real treat to sniff, start is thick malt, sweet and the top full bodied and in feel. Finish is delectable in its hop spicy bite, the carbonation moderate, bittersweet chocolate dry and a fine drinking stout that is a true treat, just a shame they don’t export this far west, good thing I have some good ole BA buddies in the east to thank for this one.

Gusler, Oct 20, 2003
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle brought back to NC from a friend in MA.

A: Dauntingly black with just a hairline of light-brown foam, after pouring like motor oil into my glass.

S: Dark malts, earthy hops, a hint of pine resin.

T: Begins in smoke, passes through chicory and burnt biscuit, ends in chocolate. A bit more smoke-toast highlights than in, say, Old Rasputin, this one would be right at home by a campfire (or aboard a North Sea sailing vessel!). A nice minerallish quality as well.

M: This one's a mouthfull! Fills the palate and enriches every surface it encounters. Strong, too.

D: This brew packs a punch. Not for the faint of heart: less than halfway through my glass, I can feel its effects beginning to kick in. For a session occasion, pass her by. For a special strong stout, though, this one's hard to top. Food? Devil's Food Cake, or some good seared scallops or oysters.

drperm, Feb 17, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

Thanks Joe. Pours a deep brown/black color with a small brown head. Rich chocolate malts in the nose, a perfect amount of sweet and roasty balance. Velvety smooth with no apparent alcohol note. Very drinkable, a perfect night cap. A truly impressive stout.

ATPete, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of beer2day
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged 9 months in the back of the beer fridge.

Dark black with dark mocha 1/2 finger head. Thin sheen still left towards the end. Light rings of lace.

Nose is roast malt and coffee. Medium roast coffee. Starting to get some chocolate late in the glass.

Lots more chocolate in the flavor. More roast malt and roast coffee, a bit of toffee, and a bit of orange citrus sneaking through in the finish. Chocolate really jumps out in the finish, too. Good depth. Very rich flavor.

Body is slightly thick and syrupy, without becoming overwhelming. Stands up to the flavors well.

Well done.

beer2day, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of nomad
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black beer, well, almost black with loads of head from strong carbonation and a seriously dirty linen color. Three fingers of head, stacking clumpy like Ricotta and holed like Emmentaler, leaving nickels worth of foam clinging to hang perilously from every pint. If I could define formation and retention in a technical beer manual this might be example A or B.

Smells of big beany coffee, foremost, with a light grape about that grows in power but then diffuses flat as the beer warms.

Taste is dry, seemingly chalky, vinous, with a serious espresso bite in the finish - I'm talking just enough smoky char paired with a near-salty hop bitterness. Opens to just enough balancing sweetness, but not too much, and big grape flavors all over with a smidge of ethanol warmth. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected and perhaps a little over-carbonated, but not nearly as bad as others' reports.

Complex, dry, but easy to drink. The dark and dry onslaught is easier on the palate than description belies. A winner in a rare and under-understood style.

nomad, Mar 17, 2006
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Captain Swain's Extra Stout from Cisco Brewers Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.