Dark Woods | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
ciscobrewers.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of 8 different barrel aged beers, including but not limited to our Stout, Porter, and a few seasonal beers (on the dark side of things), a majority coming from french oak barrels previously holding red wine from Cisco's Nantucket Vineyard, adding oak character. This beer is unfiltered, so some sediment is normal. It has been inoculated with brettanomyces (a wild yeast). Rich and malty with a slight tartness and a mild, intentional, "farmhouse funk" provided by the wild yeast.

Added by soccerman7 on 01-22-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
108
Reviews:
61
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
16.8%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
16
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tom's bottle, thanks for sharing. Dark coloured with a dark lacing. Complex aroma with a fruity edge. Taste like a shiraz wine, and also fruity, edgy, rum and coke, edge from the cranberries, other dark fruit. Brett in the secondary. Everything adds to the complex taste, yet smooth and drinkable. Aging gave it maturity.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, Dave.

Dark woody appearance. Highly carbonated with a lasting head.

The nose is odd - musty and funky, a little buttery, but also quite spicy and herbal, reminding me of cardamom and bay leaves. There's some acetic sourness beneath it all.

Palate is decent, herbal and spicy with cardamom/bay leaf, tamarind fruitiness; this tastes bizzarely like an Indian curry. The finish is very tannic and oaky, with light acetic sourness.

This isn't bad, but it's strange and muddled. I couldn't drink much of it.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mothman
2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into great lakes snifter.

Pours a fizzy tan head. Color is a near black.

Aroma: Cranberries, chocolate, brett, oak, and a touch of funk.

Taste: Very funky, medicinal flavors and brett. Nut like flavors. Cranberries, sour cherries, and oak. Nothing that is really sparking my attention here.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and tart, big funk. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry with medicinal flavors.

Overall, the aroma is good, but the taste not so much. A weird beer. Reminded me of SFTO wine. Very slow drinking.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark with some slight crimson notes. A bit of off-white to tan lacing. Smells slightly acetic along with some sweet dark malts and hints of dark fruit. Slight bit of funk. Taste is similar with a bit more oak coming through. Roasted malt and sourness. Mouthfeel is good, but something is a bit off--not quite what the taste would lead me to expect. Drinkability is good. This is a unique brew, and I continue to be impressed by Cisco.

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Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably about 4-5 years old.

Dark creamy head, nice lacing, dark brown little ruby light.

Nose big dark biscuity chocolate malt, chocolate cereal, little syrupy, some Brett like funk, little marshmallow, tart sourness.

Taste brings more biscuity chocolate, cookie marshmallow thing, tart sour Brett native bacteria, lacto sourness, lactic acid perhaps, decent funk but sour, candy syrupy thing to.Finish sticky flemmy tart funk sour dark malts.

Mouth is med to heavier syrupy bod lighter carb, flemmy.

Overall eh not my style but not too bad.

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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/8/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains esters, Belgian yeast, tart fruit and light roasted malts.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of sourness from the Belgian wild yeast with a touch of tart fruit flavor. Then a hearty but not too heavy roasted malt character comes in along with some dark chocolate flavor. There's also a significant medicine-like alcohol flavors that tempers a bit as the beer warms. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky but very dry.

D: A little tasty in that it's something kind of different, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer, but definitely a palate-wrecker.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of billab914
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my Allagash glass. Dark brown in color with a half inch of frothy foam covering the top. Great head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty nice mix of funky, fruity and malty. Sour cherries, caramel and oak wood are the first things that jump out at me, but I started to get a touch of chocolate and red wine as it warmed. The tart fruit qualities have a little bit of an acidic quality to them, but not too bad.

The taste is where things don't come together that well for me. It shows a lot of the tart fruit and sour cherry flavors up front. The finish is where it seems to thin out and get a little watery. I get more of a lighter, porter like quality in the finish with just a little of the tart, funky flavors that it had up front. A little of the wood is lingering in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is on the thinner side with carbonation being a little low for the style. Overall, it was a pretty good beer. It had a good aroma to it, but the bold flavors just didn't hold up in the taste. Pretty good beer to sip on this evening, but not a standout in the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Got in a trade with monsterzero and brought to a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, cherries, dark fruit, oak, red wine, and a hint of funk, but not much.

t - Tastes same as the nose; very heavy on spices. Some cherries, oak, sour dark fruits, and fruity malts. Hint of wine, and no brett/funk.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty good sour, but not as good at the Cherry Woods. I didn't get much funk from it, but had some nice sour dark fruit in the smell and taste. Would try again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Nick for this one. Shared at Strong Ale.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some definite amber notes to it and a slight murkiness. A large tan head forms.

S: Starts off with lots and lots of oak, which is somewhat damp and musty. A fair amount of vinegar along with a bit of dark fruit character such as currants and black cherries. There's a mild grassiness as well as a touch of cork. Sort of all over the place.

T: Like the nose, lots of wet, damp, oak flavor along with some grass, hay, and cork. There's a touch of chocolate flavor, likely oxidation, as well as black cherries. Quite a substantial amount of vinegar is present on the finish.

M: The body is medium to full, for a sour beer, with a medium level of carbonation and a dry and puckering finish.

D: A little too acetic for my tastes, and the corkiness is not exactly what I look for. Overall, though, not a terrible effort.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -39%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jason for sharing this rarity. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours with a finger of ecru foam that settles to a thin collar and leaves behind spotty lacing. Dark brown in color, and a bit lighter at the fringes.

S - Vinous, oaky, Flanders brown flavor profile, with vinegar, sour grapes, tart apple, vanilla, and some musky funk. Very nicely balanced and integrated. Alcohol is well-hidden.

T - Taste is a bit less exciting. Very woody and tannic, with a nutty brown ale backbone that's spruced up with some light funk and vinegar. Nice, but not as lively as the nose.

M - The carbonation was a bit high for my liking, even when the style was taken into consideration. It was just a bit too zesty and harsh. Light body was a bit surprising considering the 8% ABV too. Finish was very dry and tannic.

D - Surprisingly compelling, even with the slightly annoying carbonation (which went away after a few minutes anyway). I had a few pours of this one, and I'd gladly have more if it popped up at a tasting.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some cherries, oak, vanilla. The taste is malty, yeasty, tangy, nice little oak note, with some sweetness thrown in. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew. It's been awhile since I've had a AWA.

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Dark Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.69 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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