Dark Woods | Cisco Brewers Inc.

Dark WoodsDark Woods
BA SCORE
3.7/5
108 Ratings
Dark WoodsDark Woods
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
Ranking:
#27,773
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
108
pDev:
16.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
16
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of billab914
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to LarryG for sending me this one in a past trade! Shared during a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, caramel, fruit, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, caramel, wood, fruit, and nutty. It had a light feel on the palate with a medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I have to say that this was one of the more disappointing brews from the series. Not really sure what they were shooting for here, but the sweet note definitely dominated this one unfortunately. Wish there was a little more sour and tart in this one to help out with the sweetness. Glad I got to share it with the rest of the series though.

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Photo of mbs11
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Deep rich brown. Head is tan, smooth, and creamy. Leaves a decent cap on the beer throughout. Relatively clear, but holds a slight haze overall.

Smell: Faintly toasted. Citric bite. Deep cherry notes. Oak adds a nice counter to the sour. Earthy. Faintly sweet with a nutty finish. Almost bready, as in multigrain bready. Cocoa notes. Some roasted malts.

Taste: Where did the sour go? Nuts nad wood, but the malts run to cocoa and leather with a lingering sweetness. Sweet berry mixed with old wood and cocoa. Literally straddles the line between a stout and a barrel aged wild. Flavors meld after half a glass, but don't really get along.

Mouthfeel: Moderate. Carbonation is on the low side, especially for a Cisco Woods beer.

Overall: The most lackluster beer in the Cisco Woods series. Has a lot of potential on the nose, but the taste can't figure itself out. Stout and sour are present in equal measure, but refuse to work together.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 1/21/12

Appearance: Dark brown, nearly black - starts off with a big tan head, keeps a nearly half-inch cap for a long time - sticky lacing, too

Smell: Basically smells like a stout with Cisco Woods funk - slightly burnt malts, a little roasty, wood - some funk - slight barnyard, some sour, some weirdness that reminds me of Chap Stick

Taste: It's sour and stout-like, but not really a sour beer and not really a stout - malts are slightly burnt - not as burnt or roasted as the appearance would suggest - some chocolate malts, with some lighter malts that add depth - slightly sour, with some funk, acidic - somewhat works with the other flavors, although the malts kind of overpower the sourness - some oak, some dark fruit, a lot of hard to describe flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body, great carbonation, smooth, slightly sticky

Overall: Not bad, but not that great

There is a lot of stuff going on in this beer, and some of it is just weird. Sour with tons of acidity and somewhat burnt malts... It's strange and a bit messy.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Dark Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 108 ratings
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