Winter Woods | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Winter WoodsWinter Woods

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flemish Braggot Smoke Spice Oak: Lambic critters, French oak barrels. Pinot Noir grapes. Mulling spices. 1000 lbs raw local honey. Cherrywood smoked malt.

Added by woosterbill on 01-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hue of magenta somewhere between a red wine and an amber ale. The aroma is like many lambics I've had, that cheesy funk. There's also some vinous aromatics. There's a lot of cheesy funk in flavor. Not as much barrel as I was hoping to get. I'm not getting much from the pinot grapes either. It's not bad by any means, but it's lacking depth and complexity that I was hoping for.

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Photo of dwarvenstout
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Bauer Wine & Spirits in Boston last time I was out there. Beer guy was great- pulled this beer from a personal box.

A: Cloudy red-brown. Hissed when opening the bottle, but very little head.

S: Oak, tart cherry, slight acetic sour notes along with tart fruit. Fair amount of brett funk after a year or more of aging. Some peppery smoke in the background.

T: Big sour up front takes a couple sips to get past. Smoky malt comes through without overwhelming. Tart stone fruit midpalate- cherries and plums. Some strawlike Brettish character. Slight brown sugar sweetness before a lingering oaky finish.

M: Puckering sourness fades into oaky tannins. Very light carbonation gives the beer just enough life to be palatable- would prefer a little more.

O: Not the best in the Woods series (I preferred Pechish, but haven't had the newest ones), but I liked this beer quite a bit. Expected more funk for a beer this long in the bottle, but what I got was more appropriate to the beer than my expectations. Sour and smoke is a hard combo to pull off, but this beer did a good job of it.

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Photo of ThaFATkid
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Wobblymailman

Appearance- Real thick reddish white/tan head over 4 fingers that slowely recedes. Nice retetion with little lacing. Beer is a reddish brown with little to no light showing through.

Smell- Tart fruit/cherry scent up front with a vingery cider overtone with a slight alcohol undertone.

Taste- A crisp cherry vingery creamy taste similar to the smell with a pleasant tart bitterness alot of a wine like dryness and flavor to it possibly from the french oak wine barrels its aged in.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light smooth cream like mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation

Overall- Similar to a few others I have tried it didnt really stand out but it didnt disappoint. A good sour I will be happy to try again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark reddish color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some oak and sour cherries notes also noticeable. Taste is close to most Flanders Red with some vinous notes with some oak and tart cherries with limited acidity level. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done and probably a good idea to add some honey to cut down on the acidity.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a true pint, the beer is a vibrant, crystal clear, ruby coloring without a stitch of head. Aromas of fruit sweetness and tang, including cherry and raspberry, with some earthy notes and a wine-like quality. Flavors are more towards a Kriek, with bittersweet and rich cherry tartness. A sweet, somewhat floral aftertaste leads into a puckering, tart finish. Very interesting, and very flavorful. Tasty beer.

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

The beer pours a deep, dark rust brown with a tan head. The head falls into a thin halo after a minute and there is a touch of fine sediment. The nose is very pepperminty with a slightly tart funk. The taste loses the peppermint bite, but keep its tart funkiness and sweet malt base. The fruit profile is reminiscent of tart cherries and unripened plumb making this a refreshing winter sipper. The mouthfeel is sweet upfront, but finishes modestly dry and tart. Very little bite from the alcohol.
There's not too much to complain about with this brew and I'm a little dumbfounded as to why it's so poorly reviewed. Overall I think it'll hit your craving for a tart sour while keeping the rich malt base of a winter ale.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/28/12

Appearance: An interesting color, brown with shades of purple, orange around the edges - hazy, cloudy - bubbly off-white head, leaves little spots of lacing - eventually fades to nothing

Smell: So many things going on here - light fruits, oak, and some funk - lots of spices, with a ton of cinnamon - some typical Cisco Woods funk (reminds me of Chap Stick) - some dry sugar and some honey - some tartness - some pale and slightly caramel malts serve as a base

Taste: Perhaps even more complex than the aroma - not exactly a ton of depth, but a ton of different flavors here - slightly sour, tart, and a little juicy - light fruits with a touch of dark fruits - something akin to peaches, as well as some tart cherries and dark fruit skins (grapes?) - some sweetness, fruity and malty - some dry honey - decent malt base - French oak tastes more like straight-up oak to me, which is good

Mouthfeel: Medium to somewhat full body, sticky, adequately carbonated

Overall: Perhaps even more interesting than I expected

In general, Cisco Woods beers are great. This is no exception. Based on the beer's description, it's as if Cisco decided to just throw a bunch of ingredients into barrels to see what would happen. The result is a nice mix of sour, tart, honey, spices, and fruits.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for the bottle.

Appearance: Deep clear ruby/brick red. Mahogany. No head. None. Pours nice and smooth with minimal carbonation.

Smell: Loads of raw honey. Earthy sweetness. Smoke and some cherry, tart. Typical winter spices. Some clove and allspice with a warmer almost cinnamon characteristic. Bright tartness mingles. Loads of depth. Oak adds a nice woody note. So much going on.

Taste: So much earthy sweetness. French oak is young and raw. The dying edges of a camp fire. Meady. Spices are more aggressive than the nose would indicate. Almost like a mulled wine. Cinnamon candy. Has that distinct Cisco Woods barrel aged flavor. Nicely tart with a big earthy note. Oak adds a nice touch. Nice depth. Honey adds a nice fullness, but is very raw.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is high, but manages to work with the body and the flavor profile.

Overall: Definitely one of the more interesting Cisco Woods beers. The kitchen sink approach pays off and leaves a ton of flavor without being overbearing. A touch unbalanced in the long run due to the sheer volume of some flavors. A few years would do this beer wonders.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to LarryG for sending me this one in a past trade! Shared during a recent tasting! Gusher!!! Served bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured ruby red with a three finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, fruit, sweet alcohol, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, earth, wood, sweet alcohol, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. The flavor on this one really let me down unfortunately. All of the right aspects were there, but they just didn’t have the right intensity level to make this one enjoyable. Really wish more of the cherry would have come through, but still decent though.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to chrispoint for this one.

A: Cloudy reddish mahogany body with an inch of ultra-active reddish-tan froth. Looks a bit overcarbonated, but otherwise ok.

S: Sour and herbal, with mind and sage jumping out at me. Quite acetic, somewhat vinous. Intense and enjoyable, but a little odd.

T: More straightforwardly sour and fruity than the nose, with emphasis on vinous fruit and red-wine vinegar. Some pure lactic tartness rounds things out. Clean finish. Nice.

M: Prickly in the extreme. Way too carbonated.

O: Enjoyable, but probably my least favorite of the Woods series. The description provided on this beer's BA page does a good job of conveying just what a kitchen-sink sour it is: spices, bugs, grapes, barrels, you name it. It all works ok in the end, but things definitely get a little muddled.


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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.61/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle. Shared with schen9303 Out of a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a frothy 1 finger light brown head with great retention. Beer is a clear, dark purple. Great color. Lacing is patchy and thick with great cling. Definitely one of the better looking AWAs out there.

Nose is sharp grape tartness with hints of wood, cinnamon, and other floral and pungent spices. Not conventionally tart with the spices being a touch too prominent here. Interesting though.

Opens sweet and tart grape. Various spices completely overwhelm my palate. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be getting here. Its sweet, sour, and even a bit salty. Very dry towards the middle and puckering. End is grape and virgin wood. Finishes tart, spicy, and peppery with a peppery tart finish. I don't get this one at all.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Dry in the mouth and foamy going down. Finish is dry with a lingering, saliva-sucking aftertaste. Appropriate.

This beer is decent on all levels except the taste. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be getting with all the woodiness, fruit, and weird spices mixed together but I don't like it. And I'm sure age on this one won't change my mind.

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Photo of billab914
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a deep brown color with some cherry red highlights when the light hits it. A thin, bubbly white head sticks mostly to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of tart, sour sour fruit flavors to it with wine and cherry being two of the things that really stand out to me. I get a little bit of a musty, funkiness to it as well. Very nice aroma overall.

The taste shows a little more of of a fruity,sweeter flavor to it up front with a little bit of a raspberry or cherry presence to it. It quickly takes a more sharper turn with some bold tart and dry flavors lasting through the finish. Some sour, funky notes come out in the finish as well. The wine barrels really give it some nice complex flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being on the lower side. Overall it was a pretty tasty beer. I really liked the flavors that the wine barrels gave it. They really introduced some nice dry, complex, wine qualities in it. The sharp, fruity tartness was nice as well. Solid beer of the style overall.

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Photo of gdkersey
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a pain to open - cork was covered in sticky, yeasty beer so it was stuck in the bottle. I was worried it would be flat as there was no real pop, not the case though.

A - deep red to brown color, slight hazy. has a light tan head with big bubbles; appears to be pretty strongly carbonated

S - delicious funk, lots of wood, cherries, strong sherry-like smell, little bit of bubblegum

T - big, juicy fruitiness (lots of cherry), followed by a significant tartness that lingers well after the drink is finished. finishes sweet, but not close to the level of a Duchesse De Bourgogne (slightly reminded of this)

M - pretty high carbonation, but works very well with the sourness.

Overall an awesome New England sour ale - doesn't have the vibrance of something like Consecration, but definitely a great beer.

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Photo of cjacobsen
2.66/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to sweemzander for pouring this one.

(A) Pours a dark red with ruby, maroon, and brown. There's a big head on this one.

(S) A lot of funk and sourness. Yeasty with oak and wood. It's really kind of weird.

(T) The oak really comes out in the flavor. There's a defined funk but still has an odd flavor to it. Some odd spices in there as well. Not sure what to think of this one.

(M) Not nearly as carbonated tasting as expected. It almost has no body to it which kind of makes it smooth and oily.

(O) It was only after we had this that we looked up the actual brewer's description of it. It makes sense. The bacteria in the French oak lend a different aroma and flavor to the beer. Still put, this is an odd one.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a taster glass. I believe thanks go to AleLuvinRuskie for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a hazy mahogany amber color. A nice tan frothy head.

(S)- Tons of funky murky Brett; almost minty. Lots of spicy oak tartness.

(T)- Spicy and oaky. Bits of tartness and Brett funk. Some malt in there.

(M)- A Bit higher carbonation level than normal. A different combination of flavors and funky spices that I do not think is for the better overall.

(D)- Very unique and spicy, but in a very muddy overpowering sort of way. Reminds me of the JP Collababeire beer alot. . . not necessarily a good thing though.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.66/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to wisconsinality for sharing this one. Bottle split into to tulips.

A: Dark brown hue. About a finger of beige head. No lace.

S: The aroma hits me with a good amount of charred wood and sour cherry. As with all Cisco beers the curse of the taco seasoning rears it's ugly head.

T: Just as I feared. The smoked aspect of this one comes through a bit too much for my taste. Smoked cherry, bbq sauce, wine soaked barrel wood, mild funk and a touch of sour cherry.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

O: Yet another less than stellar beer from these guys. Between the 3 of us sharing we had to drain pour half the bottle.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Big thanks to KJGAGNE for this bottle!

Finally cracking this bad boy open. The description kinda weirds me out, but that's one o' the ways I likes it. It pours a hazy russet-garnet topped by plenty o' dark cream foam. The nose comprises white wine, light apricot, oak, lemon zest, blue raspberry, very light cherrywood smoke, light booze, currants, and cranberries. The taste holds notes of light vinegar, tart black cherry, lemon peel, light raspberries, sour white grapes, light honey, very light cobweb, and oak. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very nice bit o' sour-y goodness. My tongue's not good enough to pick out all of the constituent pieces and parts, but they come together to create a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle. Split with a friend and poured into two Sierra Nevada snifter glasses.

Appearance: Dark brown in color. Ample carbonation. A beige head with not much retention.

Aroma: Some tart cherries, oak, vanilla, and caramel. Some earth and barnyard funk notes in there as well. Really interesting and unique.

Taste: A quick surge of tart cherries upfront. Vanilla and oak are also present upfront. Some interesting spice notes are here too. Some biscuit and caramel notes here too. Earthy and funk notes play a large role too. I am starting to see this as a wild winter warmer. Unique, but I am not convinced everything blends as well as I would like.

Mouthfeel: Ample carbonation, light body. Crisp.

Overall, a really interesting and unique beer. I enjoyed the vanilla and caramel notes, but this felt a little forced at times. Definitely some really nice things going on creatively, but I don't think I would buy this again at this price.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice chestnut body with amber hues all beneath a very generous and foamy tan head that hangs around for a bit before it disappears to leave a bubbly, sticky lacing.

Pleasant aromas of cherries, grapes, and vinous qualities leap from the glass, also featuring a hint of spice, likely from the oak barrels and funky yeast aromas as well. The hints of honey show up a touch as it warms also.

The taste is sour up front seeming to feature cherries or cranberries. The yeast is also quite noticeable, with hints of spice and wood similar to the nose. As it warms there does seem to be just a hint of vanilla to smooth it out as well.

This wild ale is medium in body with generous carbonation and features a nice woody, boozy bite, but is yet smooth all at the same time.

This beer really intrigued me, as I usually do not pay this price for a bottle. It did not disappoint. While I do not drink as many wild ales and similar styles as some other BA’s, I would say this appears to be towards the top of the list for me.

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Photo of rudzud
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple months back at Julio's.

A - Holy cow, this is what I want in my wild ales! A simply wonderful two finger light tan/cream head that just doesnt quit. After nearly a half hour of sipping it never slumped past a quarter inch, leaving nice clumps of side lacing. All of this sits atop a crystal clear mahogany/ruby pour.

S - Unfortunately I'm just getting predominantly typical wild ale aromas. A light funk/sour aroma atop a winter warmer aromas.

T - Very similar to the nose, in that it is a pretty standard, average wild ale. Sour cherry and oak notes with a mixture of well, winter spices. A sour winter warmer.

M - Nicely carbonated for a Cisco with a very crisp and dry finish. My only knock would be how noticeable the ABV is.

O - Easily the best looking wild ale I've had in a while, but unfortunately it was all downhill from there. Good wild ales are just tough to come by.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a big foamy head that quickly reduces to a few patches of white foam across a fairly clear ruby-brown body. Almost no lacing.

Vanilla, cinnamon and other random spices in the aroma. Light funk/sourness. Smells like a typical winter warmer with a bit of funk thrown in.

The taste is a lightly soured winter warmer. Cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices. Touch of oak. Light sourness. Ok, but not really my thing. A combination of styles that doesn't really work for me.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated with light sourness. Some bitterness. Leaves a slightly astringent bitterness on the tongue.

Overall, this is a pretty decent beer if the idea of a lightly soured winter warmer sounds good to you. I think Cisco has better beers in the Woods series. Probably not worth the price.

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Photo of davey101
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Palm tulip after being in the fridge for about 30 minutes. I poured it a bit too aggressively and a massive foam head formed and lasted for a few minutes. I really like these Woods series labels as well, very classy and simple.

A - Dark cloudy brown with hints of red when held up to the light. A dirty and uneven foam head and lacing that lasts a long time. Its only when it sits for over ten minutes that I can begin to see the color of the beer through the head. Looks damn tasty

S - Not its greatest strength. I can smell some cherries and a slight sour vinegary funk. Theres also some spices and the vanilla from the oak aging which seems to round it all out. Pleasant, but it seems a bit weak.

T - This is a tasty beer. Starts off with a good bit of sour and cherries, and then malts and caramel come in. Finally the oak finishes it off. The smokiness and vanilla at the end seems to really compliment the cherries. Crisp mouth feel with a good bit of carbonation. This is a really nice flavor. Very refreshing, and the alcohol is hidden extremely well. Hard to believe its a 9% beer

O - I grabbed this beer on sale for a few bucks less than I've been seeing it in other stores. It was a nice example of an american wild ale, and the barrel aged flavors were a nice addition. However, it wasn't super impressive and at this price point I probably won't be grabbing another bottle anytime soon.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

C: Clear On The Edges
H: Deep Redish-Brown Color
N: Acetic, Cranberries, Faint Vanilla Spice?

The beer smells like a blend of acid and cranberries. There was a faint spice that I could not put my nose one, but the more I think about it, it may have been vanilla. The flavor was similar to the nose but filled with a spice upfront that was almost a turn off for me. Once the spice mellowed out a bit the sour cranberries came in, and that made me happy.
Very interesting beer, just like most of the American Wild Ales. This is a style of beer that really is hit or miss in my opinion. Although you find more hits than misses lately. I don’t know if I would seek out this particular Woods Series again, but I will look for other beers in the same line!

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Photo of Pahn
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a two inch, rocky offwhite head that dissipates steadily leaving a couple ridges of lacing. Pours a dark, hazy ruby and occasionally leaves thin, spread out lacing islands.

Smell: After loudly popping off the cork, I can smell notes of tangy Brettanomyces, red wine, and some mild acetic acid without any need to put my nose near the bottle. The smell is the same in the glass, but spicier and fruitier. Unfortunately, while the smell remains a beautiful mix of Brett, Pinot noir grapes, and mild spices, it gets overall a bit fainter with time.

Taste: Malty up front, slightly sour, with lots of Brett funk through the middle and into the smooth red wine and oak finish. Very nice. The spices from the smell are more slight accents here than prominent notes. Semi dry and puckering finish smooths out into a soft, vanilla cake-like French oak aftertaste (I have a real weakness for that flavor in a wild ale).

The somewhat smokey, chocolaty malt stays prominent throughout, and works really well with strong Brett and Pinot noir flavors. 9%ABV is on the high for a wild ale, but there's no solvent flavors getting in the way. In fact, as I get deeper into the bottle, the mild boozy influence in the finish serves only to augment the existing flavors.

The only factors really keeping this beer from a 5.0 are the bitterness that usually helps but occasionally detracts from the flavor, and the somewhat limited complexity. It doesn't want for being interesting or engaging, but it's not particularly complex; bold tangy funk, bold but not really multi-note Pinot noir grapes, decent sourness, solid malt backbone, light spiciness, great French oak influence. Good flavors that you don't get to experience together every day, but not that complex. Not much of a complaint, but there you go.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Dryish, somewhat sticky and puckering finish doesn't always work well with the bitterness of the beer. Pleasantly high carbonation.

Overall: I buy a beer like this because I'm interested in the results of ingenious experimentation with different ingredients and barrel aging. This is the kind of beer that affirms that practice. Braggot with Brett, Pinot noir grapes, and mulling spices? What? But the result is a beer as satisfyingly delicious as it is intriguing.

Cisco's Woods series is, in my opinion, one of the current high points in craft brewing in the northeast United States (where I happen to live). This particular beer hits notes that I happen to be especially fond of (Pinot noir, tangy but not dirty Brett, large French oak influence), but it's also an innovative, well-crafted beer. I hope Cisco makes more of it, and more beers like it.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle into a Tulip Glass

Poured at Cellar Temp around 55 degrees. To warm? We'll See

A- Pours dark blood red in color with a nice bubbly 1 finger off white head that fizz's out pretty quickly to leave a nice layer on the top.

S- Oak and wood up front with plenty of funk, vinegar, and sourness to follow. Digging deeper you get really nice sweet dark cherry notes and a slight alcohol presence.

T- What!? The smell didn't prepare me for this. Super strong band-aid, medicinal, and funk flavors up front that are almost smokey??? Strong cherry, vinegar, and almost apple cider like flavors. A solid oak and wood presence there as well that's mixed with some slight vanilla.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice sour tart finish.

Overall this is a pretty decent brew. Definitely not at all what I was expecting and definitely took me by surprise. Could use a little more sourness on the tongue and less medicinal.


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Winter Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.74 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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