Winter Shredder | Cisco Brewers Inc.

229 Ratings
Winter ShredderWinter Shredder

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerResearcher on 12-17-2011

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5/5  rDev +44.1%

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5/5  rDev +44.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of lorenzo888
4.37/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours billowing tan head. Nice head retention and lacing. Aromas of caramel, pine , cinnamon and spice. Deep dark amber / garnet in color. Sweet roasted malt, nutmeg flavors with piney bitterness balance. Subtle spice lingers into a bitter and hoppy finish. All together well balanced and remarkable drinkable at 8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of MarkQ617
4.21/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the third Cisco offering I've reviewed, and it's one of my favorites. Basically everything I'd want from a winter. Perfect mix of smoke, spice, and cinnamon. More of a smokey nose to it. This is my first time trying a brag got, but if these are the qualities of the genre I'll definitely be searching for more. Brownish hue with a light brownish tan head. Loved it.

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Photo of MrCee
4.19/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cola like in color. Spicy in taste especially in the aftertaste. It has a mild hoppy feel to it. The Head is nice and dark. An interesting characteristic is its gassiness which make it easy to fall into a fit of the hiccups. Light on the aroma. As winter beers go, this one has a lightness that make those not into syrupy winter winter beers appreciative. This is something we can enjoy when it gets cold.

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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking at the previous reviews, I am a little surprised at the Pumple Drumkin analogy. Certainly they are close cousins but having had the PD at the brewery and this one in the bottle, I see a fair enough distinction and I like this one on its own merits as well as the PD. This bottle opens with a lively head, tan in color and a couple fingers thick. It holds pretty well and retreats to an impressive web of lacing. My nose picks up evergreen and allspice and subtle cinnamon and maybe a deeply buried chocolate kiss over oranges and mellow roasted coffee beans. Very pleasant and complex from my experience, perhaps a tad medicinal to some, but i really like this aroma. The flavor is more unified I think, a blend of toasted malts and subtle chocolate coffee grains over evergreen. I guess you might find all the same things that came out in the nose but it seems more subtle here and highly drinkable for a holiday/winter brew.This presents a reputable medium body but a bit more aqueous feel with gentle, tingly carbonation despite it's opening emergence. I think this is a neat seasonal brew that I'm glad I picked up. Another plus hit from the Nantucket crew! Nice.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Auburn mahogany coloration, off-white head, translucent for the most part.

S - Dark fruits, nutmeg, yeast, malts. Not very robust.

T - Dark fruits, pine hops, dates, ginger, light brown sugar malts, nutmeg, yeasty hoppy finish. Very interesting combination. Nothing overdone. Very nice balance.

M - Excellent mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a little bite on the finish but is dry overall. Carbonation is spot-on.

D - A very good beer. A little expensive for what it is, but it's quite well-crafted. I could perhaps get this again if I found it for $9.99 or less (I'm pretty sure it was $10.99+, which is too much for a winter warmer)...

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4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Neiko's after they had a Cisco beer tasting event.
Pours a great clear amber with a great tight tan head with some superior side glass lacing.
Aroma is spicy hops led by orange peel hops with some lesser bready malts.
Taste folows the nose with orange peel hops and bready, toffee like malts.
Extra dry throughout. a good Winter Warmer.

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Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing a winter seasonal in late winter? That's me!

Pours a nice burgundy color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nothing special but it's a nice hue!

Spicy with nutmeg and sweet malt. Not much else to talk about here. Your standard winter seasonal?

Mmm. Nutmeg and spice but not as much as the malt itself. Very bready. Chewy.

Ditto on the mouthfeel. Lingering chewy, bready malt. Mmm. Less spice, more nice.

Very good seasonal here. Probably because it doesn't go overboard on the spices.

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Photo of Thads324
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep reddish brown. Very thin head that disappears to a thin edge quickly. Smells of roasted malts, some smoke and cinnamon. Mostly caramel and toffee on the second whiff. There's some dried fruit and apple strudel aromas peeking through as well. Also some vanilla, but just a minor inkling. Very nice!
Taste is hefty sweet malt and spices. Cinnamon and clove dominate the start. A piney hop bitterness begins and never seems to end and then there is a smooth balancing act performed by cara malt. A bit of biscuity toffee and more of that resiny hop at the end. Mouthfeel is solid and medium bodied.
As this beer warms, a bit of booze becomes present. I can't find the abv anywhere and nothing about this beer is online!

Overall I really enjoy this beer. It's mildly spiced, flavorful and balanced. Definitely a nice winter beer to sip after a long day of shredding powder on the mountain. I'll certainly buy another 6 as the weather gets colder.

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4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a clear deep copper, white foam leaves spiderweb like lacing down the pint glass.

SMELL: Cocoa, malted grain, alcohol, and floral essence.

TASTE: Well hopped with a piney bitterness. Scotch/whiskey like malt notes with a dry hop bite. Finishes hoppy and bitter. Just a pinch of spice and gingerbread. Surprised at how hoppy this is. Cocoa notes emerge with touches of caramel and toffee.

FEEL: Medium bodied, crisp and well carbonated.

OVERALL: A solid, fresh tasting winter beer. Liked the hop flavors.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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Winter Shredder from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.47 out of 5 based on 229 ratings.
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