Winter Shredder | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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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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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 227
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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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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Photo of jadpsu
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
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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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, without any date/freshness info.

A: Darker amber, Sparse tan head, that goes to a delicate, collar and a few strands of lace.

S: Pungent nose of darker malts, some wood and whiskey

T: Full flavor and tasting quite fresh. More wood, and wiskey are a pleasant suprise. Also some holiday pie type spice. Super dry all the way through a long finish with hops biting on your taste buds. Decent winter sipper/night capper kinda beer

MF: Soft and smooth.

O: Well done, not sure if I can remember a better Cisco beer. one. Lots of flavor and complexity. Worth picking up a six of this one

Note, big differences in the rieviews for last years version (2011) and this years (2012).

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Photo of JoeyD
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The frugal man's Dead Guy Ale. Good taste at a good price.

Recently this popped up on an impulse display at $5 for a 6-pack. It had a decent rating, and with a 6% ABV I figured it would be worth a try. I was pleasantly surprised at the full flavor because I wasn't expecting much for that price.

It has all of the flavor of a good spicy beer, but it finishes a bit thin. That might not be a bad thing though as it's pretty drinkable. IMHO it deserves to be upwards of 80 points here. It's better than some higher rated beers I've tried. Enjoy!

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a ruby-hued dark amber color with a fast-fading off-white, with bits of patchy lacing.
A raw malty smell jumps out at first pour. A whiff of mashed berries and nutmeg follow close behind. Citrusy and sprucy hops peak through and last throughout. A mild perfume alcohol is present.
Tastes of sweet malt, citrus zest and pine, berries and spices mix and mingle. The alcohol is noticeable throughout, but nicely in the background.
This could very well be the East Coast's answer to Anchor's Christmas Ale.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Whole Foods on Houston St. in New York. I never had this before was expecting this to be a Wassail or something similar. This actually turned out to be the first Braggot that I ever had and it turned out to e quite enjoyable, even if it was something that I wasn't normally accustomed to. The spice wasn't as a big a factor but there was enough malt and booze here to warm me up nicely, even if this felt like an Autumnal beer!

The pour to this was good - with a ruddy hue and somewhat frothy head. Not a lot of lacing to be seen but what was there clung to the side of my pint glass after each sip. Nice aroma to this as caramel, chocolate, apples, and a bid of weed-like skunk combined for an appropriate smell. All of these could be found in the taste as well, with a hint of rye and grain accompanying those notes to give this beer a nice body. Very "wet" and not that spicy, there was a bit of walnut-like nuttiness that gave this come color without lingering in the aftertaste, as the hops endured more than anything else.

This was strong but never felt it until I made my way through the beer itself. The alcohol was well-hidden and what was noticeable went all with the apple and skunky hops and lack of overbearing spice. This almost reminded me of a Green Flash beer but this wasn't as hoppy, although the bitterness here was more present than I expected. Hopheads looking for a Winter Seasonal will enjoy this, as this packed enough of a punch to go with the nice range of flavors that meshed well together. Quite a nice surprise here!

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle overflows when opened, barely made it to the glass. Excellent ring lace from single-fingered and long lasting head. The broth is dark amber, similar to Grade A maple syrup.

Strong aroma of clove and nutmeg. There is some near-burnt malt smells as well. Light hop.

Dry flavored with the malt tilting toward black patent (subtle burnt flavors). Relatively thin, but with a low carbonation. The finish is straight bitterness from high alpha hops. It's well-balanced but notable, long lasting as well. Little spice flavor.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark reddish brown, more opaque than not. 1/4 inch foam then fizzles and settles but leaving a patchy layer. Fruity nose. Cherries, plums raspberries. Rich malt open with a tert fruit taste. Hoppy/boozy is a little puckering in the mouthfeel. Almost a little wine in there.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, crystal clear, hazelnut brown coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy surface coating. Aromas of nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon on a subtle toffee backbone, with some warm cider hints at the end. Lighter on the nose than I was expecting. Flavors are rich and roasted initially, with a tangy toffee malt profile initially, followed by a solid dose of the previously mentioned spices, as well as some peppery hops profiles sprinkled throughout. The liberal spicing definitely provides the warmth in this winter warmer, but without overpowering the brew. Very solid backbone of malt richness to support everything going on on your palate. Tangy and spiced aftertaste that quickly washes away for a clean, slightly tangy finish that lingers longer than the bulk of the aftertaste itself. Smooth and round in mouth, but as it finishes you notice how crisp and clean the brew is. Solid, and at a lower ABV for a warmer, making this easy to quaff.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy brown in color, with a nice, two-inch cap of light tan foam.
Aroma-Subtle spices
Taste-Toasted malt, orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, followed by a nice little hop bite. Well-balanced, tasty and refreshing despite the rather high ABV. Very nice.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep ruby red hued body with a nice and soft 2-finger khaki head that shows some very nice retention. Pretty nice lacing as well.

S- Sweet malts, ginger, some citrus, dried fruits, a little vanilla maybe, and some clove.

T- Sweet caramel, ginger, definate clove, and a little fruity. Some bitter bite stays on the tongue for a little while after the swallow.

MF- Not too full bodied, but very creamy and the flavors seem to linger for quite a while.

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and Christmas spices.

T - Lots of spices with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Good toffee, bready and caramel sweetness for balance.

M - A crisp, sharp, smooth ale with a dry finish. Medium bodied.

O - This is good. I like the label art, too.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1" velvet beige head of medium lifespan. The body is dark burnt umber brown but held to the light it's a very deep amber. It smells of toasted malt and the spices actuall smell savory. Taste mirrors smell and the spices come out with warming ginger as well as piney hops. Fairly long finish. And yes, this beer truly is a warmer.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a cream colored head. Ring of bubbles, surprising splash of lace at every sip.

Dark malt, some slight pie spice, cinnamon, clove, toasted bread. Like over browned raisin toast, with mild spice.

Over-brown, bitter raisin toast it is!. Brown bread crust, no sweetness. Dry bitter malt and hops, a touch of spice, long and bitter in the finish -- almost bitter herbs/bitter roots. Malt comes thru in the middle -- a nice toasted quality that gets pushed aside for pure hop bitterness. Funny enough, this has qualities within the malt that remind me of Cisco brews. That I like. A bit harsh? Yes...Does it work? Yes...

Medium body, a little astringent.

A touch over-bitter, but still works. I love the fact this isn't over-spiced. Solid brew. Could use a bit of sweetness or breadiness up front to help balance it. Long bitterness without any hop character make this one hard to session. Well made, no joke when it comes to asserting its strengths.

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Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Dark ruby copper body. Clear. Finger of moderately thick, substantive, dirty beige head. Nice lacing. Nose is a festive blend of warm malts and spices. Caramel cookie and berry-ish fruits mix with citrus peel, juniper, and maybe some ginger.

Toasted grain and herbal, woody bitterness up front. Sweetish caramel malt and fruit fill in and take over the palate. Notes of gingerbread and molasses. Mulled wine spices, juniper, ginger, and cloves (?) around the edges. Herbal, woody bitterness shows up again in the finish. Medium body with a slightly syrupy feel. Not bad.

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Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Great trail of lace, very dark mahogany hue. Earthy aromas; fallen apples, toasted grain, brown sugar, buckwheat honey, vague spicing, & warming esters. Lovely smoothness, creamy, hint of boozy alcohol, very toasty, mild caramel, earthy, dried hay, mild spicing, broth, treacle, semi-dry finish.

What a lovely winter seasonal we have here, well balanced and inviting.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a red-chestnut color with very light hazing. I got to see about two-and-a-half fingers of light beige head. Nice lacing. Good head retention.

Some English-style malts with dry toffee and roast notes. Lightly sweet and lightly spiced. Hints of clove, ginger, star anise, and very light cinnamon.

Nice balanced flavors with some good warmth. Malts are toffee-like and roasty with some sweet caramelized sugar flavors. Hops are tangy and spice the beer along with some cinnamon and clove. Hops are nice and offer some interesting citrus elements. Brown sugar, ginger, citrus peel, alcohol, and grapefruit hops in the finish.

Simple, but nice mouthfeel. Little bit of heat, some smoothness, and some scrub from the carbonation.

Nice warmer, maybe a little too warm in the strength. It's identifiable for what it is, and decent.

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Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a deep amber-red with both brightness and clarity. Its slightly tinted head is one finger tall with good staying power and solid stick in very good volume.
This one features bread crust and isn't extremely hoppy but more than expected with leafy and piney notes. There's some nut underneath with very slight spicing, a bit peppery, quite dry and slightly steely.
The medium body is crisp all the way and pretty smooth with lots of dryness in the middle to end and a lingering finish where that steely note is also evident.

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