Winter Shredder | Cisco Brewers Inc.

228 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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Photo of SLeffler27
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark copper (SRM 16-17) with a modest half-inch, creamy beige head that leaves dense rings on a fisheye pint glass from Cisco Brewery.

Opens with herbal spice followed by caramel, white bread and cinnamon. There is little adventure in this beer as it lacks the spiciness expected of the style.

The flavor is malt forward and well balanced with some ginger, some nutmeg (though rather faint), and toasted malt. The finish is modest and lingering.

Alcohol is as expected in this medium bodied beer with a scratchy nylon texture. There is some astringency and ample carbonation.

While far from expectations, this is a fair beer. Perhaps this one aged in the store as the Winter Warmer qualities are all but absent. I'll have to try it again in the future.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - cloudy body of deep copper under a finger of khaki foam

S - grain, caramel, spice

T - dark fruits (cherry etc.), wood, toasted bread, slight caramel sweetness, earthy, spices, dry finish with an aftertaste reminiscent of cough syrup

M - smooth medium/full body, medium carbonation

O - Winter Shredder is an interesting beer to sip. While I enjoyed it, it was kind of a mess in the taste department. It has some very good flavors, but the overall taste is just an unusual combination.

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Photo of barczar
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has been around several months. Thought I'd reviewed already.

Aroma is rife with specialty malt fruitiness and caramel. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove are muddled and subtle, in comparison.

Flavor reveals similar specialty malt fruitiness, slightly sweet, with a fairly bitter finish. Nutty, deeply toasted malt forms the backbone. Becomes a bit cough syrup-like, with cherry and phenols pervading in the finish. Citrus hops emerge late, but they can't overwhelm the odd combination of flavors.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Balanced notes of grain, barley malt and toffee with a nutmeg and ginger.

Good malty body with grain and significant nuttiness. Barley, tea leaves and pecans are off set by light ginger and nutmeg. It has a very bitter finish and it knocks it down a bit but overall it's an enjoyable beer.

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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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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 berkshire413
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly surprised with the amount of hops for a winter beer and being as dark and roasty as it is on the nose. Its a nice beer all around, not a ton of complexity although the mix of caramel in the malt and the bitterness in the hops does make for a nice combination it was just a little short on the complexity side.

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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 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 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 Hibernator
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cisco Brewers Winter Shredder
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a chestnut brown with a khaki colored head on top that leave nice trails of sticky lace all over the sides of the glassware.

The nose is all over the place, with cinnamon and sweetness notes. There are some identifiable whiffs in here.

This beer has a strong malt backbone that is very slick and chewy. Flavors of brown sugar, chocolate cake and Big Red gum. Some sips have a sweet quality, think vanilla, honey or liquid sugar. Things become unbalanced on the finish with a severe grapefruit bitterness and some other off-flavors that don't seem to compliment the major malt characteristic of the beer.

Admittedly, I am not familiar with Braggots and this style. I wish I was, so I had something to compare to. You gotta respect the 8+% ABV, but my initial response is that I would likely pass on this one in the future.

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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 far333
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Caramel colored with a thick lumpy tan head that lingers long. Aroma of caramel and pine, some floral notes. Flavor of caramel, nutty notes, some cinnamon, even bitterness offsetting the malt, notes of toffee, fruity esters, floral hops. Even mouthfeel. Good beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I miss the Ninja Turtles... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper-garnet topped by over a finger of wan khaki foam. The nose comprises light cardboard, musty pine needle, stale orange peel, and a vague mixture of spices. The taste goes headlong for the orange the spices (which are still to blandly mixed together to pick apart), moves into wetter cardboard and stale biscuit, and finishes in an odd and off-putting bitterness that borders on mintiness. This is just plain bad, folks. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, I think they tried a little too hard with this spiced ale and ended up falling rather short of anything worth drinking. Pure dreck.

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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 nickfl
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Dark bread, toasted malt with some clove and cinnamon.

T - Toasted grain and dark sugar up front. Black bread and notes of molasses in the middle with a finish of clove, allspice, and light hop bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, average carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Not great, the malt is dark but overly dry with a harshly toasty finish. Not much else going on.

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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 jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four-finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Crystal clear, deep amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Piney, citrusy nose and flavor is spicy citrus, dry light bitter finish. Unusual winter brew. $2.35 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Quite an attractive winter warmer, ruby brown in color with some good carbonation resulting in a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head. Seems to stick around for quite a bit and and lacing looks great.

S - A very mild one really maybe sweet malts? Toffee? A touch of cherry? It's hard to tell.

T - Oaky and a tad bitter possibly too much since it gives me a medical herb flavor. Very little actual sweet malts which is OK I guess. God I wish it wasn't so bitter winter warmers are suppose to be malt forward...

M - Medium and bitter yet seems to be good enough.

Overall I think I give up on Cisco Brewery so far the only beer that "wow'd" me was their Summer of Lager, so I will pick it up again in... summer. Gowd I can't wait for summer winter sucks!

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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 dacrza1
2.2/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Situation: Shark Tank Friday--the best hour of TV deserves a beer rating!
Glassware: Kisatsky's Tavern pint...
Appearance: nice nut brown body; thick, creamy head reminiscent of a snow drift (three-finger crater-filled mound!)...
Aroma: vanilla, berry (?!), syrupy and sugary--a complex hodgepodge that cannot be verified as the beer glass drains...
Palate: warming--no abv on the label?! A turn-off--and then the beer finishes in a flourish of cough syrup...oh no...
Taste: oddly thick vanilla and syrup/nut taste--a bit too medicinal to be considered an attractive holiday option....
Overall: "Gnar-Gnar Lumpkin" sounds fun when you say it to your spouse aloud, but he sticks in your throat and nostrils like a liquid sasquatch; divulge the alcohol content, Cisco, and we may have reason to see past the muddle that is this beer's body and flavor...not sure "cold, fresh, and wicked cool" isn't longhand for Coors Heavy...

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Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber to brown in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige colored head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacy dots, rings and zig zags of bubbles on the edges of the glass, which reminded me of patterns of frost on a window.
S: Light aromas of spices are present in the nose - ginger and nutmeg seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is dominated by spicy flavors, but these aren't overpowering. Flavors of ginger linger through the finish. A very slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry (from the spices) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a winter warmer that is not too difficult to drink, possibly since it uses ginger in lieu of other stronger spices.

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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 Ryanm1
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass, moderate amount of brownish white lacing. Very dark brown ale in color. Can barely see through the glass. Slight alcohol smell, keeping with winter warmer scene it has some spicy characters to it. Notes of dark fruit, maybe a little carmel too. Not too much body on this one, slightly watery dispite being 6% abv. Does not jump off your tounge and powering malty/spicy taste. Very dry. An average winter beer, below average for the price.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper tinted amber, full fluffy off-white head. Scent strong on seasonal spice, brown sugar and molasses and and tootsie-roll like chocolate, notes of mud and earth seem out of place - from the relatively lighter color, didn't expect this. Taste brings notes of scent, but somewhat all over the place and never really comes together. Medium bodied, lingering spice. Decent seasonal with lots of flavor, but needs more cohesion.

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Winter Shredder from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.47 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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