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Winter Shredder | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Winter ShredderWinter Shredder
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
ciscobrewers.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerResearcher on 12-17-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
223
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
38.9%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 223
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 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 oberon
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep rich amber with a large blooming off white head atop.CHRISTmas spice in the nose along with a smattering of leafy hops,pretty light on both ends.flavors are pretty mild with some nutmeg and leafy hops,it's pretty dry but also lackluster.An average winter warmer,it looks pretty good and has a good mouthfeel but is pretty average in the other aspects.

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Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly darker colored fluffy fizzy head of 1.5 fingers that fades slowly with a bit of lacing, over clear cranberry reddish color.

Nose is weird and has a lot going on, plenty of weird spices to start, with a light anise, ginger, clove, coriander, nutmeg, cardamom, cocoa, cinnamon, caramel, etc. There is also a bit of smoked malt and plenty of caramel malts and toasty reddish malts, and a strange almost farmhouse like saison musty funk.

Taste starts with malts, a bit of smoked malt comes out at first with a light smoked cheese flavor and some creaminess that helps accentuate that. Then a light caramel and brown sugar flavor, chewy almost. Light toasty malts as well with a hint of a bready biscuit. The hops kick in next with a spicy earthy hop kick and decent bitterness that borders astringent. Spices come in behind the hops and get stronger as it warms, again ginger, clove, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, etc. as well as very light cocoa, anise, and pumpkin like spice. it finishes a bit astringent as the earthy spicy hops really take over with a strong bitterness and overpower the rest of the beer, even the spices, semi dry finish, but also light lingering spices and toasty caramel like malts.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall fairly meh, spices come through a bit but not a lot which is nice if the astringent spicy earthy hops didn't take their place as front runner when not necessary. Nothing seems to blend well, and its like various components of different styles all smashed together and they hoped would get along, but instead the flavors clash.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices chocolate, some fruit, roasted malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with an earthy spice flavor followed by mildly sweet flavors of chocolate, caramel and a bit of fruit. There’s a hearty malt character and a mild hops presence but not much balance. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, this is definitely not a beer that I enjoyed very much.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark amber in color with some garnet red highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that slowly fades to small patch of medium thick larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toffee malt sweetness with some lighter aromas of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, clove, and juniper.

T: Similar to the smell, the beer starts out with moderate flavors of caramel and toffee malts but without a lot of sweetness. There are multiple different spice flavors that come out next including nutmeg, clove, allspice, and juniper with just a touch of cinnamon. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy with a light amount of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: I kind of enjoyed this one as it almost seemed like a hybrid of an ESB and a winter warmer, though it was not a super easy to drink beer and probably a beer that I would not have more than one of during a session - this would be best sipped after dinner by the fireplace as there is too much going on to pair well with foods in my opinion.

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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 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 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 woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was on a mini-shopping spree in Philly last weekend and managed to pick up a bunch of Winter beers, but in bottles. I have a backlog of CANs that will soon be my focus.

From the bottle: "Gnar-Gnar Lumpkin, shreddingest snowman this side of Nantucket Sound, likes nothing better than catching a wave on his board ... a Cisco wave that is cold, fresh, and wicked cool! Get mad shacked with the Shredder and have yourself a merry little winter."

I went with my usual aggro pour which resulted in two-plus fingers of dense tawny head with great retention. Color was a magnificent deep-copper with NE-quality clarity. I once had a girlfriend with natural hair color like that. Nose was spicy and I want to go with (at least) cinnamon and nutmeg. The former was easy to discern, but the latter because of a vanilla-like sweetness that was also present. More than that? Maybe. Probably. But those were the ones that I am willing to mention without being thought a pretentious fool. Mouthfeel was medium and the cinnamon was immediately discernible on the tonue along with something else, not nutmeg, but maybe allspice. Whatever it was, it was highly spiced. The finish, as a result, was bone-dry with the spices lingering well after my swallow. One or two at a sitting might be good, but I would not want a steady diet of this, even on the coldest and longest of winter nights.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.33/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice reddish brown color with a good sized bubbly white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of mineral water, licorice, a bit of brown sugar and a hint of earth. The flavor is really quite bad. Caramel and brown sugar atop a heavy presence of anise or licorice with a metallic earthy almost sulfur flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart mouthfeel. I couldn't finish this one it's horrible.

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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 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 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 puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 28, 2012.

It pours a handsome looking mahogany amber with a soft, beige head that lingers but never erupts.

The aromas has some sweet, dark malts esters along with coriander and bread. Hops are muted on the nose.

The body is medium and smooth.

While the hops are muted in the aroma they burst upon the scene in the taste with a moderately bitter and dry finish to the sweetish start.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear chestnut color. Head is off-white (leaning towards tan). It dies off to a thin white slash of foam. The head leaves mere speckles of lacing. Body glows dimly.

S-Holiday spice with a hint of dog food. A hint of medicine. I am also getting some gingerbread with nutmeg and cinnamon. Burnt caramel. Fruity with a little tickle of cocoa.

T-The spices really pop up. There is also a surprisingly forceful bitterness. Piney and medicinal hoppiness. Gingerbread. Cloves. Fruit cake. A bit minty.

M-Far dryer and more bitter than I thought it would be. Medium bodied with subtle carbonation. Semi-crisp.

O/D-A Winter Warmer with some oomph behind it. I would probably not enjoy an entire six-pack, but a bottle would do just fine. The spices are set to a fairly high degree of intensity. Could stand to use some food around it.

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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 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 avalon07
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: An enticing, very spicy, herbal aroma. Interesting.

T: Tasted of spices (cloves, cinnamon), gingerbread, a little chocolate, malt, light hops and some caramel. This would have been a better flavor if not for the overwhelming herbal quality in it. It tends to dominate the palate.

M: A good amount of carbonation, but the finish is far too harsh (again the herbal quality). Medium-bodied.

O: Not a terrible beer, but there are definitely better examples of Winter Warmers out there.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Walnutty, ruby color with some small, sluggish bubbling. Great tan head after teh pour and an equally great head of foam and sticky lacing. This looks ...GREAT!

There's a limedium, spice note to the nose. Faint XMAS spice aromas, seems to be more of a hop spiceness to me. Just a hint of caramel and sweet, toasted bread crust.

The mix of spices and hops seems to give this beer a brassy taste and palate. The front to finish of the palate is astringent. There's some good caramel and bready malt flavors in this beer, but they get muddled by the spicey astringent flavors and palate.

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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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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 Suds
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a reddish, frothy beer with a white head. The aroma is of herbal hops and some spice. Wood and pine-needles. Some earthy scents. The taste is a little astringent, not really sweet. Hops play a big part here....spice and grain. Grassy. The beer is medium in body, with a smoothness in the back of the tongue and a firm finish.

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Winter Shredder from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.47 out of 5 based on 223 ratings.
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