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Winter Shredder | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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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:
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Added by BeerResearcher on 12-17-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,043
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
229
pDev:
19.64%
Bros Score:
3.78
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
48
Trade:
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of djrn2
2.84/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
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 Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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 jlindros
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -15.4%
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 oberon
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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 nickfl
3.39/5  rDev +2.4%
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 ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -32%

Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Jason
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
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 mdfb79
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
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 johnnnniee
2.33/5  rDev -29.6%
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 InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Winter Shredder from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 229 ratings
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