Winter Shredder | Cisco Brewers Inc.

56 Reviews
Winter ShredderWinter Shredder

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

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

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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 228
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 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 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 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 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 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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Winter Shredder from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.47 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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