Captain Swain's Extra Stout | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Captain Swain's Extra StoutCaptain Swain's Extra Stout
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Captain Swain's Extra StoutCaptain Swain's Extra Stout

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-21-2001

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Ratings: 217 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color-only traces of red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high mocha covered head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of burnt and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it also has hints of licorice. All flavors linger through the finish. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and extremely dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and nice and dry, burnt and roasty.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Builds a three-inch dark chestnut froth that leaves a creamy coating of lace on the inaugural use of my Cicso fisheye pint glass. The head slowly settles to a pancake batter consistency over a black beer. The cascading action was, as always, mesmerizing.

The aroma is dominated by espresso and dark chocolate, with crème de cocoa in the background. Warmth brings out pinesap and rum.

There is a strong coffee flavor which oscillates between sweet and bitter, while dark roasted chocolate is countered by rum and a sharp, bitter finish that mellows with time. Warms very well, bringing out mint, light acid, with molasses.

Warming alcohol mellows as this beer comes to room temperature. It has a medium body with a creamy texture and soft, prickly carbonation.

Captain Swain’s is good on its own, with deep conversation or a juicy ribeye.

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Photo of oldedog
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick beer, chocolate up front and coffee and lots of roast in the finish, to burnt parts. Appearance of a chocolate ice cream soda. Much more bitter than sweet, despite mollasses,but consistent with the style. Spot of wood.Big mouthfeel. Good drinking.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours goopy black. Clearly full bodied by how the liquid looks as it cascades into the glass. Powerfully dark in the glass. The best fight the light can do is make the outermost sliver of the body seem brown. Tis' a dark beast, Captain. Head is big and mocha-colored. Head retains its impressive stature throughout the session and boy does it lace. Quite a handsome liquid.

S-Char, smoke and roast. A mammoth of an Export Stout in the nose. Below the burnt bread and coffee is a dose of piney and soapy hops. Almost smells like tar. It is an intense nose. I am not sure how enamored I am with it but I respect its power.

T-The hops really come out for battle. Sudsy, soapy and piney. All that roast and over-toasted dark bread is there but the hops really manage to counterbalance. More like an Imperial Black Ale in some regards. Bitter Dutch dark chocolate joins forces with the bitterness from the pine. Sometimes these flavors don't mix well, but within Swain they do.

M-Full bodied but not incredibly viscous. Shockingly easy to imbibe. Bitterness is pretty high and it finishes dry. Oh yes, high and dry. Booze masked with some expertise.

O/D-Could this be my first Foreign/Export Stout review? Shocking. This was pretty kick-ass. They made naturally contradicting flavors come together quite well. This brew deserves more publicity. I got it for $5.99 per 22 oz. and I find that to be a decent exchange. Far hoppier than anticipated. One of my favorite Cisco brews.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sammy, 650ml into a tulip.

Black with a light brown head, pretty thick retention and quite a bit of lace/retention. Nose is almost black IPA-like, lots of dark chocolate and roast, with quite a bit of piney hops. A bit of citrus in there too, a hint of smoke. taste has more dark chocolate, strong roasted malt character and again with a bit of sweetness, a hoppy piney finish. Drying finish and bitter coffee grains linger. Medium body and medium carbonation. Would revisit on a colder day, bomber is a bit much for one person - nicer to share I'd imagine.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, ruby-brown color with a light brown, thin head. The nose is roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and a slight hops presence that all blends together into an intoxicating, dark aroma. Roasted palate, with bitter coffee highlights and cocoa nib characteristics. The aftertaste is smokey and roasted, with a smooth, bitter finish. Great lacing on the glass as you go, making this an all-around great drinker.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours very dark with 1 inch caramel colored head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Smell is of dark chocolate, cherries, and molasses.

T: The taste is very bitter to start, which to me would be a combination of the molasses and some fig. Has a dark chocolate finish with a bready after taste.

M: A very smooth and creamy beer, very dark bodied, but easy to drink if you can tolerate the bitterness.

O: Have not had too much from this brewer, but am always down to try and extra stout bomber for $4. Not bvery disappointing, has all the characteristics of a stout, plus a few extra ingredients. I give it a solid thumb up!

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Photo of sethmeister
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black with a thick tan head and some lace.

Fruity scent - plums, figs - with notes of molasses and roasted coffee

Taste is fruity - plums, figs, raisins - with a mildly sweet molasses note and toasted, smoky, and slightly charred flavors rising in the long smooth finish. Nice balance - neither overly sweet nor too dry. The smoke and char flavors build well. A mild piney hop note peeks through.

Mouth is soft and creamy.

I've enjoyed Capt Swains for years and realized only today that I'd never reviewed it. Incidentally this makes a great black and tan if you have a bottle of Whale Tail Pale handy.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, smoky aroma has firm notes of molasses, caramel and quality coffee. It pours a rich, warm, opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled, light tan head. Rich flavor has molasses, roast coffee, caramel and charred wood notes plus a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Full-bodied texture has a good amount of fizz, and leaves a nice smoky tingle.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Captain Swain's Extra Stout from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 217 ratings