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
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of nebula1999
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle.

Pitch black, deep tan head.

Smell is pine, hops, nuts, hint of smoke. Roasty as all heck. Maybe some cocoa.

Taste is a smooth malty bomb with some interesting smoke notes and piney resin. Hint of chocolate. Lasting dryness from the hops. Not as complex as I hoped. But a very good stout. Unusual.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of beer2day
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged 9 months in the back of the beer fridge.

Dark black with dark mocha 1/2 finger head. Thin sheen still left towards the end. Light rings of lace.

Nose is roast malt and coffee. Medium roast coffee. Starting to get some chocolate late in the glass.

Lots more chocolate in the flavor. More roast malt and roast coffee, a bit of toffee, and a bit of orange citrus sneaking through in the finish. Chocolate really jumps out in the finish, too. Good depth. Very rich flavor.

Body is slightly thick and syrupy, without becoming overwhelming. Stands up to the flavors well.

Well done.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of puboflyons
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration or bottling date listed. Sampled on February 6, 2012. It pours a deep, dark black with a khaki-brown head that fluffs up and lingers for an extended amount of time. The aroma is vibrant and complex with dark malts and dark fruit accompanied by a pungent earthy or pine hopped bitterness. The body is medium to bold. The taste begins with the malty character but is then broken up by a powerful hoppy bite that ends dry. This is unlike other stouts I have had.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Thads324
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a loosely billowing dark tan head. Smells of alcohol, pine and grass hops, sweet dried fruits, a bit of roast. Flavor starts watery, then comes a hit of piney resiny hop. A roasty, very coffee like flavor. Creamy especially because of the frothy head. Finishes with more hop bitterness that includes slight citrus notes and more grass, earth and pine. Mouthfeel is easy going, medium bodied, creamy smooth.

Smells great, tastes hoppier than expected. Very nice and a surprise buy for me. I'll definitely get more!

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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

Captain Swain's Extra Stout is dark as the ocean floor and emits about the same amount of light. In fact, it provides a backdrop so black and opaque that I can see my own reflection, in perfect and undistorted definition, in the glass in which it's contained. Its head is a greyish-brown and has a sparkly sheen, like the unpolished side of a marble block.

The aroma is a seething, festered, tangled mess of hop resins. This thing smells green as grass and has pine and spruce resins thick enough to clog up your nostrils. It's like someone jammed a tree log up your nose. There's enough pine bark to start a fire. There is a mellow brown sugar note but (especially for a stout) the hops display a sheer dominance.

The bitter, tree bark-y flavours of pine needle and spruce serum that emanate from Chinook hops linger forever in the finish. It is a taste so strong I'll be able to still summon it days later. As well as the resins, a moderately smoky and roasty maltiness contributes dried fruit, chocolate, pumpernickel and molasses-rum. But the hops do all the talking.

This stout is hoppier than many IPAs. Specifically, it reminds me of a darker, roastier version Stone Arrogant Bastard (a flattering comparison, by all accounts). Despite a sturdy carbonation the flavor profile tastes almost slightly oxidized; the malts are bogged down with notes of plum and heed fully to the earthy, piny, spicy hop oils. It is very dry.

Chinook hops are so perfect in their way that they seem to epitomize the very scent and charm (and must) of the forest, it's as if the old wood's daintiest thought had materialized in this foreign stout. The hops notwithstanding, this even has strong wine- and cigar-like qualities. It is an unusual, characterful, and curious drink.

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4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly thin-bodied black with a monstrous, foamy, medium-brown head. Settles into craters of bubbly goodness.

S - Unusual hoppy for a stout with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and smoke.

T - Roasty, smoky malt dominate with a very pleasant bitter finish from the hops. There's some fruitiness to the finish as well. Awesome. Everything comes together to great a fine stout.

M - Smooth, delicious flavors, and well-balanced. Huge fan of this beer. First stout that I've poured with sediment at the bottom of the glass, as well. Incredibly easy and enjoyable to drink. I will definitely drink this again.

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