Chad9976 (1067) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 10/11/13 and cost $2.99 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Pretty shade of copper/burgundy. Translucent with visible carbonation. Pours to a small, off white, frothy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing on the glass.
Smell: Light fruit notes and a general malty presence. Some spice.
Taste: There seems to be a lot of confusion about this beer. Various online sources have it as different styles and different alcohol percentages. All I can go by is the bottle label, which is pretty skimpy. Though, from what I can tell, Cisco Winter Shredder is a winter warmer of some type. The palette is not so much bad as it is boring. While the overall taste is decent, there’s no individual flavors that stand out. Drinkable and flavorful, but far from wonderful.
It’s difficult to describe the taste here. It’s akin to an ESB, winter warmer, English Strong Ale and an amber ale. Malt character is on the sweeter side, though the beer is not sweet per se. Slight bitterness at the apex of the swig with light spice notes of cinnamon and possibly nutmeg. A hint of nuttiness on the finish, which is nice. Alcohol is a prominent flavor as well. Everything that’s here is fine, it just needs more distinctiveness and much more flavor for a beer of this strength.
Drinkability: The bottle indicates an ABV of 8%, though the brewery’s website says 8.8%. While Cisco Winter Shredder is certainly far from a light beer, it’s not quite as weighty as those numbers would seem to indicate. The mouthfeel is medium, calm, and fairly smooth going down. The alcohol imparts subtle warmth, though it’s easily tolerable. As a sipper - it’s fine, and does what it’s supposed to do.
b3shine (4218) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2013
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks solid; a transparent amberish brown with foamy light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells sweet and malty, kind of like a barley wine. Then it goes south in a hurry. Taste is unbalanced and vegetal with some sort of metallic presence as well. Fail; gonna drain pour this, as there’s no way I could drink even half a bottle of it.
Ernesto987 (3230) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 16, 2013
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ah this one is bad, grainy, completely disjointed, awkward and difficult to drink, did not enjoy
triple8 (1) - Watertown, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tan to off white head. Nice head retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet roasted malts and holiday spice. Deep Amber color. Beautiful fluffy head and lacing. Taste of deep roasted malts and sweet complexity. spices of nutmeg and ginger with a bitter hop finish. well balanced for a big beer. I really like it!
Tmoney99 (9980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured clear ruby color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate nutmeg, spice sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a dry sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium spice sweet flavor with a medium sweet spice finish of moderate duration. Interesting beer.
DrSilverworm (4747) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Labeled 8%. Rep described this as a braggot, though it says nothing about that on the bottle. Clear dark red color. One-finger thick khaki head. Leaves good lace. Bigger body. Lighter, kind of crisp carbonation. More dry finish. Very spice forward, lots of nutmeg. Sweet, caramel malt, some dark fruit, and a spicy herbal bitter taste. Toasty malt. Light metallic. Big, assertive spicy and bitter flavor, but overall, not a great winter spice beer. I suspect casual beer drinkers might be more turned off by this than beer geeks, as it’s a bit aggressive... Tones down a bit after it sits and warms up a bit, though (or maybe my palate adjusts)
Beergeek23322 (1954) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/27/2013. From bottle. Copper color with a white head. Aromas of spices, caramel and light malt. Light fruity flavors with caramel and spices. It’s an OK beer, but doesn’t really stand out in any way.
BREWMUSKCLES (2143) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a brown brew with red hue. flavor of aged wine and rum with caramel and a bit of nut. some slick in the body. seems like it has more alcohol. it is not bad beer at all. one year old bottle. yes a bit of earth.
jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice slightly hazy bronze and copper coloured body with a very nice ruby and orange tint with a thinnish tan head - pretty nice looking. Aroma of malt, caramel, toffee, nuts, earth, hints of metal and a decent amount of alcohol tucked inside. Medium-bodied; Assertive earthy and metallic malty flavours at first with a deep toffee and caramelised sugar flavour and some harsh bitterness near the end with earth coming out most. Aftertaste has the slightest hint of spices, but this is all about the caramelised sugars and the earthy malt with hints of peat and the smallest amount of hop bitterness thrown in. Overall, a decent beer - good for the wintertime, but not stellar by any means. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 13-July-2013 for US$2.00 sampled at home in Washington on 25-July-2013.
Drake (7846) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a clear reddish copper color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of caramel malts, some toast and a spicy finish. The taste is spice, apples, toasted malts, caramel. Medium bodied.