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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Gnar-Gnar Lumpkin, the shreddingist 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4322) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2014
12oz bottle. Deep red-brown body, looks unfilterd. Lacy off-white/beige head. Spicy ginger cinnamon allspice aroma. While it is spicy, the big malts really reign it in. Hefty, but drinkable full body. Solid offering.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
coldbrewky (1420) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Simply a Sharknado of winter warmers. Surfers do not exist on the eastern front... only crazy posers. watery and meh combined. Equals wannabe.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
catface5326 (154) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Poured from bottle into glass. Amber brown color and smells of spices. Tastes of citrus and spices. Decent ale

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1157) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2013
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, thereís no individual flavors that stand out. Drinkable and flavorful, but far from wonderful.

Itís difficult to describe the taste here. Itís 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 thatís 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 breweryís website says 8.8%. While Cisco Winter Shredder is certainly far from a light beer, itís 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 itís easily tolerable. As a sipper - itís fine, and does what itís supposed to do.

1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
b3shine (5319) - Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2013
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 thereís no way I could drink even half a bottle of it.

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernesto987 (3664) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Ah this one is bad, grainy, completely disjointed, awkward and difficult to drink, did not enjoy

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
triple8 (1) - Watertown, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2013 does not count
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!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (10554) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2013
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (6288) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2013
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 itís a bit aggressive... Tones down a bit after it sits and warms up a bit, though (or maybe my palate adjusts)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2225) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2013
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. Itís an OK beer, but doesnít really stand out in any way.


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