drowland (7802) - Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
1/19/14. 12oz bottle thanks to Aurelius! I canít believe I havenít rated this before. I am beginning to have some weird suspicions that certain ratings are getting deleted. Oh well. Clearish amber red pour with a small khaki head that fades. Malty aroma, light spiciness, some tinny aspects. Malty flavor, a hint of spice, metallic, and a dose of what remind me of ketchup. Meh.
BrewBoxer (2542) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Mudville 9 NYC. Pours a nice looking amber color with a malty bland easy drinking taste. Nothing special for a seasonal
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brianairb85 (72) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2014 Bottle- copper/burgundy. Translucent with visible carbonation. Pours to a small, off white head. Its smells piney and hoppy. it reminds me of summer and Christmas. Its a good brew. Easy to drink. Overall I would choose a different winter brew, but it is still a dang good beer.
nuplastikk (5672) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
coldbrewky (1666) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Simply a Sharknado of winter warmers. Surfers do not exist on the eastern front... only crazy posers. watery and meh combined. Equals wannabe.
catface5326 (154) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from bottle into glass. Amber brown color and smells of spices. Tastes of citrus and spices. Decent ale
ChadPolenz (1623) - Lakeland, Florida, 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, 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.
b3shine (7860) - Indiana, 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 thereís no way I could drink even half a bottle of it.
Ernesto987 (5347) - Arizona, 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!