blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle poured a red highlighted brown color with a thin cap of off white head. Aroma has a pleasant hop profile, mild spices, and sweet malts. Mouth feel is medium and the carbonation on the lower side. Flavor again has an interesting hop, sweet malt, spices, and a clean finish. drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2014
1/19/14. 12oz bottle thanks to Aurelius! I can’t believe I haven’t 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 (2636) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Draft at Mudville 9 NYC. Pours a nice looking amber color with a malty bland easy drinking taste. Nothing special for a seasonal
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone brianairb85 (72) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
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 (6277) - 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.
coldbrewky (1730) - 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. 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 ChadPolenz (1819) - Lakeland, Florida, 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).
b3shine (8873) - Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2013
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.
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 (6050) - Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Ah this one is bad, grainy, completely disjointed, awkward and difficult to drink, did not enjoy