michaelinwa (551) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Mild aroma, strong carbonation. Taste is on the dry side, but some balancing sweet flavor in the background. Shows it’s time in the barrel much better than most barrel-aged ciders. There is an obvious bitterness that runs through this and lingers well into the finish, making it by far one of the more interesting ciders around. Worth coming back to again.
Ericular (429) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear light gold. Aroma is sweet apple and some wood. Taste is tart green apples up front, into a sticky bitterness in the end. Redeeming quality is the not-so-obvious ABV and overall drinkability.
pdx77 (932) - Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Crisp clear golden color. Aroma is sweet roasted apple with oak hints. Taste is syrup sweet red apple, intense vanilla, and oak. Finishes with a sweet caramel apple aftertaste.
3fourths (7771) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Filtered gold with a thin layer of a head. Unpleasant malic acid and chemical cleaner and spoiled cream soda aroma with some the apples coming through like an artificially flavored soda. Medium light body, fizzy / gassy carbonation, chewy, sugary and sweet finish with high acid and a soda water calcium quality. Boozy and unpalatable.
BrewDad (4601) - Olympia, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light golden in color, clear with no head. Light barrel aged flavors. Nice apples in th nose and finish. Very dry.
MicroGrog (302) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Made in Oregon.
Clear, pale gold body. Pretty sizable, lingering head for a cider.
Smells of pears, sharp florals, handsoap. Brown sugar. All too familiar Woodchuck-like apple scent on the back.
Taste upfront is green, tart, acidy cider apples. The brandy slides on thick about halfway through. Carbonation dies & this heavy, woody caramel is just shellacked onto the back of your tongue. Light, prickly carbonation. Returning acid. Oxidized, grainy, vanilla finish.
This was probably an okay cider before the wood hit it. Bad Apple. Bad!
Mora2000 (5309) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Yellow with a few white bubbles. The aroma has some sweet apples. The flavor is similar with a hint of tartness. I don’t get any real oak notes from the barrel aging, but I had no idea that this was so high in alcohol; it tastes like it is about 5%. Remarkable a cider of this strength tasted like it did.
thirdeye11 (5379) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) clear right gold, white ring of fine bubbles. Nose of vanilla, oak, winey, tannic, brandy. Taste of tart apple, Brandy, wet barrel, fairly straightforward, not indicative of the 10.5% ABV.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sparkling, fizzy yellow with a head that quickly fades to an old apple tree ring. Appreciable apple nose--mostly green apple, along with wood touches and veering in parts to vinegar and tartness. Green apple flavor, sour tart, and rather bitter.
Reynolds314 (2011) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This cider is tart light flavored apples with very mild flavors. A bit boring and watered down tasting. meh.