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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Our Cider House Collection #1: For centuries Farmhouse Cider making has been a tradition celebrated by farmers in the English and French countryside. Strawman combines a distinct blend of juices from traditional culinary and bittersweet apples, which is then aged in oak. The result is a full-flavored, complex and balanced cider with wine-like characteristics, rounded out by apple and citrus notes. Its lingering, earthy finish is a homage to the origins of this unique cider.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drowland (7774) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2014
5/16/13. 750mL bottle given to me by Aunt Sally. She told me this was a good cider and I informer her and her friends that this was impossible because of the label and the oak used. Oak is used in the making of dark red wines which are not good, so this canít possibly be good. Anyway, it pours a hazy dark burnt orange with a small creamy khaki head that cuts to a fuzzy ring but remains. Yeasty, cidery, aroma, tart apples, Champagne yeast, acidic white wines. Tart flavor punches at first sip, cidery, green apple tartness, yeasty, apple juice, more white wine. Seems to be trying too hard to be strong. Meh. Take that, Aurelius!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4762) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Rated on 7-09-2015 (Bottle) The appearance is a large fizzy white head that quickly dissipated, hazy body and slow rising carbonation. The aroma is very sweet, lightly tart, apples, and a hint of oak. The flavor is very sweet, tart, apples, sour and has a dry finish. The mouthfeel is spritzy, and this cider is medium bodied. Overall, quaffable, but it is too sweet tasting for my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Hazed orange pour with white head. Aroma is light sour apple and a touch of cinnamon. Flavor is a sour apple and bitter. Tart to say the least. Light bodied and watery. A big sour cider. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DuffMan (8937) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2015
Sampled from the bottle @ Medicine Hat Beerfest 2015. Hazy deep golden hue, brisk carbonation of medium bubbles. Boozy apple with phenolic notes. Harsh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thedm (5433) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2015
This corked and caged bottled Cider from a grocery store poured a head of foamy medium sized off-white colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a typically carbonated orange brown colored body and a poor lacing. The mild aroma was golden apple. The dry crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The ok flavor contained notes of golden apple and crisp. An OK brew just nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankenkitty (1991) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2015
A healthy cork-pop signals a lively beverage.... pours a well-hazed copper, with a fizzy head that fades fast, although goodly carbonation keeps swirls of bubbles percolating. Dry, vinous aroma with apples coming out late. As I take a sip, its tartness and full-bodied consistency take me by surprise. (Well, that and the obvious hit of alcohol.) Iím reading the bottle as I sip and see "wine-like characteristics", which is certainly true. At times itís like sipping a tannic wine with grapeskin notes. Another sip and it comes off like a saison, and yet another taste provides the tongue with a nice, tart, well-made cider. I was expecting something special with this one and I was not disappointed with its complexities and potency. ~~~~~~ 750ml Bottle, Kenwood Liquors, Oak Lawn, IL

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Reyain (1) - carmichael, California, USA - APR 20, 2015 does not count
Ok, it could just be me, but I cant really tast a whole lot. Frankly itís really boring to drink this. No a whole lotta flavor, doesnít go down all that easy, and generally just not good. The Muse was way better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (3780) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2015
Bottle at catch 22 bottle share! Pours a hazy golden yellow with bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma and taste are what you expect, cider apples. Not my thing but better than most ciders, and I had no idea the booze was that high.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AAEA (266) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2015
750ml ($15) This came off like they were attempting to match the DuPont Reserve Cidre in character but fell far short. the complexity is not there and the overall impression feels very similar to just an apple juice mimosa. still good for what it is but even at $15 I could make these myself for $5 brute. sorry, but pass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cidertron (33) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
This is a very different cider compared to the rest of Angry Orchardís current line up. It honestly runs more like a wine. Itís flavor is very deep, rich,roasty, and a wonderful bitter aftertaste - Itís not sweet at all running similar to some of the English ciders. It pours in a lot darker color more towards the orange side :)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2015
[Bottle] Sampled at Cider Summit Chicago 2015. Light amber pour with a fizzy white head on top. Nose is of barnyard notes, apples and some straw. Flavors of apples, white grapes, musty yeast notes and noticeable alcohol. Dry and scrumpy. Not my favorite.

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