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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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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2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drowland (6144) - Valdosta, 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 can’t 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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6953) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a near white head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of musty apple with some growing sweetness and a hint of oak. Flavor starts slightly sweet but quickly transforms into dry and earthy apples with an oaky backing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (398) - CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
Pours cloudy straw with a short-lived white head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is sour apple and funky yeast, grapes and oak. (8/10) Taste is mild sweet, moderate bitter, mild oaky vinous funk. (8/10) Medium body, fizzy carbonation, short dry finish. (4/5) Quite a bit better than I was expecting, actually, given my last Angry Orchard cider - a "Crisp Apple" that really wasn’t. Crisp, I mean - it was apple, for sure. This, on the other hand, is crisp. And apple. And funky. And vinous. And oaky. And really a fair bit of fun. (15/20)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
THOUGHTS: I haven’t had many ciders, but still, never had a cider this tart – and very few beverages in general that were this tar. Alcohol was fairly well hidden. A cider for sour beer fans. Sort of right in between a sour beer and a champagne. Wow! It really sneaks up on you, too. TECHNICAL: Drank 5/4/2013. Bottle. Poured a fairly clear, light orange with a small, fizzy, off-white head that fully diminished. The aroma had a hint of funky yeast that grew as it warmed; white grape, apple, white wine, slight wood; slight alcohol; and sour apple. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and heavily acidic; while the finish was slightly to lightly sour and moderately sweet and acidic. There was apple, white wine, champagne, granny smith apples, sour apples, some wood, very tart apples, other sour fruit like lemons; ever-so-slight funk, and tannins. The nearly medium body was extremely dry with fizzy carbonation and a moderately astringent and slightly alcoholic finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2014
From a bottle poured an amber color with a good amount of head. Light tart flavor with a quick finish.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mr_Hops (116) - Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark yellow orange. Aroma is apples and other fruit. Taste is sweet, nice dry sour finish. No alcohol flavor present. Soft carbonation oily texture. Great cider.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ekstedt (5623) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear amber, brief head. Soft mature apple aroma, some wood, some alcohol in the finish. Meidum bodied, medium to high carbonation. Dry with medium acidity. Would be very good with loewr alcohol.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Bulk_Carrier (2247) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 26, 2014
This was poured into a pint glass and a wine glass. The appearance was the same in both glasses: glossy yellow color with streams of carbonation seen rising. The smell had some tart apples with a strong vinous like quality. Light straw/hay like quality running underneath. The taste was exactly the same. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a sessionability that is mediocre as that harshness is slightly overbearing and too vinous. Overall, what a waste of money. Haha, glad I didn’t pay for it. These vinous ciders are just not that great. Strike out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2014
750 ml bottle poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of apples, straw, peach and light oak. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of apples, straw, light peach and light oak with a crisp dry lingering apple finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wurdahitah (22) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
Clear amber with minimal head. Faint nose of apples, vanilla, oak and flowers? Taste is sour apples, oak, vanilla and just a little tar. Bubbly, sticky and dry. Alcohol very well hidden. Really easy to drink.


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