574deadzone (1295) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has to be a 2014 bottle, I’ve had it for over a year. Pours a clear deep golden with quite a bit of fizzy eggshell foam that evaporates, leaving a sparkling body. Nose involves candy apple, damp wood, light clove spice, some herbal honey tea like aromas, toasty toffee. Really sweet, fairly tart. Medium toward heavier bodied for a cider, thick yet actively carbed, finishing candy sweet and tart. Quite nicely done, but gets overbearing. Maybe more oak and less sweet would be more to my liking, but this is a nice dessert cider.
arminjewell (8857) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, clear orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of apple juice, spice, oak, some vanilla into a bit of champagne notes, hints of tart lemon. Taste was a mix of oak, lemon, vanilla, apples, tart apple skins, white grape, finishing fairly sweet, slightly spicy.
Zeswaft (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fizzy bubbles that disappear. Light gold color. Sour apple aroma and slight funk. Very effervescent. Almost too much for me. Starts sweet apples and finishes tart. I dont pick up any of the oak. Aftertaste is literally apple. Very good cider and a nice transition from mainstream to fancy french ciders.
rustbucket0873 (325) - Krikville, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours crisp golden color head sticks for a bit. Aroma is apple and yeast. It is apple up front through out with very strong finish of apple. Very bubbly, semisweet finish really good
after4ever (6942) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, corked and baled. Pours a crystal clear dark amber with golden highlights, tons of carbonation and a brief surging fizzy white head. Dry sweet apple skin nose, sharp esters, and co2. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Mid palate tells you this is real cider, with some dryness and complexity. Nice balance of fruit, skin, yeast, and carbonic bite. Finish is just north enough of dry to keep you charging through the bottle.
Drake (11172) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle from Amity Liquors, New Haven. Clear golden, large fizzy head that quickly fades, but lots of visible carbonation. Aroma of sweet apples, white wine, a bit of vanilla and mustiness. The taste is intensely sweet apples, caramel, vanilla, apple skins, green apple. Medium bodied, soft, spritzy carbonation, lingering sweetness. While quite sweet, not cloying, and decent balance.
DuffMan (8325) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2015
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, shared with friends. Medium golden, brisk carbonation of medium-sized bubbles. Sweet apple aroma and flavour, mild spice. Too sugary sweet for my preference, and for whatever reason I found this to have a "fake apple" character, like candy almost. Maybe it was my mood, but this disappointed me.
whynot44 (10) - Independence, Missouri, USA - AUG 5, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright clear golden color with a fizzy head that disappears quickly, but continues to produce streams of tiny bubbles like a golden champagne. The aroma is tart green apple with hints of spice and vanilla. The taste starts sweet but then goes tart and acidic, very nice apple with undertones of cinnamon, vanilla and maybe allspice. Finishes dry and tangy, Slightly funky. Light/medium bodied, smooth and quite easy to drink. Overall a very enjoyable cider.
sulawang (775) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Visual: Pours clear deep golden yellow with a small head, continually re-emerging fizzy head, the most activity I’ve ever seen in a cider. A wonderous sight.
Nose: lightly acidic, sweet & sour red apple juice. (lvl-9)-pungency
Attack: concentrated sugars and flavours
Mid-palate: juicy-tingly light fizzy mouthfeel, clean (lvl-5)-sweetness sugars, medium dissipating sour-tangy, (MAIN) apple wine, baked red & green apple, yeasty,
Finish: alcohol hit, lingering sour acidity, thickened saliva, fruity finish.
Summary: It packs the density and body of an icewine yet offers a refreshing effervescent texture and mouthfeel. Extremely sippable and approachable. One of the best quality cider I’ve had to date. The last good one I had was Temptation Frizzante - The View back in Oct, 2012.
thornecb (5021) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours gold into a shaker. White head recedes to nothing. Apple aromas. Sweet apple and cinnamon front to back turning dry in the lasting finish.