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Aspall Imperial Vintage Suffolk Cyder (Bottle)

Brewed by Aspall Cyder
Style: Cider
Stowmarket, England


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Bottled only. Available in 500ml bottles.
Note: The label may state the vintage year or number but it is unlikely that each vintage will get a separate listing for RateBeer purposes.

We called this cyder Imperial in honour of our great grandfather JB Chevallier’s success at the Imperial Fruit Show in 1921. Every year we craft a special vintage. This is our 285th.

Rich fudgy, tantalising flavour enhanced by bitter-sweet apples from a single year’s crop. Notes of raisins, dates and prunes. Sweet mellow finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (11818) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 7, 2015
500ml bottle ("work" at Koht, Tallinn)
Smells of curry! Lovely spices. Nice gold. Lovely soft palate. Lovely rich apple, sweet and full, but not sticky. No alcohol there. Full, but carbonation cuts through it. Finish mellow, a bit appley, some cakey spice hints. Lovely cider.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kajser27 (634) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 9, 2015
Golden colored, still, no head. Aroma is sweetish and bit soury apple and apple juice, low+ tart. Taste is low to medium sweet apple juice, bit sour apples and moderate apple tartness, dry finish. Medium bodied and moderate to light carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Sweeter than expected but still keeps the dryness and is not cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HerrBierkoenig (795) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 8, 2015
From 0,5l bottle, BBD: MAY 17 Pours crystal clear golden liquid, medium frothy white head, fell down quickly, Aroma: red apples, Taste: light to medium sweet, light to medium bitter, medium sour, red apples, vinous, spicy, alcohol, Palate: light to medium body, average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, long spicy red apple finish, Overall: good, enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wiedrzensky (462) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 19, 2015
Shared bottle. Pours is golden/ orange clear, with small white head that lasts for only few seconds. Aroma of apples, vinous, tarty. Taste is apple juicy, vinous, light funky with slight notes of leather, sweet, medium dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
njnut (376) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2015
Poured into flute glass a clear gold with little bubble play. Aroma and taste of apples. Slightly dry and a little winey with sweet finish. Ever so slightly funky with a nice balance between the two.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (2171) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 12, 2015
First bottle at Incider with Rachel and Nick. What a place. Golden with a rapid White head. Delicious apple juice vibe. slightly funky. Nice foamy mouthfeel. Lovely acidity. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MacBoost (1587) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 4, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours a clear gold with no head. Active bubbles stream from glass. Aromas of Apple juice, some red apple. Taste is sweet. No funk to speak of. Kind of hot. Flavors of sweetened apple juice. Finish is sweet and onl lightly tart. Pretty mediocre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (2476) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Refrigerated 0.5 L brown bottle poured into a white wine glass. Clear golden with no head, no lacing, and no carbonation. Aroma is somewhat rich apples. Taste is somewhat rich bitter apples and hints of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
veceo (930) - CROATIA - OCT 5, 2014
Clear golden color, thin white head. Aroma of wood, wine, apples. Medium to high sweetness. Medium body, soft carbonation. Nice smooth texture. Maybe little bit too sweet, but still very enjoyable. I don’t consider myself a cider fan, but this is very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (2908) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
500ml bottle, as Aspall Imperal Vintage No. 285. Pours clear orange with a light caramel aroma. Taste is strong dark oak, vanilla & cooked apple flavours with a strong alcohol tang and caramel concentrate finish. Gets a bit too strong and sticky by the end.

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