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Brewed by Aspall Cyder
Style: Cider
Stowmarket, England

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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Available in 500ml bottles marked 2010 Vintage.
Aspall’s first new cyder in 4 years. Imperial is created from a 90 year old recipe refined for modern tastes, using apples from the 2010’s harvest with muscovado sugar to give it a sweet and mellow finish.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1314) - Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2013
From bottle at 2013 Cider Summit PDX. Clear golden color. Aroma of tart and sweet apples. Taste is very sweet apple; may be too sweet for others. Nice spiced roasted apple finish.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1099) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep, deep gold/amber with a slight head and large amounts of visible carbonation. The nose is honeyed apple with a touch of cinnamon candy, vanilla, and oak. Very crisp on the tongue; good apple flavor with some phenolic dryness and a spicy edge. Finish has apple peel dryness and some astringency. Well made.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle, as "Imperial Vintage No. 285" Deep orange gold, quickly fizzing to nothingness white head, gentle condition. Muted woody oak, vanilla and sweet apple in the nose, some suggestion of a herbal peatiness with time. In the mouth it is quite full and slightly citric, threatening to turn to tartness but moving to sweetness instead, theres a background dryness that has a woody edge and some alcohol notes but otherwise the strength is deceptively well hidden, aftertaste has a gentle apple fruitiness and a little oak lingering

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotty (1049) - SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
No.285. Bottle from Sainburys. Burnt golden colour, complex nose of dried fruit, marmalade (?) and apples. Bordering on medium dry, with good body, lovely fruit and a nice streak of acidity. A lovely cider, one to savour, rather than quaff to quench a thirst.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (6197) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburys. Golden in colour with a touch of carbonation. Sweet, slightly sickly, aroma with some vanilla oak and something floral. Flavour of sugar and spice, with some stewed apple and confected finish. Not really for me.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nisse666 (4140) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle froma Sainsbury cons 2014-07-12 Uddingston Scotland AR: a wee bit vinos, bitter apple skin, apple juice AP: dark bronz, wee fizzy disappearing head F: fizzy, raisins, apple juice concentrate, dry, sweet, - not the best cider combo

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
abemorsten (2682) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2014
Shared 0,5 l bottle of the 2011 vintage at Cardinal. Clear golden body with a white rim. Apple and orange marmelade with notes of vanilla on the nose. Medium to full bodied and smooth to drink. Fruity, sweet concentrated, dessert wine with a suiting carbonation. Finishes with a dry tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (781) - NORWAY - JUN 30, 2014
Clear golden. Strong aroma of apples, Tokayer, Sauternes, dried apricots and lemon Wunderbaum. Similar and complex taste, still with hints of Tokayer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2287) - JAPAN - JUN 26, 2014
2012 vintage. Good clean fun. Not overtly complex a hint of sourness to offset the sweetness, sweet finish with residual tannins.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3120) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 20, 2014
Deep golden color. No head. Fairly tannic, moderately dry nose. Well balanced, alcohol well hidden, but not overly complex. Decent stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10904) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. "2010 Vintage" replaced by "English". Pours orange tinged gold with no head. Aroma is apple skin with something suggesting treacle. Med body or nearly. Flavor is apple skin and a hint of brown sugar or treacle. It’s sweet but seems dry. Make that apple skin astringent. Interesting stuff.


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