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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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This Backwoods Cyser (’size-er’: a honey wine made with apples) was made with Michigan apple cider and a blend of Michigan star thistle, buckwheat and wildflower honeys. Once fermented, we placed the cyser into bourbon barrels and aged it to taste. The finished cyser is full bodied with smooth apple-honey character. Finishes with a touch of caramel, oak and bourbon.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2011
From bottle at Sunset Grill. Pours cleand and golden yellow with no head. Aroma is herbal honey and slight citric apple fruity. Sweet, phenolic and vanilla wooden. Smooth finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8186) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2012
375 mL bottle from Oak Tree Liquors, Plainfield, NJ. Pours a crystal clear golden color. Aroma of honey, toasted wood, bourbon, herbal notes, floral notes and an almost chocolate note. The taste is honey, toasted wood, citrus, apple, whisky, vanilla. Medium bodied, slight legs, low heat. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (8173) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear gold. Nose/taste of honey, McIntosh apples, oak, vanilla and light bourbon. Medium body. Smooth.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (8092) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2012
Sampled @ RBBWG Antwerpen. Courtesy of Sebletitje. Very pale yellow, no head. Smell fruits, apple, alcohol. Taste sweet, very much warming alcohol in the finish. Soft carbo, medium to full body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7699) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
2012-01-18. Crisp dark yellow, headless, syrupy legs on the glass. 3+ Aroma is interesting, alcoholic, perfumey touches wood comes out strangely with notes of vanilla and sort of burnt popcorn character. Flavour is better integrated than the aroma, sweet (iphone typo) for honey character. Dryish finish has very light acidity to it. Lightly floral character. Flavour is much more pleasant than the aroma. Smooth average plus bodied palate is flat. Okay once you get past the aroma. Bottle aged about a year from Cloverleaf, Michigan

"But it’s such a pretty bottle..."

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6624) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Encore un hydromel qui s’ajoute a la longue liste des merveilles de chez B.Nektar Dorée couleur jus de pomme. Arôme est vraiment formidable mélangeant le tonneau de bourbon avec la douceur de la pomme caramélisée. Le tout laisse s’échapper des essences de miel / sarrasin qui est suivi de ce côté pelure de pommes et aspect terreux/organique du miel. En bouche, le bourbon est long et donne à cet hydromel une autre dimension alternant à la fois la vanille du tonneau, caramel et une toute fine amertume venant du cidre de pomme. Quant au miel, on peut y noter ce côté fleurs des champs et chardon qui reste bien doux et sucré. Une fois à bonne température, ce mélange de bourbon, vaille, pomme et caramel devient divin.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6569) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Bottle thanks to Sarah! Poured a clear pale gold with no head but some carbonation visible. Aroma was sweet with honey and had notes of tart dry apples with a hint of bourbon. Flavor began sweet with honey but quickly transferred to dry tart apples for a quite dry finish. Not much bourbon on the tongue.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2014
2013-01-18 - with blankboy, jercraigs & mabel - c/o J&K, cobolt blue 375ml bottle. Pours clear pale gold with zero head and thin legs - 4/5 for the bottle. Smells like stale weeds and burnt popcorn - tries to be sweet, succeeds in being nasty. Taste is a bit boozy - apple, generic oaky sweet bourbon - not unpleasant. Slick and still, not harsh in the finish - ultimately it tasted okay, smelled awful.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6007) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle [375ml] shared with HogTownHarry, jerc & mabel -- c/o j&m. Pours a clear pale gold with no head. Aroma has a burnt quality along with some apples and honey sweetness. Flavour’s better, with honey and apples but unfortunately, also lots of alcohol. Average bodied, oily mouthfeel. Quite mediocre indeed.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2013
[5071-20130118] 375mL bottle. Burnt candied corn grain aroma. Clear, yellow body with a quick bubbly head. Sweet straw flavour has a ton of oaked boozy applesauce chunks. Medium body is sweet and horribly woody at the same time. Wow. (6/3/6/3/12) 3.0~
(w/ blankboy, HogTownHarry, jercraigs) Overheard: "It’s such a pretty bottle... Why did it have to be like this?"


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