GoufCustom (1218) - HONG KONG - NOV 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle bought at YATA in Grand Century Place, Mong Kok during “YATA Oktoberfest” promotion.
Clear pale golden yellow colour; Less than one-quarter finger head and residual soapy white foam which fades in 10 seconds; Very small lacing with notable slight carbonation; Strong musty and sweet aroma of apple juice, with strong tartness, wood barrel, sugar, light white wine and tannic; Mid to light sweet taste of apple wine, with strong tartness, fair wood barrel and cellar, fairly strong sharp alcohol, light carbo, light white wine and fair tannic; Light body, thin and slightly slick palate; Mouth feel is fairly strong cider, heading to scrumpy direction but not dry enough to be that. Good tartness and dry wine character with barrel and cellar taste intact, but the 6% booze is omnipresent and dominate for a boozy, astringent finish; Fairly dry after taste, quite easy and boozy to mouth.
Comments: For someone who couldn’t stand the overly dry and boozy scrumpy, this is a pretty lightweight but tasty tonic hinting for that style, and remains quite drinkable in fruity apple wine sense. It may not please the booze-heads, but for us mere mortals, a very drinkable and likable strong cider!
Japalo (1545) - DENMARK - OCT 9, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle@billi's baked potato & grill. No head. Straw yellow. Yeasty Apple notes. Sweet slight tart dry. The oak is very faint. Fair.
Ciderventures (3) - SINGAPORE - MAR 3, 2014 does not count
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is quite mild, but distinct of apples and wood. Flavour is medium sweet (this is less sweet than the Pearwood version) and also distinct with apple, wood and a bit earthy. Quite nice and refreshing.
olliejobbins (1525) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Pours amber/yellow. Aroma and taste are not as good as the perry. Apples, medium dry and sweetness. Not too much fizz. Mild apples. Posh strongbow.?
Rob_D_UK (1295) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a flute, a lovely fizzing pale gold. Aroma is as to be expected of apples as is the taste but fry rather than sweet, which I think is preferable.
Beer5000 (5319) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle @ Lulworth Clove Inn. Clear, pale golden body with a small and fast disappearing white head. Aroma is quite mild, but distinct of apples and wood. Flavor is medium sweet and also distinct with apple, wood and a bit earthy. Very nice and refreshing. I had this as a perfect thirst quencher after a long walk in the summer heat, so this might has some effect, but this just made my day. Couldn’t imagine anything more refreshing at that moment.
ALLOVATE (2724) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
An absolutely furious, effervescent mess once it hit the glass. A clear strained yellow straw in colour. Put my nose over it risking getting poked in the eye by the chaos below. The noise from it my missus could clearly hear from across the room, "Could you turn it down" she cried!. Overripe cooking apple nose, more red apple than that of the bitter sweet Dabinett and prized Red-streak. Peel and core include, sweet, with underlying woody, barnyard notes. Dull, flat-line, drawn out apple flavours across the palate, more sweet than dry as expected. Rough woody backend with an openly astringent grip on the swallow. The finish is undeniably sweet, tangy with a good amount of fruit sugars left lingering on the tongue. Amazingly lifeless given the surmountable carbonation still haunting me on appearance. A little oily even in feel. Overall a little cloying as it goes but watery chilled, yet surprisingly refreshing near frozen. The same way I see Magner’s!! (50cL, BBE 08/12, Thirsty Camel, Butler)
maneliquor (3479) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Had heard good things about this one but this didn’t really do it for me. Evident oak on the nose followed closely by bittersweet apples. Starts out very tarty in the taste, followed by some sweet apples and a touch of citrus. Not bad but not my thing
thunder_head1 (79) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a very good cider plenty of apple flavor very smooth and pleasant but I haven’t seen it for ages sadly hope they still make it.
chris337 (40) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clean pouring with minimal head. Subtle nose of apple with pleasant crisp flavour. Quite drinkable & light in nature, for a 6% abv