Brewed by Magners GB / Shepton Mallet Cider Mill (C&C Group)
Style: Cider
Shepton Mallet, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 2.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Available in Cans, PET Bottles, and on Draught.

A West Country Legend
Developed by an expert team of Somerset Master Cider Makers, tasked with crafting a cider to beat all others, Blackthorn is made using a secret blend of bittersweet cider apples, delivering a distinctive and unforgettable medium-dry taste that remains true to its Somerset roots.
As tastes have changed Blackthorn has become a little less dry in taste. However we still press English bittersweet cider apples to deliver its distinctive crispness.

Note: This is the regular UK version. It is believed there are export variants for some countries based on this version. There is also a 6.0% version for export to North America. And there is a 5.0% Blackthorn Dry version, only available in the English West Country. Please take into account where you found it and check abv carefully in determining where to place your rating.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
440ml can. Pale gold and fizzy. Sweet, industrial, apple pulp cider with not much of a finish. Not for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBHansen (502) - Køge, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2015
can @ friends/the chef. Appearance: pours clear golden with ok short lived white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: wide range of apples and some woody notes. palette: medium aroma, low carbonation, medium body, average sweetness, well balanced by acidity, medium duration and a watery texture. Overall: nice well balanced cider.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2015
440ml can from the local Scotmid. Looks like Irn-Bru and, to some extent, tastes like Irn-Bru. Pours golden orange, like cheap marmalade, no head. Aromas are cooked apples. Taste as previously mentioned. Chalky, mineral notes, sweet. Watery on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
AndySnow (5460) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
How: Draught.
Where: Harry’s Pub Greenwich, London.
Appearance: Golden colour with a minimal white head.
Aroma: >Sour apple.
Body: Thin body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Sour apple.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hawthorne00 (3046) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle. 4.5%. Orange. Smells of sweet apples, faintly musty and some skin. But there’s not much sign of anything in the taste. Some apples, but pretty sugar watery. A very slight move towards dryness at the end. Pretty basic. They could’ve tried putting some cider apples in it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lore (1651) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 16, 2014
golden colour, aroma and taste of apple with some earthy notes; ok carbonation; typical dry cider

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MichaelAwesome (6008) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2013
You get what you see. Classic cider with a classic quite orange colour, aromas f oranges, apples and sugar. Drinkable, refreshing, average. Some extra points for a sour refreshment at 33 degrees at home.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
McTapps (6045) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2013
Can. Pours out in a clear amber colour with medium body. Nose of red apples. Taste of light green apples, grass, caramel and torf. Crisp and dry finish. Enjoyed it, it is a clearly refreshing and good drinkable cider but just lacks body and deepness.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
SarkyNorthener (3332) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2013
Can. Very pale golden cider. Aroma of soda water as mentioned previously. Taste is dry tart apples. Very watery. Not good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2012
Dark yellow coloured and clear. Has a white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is faint fruity, sugars. Moderate sweet flavor, more fruit and light aicidic to. Lively carbonation.

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