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

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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.41   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Canned, bottled & draught.

Bright amber colour; aromas of apple and pear; off-dry palate with crisp apple flavours.

Note: This is the export only version, which nowadays is the only one available at 6.0% (possibly lower on draught). Originally it was sold as Dry Blackthorn. Until 2009 it was 6.0% in can/bottle and 5.0% on draught. In the UK was then "reformulated" with a sweeter taste at a reduced abv of 4.7%. At some point prior to this the word "Dry" had been dropped from the name and renamed simply Blackthorn. Following a storm of protest in the area where it is made Dry Blackthorn was reinstated in itís original form at 5.0% in 2010 but only available in the English West Country.
If you found this in North America itís more than likely this one (but pay careful attention to the abv). If you found it in the UK itís one of the others. The version available in other export markets is believed to be based on the 4.7% UK variant. Again, check ABV.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
olecurl99 (1) - USA - FEB 7, 2002 does not count
Wow -- there isnít just one thing that makes this cider great... everything about it is truly delightful

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
achtungpv (223) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2001
This crap is awful. No decent beer drinker would ever approve of this stuff. and donít ever mix this with Guinness...itís an insult to the irish and a waste of a fine beer.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - SEP 23, 2001
made me feel like a kid drinking apple juice,just not in a little box.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2291) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2001
I normally would not rate many ciders, but this is the definitive English cider to me. Not overpowering in its tartness and very subtle apple flavors. It is as the name says also dry.


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