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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: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BillKismet (3823) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2002
This cider sparkles to the max! In addition, it has a light gold body and lacks a head. A fermented apple juice aroma is one dimensional, but aptly indicates what is to follow. Alcoholic apple juice tasting with a sour apple flavor on the palate that endures and is indeed the defining characteristic.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocKozzak99 (143) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2002
Sweet but not even a little "bite!" My wife liked it but it was too sweet for me.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 5, 2002
Light golden colour with not only no head, but no carbonation bubbles whatsoever, the barkeep could have given me apple juice and I probably wouldnít have noticed (except for the 6%abv - but that doesnít kick in until after you have finished) A sweet smooth refreshing beer, but only one for me - canít do too much sweets at once.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsii99 (13) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 2, 2002
like apple juice. I really enjoy this with a meal, but by itself itís a little too sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2002
Very dry and crisp, like a typical English cider. Adequate.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barflybetty99 (14) - Kentucky, USA - JUN 25, 2002

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2002
Strong apple nose, pale yellow, short lived noisy head. Apple flavour, much like apple juice. Not overly sweet, enjoyable.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (7286) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2013 Can. Head is initially very small, fizzy, fully diminishing. Clear medium to dark yellow. Aroma of apple juice and twigs/seeds, light notes of brown sugar, metal, and paint. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic. Light to medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation, moderately astringent. Very simple overall, some industrial-ish flaws, but the acidity and tannins are more assertive than most commercial examples. Could be worse.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2002
The best cider Iíve had, although I havenít seen it around here in a while. Itíll be a cold day in Hell, though, when I mix it with Guinness. Update: I found it again. Good color, not too fizzy. A bit of lambic-ish funky aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snapdharlich (29) - SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2002
I quite like this but only when I fancy something a bit sweeter. Goes well with a meal anyway


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