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%
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 it’s original form at 5.0% in 2010 but only available in the English West Country.
If you found this in North America it’s more than likely this one (but pay careful attention to the abv). If you found it in the UK it’s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Gold pour with creamy white head. Aroma is straight up sour apple to me. Light sweet start with some sour funk. A semi sweet finish. Medium/light bodied. ok cider

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
Draught at The Independent, Clearwater, on January 19, 2014.
Clear golden color, white head. Dry, apple taste. Apple aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, very low bitterness, though a bit tart. Mainly apple scent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
czar (7890) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
pours clear golden orange with some sticky legs, some bubbles surfacing. apple pie, quite spicy in fact, then again faint apples, apple juice from concentrate, chalk, lightly peppery, clean yeast, hint of tartness - lemon, metal. low carbonation, light body - a tad watery, relatively dry and clean finish. weak cider.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mormanidde (1) - - JAN 6, 2014 does not count
A rather ghastly canned cider that I purchased in California, apparently a new item in the most disturbing, pirate-and-parrot themed Trader Joe’s. It is a near-potable obscenity that makes me cringe, and pathetically sob in longing for the unspeakable ciders of my childhood and wasted youth in Switzerland. The only reason I gave it a three on appearance is because I am drinking it (yes, as I type) straight out of a can that has been micturated on by many a rat and oyster on its long journey from Bristol, in the glorious Shire of Gloucester. Interestingly, this locale not only provided a lovely setting for the beloved Bard, but seemingly also makes for an environment conducive to making extremely lousy apple cider. And from the Encyclopedia Galactica: Bristol City in western England, Middle English Bridgestow, from Old English Brycgstow, literally "place of shit-cider" (see "cyder" (n.) + crappe). A local peculiarity of pronunciation adds -sh to words ending in -s. Drink that gave Perseus the squirts (see Ovid, Met., Book III)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Draft at Mad Fox. Poured a clear golden color with out a head. Medium carbonation. Aroma is sweet cider, apples, some sugar notes. A touch dry, not overly sweet. Touch of tartness. Okay.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - OCT 15, 2013
Tall can. Pours straw, high carbonation, sweet, but not as bad as those apple soda type ciders. Still, hard to drink, it’s so easy to make good cider I don’t understand why there’s so much crap. Not going to bother with a regular review.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Can. Pours clear pale yellow with a small, fizzy white head and no retention or lacing. Aroma is apple and earthy notes. Flavor is apples and dry grass with a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
pintbypint (3328) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
500ml can. Golden and clear in the glass, no head. Light fruity nose, mild apple. Taste is fairly light, dry and crisp apple notes. Ends with fizzy mineral water and very faint water apple. High carbonation, body is light. Quite unexciting and industrial.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cfrancis (3164) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
Pours light yellow with a small white head. Aroma is apple sweetness with some tangy citrus. Taste is small grain in front and sour, tart apple in the back. So much tartness that its unpleasant.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Serving: Can from State Line Liquors. It pours a light gold color with a slight, white ring for a head. The nose is very weak with slight apple notes. The flavor is very light as well. Note quite as sweet as most mass produced American examples of the style but it lacks any kind of complexity. Almost watery and over carbonated.

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