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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
pkbites (696) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Can. Light apple aroma. Pours piss yellow with no head to speak of. Has a weird, artificial flavor to it, plus a metallic taste in the background. Aftertaste is of artificial flavor and rotting fruit. Not even good as a thirst quencher as it tastes like crap. [voice of comic book guy from The Simpsons]: "Worst. Cider. EVER!"

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
DiarmaidBHK (3597) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Can from Magsinva. Pours apple color with little carbonation and almost no head. Has an artificial vibe to the nose. Taste is thin and the finish is watery. One of the worst ciders Iíve had so far. I canít imagine many being worse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
queenholly (3035) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Can. Yeasty apple aroma. Golden with a small white, quickly dissipating head. Bland apple flavor, with a light citric tartness. Sharp carbonation, slightly dry finish. Iíve had worse, Iíve had better.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Not much of a scent on this, looks like a light beer. Taste like a stale wine blahh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RumRunner101 (827) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 30, 2012
Smells like apples. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slightly acidic, mild apple flavour profile. Finish is dry and tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2251) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Appley aroma, as would be expected. Looks like a sparkling cider. Flavor is fruitty and likable...cant knock a cider...usually.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
Can purchased at track side liquor in Medicine Hat. Pours golden color with next to no head. Plenty of bubbles.Aromas of apple juice and sugar. Taste is similar to apple juice, somewhat dry. A bit of a crab apple taste. Drinkable, but in moderation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SamP01 (595) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Pours a sparkling golden yellow with minimal short lived white bubbly head. Aroma of sweet ripe apples, fruity. Taste is slightly sweet dry, with some tartness. A crisp light body with light carbonation. Finish is crisp, dry, some tartness, surprisingly not very sweet, almost like a dry white wine. Overall an ok cider.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 24, 2012
(500 ml can from Rising Tide) Clear gold-amber with a fizzy, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of apple, faint yeast. Mouthfeel a bit spritzy and prickly, not far from soda pop. Flavor of apple juice, faint yeast. Less sweet than most macro-ciders Iíve had from the US, otherwise itís about the same.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2012
500ml can. Pours clear yellow with a thin frothy white head that quickly dissipates into an almost non existent white rim. virtually no lacing to speak of. Aroma of apples, fruit. flavour has notes of nuts,and dry apples. Aroma overall is quite weak.Taste is minimal sourness and bitterness, this one is predominantly tart and dry. Of note, this cider has virtually no after taste. The flavour comes on strong and suddenly itís all gone.Weird. This would be about your average cider except it has some unique characteristics to it that differentiate it...slightly..

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