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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: 276   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.


1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma is an unattractive mix of grain and wheat. The flavor is much of the same. I get a lot of corn and grain notes, as well as quite a bit of sugar and apple. Just a bad cider.

0.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
DuffMan (7836) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
Can. Medium gold, medium carbo. Aroma is really bad-- like apple flavoured soda pop, metal shavings, and eggy farts. Flavours of sickly sweet corn syrup and fake apple. How has this gained such success in the mass marketplace? Who the fuck honestly thinks this tastes good? I understand how watery pale lagers have their place-- I really do because I started there long ago. But this doesnít hold any kind of appeal on any level. Just terrible. Drainpour.

0.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
pkbites (711) - 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!"

1.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
DiarmaidBHK (3688) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
queenholly (3374) - 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.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Not much of a scent on this, looks like a light beer. Taste like a stale wine blahh.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RumRunner101 (876) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 30, 2012
Smells like apples. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slightly acidic, mild apple flavour profile. Finish is dry and tart.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2360) - 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.

2.2
   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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SamP01 (621) - 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.


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