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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: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.4   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 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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (31121) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 19, 2009
50 cL bottle, courtesy of Pauls mom. Pours slight cloudy orange with fully gone head. Dry phenol aroma. Sweet and phenolic flavoured. Distinct. Dry flavoured with a subdued apple fruity sweetness. Ends dry and slight phenolic.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (29230) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 18, 2009
Can. A dark golden cider with a lazing off-white. The aroma is sweet and acidic with lots of apples. The flavor is sweet apply leading to a slightly tart finish.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
fiulijn (14403) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
Draught
Skunky cider, very dry mouthfeel, poor and useless. Undrinkable.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
yngwie (13529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2006
On tap. Orange, almost still, with some white bubbles. Weak aroma with sour apples. Flavor is the same. Thin, lightly dry mouthfeel. Boring. (060711)

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Oakes (12446) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2003
Light, fizzy, overwhelmed by sulphites in both aroma and flavour. Sweetish finish. Would be blandishly acceptable were it not for the sulphites.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 20, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of mar) Pours a clear pale yellow body with no head. Aroma of baby diapers, plastic, and apple. Flavor of apple, plastic, and sugar with a somewhat dry finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (10979) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Aroma of yeast and apple cider. Brassy gold color with no head, but many tiny bubbles. A bit thin bodied, but the carbonation makes up for it. It’s apple and tart - like a tart green apple. There is some yeast in it. The finish is dry and slightly tannic. Alcohol is going straight to my head on a 102 degree California mid-valley summer day. Under those conditions it is crisp, brisk and refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10894) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2010
Can at Governors Island Brewfest. Not sure why this cider doesn’t get higher marks. I thought it was very good and highly drinkable. Pours a light, clear yellow with a filmy, fizzy white head. Strong apple aroma. Flavor is pleasantly sweet, not aggressively like some ciders, with a faint, tart finish. Light to medium in body with bubbly carbonation. A solid cider.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 01/19/1996
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Sandy Springs

clear yellow, fruity aroma tart with lots of carbonation, sour aftertaste

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Score: *4
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2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brokensail (10841) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Clear golden pour with a short lived, soda-like head. Nose is very bland. Water, metal, lemon, and some granny smith apple skins. The flavor is dry, tart, metallic, and watery. Very mild apple, some hints of lemon zest, and a mild sweetness.


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