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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: 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.


snapdharlich's rating

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


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jhamp9 (1139) - Corinth, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Clear gold pour with a ring of white head. Aroma is sweet and tart apple. Taste is watery green apple skin. Light crisp body. Dries in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (1161) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Tap. Pours a transparent golden work a ring of off white head. Taste and aroma of apples and such. Nice carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"a little crisper and more tart than some of the american ciders. itís aw-ight. i can enjoy something like this on occasion, but only on occasion..

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3362) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2014
From a danged cane
Pours very clear with a sort of golden color with a quickly dissipating head.

The aroma is red apple, a little rose water, some limestone, and a little butterscotch. Itís quite sweet smelling.

The flavor is decently tart with some red apple & some minerallity. Itís actually decently dry. Itís got some floral notes and a very restrained bitterness.

Itís not great cider, but itís a far cry from the apple soda garbage thatís "standard" stateside.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dpi363 (1) - Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2014 does not count
Iíve been looking for an English beer at home. Found this didnít even read the was. Saw it said Product of England. Popped the top smelled the aroma. It was different. Took that first sip and was floored! I love it!!

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
greenclansman (881) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - AUG 28, 2014
Sweet, artificial, nothing pure or natural. I did not even finish the can. this is not a cider worth trying.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DCLawyer (1554) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Draft sample. Clear lite gold with no head. Crisp and dry, inoffensive but utterly forgettable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2014
16oz can poured into a shaker. Pours a clear dark gold with no head. Aroma of crisp red apples. Taste is light tart, very dry. Pretty good.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
alexsdad06 (5921) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle from old backlog notes 07. Pours a clear pale yellow color with a thin white film. The aroma and flavor have tart and sweet apples, skins, some earthy notes. It is what it is.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Freaky_tiki (644) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
Not a big fan of mass produced apple juice style cider but Iím not really drinking this am I? No sir. This cider is for mussels bacon & cider recipie. So a few sips of this -- taste of dull apples, soda water & tin -- make this rating as I cook my feast. Drink local cider, yíall.


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