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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: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.41   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dcingram (6) - - JUL 30, 2015 does not count
This is an excellent dry cider. The alcohol content is a bit high at 6% but has a really great flavor. You cannot fault the aroma or appearance. It tastes of apples but not as if it was doped with apple extract. For those of you looking to find an alternative to Bulmers Strongbow, now way too sweet for me, this is even better.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Sampled from a 500 ml can this beer poured a dark golden color with a small soapy white head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was sweet apple juice, a hint of green apple and pear. The flavor was dryish and tart with notes of apple peel and sulfur. Medium length finish. Light to medium body. Disappointing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bunget (680) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2015
500ml can. Deep clear golden body, medium white head with minimal retention. Aroma of Golden and Red Delicious apples, pears. Taste of apple vinegar, green grapes, mineral water. Satisfying.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
seehaferb23 (86) - - APR 9, 2015
Very nice cider. Great color. 6 of us from the Cannery Row Beer Club were here to enjoy it.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jhamp9 (1301) - 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 (1443) - 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 (7100) - 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 (3568) - 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 (888) - 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.


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