rauchbier (3593) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled, from Tesco. English version 4.5%. Orange gold, quickly fizzing head that lasts about a second and slight over condition. Low gentle sweet apple with a touch of woodiness in the nose, soft and easy drinking in the mouth with a gentle apple taste but very marginal acidity levels. Slight greasy dryness in the finish.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2007 A nice arroma and appearance, however body is thin and is rather tasteless, however u can stay on it all nite. RERATE: Thin nothing taste and aroma this samle had ice in the glass already, actually not very easy to drink as very carbonated.
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2005 Bottled, Reily’s Daughter, Midway Airport. The label says "Magner’s Vintage," but it’s also listed as 4.5% abv. Nice apple/wine smell. Pours a golden apple juice color, slight bubbly. A good balance between sweet and dry. Nice warming alcohol touch. Just slight sulfite note needed for preservative, but perhaps it shouldn’t be that noticable. Still a very fine brew.
highlandlad (1412) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The version sold in Australia clocks in at 4.5% abv. It looks terrible - an improbable orangey-peach colour that looks like the product of a food scientist’s lab, rather than apples. It resembles an alcopop more than a cider. The aroma is more promising but has Bulmers written all over it. Any hopes of some sort of distinctive Irish identity are fading. This at least doesn’t hurl its sugars up your nostrils the way so many commercial ciders do. There’s some promising apple acidity. However, first sip and it’s obvious this is just another Bulmers cider. Over-fizzy mouthfeel, thin apple notes and chemical overtones. It’s towards the drier end of the commercial scale, which is a saving grace.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Southampton Publick House. Clear golden amber color. Aroma and flavor of sweet apples. Seemed to have notes of Brett in the nose. Medium bodied.
leaparsons (7934) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Orange/gold with lots of bubbles. Aromas are sweet apple with hints of wood and pepper. Flavours are sweet and earthy apple juice. Quite syrupy and a bit artificial. Dry on the finish. Not so bad.
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
(Bottle 33 cl) Comes as "Magners Original Vintage Cider" - but only at 4,5% ABV. What a strange colour indeed, this is sort of orangey pink! Some sort of medicinal, chemical tang in both aroma and flavours - not so pleasant. Those off flavours dominate and owerpowers the apples. Pity. 240705
RichardGretton (4221) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Fizzy and golden appearance with a fruity apple aroma and a fresh fruity flavour. Overall a good cider.
ALLOVATE (2335) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked up a bottle of this (4.5% ABV, 568ml) from the ’Moon & Sixpence’, Woodvale. Thought I could do with a change from beer for at least one afternoon. Poured into a large stein at just below room temperature, it’s high carbonation and irregular sized bubbles erupted to the surface giving it an appearance of orange soda. No head formed but it did leave a web of bubbles down the side of the glass. Very subtle, velvety apple nose, tart and lightly acidic. Smooth in the mouth and quite creamy (the effervescence was only for show it seems!). It was quite light on in flavour as opposed to other vintage ciders. Table apples and fresh picked, sweet, lightly lactic and well rounded. Finishes off with a medium length gummy and quite tart, swallow. Overly subtle, but very clean and I can’t truly find too many faults in it. A cider you could sit on all day. Not bad!!!
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pale golden colour with a small head. Aroma and flavor is both dominated by a sweet apple fruityness. Finish has a slightly sour touch.