craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Churchkey. Clear honey colored pour with minimal bubbly head. Nose and flavor bring gorgeous tart apple skins, hints of oak tannin, funk, cheesecloth, and apple juice. Flavor brings a touch less acidity and bite, but still that amazing complex real apple skin character. Clean, refreshing, and ridiculously clean for 7%; I can’t even imagine the volume I could drink were it cheaper. Fantastic.
OldMrCrow (1941) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle.
As the top-rated cider on the site, I was eager to a hold of this one, >$20 pricetag notwithstanding. I saved it for a winter Saturday afternoon of writing, where I could savor the flavors over the span of a few hours. It opens with an ample puff and smokes for a moment. Poured into the long-stemmed tulip that I like for ciders, it immediately presents a vigorous churning white head that then disappears in seconds, leaving a rich gold liquid with the occasional trail of rising bubbles.
The aroma is complex. The oak from the calvados is present; of course apple but this element is actually relatively subdued; some unwelcome sulfuric notes; rotten wood, a touch of rubbing alcohol, the proverbial horseblanket. The flavor provides an interesting combination of gentle apple sweetness in the mid-sip with a dry tannic aspect later on. Wrapped around all of this are multiple layers of apple flavor: simple and light juice, musty cider, rich and somewhat sharp calvados. The combination is intriguing and far from straightforward. Mouthfeel is full without pushing over into sticky; mouth-filling carbonation is not too sharp; a bit more warmth on the back of the throat than one might expect at 6.9%. In the end I like this a lot, but I’m not sure it has much on the better Washington ciders and it suffers all the more for its price point. A good reference but not a regular drinker.
tl;dr summary: Complex BA cider bests its French competition.
bytemesis (3486) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks a ton to Clownisseur! Pours clear golden, small white fizzy head as expected, no lacing. Aroma is apple, a bit of brandy, some funk, mushroom. Flavor has lots of apple goodness along with some vinous barrel notes and an ever-present note of funky mushrooms. Light sweet with a dry finish. Light body. This is my second BA cider, and the second time I have gotten the (for me) highly undesirable mushroom notes from it. I guess funk and apples don’t mix in my palate.
DuffMan (7025) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Medium golden, fine carbonation. Aroma is very funky, with cooked apples and a touch of vanilla. Lots of barnyard on the palate, moderately sweet apples, touch of vanilla, dry finish. Terrific!
RickTStiles (782) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy golden with no head or lacing. Intriguing aroma with notes of alpaca blanket, children playing in rotting leaves and barnyard/ compost. Taste is apples, champagne, brioche. Finish has lingering caramel and butterscotch.
Skinnyviking (7231) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Champagne bottle at YNWA Beershop. No head. Clear yellow golden body. Acidic apple honey aroma. Dry acidic aplle lemon flavor with low carbonation and a long dry and bitter finish.
hackobock (1705) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, vintage 2012. Pours clear golden with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is tart green apples, barnyard, oak, vanilla. Taste is dry medium tart with apples, oak, light sweet fruity. Finish is dry woody and apples with vinous notes. Light bodied, fizzy carbonation.
berntholer (1045) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
white head, vanishes instantly. golden yellow colour. aroma bit cork, mushroom, wet wood, hay, some horse, boozy. taste is sweet, apples, alcohol, calvados slight wry with a very dry mouthfeel. medium body and carbonation. very nice bottle (shape)! bottle 75cl / thanks rood!
Habanero (2747) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours slightly hazy and golden small white head. Aroma of apples, vanilla notes and calvados. Slightly sweet flavor that ends up dry and quite tart. medium bodied, watery to oily texture and average carb. An excellent cider.
Mora2000 (5853) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to errl for sharing this bottle. Golden pour. The aroma has a lot of apple brandy notes as well as some maple and vanilla. The flavor is more of the same with some barnyard funk notes. Medium mouthfeel. Nice cider.
Lizthompson (1) - Briarcliff Manor, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Outstanding - aroma, taste superlative, reminded me more of a fine brut champagne but more flavorful. Great paired with pork or fish