YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2007
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Enjoy cider but not this one. A champagne look to it when poured. Aroma was of unripened apples and the tart flavor supported that. I like tart apples but this cider was not pleasant to drink. Some metallic notes in the taste, too. Disappointing.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from whole foods on peterson, chicago. Clear, light brown with light carbonation trails. Aroma is sweet apple juice though nothing too exciting. Dry lemon/green apple flavor is most prominent, okay. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Okay.
Indra (2568) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 30, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle. Aroma is like burnt sugar/caramel combined with tart apple, some yeast-derived funkiness in the background as well. Light amber color, gently sparkling. Flavor is tart and sweet, again lightly burnt somehow and sugary, more bready yeast character here as well, but with a certain unpleasant chemical flavor and aftertaste. Drying out substantially before the end. Light and watery on the palate. Can’t really say I enjoyed it much, I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this stuff, though, so maybe it just took me off guard.
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The first beverage of the night at Indra’s Mead, Cider and Sake Tasting 8/31/07. Pours a deep sparkling gold with a thin wispy white cap of head. The nose is an interesting mix of sweet caramel and a blend of sweet and sour apples. There’s something oddly familiar about the aroma that makes me think of my childhood, but I can’t put my finger on why that is... Medium-bodied and tart it finishes quite dryly. The flavor follows the nose with the finish detracting a bit from the overall experience. It’s nice, but it’s a bit too dry for my tastes.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light amber with some fizzy white head. Aroma of a caramel cover green apple. Aromas are the same as the flavors. A bit tart. The palate is light and fizzy. Dry finish.
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First cider of the night at the Indra - Cider, Sake and Mead tasting 8/31/07. Pour is golden amber with fizzy carbonation. Creme Brulee (slightly burnt cream) nose with apple. Taste is very dry cider, some sweetness, some sour. There is a lingering sense of funk throughout. Interesting, though not really my thing.
vyvvy (3603) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden copper with a sudsy white head. The aroma has overripe red apples with some tartness and lots of apple skins. There is also some light vinegar. Medium / light body with a small amount of carbonation - it has a champagne like quality to it. The flavor starts much like the aroma and is very smooth with a clean apple flavor. Nice cider.
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 750 ml bottle purchased at Lukas Liquors in KC. The body was dark gold with a light khaki head. The aroma was sweet Jonathon apples with some caramel hints. There is also a note of fresh flowers. The taste is mild Granny Smith apples with some lightly sour touches. There is also a little bit of woody character. A decent cider.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden color with a fizzy white head that calms down to just a rim around the edge of the glass. Aromas of cider and old barns. Sweet raisins in the background. Dry attic start with a light fruit, yes - apples and raisin in the middle. Mild rust and dry flowers in the finish. Very crisp and dry in the linger. Nearly nothing to remember. A quencher in that respect, I suspect. A bottle of this and some cheese and crackers on a summer night would be ok.
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice pour much like a bubbly champagne. The head quickly rises and disappears. Light apple golden color. Very pleasant looking at first pour. Sweet crisp apple nose. Perhaps some dark fruit aromas, too. First hits fairly bland with little up front, but the tart sourness kicks in the end. Bubbly. Quenching. Middle has a yeast, bread, cookie taste. Could use a little more omph, but has a good cider taste, fresh, and easy to drink.