GRM (3081) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample, from a bottle, at City Beer Hall, savoured on April 28, 2012; eye: dark brown, opaque, no effervescence; nose: "root beer", whisky, smoke, slight fruity; mouth: "root beer", whisky, light smoke, slight peat, slight fruity, molasses, slight acidity, short and dry finale in molasses, medium body, below-average carbonation, slick texture; overall: different and interesting
Échantillon d’une bouteille, bue chez City Beer Hall, savourée le 28 avril 2012; œil : brun foncé, opaque, pas d’effervescence; nez : bière d’épinette, whisky, fumé, très léger fruité, bouche : bière d’épinette, whisky, léger fumé, très léger tourbe, très léger fruité, mélasse, très légère acidité, finale courte et sèche en mélasse, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, texture coulante; en résumé : différente et intéressante
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Poured still, cloudy medium amber. The aroma picked up warm, lightly tart apple cider, with accents of sweet molasses and light herbal character.. interesting. The flavor found tart apple skins and a little carbonation on the tip of the tongue.. meatier apples and a fairly large dose of molasses on the middle.. juicy apples, molasses, and buttery vanilla on the finish, with a quick, dry hit immediately after. Lower carbonation on the palate.. tart from the apples in most of the right places.. this didn’t quite do it for me.
JK (4604) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a bottle. Cloudy, brown appearance. Light apple aroma with yeast. Flavor has dry apple, a dry cider. I like it.
j12601 (6769) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with my lovely wife. Pours a rather darkly tinged brown with a bit of a white head while it pours. Warm yeast and dark wood, soft spiced apples, touches of banana. Warm toffee and caramel and umami notes as this warms. Medium bodied, nice velvety mouthfeel with light carbonation. Picks up some smokiness as it warms up. This is interesting and I really like the idea of using different yeast strains to do a cider and see if you can detect and isolate properties and qualities typically associated with the beer style. I almost get some soft little roast hints with some dry bitterness. Soft and sweet overtones on the finish, more warm banana yeast and stewed apples. Very interesting.
Lubiere (10453) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dirty hazed BROWN cider with a thin off white head. In aroma, a nice mix of apples and molasses, musty. In mouth, a strange mix of tart apples and black strap molasses, the last reminding me of molasses on buckwheat pancakes. Strange experience. Bottle at City Beer Hall, April 28, 2012.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours turbid rusty brown with minimal head. Nose is earthy brown sugary apple, some grapey notes. Tastes somewhat odd; the molasses seem a bit cloying and don’t really complement the apple and grapey flavors, and the Irish stout yeast definitely adds a malty type of flavor. Still, this is a flavor profile I’ve never come across before.
blipp (6349) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours murky amber brown with a thin head. Apple and molasses in the aroma, with a little bit of brown sugar. The flavor has cooked apples and brown sugar, almost like apple crisp, with a bunch of molasses and honey, and just a hint of booze. Strange, but really not that bad.
SudsMcDuff (5934) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bought at Specs after hangin with scoobs and lauren at boondoggles for the blue moon trial tastings (bacon porter!!) .. . was very intrigued by this .. pours a murky brown .. low foam .. . ghetto blaster! .. . wow, has such a punch of roast sharpness in the nose .. . light apple but mostly an abrasive roast, really like strongbow and guinness mixed.. . . i high hopes for this, and i love the creativity, but not quite rugby .. . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZsLv4S66cE
freeofthoughts (668) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap pours cloudy orange with very little head. Aroma is all apple with a sugary sweetness and lively carbonation. The taste is rich and full like a real cider should be but it had a couple twists with the yeast contending for flavor. It ends a bit muddied with a variety of sweet sugary apple and floral flavors but is filling with a soft warmth. Ok but not my favorite from Crispin.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This isn’t for me. A nice cider, no doubt, but just not my style. Oh well, I do enjoy their honey crisp.