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xtra Stout Bodied. Naturally fermented using a premium blend of fresh pressed apple juice, not from concentrate, and fermented with Irish stout ale yeast, Lansdowne is a rich brown color, it shows a slight hint of butterscotch, balanced by a subtle fruitiness and a slightly dry crisp finish with a uniquely full and buttery mouth feel. Lansdowne never strays off-sides and is uncorrupted by added malt, spirit or grape alcohols, and is free of colorants, sorbate and benzoate preservatives.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (2369) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Refrigerated bottle poured into a white wine glass. Pours translucent golden top and bottom and light opaque brown in the center with very small white head that quickly dissapates completely. No lacing, syrupy texture, no carbonation, and molasses aroma. Taste is molasses, some pressed complex apple, hint of of alcohol, and finishes butterscotch. Tastes more like molasses than cider, pass. A little better once the sediment in bottom is included.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3368) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2012
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 FRANÇAIS 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7406) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Sampled from a bottle. Cloudy, brown appearance. Light apple aroma with yeast. Flavor has dry apple, a dry cider. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (11370) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DocLock (8667) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (7182) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (7024) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 4, 2012
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAR 30, 2012
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.

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