JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber shared by my stepfather - thanks, Peter! Very interesting notion to rock a cider with stout yeast and molasses, but it worked quite well. Base beer was nicely tart, darker apple juice rather than bright green apples. The ripeness of the yeast and just a smidge of sharp molasses were welcome and subtle additions to a balanced, flavor cider. Might have to try some more of these.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of apples, funk, cheese, yeast, cider, and plastic. Poured brown/amber/orange in color with no head. Cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Full of tiny, small, and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of apples, wood, acetic acid, plastic, cider, and funk. Medium body. Tingly texture. Average to lively carbonation. Apple, cider, funk, plastic finish.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance: murky and kinda dirty garnet and amber. No head after pour which is fizzy. Faint ruby glints along bottom edges of glass.
Nose: unique Ė not quite sure whether in a good way or bad. Sour turned apples, funk, and Brett. Molasses is heavy and almost suffocating Ė cooked and burnt. Malt vinegar, red wine vinegar. Acrid. Apples and fresh molasses along the edges. Leather and gamey meat. Buttery?
Palate: tastes a bit better than it smells. Molasses and malt vinegar hit hard and relentlessly in the back. Weird and quixotic Ė bold flavor front to back. Quick finish. Smooth buttery mouthfeel is a bit disconcerting. Oiled buttered leather. Cold day old apple pie where the crust is wet and soggy from soaking in all the apple, cinnamon, and butter. Cooked bananas. Vinegar in the breath. Touch of spritz in the middle. Gamey leading into the finish.
Final Thoughts: quite intriguing and after a long period of quaffing and contemplating, I decided not really in a good way. Even now I find myself thinking back and wondering if another try might leave a different and potentially better impression on my personÖbut Iím not willing to find out. There are other better Crispin ciders out there.
Slipstream (1865) - USA - NOV 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Murky, dark amber pour and an aromaless aroma. The flavor is interesting. Lansdowne is made with Irish stout yeast and molasses. It is a fairly robust cider with a sweet molasses bottom. A fair amount of burnt butterscotch taste is its biggest shortcoming, as Otakuden pointed out in her excellent review. Not great, but it deserves some credit for uniqueness.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured into glass. Irish stout yeast with organic molasses....Iím not sure how this combo should work but it didnít change much for me. It taste like a normal cider but with a lot less aroma. OK but nothing special
CanIHave4Beers (2758) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep slightly hazy orange color, almost amber with a small head.
The aroma is red apples, some smokiness, and some cinnamon.
The flavor is very weird, and I canít exactly put my finger on what the flavors are that I donít like... I just know something isnít working here. The cider is sweet and a tad astringent in the aspirin kind of way. There is some red apple & some chalky flavor in there as well.
This one really just didnít do it for me, Iím thinking this is my least favorite of the crispin line of the ones Iíve tried.
wchesser (891) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy brown with some amber tones. Molasses is prevalent on the nose and even more so on the taste. Apple sweetness is noticeable, but finishes again with more molasses and some honey. Enjoyable, but probably best shared as a treat on an autumn night.
thornecb (3972) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy burnt caramel into a Sam glass. Head never establishes and forms a subtle hug of the rim. Caramel apple aromas. Dry with sweet caramel and sweet candied apples. A bit too sweet, but might be interesting to create a dessert with it.
kwoeltje (2151) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle) hazy brown with very little head. Aroma was sweet, but not apple-y. Flavor was sweet, with molasses and a hint of apple. Iím not a huge cider fan - this was interesting.
patrick767 (3232) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle - Pours hazy brown with a small, rapidly fading head. The aroma is of brown apples and a little alcohol. It tastes of sweet apples with some brown apples character and an unusual (for a cider) caramel/molasses quality. Pretty good.