chandler0201 (643) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color, minimal head. Aroma of apples and cinnamon. Taste is full of robust apple flavors and some spice. Very good mouthfeel. Would definitely do this one again.
beerguy101 (5282) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on 8/6/2011. This cider pours a slightly cloudy amber brown color from a 22oz bottle. Very small head. The aroma is apples, fruity and sweet, honey and molasses. A medium bodied cider. Fruity and sweet with some honey and molasses. Nice carbonation. A touch sweet, but finishes a touch on the dry side. Very drinkable. Finishes a little on the dry side, still really sweet but drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
svandyke (71) - USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a translucent brown color... darker than expected. A lot of yeast in the bottle of the bottle. A carmel nose with little carbonation. Taste is a molasses/ brown sugar. Looks like clarified freshed-pressed cider.
ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out an essentially still, hazed, darkish amber body.
Smell: Gamey notes interspersed amongs various sweet-scented notes of candied apples.
Taste: Fast little snippets of butterscotch, dark caramel, molasses, and honey. Fast but sweet. And, of course, the tartish apples. Sweetish, vaguely savory finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Low carbonation.
Overall: It’s odd, curious, but I think I may like it.
unclemattie (4183) - Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, Black label. Pours deep dark amber color. Ah, the color of cider blended with Organic Molasses. Aroma of butterscotch and apple, oddly enough. Tastes of apple sauce, dark brown sugar, and brown bread. Overall a bit too sweet. This is nothing like the HoneyCrisp cider I tried from Crispin yesterday. Just down a few notches from that. Medium bodied and very sweet.
PorterPounder (5540) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 22 oz bomber. Pours a deep dark orange, very murky and thick - no head. Aroma is fresh and fragrant, overripe apples, a hint of cinnamon. Flavor is full bodied and natural. Golden delicious apples, hot apple pie with cinnamon sprinkled on it is the closest approximation I can come up with. Nice and chewy. Thickish mouthfeel for a cider. Solid cider.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2011
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
clouded reddish hue, bready aroma and sugar prevails. Sweet red apple on the palate initially pleases but then it sours and gets confused with a slightly charred flavor. Strange mix of a brew, I had high hopes but was disappointed.
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2011
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy orange pour with very little head. Very odd aromas of honey, butterscotch, and cleaning chemicals. Flavors of molasses and honey. Very strange - this one didn’t work for me at all.
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2011
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from New Beer. Hard pour into a shaker pint.
Filtered orange/amber brown body. Flash of off-white head. Decided to pay attention on the second pour, & sediment was swirled around as directed.
Smell is apple sauce & coco powder. Earthy. Slight banana esters. Different, but so far not ugly.
Taste is a lot like a black velvet(cider/stout blend), heavy on the cider. Sharp, bitter sweet start. Ugly buttery middle. Heavy on the molasses. Glue. Stoutly, bitter chocolate & yeasty finish that dries out gradually. Too sweet overall though.
Strong carbonation. Slippery feel.
An interesting idea that almost worked.
DuffMan (6738) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2011
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle, shared with my wife. This looks brutal! Like gutter water from Calcutta-- murky, opaque diarrhea brown with no head. I swear to God this looks like toilet water after a bad gastro. Aroma is interesting; browning apples and molasses, in equal proportions. Flavours of apple must and heavy molasses, maybe even some light licorice, and a little metal. I’m not sure if this pairing works for me. Many things nicely complement or marry with the flavour of apples, and molasses does not come to mind for me.