SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a murky brown with small, fastly fading fizzy head. Aroma of over ripe apple, petro, burnt molasses. Flavor is the same with a light sweetness and bold flavors, small tobacco notes and burnt butter. Mouth feel is light-medium body with high carbonation. Overall, I am kind of up in the air about this one, interesting and worth a try.
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Not pleasant. You can smell that stout yeast but then it tastes like sweet rubber. After the first taste, the aroma was messed up and smelled as hot rubber also. Maybe this is typical but definitely not for me. Flat.
dcschiller (2154) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle courtesy of dionysusu!). Pours hazy caramel color. Aroma of cooked apples and molasses. Taste is sweet with a maltiness from the molasses. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Smooth. Thanks Walter!
popery (1215) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not terrible, but I wouldn’t really want another. Lots of maple syrup sweetness. A bit sticky. A bit low on carbonation. The sour green apple flavor is nice, but I think it’d be tastier without the syrup. Tannin-ish bitterness. It’s just too sweet and maple-y. It’s nteresting but doesn’t really work for me.
kbutler1 (1324) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a hazed apple cider brown reddish color with a very minimal head of tan that collars around the glass. The aroma is somewhat peculiar with a base of apple but then another aroma of grape and almost candy. Medium mouthfeel. Apple flavors in the flavor and less sweet than some of their other varieties. Fairly cheap so it fits the bill if you are looking for an afordable sweet treat. I’d probably prefer a mead though.
savnac (2363) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 7, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle. Slight smell of apple, with natural musty smell. Cloudy, brownish yellow in appearance. Tastes like an apple that is overripe and starting to turn brown. It lacks the fresh crisp flavors that I enjoy in ciders. Flat, syrupy mouth feel. Although unique, would not drink again.
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2011
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
This was an interesting cider. There’s some apple floral flavors mixed with a slight roasty malt. Not my type of flavors.
Tmoney99 (9606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured clear brown color with a minimal fizzy head that diminished slowly with little lacing. Medium floral apple and grape aroma. Medium body with a smooth dry texture and soft carbonation. Medium dark grape and tart apple flavor with a medium grape sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable refreshing beverage.
zizzybalubba (1254) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Light brown pour with a thin head that quickly fades. Aroma of tart apple and bready yeast. Flavor is a mixture of sweet and tart apple but the Irish stout yeast certainly alters the flavor from a traditional cider. An acquired taste, I suppose. Not bad overall.
bvc (1123) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Pours a unfiltered toffee brown with just a little bit of head. Syrupy apple, champagne, Belgian esters, light plastic. Tastes pretty much like unfiltered apple juice and molasses...sounded better on paper. I keep sipping hoping that the molasses will smooth out, but it just stays too sharp for me.