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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2011
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Swalden28) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a spare white head. Aroma of honey, molasses, butterscotch, apple, and butter. Flavor of baked apple, butter, honey, and molasses with a somewhat dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (11810) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Bottle. Deep murky purplish brown color, few bubble edge head. Aroma of apple skins, grapes, subtle port wine. Taste is vinous as well, with port and vanilla in addition to the apples. Medium dry finish. Interesting and unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11047) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle from the Co-Op in Davis, CA. Pours a very hazy dark amber/brown. Aromas of very ripe apple skins and treacle. Near medium body. Flavor is lightly appleskin with some supporting treacle. All very moderate - neither light nor heavy. Drinks much like a low carbonation ale. And despite the treacle the skin bitter balances. Very much worth a try. Drinks way too easy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Lansdowne
Date: June 08, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear dark amber, thick and viscous
Aroma: sweet apple aroma with a heavy raw molasses character
Flavor: rich molasses flavor, sweet raw sugar, just a touch of the fruity apple coming through
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (9999) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9152) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle… Clear dirty-orange cider with a quickly dissipating, bubbly head. There is more stout and molasses than apple character in the aroma – hearty and earthy with a note of beef bouillon. Medium-bodied with buzzing carbonation. The flavor is an entertaining marriage of sweet apples, sorghum molasses, dry stout and malic acid. Finishes crisp and refreshing with a hint of molasses. Crazy interesting!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9099) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Dionysus hooks up with an unlabled bottle. Awesome Walter! Cloudy apple juice pure. Aroma is much like an unfiltered apple juice with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is sweet, yeasty, fresh apples, applesauce. This is really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8536) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA, opened 10/1/10. Pours a very dark hazy amber color with a thin fizzy head. Aroma of caramel and apples with a tart, earthy finish. The taste is molasses, apples, earthy notes and a bitter nutty finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Bottle with much thanks to ltdan.
Pours with a relatively dark (for a cider) and murky amber-orange body with little sign of carbonation. Much less clarity here than most commercial ciders (even from Crispin, although I remember two of the other Reserve Ciders being a bit cloudy). Looks closer to a real homebrew cider that hasn’t been filtered or fined. The dark shade is definitely different.
Aromas of honey, powerful earthy molasses note, plastic, and a variety of yeast based esters. A bit of banana foster. Bready and sweet. Not too much vibrant or acidic apple aromas.
Flavors of yeast esters, apple, molasses, caramel, raisins, sweetened apple juice. A bit of vanilla and banana as well.Somewhat of a short duration. A bit too sweet for my tastes in cider. Doesn’t border cloying like some of the other ciders Crispin makes, but it is still too sweet for my taste. I would imagine that it is back sweetened some how, or the fermentation was halted and then it was forced carbonated.
A pretty big body on this cider, that accompanies the residual sweetness. It is not off putting in the slightest, but it is different than the traditional and drier French and English styles. Thankfully the carbonation is not over the top, just the right amount of spritz to keep things enjoyable.
All around this cider is a unique take on the beverage, and pretty enjoyable to drink. That said, I wish it were a couple of points drier.

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