crossovert (7706) - Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Booze, bourbon, oak, apples, it is just too sweet for its own damn good, slightly tangy. Also the appearance of this in unappealing.
shadey (1908) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap at the East Nashville Beer Festival. Beautiful cloudy pour like their other offerings. Obvious floating bits swirl on the top of the tasting glass. Aromas of honey. Sweet, but not sticky and with a perfect dry finish. These guys certainly know what they are doing.
rumproasts (3204) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. cloudy amber with no head. big sweet apple and bourbon flavors. pretty good stuff.
jandd1983 (2685) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It poured a cloudy orange color with a minimal white head and a lot of sediment. The aroma was of apple, bourbon and some tartness. The taste was sweet apple balancing well with the bourbon while it finishes very smooth. There were some hints of vanilla and oak as well. Decent.
alexsdad06 (5780) - Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orange golden color with no head and quite a bit of particulate in the glass. Nose was fleshy apple, cider like, oak with some sweeter whiskey and a touch of honey if agitated. When it sat for a but it was more soured. The flavor was more subdued due to the barrel. Thinned out apple, oak, light barrel treatments with a soft finish. Not my thing.
Tmoney99 (10950) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured cloudy dark copper color with a minimal fizzy head that diminished slowly with little lacing. Medium sweet apple, honey and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet apple flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex drinkable beverage.
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (with some disturbingly chunky sediment). Pours with a must gold hued body with chunks (label suggested swirling). No real head. Aromas of barrel, spicy, musty, oak, rye, flint, apple sauce and lots of minerals. Slightly boozy, medium fruity. Flavors show lots of toasty oak notes: lactone and vanillin. Some isoamyl acetate, which seems a bit common for Crispin. Lots of rye/bourbon notes, apple sauce and cola. Off dry, medium bodied, low tannin but woody finish.
DrSilverworm (6798) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, shared by Nate. My pour is from the end part of the bottle - my 3-4 oz’s are completely cloudy with the yeast. Body is kind of an amber dirty yellow color. Would probably look offensive to most cider drinkers, but I’m kind of intrigued to see some actual yeast in my cider. No head or lace. Interesting, pleasant nose. Apple juice, belgian yeast, and some whiskey barrel. Rice pudding in the flavor. Medium body. Light, smooth carbonation. texture has a light chewiness that is pretty enjoyable. Some honey in the finish, along with the rye whiskey / vanilla flavor. Sweet taste. Light stickiness in the finish. Possibly the most interesting cider I’ve had yet. Whiskey flavor is a bit weaker than in Woodchuck’s offering, but this is much more complex. There’s a lot more going on here.
obguthr (4001) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bourbony apple jack nose. Really awful dingy golden color, opaque, full of floaties, like water and chicken grease in a glass. Bourbon and apple flavor, as expected, with the latter dominant. There is an intrusive plastic component. Tasty and ugly.
keanex (1491) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stamped 28412, I’m guessing the 284th day of 2012 this was bottled.
Appearance: The appearance is cloudy with lots of sediment in suspension, it looks like a farm pressed cider with a dark amber body.
Aroma: On the pour a strong aroma of fresh cider rose to my nose. On my first sniff I was able to pick up some bourbon along with the cider. On my second sniff I pick up some banana, vanilla and perhaps cinnamon. This is very complex, slightly sweet but slightly dry, the Irish stout yeast shows some characteristics here. This is just wonderful on the nose.
Taste: Whoa, this is very cool. A slightly sweet apple juice lays the base for a very complex overlying blend of flavors. Vanilla and a touch of banana compliment the fruity apple during the mid-taste that hints at bourbon and oak. The finish touches on the bourbon a little bit with dry apple and oak flavors on the finish leaving bourbon on the tongue and down the throat, but only slightly.
Palate: Medium bodied, juice like, with light carbonation.
Overall: This is one of the best things I’ve drank in a long time. I’m new to ciders but this is impressing me so very much. I may look back on this rating and laugh in the future as I try more ciders, but right now this is an eye opening experience for me.