blutt59 (5687) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, muddy orange color with no head, aroma and flavor similar to a hot toddy, whiskey, rum, butterscotch, lemons, similar finish
DiarmaidBHK (2281) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Samís Quik Stop. Pours a turgid brown with no head. Nose is of bourbon and apples which donít mix very well. Tastes of maple syrup and apples which is another combination that doesnít work. Cloying in its linger. Not feeling this one at all.
magsinva (604) - Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Samís quik shop - pours dirty cloudy yellow-orange with bits of yeast(?) floating in it. Aroma is the best thing about this one with notes of bourbon, green apples, pineapple, and alcohol. I donít get any of the rye, it doesnít seem to be adding anything. The taste is lightly sweet, but mostly lacking of anything until it warms a bit. Palate is very watery with a touch of alcohol in the finish. Overall, I was disappointed by this one. Iím not getting the point of blending 4 ciders if the result is thin apple water, that granted, smells fantastic.
Dixonian (1478) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dull golden pour with very little head. Nose of oak, crisp apples, whiskey - honey sweetness, apples, and a woody bourbon finish. Unique.
zathrus13 (1628) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slightly cloudy yellow/gold. Aroma is apples, bourbon, and sugar. Flavor is apples, honey, bourbon, and a little alcohol. Very interesting and unique.
badgerben (4253) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy yellow color. Aroma of whisky, honey and light vanilla. Tart apple flavor with some vanilla. Lightly sweet.
bhensonb (9004) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours hazy gold with a few bubbles. Aroma is fairly bourbon. Maybe also rye. Definitely also apple. Flavor is rather cider sweet - I think itís more rye than bourbon/van - Mildly woody. Think the honey comes through on the lips. Interesting stuff. Not getting banana ester, so donít know where the trappist yeast went.
nsquishee (511) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apple cider and bourbon barrel aroma- very nice. Cloudy light honey color. Tastes sweet and tart with a dry, tannic finish. Barrel is a very prominent flavor amidst Granny Smith and sweet apple flavors that finish with a warm spice note.
CanIHave4Beers (2500) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I grabbed a bottle of this about a month ago, and it wasnít even in the database yet, thanks to whoever put this in for sparing me the trouble.
Pours a very hazy yellow with a champagne rise and fall head.
Iím beyond taken with the aroma of this cider, it smells a great bit like cognac woody and rich, aromatic and complex a little spicy.... but somehow rustic. But itís fruitier, not in an appley way though itís more citrusy than appley... This reminds me of the aroma of a well made sidecar and I love it.
The flavor is less amazing to me, this is not to say itís bad though... itís a touch sweet but very spicy and woody... beyond that Iím not catching a ton of Whiskey character here... it is boozy and has a bit of a tinge of brandy. Some of the sweeter ciders that Crispin has blended into this seem to be weighing it down a little bit more sweetness than I would prefer but then there is some of the barrely funkiness that is so great about Polish mead that is quite certainly present here... so thatís pretty cool and matches the sweetness well.
I like this one.... Maybe not as much as Stagger Lee but I do like it and Iíd probably buy it again. Not bad for Tenth and Blake cider... and really very good for Crispin.
Chipalsa (1091) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance - Cloudy yellow, light bubbles
Aroma - Whiskey, apples, oak
Taste - Sweet apple, tart, alcohol
I was hoping for more of a punch here, but it was just an average cider overall. Aromas initially revealed a nice whiskey aroma, but the taste was just apples and wood - pretty good though!!!