bhensonb (10906) - 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 it’s more rye than bourbon/van - Mildly woody. Think the honey comes through on the lips. Interesting stuff. Not getting banana ester, so don’t know where the trappist yeast went.
Tmoney99 (10546) - 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.
Travlr (10342) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cloudy yellow orange color. Aroma is soft pure whiskey. Taste is apple pie, vanilla, brandy. Nice.
Drake (8214) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a hazy orange color with a bit of thin fizz. Aroma of sweet apples, earth, honey, vanilla, bourbon. The taste is sweet apples, vanilla, wood, spice, pineapple, citrus, honey, whisky. Medium bodied. Quite interesting.
BMan1113VR (7853) - 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.
crossovert (7202) - 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.
Ughsmash (7122) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured cloudy straw golden with not much sticking around for head. The aroma picked up sweet bourbon and honey initially, with crisp, meaty apples and a kiss of spicy rye behind.. a little heavy-handed on the sugarage, but still aiight. The flavor found sweet honey and green apple meat at the core, with oak, spicy whiskey, and a bit of green apple skin around.. finished with more sweet honey and whiskey than anything else. Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. in the end it was just too sweet for me, and there were too many competing elements.
DrSilverworm (6284) - 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.
after4ever (6108) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz. Pours a cloudy pale amber with no head or lace. Big sweet peach, vanilla, apples, and honey on the nose. Sweet but not sharp or dense...it’s approachable. Creamy medium body...soft carb. Apples, peaches, vanilla, and silky sweet dense honey on the mid palate. Shockingly good for what is essentially an extract cider.
BVery (6076) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle from AV3. Murky yellow pour with minimal head. Very nice aroma of apple, oak, and bourbon. Taste was similar. Moderate to lighter palate. Solid cider.