lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It poured a murky, earthy sediment-clouded golden amber with a dull bronze glow in the light. There was no foam buildup, though within 3 seconds of pouring, a small half-finger thick head built and fell with the excitement from the released carbonation, which continued to form bubbles along the inside of the glass for another 30 seconds before it wore itself out. Once the carbonation was exhausted, there was really nothing left to look at but what resembled unfiltered apple juice. * * *
The smell was a tangy, almost sour cinnamon apple and carried a nice spiciness due in part to cinnamon as well as a light whiskey alcohol that wafted out as it warmed. Hiding in the depths were faint oak wood notes, hints of honey, and a light yeasty undertone. * * *
Although I’ve been holding onto this cider for a few months now (it was released back in October), it was still really crisp and juicy, filled with honeycrisp apple-wine that was slightly tart and prickly at the beginning. It smoothed out near the middle with a little bit of whiskey, soft understated notes of oak wood, and a hint of spicy cinnamon-tinted earthy flavors. It held a light to medium body with a light, crisp, and quite dry mouthfeel, despite the juiciness of the flavor. The 8.3% ABV did not come out in the nose or the flavor, despite the small hints of it here and there, and never truly gave a full reading of the amount of alcohol actually present; though I did feel a slight warming sensation halfway through, I found myself wanting to sip it slowly in order to fully appreciate the dynamic layers, so I was never overwhelmed by the alcohol. * * *
All in all, it was very reminiscent of a freshly cut honeycrisp apple soaked in whiskey and slathered in homemade caramel on a perfect fall day and almost makes me wish for fallen leaves and pumpkin carving. Almost. I will safely be listing this as my third favorite cider from Crispin/Fox Barrel from this point forward.
drpimento (2768) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I can see what they’re trying to do, but somehow the concept and execution seem off. Color is a rusty apple. Aroma is smoky apples. Flavor’s is boozy apples. Were they trying to make a cider version of applejack? Its not exactly bad, but I don’t want anymore.
slowrunner77 (8345) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"really enjoy the moderate whiskey notes in an apple cider/wine. a little alcohol showsa in this, but really that’s the only fault. otherwise, sweet & tart apply-delicious goodness. One of the better ciders I’ve had..."
rumproasts (4448) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. hazy golden with very small head. i prefer the stagger lee to this one. dry and tart, slight whiskey. just tastes a bit old or stale. not bad, but could be much better.
Travlr (18602) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear golden color, few bubbles. Aroma of apples, pear. Taste is similar with a bit of tannin. OK.
Kobal (64) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This cider is a cloudy orange, almost gold, with little carbonation. Woody apple is the most noticeable scent, but notes of red wine and roses show up also. Body is crisp, clean and refreshing. Taste starts with the same woody apple as the nose and also has floral touches and hints of starchy root vegetable. In the end, apple is one of the lesser players in flavor, but there’s lots of interest with whiskey, woody spice and almost airy mustiness.
djmadbrad (4) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2013 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not one of the better Crispins, unfortunately. Tastes like prunes! Pass on it...
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy golden color that resembles real apple cider. The whiskey tones done the sweetness that some of the ciders have.
queenholly (3603) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Oaky, musty apple, light whiskey aroma. Hazy honey gold, fizzy white skiff of bubbles. Oak, light booze, and musty apple flavor. Light fizzy body, dry finish. Different, but I like it.
weihenweizen (2626) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a white wine glass. Pours clear light amber, very little head, no lacing, no carbonation, and light wood aroma. Taste is oak, some water down soft whiskey, and a hint of apple which peaks out occationally. A little more apple taste would have been nice, not my thing.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/16/11 @ azwine. The jacket.
Hazy orange/honey iced tea.
A is new kitchen cabinets.... Really woody, green herbaceous, sweet apple fruitiness, weird...glue, formica, bs.
F is really dry. At is seeds,stems, leaves and bs. Fruity, bruised apples, tart fruity finish. crisp. thin given abv%. really interesting but not all that good. 6/3/6/3/15+