BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 Bottle via a trade with the Cheeseman. 10.8% ABV. Pours with awesome legs over a syrupy golden body. Aroma of baked apple, soil, raisins, and a bit of mead like yeast. Taste is apple, slightly musty, sweet with a light wooden note. A bit of tart or citrus on the finish. Syrupy mouthfeel but on the thinner side for an ice cider. No real alcohol present. Glad to have tried this.
DocLock (8968) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2006 version courtesy of the chairman of PUB’N (PA Underground Beer Network), which I am the President of. The pour is deep coppery with very little head. Nose is amazing...a medley of juicy, resiny Macintosh and Granny Smith apples, honey, earthy notes, and a very Jadwiga-like overall olfactory impression, but with more tart apply goodness. The flavor is awsome; this one literally melts in your mouth, woth heavy apple tartness coupled with earthy, honey, white grape, and Irish Mist notes. This one drips with flavor in every mouthful. My only beef is that the finish gets a tiny bit cloying, but this one is one of my "try before you die" beverages, and I’m glad my old haggard heart held up. Yeah, man!
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thank you CheeseMan! Awesome color is shockingly red-orange, like blood orange meat. Terrific honey-apple aroma is appealing, bursting with winey goodness. Silky mouthfeel. Incredible panoply of apple flavors including the crisp tartness we all love. Excellent flavors and finishes with crisp tartness instead of cloying sweetness. Lovely.
Oakes (14059) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright reddish-amber. One of the most beautiful ice ciders I’ve ever had. Very brown sugar happy. Gorgeous dessert - fresh, fruity, with lush sugars and some quality acidity to lend balance. Killer ice cider.
grandgenie (259) - val-des-monts, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Bouteille millésimé 2006 en version de 375 ml acheté à la SAQ. Dégusté dans un verre de fruli . Apparence vieille or au reflet orangé cuivré avec dépôt liquoreux apparent sur le verre. Arômes de tangerine, zeste d’orange et de citron vert. En bouche on retrouve des saveurs de pamplemousse rose confit et de miel avec en final une douce amertume rafraîchissante. Bien sûr il ne faut pas oublier la pomme, elle est présente de façon agréable au nez et libère son côté amère en bouche en libérant sa pelure sur l’arrière de ma langue et me procurant une légère plénitude. Un produit divin, d’une grande finesse... On va se revoir!
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle… This cider rocks!… Clear amber/orange cider with a beefy nose of sweet apples and spice. Full-bodied and velvety. Fresh, sweet apples indulge my palate while light acidity tantalizes and invigorates. Sweet, warm, tangy finish. Thanks to TheCheeseMan for his generosity in sharing yet another world class ice cider from his stash!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy Cheeseman. Pours a clear copper color, with a syrupy looking texture. Smells of fresh apple, sweet citrus zest, and a little earth. The flavor was lightly tannic, pretty tart, with the fresh apples just booming with flavor on the tongue. This is a very nicely done ice cider. Balanced well, alcohol was masked proficiently, and with a great mouthfeel. This is a well done ice cider.
tomer (2523) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - SEP 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.375L bottle, thanks Roei and Natalie, deep orange colour with some yellowy streaks, light syrupy texture when poured. Aroma of baked apples with some slight cinamon notes.
complex flavour, first sweet and sour apples, then spices - cinamon and nutmeg, and then lemon and sweet grapefruit. Excellent balance between sweetness and acidity makes this cider feels light and not overbearing. Goes well with honey based deserts which highlight the smooth acidity and let it shine without becoming coarse. Excellent way to start the jewish new year.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Better than the reserve IMO. Certainly more traditional, but it does the normal ice cider think pretty well. Surprisingly dark ruby pour. Aroma was appley but thin. This shined in the flavor, with a well defined sweet apple and some spice. Not nearly enough body, and not enough kick and general. Mellow. Still a solid effort, despite the somewhat harsh words.
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1483-20080601] Bottle. Freshly chopped dusty apple aroma. Clear, golden orange body with no head. Pressed dusty apples flavour has sugary sweet everything. Medium body. Good.
(Vintage 2004; 5T @ Mondial; Montreal, QC)