Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear, light yellow with a fluffy, light head. Aroma is corky and apple. Flavor is excellent. Very corky and oaky with a delicate apple flavor. Light on the tongue with a pleasant carbonation. Rather dry. Very good!
BuckeyeSammy (551) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2008 Great cider, carbonated like a chanpiegne. Sharp on the tounge at first taste, interestng on your palate. Well balanced. Airy, Flavor of sour apples. This cider makes origional sin its bitch. Would live to get another bottle. Drank at L’Express in lower manhattan.
S_Side_Smitty (541) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 vintage. Explodes out of the bottle - get out your mop. Otherwise, pours clear and gold with a gigantic white head that dissipates immediately. Aroma is funky sharp barnyard, seltzer water, and faint lemony vinegar. Taste is sweet apples fading to a oaky brettanomyces medicinal-like finish.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Considering that my idea of a cider is woodchuck, this was quite an experience. Taste and aroma are mainly apple with some pears, especially in the nose. Fizzy Carbonation. Thick chunks at the bottom. If all you have had is your average cider (hornsby, woodchuck), then definitly give this a shot. You can certainly tell the difference in quality.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 375mL bottle from VBM in Buffalo. I don’t know why but I’ve been craving a good cider lately and this hit the spot! Pours a pale golden yellow body with some tiny apple? pieces floating around. Short lived big, white head. Mild musky, light apple, pear and basement aroma. Flavor is the perfect amount of sweet apples and that typical dry brut characteristic. Fizzy mouthfeel to start which mellowed out very nicely. Thin bodied. Great cider, the best I think I’ve ever tried.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sam’s Downers Grove
One of my first ciders from an actual cidery. Pours a slightly hazed apple juice golden. A quick rising white head that fell just as fast. Looks good.
Smells musty upfront. As the cider warms the mustiness falls to the background and green apple comes to the front. Very good. Green apple really becomes present as the cider breathes.
Starts off with that barnyard mustiness that’s found in saisons and is quickly overtaken by green apple skin. A good thirst quenching wateriness on the finish. Not as dry as I thought it was going to be. A nice surprise.
Light body with a refreshing crispness. Eventually dries out.
Easy drinker. I could sit and enjoy this all day.
A wonderful cider that would pair well with earthy cheeses. An excellent cider that I’m looking forward to trying other samples from this cidery if I can find them.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ redlight redlight. Pours hazy golden with a fizzy white head that fades to the edges quickly. Apples in many modes, a tart green apple along with a more caramel apple undernote, a little yeasty spice and some musty notes. Tart, apples, sweet, a little drying tannic note, and finishes a little musty. Nicely carbonated.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rich O’s. 2005 vintage. hazy orange apple juice color. nice balanced mix of bright clean sour apple jolly rancher and horse blanket. sweet slightly tart apple flavor with a bit of horse blanket. tart medium dry apple finish with a bit of horse blanket. light to medium body. interesting subtle but lively almost fizzy carbonation...very nice. very nice.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 Vintage: Dark yellow with just the slightest haze. Musty (decaying wood/forest floor) aroma with just the lightest apple aroma at first. Mellow woody aroma dances about the cheeks and gums as you put this thing in your mouth. Starts sweet finishing with a just the slightest hint of smoke and red/green apple. The lingering apple actually seems to get stronger after the swallow. Leaves my mouth feeling clean. Fascinating stuff!
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy living appearance. Aromas of cider mills and an earthy smoke. Subtle latex. Flavour of fresh off the mill cider, slight lemon puckering. Very refreshing.