BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2007 Thanks to joebrew for sharing. Excellent apple nose with a distinctly iced characteristic to it. Cloudy cider brown body with no head. Slightly sweet with the alcohol properly hidden, leaving only an excellent cider taste.
Skyview (5023) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A tall 375 ml bottle recommended by joebrew after his tour in the Middle East. Pours a deep amber color with no head nor any lacing. Wow! Awesome apple cider sweet to the nose with brown sugar, caramel, and cinnamon. Taste is very sweet apple crisp, cinnamon and more sweet apples. Outstanding!
willblake (2624) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
08-May-07 375ml bottle, 2005 Rusty amber color, still. Aroma is bold and apple filled, suggesting tartness, background caramel. Flavor follows suit, but even sweeter than expected. This is far from the refined drink of the North American ice cidres I’ve tried; perhaps obviously reduced by freezing. Tartness emerges with temp and on finish. Fair enough, but once was fine.
iowaherkeye (2636) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375mL bottle, Vintage 2005. Clear light copper amber with some legs appearing after a good rousing. Smells very much like apple juice, spiced apples, and some light dry white wine-like characteristics--though overall very sweet. Flavor was very much the same--lots of sweetness that tricks you into thinking this is fuller bodied than it is, as this is very light bodied. Didn’t really notice much white wine in the flavor. Kinda like drinking concentrated apple juice (light spice and a tinge of ETOH) without the heaviness. The Neige cider was $20 too, and it was much better. No reason why this should cost that much for as good as it was--which was pretty good, just not $20 good.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out a cloudy dark brown color. Aroma was that of apples. Flavor was very sweet. Like spiked apple juice. Not to bad, but something i wouldnt care to have again.
ross (1943) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sampled at the Carolina tasting, thanks Todd. Pours out a dark brown color without much of a head. Smell is full of apples and thats really about it. Taste is sweet and like drinking a bottle of apple juice. Interesting, but not really my thing. Thanks for the sample.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful amber color. Wonderful notes of cinnamon, apple and caramel on the nose. Oily and complex on the palate. Quite sweet but balanced nicely by some bitter apple (apple skin?) notes. Fantastic as a dessert wine. Very cool stuff.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Orange colour with a small white head. Aroma has some fresh apple notes along a light spicyness. Very sweet flavor with an apple fruityness and a light dry finish.
hopscotch (8217) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle... Clear amber cider with a nose of cinnamon and warm, fresh, cooked apples. Sweet as hell and lightly salty. Full-bodied and oily with no carbonation. Finishes sweet and salty. Thanks go out to argo0 for the sample!
JK (3966) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Joebrew for sharing. I really liked this, but I think the Blue Slate Eiswein had the edge. One of the sweetest ciders I have had, but the sweetness seems natural rather than from the addition of sugar. I do taste a hint of caramel and brown sugar. Some spices, cinnamon. Reminds me of sweet baked apples, but perhaps served cold. Amber color. Very sweet overall. An excellent apertif, and works well as a dessert wine. Thanks Joe. Available at Cellar’s Roseville 2.