Beershine (5195) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2010 vintage. Dark amber, lively effervescence (very--the cork exploded out of the cage), and the glass even retains a small head, which is unusual. Very aromatic, can smell it even before lifting the glass to the nose. Big, musty, natural, funked out farmhouse aroma. Digging it. The effervescence level is high, making it a little too gassy and burp-generating. But that’s also what makes it look so alive. The meaty part of the palate has balancing sweetness. The flavors are just as musty and funked out as the aromas, with that under-the-skin astringency and crabapple dryness that makes ciders so enjoyable.
MicroGrog (302) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 375ml from New Beer. 4.5% abv. Poured into a Ommegang chalice. Cork put a small dent in my ceiling after only a half twist of the cage.
Big, fizzy, faltering head. Regenerative froth. Insanely active gold body. This thing is pissed off!
Hard to smell it because of so much CO2 filling up my nose. Minerally, apple peel, & sulfur. Finally settling down a tad, I get fragrant, floral apple flesh, creamy/concentrated apple juice, & just enough acidity.
Taste is lighter then the smell would suggest. Sizzling, but softly beaded carbonation. Bittersweet apples & unripened tart fruit flesh. Thin. A bit yeasty. Lots of wood. Big, lingering vanilla finish. Not as good as the regular stuff(& vastly different at every turn), but it’s still pretty tasty as far as ciders go.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: sun-bleached orange with a steady stream of bubbles thanks to bottle-conditioning. Pours vivacious with a solid head and bubbly collar.
Nose: freshly pulped apples and orchard musk. Tingle of tartness and tannins in the back; apple skins. Green pears. Musk, leather, and hay dust along the edges. Cinnamon powder.
Palate: pulpy, chewy, fresh. Skins and seeds and musk follow fresh pressed apple flesh. Full mouthfeel – chewy and bubbly in front, then creamy and juicy with a dry musky finish. Tartness in the middle follows into the finish. Green pear musk.
Final Thoughts: whoa… A champagne of ciders to be sure. Of the earth. Terroir. Dirtoir. Laden in orchard bloom, musk, dew, and juicy breeze. It would be interesting to see how this cider would age and so I must acquire another bottle or three.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into snifter. This is one great cider! Aroma is full of fresh apples with subtle hints of cinnamon spice. Tea-esc subtle flavor mixed with apple that makes for a great drinking cider.
deyholla (5959) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 on tap @ bangers and lace. Pours a yellowish gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges quickly. Aroma is full of fresh sweet apples with a hint of backing tartness. Flavor has a nice combination of sweet and crab apple with a nice tart apple finish.
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2007 year. Corked pops off rather easily and bubbles quickly start flowing up the neck. Poured quickly into a glass but still lost a tish into the sink. Cloudy pale yellow orange color with a slight white head. Apple aroma with an underlying funky note. Light mouthfeel with carbonation. Soft apple notes with a slight barnyard quality that slowing comes to be about mid drink and then lingers. Overall, not bad. Could us s little more funk.
GT2 (7870) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL c&c. Pours a clear straw to gold with a fizzy white head that lasts for three seconds. Earthy apple skin nose..honeycrisp apples. Taste is sugary, honeycrisp apple heavy, clean and pure with no phenol character. No white wine vinous character thankfully. Almost an oily palate for cider. Petillant carbonation, medium effervescence. My favorite Dupont cider.
craftycarl21 (2135) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle thanks to GT2! Just starting to get into real cider, and man am I glad I’ve entered this realm. Nose holds a delightfully complex earthy and dry presence that mixes with complex apple skins, pear juice, and even a touch of unripe plums or the like. The flavor brings more of that wonderful dry earth tone that reminds me of an old-school saison, then melds into the fruity apple flavors, and finishes with a hint of mushroom and herbs that are certainly welcomed. Medium effervescence, still fairly sweet but with touches of dryness on the finish. Excellent.
lachrymalisis (380) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
slight funky rubber aromas and flavors the more age it gets. sweet, dry, hint of sour. really pleasant but a bit rubbery, again. the Organic definitely had more funky earth than the conventional.
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on cask at The Birch in Norfolk, VA on 7/15/11. Pours a clear pale yellow color. No head when it got to be, but the cask is out of view so I didn’t see it poured. Aroma of tart dry apples with a sweet finish. The taste is tart dry apples, pears and a mildly earthy note. Medium bodied. Sticky texture.