jredmond (5250) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle brought to Vinny’s January 2013 tasting. Pours a deep, golden amber body with no head or lacing. Aroma is warm, apple pie. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with super sweet notes of apple pie dominating. Straight forward, simple ice cider - with a touch vanilla, apple and that of a lighter cider in the finish.
PhillyCraft (3128) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by James, poured a clearish golden shade with no head or lace. Note of apple sweetness, really rich and sugary with a cinnamon crust flavor. Also had notes of wood, and toffee as it warmed. Pretty nice cider if you ask me.
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle from the Union Square Greenmarket stand. Shared with family after Christmas din din.
Brandy glass. Vibrant, clear glossy gold body.
Lemon honey & caramel apple nose.
Taste is more honey, but now with a bit of rum & red apple tartness. Sweet wood. High acid. Lurking spice. A bit buttery going down. Lingering lemon honey finish. Thinner then expected.
Past bottles of this have been flabby. Maybe it’s just the aging, but this one drank pretty solidly.
pras (428) - Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted at the Green Market in Union Square. This is the first ice cider I have tasted and I was surprised that it wasn’t over the top sweet. Quite the contrary, it was very well balanced and slightly sweet. Very nice.
italarican (1475) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from the farmer’s market. Bright, shiny gold pour. Aroma has cinnamon and butterscotch notes with apples. Flavor is mild of apple cinnamon cheerios, apple juice, and oak. Not as sticky sweet or boozy as other ice ciders but a pleasant cider overall.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring at the Applepalooza event at the Astor Center. Pours a thick sticky golden amber. Sweet, sticky apples on the nose. Clean sweetness right away, vanilla and apple sugar. Caramel and pudding, lingering caramel notes.
auerbrau (3153) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured at CiderDays 2011 - Ice Cider Tasting. Big woody, maple, earthy aroma, sweetened. A touch of caramel. Right up front a strong oxidized note that makes it seem like the flabbiest of sherries. Odd. That oxidation and an apparent lack of acidity really take the punch out of this ice cider. I can’t get into that almond/olive/salt note that comes with the oxidation and this just seems off.
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber pour with a thin white head. The nose is chewy, sweet and intense. Bright sweetness with a bit of honey and a dull blunted sweetness as well. Soft almost caramelly character. It’s really missing the bright acidity that I associate with the best versions of ice cider. A lingering baked apple spiciness but seems quite lifeless. It’s not really bad, but it’s definitely one of the less intriguing ones I’ve even come across.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dull, flabby, syrupy aroma, lots of crappy tree bark, tar, plywood. Apple juice flavor, finishing with pistachio, syrup. Crap flavor. Almost certainly the worst ice cider I’ve had.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Joe’s Cider Tasting: Golden pour with clarity. Rich apple skin aroma- some tannins accompany a medicinal note and mild peppery ethanol. Slick body. Very sweet and caramelly. Quite honeyish, in fact, with a lack of balancing tartness which would round the residual sugars out. Not bad, just too sweet IMO. Needs more tartness.