DuffMan (7620) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared at game night. Very very pale yellow, fine carbonation. Apple and yeast aroma. Apple flavour with a distinct champagne yeast character that defines the flavour and mouthfeel. Finish is very dry. I liked it.
mcberko (8691) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Finnriver, pours a clear greenish yellow with a small bubbly white head. Nose brings out apples, medium sweetness, and champagne yeast. Flavour is yeasty and apple-y, with exceedingly high carbonation. Like a champagne with more sweetness and apples. Solid stuff.
fiulijn (16144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Corked bottle at winery
Blond color with large bubbles. Fresh fruity aroma, similar to a Chardonnay but more delicate. The mouthfeel is very dry and a bit weak, less fruity and a bit winey, with mild acidity.
goodbyeohio (36) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light golden yellow pour with extreme fizz. Cork blew with an eruption suitable for a boat christening.. the foam covered the table and floor. Prost! Aroma was slightly barnyardy, earthy for sure, and tannic/dry. Taste followed suit with a fleshy tone and woody notes. The only thing missing is the booziness of champagne to make this perfectly balanced. I think age may hurt this one, but I look forward to having another bottle in 6 months.. for the sake of experimentation. Overall, a great cider drinking experience.
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Big expectations with the $25 price tag. 8 twists on the cage (instead of the traditional 6). Pours with an incredible amount of CO2, very fizzy looking pale hued body with a violent fizzy head. Aromas are of CO2, sulfuric apple, moderate esters. Mostly bready, dry, mineral and sulfur. Some rich grassy notes. Flavors are highly carbonic and very acidic. The balance is weird to be perfectly honest. Medium tannin, huge acid, medium low sweetness and nearly 4+ vol of CO2. To be honest, for $25 and change this is not the award winning cider that I am expecting. Very fizzy, lots of acid, medium tannin, mild ester and a lot of sulfur. Decidedly off dry. Honestly disappointed.
AmEricanbrew (6211) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden color with white foam. barnyard, sulfur, green apple, yellow apple dry aromas. light bodied with average co2. Dry, medium tart golden apple flavors with some barnyard earthyness, crisp clean finish--very tasty
OldMrCrow (2113) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2015 750 sampled 6/7/2010 Clear pour, sparkly head. You know how sometimes when you make baked apples with the wrong apples and they’re so starch-forward they smell more like baked potatoes than like apples? That’s this beer, at least in the aroma. The taste is a bit better, dry and tart like white wine, but missing that something special. Perhaps it needs oak? I tend to be pretty hard on ciders in the numerical rankings but even so this is not a cider that impressed me. 5/4/6/4/11=3.0
Revisit 4/28/15. Light pour with a burst of white bubbly foam that immediately dissipates. Strong green apple aroma. Extremely dry, tart flavors. Clean rather than complex. This one is alright but far from my favorite Finn River ciders. 6/4/6/3/13=3.2.
after4ever (6549) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2014 750, corked and baled. Says Methode Champenoise on the label, says Methode Champenoise with the corking and the caging, and now says Methode Champenoise on my shirt a little because i didn’t listen when it was trying to tell me that it’s packed with carbonation. Opens with a burst, if not a bang. Plenty of that rushing tight champagne carbonation. including a little bit on this nice clean sweatshirt. Oh, well--nice way to send off the Huskies with their win tonight, final game at MacArthur Court in Eugene. Cheers, Dawgs. Anyway, back to the matter at hand, or more directly to the matter at hand, because this cider definitely gives off an air of the special occasion. Looks and behaves like champagne--big surging rapids of tiny bubbles, then a clean settle with a crystal clear bright gold body and tons of nucleation columns surging up. Looks like a tv commercial for sparkling cider. Nose opened with a dry lemony chardonnay note when the cork left, then settled to a tart green apple. Now has a very slightly musty, fully leafy note like apple trees in the sun. Crisp, light, refreshing body. Bountifully effervescent at every turn. This is definitely the kind of drink that will make girls giggle. Tart apple note on the mid palate, along with a light lemony dryness. Seems to be a bit of white grape skin in there, a bit of bite at the end. Feels airily dry at first on the finish but then leaves a bit of acidic tang. Great to see a place crop up from Chimacum. Dig this cider. Could easily see serving it at a party indoors or out.
Oakes (13270) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy yellow. Fresh apple character. Candyish and tart simultaneously - fun cider. Finish is appley and clean. Interesting stuff - I will want to investigate more.