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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Finnriver is honored to present master cider-maker Drew Zimmerman’s award-winning Fire Barrel Cider. Pressed from traditional bittersweet apples and aged in fire-charred Kentucky bourbon barrels, this full-flavored cider offers a hint of whiskey, oak aroma, notes of caramel and vanilla, and a lingering soft tannin finish. Drew’s passion for cider helped ignite the cider rennaissance in the Pacific Northwest and now, here at Finnriver, we are grateful for his mentorship as we strive to carry on a rooted cider tradition. Made with a seasonal blend of heirloom and traditional cider apples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7148) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle, shared at game night. Medium golden hue, moderate to low carbonation. Sweet apples, light funk, hints of vanilla. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7477) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
Sampled at Finnriver, pours a clear golden with a small white head. Aroma brings out light smoke, horse blanket and apples. Flavour brings out smokey bourbon barrels, apples and medium sweetness. Very complex, earthy and barnyard-y. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5295) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2014
22oz bottle pours a clear, dark gold with a ring of white head. Nose has apples (obviously), lots of over ripe - near rotting - apple cores, some caramel too, a little vanilla, some poached pear as well, hints of carrot cake too. Flavor is super smooth, mild vanilla, mild white grape, a little spice, a little caramel and apple juice. Super smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (1999) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Another bottle that my wife brought back from the cidery.

IPA-colored yellow orange pour with no head. Starchy apples and a bit of shellac drives the nose, less bourbon character than I expected. Some of the vanilla becomes apparent in the flavor, a bit of bourbon. Modestly sweet, quite easy to drink, yet with that mild barrel character it stands out from just about every other cider I’ve had in my rather limited cider tasting experience.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
bytemesis (3710) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours crystal clear golden with a very small fizzy white head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. Aroma is green apples and mushrooms, some bourbon. Flavor is tart apples, mushrooms, Brett, a bit of oaky bourbon, more mushrooms. Quite funky and light tart. Lightish body, effervescent carbonation. I despise mushrooms, and I especially hate when a beer or cider gets infected with mushrooms. Fail.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle at winery, 6.5% ABV
Golden color with large bottles. Very nice aroma: apples, hazelnuts, almost biscuity. Off dry mouthfeel with delicate apple flavor and a soft feeling from the barrel. Mild acidity. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1118) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Pours a fairly clear deep golden colour with a few small bubbles. Aroma is apple, oak, sorta lactic like and lightly spicy. Flavour is moderately tart, apple, spicy, oak, and a bit of brettanomyces.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (618) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Clear pour, mild aroma. Taste is well into the dry range, but not tart. The "fire barrel" theme does not really pan out here. I guess there may be some barrel note in the background, particularly the finish, but it’s a stretch. It is however a nice, balanced, and very drinkable drier cider, so I did enjoy it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7881) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a crystal clear yellow and a large fizzy white head that lasts longer than most ciders. Strongly sulfury and bretty aroma, English style it would seem, which I wasn’t expecting. Floral, mild oak lactone. A bit peppery, mild sweetness, zesty acid balance. Flavors are medium dry, lightly funky (leathery, manure), a touch of sulfur, mild oak, some salinity, grassy. Off dry but with a strong acid balance, medium minerality. Very lightly chlorophenolic. Medium carbonation, medium0full bodied for a cider. Light tannin, slightly warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9624) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Pale yellow pour, no real head. Sour apples, some light oak, very little bourbon noticeable. Ok cider underneath, barrel aging adds something pretty neat, but very lightly.

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