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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   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.


1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
bytemesis (3094) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14380) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (962) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (590) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9052) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (2091) - New York, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Had immediatly after the dry hopped cider. This is slightly less refreshing due to bourbon aging but not quite dessert level. You get tart apples, with light bourbon sweetness, oak, vanilla, and some light lemon. decent cider but im no expert in this field

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Pours clear golden. Aroma is apple and light bourbon. Taste is sweet with medium body. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinaMarket (210) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Classic high quality cider, mild barrel notes, well balanced. based on other reviews, I was expecting more barrel, but I am happy with the clean cider flavor and subtle notes of wood.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2192) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 14, 2013
500ml bottle from The Pine Box in Seattle, shared with Britt (thanks Britt!). Rich yellow-gold, some bubbles. Cedar wood, bourbon, crisp apples. cinnamon-hot tinge with clear wood and tart apples. Incredibly tasty, with strange and intriguing barreling. The hotness of the wood really adds something up front, but it does not get in way of clean flavors at the finish.


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