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Gwatkin Kingston Black Cider

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Brewed by Gwatkin Cider
Style: Cider
Hereford, England

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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A still dry cider available in 500ml bottles and occasionally on draught.
NB: Gwatkin sometimes produces draught versions that differ significantly from the bottled. If you rate a draught version please specify that and include details of the ABV and designated sweetness level (if provided).

Traditional dry farmhouse cider. The Kingston Black apple is the most famous apple in the cider making world. Dating back centuries, the variety originated in Somerset, but by the 1800s it had spread all over England & Wales. A favourite with the old farming communities and their traditional way of cider making; often kept for the vintage house cider and drunk on special occasions. There have been various new strains of this variety grown but none to match the taste of the old. Matured in oak barrels with natural yeasts.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danlo (1121) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2014
500ml bottle. Orangey golden colour, short-lived fizzy white foam head and aroma of sourish apple, vanilla, barnyard. Taste is tangy apple, with woody oak, barnyard, earthy notes, bittersweet with lots of tannin. Mouth puckering, slightly oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, low carbonation, sour dry tannic finish. Quite drinkable.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
minutemat (1497) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2013
500ml bottle at home on a sunny Autumn afternoon. Typically rich taste from Gwatkin, even for a Kingston Black, with a familiarly sharp nuclear sour tang that shoots to the back of the throat and zings you repeatedly as you make a valiant attempt to swallow. Never been a fan of Gwatkin and this one definitely does not do this apple justice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (10675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle shared at CBC Islington during the Ryan Tasting. I got this beer from Kris Wines, I think it was. Pours clear, bright gold with a light, bubbly head. Pukey and funky apple in the aroma. Medium sweet flavor, fairly funky, with salt and well ripened apples. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Lightly tangy apples to finish, light dryness. Novel stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (1923) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
50cl bottle, Steasy66 tasting at CBC Islington. Thanks to Leighton. It pours golden with no head to speak of. Aroma is sour apples, quite sweet, some basement notes. Taste is apples, hay and sweat/dust. Light bodied with soft carbonation. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3056) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle cheers to Leighton. A weird one compared to what I’m used to. Very dry with sour apple and dried apple skin. Little bit funky

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13564) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle from Leighton. Nutty oaky . Barrel on the aroma. Pretty good. Like the apples like barrel ageing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 3, 2011

Bottle 500ml. clear glass @ home.

Clear medium yellow orange color with a initial small to average, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy apple, tart apple, sour apple, sulfur notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate acidic with a long duration, dry, sulfur,apple, tart. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20110327]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4007) - Burgos, SPAIN - FEB 20, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Light golden coloured. Aroma is sour apple, leather, Flavour is sour apple, dry leather, a bit of wood. Medium carbonation. Dry finish. Good one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OleR (4799) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle@Cardinal, Stavanger. Pure gold colored, virtually no head. Rich apple aroma, tart and slight acidic. Notes of oak and cellar. Well prononced apple flavor. Dry, sour-acidic and tart, almost like unripe green apples. Some wooden notes and touch of vinegar. Alcohol well hidden. Surprisingly light-bodied. Feels astringent in the mouth. Dry and tart apple finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (7343) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2009
Polycask at Oxford Beer Festival 16-10-09 Pours warm gold touch hazy. Aroma is crisp and appley. Taste is drier than expected, tart and tangy but very decent. A7 A3 F6 P4 Ov13 3.3


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