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Gwatkin Old Rats Tale

Brewed by Gwatkin Cider
Style: Cider
Hereford, England


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Available in 330ml bottles.
Dry still cider made in the traditional farmhouse way from a blend of old varieties of cider apples. Their juice is left to ferment and mature in oak barrels, which has been the way of real cider making for centuries. This produces a still cider which has not been carbonated or sweetened. Takes its name from the old story that farmers used to add rats to the fermenting juice to give it extra flavour and body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (4133) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle bought for me by the wife from great Malvern show. Copper cider with small head. Aroma is musty apples and dry apple core. Taste is very tart apples, sour fruit and a dry slightly harsh taste. Unusual tasting cider. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (2604) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2014
330ml bottle. Orange-brown amber colour, short-lived white head and aroma of apple, honey, solvent, woody, oak, barnyard. Taste is sour tannic apple with a solventy edge and oaky vanilla & barnyard notes. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, very dry mouth puckering tannic finish. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
minutemat (4438) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2013
330ml bottle at home. Pours dark gold with a dusty barnyard aroma. Generally going for that olde style cyder vibe with rich tannins, some astringency but a little too dry and fizzy for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (14127) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 31, 2013
330ml bottle (Poseidon, Helsinki)
This might be an over-rate as it’s just such a contrast frm the brewdog shit we just had, but one sip, and I was sold! Barman poured all the crap, so it ewas cloudy orange, dark for a cider. Aroma is just packec full of the woody desks I had at school, alas a bit gluey in places. Dryish bite, Flattish palate, touch of carbonation is nice, not intrusive. Fruits come through in the finish, but more importantly - BACON. FUCKING BACON in the finish. I love that. No sign of 7.5%. Thank you Gwatkin for being the perfect cure to SpewDog!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 1, 2012

Bottle 330ml.

[ Trade by Fin ]. Clear medium orange colour with a fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing head. Aroma is moderate apple, sweet apple, wood, vanilla. Flavour is moderate sweet with a average duration, dry dry dry, tart apple, unriped apples. Hides the alcohol very well ;O) Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is flat to soft. [20120316]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (15524) - DENMARK - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle @ FOneFan. Slightly hazy amber with tiny white head. Aroma is apples, fruit and a little sulfur. Flavour is apples, little acid and extreme dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (15579) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle @ Ulfborg Mid March Tasting, 2012. Pours cloudy orange with bubbles on top. Green apples. Barnyard. Warmth from alcohol. EXtremely dry. Dryer than dry actually. Dammn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (12955) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2012
Ulfborg Scooper Smagning 2012. Hazy orange with a tiny white head. Fruity juicy apple aroma with a touch of funk and hay. Dry and slightly tart flavour with lots of apple peel and unripe apple. A bit thin but with a lasting apple aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7960) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle from the Bristol Cider Shop. Deep amber in colour with slight carbonation. Aroma of tart apple fruit and oak, with a trace of caramel in the background. Dry flavour, with some citrus acidity and woodiness, before a mouth puckering finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (21897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 7, 2008
Bottle at home... before i even look at it, i can get lambic sour notes off this for 2 feet away... Lovely crisp light copper colour ... sharp cider nose with a little lambic woody sourness... dry dry drying tart ...quite a bit of apple in background... Not my everyday choice but worth the drinking ... On as side note its been a while since anyone else rated this !.

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