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Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon Welsh Cider (Bottle)

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Brewed by Gwynt y Ddraig Cider
Style: Cider
Pontypridd, Wales

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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled - A blended medium Dry cider.
NOTE: The draught Black Dragon is a different product from the bottled version and has a separate listing.
This special reserve cider has been hand crafted exclusively from cider apples grown by traditional methods in ageing orchards.
The juice pressed from these apples is fermented and matured in oak barrels to produce a cider rich in colour, body and flavour with a fresh fruity aroma.
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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MelvinKalksma (943) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2016

Aroma:
Slight aroma of malts, caramel, wood, apples and barnyard.

Appearance:
Clear golden/amber beer with no head.

Taste/Palate:
Medium sweet and slightly dry and sour with malts, caramel, wood, apples and barnyard.

Overall:
This beer is rather intense and balanced, but lacks complexity. My first real Cider and I am not quite sold. Feels a bit one-dimensional without a lot of distinct and noticeable flavours besides the apples.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sound67 (699) - Offenbach, GERMANY - AUG 29, 2016
Maker: Gwynt y Ddraig, Pontypridd, Wales. *** Cider: Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon Welsh Cider (bottled, 500ml). *** Style: Cider (Oak Aged). *** ALC.VOL.: 6.5% *** "This special reserve cider has been hand crafted exclusively from cider apples grown by traditional methods in ageing orchards. The juice pressed from these apples is fermented and matured in oak barrels to produce a cider rich in colour, body and flavour with a fresh fruity aroma." [cidery notes] *** Colour: Deep, clear orange. No head. *** Nose: Dried apples with a hint of oak. *** Mouthfeel: Heavy, full bodied. Soft carbonation. *** Taste: Intense, sweet red apples, some cinnamon. Middle is medium dry, still fruity, with some spices. Hints of oak in the finish, but subtle. Red apples and a touch of lemon in the long aftertaste. *** Impressions: Full-bodied, fruity sweet to medium sweet cider with only subtle aromas from the oak barrels. Very nice indeed.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
King_Alex_II (1228) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 18, 2016
Orange golden clear color with foam ring. Fruity clean apple nose with some alcohol. Smooth with light carbonation. Dry apple sweet taste with alcoholic touch. Dry little sweet apple aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1178) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Bottle. Nice sour apple apple aroma. Very balanced taste with medium carbonation, medium dryness, some sweetness, quite fruity. Light, but very interesting. Impressive!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShivanDragon (3426) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2016
clear golden applejuice, soft co2, aroma of apples, floral, soft, poured very cold, taste of medium sweetness, apples, fresj, soft, some cinnamon, medium dry, some black pepper, little wood, nice artwork on the bottle, and nice...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (8689) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle from Deli Belge, Sowerby Bridge. Deeper golden coloured cider. Steady cider with both a light apple taste, and a light sweetness

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (6976) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2015
Deep golden color with a thin bubbly white head. Spicy apple aroma. Dry texure. Good carbonation. Loots of apples, some spices and wood. Nice one.
[Bottle from Oddbins at London Bridge in London, England]

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (3100) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2015
Golden orange color with white head that goes down quickly. Aroma is semi-sweet green apples, vanilla, some oak and some funk. Taste is so much apples, rather sweet, but oak flavours including tannins bring in a great balance. Towards the end, a phenolic booze feeling kicks in and the finish is quite stingy-spicy (garlic, indeed?) and with a kick. Calm carbonation. A marvelous cider. Impressive how it can feel so full and sweet without really being sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (15286) - DENMARK - OCT 28, 2015
Bottle, 6.5%. Clear amber with tiny white head. Aroma is apples, fruit, little juice and a little wood. Flavour is apples, fruit, little juice, little wood, sweet, little dry, little gunk and a little citric.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1795) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2015
Medium gold with a lasting fizzy head. Nice smell of sour apple balanced against the sour tinge. Sweet initial taste with a lasting sweetness and a lingering viniger. Perfectly balanced. Amazing cider.


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