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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
As the sun arcs low in the mid day sky, this year’s harvest is slowly fermenting in its winter slumber.

Everyone here at the Orchard enjoys a few halcyon days to remember the hard work in the last year’s harvest. We look forward to next year’s crop of apples.

To warm ourselves in the cold northern solstice we enjoy our winter cider. Lightly spiced with ethically traded cinnamon, vanilla and a wee drop of syrup from our old Maple trees on our farm.

Enjoy this wonderful cider cool or gently warmed, savor a tipple to reflect on your last year and bountiful new year beginning.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
oconnors111 (3) - - DEC 15, 2013 does not count
I am not sure why anyone would rate this above a 2. No apple taste, way too sweet, nothing good about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdrinker79 (1861) - Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2013
22 oz bottle- Pours slightly hazy golden. Aroma is strong in apples, tart and a little funky, apple pie aroma with the cinnamon and vanilla, appealing. The taste is again apples of course, apple pie spices, the maple syrup adds a depth that I really like, i think it creates a fuller cider, nice. Body is medium and the finish lingers leaving a nice spiced apple taste long after the swallow. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermaven_to (2) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013 does not count
Spectacular cider! Used to be called "J.K.’s Solstice" and has now been cleverly renamed "Winterruption" but is the same tasty beverage in a different package. Huge mouthfeel, lots of character and balanced spices. The apple still shines through on this seasonal twist on the original. Try it mulled (warm) while toasting by the fire...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (4385) - Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2013
22 oz bottle shared. Pale and clear with minimal head. Aroma and flavor of apples, cinnamon, vanilla and other spices. Similar flavor with ample carbonation. Similar to Northern Neighbor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5137) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Well, this was a really nice cider. Pours hazy orange with not much of a head to it. The aroma has mushy apples with a peach hint. There is also vanilla, light caramel and some spices - quite nice and inviting. It has a medium smooth body that’s lush with light carbonation. The flavor starts off with smooth apple, caramel, spices and vanilla. The finish is lush and has some toffee and brown sugar aspects. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Nice light nose of warm apples and cinnamon. Clear light gold. Light carbonation. Rich, round palate for a cider, fruit flavor drives a perception of sweetness, but fairly dry. Nice spice on the finish. Really nice fall sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5757) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle. Gold pour with a spotty ring of bubbles on the surface. Not too different from the color of apple juice. Aroma is apple juice with light cinnamon notes and baked apple pie. Taste is apple juice, apple jam, light cinnamon and baked apple pie. Body is light with faint carbonation and plenty of sugary stickiness. Ends with more apple pie notes, apple juice, candied apple and cinnamon.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (1901) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Nice spice and apple aroma and taste, but more sweetness and alcohol than I need in a hard cider. Cloudy amber color.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Okay NOW we’re getting somewhere. Spicy, cloudy, delicious, appley. A bit too sweet to drink more than one, but a great starter cider for the evening. I’m tempted to heat it up with some cinnamon sticks and cloves...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3790) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2013
At this point, this is the highest rated cider I’ve ever had.
The heat is on J.K.’s Cuvée Winterruption Farmhouse Hard Cider... start liftin’.

I like the nice pale straw color of the cider, I like the haziness, It’s cool that there was a bit of head retention for a minute, but for a cider that’s totally extra credit showoff stuff.

The aroma is nice & reminds me of Sutliff Cider, it’s very apple-y & sweet smelling with light spice but never really enters the realm of apple soda. Some nice unfermented apple cider & some nice minerally bits in there, not especially complex but inviting enough.

I can see from the flavor why this is well regarded. It is far more rich than most ciders tend to be, and it’s sweet in a way that isn’t like apple soda much in the way that many sweet fermented ciders seem to be. It’s sweeter than I would like it to be, but at the same time it’s got some serious things going for it. Specifically, it’s got this remarkable brandy note... gracious it’s as if they aged it in Cognac barrels.... I attribute this to a perfect use of the above mentioned spices to give such an effect while tricking the palate into thinking it the flavors came from something other than spices and vanilla beans.,, because these are complimentary as opposed to dominant notes. The cider has a nice tartness & doesn’t taste specifically like a green or a red apple in any sort of general way, but is by all means certainly apple-y.
Well, it looks like this skeptic is won over.

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