beerguy101 (5253) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep golden color. Aroma is apples, a touch of dark fruit and some bell peppers, some wood and earth as well. Very full bodied cider. Very little carbonation. The main flavor is apples of course, but the are hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Some earthy tones and oak. Very smooth. Touch of alcohol oiliness is evident, but mostly it’s the apples and the smoothness that you notice most here. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is sweet. Big thanks to Chris for sharing this one.
Ungstrup (28253) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark orange cider with no head. The aroma contains notes of apples and some rotten fruit. While the flavor also is dominated by apples - again with a slight note of rotten fruit, but also some acidity. The mouthfeel is smooth, but at the same time sticky.
Suttree (4878) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
03 Vintage. Dark Gold. Big honey and fresh apple aroma. Great thick syrupy palate. Very sweet, but not cloying or artificial. Lots of honey, fresh fruit - well, apples mostly, as one might expect. Lots of unexpected notes of candy sugar, mellow apple, and a nice basement mustyness. Background nuances of vanilla and nutmeg, maybe, play into it as well. Big thanks to Springslicker for sharing!
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Argo0’s: An ice cider. Didn’t think this was ratable. I’m a fan of icewines so i’m rather familiar with the style. This was nice. Very light on the spices for a cider. Finished of honey.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Argo0: Well this was the one I was most excited about for the night with all the rave reviews and such. Clear glowing light amber exactly like the picture to the left, shows excellent legging. The aroma is a sharply sweet apple skins, apple seeds, and fresh ripe apple (crisp like biting into one in the fall). The taste is apple juice, sticky sweet -to the point of almost being tart-apples. I think I wrote very sweet about three times in my notes. It’s packing enough sweetness that I don’t find it enjoyable. Full bodied, quite syrupy on the tongue, finishes with mild alcohol effervescence.
Nuffield (3626) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, thanks for sharing Argo0! Bottle says #2127 of 6133. The aroma has...apple?...hah...but almost something like pear and plastic as well, definitely intense and fresh, some spice. Very sweet. So sweet you just have to confront it and either embrace it or tolerate it. And I love sweet drinks like port. For all of its sweetness, the palate is thick but not sticky, somehow. How does this make me rethink ciders? It eliminates a lot of the sourness and acidity associated with good quality ciders (esp. English ciders, e.g.)--it is obviously a distant stylistic cousin to English farmhouse cider--while retaining and concentrating the flavors. But I wish it didn’t have to bring the sugars to such concentrations. Clear but a still yellow appearance.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 Vintage sampled on 7/10/05: Pours a deep, clean, rich golden color with a very still, thick, viscous body with good legs. Musty, earthy, fleshy apple aroma has some sticky caramel and mild tartness. Full, sweet and incredibly smooth body carries a wealth of earthy, candy apple character and rich caramelized sugar. Hides its alcohol very well. I just wish this stuff wasn’t $45 CDN for a 375 ml bottle, cause I’d love to drink it on a daily basis.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the tasting room
Dark chestnut color, light green. Nose of cinnamon, cooking rice, free starches, glutinous escapade of fructose, glucose and maltose, not really, but it smells fresh, fruity yet musky. The flavor is so rich, sweet and balanced. Tart, oxidized or caramelized, I cannot say. Lightly tannic, overwhelming sweetness and deliciousness.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
07.10.05 v2003, RBSG tour. Still, ice cider. Darkest of the three, brassy, tarnished. Musty, tanned hide, sharp across palate with an enveloping mineral and wood. Sweetest. Carnival candy apple. Savory spice. Wow.
Crockett (1001) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stunning. While not actually part of the RBSG05, I had it paired with my dessert course on a Prix Fixe at Cube (Montreal). 2003 Vintage. Deep gold and syruppy. Lightly sparkling with a slightly rose hue. Lots of legs. Aroma of apples, peach, wood, alcohol. There was an odd but welcome truffle-like aroma that carried over to the flavour. Could have been from the wooden barrel. Excellent balance of sweet and tart. Lots of full apple flavour but deep with peach and stewed ripe fruit. Traces of vanilla bounce around. I don’t know much about ciders but this was fantastic.