OldMrCrow (1903) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 bottle from Cost Plus sampled November 2041.
Pours a hazy unfiltered cider brown into a thin-stemmed tulip. The nose is sour, funky, some apple of course, and a hint of the "perm smell" that mars Etienne Dupont in my opinion. The flavor is pretty dry and a bit more sour than expected upon first taste. It’s very wild, somewhat savory, certainly interesting. What kills this one for me is that it is almost flat. The result is a cider that feels heavier than it needs to. I am not as delighted as I had hoped.
tricyclist (804) - Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I actually dig this. It had a nice champagne aroma with mild apple notes. The flavor is dry apples, which may not have been my thing at once but I dfh this for sure. It’s got clean apple and a little tartness. Nice clean finish.
VinegarStroke (280) - Napa, California, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: 2012 Vintage. Hazy honey color with light to medium head. Funky apple, leesy, ferment aromas. Rustic. Not green. Clean. No mould. Dry, not sour or phenolic. Good length and weight. Certainly funky. Want to try scrumpy after tasting this.
MrChopin (3346) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
transparent honey, larger bubbled effervescent white head. Musty apple nose, lightly sour with tons of dusty hay. More effervescent than poire, front palate very rustic, earthy and mineral heavy farmhouse, light granny apple sweetness leading to lightly gummy mid, finish is more apple, tons of skin, minerals abound, jowl tingling with acid.
Drake (8700) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, 11/19/13, 2011 vintage. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin ring of head. Aroma of dry apples, mild barnyard, hay, glue and vinous notes. The taste is sweet apples, tannic notes, mild must and vanilla. Medium bodied, good balance, soft carbonation. Nice cider.
Tmoney99 (10958) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample. Poured hazy orange color with a minimal fizzy head that diminished slowly with good legs. Medium floral sweet apple aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and good legs. Medium sweet apple flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable refreshing beverage.
DrSilverworm (6807) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, 2011 vintage, shared by brandon. Mostly hazy golden orange color. Minimal white head. Nice sort of tropical fruity apple aroma, some guava juice flavor, very interesting. Lightly musty. Moderate sweet taste, very little tart. Soft, smooth carbonation, more dry, lightly slick finish. Interesting cider, with a refreshing tropical type apple flavor.
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Bottle to Tulip. Hazy yellow body with minimal white head. Nose is tart apple, champagne, some oak notes. Taste is a good natural apple sweetness, pretty high carbonation, tart body, finishes Apple skin.
CanIHave4Beers (3328) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle offered.
Pours a hazy straw color, lots n’ lots of bubbles keeping a persistent ring of head on the outside of the glass, there are some little floaties dancing around in there… but not too many. Seems like this is exactly what rustic Norman cider is supposed to look like.
The aroma offers apple, but most particularly apple skins, some leather & a little bit of wet limestone.
The flavor is really very nice, plenty of apple skin, plenty of white grape, wonderfully dry with just light little hints of fruitiness to trick the palate. It’s got a fairly mild minerallity to it, what’s there is nice but it’s pretty focused around earthy and tart apple flavor, it’s not especially funky or sour which I was sort of expecting from the aroma, but it’s really well done letting the apples do all the talking, keeping it dry, subtle nuances within are kept pretty well just that subtleties but they provide a very nice depth to the ciders flavor.
Yeah, it’s a pity it’s not on a shelf near me.
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Astor Wines. 2011 stamped on the cork. Not a mushroom, so I was able to squirrel away the rest for later without trying to hunt down a surrogate cork.
Fluted tulip. Dark/dirty mellow yellow body. A spritz of life before going still.
Mild funk. Mostly yeast, apple skin, & hay upfront. Coarse, sharp, green fruit, ugly rubber.
Super yeasty, but taste starts off kind of juicy, moving towards bitter/acidic apples. Big carbonation. Vanillin & smokey plastic creep in. Soapy. Dry, with an incredibly calcified/chalky finish. Noticeable sufites.
Wasn’t terrible, but it was just a bit too ugly at times to be enjoyable.