mathieuc (1515) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a still golden that coats the glass with nice translucent lace. Aroma is of concentrated apple juice, sweet and acidic. Taste confirms the assumption with a medium level of sweetness for an ice cider (how many g/L?) and a nice balancing acidity. Mouthfeel is lightly syrupy and alcohol is hidden really well. Great!
worldbeertaste (1693) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage drank in late 2013. Maybe it’s a bit to old but I see no negative side effects of that. No carbonation could be an effect. Pours a medium amber with no head to speak of. Looks very oily in the glass. Smells of caramel, sour apples, and a deep honey smell like mead. A bit of vanilla. Full oily body. At first when it touches the lips it sweet like syrup with a sour apple finish. My first ice cider. It was very nice. The sweetness is very developed.
DuffMan (7032) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with my wife and in-laws. 2008 Vintage. Deep golden hue, viscous legs. Warm apple cobbler aroma and flavour, lots of spicy oxidized apple rolled up in a tawny port blanket. Lip-smacking tartness in the finish keeps me coming back for more. Lovely weight in the mouth. A real treat.
Theydon_Bois (9960) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at CBC during the Martin T tasting big thanks to Martin himself, 06/06/13.
Clear golden with no head.
Nose is apples, light booze, hints of berry fruit.
Taste comprises fresh apples, light sugars.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet finish.
Good stuff, the alcohol is well integrated.
jackl (4994) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by MartinT @ Craft. 2007 vintage. The pour’s deep gold with a small head. Concentrated sweet apple nose. Light funk. The taste is clean, simple apples. Moderate sweetness. Light body, fine carbonation. Overall, very nice.
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle
Thanks to MartinT for sharing a rare ice cider. I’ve been meaning to try one but they are either hard to track down or exceedingly expensive. Based on this one data point I might have to buy another one for special occasions.
Aroma / Appearance - The flat golden base is not carbonated at all although this isn’t shocking for a cider. The long icy legs are like the last vestiges of winter ice sliding down a cliff face. Bread pudding, apples, and sherry give it a thick texture similar to an ice wine. Overall this is very much a nightcap.
Flavor / Palate - The dry texture coats the palate after just two sips. Sherry, warm apple crisp, and lemon zest is both fruity and vinous. I can see why these are hard to come by but I might have to purchase another for a special event. Everyone should try an ice cider at least once.
GRM (3084) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample, bottle, tasted during the Mondial des cidres de glace, savoured on February 8 2013; eye: golden, clear, no effervescence; nose: candied apple, acidity, finale in candied apple, quite sweet, flat, liqueur-like and palateful texture; overall: quite fine
Échantillon, bouteille, bue lors du Mondial des cidres de glace, savourée le 8 février 2013; œil : dorée, limpide, pas d’effervescence; nez : pomme confite; bouche : pomme confite, acidité, finale en pomme confite, pas mal sucré, plate, texture liquoreuse et moelleuse; en résumé : bien bon
tom10101 (3104) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (200 ml). 2009 Harvest. Clear golden, no head. Aroma of sweet red apples with a slight alcohol presence. Taste is moderately sweet with a lot of apple. It’s clear that there’s more than one variety of apple in there. Mouthfeel is sirupy, but body isn’t thick (not thin either). Slight warming alcohol/residual sugar. Not as complex as La Face Cachée, but still a very good Ice Cider!
HenrikSoegaard (10828) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 11ABV. Wonderfull dark yellow colour. Fantastic nive powerfull apple aroma. Truli magnificient apple flavor. Long intese finish. Creamy palate.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: deep copper and gold. Still with no visible carbonation.
Nose: apples and pears – naturally sweet and naturally intense. Musk skirts along the edges. Apple and cherry skins. Kiwi, dried apricots and dried peaches.
Palate: cherries and apples are the glue that holds everything together. Apple sweetness followed by crisp apple skins and dry nutty slightly tannic seeds. A bit thin but also very complex and full. Tingle of acidity in the middle with sweetness of pears, peaches, kiwi, and apricots along the edges. Sticky lips. Essence of the orchard in my breath.
Final Thoughts: another delicious and complex ice cider I was lucky enough to savor with some great friends at Eric’s Cider, Sake, and Mead tasting a couple months back. Yum! I enjoy a solid everyday quaffer cider but those divine gems known as ice cider really make my heart sing.