ephemeral8 (67) - denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Recolte 2009. This is a very average ice cider. A good place to start if you’re new to the world of ice cider and want to see what the basics are. No faults, good smoothness, but nothing particularly exciting either. Fairly high acidity, medium-minus sweetness, low complexity.
3fourths (8468) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Récolte 2009. Strongly sweet red apples and cinnamon spice. Syrupy, medium body, some acidic pop. Alcohols are bright but not dirty, no fusels. Apple character is a bit stew-y and brown.
jredmond (5915) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2014 Bottle sampled at Mondial 2014 with Linh, Minh and Angela. Pours a rich golden honey body. Aroma is rich apples, light acidity and sweet honey. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with notes of sweet apples, sugar syrup, honey and light acidity. Very nice.
kbudd19 (823) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small 50 ml bottle from tom10101 as an extra, thanks man! Clear golden syrupy apple juice pour, a few tiny little white bubbles resonate on the side of the glass but for the most part no carbonation to speak. Aroma - sweet apples mashed up, a tossed into a bottle. Taste - extremely sweet, very apple forward, less complexity and depth then the previous cider I tried but very nice nonetheless.
mathieuc (1852) - 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 (1720) - 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 (7512) - 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 (11566) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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 (5380) - 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 (3175) - 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.