jfb (4250) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(bottle) clear golden colour with a quickly-diminishing white head. sticky aroma of bubble gum, earth and tar, with notes of apple sauce, yeast, treacle and sugar icing. flavour is mostly apple juice and caramel, with hints of leather, some light black olives, alcohol and a dry finish. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.
Cuso (5347) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from local M&S. Light golden color with minimal white head. Apples, oak in aroma. Taste, apples, clove, wood (oak?), vinous notes. Dry finish. Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Tasty.
MichaelAwesome (4924) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Tesco in Ryde shared with McTapps. Definitely a deep and balanced cider with a nice mix of sweet and Spur accomopanied by the right abv. Some lemons, apples, bit of sugar and peaches in the end. No rocket science but a fine quality brew.
McTapps (4925) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - AUG 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle bought at Tesco in Ryde. Pours out in a deep golden colour with smooth body. Aroma of ripe apples and oak. Taste of ripe, red apples, oak, liquer, leaves and caramel. Finish of oak and with a dry but also smooth mouthfeel. Nice one to enjoy.
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Clear golden amber with bubbly white head on the pour.
Aroma: Apple, toffee, buttery, spicy and musky note.
Taste: Low/medium sweetness, medium/high acidity and tannin.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, medium/heavy body, average carbonation, lingering astringent, tart, tangy apple, chalky, toffee finish.
Comments: Lovely. 2013 Vintage.
mR_fr0g (4391) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small taste from a bottle at home. The rest was used for cooking a lovely pork hotpot. Aroma is sharp apple with some parmessan cheese and wood. Crystal clear greenish orange coloured pour with a fleeting fine ehite head. Flavour is dry crisp appes and wood / oak tanin in the finish. Nice dry palate and slightly vinous on the tongue. Moderately low carbonation. Alcohol is fairly present. Decent oaked cider.
Maakun (986) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As Somerset Oak Matured Vintage Cider. Clear golden with nice visible carbonation. Fresh apples, grapes. Has a big wine-like woody touch, medium dry with funky finish. Sweetness is just right, as is the carbonation. Nice stuff.
Countbeer (4911) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Labeled as Somerset Oak Matured Vintage Cider. Served in a shaker glass:
Small lively head that disappears within seconds. Headless clear yellow colored cider.
Aroma is a bit vinous, oak, fermented apples, manure, light chalky and farm fields.
Flavours of fermented apples, apple peel, alcohol, dust, dry, grainy alcohol, nasty bitter, wood, some nasty grains and malt tones, yeast, cheese and some pear.
Aftertaste is dry, grainy, fermented apple dust and some farm tones.
Low carbo, creamy dry mouthfeel, medium bodied and a dry light watery texture.
This smells very nice but the taste is rather out of tune. It has a good firm dryness. Decent but not really good!
apickles (182) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with G on cider blind taste test night. Light golden colour. A slightly sparkling traditional cider. Dry with a fresh finish.
gegwilson (1617) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Pix on cider blind taste test night. A pale golden lightly sparkling cider. A fairly sweet start before a slightly oaky dry finish. Crisp and refreshing.