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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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smoke, our smoky-oaky after dinner tipple cider has been triple fermented in whiskey and mead barrels. It starts with Kingston Black, Dabinett and Vilberie apples for a very tannic base. Aging in charred oak concentrates all the best features of each apple variety. This cider is being sold as a fund-raiser for the many victims of this tragic 2013 fire season. Please pick up a bottle at your local bottle shop or in our tasting room and give whatever additional support you can to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goodbyeohio (36) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Decants rather flat into my tulip.. Off-orange pour with force pour bubbles but mostly still. Concentrated apple brandy aroma hits first, with a campfire smokiness in the slightest quantity.. perfect for balance and not overwhelming. Nose is of fall in a glass. Tannic up front with a bit of phenol from the smoke, but not a hindering quantity. Sweetness and smokiness here make perfect bedfellows. Skins and pith round out the savory/bitter element here in the finish.. Never have I tasted a big cider with this much balance. Those who dislike smoked ciders and beers will not like this, but as a fan, I think it’s friggin spectacular. Hope to find another bottle on my next trip to Seattle.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2079) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2015
Bottle.

Pours a rich yellow-orange into my glass, thick and viscous and almost without carbonation. Gentle smoke wraps around a sweet apple aroma augmented with banana. Flavor is sweet but not overpowering, rich apple with mouth-drying red apple skin tannins. Melding with all of this is a light and subtle smoky whisky character. A bit hot, but not unacceptably so. A beautiful drink, really really impressive.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2015
[ bottle ][ 1oz ][ @DC tasting ][ ? ][ mini tumbler ][ 02.15.15 ]
transparent gold, thin oily white cap. Sweet cider like nose, Apple sweetness, honey. Thin honey front palate, booze mid, light heat, light glue and booze.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4878) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Some smoke in this and comes together pretty well for a cider. Some apple peel bitterness and sweet and sour finish. Bottle shared at tasting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (2906) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle at Brony Tasting, DC. 2014 bottle I found at Special Brews in Seattle. Clear, slight brown haze. Great aroma, soft smoke on terrific sharp apple. Light charcoal, subtle. Lovely light porkiness. Round soft whiskey, light aged bourbon. Very impressive, I love this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (2734) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle at the DC Tasting. Clear light yellow. Aromas of apples, tart notes. Tastes of apples, tart fruit, spices. Medium body with a dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (14697) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle at Brony Bottle Share courtesy of luttonm, thank you sir! Very slightly hazy golden yellow color, rare large bubble, legs. Aroma of apple must and flesh, distant campfire. Taste is lightly burning apple skins. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4344) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
Pours clear, watery blonde . Smell is apples, kinda sweet . Not much smoke . Taste is sweet , apples , only very , very hidden smoke . addind a layer of complecity , not much smokey taste . Like it

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
after4ever (6493) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2013
375, corked and foiled and strung with a little sticker you can keep. Pours a burnished dark golden-amber with no head or lace or legs. Beautifully harmonious and balanced nose of sharp biting sour apples, sweet red and green apples, soft earthy whiskey notes, some vanilla and oak, and a tiny bit of honey, which I could totally be imagining from reading the description. Creamy light body, very much a dancer, moves gracefully but with presence. Sweet and tart apples play off smoke, earthy whiskey bite, and sweet tangy honey. Wonderful combinations constantly revealing themselves over the top of each other. Never had anything quite like it. Without a doubt, truly exceptional.


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