goodbyeohio (36) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
OldMrCrow (2118) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[ 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.
solidfunk (4979) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
luttonm (2909) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
GenDV138 (2869) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Travlr (15102) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
kraddel (4497) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
after4ever (6562) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.