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RATINGS: 2   MEAN: 4.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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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   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
after4ever (6314) - 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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