Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper pour, short off-white head. Very powerful apple aroma. Flavor reminds me of when my mom used to just bake apples with brown sugar: quite sweet, loads of juicy apple, brown sugar/molasses qualities. Not really that dry, but very tasty.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber, shared with the tallahassee crew, sweet almost candied aroma, taste is sweet, a hint of cinnamon, molasses, not much of a tartness. Very nice.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Big Time. Poured dark amber with a light brown head. Aroma was grapes, butter, and white wine. Very sweet with no bitterness, and a lively carbonated finish.
obguthr (3913) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Baby food applesauce aroma. Clear brown. Nice bloody viscosity. Sweet apple flavor with traces of brown sugar, akin to apple butter. Much better than the Crispin Lansdowne.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of apple, perfume, and sugar. Flavor of apple juice and restrained brown sugar.
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Total Wine West Richmond, VA. Pours a clear dark reddish brown color wit a thin head that sticks around awhile. Aroma of bright sweet apples, a nutty note and molasses. The taste is sweet apples with a malty finish. The sugar and molasses are there but don’t show much character. Medium bodied. Good cider.
Cavie (3800) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Clear brownish orange color with a bubbly white head. Aroma is apple juice and a dark molasses sweetness. Flavor is dark apples with a large sugary sweetness. Sweet a lightly dry finish.
nick76 (4232) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
OK I really like what’s going on here. I like where their heads are at however I am baffled by the "dry" part of the title because this is far from dry. The aroma is sweet but almost nonexistent with a bit of apples. The appearance is fantastic for a cider. The taste is also interesting and in my opinion headed in the right direction but not quite there. The sweet molasses/brown sugar thing is there but very subdued. There is also a tart apple thing going on and I love them both but they just don’t seem to work because there is an unwelcome bitterness in there. The palate is thin but refreshing. Overall I love what they are trying to do here and I hope they ramp it up with more dark stuff and a stronger apple presence especially in the aroma. A very unique selection.
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Spire Mountain DRAFT Dark & Dry Cider...in a bottle. Pours with a shockingly dark brown body. Clear and mahogany hued. Minimal head that doesn’t last. Aromas of molasses, sweet-tart balance (possibly a bit artificial), brown sugar, apple pie, farmhouse, clove. Sweet apple, a bit of butter. Flavors are pretty sweet, brown sugar, bit metallic, apple. Hardly "dry". Raw apple juice. Pretty boring and too sweet. Medium to light bubbles, lingering sweetness. I hate to say it, but its a bit gimmicky.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Clear amber/brown with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates to a small ring. Aroma of ripe apples, chardonnay wine and light caramel. Flavor of sweet baked apples and then finishes a bit dry and tart. Medium to light body with light carbonation and a dry finish. This is nice, not overly sweet and quite drinkable.