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 (3830) - 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 (11942) - 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 (8546) - 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 (3795) - 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 (4221) - 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 (7858) - 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.
bhensonb (11060) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours dark amber with a ruddy tinge and a foamy beige/tan head. It really smells apple. Like lightly cooked red skinned fruit. Medium body with mild carbonation. It starts sweet and quickly turns quite tart. There are hints of treacle. Finishes pretty well balanced - sweet then dry/tart. A really good cider for an ale drinker.