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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Savor this refreshing glass of complexity. Dark & Dry’s assertive tartness is pleasingly balanced by a hint of molasses and brown sugar. More rounded and intricate than its sister ciders, this potion will appeal to beer aficionados, wine devotees, and cider enthusiasts alike.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flemdawg (558) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Dark red body with a thin thin ring of white bubbles around the edge of the glass. A bit of fresh apples in the aroma, but also some canned apple juice. Rather sweet, apples of course. A bit dry at the finish. Nice and easy drinking.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sunnygirl500 (1) - Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2016 does not count
I love this. I have had many friends try it and they all love it. This is my favorite cider. I am interested in more like this.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (8918) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 29, 2016
Bottle. Medium brown, golden highlights, medium carbonation. Apple juice, light caramel, more dry than tart. Simple.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
beammeupscotty (2) - - MAR 28, 2016 does not count
This cider stands as a perfect example of why an internet rating system like ratebeer is essentially useless in determining the quality of any given beverage. I have drunk British cider in Britain and here, French cider in France and in the U.S., Spanish cider at the Cider Summit and many examples, mostly poor, of what passes for cider in the U.S. After drinking all of these ciders (more than 50 brands) I can say with total honesty that I have never tasted a cider like Spire Mountain and I have never tasted a cider as utterly horrible as Spire Mountain. This cider has absolutely nothing to recommend it. It’s flavor seems to have no connection at all to the apples it was made from, unless those apples were allowed to rot on the ground for weeks before being put in to this cider. The consensus on line regarding Trader Joe’s Henry Hotspur cider is that it is made by Biersch, but I suspect it is actually made by these Spire Mountain people because the Hotspur cider is the only American cider I have ever tasted that is every bit as bad as this one. Looking at reviews here on ratebeer, I note that a French Cider like Clos Normand, which is a pretty decent example of a commercially made French Cider, has a LOWER overall rating that this Spire Mountain swill. That tells the story of ratebeer right there. Useless. Bottom line, if you think this is a decent cider, then you know nothing at all about what cider is supposed to taste like.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
paganwinter (8) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2016 does not count
Aroma is as expected, apples and beer. Looks like a cider. Amber colour, sparkling. Tastes like apples, very easy drinking and smooth. Light body, fizzy, fresh aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11715) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle at Spenard Roadhouse. Pours clear tawny with a small, frothy beige head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is sweet apple, lightly caramelized, and earthy. Flavor is sweet apple, light caramel and honey, earthy notes and a sweet finish. Light body and carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (3927) - California, USA - JAN 16, 2016
16 Jan 2016, bottle. ruby brown. nose is sweet, dark apple that reminds me a bit of unpasteurized apple cider. thin body and mildly fizzy. sweet, slightly spiced, red apple. hard to place. tastes more like juice from an apple than apple juice. only faintly spiced. nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (10740) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
Bottle - Apple and caramel, dark and sweet. Clear Amber brown with no head. Sweet caramel, apple and a nice sweet finish. Lots of caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bcoble003 (280) - Aiea, Hawaii, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Dark and sexy a very cider hard darkness. It's a good cider but yet a complex cider. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (6730) - Utah, USA - JUN 12, 2015
22oz bottle picked up at Fred Meyer in ID
Pours clear dark copper with a small beige head that dissipates quickly, no lacing. Aroma of ripe apples, applesauce. Taste is the same with some tartness and dry finish
A decent Cider, easy drinking.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cougfan95 (25) - - APR 19, 2015
Poured from 12 oz bottle: pours nice dark Amber. Nose of apples and molasses. Taste and finish are apples and caramel. Nicely dry with balanced sweetness.


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